January, 2016 -- On January 11th the Spokane City Council voted 6-1 to pass a Sick and Safe Leave Policy, on the 22nd Mayor Condon vetoed it, and three days after that the city council overrode the mayor's veto. Over 180 people turned out in support of Sick and Safe Leave on the night of the initial vote with over 30 prepared testimonies from many different perspectives. We, the Spokane Alliance and our allies, were able to pass a strong policy for Spokane and succeeded in getting a stronger policy than most jurisdictions across the country.
November, 2015 -- Congratulations! With a majority of the ballots counted, Best Starts for Kids was approved with 56% of the vote! By approving the levy, King County voters are supporting increased resources to ensure kids reach their full potential in life. The hard work and dedication of Sound Alliance members who have spent the last months training, briefing, talking to their neighbors - over 3700 people briefed in total! - and continuously showing up for Best Starts for Kids has paid off with a great win.
October, 2015 -- The time is now to vote YES for King County Prop 1 -- Best Starts for Kids. Ballots are due this Tuesday, November 3.
Power to the people! After a classic campaign, MACG and allies win $67 million for affordable housing
October, 2015 -- On Wednesday, the Portland City Council voted unanimously to increase funding for affordable housing by 67 million dollars.
October, 2015 -- In our training we teach that “power” is the ability to act. It’s the ability to get things done. There are two major ways to get big things done - with a lot of people or a lot of money - and in the Sound Alliance, our power is people power. One outstanding example of this theory in action comes from the Martin Luther King County Labor Council and local Building Trades unions who are member institutions of the Sound Alliance.
October, 2015 -- Sound Alliance leaders held two separate geographically-based assemblies last week to promote Best Starts for Kids, gain public recognition with decision makers, and start dreaming about where this campaign could lead the Alliance after the election.
October, 2015 -- MACG turned out more than 140 people to City Hall to demand more funding for Affordable Housing to address the housing crisis in Portland by “Taking TIF to 50%” (#TakeTIFto50).
September, 2015 - Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good is excited to announce our newest member, OHSU Department of Family Medicine. OHSU Family Medicine will play a key role in MACG and IAF Northwest's Health Equity Organizing initiative.
A Jail Diversion Facility in Spokane? - Alliance leaders explore solutions to Mental Health & Public Safety
October, 2015 -- While much focus this last spring and summer has been on the Spokane Alliance’s Sick and Safe Leave work, another team has been diligently making progress: the Mental Health & Public Safety Team. The team pulled together 18 months ago, specifically in response to the Spokane Alliance community’s concerns about hearing increased reports of the mentally ill being shot by police and seeing a rise in mentally ill participants in our churches’ emergency services.
October, 2015 -- The affordable housing CRISIS is changing the heart of Portland, and MACG has been fighting back this summer with a campaign to bring tens of millions of dollars to affordable housing projects in Portland. We've already made a lot of progress, but need your presence at a press conference at city hall on October 13!
September, 2015 -- Sound Alliance leaders are well on their way to the goal they set last Spring of briefing 4000 people about the Best Starts for Kids levy, which is on the ballot for this November. This summer, 65 leaders from various Sound Alliance member institutions got trained to lead 15 – 30 minute briefing sessions explaining the benefits of Best Starts for Kids to others in their organizations and community. Even though briefings just started, 650 people have already attended!
MACG sends 35 to Housing Bureau meeting. Committee votes to spend tens of millions more on affordable housing.
August, 2015 -- Members of MACG’s Affordable Housing Team and other MACG members made a big splash advocating for affordable housing at Tuesday’s public hearing at the Portland Housing Bureau. Our presence at the hearing was impressive, with over 35 MACG members in attendance from six institutions at a daytime meeting!
Health agency keeps commitment to Spokane Alliance, publishes report showing the importance of Earned Sick and Safe Leave
August, 2015 -- On June 24, 2014, the Spokane Regional Health District – Spokane City and County’s health department – committed in front of 250 Spokane Alliance members at Westminster UCC to develop a study on how a Sick, Safe & Family Leave Policy will impact Spokane. The District kept its commitment to the Spokane Alliance and has just published its report, entitled, “Paid Sick Leave in Spokane”. The report provides solid local data, including survey responses from over 3500 people in the district.
July, 2015 -- On July 16th, 39 leaders representing MACG’s diverse institutions gathered at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church for MACG's annual meeting to celebrate older action teams and launch new work.
July, 2015 -- In a decisive show of bi-partisan support, the King County Council voted on July 22 to put the Best Starts for Kids levy proposal on the ballot for King County voters in November 2015.
July, 2015 -- On July 20, Sound Alliance leaders showed their numbers at a King County Council hearing to ask Councilmembers to put the Best Starts for Kids levy proposal on the November 2015 ballot.
July, 2015 -- 53 Spokane Alliance leaders and allies turned out to the July 16 Spokane City Council Open House on Earned Sick and Safe Leave, a strong showing that easily outnumbered opponents. Our presence made a difference.
Our diversity is a strength: leaders win endorsements for Best Starts for Kids from Labor, Federal Way School Board
July, 2015 -- Sound Alliance leaders have won two endorsements supporting the Alliance’s campaign to get the Best Starts for Kids levy passed in November - one delivered by a church lay-leader in South King County and one from a labor leader in Seattle.
June, 2015 -- MACG is proud to be sending three Latino leaders, and MACG organizer, Paul Riek, to the Spanish language track of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) National Training in Los Angeles this week where they will deepen their community organizing knowledge and leadership skills. Meet them here!
June, 2015 -- The June 18 Spokane Alliance Annual Meeting at UFCW Local 1439 was a success with great turnout and representation from our membership and actions taken to move the Alliance into the next year.