Accomplishments

The Sound Alliance has won victories in the areas of sustainable jobs and the environment, housing, health care and immigrant and civil rights, among other topics.

  • Organized Know Your Rights workshops to train the whole community in utilizing their constitutional rights when questioned by immigration authorities. Secured commitments from 12 institutions to hold similar trainings for front-line staff and volunteers to give them tools to interact with ICE should they come to their institutions’ buildings.

  • Added muscle to a successful statewide effort to require school districts to track minutes spent in physical education, so that it could be determined if schools are providing the minimum of 100 minutes per week for their children. 

  • Sound Alliance’s organizing practices helped lead to the successful opening and public funding of the Federal Way Day Center for the unsheltered after a 3+ year campaign. The Center will provide basic services such as showers and laundry, as well as case management, helping the houseless maintain dignity and get back on their feet more quickly.

  • Briefed 3700 people all across King County about Best Starts for Kids, a levy that will increase resources for children. Passing with 56% of the vote, many of the electoral precincts that saw the biggest change in approval votes versus other similar prior initiatives were in the communities that Sound Alliance held the most activities.

  • Organized strategically across the broad-base to pass a Seattle ordinance allowing new tent encampments that address the lack of temporary safe housing options for those experiencing homelessness. Advocated successfully for amendments to allow these encampments on public land, and to further study their use in residential zones.

  • In King County, secured passage of one of the strongest ordinances in the nation that rebuilds trust between law enforcement agencies and immigrant communities while helping keep families intact.

  • Negotiated a Community Workforce agreement on a $200 million school construction project and then playing a critical role in generating an overwhelming 69% yes vote to fund the much-needed investment in student learning opportunities.

  • Teamed up with the Spokane Alliance to deliver key swing votes for a $1.1 billion statewide jobs bill that was scheduled to create 20,000 jobs over 3 years in the hard-hit construction industry. 

  • Created the policy and financial support infrastructure needed for  IAF Northwest's subsidiary nonprofit – SustainableWorks -  to become one of the most successful examples in the country of the otherwise elusive promise of "green jobs".  In its height it employed over 240 people, completed 740 comprehensive retrofits ($7 million of work) and reduced annual carbon emissions by 1,324 tons.

  • Conducted a foreclosure prevention campaign that trained more than 100 people to be more effective advocates for themselves and pressed Bank of America executives to open their first customer service center in Washington state to deliver in-person loan servicing support for distressed borrowers trying to save their homes.

  • Crafted legislation and led the campaign to secure passage of “the most comprehensive and groundbreaking green jobs legislation of our time” (Green for All) - designating $14.5 million for community-based energy efficiency retrofit projects that create “green” jobs for lower-income and disadvantaged communities.