Welcome to Spokane Alliance!
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.
April, 2015 -- The Spokane Alliance extends a warm welcome to Global Neighborhood, our newest member institution. Global Neighborhood provides former refugees with opportunities for holistic development, providing them with Employment, Education, and Empowerment.
March, 2015 -- Over 70 Spokane Alliance members, as well as representatives from a broad coalition of 60 businesses and community organizations, filled the dining area in front of the new Common Crumb Bakery on Main Street on Tuesday, March 31 to introduce a Paid Sick, Safe & Family Leave draft policy covering all Spokane workers, and to call on City Council to pass an ordinance based on that policy.
3/31/15 -- KXLY4 -- If you're out sick from work, do you get paid? Many in Spokane do not, but some city council members want to change that. City council members Jon Snyder and Amber Waldref plan to introduce a resolution this week that basically states their intentions to establish a paid sick leave ordinance in the city. The policy would be based on a proposal from the Spokane Alliance that outlines how employees would accrue sick leave and how much of it they could earn at different sized businesses.
3/4/15 -- Inlander -- In a downtown Spokane restaurant kitchen during Hoopfest weekend 2013, Isaiah Kibwe Day naturally struggled to keep up with the biggest rush of the year. He was dicing an avocado when his knife slipped into his palm below the thumb. He barely avoided damage to the nerve and connective tissues and recalled that "picking up something as unimposing as a piece of paper was excruciating." Under pressure from supervisors, Day returned a day and a half later. He dropped kitchenware and suffered avoidable burns, while blood soaked through the bandages on his hand. Literally adding insult to injury, he was never compensated for missed time. Why?