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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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Success! Day Center for Houseless Opens with Boosted Financial Support from City

Success! Day Center for Houseless Opens with Boosted Financial Support from City

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.

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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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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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Welcomes and Transitions

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.

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At Standing Room Only Assembly, Legislators Agree to Work with Alliance on Fair Budget

At Standing Room Only Assembly, Legislators Agree to Work with Alliance on Fair Budget

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.

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Best Starts for Kids WIN!  Voters Approve Measure

Best Starts for Kids WIN! Voters Approve Measure

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.

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Ballots due Tuesday! Vote YES for Kids

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.

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Labor Stands for Kids

Labor Stands for Kids

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.

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Sound Alliance Assemblies: Gathering Different Perspectives - and Being Flexible!

Sound Alliance Assemblies: Gathering Different Perspectives - and Being Flexible!

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.

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Best Starts for Kids: Briefings underway plus ASSEMBLIES coming up soon!

Best Starts for Kids: Briefings underway plus ASSEMBLIES coming up soon!

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!

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Best Starts for Kids passes Council 8-1

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.

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Alliance Leaders to Council: Put Best Starts for Kids on the Ballot!

Alliance Leaders to Council: Put Best Starts for Kids on the Ballot!

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.

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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.

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Donor Campaign: Support Real Impact in Your Community

Donor Campaign: Support Real Impact in Your Community

June, 2015 -- The Sound Alliance Individual Donor Campaign has just kicked off and will be going until July 16! During this month you can sustain your organization effectively creating change for the common good for your Puget Sound community.

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Best Starts for Kids Campaign Launches - Train the Briefer Sessions Set

June, 2015 -- If passed this November, the Best Starts for Kids levy would fund programs to help ensure that every child in King County has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential in life. Sound Alliance member institutions committed to briefing over 4,000 people before October about Best Starts for Kids. Read more about the campaign or to view opportunities about becoming a Briefer for the campaign.

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New Member!  Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency

New Member! Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency

June, 2015 -- The Sound Alliance is welcoming its newest member, the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency! Since 1974, the program's mission is to train physicians of diverse backgrounds to provide evidence-based, community oriented primary care and advocate for social justice to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable populations.

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Assembly Boosts Best Starts for Kids Levy Agenda and Rallies Alliance

Assembly Boosts Best Starts for Kids Levy Agenda and Rallies Alliance

May 2015 -- The Sound Alliance Action Assembly on May 18 successfully moved the Alliance’s Best Starts for Kids levy agenda forward and rallied leaders around a vision of a growing, stronger alliance. Sound Alliance institutions publically committed to briefing over 4,000 of their members about the Best Starts for Kids levy and to support Alliance growth, especially in Pierce County.

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Delegates Assembly Covers Best Starts for Kids, Action Assembly, and Elects New Board

Delegates Assembly Covers Best Starts for Kids, Action Assembly, and Elects New Board

May, 2015 -- On April 30, delegates representing the interests of their Sound Alliance member institutions met to cover a wide range of business. They voted on a proposal to bring a better start to life to King County children, voted in a new board, and looked forward to our next Alliance wide show of strength— the Action Assembly on May 18th.

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Civic Academy Report: Budget 101 and a Vision for our Community

Civic Academy Report: Budget 101 and a Vision for our Community

April, 2015 -- On Monday, April 13, twenty people from five Sound Alliance institutions came together for the first Civic Academy on how Washington funds state and local services. There was great energy in the room as participants got clarity on the where the state’s revenue comes from and where it goes (expenses). Participants were especially interested to discuss the disparity in the amount of revenue that comes in and how it gets collected versus the amount of services that need funding.

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