WOKE Washington was formed as Our Revolution Washington in July, 2016 to bring Washington state together over issues like ranked-choice voting, single-payer health care, and protecting our environment. We organized across the state, bringing together over 10,000 grassroots activists and promoting progressive issues with figures such as former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, 2004 Green Party Presidential Candidate and Move to Amend co-founder David Cobb, and Academy-Award winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
During the 2016 general election, we helped bring many issues and major initiatives to the consciousness of voters across the state. Among them were I-735 (WAMend – to get money out of politics), I-1433 (Raise Up WA – to raise the minimum wage and provide benefits), and I-732 (CarbonWA – a carbon tax to fund working families). Thanks in part to our efforts, I-735 and I-1433 won landslide victories, with I-732 coming very close!
You cannot buy the revolution. You cannot make the revolution. You can only be the revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere.
–Ursula K. Le Guin
Our Mission: BE the Revolution!
In January, 2017, Our Revolution Washington began operating primarily as WOKE Washington to better reflect our mission; we’re a nonprofit nonpartisan grassroots organization focused on the issues that affect workers, organizers, kids and educators in Washington state.
Our vision goes beyond promoting the candidates or platform of one political party; we have a goal of educating and informing voters and grassroots activists in an effort to empower them in organizing and exercising their rights effectively. Our mission is to bring people from different parties, groups and backgrounds together over basic progressive ideas upon which we can all agree.
Standing up and saying no to racism, misogyny, bigotry, corruption, partisanship, fear, and other injustices and tactics which are solely aimed at dividing us up, there’s nothing we can’t achieve by working together.
We are democratically operated by a board of directors and an army of volunteers made up of experienced people who reflect the diversity of our state. While it isn’t legally required, we also plan on releasing all information about our organization regularly. This includes meeting minutes, donor information, expenditures, and any other pertinent information.
As a 501(c)(4) “social welfare organization,” we are here to serve the public good, not coordinate with big money interests, lobbyists or political parties. We do not take part in partisan events or endorse candidates. We do not accept contributions from millionaires, foreign investors, or PACs — only from regular citizens like you. We plan to serve the community, and want to make sure everything we do is transparent and open. Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments!
To receive copies of documents, meeting minutes, contributions, etc., send a written request to:WOKE Washington
PO Box 28242
Seattle, WA 98118