Sound Alliance News
June 2012. -- In response to a harrowing string of gun violence in the Seattle area, faith leaders from diverse religious traditions gathered together on Sunday, June 3rd to pray for victims and to call for healing in the community. Alliance leaders Rabbi Allan Cook and Rabbi David Weiner of Temple de Hirsch Sinai, Rev. Jon Luopa of University Unitarian Church, and organizer Christa Mazzone-Palmberg all shared prayers for the vigil.
April 2012. -- Alliance leaders witness Governor Chris Gregoire sign the $1.1 Billion Jobs Bill.
April 2012. -- A $1.1 billion construction bill passed on April 11th, 2012 is expected to create over 18,000 jobs in Washington state. It includes funding for the Community Energy Efficiency Pilot program (CEEP), which has been a primary funding source for SustainableWorks. Several Alliance members played key roles in Olympia leading strategic efforts, most notably Sheet Metal Workers Local 66, IBEW and WA Pipe Trades. In addition to focusing on essential swing votes, the Alliance helped secure the support of State Treasurer Jim McIntire and Sen. Steve Hobbs.
March 2012. -- Sound and North Sound Alliance leaders gathered for a large assembly with Senator Steve Hobbs in order to ask him for a commitment to support the jobs bill. Considered a key swing voter on the issue, Senator Hobbs declared his support for the jobs bill at the assembly, saying "I'm yes for the jobs bill. Of course!"
March 2012. -- After conducting a "power analysis" to determine swing voters, Sound Alliance Leaders lobbied four key senators to support the Jobs Bill.
March 2012. -- Sound Alliance faith and labor leaders met with State Treasurer James McIntire to ask for his support on the Jobs Bill, a piece of legislation that would authorize over $1 billion to be spent on a variety of construction projects in the state. Shortly after meeting with Alliance members, Treasurer McIntire came out in support of the bill.
Sound Alliance Foreclosure Prevention Assembly Celebrates Success, Demands Accountability from Bank of America
May 2011. -- The Sound Alliance Foreclosure Prevention Assembly brought together more than 150 leaders from member organizations, for an exciting time of celebration and accountability. Alliance members celebrated their victory in pushing to establish the first in-person customer assistance center in the state. Leaders also called on Bank of America executives, state legislators, and State Treasurer James McIntire to continue collaborating with the Sound Alliance to ensure accountability.
April 2011. -- Washington homeowners experienced a significant victory with the passage of HB 1362, also known as the “Foreclosure Fairness Act.” The bill, which Gov. Chris Gregoire signed April 14th, offers free foreclosure counseling and makes it possible for homeowners to third-party mediation with lenders before facing foreclosure. It will go into effect in July.
April 2011. -- On April 25, the Seattle City Council passed an ordinance that criminalizes wage theft. Wage theft refers to intentional shortchanging of employee wages or benefits by an employer.
Campaign Victory: Bank of America to Open First Assistance Center in Washington State for Distressed Homeowners
February 2011. -- Thanks to the hard work and persistence of a broad cross-section of Sound Alliance leaders, we have secured a major victory in our foreclosure intervention campaign: Bank of America in a Feb. 25 letter to Sound Alliance announced that it will open its first-ever permanently staffed customer assistance center in Washington state to assist financially distressed homeowners.
February 2011. -- Washington State Treasurer Jim McIntire, who has been working with Sound Alliance leaders in a foreclosure intervention effort, has criticized Bank of America for its “unacceptable” and “token” response to the foreclosure crisis.
October 2010. -- Working with State Treasurer James McIntire, Sound Alliance leaders have helped to secure a commitment from Bank of America to create two homeownership service centers, the first of the kind in Washington state. The centers will bring two full-time loan servicing representatives to the state to meet face-to-face with Bank of America homeowners who are trying to save their homes.
Sound Alliance leaders from Seattle-based member institutions meet with the Mayor's Office to discuss the Community Power Works program.
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