As a neighborhood-based coalition, we structured RBAC to engage in advocacy with partners either at action tables or in direct partner to partner relationships. We determined these are the best approaches because they build community around solutions, allow a focus on neighborhood-grown projects and they drive innovative policy changes across issue areas. We strategically select the tables we are a part of or we create them ourselves. A unifying practice across our work at action tables is to elevate grassroots voices, particularly those of our young people. Black and Brown Rainier Beach residents are just trying to get by and can’t make it to these meetings on a regular basis, RBAC attends those meetings and advocates on behalf of the hopes and dreams of RB residents. The partner to partner advocacy relationships have a unique quality that proves successful in Rainier Beach. These focus on meeting people where they are at, literally. The youth and neighborhood engagement method RBAC utilizes activates place in Rainier Beach, in other words street corners. The researchers call it street segments. No better place to hear from the residents. We take the feedback and create projects that pursue systems and policy change. Below are tables we sit at and organizations we have partnered with. Join the list, email email@example.com.
At RBHS with Mayor Durkin acknowledging students advocacy regarding Orca Cards for all. RBAC was on hand to call OG’s (2010) on whose shoulder this work stands on. Shout Out To : Tanisha S, Elana W, Mariah S, Jaquel R, Senator Saldana, Gregory D
— Rainier Beach (@rainierbeach) September 7, 2018 (Video Source: Seattle Channel).
The team of RBAC workers providing community led non arrest crime intervention. Their presence in the Rainier Beach has contributed to a decrease in incidents that lead to youth crime. They are Corner Greeters, Clean Crew, YATTA Rising, Beach Fives and Circle Keepers
— Rainier Beach (@rainierbeach) October 3, 2020
“We’re excited that the City is taking this important step to the implementation of the Rainier Beach Neighborhood Plan and the long-standing (10 years) community vision for the Rainier Beach Food Innovation District. Securing the site for the Food Innovation Center will be a launching pad for so many communities in Rainier Beach to build on their unique food cultures and bring economic growth to the neighborhood,” said Gregory Davis, RBAC Managing Strategist. “Investing in community-based organizations to secure ownership of land is critically important for mitigating the impact displacement has on disproportionally impacted BIPOC communities, this is building on the local cultural assets, and setting a new community control of land and development model.”
— South Seattle Emerald JULY 10, 2020
Rainier Beach Action Coalition is convening a Food Policy Council for the next three years. The Food Policy Council will be a place where local BIPOC Farmers, refugees, immigrant farmers, and other food system leaders can be leaders and have the space to work together and produce solutions to push food justice work forward. A Food Policy Council has never been created to represent or serve the South King County region before, so there is a lot of space to imagine how we can do it differently than how it’s been done, honoring our communities’ most impacted systems.
— Rainier Beach Action Coalition Feb 1st, 2023