John Little, a new alliance leader and Business Representative of the Sheet Metal Workers Local 55 in Spokane, had one of his first public speaking experiences at the 2012 Spokane Alliance press conference on the Washington Jobs bill.
My name is Eric Anthony, I am an Ironworker with Local 14. Today, I have a good job that pays well and has benefits, because you pushed an agreement with Spokane Public Schools three years ago.
As a steel worker, Cathy Gunderson had already chosen an unusual career path for a woman. After many years in this demanding job, she was laid off when her plant was closed. She was left with a feeling of wanting to make a positive difference. Having seen first-hand how much energy is required to make steel, she was concerned about the impact on our environment.
Youth and education became a focus of the Spokane Alliance several years ago, as Alliance institutions became aware of the detrimental trends occurring in the youth population and a 38% dropout rate in Spokane Schools. Hopping from job to job, Joe Costin was one of my young people in Spokane, who found it difficult to settle into anything he found very worthwhile or supporting after high school. "I worked for a labor ready place, I just couldn’t find my niche,” Joe said.
Laurence Freitas, MPH MPP, National College of Natural Medicine Student, talks about the tools he has gained at MACG to help him tackle the upstream determinants of health.
Diana Ruiz, Hispanic Ministry Coordinator, St. Andrew Church has been amazed at the new leadership coming out of her constituents.
In one of MACG’s domestic violence survivor houses, a resident (who needs to remain unnamed) relapsed in her addiction recovery and needed to go into a treatment program. She was living with her two children in the house and typically, in this situation, the children would have been placed in a foster home while their mom completed treatment.
Gary Griffin, Environmental Landscape Management student and professional, and member of PHOENIX Rising Transitions, talks about how he has learned at MACG the power of story to break down silos between people to work towards the common good.
Maria Elena, Latino core team member at St. Andrew Catholic Church, learns for the first time she is a leader at MACG.
Nikki Lockwood, Fuse Washington, attended IAF National Training and came back a more confident leader. "I went to the training with some aspirations of building power in Spokane but feeling very uncertain and uncomfortable about pursuing them and came home with actionable goals and calm determination to do the work."
Martha Martinez had never taken a public leadership role before. But her story helped MACG win $67 million for affordable housing last fall.
Linda Parrish, of member organization Tacoma Dominican Sisters and Associates, delivered a powerful homily at Sunrise Methodist Church connecting religious social teachings and the organizing she does with the Sound Alliance. Read the whole speech here.
Dave Mentz, University Unitarian Church, talks about the new leadership he has taken on during the Best Starts for Kids Campaign.
Suzanne Grogran, member of Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church in Seattle, served as the policy expert for the successful Sound Alliance King County Immigrant Rights & Safe Communities campaign.
Education Association President Successfully Incorporates Relational Organizing Practices to Engage Members and Win Campaigns
Jonathan Knapp is the outgoing president of both Seattle Education Association (SEA) and the Sound Alliance board in the Spring of 2016. During his six-year tenure at the SEA Jonathan learned from Sound Alliance and then implemented relational organizing practices to successfully engage members and win campaigns.
Rev. Andy CastroLang talks about her political and spiritual journey and how her work with the Spokane Alliance has supported both.