Don’t wait until election day! Vote today. Go to VoteWA.gov for information about voting center and ballot drop box locations near you.

We strongly encourage you to vote YES for Prop One, The Seattle Housing Levy, to help ensure affordable housing options for our community’s most vulnerable members. Your support can make a significant difference in addressing housing affordability in Seattle. Learn more here.

How Vaping Harms Students’ Mental Health: Tips For Parents and Educators

Beginning a new school year can be stressful for students. However, it’s important to know that vapes, like cigarettes, can negatively impact students’ physical and mental health. Parents, teachers, mentors, and school administrators can offer guidance and tools to help students make informed decisions. What can parents, teachers, influential adults, and school administrators do? Let more here.

Latino Democratic Caucus Statement on Palmer v Hobbs Voting Rights Act Decision

OLYMPIA – On August 10, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled in favor of Latino voters living in Central Washington in Palmer v Hobbs, finding that Washington’s legislative map violates the federal Voting Rights Act. The court concluded that the districts drawn in the Yakima Valley dilute the Latino vote and prevent the Latino community from electing representatives of their choice. The bicameral Latino Democratic Caucus released the following statement in response:

“We, the members of the Washington State Latino Democratic Caucus, strongly support creating fair and just electoral maps to ensure that the voices of the Latino community are heard.

“The dilution of Latino votes is not new in Washington State. In 2018, the Legislature passed the Washington Voting Rights Act to provide a remedy for the known problem of voter dilution in municipalities and counties. This year, the Legislature passed the Washington Voting Rights Act (WVRA) 2.0, to strengthen and improve the WVRA by making it easier for communities of interest to bring voter dilution claims and to allow plaintiffs to recover costs when a remedy is implemented.

“Latino voters from the Yakima Valley won enfranchisement for their community in court, and we support their right to propose their preferred remedy directly to the court. The bipartisan Redistricting Commission failed to draw a legislative map that complied with the federal VRA. We support voters seeking justice in a forum where it has already been achieved, devoid of partisanship and gamesmanship. We do not support reconvening the Redistricting Commission.

“We are committed to fair representation in our government at every level. The Latino community deserve the opportunity to elect leaders of its choice to the state Legislature. To have a truly representative democracy voters must be able to exercise their rights in a just system.” Learn more here.

Environmental Justice Organizing

Environmental Justice Organizing

Please email Maria Batayola, Environmental Justice Coordinator at mbatayola@elcentrodelaraza.org and tell us how you would like to get involved.

Environmental Justice Organizing Training

Join our first ever Environmental Justice Organizing training! Through this training we aim to enable and empower our community to act and want to create grassroots community organizing to influence policy makers to improve environmental and health outcomes for Beacon Hill residents. Beacon Hill is surrounded by major roadways where Aircraft fly over us every 90 seconds causing air and noise pollution. Air pollution can cause health impacts such as asthma, lung cancer, respiratory diseases, and more. Noise pollution can lead to higher stress levels, less sleep, cardiovascular health, and reduction in learning capabilities. Yet our community is located in a spot where we are not eligible for mitigation to help manage these issues. Where you live, your income, race or language ability shouldn’t determine how healthy you are. However, that is the sad reality and low-income communities, and communities of Color continue to be disproportionately harmed by Environmental Issues that may lead to major health impacts.

Join us through this training course where, we aim to develop and promote environmental justice leadership, education, and community organizing. We will focus on topics such as the environmental justice movement, environmental racism, climate change, air and noise pollution, community organizing and more! We hope to enable and empower our community to take action and want to create grassroots community organizing to influence policy makers to improve environmental and health outcomes for Beacon Hill residents.

Environmental & Health Justice

Beacon Hill Air & Noise Pollution

Organizing and Advocating to Solve Air and Noise Pollution Health Impacts on Beacon Hill

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The Problem?

Beacon Hill is 6 miles long and almost 2 miles across. We are a majority minority vulnerable neighborhood. We are surrounded by major roadways Aircraft fly over us every 90 seconds on the average at 70-90 decibels, well above the 55 decibels during the day and 45 at night standard. Air pollution impacts our respiratory health and noise impacts our stress levels, sleep, cardiovascular health and learning We cannot get mitigation because we are not a fenceline community located next to an airport. But, we are a “vertical fenceline” community because the flight paths are fixed, and we get 70% of the aircraft that land in SeaTac.

On top of this, SeaTac is planning to accommodate the doubling of international flights, tripling of air cargo and increase from 47 to 66 million passengers under SAMP (Sustainable Airport Master Plan). We gave input to the scope of the EIS (environmental impact statement). The EIS will come out this fall 2020 and we must be ready to respond.

What can you do? Volunteer, Join us.

Our work is guided by our grassroots Community Action Plan. Join us in implementing the 8 action items recommended by our 467 community members. This year, we are organizing to pass the HB 1847 Airplane Noise Abatement to include Beacon Hill. This is our best shot so far. We are also working with US Rep. Adam Smith to re-introduce Airplane Impacted Communities bill.

2017 Earth Day Blue Sky Trails: Video / Data / Photos
Cleveland HS Noise Study


For anyone who missed our 2022 Earth Day Event, please enjoy the Zoom recording! If there was a specific presentation you were looking forward to, here are the time stamps of each presentation: 

  • Intro remarks: 0-9:45
  • King County International Airport Coalition: 9:45
  • SAMP Campaign, Kristina Chu: 19:07 
  • Aircraft pollution & our Health: Dr. Kris Johnson: 23:00
  • How to talk to Youth about Climate and Pollution, Climate Action families; Therapist, Megan Slade; EJ Educator & Organizer Maritza Lauriano Ortega: 1:01:09 
  • Final Remarks: 1:19:00

For any questions please reach out to Environmental Justice Coordinator, Maria Batayola: mbjumpstart@msn.com.


In 2017, ECDLR and EPA reached out to 467 community members and held 24 meetings in 6 languages (Chinese, English, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese). We shared information about the Beacon Hill air and noise pollution and health impacts. We asked our community what can we do about it. The result is the Beacon Hill Air and Noise Pollution Health Impacts Community Action Plan (CAP) that guides our work today. See our 2017-2018 El Centro EPA Project Report.

1. Educate & Empower Community

We produced the “How to Protect Yourself from Air & Noise Pollution” handout in Chinese, English, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese” for your use and share the information at various community events.

2. Build Capacity To Do The Work

Our work is empowered mostly by volunteers and some grants. We have EJ allies from all sectors ranging from grassroots organizations to local health organizations to universities. People power is our best engine.

We also succeeded in getting grants from EPA (2017-2018 Problem Solving Collaboration grant), Group Health Foundation Grant (2018), and City of Seattle (2019 and 2020). We also advocated for the funding of the 2019 UW Quantitative Air & Noise Study.

3. Measure Air & Noise Pollution

In 2018, El Centro and EPA gave 3 Community Empowerment Grants to Beacon Hill community scientist efforts. The results are documented in the 2018 Air & Noise Pollution Health Impacts Project Accomplishments Report. See pages: 14 to 15 for Beacon Arts Blue Sky Trails project; Cleveland HS Noise Study pages 16-38 for Cleveland HS Environmental Club project with analysis by WWU Huxley Institute Dr. Troy Abel; and pages 39-61 for Beacon Hill Noise Measurement Project report and analysis which had been updated. The results of the UW Quantitative Air & Noise Study will be shared on 2-29-20 at Centilia Cultural Center.

4. Purpose Mitigation Funding

We have 3 policy approaches to become mitigation eligible:

1. Organize help pass Washington HB1847 this year.

2. Continue working with US Congressman Adam Smith to reintroduce Airplane Impacted Communities Bill.

3. Work with the Port of Seattle access equitably noise abatement and mitigation programs. Come join us in these efforts.

5. Change Air Routes, “Give Beacon Hill Noise Relief

This is a tough one. We will keep it in mind as we start with getting mitigation status for Beacon Hill and keeping things from getting worse.

6. Plant More Trees

It is as important to protect our current trees in addition to planting new ones because trees are strong air filters and they store carbon. We are partnering with Beacon Hill Council to:

1. Help pass a stronger City of Seattle Tree Ordinance drafted by the Urban Forestry Commission.

2. Inventory and photograph our exceptional trees in Beacon Hill with Plant Amnesty.

7. Promote Alternative Transportation

Kudos to King County for committing to converting all busses to electric. We are working with Beacon Hill Council to get more charging stations throughout our neighborhood for electric cars and supporting Beacon Hill Safe Streets identify improvements and amenities to the Beacon Hill median from Columbia to the end of Beacon Hill for safer and greater use by walkers, bicyclists and wheelchair users.

8. Reduce Noise Levels from Other Sources