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Community Partner Profile: Real Change


The values of Real Change’s hundreds of vendors, staff and community are Courage, Community, Creativity, Compassion and Integrity, which explains why UFCW 21 members have found such a strong ally in Real Change! From Bellingham to Olympia, and Kitsap County to Issaquah, Real Change provides an opportunity and a voice for low-income and homeless people while taking action for economic justice.

UFCW 21 already had strong admiration for the work of Real Change, however during the Grocery bargain last year, Real Change showed what real solidarity and connecting of movements looks like. In addition to joining delegations to management and taking part in store actions, Real Change put flyers in over 20,000 of their weekly publications mobilizing customers to Stand With Their Checkers. It is not an overstatement to say that Real Change significantly increased public understanding of our grocery fight and engaged hundreds of people to take action.

In 2014, Real Change leveraged their new expansion into Kitsap County to highlight our bargain with Harrison Medical Center. They published an opinion piece from one of our UFCW 21 Harrison Healthcare members about the bargain, and their new Peninsula vendor came out for informational pickets. Organizationally, they took a stand for our members by signing on to a community letter to CEO Scott Bosch demanding a fair contract. And just recently, Real Change stood with Seattle Mariners retail workers as they organized for fair treatment and respect on the job. They signed a community letter and attended a delegation to deliver it.

At the beginning of this year, UFCW 21 took part in Real Change’s Economic Justice Film Series participating in a panel discussion on the challenges to organized labor and how community can advocate for workers rights. UFCW 21 also has supported Real Change by purchasing its paper and encouraging members and staff to read this award winning publication.

Now Real Change is focusing efforts on their OutsideIN campaign to "Make 1,000 Safe by 2015" They have launched a petition which has received close to 2,000 signatures and their goal by the end of 2014 is to reach 5,000 signatures. Please click here to include your name in the call for more housing for people in the Puget Sound.  

UFCW 21 is honored to have Real Change as our ally and looks forward to creative and courageous, collective efforts to come!

UFCW 21 recognizes that the lives of members extend beyond the workplace. Members are impacted by many issues. Working in collaboration with our community partners, UFCW 21 is in a much stronger position to effect the kind of broad, progressive social change that enhances the quality of life in the communities our members call home. By improving the lives of everyone we improve the lives of our members.

We have working relationships with about 30 community partner organizations. These partnerships are a two-way street. Our partners support us in contract bargaining campaigns, organizing campaigns and working to influence public policy. In turn UFCW 21 supports our community partners as they carry out their respective missions, with public policy advocacy being a particularly important form of assistance.

As we work with our community partners, UFCW 21 changes. We develop a greater understanding of the diverse and complex world in which we live. This is of considerable value as we strive to engage and activate our increasingly diverse membership.

Partnerships include:

A. Philip Randolph Institute, Seattle Chapter
A. Philip Randolph Institute, Tacoma Chapter
Asia Pacific Cultural Center
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
Asian Pacific Islander Women and Family Safety Center - Chaya
Associated Ministries
Children's Alliance
Church Council of Greater Seattle
Community Alliance for Global Justice
Community to Community
Council on American-Islamic Relations
Economic Opportunity Institute
Jobs With Justice
Legacy of Equality, Leadership and Organizing
Faith Action Network
Minority Executive Directors Coalition
Seattle National Organization for Women

An LGBTQ organization working in solidarity with marginalized communities to understand the interconnectedness of oppression and to support the systematic liberation of all people. Engages in educational programming, public policy advocacy and community organizing in pursuit of these goals.

A. Philip Randolph Institute, Seattle Chapter
Grounded in the African-American labor movement and dedicated to developing programs that extend democracy to those who have been traditionally disenfranchised from the political system. Emphasizes strengthening political alliances needed to assure democratic social change and supporting social and economic programs that will improve the lives of all Americans.

A. Philip Randolph Institute, Tacoma Chapter
Grounded in the African-American labor movement and actively involved in providing assistance to economically disadvantaged seniors, youth, unemployed and others in need.

Asia Pacific Cultural Center
Focused on the peoples of Asia and the Pacific Islands. Educates the broader community about the unique histories, cultures, arts and customs of Asian-Pacific Islanders. Builds bridges among diverse communities through arts, culture, education and business.

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA)
National organization of Asian Pacific-American union members. Works to advance worker, immigrant and civil rights through organizing and political engagement. Emphasizes strengthening labor-community partnerships.

Asian Pacific Islander Women & Family Safety Center - Chaya
Through education, training and community organizing, provides comprehensive and culturally relevant services on domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking to Asian, South Asian and Pacific Islander communities.

Associated Ministries of Tacoma/Pierce County
Works to unite people of faith to build stronger communities. As a crossroad for communication and cooperation, engages and equips congregations and others to address human needs in Pierce County through advocacy, education and service.

Children's Alliance
The state’s largest advocacy organization dedicated to improving the well-being of children. Focuses on effecting positive changes in public policies, priorities and programs.

Church Council of Greater Seattle
Educates, advocates and organizes member congregations and develops partnerships with other faith communities and community organizations to promote social, economic and racial justice. Brings a moral and faith voice to issues of our time, drawing on the Gospel values of justice, peace, reconciliation and love.

Community Alliance for Global Justice
Educates and mobilizes to strengthen local economies everywhere. Seeks to transform unjust trade and agricultural policies while creating and supporting alternatives that embody social justice, sustainability, diversity and grassroots democracy.

Community to Community
Organization led by women of color that strives to: empower under-represented people to have an equal voice in decision-making processes; develop cross-cultural awareness; restore justice to food, land and cultural practices; promote community relationships towards self-reliance; strive toward human rights for all; rescue the value of feminine intellect and leadership.

Council on American Islamic Relations
The Washington State Chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. Works to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

Economic Opportunity Institute
An independent, non-profit, non-partisan public policy center working to restore the promise of the middle class. Through research, education and advocacy, shapes public debate and advances new policy ideas that work for everyone.

Jobs with Justice
A multi-issue coalition of community and labor dedicated to improving the standard of living of working people, fighting for job security and protecting workers’ right to organize. Believes workers’ rights struggles must be part of a larger campaign for economic and social justice.

Legacy of Equality, Leadership, and Organizing (LELO)
Led by ordinary workers, and focused on developing the leadership of those marginalized in our society: people of color, working class women, recent immigrants and LGBTQ workers. Emphasizes local organizing, with a focus on political education, and building solidarity networks with workers across all borders.

Faith Action Network
A statewide partnership of faith communities striving for a just and sustainable world through community building, education and courageous public action. An additional important emphasis is cultural transformation through framing public discourse, promoting progressive values and inspiring action for justice.

Minority Executive Directors Coalition
Coalition of community leaders of color, and their allies, dedicated to achieving equity, equality and social justice. Plays a critical role as advocate, catalyst, leader, convener and educator on issues concerning people of color.

National Organization for Women, Seattle Chapter
Local affiliate of the largest multi-issue, feminist activist organization in the nation. Works to eliminate all forms of discrimination and violence against women. Seeks to achieve a peaceful society in which every individual has the opportunity to achieve to their highest personal potential.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Northwest Progressive Institute
One America
Pride at Work
Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action
Puget Sound Sage
Seattle Human Services Coalition
Statewide Poverty Action Network
Tacoma Alliance for Retired Americans
Tacoma Ministerial Alliance
Unemployment Law Project
UFCW United Latinos
UFCW Minority Coalition
UFCW Women's Network
Washington Community Action Network
Washington Fair Trade Coalition
Washington Budget and Policy Center
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Promotes justice for low-income immigrants by pursuing and defending their legal status. Focused on providing direct legal services, supported by education and public policy advocacy.

Northwest Progressive Institute
A netroots-powered strategy center working to raise America’s quality of life through innovative research and imaginative advocacy. A think tank with the soul of a start-up. Researches ideas and proposes solutions to elected officials, opinion-makers and the American people.
PO Box 264
Redmond, WA 98073

One America
The largest immigrant advocacy organization in Washington State, organizing and advocating for and with a diversity of immigrant communities. Advances the fundamental principles of democracy and justice through building power in immigrant communities, in collaboration with key allies.

Pride at Work
Organizes mutual support between the organized labor movement and the LGBTQ community for social and economic justice. Strives to create a labor movement that cherishes diversity, encourages openness and ensures safety and dignity.

Puget Sound Alliance for Retired Americans
Local affiliate of the national Alliance for Retired Americans. Works to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens. Strives to mobilize retired union members and other senior and community activists into a grassroots movement advocating for a progressive political and social agenda.

Puget Sound Sage
A regional alliance of labor, community and faith organizations, dedicated to building a powerful movement for economic justice. Uses research, policy advocacy, communications, community organizing and coalition-building to make the regional economy work for working people.

Seattle Human Services Coalition
A multi-racial, multi-cultural group of human service providers committed to helping Seattle-King County residents meet their basic human needs. Provides information to policy makers in order to build support for stable, adequate and dedicated funding for health and human services.

Skagit County Labor-Dem Workgroup
The Labor-Democrat Work Group is an energetic organization in Northwest Washington that is promoting a pro-worker, pro-union message to the public as well as supporting and standing with local workers, organized or not. They advocate for policies and projects that benefit the entire working class while educating people about work issues and motivating people to action because giving up is not the answer but participating is. The Work Group works within their community because all changes start locally. The group is comprised of rank and file Democrats and members from 18 local unions, NWWCLC, and 3 worker organizations. labordemworkgroup@gmail.com,
Facebook Group: Labor Dem Work Group

Statewide Poverty Action Network
Builds grassroots power to end the causes of poverty and create opportunities for everyone to prosper. Dispels the myths surrounding poverty, holds government officials accountable, engages in public policy advocacy and promotes media coverage to forward real solutions.

Tacoma Alliance for Retired Americans
Local affiliate of the national Alliance for Retired Americans. Works to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens. Strives to mobilize retired union members and other senior and community activists into a grassroots movement advocating for a progressive political and social agenda.
Email: herevp@aol.com

Tacoma Minsterial Alliance
A ministerial association consisting primarily, but not exclusively, of African-American religious leaders. Offers biblical, civic and professional involvement addressing social issues of interest to the Tacoma-Pierce County community.

Unemployment Law Project
Provides free legal assistance and information to people in Washington State who have been denied unemployment benefits or whose award of benefits is challenged.

UFCW United Latinos
A constituency organization of the UFCW. Primary purpose is to empower Latino men and women within the UFCW. Promotes key issues and interests of importance to Latino workers.

UFCW Minority Coalition
A constituency organization of the UFCW. Focused on developing a unified voice among African-American union members, and promoting diversity and inclusion within the labor movement. The Coalition strives to be a viable asset to the growth of the UFCW, labor and communities in need.
1-800-638-0800 x. 238

UFCW Women's Network
A constituency organization of the UFCW. Through a network in the U.S. and Canada, mobilizes active participation of women in the UFCW to grow the union through organizing, strengthening the union at the bargaining table and amplifying women’s voices in the political arena.
Email: rhondan@ufcw1500.org

Washington Community Action Network
Washington State’s largest grassroots community organization with over 35,000 members. Works to achieve racial, social and economic justice in the state and nation. The strength of the organization is the involvement of its members.

Washington Fair Trade Coalition
A strong and diverse coalition of organizations working on behalf of people and the planet for a fair global trading system. Promotes trade and economic policies that raise working and living standards around the world and bring shared and sustainable prosperity.

Washington State Budget & Policy Center
A leading progressive think tank. Uses research and analysis to advance the well-being of Washington communities, improve the economic security and social opportunity of all in the state, and support the role of government in promoting a just and prosperous society.

Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Serves primarily as a resource for programs that assist domestic violence victims and their families. Resources and services include: customized training for organizations; provision of publications and other media; specialized assistance to member programs; public policy advocacy at the state and national levels.


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