Build power within our diverse communities to collectively create racial, economic and social justice.
The Alliance emerged to overcome the COVID-19 Pandemic and its racial disparities and beyond to flourish and thrive through sustainably funded, community driven programs, aligned social values, and authentic partnerships.
WE value our communities’ lives and wellbeing above private, economic and political interest. We seek to undo the institutionalized and internalized racism, and colonialism that has kept us divided, and which has helped maintain the systemic oppression and marginalization of our communities for far too long. We hold dearly and value all communities that are organizing themselves to also undo these social structures of dehumanization and subjugation. As such, we commit ourselves to collectively work to address the disparate impacts of COVID-19 and all of the inequities that have been laid bare under this crisis and which have historically impacted our communities
The work of the Alliance was initially started as a response to King County setting up the White Center De-Intensification facility when Chris Blado began organizing a group of business owners, residents, organizers, like Yen Baynes, and Rita Leaaronson and organizations like White Center CDA, White Center Neighborhood Group Alliance for Public Health Equity & Safety, CIRCC and El Comité. We acknowledge the hard work of all who were involved in this effort through organizing and public testimony at the King County Council, by Bereket Kiros, Carlos Marentes and many others, which was instrumental in the King County’s Office of Equity and Social Justice (OESJ) in developing an Equity Awareness Tool that will be used by agencies involved with determining the location of De-Intensification facility in the county.
Additionally, this group’s efforts also highlighted the need to increase the COVID response funds that the county was going to administer which was increased to $1M. As the White Center work continued, the work of the Alliance with growing partnerships with 17 organizations began to take shape. This was in large part to the involvement of the original organizations and resident activists but also through the great coordination of Sameth Mell and the organizational support of CIRCC.
With this level of coordination, the Alliance was able to establish its initial 3 committee (Immediate Needs, Advocacy and Communication) and maintained an engaged membership in which it was hosting weekly calls with the Governor’s office, having Dow Constantine attend one of the meetings and also had regular attendance by elected representatives and other guests. The work also further grew to include the Anti-hate, Anti-Bias and Community Support committees and the membership rose to about 25 organizations.