Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County is a grassroots social justice cooperative effort focused on the empowerment and liberation of Black and other people of color through advocacy and direct action. Our chapter centers leadership on Black femmes, women, and queer people organizing and taking direct action to dismantle anti-Black systems and policies of oppression, including mass incarceration, homelessness, police brutality, and systemic, civic disenfranchisement.
We believe all communities deserve to be accurately represented in the census. Despite the census being chronically underfunded over the past decade, state-driven local outreach—as well as mobilization efforts like the Black Census Project and Data for Black Lives—can help move the country toward that goal. The Black Census Project, for example, was born out of a desire to tell a more nuanced story of Black life in the United States and “inform, influence, and impact” institutions with far-reaching decision making power.
Our 2020 Outreach and Education Focus in Washington State:
- Immigrant/ Spanish-speaking, or Spanish ESL
- Low-income persons
- Incarcerated Persons
- All low-income families with school-age children in the Central District and South Seattle, King County (schools with high populations of free and reduced lunch-eligible students.
- Black adults leaving incarceration in Washington state
- Spanish-speaking adults leaving incarceration in Washington state
- Immigrant families; ICE-detained family member
- Black and other POC LGBTQIA people in Eastern Washington, King and Pierce County with emphasis on Trans and non-binary people.
- Low income Black and other people of color in targeted communities with emphasis on families with school-age children in Central and South Seattle.