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Frontline Communities, Equity Centered

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.

Read our latest Energy Justice blog!

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 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.

2022 LEGISLATIVE RECAP

Now that the 2022 legislative session is over, we have a clear picture of what passed, what didn’t, and what work there is left to do to change the rules of our state to advance a Just Transition to Climate and Environmental Justice.

We want to thank our community membership and our supporters who helped us get frontline voices to the decision-making tables in Olympia and get our priorities over the finish line!

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COMMUNITY REPORT ON ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

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?
PART 3

Join the third of three conversations about how the pandemic has exacerbated the inequities of community health and wellbeing for frontline communities statewide.

Friday, April 9th at 1 PM

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Our view from the Frontlines:
What are the Gaps Between Policy and Practice
During this Pandemic?

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The Just Futures Project Provides a Community Vision for Economic Recovery in Washington State

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Centering Equity in Washington’s Clean Energy Transition

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Just Transition Requires More Than Inflation Reduction

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Meet Our 2022 Frontline Fellows and Support Their Work!

2020 YEAR IN REVIEW

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.

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FRONTLINE RESPONSE FUND

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.

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