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.
Clinic Based Organizing
The Clinic Based Organizing Initiative builds on the historical roots of community health centers, in which the clinic collective - providers and patients together - worked to address fundamental injustices in the community by exercising "power with". The initiative’s goal is to demonstrate the effectiveness of organizing efforts today in addressing the "social determinants of health" by surfacing and equipping patient leaders in communities highly impacted by health, income, and race-based disparities to act together on their own behalves to address issues at the root of those injustices.
Physical Education (PE) Campaign
The American Heart Association recommends children receive 150 minutes per week of physical education in elementary school - benefiting health, academics, and student behavior. Some Washington schools, especially in communities highly impacted by health, income, and race-based disparities, have been failing to provide even the low current state standard of 100 minutes of PE per week. This campaign is focusing on getting schools in the state's largest district - Seattle - to meet the state PE standard across the board, starting with those schools most impacted by health disparities.
November 2018 -- MACG’s Delegate Assembly drew 50 people to an invigorating evening of action and learning on October 25. OHSU Health Equity Circle students from the OHSU School of Nursing made an exciting progress report. Students and faculty have been working for months on a bill to address the health impact on non-English speaking immigrant communities caused by English-only labeling on medications.
November 2018 -- Under a proposed new regulation, community members who have legally accessed certain forms of federal benefits would be ineligible for permanent residency, forcing immigrant families to make the impossible choice between meeting their families’ basic needs and obtaining permanent legal status in the United States.
October 2018 -- 90 leaders from 17 different institutions witnessed public commitments supporting immigrants and children, heard personal stories of how these issues impacted people’s lives, saw Sound Alliance’s brand new video, and more at a packed Sound Alliance Action and Delegate Assembly on October 18.
Delegates from the Spokane Alliance member institutions met Oct. 11, 2018 at Liberty Park United Methodist Church. Here are some highlights that meeting.
The Sound Alliance is all about developing the diverse voices of our community, then knitting them together one by one to build power. Learn more in this video!