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HEART - Housing Equity Action Research Team

West Central HEART is the Housing Equity Action Research Team, a group of activated leaders from the Spokane Alliance and West Central Neighborhood working together to expand housing options in West Central.  Many members of the team call West Central home, others joined from Spokane Alliance members institutions including Transitions, the West Central Development Project, the West Central Abbey, Salem Lutheran Church, and Congregation Emanu-El. Right now, HEART is working to identify the major pressures impacting housing in West Central and discerning our next steps towards action by meeting with other leaders on housing equity in the city.  If you are interested in joining us to build power with those who live, work, or worship in West Central to shape the housing landscape in the neighborhood, please reach out to Leila Lewis at [email protected]  

Good Jobs & Public Benefits

Good Jobs have been a priority for the Spokane Alliance since our founding. Currently, the Jobs Team is focused on ensuring that all Public Works projects in the Spokane region create benefits for the whole community. We believe that the community is strengthened when more workers have health insurance and retirement benefits. 

Mental Health x Child Care Action Team

When the pandemic began the longer-term issues facing families and the childcare industry were laid bare. Many member organizations of the Spokane Alliance represent front-line workers who were continuing to work through the early shut downs. Their lack of access to affordable childcare created crises for families and in our public services.

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September Updates

Here's the news at the Alliance this month!

Welcome Laurel Fish, Senior Organizer

A message from Mary Lou Johnson, President of the Spokane Alliance Board:

The leaders of the Spokane Alliance are happy to announce that Laurel Fish has joined us as our new Senior Organizer!  Laurel replaces our terrific Katie Zinler to continue our work for the common good. Many of you will recognize Laurel as the Co-Chair of the Strategy Team and active member of both the Childcare/Mental Health Team and our new Language Access Team. So happy to have you in this new role, Laurel!

Laurel Fish

A message from Laurel:

I am honored to have the opportunity to work with the Spokane Alliance in building an inclusive, strategic, and powerful coalition.  

I was born and raised in Spokane and moved back here with my family in 2019. I have spent the last eight years as a union representative and organizer. My time in the labor movement taught me that developing leaders to recognize and wield their own power is one of the few ways to create long-lasting change.

While Spokane has grown and changed in the decade I was away, the disparities we face—especially across race and class—have also become more visible and acute. The challenges we confront are bigger than any one organization can tackle on their own. I believe that our coalition is uniquely poised to have the vision, leadership, and power necessary to work on issues that will help create a thriving Spokane.

Looking forward to working you on achieving our collective vision,


August of Action: Childcare at the County

August Action Childcare Postcards outside Spokane County

We brought our power to the Spokane County Commissioner’s public meeting every week in August to support childcare stabilization. Over 60 members attended, 21 speakers testified, and 12 institutions came out in support. See coverage of the actions from The Center Square and Spokane Public Radio.

Early childhood development needs long term, sustainable solutions, but right now it needs to be stabilized before the whole industry vanishes. The Spokane Alliance Childcare & Mental Health Team has identified major pressures impacting our families—we know that our community is facing a lack of affordability for working families, an under-resourced childcare workforce and lack of mental health resources in early learning.

We’re asking the Spokane Board of Commissioners to allocate at least $4.5M of their $101M in federal recovery funds to match investments from the City and Valley.

The County Commissioners have not yet stepped up to do their part-–our work isn’t over yet! 


Sign Up for Get Out the Vote Doorknocking with the Alliance

The Spokane Alliance is mobilizing Get Out the Vote days to educate our members and voters on where the candidates stand on our priority issues.

We will be knocking on doors to talk to neighbors about the impact of these elections on our community--accessible childcare, quality jobs, equitable housing, language access, and more!

Dates: Saturday, October 22nd Saturday, October 29th

Time: 10 AM 

Meet at: Parkview Early Learning Center (19 E Queen, Spokane)


Join Us for the Delegate Assembly, Sept 29th, 6-8pm

Join leaders from across the Spokane Alliance for our quarterly Delegate Assembly.

We will be meeting to reflect on our work so far and discern the next steps for building our unity and power as a coalition. 

Each member organization should have 3-4 representatives present. Participating ensures your organization's interests are represented. 

Date: Thursday, September 29th

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Location: Spokane Education Association (230 E Montgomery Ave, Spokane)

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Send a Thank You to Spokane City Council

On April 28th, 255 members of the Spokane Alliance and 25 kids from 17 member institutions were successful in getting commitments from the City of Spokane and City of Spokane Valley to allocate a total of $4.5 M towards Childcare Stabilization of American Rescue Act Plan funds! 

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Delegates Assembly Sept 2022

Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 06:00 PM


Join leaders from across the Spokane Alliance for our quarterly Delegate'... RSVP

Mental Health & Childcare, Team Meeting

Wednesday, October 05, 2022 at 05:30 PM

Join members from across the Spokane Alliance in their work to create a child care system that is affordable and values earlier learning e... RSVP

Wrestling with the Truth

Thursday, October 06, 2022 at 01:00 PM

The Truth & Reconciliation Team includes a majority of institutional leaders committed to taking the Wrestling training at our affiliate all... RSVP