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Varisha Khan, center, of the Muslim committee at OneAmerica in Seattle, leads a chant during a protest Tuesday by the Washington chapter of Council on American–Islamic Relations and others upset by the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold Trump’s travel ban. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

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04/21/2022 – King County joins national effort to naturalize two million immigrants (The Center Square) 


04/20/2022 – Seattle Foundation Awards $12.6 Million To Advance Racial And Economic Equity In The Region (The Seattle Medium) 

04/20/2022 – The City of Seattle and King County, WA Join National Effort to Naturalize 2 Million by 2022 (Azagil Muslim Ethnic Media News) 

04/19/2022 – King County, Seattle Join Nationwide Citizenship Effort (Seattle Patch) 

04/19/2022 – King County, Seattle Join Nationwide Citizenship Effort (MSN) 

3/25/2022: Gov. Inslee signs Rep. Tina Orwall’s Language Access bill into law (SeaTac Blog)

3/25/2022: Inslee signs Orwall’s language access bill for schools (Kent Reporter)

2/8/2022: Language at the Intersection (Language Magazine)

2/4/2022: Ways and Means Committee to discuss addition to Washington Voting Rights Act on February 5 (NBC)

1/19/2022: A year into Biden’s term, WA immigrants stay mired in uncertainty (Crosscut)

1/19/2022: Why the Build Back Better bill would fall flat for some WA immigrants (Crosscut)

12/28/2021: Yakima County ordered to pay nearly $272,000 in voting rights case, lower than $2M requested (Seattle Times)

11/28/21: 3 progressive candidates just changed politics in SeaTac — here’s how (Seattle Times)

11/19/21: Seattle shows power and limits of Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s progressives (Los Angeles Times)

11/17/21: Where Rep. Pramila Jayapal got her spine (Christian Science Monitor)

11/11/21: OPINION: Walla Walla is protesting, why aren’t Whitties? (Whitman Wire)

11/8/21: Biden safety net bill could be better for immigrants, Seattle area activists say (KUOW)

11/4/21: New Yakima County redistricting map released to public after court approval (The Wenatchee World)

11/2/21: Opinion: County redistricting deal is a great way to celebrate Election Day (Yakima Herald)

11/2/21: Upthegrove leads early in King County Council race for District 5 (Kent Reporter)

11/2/21: Linde leads Torres in race for Yakima County Commission District 3 seat (Yakima Herald)

11/2/21: Redistricting Q&A: How changes to city, county and state maps might affect the Yakima Valley (Yakima Herald)

11/2/21: Biden Budget Includes Immigration Reform, But No Citizenship Pathway (iFiberOne)

10/29/21: Judge OKs new map, rules in Yakima County voting rights settlement (Yakima Herald)

10/29/21: Judge OKs new map in Yakima County voting rights case (Seattle Times)

10/29/21: Victory for Yakima plaintiffs, Judge approves 2022 electoral maps (KIMA TV)

10/29/21: Calls continue for citizenship pathways to be added to Biden bill (Big News Network)

10/29/21: Biden Budget Includes Immigration Reform, But No Citizenship Pathway (Public News Service)

10/27/21: Endorsements stack up as Seattle voters weigh candidates for mayor, city attorney, and City Council (Seattle Times)

10/25/21: Recent agreement on new county districting map means one candidate couldn’t run in future (KIMA TV)

10/24/21: Yakima County proposes changing district boundaries based on who wins election (Yakima Herald)

10/15/21: Activistas pro inmigrantes piden Yakima que Biden cumpla su promesa a inmigrantes (El Sol de Yakima)

10/14/21: Wenatchee march calls for congressional action on immigration reform (NCW Life)

10/14/21: Yakima County Commission candidates continue attacks on COVID mandates (Yakima Herald)

10/13/21: Wenatchee rally calls for Democrats to pass immigration reform (Spokesman-Review)

10/12/21: Wenatchee rally calls for Democrats to pass immigration reform (Wenatchee World)

10/12/21: Immigration-reform activists call on Democrats to ‘Keep Your Promise’ in Walla Walla Tuesday (Union Bulletin)

10/12/21: Immigrant rights activists rally in downtown Yakima to press for a pathway to citizenship (Wenatchee World)

10/12/21: Immigrant rights activists rally in downtown Yakima to press for a pathway to citizenship (Yakima Herald)

10/12/21: Marchers press Dems for ‘citizenship for all’: Small crowd rallies in downtown Spokane for immigration reform (Spokesman-Review)

10/11/21: Immigrant-rights rally planned in downtown Walla Walla Tuesday (Union Bulletin)

10/11/21: Yakima Rally for Immigrant rights Set for Monday at the Plaza (NewstalkKIT)

10/11/12: Se manifestarán en Yakima el lunes en busca de una reforma migratoria (El Sol de Yakima)

10/10/21: Immigration activists plan Monday rally in Yakima (Yakima Herald)

9/16/21: Here’s how an August settlement changes the way Yakima County Commissioners will be elected (Yakima Herald)

9/16/21: Yakima County Commission candidates spar over voting rights act settlement, water utility (Yakima Herald)

9/27/21: Thousands of Haitian Migrants Expelled and Thousands More Voluntarily Return to Mexico (BNC)

Fall 2020: Language Access: More Than Translation
(Learning for Justice Magazine)

9/7/21: A win for democracy in Yakima County (Seattle Times)

9/5/21: OneAmerica radio story (KNKX)

9/5/21: Letter: Commissioner Anderson’s message was well timed (Yakima Herald)

9/3/21: After Settlement in Yakima, Voting Rights Advocates Put County Governments On Notice (Spokane Public Radio)

9/3/21: Opinion: Latino voting lawsuit is a win for the whole county (Yakima Herald)

9/2/21: County Leaders Happy No Ranked Voting Coming to Yakima (NewstalkKIT)

9/1/21: Yakima County agrees to settlement in Latino voters lawsuit (The Columbian)

9/1/21: Latino voters have a fighting chance for representation with changes coming to Yakima County’s voting system (NBC Right Now)

9/1/21: Latinos rally behind settlement that forces new Yakima County Commission districts in 2022 election (Yakima Herald)

9/1/21: Yakima County, Seattle-based OneAmerica settle lawsuit alleging disenfranchisement of Latino voters (Seattle Times)

8/31/21: Yakima County agrees to settlement in lawsuit alleging disenfranchisement of Latino voters (Yakima Herald)

8/26/2021: Dave Upthegrove to Organizations That Didn’t Endorse Him: “Is It Because I’m a White Guy?” (The Stranger)

8/24/2021: After nearly a month, strike continues at Tukwila hospital (KIRO 7)

8/23/2021: Support the budget resolution to ensure a critical investment in child care (The Hill)


6/17/2021: Roxana Norouzi is OneAmerica’s executive director (Northwest Asian Weekly)

5/19/2021: Roxana Norouzi | People on the Move (Puget Sound Business Journal)

5/16/2021: Voting-rights battle in Washington state raises allegations of diluting Latino votes (The Seattle Times)

5/13/2021: Coalition calls for hate crime probe in John Huynh murder (Northwest Asian Weekly)

5/11/2021: Immigrant Relief Fund gets huge boost, could mean thousands for undocumented workers (KIMA)

5/7/2021: Inslee signs Fair Start for Kids Act to expand access to child care (Medium – WA Governor’s Office)

5/1/2021: Demonstrators march in solidarity for immigrant workers in Seattle on May Day (Q13 Fox News)

5/1/2021: VIDEO: May Day Marches in Seattle (KOMO News)

5/1/2021: Demonstrators march in solidarity for immigrant workers in Seattle on May Day (FOX13 Seattle)

5/1/2021: Thousands around the US celebrate International Workers Day (Liberation)

4/29/2021: Washington Legislature approves $340M for COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund, making it one of the country’s largest (Seattle Times)

3/30/2021: COMMENTARY: Your Climate and Air Depend on Clean Fuels (Northwest Asian Weekly)

3/17/2021: Relay for immigration justice kicks off today in Vancouver (The Columbian)

3/16/2021: Iniciará ‘Marcha a la Victoria’, movimiento busca reforma migratoria de 2 partes (Univision Portland)

3/3/2021: McCormick champions immigration reform (New Jersey Today)

2/22/21: Census data shows Latinos now make up more than half of Yakima County’s population (Yakima Herald)

2/12/2021: Why I’m supporting state-level cash stimulus (International Examiner)

1/27/2021: Progressive dems show Biden what “sweeping” reform really looks like (Al Dia News)


12/11/2020: Progressives are getting ready to push Biden on immigration reform (Vox)

12/8/2020: Washington needs a privacy law that protects people, not corporations (The Seattle Times)

11/26/2020: Ayudan a más de 400 inmigrantes a solicitar fondo de alivio económico (El Sol de Yakima)

11/24/2020: Moving forward from hate: What Biden’s election means for local immigrants and refugees (The Evergrey)

11/8/2020: Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris makes history, inspires communities in Puget Sound (KOMO News)

11/3/2020: Washington’s $40 million COVID-19 relief fund for immigrants is open for applications (International Examiner)

10/28/2020: Seattle Central’s Immigrant and Refugees club lobbies for change (Seattle Central News)

10/27/2020: New public records project will monitor immigrant enforcement, activity in state (The Wenatchee World)

10/23/2020: Local groups work to get more minorities exercising their right to vote (KIRO 7)

10/21/2020: Immigrants aren’t betting it all on Biden winning the election (Crosscut)

10/21/2020: State COVID relief fund for immigrants now open for applications (Yakima Herald)


10/14/2020: Seattle mayor names task force to guide spending $100M on communities of color (The Spokesman-Review)

9/22/2020: Seattle sports teams, local groups make big push for National Voter Registration Day (KOMO News)

9/22/2020: Editorial: Let’s clear the air on wildfires, climate change (Herald Net)

08/20/2020: Letter: Latinx residents deserve equal representation in Yakima County (Yakima Herald)

08/12/2020: Washington undocumented immigrants to receive $40 million in relief funding (The Center Square)

8/11/2020: Inslee: $40 million Immigrant Relief Fund to help those who can’t get stimulus money (Tri-City Herald)

8/11/2020: Inslee: $40 million Immigrant Relief Fund to help those who can’t get stimulus money (Bellingham Herald)

8/11/2020: Governor creates $40 million relief fund for undocumented immigrants (The Seattle Times)

8/10/2020: WA to create $40M fund for undocumented workers hurt by pandemic (Crosscut)

8/10/2020: Undocumented communities will get relief (The Stand)

07/22/2020: Former Sunnyside city councilman thinks county should have done more with COVID-19 (KIMA)

07/16/2020: Demanda OneAmerica a condado de Yakima, dicen que sistema electoral priva derechos de latinos (El Sol de Yakima)

07/16/2020: Why it’s time for every state to enact its own voting rights law  OP-ED co-authored by OneAmerica’s Deputy Director, Roxana Norouzi (The Fulcrum)

07/14/2020: Déjà Vu All Over Again: Suit Alleges Latinx Voters Disenfranchised By Yakima County Election System (Spokane Public Radio)

07/14/2020: Exposed During COVID-19, Yakima Latinos Sue County Over Election System (Public News Service)


07/13/2020: OneAmerica sues Yakima County, saying voting system disenfranchises Latinos (Yakima Herald)

07/13/2020: Lawsuit filed against county commission calls for change in election structure (KIMA TV)

06/23/2020: Efforts to bring COVID-19 relief to undocumented workers gain traction (Crosscut)

06/18/2020: Washington Dreamers and officials react to DACA ruling (KUOW)

06/16/2020: Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda unveils her own proposal for taxing Seattle’s big businesses (Seattle Times)

05/27/2020: Washington State Latinos Fight to Make Their Votes Matter (Public News Service)


05/12/2020: Coalition calls on Washington state for $100 million for undocumented individuals (Yakima Herald)

05/08/2020: Why COVID-19 is hitting Washington Latinos especially hard (Crosscut)

04/30/2020: COMMENTARY: The future of work: An epidemic of inequality? — Without action to close equity gaps, the world of work won’t change for the better (Northwest Asian Weekly)

04/30/2020: Chinatown-International District coronavirus updates, April 30, 2020—The latest news and information from the neighborhood and beyond (International Examiner)

04/29/2020: OPINION: The Immigration Smokescreen (South Seattle Emerald)

04/29/2020: Protest may look different but more urgent amid coronavirus (Real Change News)

4/29/2020: Activist groups to Washington governor: Extend moratorium on service cutoffs by utilities (Seattle Pi)

04/28/2020: Local Advocacy for Immigrants Surgest After Trump’s Temporary Immigration Ban (South Seattle Emerald)

04/23/2020: The Heartbreaking Choices Faced by Child Care Providers on the Front Lines (The Nation)

4/16/2020: Seattle Mayor Commends Census Bureau’s Proposal to Extend the Census Deadline (The Skanner)

4/14/2020: “Everyone Is So Afraid”: COVID-19’s Impact on the American Restaurant Industry (The Ringer)

4/8/2020: Welcome to Tomorrowland: What We Must Do To Remake the Post-Coronavirus Country (The Stranger)

4/1/2020: There’s still a 2020 census. Pandemic necessitates creativity in state promotion (Northwest News Network)

3/11/2020: Opinion: Ask our Legislature to fund wildfire preparation and forest health (Puget Sound Business Journal)

3/11/2020: Millions of Democratic votes were lost in the primaries. Is this the fix? (The Guardian)

3/6/2020: Fearful of a Coronavirus Backlash, Some Asian-Americans Are Stocking Up on Guns (The Trace)

3/2/2020: Washington’s Latinx and Native voters are fighting for their votes to matter (Medium)


2/25/2020: Council unsatisfied with Sheriff’s response to use of deadly force report (Seattle Weekly)

2/18/2020: Transgender immigrants seeking asylum moved to Tacoma ICE prison amid care concerns (Crosscut)

02/18/2020: Public education efforts underway to comply with federal ID law (Medium)

02/03/2020: Bill Would Open Tax Credit to Undocumented Washingtonians (Public News Service)

01/30/2020: Bill would ban private prisons in Washington (The Spokesman-Review)

01/28/2020: Lessons from Pierce County: A closer look at ranked-choice voting (Yakima Herald)

01/26/2020: Recredentialed: Barriers face Washington’s immigrant, refugee professionals (Bellevue Reporter)

01/19/2020: 4th women’s march in Yakima brings out over 150 people (KIMA Tv)

01/17/2020: Commissioners say they’re concerned about issues raised in threat of Voting Rights lawsuit (Yakima Herald)


01/16/2020: Former city councilwoman Dulce Gutierrez; others could sue County Commissioners (KIMA Action News)

01/16/2020: Groups poised to sue Yakima County Commissioners over alleged violations of Voting Rights Act (Yakima Herald)

01/13/2020: Support for Clean Fuels Continues to Grow (Aviation Pros)

01/13/2020: Fourth annual women’s march planned in Yakima for Jan. 18 (Yakima Herald)

01/02/2020: 13 people who made an impact on the Seattle area in the past decade (Seattle Times)

12/20/2019: At Seattle campaign stop, Julian Castro hears call for change (Seattle Times)

12/11/2019: Public Hearing on Seattle Police Contract Thursday, December 5, 5:30PM Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave (Capitol Hill Times)

12/9/2019: Judge Blocks Trump Rule on Citizenship Fee Waivers (Courthouse News)

12/6/2019: After recounts, two Eastside city council races have winners (Seattle Times)

11/22/2019: As Yakima Loses Latinx Representation On City Council, Organizers Wonder What Happened (Yakima Herald)

11/14/2019: Strong mayor proposal tweaked, headed to council on Tuesday (Yakima Herald)

11/12/2019: Yakima Valley’s DACA recipients quietly await high court’s decision (Yakima Herald)

11/6/2019: Council to keep talking about strong mayor proposal (Yakima Herald)

11/2/2019: Groups sue Trump admin for making it ‘much harder’ for low-income immigrants to get citizenship fee waived (Asian Journal)

10/31/2019: Lawsuit challenges DHS barriers designed to prevent legal immigrants from becoming citizens (Sampan)

10/31/2019: EDITORIAL: A new citizenship roadblock (Northwest Asian Weekly)

10/30/3019: Fueling Economic and Social Progress in Seattle (Seattle Business Magazine)

10/30/2019: Seattle is suing the Trump administration over an alleged immigration ‘wealth test’ (Crosscut)

10/29/2019: Amazon’s major money dump into Seattle City Council races raises questions (KOMO News)

10/22/2019: Four years after historic wins for Latino politicians, the Yakima City Council is getting less diverse (Crosscut)

10/5/2019: Yakima groups relieved after Immigration changes blocked by federal courts (Yakima Herald -Republic)

10/4/2019: Local immigration enforcement official asks repeal of sanctuary policies (Kiro 7)

9/28/2019: Politics workshop empowers women to get in campaign shape (Kiro 7)

8/22/2019: Immigrant advocates warn of dire consequences of ending child detention limits (KTSM)

8/14/2019: Washington among 13 states suing Trump administration on penalizing immigrants using public benefits (The Seattle Times)

8/12/2019: Trump officials move to deny green cards, citizenship, path to citizenship for poor immigrants (The Seattle Times)

7/31/2019: GOP lawmaker proposing that undocumented immigrants be eligible for FL driver’s licenses (Florida Phoenix)

7/14/2019: Piden cautela ante anuncio de redadas en varias ciudades (El Sol De Yakima)

7/12/2019: Community tensions arise over how to fix Seattle’s police accountability system (The Daily)

7/11/2019: Vigil to highlight abuses at border (Camas-Washougal Post-Record)

7/11/2019: Anti-ICE protests planned for downtown Seattle Thursday (My Northwest)

7/8/2019: VIDEO: New technology reportedly being used to track down undocumented people (KIRO 7)

7/3/2019: EDITORIAL: The Census citizenship question (Northwest Asian Weekly)

7/2/2019: Civil rights heroes to be honored in Houston by NEA (Houston Chronicle)

6/28/2019: Líderes aplauden decisión de la Corte Suprema sobre pregunta de ciudadanía en el censo (El Sol de Yakima)

6/28/2019: Yakima Valley leaders applaud high court decision on census, but say fear still exists (Yakima Herald)

6/21/2019: Dozens of community organizations pressuring city on police accountability measures (Q13 Fox)

6/14/2019: New PAC plans to fight ‘hostile takeover’ of Seattle City Council by business lobby (Seattle Times)

6/11/2019: A deep pocket warns of ‘deep pocketed business interests’ in Seattle City Council race (SeattlePi)

6/6/2019: Seattle Inches Forward on Surveillance Tech Oversight (Government Technology)

6/4/2019: Seattle’s oversight of surveillance technology is moving forward slowly (Seattle Times)

5/23/19: Yakima law enforcement can’t question, notify ICE about person’s immigration status (KIMA)

5/22/19: Yakima Council starts process to rescind E-Verify requirement for contracts (Yakima Herald)

5/16/19: ICE flights continue in Yakima with more people picked up Tuesday (Yakima Herald)

5/16/19: A DACA recipient is hopeful and plans to run for Yakima City Council (YakTriNews)

5/14/2019: Some people living “in fear” as ICE flights continue in Yakima (Katu)

5/1/2019: Yakima will gather for “Fighting for Justice and Dignity for all” march (NBC)

3/25/19: Seattle Census Task Force (Northwest Asian Weekly)

3/21/19: Se preparan para Día de la 
Ciudadanía en Yakima (El Sol de Yakima)

3/20/19: Now is the time to Clean Up Washington’s air (Real Change News)

3/12/2019: Working Families Tax Credit will help low-income people make ends meet (Yakima Herald)

2/27/19: Citizenship status could be added to anti-discrimination law under Washington bill (Spokesman Review)

2/23/19: Immigrant Coalition Speaks Out Against Trump’s Abuse of Power (Runta News)

2/22/19: Casa Latina fue anfitriona de un rally en contra de lo que llamaron abuso de poder de parte del presidente Trump. (Univision)

2/15/19: Bill Would Add Immigration, Citizenship to Anti-Discrimination Law (Columbia Basin Herald)

2/15/19: Immigration or Citizenship Status Could Be Added to Anti-Discrimination Law Under Proposed Legislation (The Daily Chronicle)

1/19/19: Seattle “Dreamer” and WA State Congressman respond to Trump’s proposal to end shutdown (Q13)

1/17/19: SeaTac Council rejects One America criticism, defends appointment of Tombs (SeaTac Blog)

1/17/19: SeaTac immigrant community ‘shocked and disappointed’ by council member pick (Westside Seattle)

1/8/19: The Truth About Bilingualism: It’s Only for Some Students (Education Week)

12/11/18: Community vigil planned for SeaTac City Council member and community leader (Westside Seattle)

11/16/18: Homeland Security Seeks Comments on Immigration Policy Changes (Seattle Globalist)

11/14/18: Hate Crimes on the Rise (Kiro7)

11/13/18: Hate crimes double in Seattle; community reacts (Crosscut)

11/7/18: Immigrant-advocacy group celebrates diverse collection of House winners (Q13 Fox)

8/12/18: As Trump considers penalties, Seattle-area immigrants turn down public benefits they’re entitled to claim (Seattle Times)

8/1/18: Trump promised exceptions to the travel ban. A new lawsuit says it isn’t so (Crosscut)

6/27/18: Supreme Court’s decision on travel ban hits home in Seattle (Seattle Times)

6/26/18: Gov. Jay Inslee, immigration-rights advocates blast Supreme Court travel ban ruling as ‘abhorrent’ (Seattle Times)

6/26/18: Seattle rallies to #StandWithMuslims as SCOTUS upholds Trump’s travel ban (Seattle Globalist)

6/16/18: Immigrants losing protected status attend free legal workshop in Seattle (King5)

2/23/18: Immigrants pump billions into Washington’s economy, report says (KUOW)

2/9/18: Tukwila officers turn immigrant over to ICE after he called them for help. Was that legal? (Seattle Times)

1/22/18: Participants in Seattle women’s march say next step is political action (Seattle Times)

5/19/17: New law would expand dual-language programs — if legislators fund it (Seattle Times)

5/8/17: Donald Trump Aims To Fast-Track Biometric Scanning At Airports (Huffington Post)

4/11/17: Will Washington State be first in taxing greenhouse gases? (InvestigateWest)

3/11/17: Mayor Denis Law and community leaders release statements about alleged hate crime (Renton Reporter)

3/2/17: Seattle sets up new anti-bias hotline (King5)

2/10/17: The Carbon Tax Debate Isn’t Going Away. What Would the Ideal Bill Look Like? (YES! Magazine)

1/30/17: What does Trump’s action on sanctuary cities mean for Seattle? Here’s what we know. (Seattle Times)

1/23/17: After a detention, DACA recipients live in fear (Crosscut)

1/12/17: Democratic lawmakers look to protect data for immigrants, refugees in Trump era (Seattle Times)