OneAmerica's 2017 Annual Celebration
OneAmerica's 2017 Annual Celebration & Dinner
Friday, April 21, 2017, 5:30 pm
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We hope to celebrate with you at our annual event in April! If you've joined us before, you know what a fun, unique experience it is and the dynamic, diverse community who shows up. If you haven't joined us before, let us share some highlights from last year's event.
On Friday, April 8, 2016, over 500 members of the OneAmerica community joined together in Seattle to celebrate our collective work building power in immigrant and refugee communities across Washington State! We also highlighted some key milestones and victories from our first 15 years as part of our 15 Years of Justice for All celebration!
We were thrilled to welcome back by popular demand Haitian-American artist Daniel Bernard Roumain to headline our 2016 Annual Celebration & Dinner!
As he did in 2012, Daniel awoke our spirits and brought us to our feet with his absorbing, genre-bending music and performance. Known for his signature violin sounds infused with a myriad of electronic and urban music influences, Daniel's acclaimed work as a composer and performer spans more than two decades.
See photos captured by the amazing Jack Storms on our Flickr page! See more of Jack's work here.
Once again, our friend Enrique Cerna hosted our Celebration. Enrique has lifted up stories of immigrant and refugee families for nearly 40 years in radio, television, and throughout our community and always hosts a great party.
As 2016 marks our 15th anniversary, it made perfect sense to feature OneAmerica founder and Washington State Senator Pramila Jayapal this year, whose leadership and unyielding commitment to social justice helped create a powerful, sustainable, and ever-growing organization.
At the Celebration, we started highlighted significant, hard-fought victories that we've won for our community - working closely with members and allies - from throughout our 15 years. There's a lot to choose from!
With Pramila's help, we kicked off by spotlighting our origin story and how a broad coalition of individuals from across Seattle’s diverse communities came together to boldly call for basic principles of due process and justice in response to anti-immigrant backlash following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We lifted up how we've used bus trips - across Washington, the West Coast, and America - as an organizing strategy to bring brave immigrant workers and famillies together in order to educate and inspire each other and communities on the road. Plus put political pressure on our elected leaders.
We also featured our extensive civic engagement work, from registering and mobilizing 2,000 Muslim voters in 2002 to leading the largest immigrant and refugee voter registration drive in Washington’s history. Thanks to the creative contributions of Otts Bolisay, who creates visual communications for fun and social change, we're able to bring these milestones to life through animation and motion graphics.
One of our superstar volunteers, Natasha Burns, helped highlight the impact of our Washington New Americans program. Since it began in 2009, WNA has completed 5,367 total naturalization applications and helped legal permanent residents save $5,367,000 in pursuing their American dream. Thanks to Mallori Thompson, Washington New Americans Program Associate and aspiring filmmaker, for producing this great video.
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