History

2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009

2001

  • September 11: Bombing of the World Trade Centers
  • September 16: Hate Free Zone Campaign of Washington (HFZ) established
  • September 18: Press conference declaring Washington State "Hate Free"
  • September:  U.S. Congress passes Patriot Act, creating new immigration restrictions
  • October: Somali money wiring businesses raided by Federal officials
  • December: HFZ establishes office in South Seattle, working with immigrant communities being targeted

2002

  • January: HFZ organizes Sikhs, Muslims and Arabs to testify for Washington State House Select Committee on Security; Washington Governor and Attorney General drop wiretapping bill and anti-terrorism legislative package
  • March: HFZ holds rallies and launches campaign to organize support for Somali grocery store owners targeted by USDA; HFZ facilitates pro bono legal counsel from Perkins Coie LLP
  • June: HFZ forms broad coalition to urge Seattle City Council to amend existing ordinance to prohibit all City employees from asking about immigration status
  • November: HFZ works with Perkins Coie to file habeas corpus petitions for five Somali men facing deportation, leading ultimately to a class action lawsuit representing 4,000 Somalis across the country

2003

  • Immigration Naturalization Services restructured and called "Department of Homeland Security"
  • January: Seattle City Council passes one of the first nationwide ordinances prohibiting all City employees from asking about immigration status; Hate Free Zone holds rally of 300 protesting Special Registration of Arabs, Muslims and South Asians
  • February: HFZ works in coalition on anti-war march, rallying support for theme of "Stop the War in Iraq; Stop the War on Immigrants"; 50,000 Seattle residents renounce war in Iraq and war against immigrants
  • March: HFZ convenes participants for meeting of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Attorney & immigrant community members
  • June: Senator Ted Kennedy and HFZ, with national partner organizations such as AILA and ACLU, hold second JUSTICE FOR ALL hearing in Washington DC bringing participants to testify from across the country
  • June: Hate Free Zone holds first ever meeting of immigrant rights groups with Sen. Cantwell and 40 members of the Somali, Arab, Muslim, SA, Cambodian and Latino communities
  • September: 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds decision staying deportation for over 4,000 Somalis across the country
  • September: Seattle Immigrant Worker Freedom Ride, chaired by HFZ and the King County Labor Council, takes over 42 immigrants from 24 countries to tell their stories on a ten-day journey across the United States, along with immigrants from 12 cities across the country, culminating in a final rally of 150,000 people in New York

2004

  • April: HFZ works with Seattle City Council to pass a resolution opposing Congress's proposed Clear Law Enforcement for Criminal Alien Removal (CLEAR Act - requiring local police to enforce federal immigration laws)
  • May: HFZ holds first Annual Dinner at Café Flora (120 attendees)
  • June: HFZ partners with Council on American-Islamic Relations Seattle Chapter to launch first Muslim Civic Engagement Project
  • November: HFZ registers over 2,000 Muslims to vote; approximately 90% turn out to vote on Election Day with over 50 volunteers participate with HFZ in successful voter turnout effort
  • December: Second HFZ meeting with Washington Senator Maria Cantwell

2005

  • January: HFZ creates Community Leadership Council, first group of leaders from diverse immigrant communities to discuss priorities and coordinate efforts
  • May: HFZ and Community Leadership Council holds first Seattle City Council Brownbag on Immigrants with over 300 community members testifying and leading to the passage of a Council resolution directing the Mayor to address provision of services for growing immigrant population
  • June: HFZ holds 3rd Justice For All Hearing with Senator Patty Murray on immigration reform; over 800 attend
  • September: HFZ begins registering new citizens to vote at naturalization ceremonies in unique partnership with the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services

2006

  • January: HFZ chairs national field campaign, "Liberty and Justice for All" for Rights Working Group, to call for due process rights and civil liberties protections within the immigration system
  • January: The "Border Protection, Anti-terrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act", known as the "Sensenbrenner Bill", passes in the House of Representatives.
  • February: HFZ organizes rally for hundreds calling for due process for Sheikh Ibrahim, a Somali imam in detention
  • April: HFZ works with Seattle City Council passes a Resolution on Comprehensive Immigration Reform
  • May: Nationwide protests, including in Seattle, draw millions to protest the Sensenbrenner Bill
  • May: HFZ works with King County Council to pass a Comprehensive Immigration Reform Resolution
  • June: HFZ becomes part of national Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, representing Washington State in national debate on immigration reform
  • December: Hate Free Zone registers 12,000 new citizens to vote in Washington

2007

  • January: Based on Community Leadership Council recommendations, Seattle's Mayor Greg Nickels institutes new policies on interpretation and translation for foreign language in city government and establishes a new Immigrant and Refugee Action Plan, and institutes an Immigrant and Refugee Advisory Council
  • May: HFZ, Washington CAN and partners hold Children's March to protest immigration raids; draws 300 people
  • June: HFZ holds first Immigrant and Refugee Candidates Forum in Seattle for City Council and King County Prosecutor candidates; over 300 immigrants attend with interpretation into five languages
  • June: Raids conducted in Portland and detainees sent to Tacoma detention center; HFZ raids hotline activated with Northwest Federation of Community Organizations and Washington Community Action Network
  • December: Hate Free Zone registers 20,000 new citizens to vote in Washington

2008

  • February: HFZ works successfully with Governor Chris Gregoire on immigrant integration; Gregoire signs the New Americans Executive Order establishing a policy council to provide recommendations to the Governor on immigrant integration; the State Legislature allocates funding to launch New Americans Citizenship Program, administered by HFZ
  • May: HFZ has registered over 23,000 new citizens to vote in Washington
  • May: HFZ and Seattle University Law School Human Rights Clinic release report on human rights violations at the Northwest Detention Center.  Report receives widespread national and international attention
  • May: Governor Chris Gregoire receives award at HFZ Annual Dinner; over 700 diverse community members and partners attend, raising $100,000 for immigrant justice work
  • June: HFZ changes its name to OneAmerica
  • July-December:  OneAmerica continues extensive organizing with Rights Working Group coalition and Fair Immigration Reform Movement on due process rights for immigrants and comprehensive immigration reform
  • August:  Governor Chris Gregoire appoints OneAmerica Executive Director to be Vice Chair of the New Americans Policy Council
  • October:  New Americans Policy Council begins meetings to discuss immigrant integration agenda for Washington State

2009

  • January:  Membership program launched
  • New Americans citizenship program successfully launched with successful citizenship days held across the state for the first time
  • February:  OneAmerica publishes report on immigrant contributions to Washington State's economy
  • Spring and Summer:  OneAmerica base community groups established in key communities across Washington: Vancouver, Mount Vernon, Pasco, Walla Walla, Tacoma, and White Center
  • September:  Washington New Americans citizenship program selected for funding out of over 290 applications in a competitive process by US Citizenship and Immigration Services  
  • October:  OneAmerica and CAIR hold successful candidates' forum for Seattle Mayor and Seattle City Council Races; over 300 immigrants turn out for the candidates' forum
  • October:  Mobilized 100 people to join Family Unity Ride to San Jose for CIR rally
  • November:  New Americans Policy Council produces Year 1 report with agenda for immigrant integration
  • December:  30 immigrant community leaders from across the state and OA base groups come together in Seattle for a leaders retreat and planning for comprehensive immigration reform; text message action listserve grows to thousands in Washington state 

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