Prepared by volunteer Jim Wavada, this quarterly update includes news from the Jobs and Health Care Teams and West Central Development Project.
In February, Spokane city voters will be asked to vote on Prop 1, a measure that will raise money for public safety through funding firefighters and police officers.
December 2018 - In 2018 MACG accomplished so much. See pictures and read about what we worked on.
December 2018 - As the year comes to a close, Sound Alliance is celebrating our accomplishments and getting ready for the new year. In 2018, we executed on our mission, developing everyday leaders to work together towards the common good:
November 25, 2018 - Spokane Alliance joined the community in rejecting federal immigration agents' practice of searches and seizures on Greyhound buses. The City Council passed an emergency ordinance to outlaw the practice, but it has yet to be enforced by the Mayor.
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!
October 2018 - Last winter and spring, MACG held a formal listening campaign, asking our member institutions to find out what problems were concerning our community and where they might be willing to work. On April 28th, we held a Next Directions Assembly to discern what were the most broadly felt issues and where we had the most motivated leaders. There was strong turnout: 20 of the 25 MACG member institutions were represented and over 100 MACG leaders attended. From that process, leaders settled on five research action teams focused on the top issue areas. Here is what each team has been up to:
October, 2018 - Stan Aschenbrenner, member of Lake Oswego United Methodist Church, and longtime MACG leader died on August 11th at the age of 89. Stan brought commitment, passion, warmth and wisdom to our work, always inspiring our gatherings with his thoughtful and motivating remarks and his tireless action. For years, his comment on how organizing turned his cynicism into optimistic and effective upstream action, graced MACG's brochures:
July 2018 -- The Sound Alliance Immigrant Rights Action Team only set up 40 chairs at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Federal Way on June 21, 2018. Then 60 people piled into the room, filling it to capacity to hear Jay Stansell, J.D. present a workshop entitled “Reclaiming the Constitution. Knowing, Defending, and Using Your Rights in the Face of Injustice.”
March 2018 -- Great news! The King County Council passed Ordinance #0487 which expands laws already in place to protect the safety and civil rights of everyone who lives in King County.
March 2018 -- We are happy to announce that the Society of St. Vincent de Paul: King County has officially joined the Sound Alliance!
December 2017 -- In our end of the year MACG news round-up we sent last week, we forgot to mention one important win: Gov. Kate Brown signed SB 360 into law in July, which allows former prisoners to pay some court-related fees back through performing community service. Sen. Lew Frederick agreed to introduce the bill after hearing stories PHOENIX Rising Transition members told about post-prison financial burdens at the 2015 MACG listening campaign.
December 2017 -- The end of 2017 has been full of action for MACG and our work for the common good.
December 2017 -- 120 people attended a “Call to Action for DACA” workshop on December 10 organized by MACG Latino leaders. More action is needed! Read more...
November 2017 -- Two new institutions joined MACG from Clackamas and Washington counties this fall, increasing MACG’s regional power. Please join us in wishing a warm welcome to all the new leaders from St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Beaverton and St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Milwaukie! St. Andrew Lutheran Associate Pastor, Robyn Hartwig, had this to say about their decision to join MACG:
November 2017 -- Five of the six Seattle School Board candidates committed to supporting major asks from Sound Alliance’s three campaigns at our 10/26 Action Assembly at Casa Latina, strategically moving those campaigns forward. The assembly featured excellent testimonies and leadership from Sound Alliance members.