Seattle says: Black Lives Matter!

On December 6, 2014 over 1,000 people marched from Garfield High School to the Seattle Police Headquarters calling for an end to the tragic shootings of unarmed black men by police officers.  The march was led by young organizers from around the county.  Michael Brown and Eric Garner were remembered with an extended period of silence as the marchers knelt in the street with their hands up for several minutes in front of the Seattle Police Department Headquarters.  Seattle stands with Ferguson in the national fight to stop unjustified police shootings.

#BlackLivesMatter

Seattle Gets Ready for President Obama’s Administrative Relief

21 PROGRESS partners, NWIRP and Casa Latina, held an informational event at Seattle Center, led off by greetings from Mayor Ed Murray.

The eligibility rules for expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), both announced by President Obama on Nov 20, 2014, were the main focus of the event.  People from all over the Seattle area and Washington State were invited to ask questions, and attend presentations in English and Spanish.

Photo: 21 Progress Outreach Coordinator Dante Garcia, and Student Intern, Yuri Cortez with Mayor Ed Murray.

SIGN UP NOW! Dec. 6th – BUILD YOUR DREAM

21 Progress will be holding a Build Your Dream workshop on Saturday, December 6th: 9:30am – 12:30pm. You will be able to sign up for our Build Your Dream loan, learn how to take control of your money in our Financial Literacy workshop and find out what other workshops and services 21 Progress provides.

Participants are expected to attend the entire workshop. If you have a time conflict please contact us to make arrangements at 206-829-8482 or send an email to daca@21progress.org.

We will be providing light snacks.

Confessions of a Formerly Undocumented Youth

Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, had the courage to come out of the shadows and share his story of being undocumented (defineamerican.com).  This week New American Media shared another inspiring story of a young Filipino, Anthony Ng, who stepped out of the shadows with President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. You can read the full article here.

The story of Anthony’s family is one that anybody who has faced hardship in their life can relate to:
“The older Ngs only had a high school education and no professional skills to compete in the already overcrowded labor sector. The Philippine economy in the late 1990s was in turmoil, devastated by natural calamities and political strife, and unemployment was at an all-time high.

‘If you’re a responsible parent, the only way out from seeing your young driven to such a miserable existence is to get out. That defines the choices for many overseas workers,’ says Anthony.”