Celebrating Bilingualism | Celebramos | Dabaaldega

On Thursday, December 13th 2018, OneAmerica held an event highlighting our Speak Your Language Campaign supporting English Learners, Celebrating Bilingualism and announcing the release of our report “Celebrating the Power of Bilingualism.” The event was attended by nearly 100 supporters, including OneAmerica parent leaders and Community Language Organizers, the English Language Learner Work Group, elected officials, and teachers and workers …

Remembering David Ayala

Dear Friends and Members of the OneAmerica Family: We learned early this morning that our dear friend and former Organizing Director, David Ayala passed away after a lengthy fight with pancreatic cancer. David will be missed in so many ways.  We will dearly remember his enthusiasm, his infectious energy, his heart, his ability to motivate, his deep sense of strategy, …

King County Inquest Process Reforms are Positive Steps Towards Police Accountability and Justice

King County Executive Dow Constantine recently introduced positive reforms to the inquest process that addresses how investigations of the death of an community member at the hands of law enforcement are conducted. “On behalf of our members throughout King County, OneAmerica strongly supports the positive steps taken by the King County Executive to strengthen accountability and sensitivity to the needs …

OneAmerica Partners with SeaTac Airport to Promote Citizenship

By Sarah Sumadi It’s often while anxiously waiting in line at U.S. ports of entry that legal permanent residents first think about applying for citizenship. Returning to the United States after a trip abroad is especially stressful, because re-entry isn’t guaranteed. Immigration officials inspect residents’ green cards while reviewing their full background file and questioning them about their travel, and …

A New Campaign Takes Aim at a “Second Wall” for Immigrants and their Families

OneAmerica joins the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) and others to launch the Campaign to Tear Down the Second Wall and to relaunch Naturalize NOW Campaign. These efforts take a stand against recent anti-immigrant actions taken by the Trump Administration and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in order to protect and build power for the immigrant community. OneAmerica …

Ensure Representation for Communities of Color: Help us Implement the Washington Voting Rights Act

  Earlier this year, Washington State enacted the Washington Voting Rights Act (WVRA).  Under previous state law the majority of Washington’s local governments were required to use at-large voting in general elections. So, the same majority of voters can decide the result for every council or school board seat in a town, city, or county.  As a result, some communities, …

Further Developments on the Family Separation Crisis

This post updates two prior posts on the President’s Executive Order and on the #WalkAMile Week of Action. A federal court in San Diego mandates that children be reunited within 30 days. On June 27, a federal court in San Diego issued a national injunction in the ACLU’s class action lawsuit against the Trump administration’s separation of children. The injunction …

The President’s Executive Order on Family Separation: What Does it Mean?

from the desk of Bonnie Stern Wasser, Staff Attorney, OneAmerica On June 20, 2018, the President issued an Executive Order (EO) strangely named “Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation.”  The EO was issued in the wake of public uproar after CBP and ICE started separating children from their parents as part of Attorney General Sessions’ “zero tolerance” policy. …