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JUNETEENTH
Freedom…Keep Going.
-Harriet Tubman

#BlackLivesMatter
WE STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH #BLACKLIVESMATTER
AND TO HONOR THE LIVES OF GEORGE FLOYD, AHMAUD ARBERY, BREONNA TAYLOR, RAYSHARD BROOKS
“There is absolutely a connection between environmental and racial injustices…This is a movement and America needs to care about what it means to have communities and a sense of community. Blacks and poor people in general suffer more than anyone else with health conditions resulting from pollutants contaminating our air, soil, and water…”

– Pastor Herbert Carey, Kent WA
Community Development & Outreach Service Ministries
“Some of the conversations we’ve been having in our community is that there’s already disparities in our communities – in health, criminal justice, environmental justice, economic opportunity, the pandemic and police brutality – we lead the markers in the number of cases and impacts. Knowing this, in this moment, makes us feel like our lives are not sacred. We have reached a tipping point on the total destruction of Black lives…”

– Ophelia Noble, Executive Director,
The Noble Foundation, Vancouver, WA
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FRONTLINE RESPONSE FUND
COVID-19

Front and Centered, a coalition of over 60 grassroots organizations based in and led by communities of color, has created a Frontline Response Fund to provide immediate and direct assistance for our grantees working to respond to the crisis throughout Washington State due to the financial, social and health impacts of the Coronavirus.

Our Purpose

Front and Centered (formerly Communities of Color for Climate Justice) is a statewide coalition of organizations and groups rooted in communities of color and people with lower incomes; we’re on the frontlines of economic and environmental change. As thought leaders and organizers we build our agenda and strength with our grassroots community. Together we build power and capacity for a Just Transition that centers equity and is led by people of color.

“The F&C coalition has the wisdom, leadership, and power to forge a transition to a healthy, resilient, and sustainable future for people and planet. I hope to help to lift and amplify their voices above those that currently hold power and privilege.”

-Sherry Richardson

“We’ve chosen to support Front and Centered because of their proximity and accountability to frontline communities. During this time of accelerating inequality and displacement, we believe that organizations must be accountable to our most vulnerable and marginalized communities.”

-Jordan Goldwarg & Sam McVeety

“From the earliest days, Front and Centered inspired me with their brilliant political grass roots strategy to place the needs, concerns and wisdom of communities of color, indigenous peoples, and lower income communities at the center of confronting environmental racism and climate justice. Their growth and impact on shifting the politics around climate change by organizing these groups statewide is impressive and consequential. I enthusiastically support their vision and the work of their member organizations.”

-Dave Woolley-Wilson

“Front and Centered does extraordinary work connecting, elevating, and supporting communities and leaders across our state at the forefront of the movement for a more just, sustainable future and climate. I’m a passionate believer in the focus of Front and Centered’s work to build the power from the communities most directly impacted by our historic and current emissions that risk the future of our planet.”

-Brady Walkinshaw

“Front and Centered has been a great support for our organization. As we know there are some significant challenges that grassroots nonprofit organizations led by POC face. Some of these challenges speak of the lack or capacity we have. Front and Centered has been key providing culturally responsible consulting, helping build a system support providing process and helping build our capacity.”

-Paulina Lopez

Environmental Justice

Clean Air, Clean Water, Healthy Communities

Communities of color are coming together to develop solutions to climate and environmental disparities

Recent Posts

Washington’s Environmental Justice Task Force Considering Initial Recommendations

Washington’s Environmental Justice Task Force Considering Initial Recommendations

David Mendoza, Front and Centered Representative to the Washington State Environmental Justice Task Force Since last fall, Washington’s 16-member Environmental Justice (EJ) Task Force and many more volunteers have been hard at work collecting data and generating ideas for recommendations on how state agencies can incorporate environmental justice principles into their work. Advocacy by Front

Bold Policies Necessary to Confront COVID-19 and Climate Crises

Bold Policies Necessary to Confront COVID-19 and Climate Crises

Our state is facing a public health and economic crisis at an unprecedented scale. The impacts of both the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate crisis are disproportionately impacting working and lower-income people and communities of color. Similarly, many of the solutions needed to recover from the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 will also ease

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2020 Legislative Session Review: Addressing Environmental Inequities

2020 Legislative Session Review: Addressing Environmental Inequities

The recently concluded 2020 Washington Legislative Session resulted in some victories, some losses, but all around continued our progress in shifting state government to directly address environmental inequities and centering impact communities in decision-making. Make Transportation Investments Equitable (HB 2688/SB 6399) This bill would have required that all transportation packages be  evaluated through community-centered criteria

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Principles for Climate Justice

– Acknowledge that past policies and decisions maintain a system of injustice –

– Follow the leadership, knowledge and expertise of communities disproportionately impacted –

– Use racial and economic analysis to drive decisions –

– Use targeted strategies that create benefits for all –

– Create net environmental and economic benefits for communities of color and people with lower incomes –

Our Members

21 Progress
Africatown
Alliance for a Just Society
Asia Pacific Cultural Center
Asian Counseling and Referral Service
Asian Pacific Island Coalition Yakima Valley Chapter
Asian Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Engagement
Asian Pacific Islander Coalition of Pierce County
Asian Pacific Islander Coalition Snohomish County Chapter
Asian Pacific Islander Coalition South Puget Sound Chapter
Asian Pacific Islander Coalition Spokane Chapter
Asian Pacific Islander Coalition King County Chapter
Asian Pacific Islander Coalition statewide organization
Casa Latina
Bayan USA PNW
Casa Latina
Central District Arts Forum
Centro Integral Educativo Latino de Olympia
Centro Latino Children’s Alliance
Coalition of Immigrants, Refugees, and Communities of Color
Colectiva Legal del Pueblo 
Community Alliance for Global Justice
Community to Community
Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition / TAG
El Centro de la Raza
El Comité de Derechos Humanos de Forks
Entre Hermanos
Environmental Professionals of Color – Seattle
FEEST Seattle
Filipino American Political Action Group of Washington
Got Green
Hilltop Urban Gardens
InterIm CDA
Japanese American Citizens League Seattle
Khalsa Gurmat Center
Latino Community Fund
LELO
Loving Kindness Meditation Center – Tu Tam Temple
Mother Africa
Multicultural Self Sufficiency Movement
Na’ah Illahee Fund
NAACP – Seattle King County Chapter
NAACP – Tacoma Chapter
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum- Seattle Chapter
Native Youth Leadership Alliance
Noble Foundation
Nonprofit Assistance Center
OneAmerica
Organization of Chinese Americans
Progreso: Latino Progress
Puget Sound Sage
Rajana Society
Refugee & Immigrant Services NW
Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority
Southwest WA LULAC Council 47013
Statewide Poverty Action Network
Tigrai Community
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation
Urban League, Tacoma
Washington CAN!
Washington State Budget & Policy Center
Women of Color Speak Out
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience