Welcome to Spokane Alliance!
Everyone gets sick. And everyone deserves time to get better, without risking their economic security or safety.
Learn more about the Spokane Alliance's Sick and Safe Leave Campaign.
NOTE: This campaign is currently on hold due to a postponement of the City Council vote on the policy until winter 2016. Spokane Alliance plans to pick up work on the campaign again in December, 2015.
Spokane Alliance is a group of nonpartisan, proactive, everyday citizens dedicated to making Spokane a better place for all to live and thrive. You’ll find us working for change in churches and classrooms, in living rooms and union halls, in City Hall and in Olympia.
For more than 10 years, Spokane Alliance has worked to improve public transportation, increase job opportunities and green building requirements among other issues. We are a non-profit supported by the dues of our member organizations, individuals and foundations. We are affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation, a coalition of like-minded organizations in cities across the United States, the UK, Germany, Canada and Australia.
At Spokane Alliance, we believe that by working together we have the power to change our communities for the better. We do more than just sign petitions and protest. We take action.
This Community Meeting will describe the programs being considered for the grant to the MacArthur Foundation (including jail diversion), and provide an opportunity for community members to provide comments and suggestions. Sponsored by: Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council, Smart Justice Spokane, and the Spokane Alliance.
A Jail Diversion Facility in Spokane? - Alliance leaders explore solutions to Mental Health & Public Safety
October, 2015 -- While much focus this last spring and summer has been on the Spokane Alliance’s Sick and Safe Leave work, another team has been diligently making progress: the Mental Health & Public Safety Team. The team pulled together 18 months ago, specifically in response to the Spokane Alliance community’s concerns about hearing increased reports of the mentally ill being shot by police and seeing a rise in mentally ill participants in our churches’ emergency services.
Health agency keeps commitment to Spokane Alliance, publishes report showing the importance of Earned Sick and Safe Leave
August, 2015 -- On June 24, 2014, the Spokane Regional Health District – Spokane City and County’s health department – committed in front of 250 Spokane Alliance members at Westminster UCC to develop a study on how a Sick, Safe & Family Leave Policy will impact Spokane. The District kept its commitment to the Spokane Alliance and has just published its report, entitled, “Paid Sick Leave in Spokane”. The report provides solid local data, including survey responses from over 3500 people in the district.
Guest editorial, Pro: Hardworking people should be able to meet basic health needs, not spread illness
8/2/15 -- The Spokesman-Review -- Dr. William Lockwood, chief clinical officer for CHAS Health, published a guest editorial supporting earned sick and safe leave in Spokane from a medical perspective. "As a doctor at a local health clinic, there are two pieces of advice I give my patients regularly: stay home when you are sick, and don’t put off coming in to see me until it’s an emergency...the most common response I get is simply, 'I can’t afford to do that.'"