King County Immigration Ordinance an Example to All

On February 26th, King County Council members voted to pass Ordinance, 2017-0487, also known as “Enhancing Trust and Fairness for King County Immigrant Communities”. A victory was made this day when a majority of the council voted 6:3, in favor of passing this legislation. OneAmerica is proud to witness our local government support the public safety and inclusion of ALL …

In South King County, Parents Are Making Change

Across south King County OneAmerica is supporting powerful parent leaders and youth to organize to improve responsiveness to the needs of immigrant and refugee communities. We know that individuals most impacted by public education issues are closest to the solutions. We want to ensure that they are centered in the decision-making process and equipped with the tools to create systemic …

OneAmerica's 2018 Annual Celebration

Friday, April 20, 2018, Reception: 5:30 pm Program: 6:30 pm The Westin, Seattle Sponsorship opportunities available! Reserve Your Ticket Today!   This year, women of color have taken power like never before. From spearheading the Women’s Marches, organizing the #MeToo movement, and even running for office and getting elected, women of color have led the resistance against anti-immigrant attacks with persistence, grace and …

Grassroots Immigrant & Refugee Leaders Claim Victory in Olympia

This month, the Washington legislature adjourned following a particularly intense and active 60-day legislative session.  OneAmerica grassroots leaders from across Washington, staff and allies met with legislators, led phone banks and drove statewide communications strategies in support of an ambitious issue platform.  These efforts were highlighted by a statewide advocacy day on February 1st that featured Governor Jay Inslee and …

The Fight for the DREAM Act: We’re Just Getting Started

Last week was filled with a number of twists and turns in the immigrant rights movement and OneAmerica was at the helm of advocating for a resolution for the million undocumented young people living in the US. On Thursday, February 15th the United States Senate voted on four immigration related bill, three of which provided some type of relief for …

The #TrumpShutDown is over, but is a DACA fix on its way?

When the President ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in September 2017, nearly 800,000 individuals who had applied and received DACA suddenly had the rug taken out from beneath them. These are young undocumented Americans who were brought to the United States as children and   became eligible for authorization to work, travel, and be protected from deportation. For background and …

Fighting Hate in Burien, WA

Elected leaders and community-based organizations gathered to condemn recent actions taken by an anti-immigrant organization in Burien, WA.  As reported by numerous media outlets, in late October as ballots were arriving in voter’s mailboxes, Respect Washington mailed flyers to Burien residents with a list of names and addresses of alleged undocumented immigrants, claiming their connection to crimes. OneAmerica joined King County Executive Dow …

President Trump Ends the DACA Program: Important Resources

On September 5, 2017 US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the DACA program would be ended. Statement from OneAmerica: “By cancelling the DACA program, President Trump has reneged on a promise made to hundreds of thousands of American youth who arrived here as children. There seems to be no limit to the cruelty of this administration or its willingness …

After Sixteen Years, the Consequences of 9/11 are still with US

This morning, the United States held its annual remembrance of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. Our hearts remain with the victims of the terrorist attacks as we mourn the loss of life and the blow to our nation’s sense of security. Children who were born in 2001 have never known a world in which the United States …

Citizenship Day

Melitina Florentina Quiroz and her husband Silviano have lived in the United States for several decades – Sliviano arrived in 1979, and his wife joined him in 1995. While in America they raised a large and loving family of 9 children, all of whom are now legal permanent residents or citizens. Not having naturalized, Melitina and Silviano were excluded from …