Since 2009 Greater Spokane Progress has been bringing organizations together to combine our organizing power to win.
Greater Spokane Action (GSA) founded
Greater Spokane Action (GSA) is the 501(c)(4) political arm of GSP, reshaping politics by educating, advocating, and mobilizing to establish and strengthen equitable and progressive policies in our community.
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GSP hired their first Racial Equity and Network Manager
Robert Huitt (he/him) joined the GSP Staff team as the first Racial Equity and Network Manager to lead and operationalize racial equity, both internally and externally with network members; coordinate the GSP network to support BIPOC led organizing; and engage GSP members.
Creating a City of Spokane Office of Civil Rights, Equity and Inclusion
The GSP Office of Civil Rights, Equity and Inclusion (OCREI) Workgroup, made up of predominantly BIPOC led organizations, has worked since 2018 to develop a community proposal for our local vision for this Office, and mobilize our community to take action.
Creating Fair, Equitable and Competitive Spokane County Commissioner Districts
GSP, in partnership with Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho, convened a workgroup to develop a coalition proposal for county-wide community districting and mobilize turnout to hearings and generate comments in support of a Community Map for 5 fair, equitable and competitive Spokane County voting districts. Thanks to everyone’s support and action we now have a district-based system for electing our Spokane County Commissioners that ensures a more responsive government that matches growing populations. This is a major victory for more equitable representation in Spokane County.
Activists Mobilizing for Power (AMP) Conference
GSP hosted Western States Center’s AMP - Activists Mobilizing for Power conference in Spokane, bringing together hundreds of leaders in social justice from around the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West to share together in the development of relationships, community, skills, and analysis.
Why Race Matters Workshop
GSP has delivered the Why Race Matters Workshop: History, Systems, and Strategies to more than 100 nonprofit and governmental entities as part of our initiative to build collective understanding and common language around structural and institutional racism.
GSP worked with NDS to mobilize support to pass the Spokane Immigration Ordinance prohibiting ICE & Border Patrol activity in non-public areas of city property.
Fair Chance Hiring
GSP worked with Smart Justice Spokane (SJS) to pass the Spokane Fair Chance Hiring Ordinance.
No on Prop. 1
GSP helped convene the No Discrimination Spokane (NDS) coalition to defeat Prop-1 – the anti-immigrant profiling initiative.
Racial Equity Committee
The GSP Racial Equity Committee was formed to lead GSP’s Racial Equity Initiative to build the understanding and capacity of organizations in using an intersectional racial equity lens to advance racial equity by providing training and support. Our multi-racial team of trainers leads the Why Race Matters Workshop and other curricula in organizations and institutions in our community.
Raise Up Washington
GSP helped win I-1433 to Raise Up Washington by increasing engagement of Eastern Washington organizations.
Helped win Prop. 1 – Yes for Buses by developing a diverse coalition and getting out the vote.
MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge
GSP and Smart Justice Spokane (SJS) helped win national support for reducing over-incarceration and racial disparities through the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge Award to Spokane County.
Racial Equity Workshop
GSP organized a racial equity training for 100 individuals representing over 30 organizations, and organized a train-the-trainer workshop to lead what is now the Why Race Matters Workshop.
Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council (SRLJC)
GSP and SJS successfully advocated for the Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council to appoint members from communities of color and form a Racial Equity Subcommittee.
BluePrint for Reform
GSP worked with Smart Justice Spokane (SJS) to influence the Criminal Justice Commission’s final BluePrint for Reform and the criminal justice reform process.
Ballot Measure Campaigns
GSP helped member organizations pass two ballot measures: Police Accountability measure passed with 70% of the vote. Library bond passed with 66% of the vote.
GSP helped win marriage equality by 51% in the City of Spokane by working with a local committee of leaders to turn out voters.
Smart Justice Spokane (SJS)
GSP convened Smart Justice Spokane (SJS) to bring the power of over 30 organizations to end mass incarceration and eliminate racial disparities in the Spokane County Jail.
Complete Streets Ordinance
GSP helped pass the City of Spokane’s Complete Streets ordinance.