Latino Community Fund actively contributes to several strategic partnerships and coalitions in Washington State to increase civic engagement, advance racial equity, and achieve better policy outcomes for communities of color. The following are some of the networks and coalitions where LCF currently actively participates.
Front and Centered (formerly Communities of Color for Climate Justice)
LCF is a member of the Front and Centered coalition. As communities of color, we have grounded our position on climate justice through a set of shared principles to help shape and recognize good policy. The first principle is that equity – making sure people of color have access to the same voice and opportunities - are at the center. The second is that people of color and communities with lower incomes receive net-environmental and economic benefits. The third is for accountability and transparency that requires inclusive engagement and oversight by lower-income communities and communities of color. If your organization is interested in joining this coalition, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Climate change poses one of the greatest threats to social, economic, and racial justice here in Washington State and across the world; and it’s happening right here, right now. Our jobs, health, and communities are the prices we pay for escalating climate impacts like polluted air, severe weather, and drought. But not all of us are impacted the same. Communities of color and those with lower incomes are the first and worst impacted by the brunt of global warming. That’s why getting it right, with equitable, inclusive policies is so important.
Communities of color and lower income communities are experiencing asthma at higher rates, increasingly polluted neighborhoods, income loss as workers in frontline industries and farmlands, and are economically barred from accessing clean energy, transportation and housing. Worse, these communities have contributed the least to this crisis, and the fossil fuel industry is holding hostage proven solutions that align climate advocates with movements fighting for economic and health justice.
Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy
Latino Community Fund is a founding member of the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy, and is a part of the steering committee alongside other great organizations. The Alliance for Jobs & Clean Energy is Washington State’s coalition of individuals, organizations, and businesses that are calling for immediate action to reduce global warming pollution, strengthen our economy, and make sure Washington families have a better future. To lean more and join, visit http://jobscleanenergywa.com/.
Coalition of Immigrants, Refugees, and Communities of Color (CIRCC)
The Coalition of Immigrants, Refugees, and Communities of Color (CIRCC) brings together diverse individuals and organizations in Seattle to increase civic engagement among many of the city’s ethnic and racial constituencies. CIRCC, formerly known as People of Color United for Progress, includes members of East African, Latino, Southeast Asian, and other communities, and conducts activities such as candidate forums and discussions about policy issues that impact immigrants, refugees, and people of color throughout Seattle.
Racial Equity Team
The Racial Equity Team is a women of color-led collective of individuals and representatives of dozens of organizations in Washington State, which focuses on policy and budget issues at the state level. Working at the lobbying and community organizing levels, the Team has collaborated for several years to examine the impact of bills and budget allocations in the Washington State legislature through a racial equity lens, and to advocate for equitable policies that fairly include communities of color in their scope and decision-making process.