We seek a Just Transition away from an extraction-based economy to one centered on ecological restoration, community resilience, and social equity, fueled by regenerative resources and cooperative work, governed by deep democracy, and a culture of caring and sacredness.
There is a lot on the line as the Washington State Legislature heads into a long legislative session where they will be creating a new two-year budget for Washington, responding to climate and environmental challenges, and tackling other issues related to housing, homelessness, and the ongoing mental health crisis.
Thank you for joining our first legislative briefing of the year! Stay tuned for updates throughout the legislative session:
Our first hearings on adding climate goals and actions to local planning happen Tuesday, Jan. 17!
You can take action on this Front and Centered legislative priority by signing in PRO for the climate in the Growth Management Act:
What does it mean to sign in PRO? It means you provide your name, email, city, and ZIP code, and that you mark your position as being “Pro” for Senate Bill 5203 and House Bill 1181. By taking just three minutes to sign in PRO on these bills, you will help bring climate goals and actions into the planning that goes on in your city, town, or county.
Click the buttons to take action ASAP, before the hearings on Tuesday!
In a new report, A Transportation Justice Agenda for Washington State, Front and Centered is proposing a sweeping agenda for justice to reorient the way we invest our transportation dollars and prioritize safety with clear standards for improving transit and safe sidewalks and crosswalks.
The report also features some information from the Washington Transit Access Map, which just launched today!
In a new report, Exposing False Solutions: How Washington’s Cap and Trade Program Gives Industrial Polluters a Free Pass, Front and Centered explores our state’s cap-and-trade scheme which provides allowances to many of Washington’s biggest polluters and its impacts on our communities.
In 2019, we helped write and pass the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) to transition Washington State to 100% clean electricity over the next two decades. Three years on, electric utilities have made halting progress in advancing the stated goals to equitably transition to 100% clean electricity for Washington consumers.
On August 17, Front and Centered held a virtual briefing called Energy Justice—How Do We Fulfill CETA’s Promise? to bring awareness to the CETA implementation process and our efforts to center equity.
Check out our latest Energy Justice blog to find updates and watch the full briefing!
In Washington and across the country, a person’s race, even more than their income, is the most important factor that determines how their health is impacted by climate change and pollution. As highlighted by the frontline voices in our report, Community Report on Environmental Justice, environmental justice (EJ) can be achieved by directing the focus of state agencies to the communities most impacted. The findings of our community report, which helped inform the landmark Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act, offer a firsthand account of how human health is impacted by pollution and climate impacts, and how it can be improved by government focus.
Just Movement Community Report –
Transitioning Transportation in Washington State
Transportation makes up 40% of Washington GHG pollution and is a core contributor to the disproportionate impacts of pollution in Washington State, the most overburdened communities being disportionately communities of color. These impacts literally take years off our lives. Through Front and Centered statewide listening sessions and surveys, Washington’s communities of color named air quality and health, and increasing the quantity and quality of public transit as priorities for action.
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VIRTUAL COMMUNITY BRIEFING
APRIL 9, 2021 – 1:00 PM
Our View from the Frontlines:
What are the Gaps Between
Policy and Practice During this Pandemic?
This year was a near breaking point for our frontline communities.
Front and Centered invites you to see, hear, and feel how we look back at 2020 with perspective, and look forward to 2021 with possibilities.
Thank you for all you do to keep the intersection of racial equity and environmental justice front and centered.
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 COVID-19 and wildfires.