What we do

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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Strong statewide coalition

We’re putting in the work to build a strong, unified coalition that makes us greater than the sum of our parts. We are governed by leaders of color representing more than a dozen of our member organizations across the state.

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Our coalition was founded to ensure that communities of color were counted in the 2020 Census. We brought together over 90 organizations and tribes across the state, led by and working in communities of color, and recruited over 700 Trusted Messengers. Through our shared processes, resources, and organizing model, we spoke to tens of thousands of people in Washington and got out the count. In 2020, more people in our state were counted than ever before, and we were second in the nation for self response rates.

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Leadership development

We’re building on the power of our member organizations by supporting them and their leaders. Whether it’s amplifying their message, mobilizing resources for local campaigns, or giving their community’s issues a statewide stage, we’re there to support and collaborate.

Leadership development

We’re building on the power of our member organizations by supporting them and their leaders. Whether it’s amplifying their message, mobilizing resources for local campaigns, or giving their community’s issues a statewide stage, we’re there to support and collaborate.

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The Trusted Messenger relational organizing we used for census outreach worked. That’s why we’re continuing to recruit, train, and resource local Trusted Messengers to do critical outreach today, and be established as experienced leaders tomorrow. In Yakima, our Trusted Messengers are fighting violations of the Washington Voting Rights Act by organizing for ranked choice voting, a system which protects the voting rights of communities of color.

Capacity building

We’re building the power of our movement by distributing the expertise and tools needed to make our work impactful. We’re providing training and technical assistance – as well as investing in data, research, and communications tools – to build up our member organizations

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We staff and support new member-led projects to help them get off the ground. In 2020, WCA collaborated with other immigrant-led organizations to administer the Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund: a $62M fund that provided financial assistance to 60,000 undocumented residents of Washington. We also incubate new coalitions created by our members, like Washington for Black Lives that’s leading the fight for Community Oversight for Police and investments in Black communities, and Washington for Equitable Representation that’s spear-heading the charge for ranked-choice voting.

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Policy advocacy and systems change

We push our elected leaders to pass policies that enable Black and Brown communities to share in the prosperity we build: like fully including all immigrants in public programs, flipping our upside down tax code, protecting Black lives, and investing in our communities. To make this possible, we convene our members to craft shared priorities and strategies.

Policy advocacy and systems change

We push our elected leaders to pass policies that enable Black and Brown communities to share in the prosperity we build: like fully including all immigrants in public programs, flipping our upside down tax code, protecting Black lives, and investing in our communities. To make this possible, we convene our members to craft shared priorities and strategies.

A woman in the agriculture industry wears a mask that says "Censo 2020" while working in an apple tree

In 2021, the terrain of our politics is set to change with redistricting. We’re mobilizing our members to ensure that tribal boundaries and communities of color are represented in our new district lines. WCA is also building a statewide base of people to stay informed and involved in the legislative session. We launched a newsletter tracking critical bills, demystifying the legislative process, and organizing actions for members to support these bills. Our 2021 legislative priorities include lifting the ban on ranked choice voting to bolster the Washington Voting Rights Act, extending unemployment benefits to undocumented Washingtonians, community oversight for police accountability, and progressive revenue.

Political power and representation

We encourage people of color to run for public office to close the representation gap at every level of government in Washington State. And, we are fighting to overturn our outdated systems of democracy that exclude working class people of color.

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In 2020, we engaged over 100,000 low-propensity voters, encouraging them to vote. Our sister organization, WCA Action Fund, partnered with Washington Progress Alliance and the First Mile program to get candidates of color off the ground with training and fundraising support, culminating in a record number of candidates of color winning their races and being sworn into office.