July 2017 -- Congratulations are in order for the Spokane Alliance's Public Safety & Mental Health Research Action Team! After three years of the team's work researching and promoting the idea with partner organizations, key leaders, and government agencies, the Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council voted to approve a plan to build a Mental Health Crisis Stabilization Facility in 2018. The facility will also be a win for Spokanites who suffer from mental illness.
June 2017 -- The Spokane Alliance had a successful Discernment Assembly on June 12th, with just under 60 people in attendance from a large number of our member organizations. Over the past three months, Spokane Alliance leaders had about 475 intentional conversations (mostly house meetings and individual meetings) within our membership.
URGENT: Tell your legislators to avoid a government shutdown by passing a budget that funds great schools.
June, 2017 -- On July 1st, our state government could shutdown. A second special session began May 23rd and lawmakers have until June 30th to pass a budget. If budget negotiations break down again, government agencies, schools, parks, libraries and other important public services will close. It doesn’t have to be this way if we make our voices heard. Now is the time to call your legislators and demand they pass a budget that closes wasteful tax breaks, fully funds great schools and teachers, and maintains public investments in essential services that support children and families.
April, 2017 -- Good news - the House Democrats' budget was just released and includes many of the proposals that our All In For Washington campaign supports! To support the steps the House Democrats' budget will take towards cleaning up our tax code and creating thriving communities, we now need letters to the editor and phone calls/emails to legislators. This is where YOU come in!
March 2017 -- 38 Spokane Alliance leaders from 15 institutions gathered on Feb 24 & 25 to discuss the future of the Alliance, its role in the current post-election political landscape, and reflect on individual leadership journeys. Here are some highlights of the rich discussions by Mary Lou Johnson & Karen Dorn Steele, Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane.
March, 2017 -- Beginning this Saturday, March 11, legislators are coming home from Olympia for one reason: to hear from you at town halls across the state. With tough budget negotiations around the corner, these town halls are a vital opportunity to let our senators and representatives know that we can create great schools and protect our thriving communities here in Washington, but only if we clean up our upside-down tax code.
January, 2017 -- The Mental Health & Public Safety Team’s work over the past two and half years advocating for a Jail Diversion Facility to move people in mental health and substance use crises out of jail and into treatment is paying off! The Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council has made creating a Jail Diversion Facility one of their top priorities for 2017.
January, 2017 -- On Jan. 11th, the Spokane Public Schools school board voted unanimously to provide a public statement to the community in response to recent bullying. This followed almost 9 weeks of work by Spokane Alliance members and allied organizations.
December, 2016 -- Across the political spectrum, widespread anxiety about people’s economic futures - combined with hopelessness and frustration with government's ability to improve the situation – laid the foundation for populist surges that challenged the establishments in both major parties in the recent US presidential election. At its worst, the campaign pitted Americans against each other, exposed race and gender prejudices, and further eroded people’s confidence in government. In this context, the well refined relational organizing practices of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) and its affiliates across the US and beyond are needed now more than ever.
December, 2016 -- Governor Jay Inslee invited the Spokane Alliance to a working breakfast. A group of leaders travelled to Olympia to participate in the meeting. Sheila Collins, Fuse Washington, wrote up the experience here.
October 2016 -- The Spokane and Sound Alliance recently hosted several successful local assemblies with legislative candidates to move our statewide and local campaigns forward. The October 15 statewide assembly is cancelled.
July, 2016 -- Spokane Alliance leaders gathered together on June 16 for our Annual Meeting, reviewing the past year, celebrating and taking in lessons learned from a fabulous year of growth for the organization.
May, 2016 -- The Spokane Alliance's successful campaign for sick and safe leave for Spokane workers got major recognition at the Spokane County Democrats' Foley Legacy Dinner on April 23.
March, 2016 - The Spokane Alliance is pleased to welcome two new member institutions this season - Washington State Nurses Association and Washington Federation of State Employees Local 1221. Here's what the new members had to say about their decisions to join.
January, 2016 -- On January 11th the Spokane City Council voted 6-1 to pass a Sick and Safe Leave Policy, on the 22nd Mayor Condon vetoed it, and three days after that the city council overrode the mayor's veto. Over 180 people turned out in support of Sick and Safe Leave on the night of the initial vote with over 30 prepared testimonies from many different perspectives. We, the Spokane Alliance and our allies, were able to pass a strong policy for Spokane and succeeded in getting a stronger policy than most jurisdictions across the country.
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.
July, 2015 -- 53 Spokane Alliance leaders and allies turned out to the July 16 Spokane City Council Open House on Earned Sick and Safe Leave, a strong showing that easily outnumbered opponents. Our presence made a difference.
June, 2015 -- The Sick, Safe, and Family Leave campaign has unearthed so many personal stories about how the policy could positively benefit people's lives and our community. Many of these stories have been told as testimonies at the weekly Monday night City Council meeting and we are now sharing them here with you.
May, 2015 -- The Spokane Alliance is launching a new digital component to the campaign for earned sick and safe leave.