Report reveals state budget cuts exacerbate racial disparities


For Immediate Release—March 9, 2011

Media Contact—Fatima Morales 206-466-8441



Report reveals state budget cuts exacerbate racial disparities

Communities of color call on lawmakers to close tax loopholes to promote racial equity



What: Release of a new report, The Color of Cuts: Disproportionate Impact of Budget Cuts on Communities of Color in Washington State, analyzes the impact supplemental state budget cuts and the Governor’s proposed budget cuts have on communities of color in Washington. The report highlights racial disparities in health, education, and civil rights and includes recommendations for reducing racial disparities.

Racial Disparities in WA:

–1 in 4 African Americans, Latinos, or Native Americans live in poverty (on less than $18, 300/ yr for a family of 3).

–At its current pace, it will take 45 to 50 years to close the achievement gap between students of color and their White counterparts.

–Of 31,000 people who rely on food assistance funds, 47 percent are children and 8 percent are seniors.

–In Washington, infant mortality rates among African Americans are almost twice as high compared to Whites, 8.1 deaths compared to 4.5 deaths per 1,000 live births.


When: 12:30-1:00pm on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011


Where: Bainbridge Room, International Community Health Services Clinic, 720 8th Ave S # 100, Seattle, 98104


Who:  Community partners and Seattle community members affected by budget cuts to core safety net programs. Speakers include Dorry Elias-Garcia, Executive Director of the Minority Executive Directors Coalition, Teresita Batayola, Executive Director of the International Community Health Services Clinic, and Washington Community Action Network members affected by state budget cuts, Darasavanh Kommavongsa and Shaunte Powell.




Washington Community Action Network (WCAN) is a statewide, grassroots lobbying organization. With over 35,000 members across the state we are the largest community organization in the state. We work on a range of issues with the broad aim of bringing about greater racial and economic justice in our state and the country.

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