At Standing Room Only Assembly, Legislators Agree to Work with Alliance on Fair Budget
Co-chairs Jenny Palisoc (left) and Amanda Blunt (right), both members of the Health Equity Circle, address the crowd at the Action Assembly
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.
In particular, two new Sound Alliance member institutions gave testimony illustrating the impact of the budget on people's everyday lives. Milena Waldron, WFSE Local 1671, shared how important access to interpretation services is for people, particularly when they are going through traumatic experiences as patients. Ty Pethe, President of WFSE Local 304, highlighted the struggles Local 304 members face trying to find affordable housing in the communities they work in--even as state workers, they are earning near poverty-level wages.
Sen. David Frockt, Rep. Gerry Pollet, and Rep. Jessyn Farrell all agreed to work with Sound Alliance on researching solutions and advocating for revenue reform measures addressing these shortfalls. In addition, Rep. Pollet committed to conduct a workshop on the Higher Education budget.
These legislators also publicly endorsed the effort to bring Tent City 3, an important temporary shelter solution for King County’s homeless, to the University of Washington.
“It’s great to have people here holding power as well as the voice of the people,” said Justin Clark, a master’s student in the School of Social Work, to The Daily. “When we come together with people in power, that’s when real change happens.”
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Legislators sign on in support of Tent City 3 at the UW -- The Daily, 2/22/16
Check out photos of the evening on Facebook.