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About
OneAmerica

We rise together.

OneAmerica builds leadership and organizes grassroots leaders and our allies in key areas in Washington state to push for policy change, mobilize civic engagement in our communities and advocate for systems that welcome and include immigrants at every level.

Immigrant and refugee community members like us lead our movement for immigrant power and collective change, because we are best equipped to create solutions that build lasting power for our communities.

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Our Mission & Vision

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

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.

The OneAmerica Family

Our family of organizations create movements for immigrant and refugee leaders to grow and organize together, advocate together, and champion candidates like us.

OneAmerica
OneAmerica is our 501(c)3 home for building immigrant power for collective change.

OneAmerica Votes
OneAmerica Votes is a non-partisan 501(c4) organization promoting democracy and building power in immigrant and refugee communities through advocacy, civic engagement, and leadership development.

OneAmerica Votes Justice Fund
OneAmerica Votes Justice Fund is a State Political Action Committee working to elect immigrant and refugee candidates like us in Washington State.

OAV Justice For All PAC
The OAV Justice for All PAC is a Federal Political Action Committee working to elect immigrant and refugee candidates like us in Congress.

Our Story

OneAmerica, initially called Hate Free Zone, was founded by U.S. Congressmember Pramila Jayapal after September 11, 2001 to advocate for and with immigrants and refugees in response to anti-immigrant hate.

The day after 9/11 was a different world for immigrants in this country – a world filled with fear. Immigrants of color, particularly Muslim and Sikh communities, faced hate crimes and government targeting that left many feeling like we did not have freedom of religion or freedom of speech any longer.

Together with Pramila Japayal, leaders came together to establish Hate Free Zone so immigrants and refugees had a place to organize together and create a future where we could thrive.

Today, OneAmerica is an organization building a political platform, for us by us, that propels immigrants into public life, creating more representation for immigrants at every level of society. In growing our leaders and a powerful immigrant membership base, OneAmerica has advanced key wins on immigration, education justice and a more representative democracy.

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OneAmerica's Movement Family: Reflecting on Wins of the Last 20 Years

In 2021, we celebrated our 20th anniversary and brought together grassroots leaders from our past to reflect on historic wins for immigrants, refugees and communities of color in Washington State.