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4/30/2024: This May Day, I’m marching for fairness for undocumented workers (The Seattle Times, Opinion)

4/26/2024: Why so many asylum-seekers like me make the journey to Tukwila (The Seattle Times, Opinion)

4/19/2024: Advocacy Groups, Politicians, and Nonprofits Rally to Help Refugees and Asylum Seekers Left Out in the Cold (South Seattle Emerald)

3/6/2024: Dual language education is one step closer to becoming a WA law (The Seattle Times)

1/18/2024: ‘Help us.’ Tukwila asylum-seekers take refuge in hotels as permanent shelter, warmer weather evades them (KUOW)

9/27/2023: Citizenship Day event set for Saturday, Sept. 30 (Sunnyside Sun)

9/20/2023: Partners Launch Citizenship Application Campaign (Port of Seattle)

9/15/2023: Día de la ciudadanía será el 30 de septiembre en Sunnyside (El Sol de Yakima)

8/21/2023: In Central Washington, legal clinic helps with citizenship application (Northwest Public Broadcasting)

5/4/2023: WA passed a ‘Voting Rights Act 2.0’ bill. Here’s what’s in it (Crosscut)

5/2/2023: Yakima comes together to recognize workers and immigrants at May Day march (Yakima Herald)

3/19/2023: State can fund expansion of naturalization support (Everett Herald)

3/16/2023: Why WA leaders say U.S. should change its race, ethnicity categories (The Seattle Times)

3/9/2023: Guest Rant: WA Supreme Court Should Uphold the Capital Gains Tax (The Stranger)

1/1/2023: Comment: Credit grass-roots with Perez’s ‘upset’ win for Congress (Herald Net)

12/23/2022: Advocates see room for improvement with Latino voter turnout in Yakima Valley (Yakima Herald)

11/18/2022: WA sees higher voter turnout but a drop east of the Cascades (Crosscut)

11/16/2022: Voting rights group notes rise in Latino voter participation in Yakima County (Yakima Herald)

11/13/2022: First-time voters, community organizations react to Latino turnout in Yakima County (Yakima Herald)

11/12/2022: Marie Gluesenkamp Perez wins: Democrats flip WA-03 back to blue, defeat Joe Kent (Northwest Progressive Institute -The Cascadia Advocate)

11/8/2022: King County voters approving NPI-organized amendment to shift to even-year elections (Northwest Progressive Institute – The Cascadia Advocate)

11/5/2022: Nonpartisan groups in Yakima put focus on voting education, outreach in Latino community (Yakima Herald)

10/14/2022: Washington Plans to Offer Dual Language Ed for All by 2040 (Language Magazine)

9/23/2022: New Ascend Fellows Announced at the Aspen Institute (Early Learning Nation)

8/28/2022: Immersion learning in all Washington K-8 public schools by 2040? (Seattle’sChild)

8/25/2022: Plan to expand dual language education across Washington state (Lynnwood Times)

7/11/2022: Pandemic recovery that goes beyond ‘back to normal’ (The Seattle Times)

7/7/2022: WA agriculture workers look to retain momentum of pandemic strikes (Crosscut)

7/4/2022: A new law will help families access interpreters in WA public schools (The Seattle Times)

6/29/2022- Only two Latino candidates seek Yakima County Commission after lawsuit brings new boundaries (Wenatchee World)

6/28/2022: Latinx Voting Rights – A More Perfect Union (Spokane Public Radio)

6/17/2022 – New worker center in Yakima | Hundreds more nerds | We gon’ be alright (The Stand)

6/16/2022 – New center for workers called Centro Chinampa opens in Yakima (Yakima Herald)

5/31/2022 – A lot of money with less effort: Seattle Foundation shakes up philanthropy to invest in groups led by people of color (The Seattle Times)

5/1/2022 – OneAmerica, Fair Work Center combine for May Day event in Yakima (Yakima Herald)

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) 

4/14/2022 – Kaitie Dong ‘18 on advocacy, organizing and centering marginalized voices (Whitman Wire)

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)