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Welcome New Members!

March, 2016 - The Spokane Alliance is pleased to welcome two new member institutions this season - Washington State Nurses Association and Washington Federation of State Employees Local 1221. Here's what the new members had to say about their decisions to join.

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Welcomes and Transitions

March, 2016. The Sound Alliance would like to wish a warm welcome to two new member institutions - Washington Federation of State Employees Local 304 and Interpreters United Local 1671, WFSE/AFSCME Council 28. In addition the Sound Alliance is recognizing the service of two top leaders - Board President Jonathan Knapp, and Reverend James Kubal-Komoto as they transition to new positions.

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At Standing Room Only Assembly, Legislators Agree to Work with Alliance on Fair Budget

At Standing Room Only Assembly, Legislators Agree to Work with Alliance on Fair Budget

February, 2016 -- At a standing-room only Action Assembly on February 20 at the University of Washington, 130 Sound Alliance members and allies demonstrated that everyone has a role to play when it comes to important decisions about how to fund the state services we rely on. As part of the All In For Washington campaign, which aims to make Washington’s budget fairer, leaders told stories demonstrating the impact on their lives when there is no money for essential state services and programs.

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A win for a healthier and more equitable Spokane

A win for a healthier and more equitable Spokane

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.

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Best Starts for Kids WIN!  Voters Approve Measure

Best Starts for Kids WIN! Voters Approve Measure

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.

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Ballots due Tuesday! Vote YES for Kids

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.

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Power to the people! After a classic campaign, MACG and allies win $67 million for affordable housing

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.

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Labor Stands for Kids

Labor Stands for Kids

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.

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Sound Alliance Assemblies: Gathering Different Perspectives - and Being Flexible!

Sound Alliance Assemblies: Gathering Different Perspectives - and Being Flexible!

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.

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140 at MACG City Hall Affordable Housing Action

140 at MACG City Hall Affordable Housing Action

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).

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MACG Welcomes OHSU Department of Family Medicine to our Alliance!

MACG Welcomes OHSU Department of Family Medicine to our Alliance!

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.

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A Jail Diversion Facility in Spokane? -  Alliance leaders explore solutions to Mental Health & Public Safety

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.

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Time to Act!  Affordable Housing Action on October 13

Time to Act! Affordable Housing Action on October 13

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!

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Best Starts for Kids: Briefings underway plus ASSEMBLIES coming up soon!

Best Starts for Kids: Briefings underway plus ASSEMBLIES coming up soon!

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!

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MACG sends 35 to Housing Bureau meeting. Committee votes to spend tens of millions more on affordable housing.

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!

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Health agency keeps commitment to Spokane Alliance, publishes report showing the importance of Earned Sick and Safe Leave

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.

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Leaders Celebrate MACG’s Actions, Welcome New

Leaders Celebrate MACG’s Actions, Welcome New

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.

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Best Starts for Kids passes Council 8-1

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.

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Alliance Leaders to Council: Put Best Starts for Kids on the Ballot!

Alliance Leaders to Council: Put Best Starts for Kids on the Ballot!

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.

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53 at Sick and Safe Leave Open House

53 at Sick and Safe Leave Open House

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.

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Upcoming Events
IAF NW - Spring 2017 Regional Leadership Institute Apr 23, 2017 - Apr 28, 2017 — Dumas Bay Centre, Federal Way, WA
Sound - Delegates and Action Assembly Apr 26, 2017 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM — IBEW Local 46, 19802 62nd Ave S #105, Kent, WA
Spokane - Leadership Institute for Public Life - Spring 2017 (Part 1) May 03, 2017 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM — Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, 4340 W Fort George Wright Dr., Spokane
Spokane - Leadership Institute for Public Life - Spring 2017 (Part 2) May 10, 2017 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM — Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, 4340 W Fort George Wright Dr., Spokane
Spokane - Discernment / Issue Prioritization Assembly Jun 12, 2017 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM — TBA
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