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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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Assembly Boosts Best Starts for Kids Levy Agenda and Rallies Alliance

Assembly Boosts Best Starts for Kids Levy Agenda and Rallies Alliance

May 2015 -- The Sound Alliance Action Assembly on May 18 successfully moved the Alliance’s Best Starts for Kids levy agenda forward and rallied leaders around a vision of a growing, stronger alliance. Sound Alliance institutions publically committed to briefing over 4,000 of their members about the Best Starts for Kids levy and to support Alliance growth, especially in Pierce County.

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Stories of Leadership, and a Fundraising Challenge!

Stories of Leadership, and a Fundraising Challenge!

May 2015 -- MACG's mission is to organize a collective effort to bring positive change to our community. In addition, cultivating new and veteran leaders so that we have a powerful base to take on the next issue is also a top priority, and these leadership skills benefit the leaders themselves and their institutions. To keep this great work going, we need your support. Today, we present Stories of Leadership where you can see stories from three of our leaders from across the broad-base. We hope these will inspire you to participate in an exciting fundraising challenge.

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Over 600 Participate in MACG-wide Listening Campaign. Discernment Assembly this Monday!

May, 2015 -- The results are in! Over half of MACG's member institutions held 37 listening events and listened to over 600 people during the course of the MACG-wide 2015 listening campaign! The next task is to take what we heard and discern the issue areas that will engage the most new leaders and have the biggest positive impact on the community, which we will do at Monday's Discernment Assembly.

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Sick & Safe Campaign:  New Online Information, Tools and Actions!

Sick & Safe Campaign: New Online Information, Tools and Actions!

May, 2015 -- The Spokane Alliance is launching a new digital component to the campaign for earned sick and safe leave.

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Delegates Assembly Covers Best Starts for Kids, Action Assembly, and Elects New Board

Delegates Assembly Covers Best Starts for Kids, Action Assembly, and Elects New Board

May, 2015 -- On April 30, delegates representing the interests of their Sound Alliance member institutions met to cover a wide range of business. They voted on a proposal to bring a better start to life to King County children, voted in a new board, and looked forward to our next Alliance wide show of strength— the Action Assembly on May 18th.

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Welcome, OHSU Health Equity Circle!

Welcome, OHSU Health Equity Circle!

April, 2015 MACG is pleased to welcome our newest member institution, the OHSU Health Equity Circle (HEC)! The HEC is an interdisciplinary group of students, providers and community partners taking action together for health equity. It is also part of a larger IAF Northwest Health Equity Organizing initiative.

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Civic Academy Report: Budget 101 and a Vision for our Community

Civic Academy Report: Budget 101 and a Vision for our Community

April, 2015 -- On Monday, April 13, twenty people from five Sound Alliance institutions came together for the first Civic Academy on how Washington funds state and local services. There was great energy in the room as participants got clarity on the where the state’s revenue comes from and where it goes (expenses). Participants were especially interested to discuss the disparity in the amount of revenue that comes in and how it gets collected versus the amount of services that need funding.

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One Institution's Listening Goes Deep. Plus - Save the Date: Discernment Assembly May 18

April, 2015 -- MACG's 2015 listening campaign is in full swing, with many institutions having completed listening activities such as house meetings or one to ones. One institution in particular, Havurah Shalom, has executed a model listening process which we will describe here for inspiration. MACG's listening campaign will end with a Discernment Assembly on May 18 - save the date!

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Story of a True Broad-Based Organizing Win: How health students ran a great campaign, then joined two issues together with labor leaders to create a win on both

Story of a True Broad-Based Organizing Win: How health students ran a great campaign, then joined two issues together with labor leaders to create a win on both

April, 2015 -- The Health Equity Circle at the University of Washington (UW) and the Sound Alliance are celebrating a major win: On March 30, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed an ordinance supporting the creation of three new tent cities, providing much needed safe, temporary shelters for those experiencing homelessness. A similar ordinance failed a few years ago. In the final hour of this campaign, the health students joined across the broad-base with labor leaders in other Sound Alliance institutions to score a win on two issues - homelessness and fair trade - that are ultimately related.

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Welcome New Member Global Neighborhood!

Welcome New Member Global Neighborhood!

April, 2015 -- The Spokane Alliance extends a warm welcome to Global Neighborhood, our newest member institution. Global Neighborhood provides former refugees with opportunities for holistic development, providing them with Employment, Education, and Empowerment.

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Spokane Alliance Introduces Paid Sick, Safe & Leave Policy at Packed Press Conference

Spokane Alliance Introduces Paid Sick, Safe & Leave Policy at Packed Press Conference

March, 2015 -- Over 70 Spokane Alliance members, as well as representatives from a broad coalition of 60 businesses and community organizations, filled the dining area in front of the new Common Crumb Bakery on Main Street on Tuesday, March 31 to introduce a Paid Sick, Safe & Family Leave draft policy covering all Spokane workers, and to call on City Council to pass an ordinance based on that policy.

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Training for 180 on Executive Immigration Action; Sparks Rich Discussion

Training for 180 on Executive Immigration Action; Sparks Rich Discussion

March, 2015 -- On February 15, 180 people – many of them undocumented immigrants – gathered for MACG’s Executive Action on Immigration Training at St. Andrew for a briefing and discussion on the new Federal immigration policy which President Obama issued in November. The training was a success by many measures. Almost double the number of people attended as were expected. But most of all, there was rich discussion coming from different table groups as participants did an analysis together about what the policy would mean for them and their families, and the larger political climate affecting the Executive Action.

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Language Partners Bridge Cultural Divides

Language Partners Bridge Cultural Divides

March, 2015 -- After the amazing organizing effort around Measure 88, there was a strong desire to continue building relationships between the Latino and English speaking communities at MACG member institution St. Andrew Catholic Church. MACG had already been working with St. Andrew and People-Places-Things PDX to provide English classes in the summer, but we saw there was a strong desire for something more personal. And developing authentic relationships is the best way to learn language, anyway!

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Welcome, M.L. King County Labor Council!

Welcome, M.L. King County Labor Council!

March, 2015 -- The Sound Alliance is welcoming a new member this month - the M.L. King County Labor Council.

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Unity, Power on Homelessness - in the City and Suburbs

Unity, Power on Homelessness - in the City and Suburbs

March, 2015 -- Sound Alliance leaders led two successful actions on homelessness in one week, showcasing the Alliance’s broad-base in both the city of Seattle and the suburb of Federal Way.

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National Recognition for Spokane Alliance’s Sick & Safe Campaign

National Recognition for Spokane Alliance’s Sick & Safe Campaign

February, 2015 -- The Spokane Alliance’s campaign for earned sick leave took a big step forward on Feb. 19 when a U.S. Senator and the Spokane City Council president called for action in both Washingtons.

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Three Issues Rise to the Top at Discernment Assembly

Three Issues Rise to the Top at Discernment Assembly

February, 2015 -- On February 3, over 50 people from 16 institutions gathered to review the results of a capacity building campaign that had, over the past month, gathered stories from over 350 people from a diverse range of institutions including 6 Seattle schools, unions, churches, the Health Equity Circle, and Casa Latina. Guided by table discussions, the group discerned three areas to focus further research and action:

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Upcoming Events
Sound - Immigrants Rights Action Team Meeting Oct 18, 2017 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM — Sound Alliance office, 649 Strander Blvd, Suite B, Tukwila
MACG - Housing Team Clackamas Oct 19, 2017 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM — Milwaukie Lutheran Church, 3810 SE Lake Rd., Milwaukie, OR 97222
Spokane - All In For Washington Team Meeting Oct 25, 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 — Havurah Shalom, 825 NW 18th Ave, Portland
Sound - Fall Assembly Oct 26, 2017 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM — Casa Latina, 317 17th Avenue South, Seattle
Sound - Leadership Institute for Public Life - Fall 2017 (Part 1) Oct 28, 2017 09:30 AM - 03:30 PM — St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 30525 8th Ave S, Federal Way
Spokane - Budget Matters Policy Summit Oct 31, 2017 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM — Gonzaga University Hemmingson Center, 702 E Desmet Ave., Spokane
MACG - Fall 2017 Leadership Institute (Part 1) Nov 03, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM — OHSU Family Medicine at Richmond Clinic, 3930 SE Division, Portland
Spokane - Leadership Institute for Public Life - Fall 2017 (Part 1) Nov 04, 2017 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM — West Central Episcopal Mission at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 1832 W Dean Ave, Spokane
MACG - Fall 2017 Leadership Institute (Part 2) Nov 04, 2017 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM — OHSU Family Medicine at Richmond Clinic, 3930 SE Division, Portland
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