Join Us on September 16: OneAmerica Votes Public Meeting / Reunión Pública / Kulanka Dadweynaha

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United, we have the power to rise up and create a Washington state that values our immigrant neighbors and an education system that better reflects and addresses the needs of their community. We must hold our elected leaders, and ourselves, accountable to meaningful action that will uphold the dignity of immigrant communities. In this time of the pandemic, Congress has …

OneAmerica Votes Announces 2020 Endorsements

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Democracy is at its best when immigrants, refugees and people of color are engaged and represented by people that come from our communities and act in our interests. There is a lot at stake this election season. We must mobilize and vote to elect people like us, leaders of color and allies committed to co-governance, to serve at all levels …

OneAmerica Votes leaders mobilized and elected people like us.

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Leading up to the election, OneAmerica Votes (OAV) mobilized our communities to elect leaders like us into office. Leaders we knew would stand up for our values and be a voice for immigrant and refugee rights in Washington State. 208 OAV volunteers knocked on 7,500 doors, made 3,381 calls, texted 51,700 people, and held 5 ballot parties. After a hard fought election week, we are …

The People’s Presidential Forum – OAV Leader Reflects on Community and Power

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OneAmerica Votes Leaders, Juan Monje and Rudy Cureno, traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada to attend The People’s Presidential Forum – a forum created by Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada Action (PLAN Action) and People’s Action. OAV is an affiliate of People’s Action, a national network of community organizing groups. Presidential candidates, including former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, …

Where OneAmerica Votes stands with I-1000 & I-976

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OneAmerica Votes endorses I-1000, the Affirmative Action and Diversity measure, brought to the ballot by Referendum 88.  OAV also recommends a no vote on Tim Eyman’s Initiative 976.  With I-1000, we have an opportunity to address historical and ongoing discrimination, ensuring that our public institutions are diverse and accessible for all by reinstating consideration of racial inequity in access to …

Realizing the Promise of Redistricting – Jorge Chacón for Wenatchee City Council

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When a federal district court ordered the City of Yakima to create a new election system on the federal Voting Rights Act, communities across Washington State took notice. The Cities of Pasco and Wenatchee went further than most, recognizing that their at-large election systems violated the voting rights of Latinx citizens by diluting their votes through racially polarized elections. Thanks …

OneAmerica Votes Announce their 2019 Candidate Endorsements

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Relentless attacks on immigrant and refugee communities under the Trump Administration are energizing a movement to create change at the ballot box in Washington State.  Immigrants, refugees, and people of color are stepping up to run for office at record levels, and in communities across Washington State, grassroots community members are looking ahead to this fall’s elections. We are proud to …

OneAmerica Votes joins CAPE, Swooping in With 2019 Candidate Ratings

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Anticipating a crowded primary election in August, and reviewing news reports that big businesses are already pouring a lot of money into the City Council elections, OneAmerica Votes decided to partner with Civic Ventures and Working Washington to launch the Civic Alliance for a Progressive Economy (CAPE). We need a Seattle City Council committed to doing all that they can …

Ready to Lead®: Training Immigrants and People of Color to Embrace their Political Power in Washington State

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In 2018, OneAmerica established a new partnership with New American Leaders to host the Ready to Lead® candidate training program in Washington. This training program is specifically designed for first and second generation immigrants and people of color who want to run for office or work in politics. It identifies the immigrant experience as an asset in civic leadership. The …

Community and Business Leader Prevented from Filing to Run in Yakima’s 1st City Council District Due to Inaction on DACA, Broken Immigration System

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On May 16, 2019 Yakima resident, community leader and DACA recipient, Rocío Carrión, along with a group of campaign supporters, symbolically filed to run for office Yakima City Council, District 1. “I believe it’s time for me to run for local office. I am a DACA recipient who is passionate about representing the people in my community as the council …