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

Allison Carney 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

Allison Carney 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 …

Kristine Reeves for Representative in the 30th Legislative District

Robin Engle Uncategorized

Earlier this summer, OneAmerica Votes proudly endorsed Kristine Reeves for re-election as State Representative for Washington’s 30th Legislative District, which covers much of Federal Way. When not in the legislature, Kristine currently serves as the Director of Economic Development for the Military and Defense sector for the state of Washington, focusing on the public and private elements of economic development …

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Vote for Climate Justice This November

Dujie Tahat Uncategorized

by Ake Kankirawatana Washingtonians everywhere should care about the serious threat that pollution poses to the health and wellbeing of our communities. Initiative 1631 is a broad and inclusive proposal to invest in clean air and clean energy in Washington State while reducing our reliance on polluting fossil fuels. Making sure our communities have a safe, clean environment is crucial …

Taking Stock of Democratic Members of Congress Representing Washington State

Robin Engle Uncategorized

In the 2018 mid-term elections, all US Representatives will be up for election, including Washington State’s ten Members of Congress.  This post summarizes the positions taken by the Democratic Representatives serving Washington State. With respect to the current crisis of family separation at the southern border, all of the Democratic representatives listed below signed Rep. Jayapal’s letter to limit DHS’ …