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Join Us Thursday: Day of Action to Prevent a State Government Shutdown, Fund Education and Protect Families and Seniors

Join Us Thursday: Day of Action to Prevent a State Government Shutdown, Fund Education and Protect Families and Seniors

June 2017 -- The clock is ticking on the first-ever government shutdown in Washington state history. If our state legislature doesn’t pass a budget by June 30, parks would close for the Fourth of July, the parents of 52,000 children would lose child care support, and food banks that support thousands of hungry families would lose state food and funding.

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URGENT: Tell your legislators to avoid a government shutdown by passing a budget that funds great schools.

URGENT: Tell your legislators to avoid a government shutdown by passing a budget that funds great schools.

June, 2017 -- On July 1st, our state government could shutdown. A second special session began May 23rd and lawmakers have until June 30th to pass a budget. If budget negotiations break down again, government agencies, schools, parks, libraries and other important public services will close. It doesn’t have to be this way if we make our voices heard. Now is the time to call your legislators and demand they pass a budget that closes wasteful tax breaks, fully funds great schools and teachers, and maintains public investments in essential services that support children and families.

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URGENT: Tell your legislators to avoid a government shutdown by passing a budget that funds great schools.

URGENT: Tell your legislators to avoid a government shutdown by passing a budget that funds great schools.

June, 2017 -- On July 1st, our state government could shutdown. A second special session began May 23rd and lawmakers have until June 30th to pass a budget. If budget negotiations break down again, government agencies, schools, parks, libraries and other important public services will close. It doesn’t have to be this way if we make our voices heard. Now is the time to call your legislators and demand they pass a budget that closes wasteful tax breaks, fully funds great schools and teachers, and maintains public investments in essential services that support children and families.

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Assembly:  Powerful Stories, New Organizers, Energy to Move Forward

Assembly: Powerful Stories, New Organizers, Energy to Move Forward

May 2017 -- Members of Sound Alliance institutions gathered together on April 26 for the Delegates & Action Assembly - an energetic night moving both internal and external agendas forward. Highlights included touching stories from the immigrant rights and All in for Washington campaigns, and the introduction of new organizers.

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Welcome New Organizer, Dorothy Gibson

Welcome New Organizer, Dorothy Gibson

May 2017 -- Welcome to Sound Alliance's new Organizer, Dorothy Gibson! Here is more about her:

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Listening Season Approaching: Training 4/18

Listening Season Approaching: Training 4/18

April, 2017 - What is important to your family and community right now? What pressures are affecting your life and the lives of people around you? The Spokane Alliance is at the point in our organizing cycle where it is time to listen. We want to hear what is important to our members so we can decide what is most urgent to act on together. We will be kicking off our listening season with a training on 4/18, 5:30 – 7:30 PM, at Liberty Park United Methodist Church.

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Contact Your Legislator: Support Thriving Communities and the House Democrats' Budget

April, 2017 -- Good news - the House Democrats' budget was just released and includes many of the proposals that our All In For Washington campaign supports! To support the steps the House Democrats' budget will take towards cleaning up our tax code and creating thriving communities, we now need letters to the editor and phone calls/emails to legislators. This is where YOU come in!

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Legislators Listened!  House Budget Reflects Leaders' Concerns.  More to Do in the Senate

Legislators Listened! House Budget Reflects Leaders' Concerns. More to Do in the Senate

March 2017 -- The last couple of weeks have been busy for Sound Alliance members as they participated in five town hall events, asking questions on how our state legislators plan to flip our upside-down tax code and ensure our communities can thrive by fully funding public education without cutting critical health and social services. The good news is that Representatives in the House seem to be listening.

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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

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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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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Upcoming Events
Spokane - Action Team Training Jun 28, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM — WFSE local 1221 office, 222 W Mission, Suite 201, Spokane
MACG - Delegates Assembly (Formerly Metro Organizing Team) & Annual Meeting Jun 29, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM — King of Kings Lutheran Church, 5501 SE Thiessen Rd, Oak Grove
MACG - Summer 2017 Leadership Institute (Part 1) Jul 21, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM — Lake Oswego United Methodist Church, 1855 South Shore Blvd, Lake Oswego
MACG - Summer 2017 Leadership Institute (Part 2) Jul 22, 2017 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM — Lake Oswego United Methodist Church, 1855 South Shore Blvd, Lake Oswego
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