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Welcome to the IAF Northwest!

The IAF Northwest is a regional network of broad-based community alliances in Washington, Oregon, Canada and Australia.  Each alliance’s goals are to build individual civic leadership, strengthen its member organizations, and to serve as a vehicle for these members to act in the public arena with sufficient power for the common good.

The IAF Northwest is part of the larger Industrial Areas Foundation which has affiliates in 19 additional states, the United Kingdom and Germany.   Started in 1940, the IAF is the oldest and most widely recognized network of its kind.  The IAF Northwest consists of eight established local Alliances and four start-up Alliances.

Each of the Alliances is a broad-based organization made up of a diverse group of resourceful, passionate everyday people—united through their religious, education, labor and community organizations.

The Alliances create opportunities for these people to connect and act powerfully and creatively as leaders -  to bring about practical solutions to the challenges facing their families and communities.  The IAF Northwest is nonideological and strictly nonpartisan, but proudly, publicly, and persistently political.

 

NEWS:

Progress on Jail Diversion Facility

Progress on Jail Diversion Facility

January, 2017 -- The Mental Health & Public Safety Team’s work over the past two and half years advocating for a Jail Diversion Facility to move people in mental health and substance use crises out of jail and into treatment is paying off! The Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council has made creating a Jail Diversion Facility one of their top priorities for 2017.

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Victory on School Bullying

Victory on School Bullying

January, 2017 -- On Jan. 11th, the Spokane Public Schools school board voted unanimously to provide a public statement to the community in response to recent bullying. This followed almost 9 weeks of work by Spokane Alliance members and allied organizations.

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Success! Day Center for Houseless Opens with Boosted Financial Support from City

Success! Day Center for Houseless Opens with Boosted Financial Support from City

December, 2016 -- The Federal Way Day Center is now open, thanks to organizing by Sound Alliance leaders and allies over the last 3+ years. In addition, Federal Way City Council recently approved $75,000 per year for the next several years to support the Center, an increase of $25,000 per year over the first two years of funding.

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A New Year's Challenge

A New Year's Challenge

December, 2016 -- Across the political spectrum, widespread anxiety about people’s economic futures - combined with hopelessness and frustration with government's ability to improve the situation – laid the foundation for populist surges that challenged the establishments in both major parties in the recent US presidential election. At its worst, the campaign pitted Americans against each other, exposed race and gender prejudices, and further eroded people’s confidence in government. In this context, the well refined relational organizing practices of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) and its affiliates across the US and beyond are needed now more than ever.

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A New Year's Challenge

December, 2016 -- Across the political spectrum, widespread anxiety about people’s economic futures - combined with hopelessness and frustration with government's ability to improve the situation – laid the foundation for populist surges that challenged the establishments in both major parties in the recent US presidential election. At its worst, the campaign pitted Americans against each other, exposed race and gender prejudices, and further eroded people’s confidence in government. In this context, the well refined relational organizing practices of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) and its affiliates across the US and beyond are needed now more than ever.

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