OneAmerica’s COVID-19 Response: How we will continue to build power in immigrant communities.

OneAmerica Youth speaking with Senator Rebecca Saldana

The COVID-19 Pandemic has laid bare the structural inequities that have only worsened as a result of this crisis. This moment calls on us to go all in for all of us – immigrants, refugees and the OneAmerica family. As a united force, we must protect everyone’s well-being and lay the groundwork for bold reforms that move us towards a thriving Washington.

OneAmerica commits to fighting for and building power with immigrant communities in this pandemic. We will fight:

  • TO INCLUDE ALL OF US. We’ll ensure undocumented immigrants, “gig” workers and other excluded workers are included in local, state and federal stimulus initiatives.
  • TO HAVE THEIR BACK. We’ll ensure that providers have protective equipment, training and financial resources to preserve child care and early learning services for essential workers and their families.
  • TO CLOSE THE TECH GAP. We’ll move school districts and colleges to address the educational inequities amplified by the pandemic, closing the technology gap for immigrants, English learners, and students of color.
  • TO TELL OUR STORY. We’ll tell our immigrant story – emphasize our contributions, our unity and power – to counter growing xenophobic attacks on our communities.

Organizing and power-building is different in a pandemic, but through passion and creativity we won’t let up in building the leadership of our members, ensuring our communities vote and are counted in the census, and electing people like us ready to pursue solutions to improve our lives.

In this moment we must also invest in our partners and our core grassroots leadership to address the immediate crises – unemployment, hunger, eviction – facing our communities. But our work to develop the ideas and alliances necessary to build a more just and resilient economy, grounded in the experience of our members, is just beginning.


Undocumented communities were not included in the 2.3 trillion relief package congress passed a few weeks ago. Contact your legislator today to ensure ALL of us are included in future relief packages, no matter immigration status.

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