King County Equity Now

King County Equity Now is an ecosystem of over sixty Black-led, accountable community-based organizations, of Black elders, organizers, healers, youth, and families designing and implementing a new normal rooted in equity now.  Our work is grounded in a love for Black peoples and improving on-the-ground living conditions, together. 

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 a volunteer base of over 700 to drive and implement Black equity solutions. Our current major projects include: 

  • Black Brilliance Community Research 
  • Democratic, Participatory Budgeting 

We’ll be rolling out a Voting is Power initiative to register and engage all Black voters in King County in the following weeks. Look out for more.

Black Amplification & Advocacy:

We leverage our political and organizing network, strategic communications strategy, and vibrant digital presence to uplift the work of Black communities on-the-ground (i.e., Black community members, youth, families; Black Joy; Black-led organizations; Black creatives, imagination, and vision; and Black-owned businesses) to ensure that Black vision and Black brilliance has the necessary visibility and platform to move towards equity. We organize with the regional Black community to move in collective, and always advocate for transformative systems and policy change to materially advance Black equity now. Our recent wins include:

  • We successfully advocated for Seattle to transfer decommissioned Fire Station 6 to the Black community for to the develop the William Grose Center for Cultural Enterprise;
  • We 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;
  • We 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;
  • Our founding members were behind the recent King County Executive pledge to close the Youth Jail.
  • We successfully mobilized for $17 million dollars of investment into the Black community. This includes 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. 
  • We are currently advocating to transfer a vacant 47-parcel to Nurturing Roots Farm, a regional leader in Black equitable farming.