Workshops Developing: What are your concerns for you and your community?
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.
Over the years we at the Sound Alliance have organized many listening campaigns to hear what the pressures are on the families in our area.
We often hear the same issues coming up: access to health care, access to public services for immigrants, homelessness. Recently a few new problems have been added to this list like heroin addiction and access to mental health care.
All of these issues have the possibility of being impacted by the upcoming negotiations.
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.
We’ve met with many local experts including:
- Access to Health Care: Rogelio Riojas, President and CEO of SeaMar, Rep. Eileen Cody, House Health Care and Wellness Committee; Charles Heaney, former Executive Director for King County Medical Society; Litonya Lester, Children’s Alliance; Randy Scott, Washington Pipe Trades
- Higher Education: Rep. Gerry Pollet
- Access to Mental Health Care: Lyndsay Campbell, NAMI Eastside Director; Katherine Switz, Executive Director of Many Minds Collaborative; Barb de Michelle, Healthy Youth Initiative
- Local economy: Larry Brown, IAM 751
- Homelessness: Pat Gray, Kent Hope Day Center for Women and Children; Carla Hopkins, Auburn Task Force on Homelessness; Manuela Ginnett, South King County Multiservice Center; Francis Dare, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church; Carol Sandoval, homelessness activist; Lauren Berkowitz, Burien City Council Member
Let us know: Are you interested in any of the topics above? What is missing? What other topics do you see people in your institutions having energy for that we should research in order to understand the possible impact from 2017 negotiations?
Email Peter Hasegawa, Lead Organizer, email@example.com