Over half of the people Solid Ground serves are people of color.
Many face challenges that are a direct result of institutional racism: housing discrimination, benefits denied to immigrants, predatory lending, barriers to housing and employment, and disparities in the education and criminal justice systems.
We envision a community where every home is healthy, safe and sustainable. We strive to be part of a supportive community that helps neighbors get back on their feet when challenges arise.
Racism & intersectionality of oppressions
Our work to undo oppressions starts with racism, because throughout our country’s history, people of color have experienced a different America than the dominant culture.
The ongoing legacy of institutional racism prevents equitable access to housing, healthy food, education, employment and health care, and leads to deep disparities in the criminal justice and other systems – all of which create barriers to our program participants’ success. Still, our approach is intersectional. We look at the impacts of all forms of oppression. We acknowledge and respect that everyone has multiple social identities, which complicate and inform each individual’s experience of poverty.
In order to achieve social justice for all of the communities we serve, we must strive to understand root causes of poverty in tandem with people’s lived experiences, and consider the complex intersections of their identities and challenges. We also must be intentional and use what we learn to be accountable to these communities.
What anti-racism means within Solid Ground
Recognizing our organization exists within a flawed system, our staff strives to remain on a growing edge.
Together we identify, learn about, and connect the policies and systems that perpetuate poverty and racism to the lives of our program participants and our day-to-day work. Anti-racism workshops, work groups, caucuses, affinity groups, and individual goal setting support staff in doing this.
We strive to make our agency and the systems in which we operate accountable to the people we serve. Our policies, procedures and practices support hiring, promoting and providing services to people of color. We work to remove language and cultural barriers to make our services accessible to all. And we make space for our program participants to actively inform our policy development and decision-making processes.
Collaborating for justice in our broader community
Our region is widely known for modeling progressive change and redefining pathways to social justice.
As part of a larger movement, Solid Ground is just one of many community action organizations centering identity politics in its work. We join the Non-Profit Anti-Racism Coalition (NPARC), the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Community Roundtable, the Puget Sound Regional Equity Network and other coalitions in promoting anti-racism work in area institutions.
People often ask us what they can do to get involved in making change – so we compiled this Undoing Racism Brochure (PDF) to provide some resources and suggestions. We hope it helps raise awareness about how racism impacts People of Color on the national and local levels – including right here in our Solid Ground community – and offers some starting points to help people get involved in undoing racism.
For more information on Solid Ground’s Race & Social Justice work, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.