This year, we expressed a renewed commitment to best understand the policies and structures that continue to create unsafe environments for our youth. In July 2020, we joined a coalition of eight organizations across the state to form the Washington Cradle to Career Advocacy Network. Our collective work aims to strengthen each of our community’s capacity to transform political structures in favor of kids and families.
A virtual 2021 legislative session provides us with great opportunity to better advocate for equitable policies and the reallocation, prioritization, and protection of public resources for our most marginalized populations. The Graduate Tacoma Advocacy Network will be focusing on the following priority areas:
A live weekly web series, Friday Forums developed in response to Washington’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order established by Governor Inslee in March.
The series featured discussions with local leaders and organizers highlighting the state of Tacoma Public Schools during the pandemic, how to engage learners online, funding relief for community organizations, and more.
An open letter from the executive director of the Foundation for Tacoma Students unapologetically making clear that our work will continue to support and improve the outcomes for students of color and those impacted by poverty by becoming an anti-racist organization.
A collection of books, podcasts, documentaries, and more ways allies can take an active role in anti-racism, including local businesses and voices to support. To just not be racist isn’t enough, so here are 65 practical actions to fight against systemic racism and white supremacy.