City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI)

Publication date: 
March, 2017

The Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) is the City’s commitment to eliminate racial disparities and achieve racial equity in Seattle.

When RSJI began ten years ago, no U.S. city had ever undertaken an effort that focused explicitly on institutional racism.

Since that time, Minneapolis, Madison WI, Portland OR and our own King County, among others, have all established their own equity initiatives.

Across the United States, local governments are acknowledging that race matters.

By 2017 the City of Seattle will:

  • Ensure racial equity in City programs and services to make tangible differences in people’s lives.
  • Work with community-based organizations to support the movement to end structural racism.
  • Help lead regional and national networks for racial equity through partnerships with other governments and institutions, the private sector and philanthropy.

The movement for racial equity includes grassroots community, organizations, philanthropy, governments and other institutions. We all have different roles to play; we are all working together to end structural racism and achieve racial equity.

Read more about their work.