Seattle is a DACA-Friendly City

July 24 – Seattle City Hall.  Mayor Mike McGinn asked a room full of ethnic media and community members to inform DACA-eligible young folks about City and community efforts to assist them in the application process.  Specifically, he pointed out two City efforts:
1.  DOCUMENTATION:  Seattle City Light will accept the addition of a DACA-eligible person’s name on their household’s utility account; this will enable them to use this as one document of proof that they have been here over the course of the utility account.
2.  ANTI-FRAUD INFORMATION:  To prevent fraudulent claims by people preying upon DACA-eligible youth and their families, the Seattle Channel has produced public service announcement warnings.
Community groups providing FREE legal services (Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, NWIRP) and access to funding to pay the $465 application fees (21 PROGRESS) were also highlighted by the Mayor.
Below is the video stream from the event:
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Fasting to Suspend Deportations

Program Manager, James To, supported the national fasting campaign that has been moving across the country since May Day.  He joined members from the Seattle area labor community, fasting for 24 hours beginning 9 am Tuesday (7/2).  The campaign is aimed at suspending deportations while Comprehensive Immigration Reform is being debated in Congress.  The national fast is being organized by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.

“Despite all of us having very busy schedules, James volunteered to represent 21 PROGRESS in this national rolling fast to be in solidarity with all the ally organizations participating, said executive director, Sharon Maeda.  “Throughout the fast, he continued to work as usual with a very long day yesterday and joining his former union, UFCW 21, on an informational picket at QFC this morning!”

Grocery Workers Picket Stores

UFCW 21 and sister unions, held informational pickets at 12 different grocery stores around the Puget Sound area.  Contract negotiations, which started in March, have stalled with Albertson’s, Fred Meyer, QFC and Safeway.
During the busy lunch hour, Ivan Cuevas, Sharon Maeda, James To and many other allies joined grocery workers at the QFC on Broadway at Pike in Seattle.  Leaflets explained to customers and passers by that the grocery corporate management is offering nothing, and are trying to take away paid sick leave.  Seattle is the only city in Washington that has mandatory paid sick leave, which went into effect last year.

Voting is Not an Option

When the Supreme Court slashed at the historic 1965 Voting Rights Act last week, we thought about all these young immigrants who are reaching for citizenship and want to vote.   Mark Trahant’s (award winning independent journalist and former Seattle Times editorial writer) focuses on First People’s voting rights, and frames the decision as a call to action. Let’s make it happen!
Trahant said, “But there is a weakness in the court’s ruling: The more that those in power try to use cheap tricks — voter ID laws or limited ballot access — the more people will demand to vote.”
The court has basically set out the challenge: The only way to strip power from those who would limit your right to vote, is to vote. The only way to end austerity is to win the election. The only way to invest in a better future for young people is to show up in record numbers. American Indians and Alaska Natives will vote because “they” say we can’t.”  For Trahant’s entire article, go to: