Victory: Yakima County Latino Leaders Achieve Historic Settlement with Board of Commissioners

no longer violate Latino voters’ rights. The Commission agreed to a court-ordered change under the Washington Voting Rights Act in response to a lawsuit brought by four Yakima County voters and OneAmerica. The settlement comes after years of Latino organizing for representation in the face of election systems that suppress Latino votes in Yakima County. The plaintiffs are represented by the Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and Washington-based law firm MacDonald, Hoague & Bayless.

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, …

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 …