King County Equity Now

King County Equity Now's work is grounded in a love for all Black peoples. We build community power and improve on-the-ground living conditions, together. KCEN is supported by an ecosystem of Black-led, accountable community-based organizations, of Black elders, organizers, healers, youth, and families designing and implementing a new normal rooted in equity now. 

Black Advocacy:

We move with regional Black communities to advocate for transformative systems and policy change to advance Black equity now across measurable metrics, including wealth, land and homeownership, mortality rates, etc. With community and collective, recent wins include:

  • Successfully advocated for Seattle to transfer decommissioned Fire Station 6 to the Black community to develop the William Grose Center for Cultural Enterprise;
  • Successfully halted 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 purchase the site to build affordable housing and provide wraparound direct services;
  • Successfully advocated for Sound Transit to transfer a vacant Sound Transit Lot to the Black community for a Youth Achievement Center led by Community Passageways and Creative Justice in South Seattle;
  • Successfully mobilized for $17 million dollars of investment into the Black community, including immediate funds for gun violence prevention, community service scale-up, and the Black Brilliance Research program of 100 researchers, to lay the foundation for a participatory budget process in 2021. 
  • Currently, advocating to transfer a vacant 47-parcel to Nurturing Roots Farm, a regional leader in Black equitable farming.
  • Currently, advocating to transfer a vacant lot in South Seattle to East African Community Services to develop an East African-centered community space. 
  • Currently advocating to establish a $1B anti-gentrification, land acquisition fund for Black communities. 

Black Amplification:

We leverage our political and organizing network, strategic communications strategy, and digital presence to uplift the work of Black communities on-the-ground (i.e., Black community members, youth, families, and creatives; Black-owned businesses, Black-led organizations, and more) to ensure that Black vision and brilliance has the necessary visibility and platform to implement measurable equity.

Black Research:

We are building a nation-leading, Black-led and -centered research institute that uses culturally fluid processes, methodologies, and practices to center and uplift Black voices and perspectives. With our vast and deep ecosystem, we facilitate and conduct Black-led research at an unparalleled size, scale, and depth. We leverage our community's brilliance and volunteer base to drive, support, and implement Black equity solutions. 

KCEN has filed for 501(c)(4) status.