July, 2011. Alma Velazquez is a single mom making a modest income as a school teacher. Before MACG’s Changing the Climate in Cully campaign, Alma knew she had no insulation in her house, and half of the heat was being wasted, blowing out the walls. What’s worse, she and her young daughter experienced headaches when their 30 year old furnace was running.
July, 2011. Coming off a highly successful home energy improvement outreach campaign last year, the Sustainable Jobs Action Team has targeted three directions for action.
July, 2011. MACG's Basic Leadership Institute for Public Life will be held in both Multnomah and Clackamas Counties this fall. The Spring Leadership Institute this spring was a success with 22 Participants completing the Institute from 8 institutions. Read testimonies from Institute participants here.
July, 2011. This Spring saw the birth of a new work group for MACG, focusing in Prison Transition. Read more here.
July, 2011. As the 1 year anniversary of the opening of the Brown-Hibbs Survivor house approaches this August, leaders from the MACG Clackamas County Cluster are celebrating the signing of a new lease to what will become the newest Survivor house in Cedar Mills, Washington County.
63 MACG members attend Health Care Action Day in Salem - check out the photo album! PLUS, details on how the legislative session treated the Health Care Action Team's priorities, and what's around the corner.
July, 2011. MACG leaders have been busy this spring signing up homeowners within their institutions for Weatherize for Good, an energy home improvement program. Leaders have already helped sign up 37 applicants for the program! For each home energy improvement completed, Weatherize for Good will make a $300 donation to the institution responsible for soliciting that homeowner.
The Sound Alliance Foreclosure Prevention Assembly brought together more than 150 leaders from member organizations, for an exciting wrap-up of its campaign, celebrating their victory in pushing to establish the first in-person customer assistance center in the state and calling on Bank of America executives, state legislators, and State Treasurer James McIntire to continue collaborating with the Sound Alliance to ensure accountability.
Sound Alliance Foreclosure Prevention Assembly Celebrates Success, Demands Accountability from Bank of America
May 2011. -- The Sound Alliance Foreclosure Prevention Assembly brought together more than 150 leaders from member organizations, for an exciting time of celebration and accountability. Alliance members celebrated their victory in pushing to establish the first in-person customer assistance center in the state. Leaders also called on Bank of America executives, state legislators, and State Treasurer James McIntire to continue collaborating with the Sound Alliance to ensure accountability.
April, 2011. Wrapping up and the Future! While contracting in the Cully community continues with homes still receiving energy efficiency improvements, most of MACG's work on the project is done. Read here for Statistics, Stories, Photos, News articles, and to hear how the project continues!
April 27, 2011. We've been asked by a member of a MACG institution to share two upcoming opportunities for getting involved with the Portlanders for Schools Campaign. See details here.
April 2011. -- On April 25, the Seattle City Council passed an ordinance that criminalizes wage theft. Wage theft refers to intentional shortchanging of employee wages or benefits by an employer.
April 2011. -- Washington homeowners experienced a significant victory with the passage of HB 1362, also known as the “Foreclosure Fairness Act.” The bill, which Gov. Chris Gregoire signed April 14th, offers free foreclosure counseling and makes it possible for homeowners to third-party mediation with lenders before facing foreclosure. It will go into effect in July.
March, 2011. When Kouya signed up his home for energy efficiency improvements, he also was activated with community spirit.
Health Care Action Team Focusing on Exchange. Register for Health Care Action Day and Show Your Support!
April, 2011. MACG’s Health Care Action Team has been working hard on its goals for 2011, with most effort focused around advocating to establish a strong, pro-consumer Health Care Insurance Exchange that can negotiate for the interests of consumers and small businesses. Establishing a strong exchange is also the number one priority for Health Care Action Day, Monday April 18.
March, 2011. Nick O'Connor tells about how his involvement with MACG's Sustainable Jobs Action Team helped improve life for his family.
Campaign Victory: Bank of America to Open First Assistance Center in Washington State for Distressed Homeowners
February 2011. -- Thanks to the hard work and persistence of a broad cross-section of Sound Alliance leaders, we have secured a major victory in our foreclosure intervention campaign: Bank of America in a Feb. 25 letter to Sound Alliance announced that it will open its first-ever permanently staffed customer assistance center in Washington state to assist financially distressed homeowners.
Alexxis Lee was a beneficiary of the Changing the Climate in Cully project. Despite having trouble with high school, she graduated from a pre-apprenticeship program, completed the Laborers Weatherization Training program, and now works for one of MACG’s partner contractors Sustainable Solutions Unlimited.
December, 2010. MACG's Changing the Climate in Cully campaign celebrated its successes with a Community Event in December.
November, 2010. The Sustainable Jobs Action Team is on the verge of successfully completing a community campaign to sign up 100 homes for energy efficiency improvements in the Cully neighborhood, entitled Changing the Climate in Cully. As of this writing, 193 homeowners in the Cully community have taken the first step of applying for the program - 85% of the Team's goal of 225!