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Firelands Workers United builds multiracial working-class power in rural timber counties in Washington State to campaign for a just economy through the vehicle of a Green New Deal. We organize with working families in Spanish and English to unite workers across sector, race, and generation to challenge the outsized power of the Wall Street corporations that have decimated our economies, people and lands, and to shift resources to our communities. Stretching between the Olympic Mountains, the Pacific Ocean, and the Columbia River, Washington’s timber region is home to powerful histories. Once a stronghold of the International Workers of the World, in recent decades our region has been hit hard by globalization, automation, union-busting and incarceration. Home to Native Nations, a growing immigrant community, and generations of poor white folks, our region has seen hardship, but we are also a place with a fire in the belly. Firelands’ local campaigns and statewide activities advance a Green New Deal that benefits rural communities, including healthy affordable housing, union jobs caring for people and the land, and universal childcare and healthcare. Though our organization is just one year old, we are in a momentous second year and are building towards local, regional and national wins. We are in the process of affiliating with People’s Action and other national and state coalitions. We are currently a staff of two (an Executive Director and an Organizing Director), and we are in an exciting period of expanding our base, leaders, and staff capacity.