Delegates Assembly Covers Best Starts for Kids, Action Assembly, and Elects New Board
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.
Best Starts for Kids Levy
The delegates discussed the Strategy Team recommendation that the Sound Alliance should work collectively to ensure that a strong Best Starts levy proposal makes it onto the Fall 2015 ballot and is passed by the voters.
Several months ago, Sound Alliance leaders were alarmed to hear that public health clinics in South King County were scheduled for closure. The crisis has only been temporarily averted. The Best Starts for Kids levy contains funding to preserve the vital services at these clinics including maternal and infant checkups.
Overall, the Best Starts levy raises funds for programs to help ensure that children, especially those under 5, have a good start to life.
The Mental Health, Homelessness and Health Care Team, formed after Sound Alliance’s last listening season, also recommended the Sound Alliance take on the campaign. The team has found several themes in its research that has led it to believe that the Best Starts levy would be a “concrete, specific, and winnable” solution - criteria the Sound Alliance always assesses before we take on a campaign - to some of the problems the team has been seeing.
The delegates made a list of conditions they would want to see be included in the package in order for it to win their support as it becomes finalized as a levy that goes out to the voters, including “equity-based”criteria for which programs get funded, and transparency about who is responsible and accountable for Best Starts money.
In the end, the delegates voted yes on Best Starts! The Sound Alliance will be working on shaping the levy to meet its conditions and then mobilizing to get it passed in the fall.
Rev. James Kubal-Komoto, Saltwater Church, makes the case to reach more deeply into the membership of our organizations to engage more leaders in the large, important issues the Sound Alliance wants to tackle. (Photo Credit: Bill Adams)
Assembly – Time to Turnout!
Best Starts for Kids will be one of the items on the agenda at the May 18 Sound Alliance Action Assembly.
Please mark your calendar and start spreading the word in your institution about the assembly!
Sound Alliance Action Assembly: Building a Better Washington
Strengthening our Alliance in Pierce County and Best Starts for Kids
May 18th, 2015 7:00-8:30PM
IBEW Local 46 Union Hall
19802 62nd Ave Kent, WA 98032
Board Appreciation and Elections
In addition, the delegates thanked last year’s Sound Alliance board members for their service (thank you Randy Scott, Lynn Ormsby, Cariño Barragan, and Cindy Prescott!) and voted in new board members.
It is important to note that at the Sound Alliance, many of the decisions about strategic direction and campaign / issue work which at other organizations are made by the smaller board, are instead intentionally made with a wider group of people (usually the strategy team or research action teams) to ensure that more of the Alliance membership is represented in decision making. This leaves Sound Alliance board members with the rest of typical board tasks such as budgeting, personnel decisions, and ensuring legal compliance, all of which are highly necessary but could be considered not as glamorous.
So all of our board members deserve an extra round of our thanks for taking on these tasks! Thank you!