Racial Equity Fund
SOCR awarded funding to community organizations in 2013 and 2014 to address structural racism in the community. In 2013, more than 700 youth and adults received racial equity training, learned to facilitate racial equity discussions and connected with more than 80 community organizations to address structural racism in education and social services. In 2014, the six funded organizations implemented use of racial equity toolkits in the child foster care system, increased training and curricula for youth to address racism in schools, and began racial equity work in the Urban Indian community.
Lesson learned: Community based organizations often find themselves pitted against each other in the quest for funding; however, when given the opportunity and support, organizations are able and eager to join together in partnership around common goals.
Governing for Racial Equity Network
Governing for Racial Equity (GRE) is a northwest regional network of government jurisdictions working to achieve racial equity. Annual GRE Conferences from 2012-14 brought together government representatives from Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and other parts of the U.S. to share successful strategies and key measures of progress.
Lesson learned: Cities and counties of the Pacific Northwest face many of the same urgent problems. We can all gain by working together, though resources to strengthen our network are in short supply.
Government Alliance on Race & Equity
Seattle also joined other cities in a national alliance to promote government’s role in the racial justice movement.
Lesson learned: Cities across the U.S. are realizing that structural racism is holding back our communities. Now is the time to work for racial equity.