King County Equity Now is an ecosystem of Black-led, accountable community-based organizations, Black elders, organizers, healers, and families fighting to achieve equity now. Fiscally sponsored by Africatown Community Land Trust (“ACLT”), King County Equity Now is designing and engineering a new normal rooted in equity.
Move with us to help make King County move differently.
List of recent wins:
- City finally moving forward the process to transfer decommissioned Fire Station 6 back to the Black community for to the develop the William Grose Center for Enterprise;
- Halting nearly a full block of predatory development at the former Keiro Site in the heart of the Central Area—with Black-led and Black-developed plans to build affordable housing and provide wraparound direct services;
- Transferring vacant Sound Transit Lot to the Black community for a Youth Achievement Center led by Community Passageways and Creative Justice in South Seattle;
- A reported veto-proof majority of City Council publicly pledged to support King County Equity Now's and Decriminalize Seattle's participatory budget process to reinvest 50% of the SPD budget into pro-community, public safety initiatives.
Recent (live) projects, currently advocating:
- To transfer the underutilized Red Barn Ranch property (a parcel of 47 acres that Basketball star Elgin Baylor gifted to the City of Seattle to host camps for inner-city children) to Nurturing Roots to create a Black-led farm, healing space, and foundation for youth empowerment. Nurturing Roots is a regional leader in grassroots Black farming and plans to work closely with a collective of Black grassroots farmers (GroundUp Organics, Yesler Farm, YES Farm, etc.) to best utilize the Red Barn Ranch property.
- Cannabis industry equity solutions. Including, among other things: reallocating the State General Fund cannabis tax revenue into an equity fund to help Black people and communities enter the industry; expunging all cannabis-related offenses - including felonies; releasing all prisoners with cannabis-related charges; and implementing cannabis tax-funded repair-rations for folks who were or are or were incarcerated for cannabis-related charges and their children in a step towards rectifying the incredible harm cannabis-policing inflicted on the Black community, and that will also promote generational wealth and educational access.
- Black Education Now demands. More here soon...
*ACLT is a registered 501(c)(3). Sign the petition and take further action HERE.