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Action Team Quarterly Update

Prepared by volunteer Jim Wavada, this quarterly update includes news from the Jobs and Health Care Teams and West Central Development Project.

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We Support Prop 1

We Support Prop 1

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.

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Happy New Year from MACG!  2018 in Review

Happy New Year from MACG! 2018 in Review

December 2018 - In 2018 MACG accomplished so much. See pictures and read about what we worked on.

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2018 Full of Leadership for the Common Good

2018 Full of Leadership for the Common Good

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:

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Spokane Responds to Immigration Raids

Spokane Responds to Immigration Raids

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.

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Medication Labeling Campaign Approved at MACG Delegate Assembly

Medication Labeling Campaign Approved at MACG Delegate Assembly

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.

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Comment Now on Proposed Changes to Rule to Protect Immigrants

Comment Now on Proposed Changes to Rule to Protect Immigrants

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.

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Assembly Wrap-Up:  Commitments for Immigrants and Children, New Video, and More!

Assembly Wrap-Up: Commitments for Immigrants and Children, New Video, and More!

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.

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Report Back: October Delegates Assembly

Delegates from the Spokane Alliance member institutions met Oct. 11, 2018 at Liberty Park United Methodist Church. Here are some highlights that meeting.

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New Sound Alliance Video!

New Sound Alliance Video!

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!

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Listening Leads to Five Research Action Teams

Listening Leads to Five Research Action Teams

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:

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Remembering Stan Aschenbrenner

Remembering Stan Aschenbrenner

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:

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Reclaiming Rights in the Face of Injustice: 60 People Trained.  More to Come

Reclaiming Rights in the Face of Injustice: 60 People Trained. More to Come

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.”

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Immigrant Rights WIN in King County

Immigrant Rights WIN in King County

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.

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Welcome, Society of St. Vincent de Paul: King County!

Welcome, Society of St. Vincent de Paul: 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!

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MACG the seed for statewide WIN on debt relief for former prisoners

MACG the seed for statewide WIN on debt relief for former prisoners

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.

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Happy Holidays!  MACG’s 2017: Wins, New Members, Leadership and More

Happy Holidays! MACG’s 2017: Wins, New Members, Leadership and More

December 2017 -- The end of 2017 has been full of action for MACG and our work for the common good.

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120 Take Action to Protect Dreamers at Workshop

120 Take Action to Protect Dreamers at Workshop

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...

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Welcome St. Andrew Lutheran and St. Paul's UMC!

Welcome St. Andrew Lutheran and St. Paul's UMC!

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:

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Assembly: Candidates Commit to Alliance Asks, Moving Campaigns Forward

Assembly: Candidates Commit to Alliance Asks, Moving Campaigns Forward

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.

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Upcoming Events
Spokane - Institutional Leaders Caucus Mar 21, 2019 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM — Laborer's Hall, 1330 N Calispel St, Spokane
MACG - Clackamas County Organizing / Housing Team Mar 21, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM — Milwaukie Lutheran Church, 3810 SE Lake Rd., Milwaukie, OR 97222
Sound - Know Your Rights - A Training for the Whole Community - English Mar 21, 2019 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM — Seattle Education Association, 5501 4th Avenue S, Seattle
Spokane - Healthcare Action Team Mar 27, 2019 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM — Liberty Park UMC, 1526 E. 11th Avenue, Spokane
MACG - Housing Team Multnomah Mar 27, 2019 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM — St. Charles Catholic Church, 5310 NE 42nd Ave, Portland
Spokane - Jobs Team Meeting Apr 04, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM — Liberty Park UMC, 1526 E 11th Ave, Spokane
Spokane - Core Team April Workshop Apr 04, 2019 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM — Liberty Park UMC, 1526 E 11th Ave, Spokane
Spokane - West Central Development Team Meeting Apr 09, 2019 02:30 PM - 04:00 PM — West Central Episcopal Mission at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 1832 W Dean Ave, Spokane
Sound - Strategy Team Meeting Apr 16, 2019 07:00 PM - 08:45 PM — TBD
Spokane - Friends of the Alliance Celebration Apr 23, 2019 04:30 PM - 06:30 PM — 1507 E Sprague Ave, Spokane
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