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

Magaly Smith Uncategorized

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

Magaly Smith Uncategorized

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

Magaly Smith Uncategorized

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

Magaly Smith Uncategorized

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

Magaly Smith Uncategorized

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 …

How the Working Families Tax Credit Fights Poverty

Eric Shew Uncategorized

A state’s tax code is a representation of its values. Unfortunately, our state’s tax code reveals an ugly truth: immigrant and refugee communities and low to middle-income communities like ours are not a priority. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy published a comprehensive report on tax fairness in all 50 states. They found that Washington is number one: our …

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What Happens Next? A Post Election Conversation with Rich Stolz and Steve Phillips

Robin Engle Uncategorized

It’s been an exciting election season where we saw candidates of color, immigrants and women win big! It may have also left you with questions… What does this mean going forward, and how can we recreate these results in future elections? To learn more, listen to our 30 minute recorded phone briefing with our Executive Director Rich Stolz and Steve …

2018 Midterm Elections: People Like Us Claim Our Power

Eric Shew Uncategorized

With OneAmerica Votes leading the way, people like us are creating a movement to claim our power at the ballot at the local, state, and federal level. We knocked on 9,800 doors. We made 8,700 calls. We registered 1,200 voters. We elected 22 out of 29 OAV-endorsed candidates. Victories for OAV-endorsed people like us – pro-immigrant, progressive legislators like Debra Entenman, …

Recent Developments in Federal Immigration Policy Underscore the Importance of the 2018 Elections for Immigrants and Refugees in Washington State

Robin Engle Uncategorized

In the last 24 hours, there were two major developments in immigration policy.  Yesterday a federal district court in California blocked implementation of the Trump administration’s termination of Temporary Protected Status for legal immigrants from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Sudan as the lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security challenging the termination, Ramos v. Nielsen, is being litigated. Temporary Protected …

Tanisha Harris for State Representative in the 17th Legislative District, Position 1

Robin Engle Uncategorized

OneAmerica Votes proudly endorses Tanisha Harris to Represent the 17th Legislative District in Clark County, Washington.  Harris is one of an impressive slate of women of color running for the state legislature in 2018. Harris was born and raised in Vancouver, Washington. After graduating from Evergreen High School, Tanisha attended Clark College and Washington State University-Vancouver, earning an Associate’s Degree …