January 18, 2012
400+ to Push Proactive, Pro-Immigrant Agenda in Olympia
Immigrants, refugees, and communities of color scored big victories in the recent state redistricting process when Commissioners created several majority minority districts that will increase their voting power. Following up on this historic win, more than 400 OneAmerica members will travel to Olympia on Thursday, January 26 to meet with legislators on key issues.
At OneAmerica's Immigrants' Day at the Capitol, advocates will be calling for investments in core services and smart policies that support and recognize the contribution of immigrants, in sharp contrast to divisive, anti-immigrant legislation introduced in other state legislatures, such as Arizona, Alabama, and South Carolina.
Budget priorities include protecting citizenship programs and creating a new revenue source that includes the wealthiest paying their fair share. Policy priorities include a new bill that protects voluntary use of E-Verify by businesses (HB2568) and another supporting English Language Learner students under a new funding formula. OneAmerica is also fighting to pass a Washington State Voting Rights Act (HB2612) that protects "one person, one vote" for all residents. See OneAmerica's 2012 Legislative Agenda for more details.
WHAT: Immigrants' Day at the Capitol
WHO: 400+ immigrants, refugees, and allies from across the state who will be affected by these bills and any program cuts
WHEN: Thursday, January 26
WHERE: Capitol campus, Olympia
For more information or to arrange interviews, contact Charlie McAteer, OneAmerica Communications Director, 206-452-8402, firstname.lastname@example.org
OneAmerica, formerly Hate Free Zone, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that advances the fundamental principles of democracy and justice by building power within immigrant communities.