Communities of color building the future of Washington State

Washington Community Alliance is a statewide coalition of organizations and tribes led by and working in communities of color.

We organize to close the representation gap for people of color in elected office, and to make the systemic changes we need for Black and Brown communities to share in the prosperity all of us build.

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We got Washington counted.

Now we’re making sure everyone counts.

Our work

We launched an unprecedented relational organizing campaign to ensure historically undercounted communities were counted in the 2020 Census. Now, our statewide coalition is working to make Washington State a true, representative multiracial democracy where everyone counts.

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Strong statewide coalition

By joining together, we harness the power of each of our communities to fight for all of our communities.

Leadership development

We support our community organizations and trusted messengers, so they can take the lead in creating change for their community.

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Capacity building

We’re building a hub for research, tools, and resources for our organizations to grow their work and get their new projects off the ground.

Policy advocacy and systems change

We fight for lasting policy change in our political and economic system that prioritizes working class communities of color.

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Political power and representation

We support leaders of color and organize to close the representation gap at every level of government in Washington State.

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Featured stories

August 26, 2021

CROSSCUT — Margot Spindola has seen the city of Pasco change over time, becoming less white and increasingly Latino.  What hasn’t changed as much, she said, is the whiteness of the area’s political representation, both at the state level and in Congress. Her advocacy is part of a push this year to ensure that communities of color are prioritized in the state’s once-a-decade political redistricting process, which is now well underway.

August 12, 2021

THE SEATTLE TIMES — We’re growing. We’re growing quickly. We’re growing more diverse. The Seattle region’s population boomed over the last 10 years, fueled by rapid growth in the Asian and Hispanic populations, according to new census data released Thursday. The region’s growth was among the fastest in the nation. By one measure, Washington, led by the booming Puget Sound region, grew more diverse more quickly than any other state in the nation. More than one-third of Washington is now non-white.

June 15, 2021

THE STRANGER — In our nation’s first elections, only 6% of the public—property-owning white men—were eligible to vote. Just as we’ve recognized the need to expand who votes in our democracy, we also need to address how we vote. In the “either/or” electoral system we’ve inherited, voters are limited to just one choice, and, too often, candidates win despite a majority of voters choosing someone else.

Our members

Over 90 organizations and tribes, led by and working in communities of color, came together from across Washington State to form Washington Community Alliance.