About Us

Who We Are

With over 40,000 members, Washington CAN! is the state’s largest grassroots community organization. Together we work to achieve racial, social, and economic justice in our state and nation. Our strength as an organization depends on our members’ involvement. We believe that we can only achieve our goals when people take action for justice.


Washington CAN! has a long history of achieving victories for low and moderate-income people in our state. Washington CAN! was born in the 1970’s out of the Seattle/Tacoma Light Brigade, which fought against shutting off electricity for low-income families and against the taxpayer subsidization of nuclear power. During the 1980s, the Light Brigade became Washington Fair Share, joining a national network of organizations fighting for consumer justice and achieving statewide victories such as raising the minimum wage. From the early 1990s until 2006 we have fought for justice under the name Washington Citizen Action. Throughout our history, Washington CAN! accomplishments have included establishing the nation’s highest inflation-indexed minimum wage, passing one of the strongest Patient’s Bill of Rights in the country, ensuring that seasonal farm workers receive the same health benefits as other workers, and spearheading the largest voter registration drive in Washington state history.

Your Support is Critical

2012 Washington CAN Pie Chart for Website

Much of the funding for our work comes from contributions of Washington CAN! members like you. This means we work for your interests, rather than outside interest groups. Membership dues help support our grassroots lobbying efforts as well as research and education activities. Because we lobby, contributions to Washington CAN! are not tax deductible, although contribution to the Washington CAN! Education and Research Fund are tax-deductible and will fund non-lobbying efforts.  Please Join Us!

  • Click on the “Contribute” Button on the upper right of the page to make an online contribution.
  • Or Mail a check* payable to Washington CAN! to:
Washington CAN!
1806 E Yesler Way
Seattle, Wa 98122
Washington CAN! Spokane Office c/o PJALS
35 W Main Ave. Suite 120M
Spokane, WA 99201

For a tax-deductible contribution make payable to: Washington CAN! Education & Research Fund.

*When you provide a check as payment, you authorize us either to use information from your check to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction.  When we use information from your check to make an electronic fund transfer, funds may be withdrawn from your account as soon as the same day your payment is received, and you will not receive your check back from your financial institution.

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