March 23, 2015
To our community:
As leaders of the Got Green and the former Community Coalition for Environmental Justice, we are pleased to announce an important transition that will ensure the continuation and strengthening of environmental justice organizing in Seattle.
In late 2014, Got Green’s Board of Directors assumed leadership of the Community Coalition for Environmental Justice. CCEJ was the founding people-of-color led Environmental Justice group in Seattle, and having closed its doors, the former leaders of CCEJ wanted to pass on this legacy to Got Green. The mission of the two groups – including organizing and developing leaders from communities of color and low income communities to win economic, racial and environmental justice – is nearly identical, and therefore such a transition made sense to board members of both organizations.
The end result of this transition is that Got Green has begun operating as an independent 501(c)(3) organization. In February 2015 Got Green officially left the supportive umbrella provided with grace and generosity for the past six years by the White Center Community Development Association
Got Green will continue our work under the former CCEJ’s non-profit status, using its EIN number. Our name change and re-instated articles of incorporation have been approved by the Washington Secretary of State, and our name change has also been approved by the IRS.
As board members of Got Green and the former CCEJ, we feel confident that this transition will benefit our collective organizing for a more just, sustainable world.
If you have any questions about the matter, feel free to contact Got Green board chair Jasmine Marwaha or Executive Director Jill Mangaliman.
Onward in the struggle,
Jasmine Marwaha, Got Green Board Chair
Burke Stansbury, Got Green Board Treasurer
Alice Park, former CCEJ Board Chair and current Got Green board member
Maria Batayola, former CCEJ Board Treasurer