Racial Justice


People of color disproportionately earn lower incomes, pay a higher percent of their income in taxes and have less access to education, health care, housing and justice. Washington CAN! is committed to promoting racial equity and justice for everyone in all our campaigns. How we as a state address racial disparities will determine our future. We believe in creating a society that is known for equality and fairness, not for increasing division between the haves and have-nots.

Current Work:

Washington CAN! recently released a new report entitled: Facing Race: How Budget Cuts Are Increasing Racial Disparities.” The report will be used by our Legislative Director down in Olympia and will be distributed to all Washington State legislators. In our campaign around economic justice, we continue to raise the issue that communities of color are disproportionately impacted by the budget cuts. Washington CAN! also sits on the Race and Social Justice Community Roundtable, run through the city of Seattle.

Past Successes:

• Federal voter “matching” requirements threatened to disenfranchise thousands of voters, disproportionately low-income people and people of color, whose information did not match records held in state computerized databases. Washington CAN! was a lead plaintiff in a successful lawsuit that protected the right to vote for all registered Washington voters.

Our reports below all highlight racial inequity and are used as tools to hold lawmakers accountable:

Facing Race

 Facing Race: How Budget Cuts Are Increasing Racial Disparities analyzes how the 2011-2013 biennial budget impacts communities of color and how these cuts will affect already existing racial disparities



Medicaid Makes a DifferenceMedicaid Makes a Difference: Protecting Medicaid, Advancing Racial Equity highlights that any cuts to Medicaid would disproportionately impact communities of color.



The Color of CutsThe Color Of Cuts was released in 2011 to highlight the affects of the anticipated budget cuts on families and communities of color.




Racial Justice Report CardIn 2010 nineteen community groups released the 2010 Facing Race Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity during committee week in Olympia.



Racial Justice Report CardThe 2009 Facing Race Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity assesses the performance of the Legislature and Governor in regards to policy that either furthers or diminishes racial equity. To view a video of the  first ever release, click here.


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