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All In For Washington

A regional initiative of IAF Washington  - uniting the Spokane and Sound Alliances - the Budget and Policy Center, and other statewide allies, All In For Washington aims to engage 6,000 Washington state residents to make a collective judgement on financing for government services such as K-12 education, higher education, physical and mental health care, public safety, and the social safety net.

In January 2012, the Washington State Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling that could make life significantly better or worse for children and families across Washington State.  In a case called McCleary vs. State of Washington the Court found that the State Legislature was violating the constitutional rights of Washington’s school children by denying them the basic education promised to them through a lack of funding.  The Court has imposed a $100,000 per day fine on the Legislature for every day that these rights continue to be violated.

This has significant implications for every person in our State: Will our Legislature decide to take funding away that sustain other services, in order to meet the court’s mandate? Will the legislature approve new revenue sources which would allow funding for education to increase without decreasing funding for other services? What do Washington’s citizens actually want the Legislature to do?

The All In For Washington campaign will open the dialogue on revenue and budget reform by: listening to Sound Alliance members to understand how the state budget affects our families, our neighborhood and our cities; meeting with local experts and people directly affected by problems to learn more about what is happening and what solutions might help; and making judgments about which potential solutions both fit with our values and are politically feasible.  We will then engage our elected officials in candidate forums and throughout the legislative session to share what we’ve learned and to work together to resolve this situation.

To get involved, contact Ada Lin, All in For Washington Research Action Team Co-Chair.

 

ALL IN FOR WASHINGTON NEWS:

Budget Passes…More Work Needed!

Budget Passes…More Work Needed!

July 2017 -- At the final hour, Washington state legislators avoided a shutdown but settled short of what will be needed to sustain our schools and communities in the long run, and most likely makes the tax code more inequitable. More work is needed to make world-class schools and thriving communities possible.

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Sound - All in for Washington Team Meeting

Sound - All in for Washington Team Meeting

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Layoff notices sent to 32K employees amid looming government shutdown

Layoff notices sent to 32K employees amid looming government shutdown

6/23/17 -- KIRO 7 -- News coverage of the All in for Washington Campaign's statewide Day of Action to Prevent a Government Shutdown. The Sound Alliance was most represented at the Federal Way event which drew 80 people, especially showcasing our broad-base of unions and churches. Sound Alliance leader Shannon McCann's speech (Federal Way Education Association) is highlighted here.

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Keep up the Pressure: Succesful Day of Action, Now Call Your Legislator

Keep up the Pressure: Succesful Day of Action, Now Call Your Legislator

June 2017 -- There were over 400 people at 5 different events at yesterday's statewide Day of Action to Prevent a State Government Shutdown. It was covered widely by the press, calling attention to the fact that if budget negotiations break down, government agencies, schools, parks, libraries and other important public services will close on July 1!

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR - Schools: State Senate budget fails schools

6/9/17 -- The News Tribute -- Sound Alliance Leader Lynn MacDonald, Fuse Washington, writes a letter to the editor regarding the proposed state budget's negative effects on public schools and students.

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Join Us Thursday: Day of Action to Prevent a State Government Shutdown, Fund Education and Protect Families and Seniors

Join Us Thursday: Day of Action to Prevent a State Government Shutdown, Fund Education and Protect Families and Seniors

June 2017 -- The clock is ticking on the first-ever government shutdown in Washington state history. If our state legislature doesn’t pass a budget by June 30, parks would close for the Fourth of July, the parents of 52,000 children would lose child care support, and food banks that support thousands of hungry families would lose state food and funding.

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URGENT: Tell your legislators to avoid a government shutdown by passing a budget that funds great schools.

URGENT: Tell your legislators to avoid a government shutdown by passing a budget that funds great schools.

June, 2017 -- On July 1st, our state government could shutdown. A second special session began May 23rd and lawmakers have until June 30th to pass a budget. If budget negotiations break down again, government agencies, schools, parks, libraries and other important public services will close. It doesn’t have to be this way if we make our voices heard. Now is the time to call your legislators and demand they pass a budget that closes wasteful tax breaks, fully funds great schools and teachers, and maintains public investments in essential services that support children and families.

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Assembly:  Powerful Stories, New Organizers, Energy to Move Forward

Assembly: Powerful Stories, New Organizers, Energy to Move Forward

May 2017 -- Members of Sound Alliance institutions gathered together on April 26 for the Delegates & Action Assembly - an energetic night moving both internal and external agendas forward. Highlights included touching stories from the immigrant rights and All in for Washington campaigns, and the introduction of new organizers.

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Legislators Listened!  House Budget Reflects Leaders' Concerns.  More to Do in the Senate

Legislators Listened! House Budget Reflects Leaders' Concerns. More to Do in the Senate

March 2017 -- The last couple of weeks have been busy for Sound Alliance members as they participated in five town hall events, asking questions on how our state legislators plan to flip our upside-down tax code and ensure our communities can thrive by fully funding public education without cutting critical health and social services. The good news is that Representatives in the House seem to be listening.

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Sound - Delegates and Action Assembly

Time to turn out! All are welcome to attend. Agenda to include: Planning and action around the state budget and flipping our upside-down tax code; Local school initiatives related to job pathways and supporting second language learners; Follow-up on our campaign to stop unnecessary immigrant deportations.

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Sound - Public Education and State Revenue Town Hall with legislators from the 30th and 31st districts

Sound Alliance has joined with educators from the Federal Way Education Association and the Puget Sound Uniserv in hosting a town hall with legislators from the 30th (Federal Way) and the 31st (Auburn, Sumner, Enumclaw, Bonney Lake, Buckley, South Prairie) districts. Our issues: - Fully fund public education as established by the McCleary decision without taking funds away from social services, higher education, mental health, etc. - Increase state revenue by cleaning up our upside down state tax code. - Protect public workers' bargaining rights.

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Sound - All in for Washington Team Meeting - South King County Power and Relational Mapping

All In For Washington is a statewide effort to clean up the tax code so that all communities in Washington thrive. Sound Alliance leaders spent months listening to members of our institutions, discovering how the upcoming state budget discussion on investments in education, healthcare, and other services would affect our families. Based on these discussions, we decided what we want our legislators to do. Now, a team of Sound Alliance leaders has formed to move this agenda forward and take ACTION. Join the team, or just come check out a meeting, and help work for a Washington where all of us can thrive, not just the wealthy.

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Sound - All in for Washington Team Meeting

All In For Washington is a statewide effort to clean up the tax code so that all communities in Washington thrive. Sound Alliance leaders spent months listening to members of our institutions, discovering how the upcoming state budget discussion on investments in education, healthcare, and other services would affect our families. Based on these discussions, we decided what we want our legislators to do. Now, a team of Sound Alliance leaders has formed to move this agenda forward and take ACTION. Join the team, or just come check out a meeting, and help work for a Washington where all of us can thrive, not just the wealthy.

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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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Sound - Kent-Area Action assembly

Come join us for an Action Assembly in the Kent area! Out meeting agenda will include sharing stories of vital services that are funded by our state's budget and revenue system, asking Senator Joe Fain to meet with us to discuss options that will meet our community's needs, and talking with school board members about our vision for Kent schools.

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Sound - Northeast Seattle Action Assembly

Can diverse organizations work together? Can they find common ground? Will their members support each other? Come find out at the Sound Alliance Northeast Seattle Action Assembly. The agenda will include meeting with State legislators from the 46th district about changing our state's budget and revenue system to sustain critical services, and meeting with Seattle school board members to discuss increasing physical education time.

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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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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
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
Sound - Leadership Institute for Public Life - Fall 2017 (Part 2) Nov 04, 2017 09:30 AM - 03:30 PM — St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 30525 8th Ave S, Federal Way
IAF NW - Spring 2018 Regional Leadership Institute Apr 22, 2018 - Apr 27, 2018 — Canby Grove Christian Center, Canby, OR
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