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Spokane Alliance Leader’s Retreat: What We Talked About

Spokane Alliance Leader’s Retreat: What We Talked About

March 2017 -- 38 Spokane Alliance leaders from 15 institutions gathered on Feb 24 & 25 to discuss the future of the Alliance, its role in the current post-election political landscape, and reflect on individual leadership journeys. Here are some highlights of the rich discussions by Mary Lou Johnson & Karen Dorn Steele, Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane.

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We Are Hiring - Communications Manager

We Are Hiring - Communications Manager

The Spokane Alliance is in search of a part-time Communications Manager who is excited by the work of the Spokane Alliance, who wants to help tell our story and raise our profile so we can be more effective in advancing our goals. This is a good job for someone interested in business, public relations, non-profit management, communications and, social justice/organizing.

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This Weekend: Stand Up For Thriving Communities and Cleaning Up the Tax Code

This Weekend: Stand Up For Thriving Communities and Cleaning Up the Tax Code

March, 2017 -- Beginning this Saturday, March 11, legislators are coming home from Olympia for one reason: to hear from you at town halls across the state. With tough budget negotiations around the corner, these town halls are a vital opportunity to let our senators and representatives know that we can create great schools and protect our thriving communities here in Washington, but only if we clean up our upside-down tax code.

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Victory for Stable Families and Communities!  Tenant Relocation Assistance Passes

Victory for Stable Families and Communities! Tenant Relocation Assistance Passes

February 2017 -- Over 75 MACG members added their voices to the crowd at City Hall on Feb 2, 2017, successfully supporting a critical emergency Tenant Relocation Assistance ordinance which passed 5-0. It was a victory for stable communities and families in the face of the Portland housing crisis.

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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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Leader Reflects On Breakfast with Governor

Leader Reflects On Breakfast with Governor

December, 2016 -- Governor Jay Inslee invited the Spokane Alliance to a working breakfast. A group of leaders travelled to Olympia to participate in the meeting. Sheila Collins, Fuse Washington, wrote up the experience here.

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Local Assemblies Move Agendas Forward, Oct 15 Statewide Assembly Cancelled

Local Assemblies Move Agendas Forward, Oct 15 Statewide Assembly Cancelled

The Spokane and Sound Alliance recently hosted several successful local assemblies with legislative candidates to move our statewide and local campaigns forward. The October 15 statewide assembly is cancelled.

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Local Assemblies Move Agendas Forward, Oct 15 Statewide Assembly Cancelled

Local Assemblies Move Agendas Forward, Oct 15 Statewide Assembly Cancelled

October 2016 -- The Spokane and Sound Alliance recently hosted several successful local assemblies with legislative candidates to move our statewide and local campaigns forward. The October 15 statewide assembly is cancelled.

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MACG Housing Work Gains Momentum in Two Counties

MACG Housing Work Gains Momentum in Two Counties

October, 2016 -- MACG’s affordable housing work continues to grow with 250 leaders in attendance at a September 29th assembly in Portland, and 160 total at two recent assemblies in Clackamas County.

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Assembly Wrap-up and Next Steps: Tiny Houses

Assembly Wrap-up and Next Steps: Tiny Houses

August, 2016 -- Over 100 Clackamas County leaders – the majority from faith communities – attended a MACG Housing Assembly on August 3rd at Milwaukie Lutheran Church. The focus of the event was to learn about the county’s growing housing crisis, and one particular strategy for addressing homelessness that could involve congregations.

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Annual Meeting: What a Year!

Annual Meeting: What a Year!

July, 2016 -- Spokane Alliance leaders gathered together on June 16 for our Annual Meeting, reviewing the past year, celebrating and taking in lessons learned from a fabulous year of growth for the organization.

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Workshops Developing: What are your concerns for you and your community?

Workshops Developing: What are your concerns for you and your community?

June, 2016 -- As the Sound Alliance we want to understand how our member institution’s top issues of concern could be affected by the negotiations our legislators will have in Spring 2017 about funding basic education and other services in our state. This Spring, Alliance leaders have been busy doing research actions with experts in each field with the goal of developing one hour long workshops that will show how these negotiations will affect each issue of concern to our community.

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Spokane Alliance wins Blue Star Award

Spokane Alliance wins Blue Star Award

May, 2016 -- The Spokane Alliance's successful campaign for sick and safe leave for Spokane workers got major recognition at the Spokane County Democrats' Foley Legacy Dinner on April 23.

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Welcome New Members!

March, 2016 - The Spokane Alliance is pleased to welcome two new member institutions this season - Washington State Nurses Association and Washington Federation of State Employees Local 1221. Here's what the new members had to say about their decisions to join.

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Welcomes and Transitions

March, 2016. The Sound Alliance would like to wish a warm welcome to two new member institutions - Washington Federation of State Employees Local 304 and Interpreters United Local 1671, WFSE/AFSCME Council 28. In addition the Sound Alliance is recognizing the service of two top leaders - Board President Jonathan Knapp, and Reverend James Kubal-Komoto as they transition to new positions.

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At Standing Room Only Assembly, Legislators Agree to Work with Alliance on Fair Budget

At Standing Room Only Assembly, Legislators Agree to Work with Alliance on Fair Budget

February, 2016 -- At a standing-room only Action Assembly on February 20 at the University of Washington, 130 Sound Alliance members and allies demonstrated that everyone has a role to play when it comes to important decisions about how to fund the state services we rely on. As part of the All In For Washington campaign, which aims to make Washington’s budget fairer, leaders told stories demonstrating the impact on their lives when there is no money for essential state services and programs.

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Upcoming Events
Sound - All in for Washington Team Meeting Mar 30, 2017 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM — University of Washington, 1601 NE Columbia Rd, Seattle, South Campus Center Rm. 303
Spokane - All In For Washington Team Meeting Apr 19, 2017 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM — Liberty Park United Methodist Church - 1526 E 11th Ave, Spokane
MACG - Housing Team Clackamas Apr 20, 2017 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM — Milwaukie Lutheran Church, 3810 SE Lake Rd., Milwaukie, OR 97222
IAF NW - Spring 2017 Regional Leadership Institute Apr 23, 2017 - Apr 28, 2017 — Dumas Bay Centre, Federal Way, WA
Spokane - Leadership Institute for Public Life - Spring 2017 (Part 1) May 03, 2017 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM — Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, 4340 W Fort George Wright Dr., Spokane
Spokane - Leadership Institute for Public Life - Spring 2017 (Part 2) May 10, 2017 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM — Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, 4340 W Fort George Wright Dr., Spokane
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