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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 is a statewide effort to clean up the tax code so that all communities in Washington thrive. We know we can do great things when we all chip in our resources together to achieve the amazing things we could never accomplish alone.

 

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OUR VISION:

Washington is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. For most of us, there’s nowhere we’d rather live. We can lead the nation in education, healthcare, prosperity, and overall quality of life. But we can’t achieve this vision without adequately investing in these foundations. You can’t get something for nothing. When we all invest together in the foundations that benefit all of us, our communities thrive.

 

THE PROBLEM:

Our tax code is completely upside down. We rely too much on sales taxes to fund the foundations our communities need to thrive. That means that working families and the middle class pay a far greater share of their income in taxes – as much as 7 times the rate the wealthiest pay. That’s because powerful special interests have manipulated the tax code by inserting tax breaks and special deals that benefit themselves.

 

WORKING TOGETHER:

It doesn’t have to be this way. If we clean up the tax code and get rid of tax breaks and special deals that only benefit those at the top, we’ll have more resources to invest in the foundations that benefit all of us, like excellent schools, good infrastructure, and quality healthcare. Together, we can pass new rules that make the wealthy and powerful pay what they owe and invest more in our communities.

 

To get involved, contact Dorothy Gibson.

 

ALL IN FOR WASHINGTON NEWS:

Assembly: Candidates Commit to Alliance Asks, Moving Campaigns Forward

Assembly: Candidates Commit to Alliance Asks, Moving Campaigns Forward

November 2017 -- Five of the six Seattle School Board candidates committed to supporting major asks from Sound Alliance’s three campaigns at our 10/26 Action Assembly at Casa Latina, strategically moving those campaigns forward. The assembly featured excellent testimonies and leadership from Sound Alliance members.

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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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Upcoming Events
Sound - Strategy Team Meeting Dec 13, 2017 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM — Sound Alliance Office - 649 Strander Boulevard, Suite B, Tukwila, WA
Sound - Leadership Institute for Public Life - Weekday - Winter 2018 (Part 1) Jan 16, 2018 09:30 AM - 03:30 PM — Teamsters Local 117 Building, East Room, 14675 Interurban Ave S, Tukwila
Sound - Leadership Institute for Public Life - Weekday - Winter 2018 (Part 2) Jan 23, 2018 09:30 AM - 03:30 PM — Teamsters Local 117 Building, East Room, 14675 Interurban Ave S, Tukwila
Sound - Leadership Institute for Public Life - Weekend - Winter 2018 (Part 1) Feb 10, 2018 09:30 AM - 03:30 PM — St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 15 Roy St, Seattle
Sound - Leadership Institute for Public Life - Weekend - Winter 2018 (Part 2) Feb 24, 2018 09:30 AM - 03:30 PM — St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 15 Roy St, Seattle
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