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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
March, 2015 -- The Sound Alliance is welcoming a new member this month - the M.L. King County Labor Council.
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.
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.
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:
February, 2015 -- At the last Metro Organizing Team meeting, MACG member institutions decided to embark on a listening “campaign”. The goal is for MACG leaders to listen to each other within their institutions, to generate stories and take note of issues that we share commonly in our community.
February, 2015 -- In the first win for Sound Alliance homelessness work, 275 leaders and allies made a proposal to Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell to work together to develop a day shelter-hygiene center benefiting homeless people at an assembly on November 11, 2014 at member institution St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. The Mayor agreed to work with the Sound Alliance and to find more partners to make the project a reality.
January, 2015 -- MACG has a new Latino Organizer! Paul Riek is bilingual/bicultural community organizer with many years' experience working with marginalized Latino communities. He is a member of MACG member St. Andrew Catholic Church.
January, 2015 -- Sound Alliance leaders are carrying out a series “house meetings” to surface new leaders, form stronger relationships, and better understand the pressures that are affecting our community. The campaigns will culminate in a Discernment Assembly on February 3 where Sound Alliance leaders will prioritize the issue areas that will engage the most new leaders and have the biggest positive impact on the community.
December, 2014 -- On December 15, over 170 Spokane Alliance Members packed City Council to support three city-wide Quality Jobs Ordinances that the Alliance had been working on for the last year. The measures all passed with veto-proof votes. It was an organized and strong showing. Councilman Allen stated it was the biggest crowd that City Council had seen all year.
Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Starts NOW! -- Double check if you need to enroll for coverage for 2015!
November, 2014 -- The MACG Health Care Action Team wants you to know: NOW is the time to sign-up for health insurance! Double check if you need to enroll for coverage for 2015!
November, 2014 -- The countdown is on for enrolling in health insurance for 2015. With all of the changes coming to health care in Oregon, it’s more important than ever to get the facts about what’s happening and how you and your family can get coverage that works for you. Here’s OSPIRG's guide to Oregon’s open enrollment period, which starts November 15.
November, 2014 -- The bilingual MACG Oregon Safe Roads Assembly on October 2 was attended by 450 people with representation from all 23 MACG member institutions and 14 other institutions. The assembly was an action on MACG itself to spread the word as widely as possible during the final month of the Oregon Safe Roads YES on 88 campaign before election day on November 4th.
November, 2014. -- On October 15th, eighty-five Sound Alliance members and allies gathered with 28th Legislative District candidates to discuss the state budget. The Sound Alliance Southwest Pierce/Base Area Neighbors for Good group invited all six candidates to this event after meetings / listening sessions starting in April 2014 surfaced concerns around education, mental health, making ends meet, transportation, community safety.