Sound Alliance News
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.
March 2012. -- Sound Alliance faith and labor leaders met with State Treasurer James McIntire to ask for his support on the Jobs Bill, a piece of legislation that would authorize over $1 billion to be spent on a variety of construction projects in the state. Shortly after meeting with Alliance members, Treasurer McIntire came out in support of the bill.
March 2012. -- Sound and North Sound Alliance leaders gathered for a large assembly with Senator Steve Hobbs in order to ask him for a commitment to support the jobs bill. Considered a key swing voter on the issue, Senator Hobbs declared his support for the jobs bill at the assembly, saying "I'm yes for the jobs bill. Of course!"
Sound Alliance Foreclosure Prevention Assembly Celebrates Success, Demands Accountability from Bank of America
May 2011. -- The Sound Alliance Foreclosure Prevention Assembly brought together more than 150 leaders from member organizations, for an exciting time of celebration and accountability. Alliance members celebrated their victory in pushing to establish the first in-person customer assistance center in the state. Leaders also called on Bank of America executives, state legislators, and State Treasurer James McIntire to continue collaborating with the Sound Alliance to ensure accountability.
April 2011. -- On April 25, the Seattle City Council passed an ordinance that criminalizes wage theft. Wage theft refers to intentional shortchanging of employee wages or benefits by an employer.
April 2011. -- Washington homeowners experienced a significant victory with the passage of HB 1362, also known as the “Foreclosure Fairness Act.” The bill, which Gov. Chris Gregoire signed April 14th, offers free foreclosure counseling and makes it possible for homeowners to third-party mediation with lenders before facing foreclosure. It will go into effect in July.
Campaign Victory: Bank of America to Open First Assistance Center in Washington State for Distressed Homeowners
February 2011. -- Thanks to the hard work and persistence of a broad cross-section of Sound Alliance leaders, we have secured a major victory in our foreclosure intervention campaign: Bank of America in a Feb. 25 letter to Sound Alliance announced that it will open its first-ever permanently staffed customer assistance center in Washington state to assist financially distressed homeowners.
October 2010. -- Working with State Treasurer James McIntire, Sound Alliance leaders have helped to secure a commitment from Bank of America to create two homeownership service centers, the first of the kind in Washington state. The centers will bring two full-time loan servicing representatives to the state to meet face-to-face with Bank of America homeowners who are trying to save their homes.