Sound Alliance News
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...
December, 2013. -- In a victory for the Sound Alliance and its allies, the King County Council voted 5:4 on December 2nd to pass one of the strongest ordinances in the country limiting the honoring of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) detainer requests at the local the King County Jail.
November, 2013. -- On November 13th, approximately 300 people attended the largest Sound Alliance Assembly in several years at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Seattle to persuade King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski to support the so-called “Detainer Ordinance”. One week later, when Councilmembers debated amendments to the ordinance, Councilmembers Rod Dembowski and Jane Hague (whom the Alliance met with in May) provided the critical swing votes that have set up the ordinance to be one of the strongest of it’s kind anywhere in the nation.
November, 2013. -- The Sound Alliance partnered with the Tahoma school district, parents, and other organizations to sway Tahoma voters to overwhelmingly pass a school bond that will make major improvements to learning opportunities for thousands of students, create hundreds of high quality jobs for local residents and stimulate opportunities for dozens of local business.
November, 2013. -- Sound Alliance leaders are planning an Action Assembly for Wednesday, November 13th to move forward their agenda on Immigration, Jobs and Education. All leaders are invited to attend.
August, 2013. -- Pat Montgomery, member of Saltwater Unitarian Universalist Church in Seattle, worked on the King County Immigrant Rights & Safe Communities campaign. The following is a Q & A with Pat.
July, 2013. -- Rev. Dr. James Kubal-Komoto, minister of Saltwater Unitarian Universalist Church and Sound Alliance leader, gave a powerful testimony at the King Country Government Accountability and Oversight Committee on July 23rd regarding the challenges of today’s immigrants and residents. In two brief minutes, Rev. James had a room packed with allies sitting on the edge of their seats and demonstrating the power of citizen action.
July, 2013. -- An assembly of Sound Alliance members and their allies met with King County Council Vice Chair Jane Hague on Thursday, May 30, at Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church in Kirkland. After presenting their arguments for an immigration-related ordinance coming before the council, Council Member Hague announced that she would support the King County Trust Ordinance.
May, 2013. -- An assembly of Sound Alliance members and their allies will meet with King County Council Vice Chair Jane Hague on Thursday, May 30, at 7:00p.m. at Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church in Kirkland. They will present their arguments for an immigration-related ordinance coming before the council, and ask Hague for her commitment to vote for it. Sound Alliance hopes to hear Council Member Hague announce that she will support the King County Trust Ordinance.
June 2012. -- In response to a harrowing string of gun violence in the Seattle area, faith leaders from diverse religious traditions gathered together on Sunday, June 3rd to pray for victims and to call for healing in the community. Alliance leaders Rabbi Allan Cook and Rabbi David Weiner of Temple de Hirsch Sinai, Rev. Jon Luopa of University Unitarian Church, and organizer Christa Mazzone-Palmberg all shared prayers for the vigil.
April 2012. -- A $1.1 billion construction bill passed on April 11th, 2012 is expected to create over 18,000 jobs in Washington state. It includes funding for the Community Energy Efficiency Pilot program (CEEP), which has been a primary funding source for SustainableWorks. Several Alliance members played key roles in Olympia leading strategic efforts, most notably Sheet Metal Workers Local 66, IBEW and WA Pipe Trades. In addition to focusing on essential swing votes, the Alliance helped secure the support of State Treasurer Jim McIntire and Sen. Steve Hobbs.
April 2012. -- Alliance leaders witness Governor Chris Gregoire signing the $1.1 Billion Jobs Bill.
March 2012. -- After conducting a "power analysis" to determine swing voters, Sound Alliance Leaders lobbied four key senators to support the Jobs Bill.