Sound Alliance News
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
May 2017 -- Welcome to Sound Alliance's new Organizer, Dorothy Gibson! Here is more about her:
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.
December, 2016 -- The Federal Way Day Center is now open, thanks to organizing by Sound Alliance leaders and allies over the last 3+ years. In addition, Federal Way City Council recently approved $75,000 per year for the next several years to support the Center, an increase of $25,000 per year over the first two years of funding.
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.
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.
March, 2016. The Sound Alliance would like to wish a warm welcome to two new member institutions - Washington Federation of State Employees Local 304 and Interpreters United Local 1671, WFSE/AFSCME Council 28. In addition the Sound Alliance is recognizing the service of two top leaders - Board President Jonathan Knapp, and Reverend James Kubal-Komoto as they transition to new positions.
February, 2016 -- At a standing-room only Action Assembly on February 20 at the University of Washington, 130 Sound Alliance members and allies demonstrated that everyone has a role to play when it comes to important decisions about how to fund the state services we rely on. As part of the All In For Washington campaign, which aims to make Washington’s budget fairer, leaders told stories demonstrating the impact on their lives when there is no money for essential state services and programs.
November, 2015 -- Congratulations! With a majority of the ballots counted, Best Starts for Kids was approved with 56% of the vote! By approving the levy, King County voters are supporting increased resources to ensure kids reach their full potential in life. The hard work and dedication of Sound Alliance members who have spent the last months training, briefing, talking to their neighbors - over 3700 people briefed in total! - and continuously showing up for Best Starts for Kids has paid off with a great win.
October, 2015 -- The time is now to vote YES for King County Prop 1 -- Best Starts for Kids. Ballots are due this Tuesday, November 3.
October, 2015 -- In our training we teach that “power” is the ability to act. It’s the ability to get things done. There are two major ways to get big things done - with a lot of people or a lot of money - and in the Sound Alliance, our power is people power. One outstanding example of this theory in action comes from the Martin Luther King County Labor Council and local Building Trades unions who are member institutions of the Sound Alliance.
October, 2015 -- Sound Alliance leaders held two separate geographically-based assemblies last week to promote Best Starts for Kids, gain public recognition with decision makers, and start dreaming about where this campaign could lead the Alliance after the election.
September, 2015 -- Sound Alliance leaders are well on their way to the goal they set last Spring of briefing 4000 people about the Best Starts for Kids levy, which is on the ballot for this November. This summer, 65 leaders from various Sound Alliance member institutions got trained to lead 15 – 30 minute briefing sessions explaining the benefits of Best Starts for Kids to others in their organizations and community. Even though briefings just started, 650 people have already attended!
July, 2015 -- In a decisive show of bi-partisan support, the King County Council voted on July 22 to put the Best Starts for Kids levy proposal on the ballot for King County voters in November 2015.
July, 2015 -- On July 20, Sound Alliance leaders showed their numbers at a King County Council hearing to ask Councilmembers to put the Best Starts for Kids levy proposal on the November 2015 ballot.
Our diversity is a strength: leaders win endorsements for Best Starts for Kids from Labor, Federal Way School Board
July, 2015 -- Sound Alliance leaders have won two endorsements supporting the Alliance’s campaign to get the Best Starts for Kids levy passed in November - one delivered by a church lay-leader in South King County and one from a labor leader in Seattle.