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.
October, 2014 -- Almost 800 enthusiastic delegates from MVA’s member organizations, joined by dozens of invited community leaders, politicians, guests and observers packed the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver on October 9, 2014. They were all there to hear from Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, NPA mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe, COPE mayoral candidate Meena Wong and Green Party Councillor Adriane Carr on the issues MVA members identified as the priorities they felt they had in common and could work on together.
Our proposals are complete! Metro Vancouver Alliance is ready for the Municipal Accountability Assembly
October, 2014 -- At the MVA Municipal Accountability Assembly next week, we will commit to working with Vancouver's Civic government on the four issues - social isolation, transit, poverty, and housing - that our member institutions felt they had in common and could work on together. We will also ask candidates in the upcoming municipal election to commit to specific, achievable, proposals - proposals that will make Vancouver a more inclusive, fairer, better housed city, where citizens can travel on a well-planned, accessible, affordable transit system.
September, 2014 -- On September 17, almost 100 delegates from MVA’s 50 member institutions came together to hear about the work of our four Research/Action Teams and vote on proposals to bring forward at our Municipal Accountability Assembly on October 9.
June, 2014. -- The National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in downtown Portland is MACG’s latest member institution! Read the story of how the College came to know MACG and ultimately join up.
June, 2014 -- On April 10 MVA held the first meeting and training for the Research Action Teams interested in working on the four issues - poverty, housing, transit and social isolation - identified through our listening campaign. Four Research Action Teams are now carrying out their research, with a regular schedule of meetings to bring the results together. Read More about what each team is up to.