2017, a year to cement our values as a community who uplifts our most silenced and amplifies these stories of strength and beauty. As Families Of Color Seattle turns four-years-old, we’re led by a community of responsive change-making parents. We impress our knowledge of justice, compassion, and love to our children. We rise to the call of action to raise solutionaries and feminists, so that the spirit of our children is emboldened to enjoy their rightful freedom of innocence and self-determination. So that my 8-year-old child was able to name racism and say for himself at school, "That makes me feel like you don’t see me because we don’t see Asian people on TV or books." So that my 5-year-old proudly draws himself as a beautiful Brown child and feels connected to his Brown and Black classmates.
Our stories of origin shape us to continue to rise and create homegrown community practices and collective power for our families to thrive. Our children are learning from our courage to believe they will understand and be stronger holding the truth. Our ancestors have already taught us the way. Our collective power is palpable and on alert to show up in resistance for each other. Our mothers of color forge ahead daily to rise in agency and operationalize transformative love.
We continue to build our movement for all families to thrive in equitable education, family support, and nurturing essential intergenerational knowledge. We raise our hands in honoring our Indigenous, Black, QTPOC, and immigrant history that shapes our region and breathes life into our present freedoms. We cannot let these be taken from our children.
Rise with FOCS in service and community into 2018 together!
Twice as many FOCS friends and families made a contribution and joined our programs in 2017 than in 2016. We nearly doubled our budget and staff to meet the demand for our services. The line between our region’s re-segregated neighborhoods and schools blurs as we focus on the community binds that make us stronger together. Invest in our children, invest in FOCS.
in loving gratitude,
Amy H. Pak, Founder & ED