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Welcome, Federal Way Education Association!

Welcome, Federal Way Education Association!

August 2017 -- The Federal Way Education Association is the newest Sound Alliance member institution. Welcome!

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State Budget Passes... More Work Needed!

State Budget Passes... More Work Needed!

August 2017 -- Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a two-year budget shortly before midnight on the evening of June 30. During the extra long session, you made a huge difference.

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Budget Passes…More Work Needed!

Budget Passes…More Work Needed!

July 2017 -- At the final hour, Washington state legislators avoided a shutdown but settled short of what will be needed to sustain our schools and communities in the long run, and most likely makes the tax code more inequitable. More work is needed to make world-class schools and thriving communities possible.

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Progress! Mental Health Crisis Stabilization Facility Gets Green Light

Progress! Mental Health Crisis Stabilization Facility Gets Green Light

July 2017 -- Congratulations are in order for the Spokane Alliance's Public Safety & Mental Health Research Action Team! After three years of the team's work researching and promoting the idea with partner organizations, key leaders, and government agencies, the Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council voted to approve a plan to build a Mental Health Crisis Stabilization Facility in 2018. The facility will also be a win for Spokanites who suffer from mental illness.

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Keep up the Pressure: Succesful Day of Action, Now Call Your Legislator

Keep up the Pressure: Succesful Day of Action, Now Call Your Legislator

June 2017 -- There were over 400 people at 5 different events at yesterday's statewide Day of Action to Prevent a State Government Shutdown. It was covered widely by the press, calling attention to the fact that if budget negotiations break down, government agencies, schools, parks, libraries and other important public services will close on July 1!

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Assembly: Alliance Members Discern Top Issues

Assembly: Alliance Members Discern Top Issues

June 2017 -- The Spokane Alliance had a successful Discernment Assembly on June 12th, with just under 60 people in attendance from a large number of our member organizations. Over the past three months, Spokane Alliance leaders had about 475 intentional conversations (mostly house meetings and individual meetings) within our membership.

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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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Upcoming Events
MACG - Housing Team Clackamas Dec 13, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM — Milwaukie Lutheran Church, 3810 SE Lake Rd., Milwaukie, OR 97222
Sound - Strategy Team Meeting Dec 13, 2018 07:00 PM - 08:45 PM — Sound Alliance Office - 649 Strander Boulevard, Suite B, Tukwila, WA
MACG - Climate Change and Environmental Justice Team Dec 13, 2018 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM — St. Andrew Catholic Church Community Center, 4940 NE 8th Ave., Portland, Dorothy Day Room
Spokane - Institutional Leaders Caucus Jan 17, 2019 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM — SEIU 775's office, 124 E. Augusta Ave., Spokane
Sound - Leadership Institute for Public Life - Winter 2019 - (Part 1) Jan 18, 2019 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM — Seattle Education Association, 5501 4th Avenue S, Seattle, First Floor
Sound - Leadership Institute for Public Life - Winter 2019 - (Part 2) Jan 19, 2019 09:30 AM - 03:30 PM — Seattle Education Association, 5501 4th Avenue S, Seattle, First Floor
MACG - Immigrant Rights Action Team - Multnomah Jan 28, 2019 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM — St. Andrew Catholic Church, 806 NE Alberta, Portland
Spokane - Delegate Assembly Feb 21, 2019 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM — Liberty Park UMC, 1526 E 11th Ave, Spokane
MACG - Delegate Assembly Feb 28, 2019 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM — Location TBA - Clackamas County
Spokane - Leadership Institute for Public Life - Spring 2019 (Part 1) Mar 03, 2019 09:00 AM - 03:30 PM — Location TBD. Please email register online or email katie@spokanealliance.org to be notified when the location is decided.
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