Domestic workers play a critical role in Washington State’s economy. They are mistreated in the sense that they lack legal protection for their employers. In short, they have no basic workers’ rights. Domestic workers, such as nannies and housecleaners, are largely women and people of color. The current law is such that they do not qualify for overtime pay and disproportionately experience workplace harassment and discrimination.
Thanks to OneAmerica’s leadership, other community-based organizations are supporting a proposed statewide bill named Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in this legislative session. They are leading the efforts to address economic inequities for the benefit of our communities. We hope you join us in ensuring that all domestic workers are:
- Paid at least the minimum wage of Washington State.
- Guaranteed overtime pay for more than 40 hours of work a week.
- Entitled to rest and meal breaks, or pay (if breaks must be missed).
- Protected against employers from confiscating personal documents, such as passports.
- Neither discriminated against nor harassed.
- Legally eligible to fight wage theft, harassment, and abuse.
If you believe that all workers, domestic workers included, are entitled to fair wages and basic work protections, please contact your legislators and let them know that you think so. Domestic workers and we need your support to pass this bill. You do not need to be a worker or employer to support this significant proposed legislation.
To take action in support of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights bill, click here to submit a letter. Enter your contact information and address so that when you proceed onto the next page, the system will recognize in which district you live. This part is important because legislators advocate only for constituents who live in their district. If you would like to include additional commentary into the auto-generated letter, type it directly into the designated box. When you are ready to submit your letter, click the button and the system will automatically forward your letter of support to your legislators.
To call your legislative representatives, verify who represents you based on your geographical area by visiting this link. Enter the required fields with your information and click “Find my District.” A list of elected officials’ names should appear on the screen. These representatives are responsible for advocating in support of your interests and concerns. When you click on each representative’s name, a separate tab will open in the same window of your browser. Navigate to the corresponding tab for your representative’s numbers. When you call, let them know that you want them to vote in support of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.
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On November 14, the administration published a proposed new fee schedule that would increase fees for some of the most commonly used immigration applications by our community, putting them out of reach for many low-income immigrants. We are encouraging our supporters to comment in opposition to the proposed rule. Comments must be submitted by December 16.*
· Increasing the cost of citizenship application fees by 83%.
· Requiring asylum-seekers to pay a $50 application fee and $490 for a work permit.
· Increasing the cost of DACA renewals from $495 to $765.
· Eliminating fee waivers for citizenship, lawful permanent residency, and others.
· Transferring $207.6 million in application fees from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to ICE for enforcement purposes, including denaturalization.
We will not tolerate this hatred and are taking action because everyone is welcome in our country. Stand with us in fighting back to protect and defend our communities by submitting a public comment to oppose this proposed regulation.
Instructions for submitting a public comment by December 16 at 11:59 PM (EST):
- Navigate to the proposed regulation by clicking here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USCIS-2019-0010-0001.
- In the top right corner of the webpage, you should see a blue button named “Comment now!” Click on that button and you will be directed to another page where you can either type in or paste your comment into the textbox. The website also mandates that you upload your comment as a file.
- After you finish writing your comment, be sure to verify that you completed all the required fields.
- On the next page, you will review your comment before submitting it.
If you would like additional guidance for submitting a public comment, please click here to view Clinic Legal’s step-by-step instructions.
Sound Transit has recently announced publically the implementation phase of its Link Light Rail’s forthcoming expansion to the East King County area. They have already begun preparations, and here is what riders need to know.
Rather than shut down service entirely during new track construction, Sound Transit will implement its Connect 2020 plan: over ten weeks in January 2020, trains will run at a reduced frequency of every 12 minutes, and riders continuing through downtown Seattle will need to switch trains at Pioneer Square Station. Passengers will experience longer delays between trains, crowding, and increased travel times.
This major transit line will serve riders to and from East King County at a total of 10 new stations and be operational in 2023. In addition to these changes, to prepare for the aforementioned construction, Sound Transit needs to reduce Link service for three weekends this fall. On the weekends of October 12-13, October 26-27, and November 9-10, there will be no Link service between SODO-Capitol Hill. Trains will run from Angle Lake-SODO and UW-Capitol Hill, and free buses will connect the six stations in between. To learn more, click here to read Sound Transit’s blog post.
*Photo credit: Aaron Kunkler with Redmond Reporter, October 9, 2018.
September 11. This date is tragic for those who lived in the United States in 2001 and those who lived in Chile in 1973. These historical events are distinct, yet they share a commonality: extreme patriotism that violates human rights.
Our country was shaken up on and decades following September 11, 2001, when four planes targeted the World Trade Center complex and the Pentagon as part of al-Qaeda’s terrorizing plot. This mass murder claimed 2,997 innocent lives; for that, we offer our deepest sympathy for the victims’ loved ones. We also want to change the rhetoric that surrounds 9/11.
We rebuilt our country on one of its worst days. Let us not forget the resilience, kindness, and service that characterized our country’s finest hour and started its healing process. Thank a first responder or recovery worker. Talk to or check in with someone who might be struggling. Befriend someone who does not look like you. Instead of “never forget,” let us remember how our communities united in solidarity in the face of trauma, grief, and xenophobia.
On September 11, 1973, Salvador Allende was assassinated by a coup, ushering in 17 years of dictatorship under Augusto Pinochet’s rule. Allende co-founded Chile’s Socialist Party and was democratically elected as president in 1970. He was also known for his commitment to improving Chile’s conditions for the poor, workers, peasants, and women because they comprised the minority group.
Allende inherited political unrest and an economic crisis, which led the military to overthrow him. A group of the Chilean refugee community escaped from the coupe and arrived in Seattle where the Mexicano/Chicano community and multiracial partners were peacefully occupying the Beacon Hill School. Our Chilean friends were instrumental partners in developing El Centro de la Raza’s infrastructure because of their experience running their home country. In honor of the Chilean refugees, we named a room after Salvador Allende at El Centro de la Raza.
On both occasions, crimes were committed against humanity. International humanitarian laws and human rights were compromised. We civilians endured the fear of armed conflict. To heal a country’s factions requires peace, freedom, and solidarity – all of which can achieved by legal justice, defense of human rights, and measured and fair responses. That is why there is a struggle for justice. That is why we build the Beloved Community.
Historically known as the Beacon Hill School, the building that is now owned by El Centro de la Raza was built in two phases and later renovated in 1931. The architecture was ahead of its time and remains mostly intact today. However, the school was forced to vacate and relocate to a more modern facility because of the growing student population. At the same time that was happening, people of color experienced limited access to education and other community resources because of cultural and political factors.
There was no longer a commitment to the War on Poverty. Students at South Seattle College whose English as a Second Language classes were defunded by the Nixon Administration then took action. What that looked like was a peaceful multiracial occupation of the abandoned building. This event pivoted the Chicano/Mexicano movement to the forefront of the minds of local elected officials and school district personnel. Our building quickly became a symbol of Seattle’s Chicano/Mexicano movement. The resulting direct connection with the Chicano/Mexicano community was recognized as a significant contribution to Seattle’s history. It is an honor to be listed as one of the most significant buildings in American history. This recognition helps preserve our building for future generations of which to be a part. Our building’s symbolic value is a timeless representation of multiracial unity during times of peril and prosperity.
We are a thriving hub for all communities to engage in civic action, celebrate culture through art, and increase community sustainability through transit-oriented, mixed-use development. Our 43 programs and services span across five major areas: Child & Youth, Human and Emergency Services, Education and Asset-building, Housing and Economic Development, and Community Organizing and Advocacy. Our on-site amenities include a dual language childcare center, 112 affordable housing units, commercial spaces, and a cultural center available to the community for rental. Visit us and tour our building. We would be happy to share more rich history with you and show our historic building’s murals that narrate the Chicano/Mexicano community’s movement over time.
This year, 100 children completed their final year of preschool and graduated from the José Martí Child Development Center (JMCDC). JMCDC staff, teachers, and families gathered to celebrate and honor the students who worked hard all year long and made outstanding progress in all areas of development (social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language). They are now ready for their next step: Kindergarten!
JMCDC at Hirabayashi Place honored 15 graduates at an event on Friday, June 21, at their rooftop playground. Chef Francisco prepared a delicious meal for the families, and the children decorated the space with their original artwork. The children gave performances; singing songs in English, Spanish, and Mandarin. Everyone enjoyed an exceptional performance from a group of ballerinas from Little Angel Studio accompanied by live piano music and music by a DJ! Also, Early Learning Program Manager CiKeithia Pugh congratulated the children and their families and presented them with their own take-home bag and a book for their participation in the Raising a Reader program. Finally, the teachers presented each child with a diploma, with many cheers from the crowd.
JMCDC on Beacon Hill then celebrated their 85 graduates on Thursday, June 28, at the Centilia Cultural Center where families first shared a potluck dinner provided by our kitchen and parents. The families and children then enjoyed a presentation by the spectacular Danza Azteca, followed by each class sharing their own cultural songs, poems and dances – in English, Spanish, and one class even recited a poem in Mixteco! We ended the night with certificates presented to the children for all their hard work and accomplishments throughout the year.
Mil gracias to the ECEAP and Step Ahead programs for making it possible for many of our students to attend preschool and the Seattle Public Library for supporting early literacy. We also want to thank our performers — Danza Azteca and Little Angel Studio — for sharing their beautiful traditions with the children, and many thanks to all of our parents for supporting their children’s educations and for their involvement in the program. Last but not least, a BIG congratulations to our graduates for a great year — we are so proud of all of our students and wish you the best of luck in kindergarten!
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The tobacco industry’s primary targets are teenagers and young adults because they are the leading age groups to experiment with smoking. Nearly 90% of cigarette smokers first try cigarette smoking by age 18, and 98% first try smoking by age 26. We face a rampant public health crisis because of health care costs, diseases, and deaths caused by tobacco use.
As a strategy to reverse the youth e-cigarette epidemic nationwide, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) voted for a bipartisan bill that will raise the federal minimum age for purchasing any tobacco product from 18 to 21. This has already happened in Washington State and many other states, but this national compromise is unprecedented.
Tennessee and Washington State are examples of states that can enact a federal bill without having to pass a similar state law. However, some states, like Kentucky and Virginia, are required to pass their own law to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21, in addition to the federal law.
La mayoría de los fumadores comienzan a fumar siendo niños o adultos jóvenes, y estos grupos de edad son el objetivo principal de la industria del tabaco. Aumentando la edad del tabaco a 21 años ayudará a evitar que los jóvenes comiencen a fumar y a reducir las muertes, las enfermedades y los costos de atención médica causados por el consumo de tabaco.
Como estrategia para revertir la epidemia juvenil de los cigarrillos electrónicos en todo el país, el 26 de junio de 2019, el Comité del Senado de los Estados Unidos sobre Salud, Educación, Trabajo y Pensiones – HELP – votó a favor de un proyecto de ley bipartidista para reducir los costos de atención médica que incluía una legislación de compromiso bipartidista que aumentará la edad mínima federal para comprar cualquier producto de tabaco de 18 a 21 años en todo el país.
El compromiso bipartidista legislativo Alexander-Murray del Comité de Salud de los Estados Unidos – presidente del comité Lamar Alexander (R-TN) y miembro designado Patty Murray (D-WA) – no requiere que todos los estados aprueben sus propias leyes, a diferencia del proyecto de ley bipartidista McConnell-Kaine – líder de la mayoría del Senado Mitch McConnell (R-KY) y el senador Tim Kaine (D-VA) – que incluye una disposición que requeriría que cada estado apruebe su propia ley de aumentar la edad de consumo de tabaco a los 21 años (además de la ley federal).
We are very proud to announce that this spring, all classrooms of the José Martí Child Development Center (JMCDC) on Beacon Hill received designation as high quality centers of excellence by Early Achievers! Our longest-operating classes in the El Centro de la Raza building maintained their previously reached level 4, and our newest classrooms in Plaza Roberto Maestas reached level 3 for their first rating.
Early Achievers is Washington State’s Quality Rating and Improvement System and evaluates programs in five quality standards: child outcomes, interactions and environment, curriculum and staff support, family engagement and partnerships, and staff professionalism. The evaluation process includes a site visit from the University of Washington to review children and classroom files and an extensive File of Supporting Materials, as well as classroom evaluations using the CLASS and ERS assessments, which focus on the learning environment and interactions between teachers and children.
On Friday, June 21, the teachers and staff at JMCDC celebrated this wonderful accomplishment on Beacon Hill with a catered dinner and awards presentation to each of the staff who worked hard to reach and maintain this high level of quality. Congratulations to all of our JMCDC staff whose dedication and commitment made this possible, and also a huge thanks to our coaches Elidia Sangerman, Leah Breish, and Bob Findlay, who supported us throughout the entire process.
With the previous announcement that JMCDC at Hirabayashi also received a level 3 score, we are very proud that all three JMCDC sites have achieved this valuable designation, to continue providing high quality, dual-language education to our children and embodying our often-used quote by José Martí: “Para los niños trabajamos, porque ellos son los que saben amar, porque ellos son la esperanza del mundo.” This translates into, “It is for the children that we work, for they are the ones who know how to love, for they are the hope of the world.”