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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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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.

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Off to National Training!

Off to National Training!

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!

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Annual Meeting:  New Board Members, Plans

Annual Meeting: New Board Members, Plans

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.

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Donor Campaign: Support Real Impact in Your Community

Donor Campaign: Support Real Impact in Your Community

June, 2015 -- The Sound Alliance Individual Donor Campaign has just kicked off and will be going until July 16! During this month you can sustain your organization effectively creating change for the common good for your Puget Sound community.

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Best Starts for Kids Campaign Launches - Train the Briefer Sessions Set

June, 2015 -- If passed this November, the Best Starts for Kids levy would fund programs to help ensure that every child in King County has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential in life. Sound Alliance member institutions committed to briefing over 4,000 people before October about Best Starts for Kids. Read more about the campaign or to view opportunities about becoming a Briefer for the campaign.

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"I shouldn't have to choose whether to stay home with my son or have a job."

"I shouldn't have to choose whether to stay home with my son or have a job."

Kellie Fitzgerald, grocery worker and member of UFCW Local 1439, speaks of the distraction from productivity when a worker is sick or worried about a sick child at home. "My job requires focusing on good customer service, ringing orders efficiently and accurately, I take pride in what I do. However if I'm worrying about my child's fever, thinking, "is he getting enough fluids?" – I’m unable to give my job my full attention."

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Discernment: What Did We Hear?

Discernment: What Did We Hear?

June, 2015 -- At the May 18 Discernment Assembly, 45 leaders from over half of MACG's institutions took on the big task of distilling 3 months worth of listening (to over 600 people) to just a few issues that affected the widest base of people.

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New Member!  Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency

New Member! Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency

June, 2015 -- The Sound Alliance is welcoming its newest member, the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency! Since 1974, the program's mission is to train physicians of diverse backgrounds to provide evidence-based, community oriented primary care and advocate for social justice to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable populations.

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Sick Leave: Stories from our Community

Sick Leave: Stories from our Community

June, 2015 -- The Sick, Safe, and Family Leave campaign has unearthed so many personal stories about how the policy could positively benefit people's lives and our community. Many of these stories have been told as testimonies at the weekly Monday night City Council meeting and we are now sharing them here with you.

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Upcoming Events
MACG - Faith Leaders Caucus Sep 07, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM — Immaculate Heart Church, 2910 N Williams Ave, Portland
Spokane - All In For Washington Team Meeting Sep 13, 2017 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM — Liberty Park UMC, 1526 E 11th Ave, Spokane
Sound - Strategy Team Meeting Sep 13, 2017 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM — TBA
MACG - Housing Team Clackamas Sep 21, 2017 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM — Milwaukie Lutheran Church, 3810 SE Lake Rd., Milwaukie, OR 97222
Spokane - Delegate Assembly Sep 21, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM — TBA
Spokane - All In For Washington Team Meeting Oct 18, 2017 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM — Liberty Park UMC, 1526 E 11th Ave, Spokane
MACG - Delegate Assembly Oct 26, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM — Multnomah County location TBA
Spokane - Budget Matters Policy Summit Oct 31, 2017 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM — Gonzaga University Hemmingson Center, 702 E Desmet Ave., Spokane
MACG - Institutional Development and Core Team Training Nov 14, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM — Location TBD Multnomah County
Spokane - All In For Washington Team Meeting Nov 15, 2017 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM — Liberty Park UMC, 1526 E 11th Ave, Spokane
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