On June 11, 2020, King County declared racism a public health crisis. In partnership with advocates, community members, and public servants throughout King County government, Executive Constantine put together a package of budget proposals to reform the criminal legal system, and begin an ongoing, multi-year effort to shift resources from systems that cause harm, to upstream programs aligned with racial and social justice.
King County staff developed anti-racist policy agendas and biennial budget priorities based on demands from Black, brown, and indigenous people of color. To aid in further effective policy and investment development, King County has awarded $200,000 to 24 organizations to engage members of their communities, and provide meaningful feedback with input directly from The communities most harmed by systems of oppression and racism.
King County Organizations
- 4 Tomorrow
- Billie Pearl Lifeline International
- Bridging Cultural Gaps
- Brown Dove Enterprises
- Centro Cultural Mexicano
- Choose 180
- Coalition of Immigrants, Refugees, and Communities of Color (CIRCC)
- Education with a Purpose Foundation for Pacific Islanders
- Equity in Education Coalition
- Eritrean Association in Greater Seattle
- Freedom Project
- Garfield Super Block Coalition
- Low Income Housing Institute
- Nakani Native Program
- Open Doors for Multicultural Families/King County Racial Equity Coalition
- Progress Pushers
- Sky Urban Empowerment and Transformation Center
- United Black Christian Clergy/Black Dollar Days Task Force
- United Indian of All Tribes
- Urban Family
- Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle
- West African Community Council
“For the first time, King County has a budget that is built on the idea of anti-racism, and fundamentally shifts the way county government thinks about equality in our community as we address racism as a Public Health crisis,” said Executive Constantine. “Investing in engagement with these organizations brings many more voices into the conversation, and will help our team move forward developing policy that is built in partnership as we work toward our goal of a more just and fair King County.”
The grants provide funding for community engagement through January 2021, after which the recipients will report summaries of their findings to King County. The Public Health Crisis Core Team will use the reports and qualitative data to further align policy and budget priorities towards an anti-racist agenda, including accountability and identifying any missing pieces based on community feedback.
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