Federal judge to Seattle officials: ‘Too much knee-jerk, not enough forethought’ on police reform
The judge overseeing federal oversight of the Seattle Police Department and the monitor he appointed warned Tuesday that divisive politics are undermining court-ordered reforms and that inaction could send the department into a “deepening crisis,” further undermining public safety. -Seattle Times
Meeting the growing need for mental health professionals
Thanks in part to COVID-19, the demand for both mental health and addiction treatment has increased significantly, according to the National Council for Mental Well-being. Fifty-two percent of behavioral health organizations have seen an uptick in the need for services. Almost half of all Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American and LGBTQ+ individuals reported increased mental health challenges in the last year, but not many of them received treatment. The Council also cited a diminishing capacity for care because of the pandemic and that 54% of treatment facilities have had to close programs. - Seattle Times
350 Seattle is building a passionate grassroots movement for climate justice. We believe that climate change is a problem so overwhelming that only people power can begin to solve it. Using tools ranging from policy and advocacy to direct action, we inspire people to fight for the deep and lasting changes necessary to ensure a thriving planet.
Ending the Prison Industrial Complex
End the Prison Industrial Complex is a community group working to stop the construction of the proposed new youth jail in King County, Washington. EPIC operates with staff support from American Friends Service Committee and includes members of Youth Undoing Institutional Racism, the People’s Institute Northwest and the community at-large."
"Our mission is to ensure and promote dignity, safety, and equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Washingtonians."
"Disability Rights Washington is a private non-profit organization that protects the rights of people with disabilities statewide. Our mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities. We work to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights."
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project promotes justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education.
OneAmerica advances the fundamental principles of democracy and justice at the local, state and national levels by building power within immigrant communities in collaboration with key allies.
Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness
The Coalition on Homelessness is a coordinating force on budget and policy decisions which directly affect the lives and futures of people who are homeless and the kind of community we all live in.
Washington Community Action Network
With over 40,000 members, Washington CAN! is the state’s largest grassroots community organization. Together we work to achieve racial, social, gender and economic justice in Washington state and our nation. We believe that we can only achieve our goals when people become involved and take action for justice.
So many of us long to take effective action on social injustice and the climate crisis but become paralyzed with fear and grief in the face of the vast scope of these challenges. You’re invited to join facilitators Vivien Sharples and Anna-Brown Griswold in a monthly group that gathers to feel, digest, and move through grief to empowerment.
On Tuesday, February 9th, please join Equal Rights Washington for our first ever virtual legislative Lobby Day.
Though it is disappointing to not be able to be together physically, this virtual event is an opportunity for LGBTQ advocates from across the State to participate in having their voices heard without the barrier of travel.
The pandemic has shaped and changed our lives, and has made it clearer than ever how our systems are letting us down. But together we have the power to rebuild, recover and make a better system. In 2019 renters, organizations, and advocates came together to pass Good Cause Eviction Protections under our Stable Homes campaign.
Power is not given or owned, it is built when we invest in our community. When we come together to take what we know, what we feel. Our anger, our pain, our knowledge, our resilience. We turn it into action by coming together, moving together, being joyful together and rising together.
When we rise together, we reclaim our freedom together. We make powerful change in our schools, our communities and our government. We liberate ourselves.
Following the Leadership of Lived Experience
Disabled leaders are at the center of DRW’s work to create systemic change and build a more inclusive, equitable community.
Local Hero Spotlight
Members can nominate a local hero for recognition on their local LoveJustice.com city page!
Anyone and everyone can make an impact, and at LoveJustice we believe that they deserve to be recognized for their good, necessary work!