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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