In the summer of 2000 leaders from various communities of color began meeting to establish a communications network. The coalition initially worked to identify issues most relevant to communities of color in Snohomish County. Census 2000 highlighted the need for a comprehensive program to address the impact of the changing population in the county.
In 2004 incidents of bias and other issues affecting under-represented groups began to get more media attention underscoring the need for C3. Interest in C3 and attendance at meetings has grown steadily. C3 was granted Federal exempt tax status as a 501(c)(3) public non-profit effective December 2005.
We believe all people of color can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.
Our Mission Statement
The Communities of Color Coalition (C3) is a non-partisan group of citizens who meet on behalf of the people of Snohomish County to discuss, problem-solve, and advocate for social justice, cultural and religious respect and human rights, especially for people of color and other under-represented groups. Our major areas of concern include but are not limited to the elimination of personal and institutional racism; equal access to and opportunities in education; equal access to and opportunities in economic development and employment; and fair and equal treatment under the law and in our society.
“An Inclusive community free of racism and intolerance”