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, gender and economic justice in Washington state and our nation. We believe that we can only achieve our goals when people become involved and take action for justice.
As one of the largest consumer advocacy groups in the state, we work within our communities on a range of issues with the aim of bringing about greater economic equality and social justice for everyone. Our Board represents a wide coalition of groups, including labor, senior, faith, and community organizations, working with our field and telephone canvasses to do education, fundraising and activation with our grassroots members and activists across Washington, organizing people and empowering them to take action. Our strength as an organization depends on our members and their involvement.
The mission of Washington CAN! is to achieve economic, social and racial equality in order to establish a democratic society characterized by justice and fairness, with respect for diversity, and a decent quality of life for all those who reside in Washington State. We are creating and maintaining a large, strong and diverse statewide community presences of grassroots leaders, community members, friend and allies to fight for these goals.
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.
Washington CAN!’s vision is to be one of the nation’s most effective economic and racial justice organizations, building a movement of people whose collective action ensures that all communities are healthy, prosperous, and have an equal voice in determining their future.
Our mission is to achieve economic fairness in order to establish a democratic society characterized by racial and social justice, with respect for diversity, and a decent quality of life for those who reside in Washington State.
We Value Community
- Everyone deserves equitable treatment and a voice in the movement for economic justice and racial equity.
- Our power comes from people of diverse backgrounds uniting together in common cause.
- Our power grows when we act in solidarity with others.
We Value Justice
- Our movement is led by people who are directly impacted by our issues.
- We will hold everyone – especially business, government, and the wealthy – accountable for creating a just world.
- We run our organization with integrity and justice.
We Value Action
- Through collective action we challenge the status quo and shift dynamics of power.
- We constantly grow to expand our membership and our reach.
- We make strategic choices that build long-term organizational capacity and strength.
Your Support is Critical
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:
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.