OneAmerica advances the fundamental principles of democracy and justice at the local, state and national levels by building power within immigrant communities in collaboration with key allies.
OneAmerica envisions a peaceful world where every person’s human rights and dignity are respected, where communities appreciate differences and stand together for justice and equality, and where each person contributes to the common good.
Justice: Ensuring equal access to power and opportunity, supporting and defending the rights of all people and eliminating discrimination and oppression. We work for justice for people of every race, religion, language, immigration status and sexual orientation.
Courage: Standing up to power, speaking truth, challenging injustice and acting with conviction and integrity.
Respect: Listening to, acknowledging and valuing multiple perspectives and positions, and fostering understanding and empathy through dialogue.
Collaboration: Providing opportunities for diverse groups to come together, be heard and take collective action.
Accountability: Adhering to our mission, vision and values in an approachable, inclusive and transparent way.
OneAmerica® was formed directly after September 11, 2001 in response to the hate crimes and discrimination targeting Arabs, Muslims and South Asians. Called Hate Free Zone at the time, the organization expanded to organize and advocate with many diverse communities of color. OneAmerica has now grown into a leading force for immigrant, civil and human rights.
To achieve OneAmerica's mission, we have five primary goals:
- to increase and enhance the participation of immigrants in civic life;
- to win positive policy change for immigrant communities locally and nationally;
- to improve the public climate for immigrant communities locally and nationally;
- to increase the capacity of immigrant organizations across the state to lead and advocate for change;
- to increase OneAmerica's organizational capacity to achieve our mission effectively, efficiently and sustainably.
OneAmerica operates under the fundamental premise that voices spoken together are stronger. That’s why we work to build coalitions between immigrant communities and mainstream communities. Although the burden of policies that erode constitutional and civil rights is falling primarily on immigrant communities, we know that all people are affected.
OneAmerica® has been recognized with regional and national awards:
* Certificate of Honor, The Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian, and Gay Survivors of Abuse, 2011
* Community Organization of the Year, Council on American-Islamic Relations - Washington, 2008
* Public Interest Organizational Achievement Award, North American South Asian Bar Association
* Ecumenical Leadership Award, Washington Association of Churches, 2003
* President's Award, Minority Executive Directors Coalition of King County, 2003
* Community Strength Partner, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare 775 NW
* Civil Equal Justice Community Partnership Award, Washington Access to Justice Foundation, 2003
* Human & Civil Rights Award, Washington Education Association
* Voices of Unity Award, National Council on American-Islamic Relations, 2003
* Partner of the Year Award, Seattle Chapter Council on American-Islamic Relations
* Certificate of Appreciation, Gurdwara Singh Saba, 2003
* Multicultural Excellence Award, Washington State Association for Multicultural Education
* Best New Activist Organization, Seattle Weekly, 2003
* Leadership Award, Northwest Asian Weekly, 2002
* Innovative Program Award, Seattle Human Services Coalition
* Tom Wales Award Honorable Mention, Washington CeaseFire, 2003
* Certificate of Recognition, Japanese American Citizens League, 2003
* Best of Puget Sound Regional Leader, Seattle Times, 2004
* Innovative Program Award, Seattle Human Services Coalition, 2003
* Certificate of Appreciation, Gurdwara Singh Sabha of Renton, 2002
* Certificate of Appreciation, Gurdwara Singh Sabha of Renton, 2001
Awarded to founder and Executive Director Pramila Jayapal:
* Community Change Champion Award, Center for Community Change, 2011
* Woman of Influence, Puget Sound Business Journal, 2007
* 25 Most Influential People, Seattle Magazine, 2004
* Jeannette Williams Award, Seattle Women's Coalition
* Distinguished Citizen Award for Human Rights, Office of the Seattle Mayor, 2002
* Best Foe of Hatred, Seattle Weekly
* Holmes-Weatherly Award, Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, 2003
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Protecting Communities from the Tenacity of Hate
Sept. 11 was the fire that lit gasoline that has been spread over centuries. It provided a space for new and old fears to express themselves — fear of people who look different, fear of those perceived to be threatening jobs for Americans, fear of those perceived to be terrorists.
Does this mean that we should sit back and watch? Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Morality cannot be legislated but behavior can be regulated."
This is our call to action.
- Pramila Jayapal, Founder and Former Executive Director