Mobilizing to Keep Families Together and Free

OneAmerica partnered with a vibrant coalition of allies (#FamiliesBelongTogetherWashington) to organize a week of sustained action against family separation caused by the Trump administration’s policy of zero tolerance against migrants seeking asylum at the southern border.  The intensity of support from the broader community across Washington State was uplifting–even as the United States Government defended its policy of ripping children away from their …

What You Should Know about Washington’s REAL ID Compliance

As of July 1, the Washington Department of Licensing has begun issuing driver licenses and IDs that comply with federal REAL ID Act requirements. For now, the only change Washington residents will notice is that newly issued Standard Driver Licenses and IDs will have the marking “Federal Limits Apply.” This new marking will have no impact until October of 2020. …

OneAmerica Signs Onto Statement of Support for I-1631 and Healthy, Thriving Communities

As one of the leaders  of Front and Centered — a coalition of organizations of color fighting climate change starting with equity — OneAmerica has signed onto a statement supporting Washington state Initiative 1631. Our organization’s support of I-1631—and our work to advance environmental justice, more broadly—arose from the needs of our community. Over the years, we’ve helped shape the development of …

What's Next After TPS? – A Free Legal Workshop

We’re partnering with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, the City of Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, The Church Council of Greater Seattle, and others to offer a free legal workshop for anyone who wants to learn more about about Temporary Protected Status. This free community event is for people who have TPS but want to learn about options …

Census 2020: What’s the Impact of the Citizenship Question?

On March 26th, the United States Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross directed the Census Bureau to include a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census.  Organizations concerned about ensuring an accurate count in the 2020 Census, including OneAmerica, were outraged. Here is a statement from OneAmerica on the decision: “At a time when the federal government is on a crusade to tear apart immigrant families and …

Time to Weigh in on the New Washington Driver’s License

After years of fending off the US Department of Homeland Security, in the 2017 legislative session Washington State agreed (despite opposition from immigrant and civil liberties groups) to enact legislation that would bring the State into compliance with the federal REAL ID Act, which established minimum requirements for state-issued driver’s licenses. With several allies, OneAmerica succeeded in ensuring that the law signed by …

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 …