Sound Alliance News
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.
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.
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.
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.
Story of a True Broad-Based Organizing Win: How health students ran a great campaign, then joined two issues together with labor leaders to create a win on both
April, 2015 -- The Health Equity Circle at the University of Washington (UW) and the Sound Alliance are celebrating a major win: On March 30, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed an ordinance supporting the creation of three new tent cities, providing much needed safe, temporary shelters for those experiencing homelessness. A similar ordinance failed a few years ago. In the final hour of this campaign, the health students joined across the broad-base with labor leaders in other Sound Alliance institutions to score a win on two issues - homelessness and fair trade - that are ultimately related.
March, 2015 -- The Sound Alliance is welcoming a new member this month - the M.L. King County Labor Council.
March, 2015 -- Sound Alliance leaders led two successful actions on homelessness in one week, showcasing the Alliance’s broad-base in both the city of Seattle and the suburb of Federal Way.
February, 2015 -- On February 3, over 50 people from 16 institutions gathered to review the results of a capacity building campaign that had, over the past month, gathered stories from over 350 people from a diverse range of institutions including 6 Seattle schools, unions, churches, the Health Equity Circle, and Casa Latina. Guided by table discussions, the group discerned three areas to focus further research and action:
February, 2015 -- In the first win for Sound Alliance homelessness work, 275 leaders and allies made a proposal to Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell to work together to develop a day shelter-hygiene center benefiting homeless people at an assembly on November 11, 2014 at member institution St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. The Mayor agreed to work with the Sound Alliance and to find more partners to make the project a reality.
January, 2015 -- Sound Alliance leaders are carrying out a series “house meetings” to surface new leaders, form stronger relationships, and better understand the pressures that are affecting our community. The campaigns will culminate in a Discernment Assembly on February 3 where Sound Alliance leaders will prioritize the issue areas that will engage the most new leaders and have the biggest positive impact on the community.
November, 2014. -- On October 15th, eighty-five Sound Alliance members and allies gathered with 28th Legislative District candidates to discuss the state budget. The Sound Alliance Southwest Pierce/Base Area Neighbors for Good group invited all six candidates to this event after meetings / listening sessions starting in April 2014 surfaced concerns around education, mental health, making ends meet, transportation, community safety.
June, 2014. -- 26 people from seven Sound Alliance member and observing organizations held meaningful conversations about pressures facing their families and fellow community members at the Parkland Spanaway library on May 28. Neighbors told moving stories about a variety of topics.
June, 2014. -- In the winter of 2013, Sound Alliance leaders successfully challenged King County's practice of cooperating with "detainer requests" which are the non-mandatory requests from federal immigration authorities to local jails that have resulted in hundreds of people not convicted of any crime being taken to the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center. Then this April, a federal judge offered a critique from a different perspective - the US Constitution.
April, 2014. -- The East Side anti-transit activists were ready. But leaders from the Sound Alliance’s Kirkland-area “Neighbors for Good” Group were more ready.
March, 2014. -- Sound Alliance Leader Sandra Vanderven from FUSE wrote this moving reflection on her experience at Sunday's Kirkland area Neighbors for Good Bus Riding Action. The group uncovered some powerful stories from people who rely on King County Metro Transit and who would be negatively affected if proposed cuts were to pass in the April ballot measure.
March, 2014. -- In an April 22nd special election, voters will decide whether to allow a 17% cut to King County's Metro bus service. The new Kirkland-area Neighbors for Good group has identified traffic and transit a top problem in the community. This group needs help assessing how these proposed cuts will affect Kirkland:
March, 2014. -- Something is happening in Kirkland. People are talking. The Sound Alliance’s Neighbors for Good strategy has begun.
March, 2014. -- The school levy campaigns supported by the Sound Alliance in February all passed comfortably, bringing much needed operations and tech support to students in the Bethel, Kent, and Tahoma school districts. The margins of victory varied by district and the differences appear to directly correlate with the level of face-to-face engagement each campaign was able to muster.
February, 2014. -- Building on the overwhelming Sound Alliance victory supporting education funding and quality jobs in November, The Alliance is now working to support school levy campaigns in the Kent, Bethel and Tahoma districts. Ballots have been mailed and are due no later than February 11.
December, 2013. -- 2013 is a year worthy real celebration for Sound Alliance leaders and supporters. We hope you will take time to celebrate … and consider investing in the great potential for 2014. In the past year, two major victories top the list...