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Success! Day Center for Houseless Opens with Boosted Financial Support from City

Success! Day Center for Houseless Opens with Boosted Financial Support from City

December, 2016 -- The Federal Way Day Center is now open, thanks to organizing by Sound Alliance leaders and allies over the last 3+ years. In addition, Federal Way City Council recently approved $75,000 per year for the next several years to support the Center, an increase of $25,000 per year over the first two years of funding.

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A New Year's Challenge

A New Year's Challenge

December, 2016 -- Across the political spectrum, widespread anxiety about people’s economic futures - combined with hopelessness and frustration with government's ability to improve the situation – laid the foundation for populist surges that challenged the establishments in both major parties in the recent US presidential election. At its worst, the campaign pitted Americans against each other, exposed race and gender prejudices, and further eroded people’s confidence in government. In this context, the well refined relational organizing practices of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) and its affiliates across the US and beyond are needed now more than ever.

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A New Year's Challenge

December, 2016 -- Across the political spectrum, widespread anxiety about people’s economic futures - combined with hopelessness and frustration with government's ability to improve the situation – laid the foundation for populist surges that challenged the establishments in both major parties in the recent US presidential election. At its worst, the campaign pitted Americans against each other, exposed race and gender prejudices, and further eroded people’s confidence in government. In this context, the well refined relational organizing practices of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) and its affiliates across the US and beyond are needed now more than ever.

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Leader Reflects On Breakfast with Governor

Leader Reflects On Breakfast with Governor

December, 2016 -- Governor Jay Inslee invited the Spokane Alliance to a working breakfast. A group of leaders travelled to Olympia to participate in the meeting. Sheila Collins, Fuse Washington, wrote up the experience here.

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Local Assemblies Move Agendas Forward, Oct 15 Statewide Assembly Cancelled

Local Assemblies Move Agendas Forward, Oct 15 Statewide Assembly Cancelled

October, 2016 -- The Spokane and Sound Alliance recently hosted several successful local assemblies with legislative candidates to move our statewide and local campaigns forward. The October 15 statewide assembly is cancelled.

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Local Assemblies Move Agendas Forward, Oct 15 Statewide Assembly Cancelled

Local Assemblies Move Agendas Forward, Oct 15 Statewide Assembly Cancelled

October 2016 -- The Spokane and Sound Alliance recently hosted several successful local assemblies with legislative candidates to move our statewide and local campaigns forward. The October 15 statewide assembly is cancelled.

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MACG Housing Work Gains Momentum in Two Counties

MACG Housing Work Gains Momentum in Two Counties

October, 2016 -- MACG’s affordable housing work continues to grow with 250 leaders in attendance at a September 29th assembly in Portland, and 160 total at two recent assemblies in Clackamas County.

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Assembly Wrap-up and Next Steps: Tiny Houses

Assembly Wrap-up and Next Steps: Tiny Houses

August, 2016 -- Over 100 Clackamas County leaders – the majority from faith communities – attended a MACG Housing Assembly on August 3rd at Milwaukie Lutheran Church. The focus of the event was to learn about the county’s growing housing crisis, and one particular strategy for addressing homelessness that could involve congregations.

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Annual Meeting: What a Year!

Annual Meeting: What a Year!

July, 2016 -- Spokane Alliance leaders gathered together on June 16 for our Annual Meeting, reviewing the past year, celebrating and taking in lessons learned from a fabulous year of growth for the organization.

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Workshops Developing: What are your concerns for you and your community?

Workshops Developing: What are your concerns for you and your community?

June, 2016 -- As the Sound Alliance we want to understand how our member institution’s top issues of concern could be affected by the negotiations our legislators will have in Spring 2017 about funding basic education and other services in our state. This Spring, Alliance leaders have been busy doing research actions with experts in each field with the goal of developing one hour long workshops that will show how these negotiations will affect each issue of concern to our community.

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Spokane Alliance wins Blue Star Award

Spokane Alliance wins Blue Star Award

May, 2016 -- The Spokane Alliance's successful campaign for sick and safe leave for Spokane workers got major recognition at the Spokane County Democrats' Foley Legacy Dinner on April 23.

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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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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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