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New mental health stabilization facility could provide alternatives to jails, ERs

7/1/17 -- The Spokesman-Review -- Police in Spokane may soon have a new place to take people with mental illnesses suspected of committing crimes besides jail or an overcrowded emergency room. The Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council this week voted to move forward with a plan to build a 16-bed mental health crisis stabilization facility in Spokane County sometime in 2018...The proposal was developed by the Spokane Alliance, which worked with the law and justice council and Smart Justice Spokane over the past three years to make it a priority.

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Rally in Spokane urges state legislators to prevent looming state government shutdown

Rally in Spokane urges state legislators to prevent looming state government shutdown

6/22/17 -- Inlander -- As the state legislature inches closer to a potential government shutdown, members of the Spokane community rallied on Thursday to urge lawmakers to reach a budget deal. With lawmakers having less than eight days to reach that deal, the All In For Action coalition hosted several protests across the state, blaming Senate Republicans for the state of stasis.

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Dozens gather in Spokane to protest looming state government shutdown if budget deal isn’t reached

Dozens gather in Spokane to protest looming state government shutdown if budget deal isn’t reached

6/22/17 -- The Spokesman-Review -- About 60 people gathered in Spokane on Thursday afternoon as part of a statewide series of rallies to plead with the Legislature to pass a budget before the state government is forced to shut down on July 1.

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OPINION: Jane Nelson-Low and Mary Lou Johnson: Clean up state tax code to help working families

2/4/17 -- The Spokesman-Review -- As grandmothers, we tell our grandkids “never cry wolf” and “everyone needs to do their part.” At a time when middle-class and working families are paying an increasing share of their earnings in state and local taxes while children across our state struggle to receive a high-quality education, it seems some legislators have forgotten these simple lessons.

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Spokane school board reaffirms commitment to diversity, inclusion following reports of harassment following Trump’s election win

Spokane school board reaffirms commitment to diversity, inclusion following reports of harassment following Trump’s election win

1/11/17 -- The Spokesman-Review -- The Spokane School Board on Wednesday reaffirmed its commitment to diversity and inclusion following reports of bullying and violence related to the election of Donald Trump. The board unanimously adopted a statement highlighting “our commitment to providing an equitable and inclusive environment for all students.”

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Parents call for Spokane Public Schools to address Trump-inspired bullying

12/16/16 -- Inlander -- A group that included parents, teachers and community leaders called for Spokane Public Schools to condemn recent bullying incidents on Wednesday, in the wake of the presidential election..."No child should have to worry about being picked on for the color of their skin, their gender, their sexual identity, or immigration status," said parent Nikki Lockwood, a member of the Spokane Alliance.

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Business owners attest to benefits of paid sick and safe leave

Business owners attest to benefits of paid sick and safe leave

12/2/16 -- KXLY -- Backers of the controversial paid sick and safe leave ordinance passed by the city council say the benefits won't only help employees, but local businesses as well.

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ACLU and parents ask Spokane school district to address racism

11/29/16 -- The Spokesman-Review -- A local coalition of parents and the American Civil Liberties Union wants Spokane Public Schools to respond to several complaints of racism and harassment...Nikki Lockwood, a representative from Spokane Alliance, organized a meeting on Nov. 23 in response to the letter and concerns about harassment and racism in Spokane.

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Spokane Alliance and partners celebrate city passing sick leave policy

Spokane Alliance and partners celebrate city passing sick leave policy

2/1/16 -- The Fig Tree -- After three years of organizing, research and collaboration, the Spokane Alliance celebrated the Spokane City Council passing of an earned sick and safe leave policy in the city. The Alliance, a group of congregations, unions, school and community groups, worked with more than 30 businesses for several years advocating for the policy.

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OP-ED - Sick and safe leave right for Spokane

1/23/16 -- The Spokesman-Review -- No one should be forced to go to work sick. No child should languish ill and miserable at school because her parent fears a missed shift will result in a lost job. No worker should have to choose between grocery money or taking a few days off to get well. That is what thousands of citizens told the Spokane Alliance in its two-year campaign to bring earned sick and safe leave to more than 40,000 low-income workers who toil in Spokane with no safety net.

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Paid sick leave vote put on hold

8/15/15 -- The Spokesman-Review -- A proposal to require employers to give their workers paid sick leave won’t be considered by city leaders until after they approve city spending for next year – after the November election.

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Seeing need for sick-leave policy

Seeing need for sick-leave policy

8/13/15 -- Journal of Business -- I’ve owned and operated Santé restaurant in downtown Spokane for the past seven years, and with the addition of Common Crumb Bakery, the two businesses now employ roughly 30 people. As we have grown, it is becoming more and more important to me to find ways to communicate to my team members that I appreciate their hard work and care deeply about them and their families.

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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.'"

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City of Spokane takes input on Earned Safe and Sick Leave proposal

City of Spokane takes input on Earned Safe and Sick Leave proposal

7/17/15 -- KXLY4 -- On Thursday night, the public was invited to a workshop to ask questions and offer suggestions on the Spokane City Council's Earned Sick and Safe Leave proposal. KXLY 4's Allie Norton reports.

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Activists demand paid sick leave in Spokane

Activists demand paid sick leave in Spokane

7/16/15 -- KREM2 -- Activists are planning to rally outside City Hall Thursday to demand paid sick leave for all Spokane workers. They are calling for City Council to strengthen its earned "Sick and Safe Leave" policy.

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Letter to the Editor: Workers need paid safe leave

7/5/15 -- The Spokesman-Review -- Lisa Logan, community education and outreach manager at the YWCA of Spokane, writes about the "Safe" part of the Sick and Safe Leave. "Spokane has an incredible opportunity to stand on the right side of domestic violence history this year by adopting an equitable safe and sick leave policy."

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Letter to the Editor: Sick leave makes sense

6/27/15 -- The Spokesman-Review -- Tara Lee, a pediatric nurse, talks about the "heartbreaking choice" of taking care of a sick child or going to work. "I have seen parents forced to leave their sick children alone at the hospital because they can’t afford to miss a day of work. Sometimes, parents spend sleepless nights with their ill children, and then must get up early to get to their jobs. This is not good for the children, the workers or the community."

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Letter to the Editor: Sick leave policy crucial

6/21/15 -- The Spokesman-Review -- Joann Pena writes how much of a difference sick leave could have made in her life when her infant son got ill with viral pneumonia. "When I returned to work, they informed me that my doctor’s note wasn’t going to help because it wasn’t me who had been sick. My job of six years ended that day, and my life started to spiral down as we tried to stay afloat."

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Letter to the Editor: Sick-leave policy a must

6/15/15 -- The Spokesman-Review -- Karen Dorn Steele, Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, writes a letter to the editor in support of paid sick leave for Spokane: "Approximately 40,000 Spokane workers, most low-income, have no paid sick leave. We think this is unacceptable."

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Letter to the Editor: Sick leave would change lives

6/14/15 -- The Spokesman-Review -- Susie Young, semi-retired homecare worker and member of SEIU Local 775, writes a letter to the editor in support of paid sick leave in Spokane: "My friends never complain about the sacrifices they make. But a few hours of lost wages could mean gas in the car, paying a bill or even food on the table."

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