Author Archives: Marissa Vichayapai

Newly Formed Coalition for Undocu K-12 Student Protection

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

12/19/2016

SEATTLE (Dec. 19, 2016) – In the aftermath of the 2016 presidential elections and wave of hate speech and fear for safety that then followed, concerned community members and community based organizations from the greater King County area came together to form the K-12 Protection For Undocumented Students Coalition.

The works of the coalition is to ensure the physical safety and emotional well-being of King County K-12 children, youth and their families who are undocumented or mixed status. Coalition members work in collaboration to ensure our schools are a safe and inviting for all students and their families because we know this is paramount to students being able to achieve.

The core work of the K-12 Undocu Coalition includes the following:

  • Share accurate and key information
  • Keep undocumented students and families safe: Sign our Statement of Protection
  • Create an Educator’s Toolkit to be distributed on January 20, 2017.
  • Provide community members with training led by coalition partners

To support K-12 Undocumented Students in Washington State, Sign Our Petition HERE.

Coalition partners include: 21 Progress, Colectiva Legal del PuebloLEAPOneAmericaRoadmap ProjectStorytellers For Change, and Washington Dream Coalition.

The coalition does not exclude other marginalized identities such as Muslim students, LGBTQIA+ students, Indigenous students, young womxn and girl students, and students of color or immigrant backgrounds.

Contact

409 Maynard Ave S Suite 202, Seattle, WA 98104

P: 206-829-8382 | E: info@21progress.org

www.21progress.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/21Progress

Twitter: 21PROGRESS_

It Isn’t Too Late – Apply for the Summer Internship Program Before April 17th

21 Progress is offering summer internship positions to 3-4 college students who are passionate about social justice. Click here to apply!

Our Summer Internship program provides a valuable opportunity for aspiring leaders to gain the skills necessary for working in a social justice nonprofit. Interns will be immersed in a 10-week course that includes one-on-one mentorship, in-office professional learning opportunities, and hands-on community engagement in the field.

The internship is supported by a Leadership Development stipend of $1,500, and includes cool perks like public transit reimbursement, free breakfast, potluck lunches, and more.

Proof of citizenship is not required. Applicants must be currently enrolled at a college, university, community college, or technical school, and have completed at least one semester (or equivalent) of study to be eligible.

Please complete the online application form and attach a cover letter and resume. The best candidates will be selected as applications are reviewed, so please apply as soon as possible.

NEW! Summer Leadership Program: Seattle2Selma, Bridging the Movements of the Past to the Leaders of Today

21 Progress is proud to announce the launch of a their new summer leadership program:

Seattle2Selma, Bridging the Movements of the Past to the Leaders of Today

In February of 2016, 21 Progress’ Programs Director, Marissa Vichayapai, boarded a bus with 53 community members to start a 9 day pilgrimage organized by the Project Pilgrimage. Completely inspired by the work, mission, and cultivation of progressive leaders, 21 Progress partnered with Project Pilgrimage to bring the transformational experience to even more people in Washington State. Through the mentorship and support of Project Pilgrimage and 21 Progress’ exceptional commitment and service in youth leadership development, Settle2Selma was created.

Seattle2Selma is a youth centered Civil Rights Pilgrimage offering an intensive and experiential leadership development opportunity for high school and college students with an interest in making positive changes.

Starting with a series of 6-preparatory meetings, students responsibly ready themselves for the experience. Then, journeying across the deep American South over the course of 6 days, students are immersed into the historic civil rights movement through powerful human connections, visiting influential places, and engaging in diverse experiences.

Much like movements of today and the past, students can expect to be both personally and mentally challenged, as and they are forced to critically examine social concepts, reflect on personal beliefs, and analyze how history has shaped contemporary issues and society today.

Through personal drive, intentionality, analysis, and reflection, students return home with:

  • Exceptional leadership skills and experience
  • Bold vision for future self and community, while honoring the past
  • Belief in power of the people and themselves
  • Cultivation of social responsibility and commitment to social justice through action
  • Expanded community of beloved support

Upon returning home, students have the option to engage in deeper leadership opportunities to build upon the work and make real local change.

Seattle2Selma is a program of 21 Progress in partnership with Bellevue And Cleveland High Schools. Major support–including funding and inspiration and leadership support–provided by Project Pilgrimage.

Applications for Summer 2016 are currently open. Apply here by April 12th, midnight. Click here to share the info flyer.

21 Progress Accepting 2016 Summer Internship Applications

Learn about social justice education and leadership, impact your community, and meet amazing activist and mentors this summer!

Fun, innovative, and hands-on internship for passionate and skilled people who are eager to take on challenges, opportunities, and make a lasting difference in their community. We want to share our favorite tools and learning lessons with those in the community who are exploring their own purpose- both professionally and personally.

Want to know who you might work with this summer? Check out our youtube page!

Learn more about the position here.

21 Progress’ 2016 Summer Internship Program

Length of Commitment: 10 consecutive weeks between  June 2016 – August 2016.

Weekly Time Commitment: 30 hours per week. Some weekend and evening hours likely.

Application deadline:  The application process is split into three deadlines to provide flexibility and opportunity for interested applicants.  Decisions will be made within two weeks of the application deadlines

Deadline 1: Applications received by March 13, 2016 will receive a decision by March 27, 2016.

Deadline 2: Applications received by April 17, 2016 will receive a decision by May 1, 2016.

Compensation: Leadership Development stipends of $1,500 will be provided. Travel reimbursements

Perks: Amazing meals (breakfast daily and potluck lunch once a week), guest speakers,  themed work days!

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Work closely with communities of color and immigrant youth to foster leadership skills and social justice values
  • Assist staff with outreach and follow-up for participants in 21 Progress programs
  • Assist in organizing, outreach, and leading events and workshops for professionals and community residents
  • Strategize and assist in implementation of new programs and services
  • Participate in staff meetings to contribute to brainstorming sessions, program updates and general feedback
  • Maintain program and participant data entry and database management
  • Represent 21 Progress at community events
  • Provide written items for organization publications
  • Research issues and programs relevant to immigrant justice and youth leadership development
  • Maintain confidentiality for program participants consistent with 21 Progress’ standards of practice

Position Requirements:

  • Be interested in social justice and leadership development for immigrants and youth of color
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office suite, online social media, and email communication
  • College-level written and oral English communication skills
  • Self-starter and highly motivated
  • Ability to keep reliable work hours
  • Minimum Age Requirement: 18 years old

Learning Opportunities:

  • Work one-on-one with a hands-on and passionate staff person. Check out 21P’s amazing team here
  • Join an expansive a powerful network of social justice activists, and movement builders
  • Orientation, training, goal-setting, supervision and professional support will be provided
  • All interns should expect to walk away with new hard skills, first-hand experience working with professionals and clients, and deep understanding of social justice non-profit work
  • Right in the heart of the Seattle’s international district,  learn and work in one of the most beautiful and diverse neighborhoods in the U.S.

How To Apply:

Complete & submit the intern application form using the link below. All applicants are asked to include a current resume and cover letter.

Internship positions are extremely competitive. Undergraduates, graduate students and graduating senior high school activists are encouraged to apply early. All applications must be received by January 29th, 2016. All final decisions will be made by February 22nd, 2016.

Intern Application Formhttps://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/vQfBND_CJC1zaiBwzJVgmA

About 21 Progress

21 PROGRESS runs programs and campaigns that empower leaders among the hard working people of Washington and advances bold ideas for economic and social justice. 21 Progress serves youth and young adults of color, and many who identify as undocumented or immigrant workers and/or students. If you’re interested in learning more about internship or volunteer opportunities contact 21 Progress at info@21progress.org or (206) 829-8382.

21 Progress Launches A Summer Internship Program

College students and rising activist: Thinking about how you could make a living while also following your passion and heart? Are you curious about working in non-profits, the social justice field, and making impactful community change using innovation and grassroots organizing?

21 Progress is proud to launch it’s summer 2016 internship program with internship positions crafted just for people like you! 

Internship positions are competitive, and we’re especially excited to announce that all positions will be paid. Undergraduates, graduate students and rising activist are encouraged to apply early.

All applications must be received by January 22nd, 2016. Final decisions will be made by February 15th.

“We envision a fun, innovative, and hands-on internship program bustling with courageous and passionate people who are eager to take on challenges, opportunities, and make a lasting difference. We want to share our favorite tools and learning lessons with those in the community who are exploring their own purpose- both professionally and personally.  This is at the heart of what we do and who we’re about.”  Marissa Vichayapai, Special Projects Coordinator, 21 Progress.

Learning opportunities to 21P interns include:

  • Work one-on-one with a hands-on and passionate staff person. Check out 21P’s amazing team here
  • Join an expansive a powerful network of social justice activists, and movement builders
  • Orientation, training, goal setting, supervision and professional support will be provided
  • All interns should expect to walk away with new hard skills, first hand experience working with professionals and clients, and understanding of social justice non-profit work
  • Right in the heart of the Seattle’s international district,  learn and work in one of the most beautiful, progressive, and diverse neighborhoods in the U.S.

To learn more about 21P’s summer internship opportunity, click here.

About 21 Progress

21 PROGRESS runs programs and campaigns that empower leaders among the hard working people of Washington and advances bold ideas for economic and social justice. 21 Progress serves youth and young adults of color, and many who identify as undocumented or immigrant workers and/or students. If you’re interested in learning more about internship or volunteer opportunities contact 21 Progress at info@21progress.orgor (206) 829-8382.

Contact

409 Maynard Ave S Suite 202, Seattle, WA 98104

P: 206-829-8382 | E: info@21progress.org

www.21progress.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/21Progress

Twitter: 21PROGRESS_

21 Progress Welcomes Ruby as our BYD Intern!

Ruby Alvarez is a first generation Mexican American. She was raised in Lynnwood, Washington and was one of the founding students of Edmonds School District’s Creating A Better Tomorrow, a conference for students of color to challenge the oppression in their district, society, and themselves.

Ruby is currently an undergraduate at the University of Washington with the intended major of Public Health. She is also an active member of Unidas Seremos, a UW organization that focuses on celebrating culture and dedicating services to their community. What first interested Ruby in the field of public health was seeing the health disparities in her family and community. Helping others has always been a passion that drove her to this major, especially helping the Latino community. She believes that there is a huge lack of awareness and access to health resources in communities of color. Ruby wants to help fill in those gaps and empower these communities with the resources they need for healthy lifestyles.

Ruby hopes to be able to work for and with marginalized communities and low-income youth in the future. She wants to help inspire and empower them to continue making connections and build a stronger community to create change.

In her free time, Ruby enjoys dancing to Latin music, running outside to explore nature and de-stress from school, and spending time with family and friends.

The Fight Isn’t Over. We’re Going To The Supreme Court.

On November 9, 2015, a federal appeals court in New Orleans ruled that President Obama’s expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs cannot be implemented. The 2-to-1 ruling upholds a February 16th injunction by a federal judge in Texas who blocked President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

Expanded DACA and DAPA, or Deferred Action for Parental Accountability, are two proposed federal programs that was scheduled to launch in February 2015. However, an anti-immigrant judge from Texas who claims that DACA and DAPA are unconstitutional and a burden to their state filed a lawsuit, stopping the two programs.

Expanded DACA and DAPA would allow approximately 4.9 million eligible undocumented immigrants temporary protection from deportation along with other similar benefits as the DACA program such as a work permit, and social security number.

Click HERE for previous post about the injunction.

What does this mean?

  • The court decision has indefinitely delayed the expanded DACA program. Until a court overturns the existing decision, expanded DACA will not happen. The Obama Administration continues to look for ways to overturn the decision.
  • The courts decision DOES NOT affect the DACA program. If you have been granted
  • DACA, it is still in effect. If you need to renew DACA, you may still do so.

What now?

  • The 4.9 million eligible undocumented immigrants will have to wait longer. Until this ruling is reversed, the federal government isn’t allowed to do anything to implement either of the new programs.
  • It is highly likely the Obama Administration will appeal the 5th Circuit Court decision. If the case goes to the Supreme Court, it is likely that there will be no final decision until approximately June 2016.

What you can do:

  1. Get screened for DACA, DAPA or Expanded DACA. Call 206 578-1255 to receive a free screening over the phone. Translators available in all languages.
  2. Continue to save money. The application fee will cost $465 per person. Even if the DAPA program is not implemented it is likely that there will be other options or programs created for undocumented parents.
  3. Collect evidence. Continue to keep bills, and paperwork that prove your residents in the US.
  4. Volunteer or join the movement. It is critical that we band together and fight for our right to live respectfully in the US. Contact FAIR! by calling 206 578-1255 or email info@itshouldbefair.com to see how you can help.

 

Chinese – Translation

抗争还没结束。 我们正准备迈向最高法院!

在2015年11月9 日,新奥尔良地方法院裁定,奥巴马总统就扩大儿童入境定居和父母问责制延迟计划将无法实施。

在2:1的结果下,联邦法官就奥巴马总统于2月16日提出的移民行政提议宣布禁令。

原定于本年二月推行的DACA&DAPA的扩展计划和父母问责制计划,现由于一名反移民法官的裁定而终止。

DACA&DAPA的扩展计划将允许大约490万非法移民人士得到临时保护,如:工作证,社会安全号码

Click HERE for previous post about the injunction.

这意味着:

  •  法院决定无限延迟 DACA的扩展计划。直到推翻这一裁定之前,这一计划都无法实施,奥巴马政府将寻求新的方式来推翻这判决。
  • 法院的这一裁定将不会影响 DACA计划,如您已被授予DACA, 它将仍然有效,如您需要更新它,也依然可以实行。那么现状是:
  • 490万符合条件的非法移民者将不得不延长他们的等待,直到这一裁决被推翻之前,联邦政府不允许实施任何新项目。
  • 奥巴马政府极有可能将对这一裁决提出上诉,如果案件转移到最高法院,直到2016年6月前都不可能得到最终裁决。

那么你现在能做的是:

  • 通过拨打(206)578-1255 免费查询电话 ,争取获得DACA, DAPA的筛选资格 (提供多种语言翻译版本)。
  • 继续存款。 因为申请费为$465/人,即使DACA计划未能实行,但很有可能为无证父母推行其他方案。
  • 收集证据。继续保留票据,或文件从而证明您在美国居住。
  • 做志愿者或参加活动。我们并肩一起为我们在美国的权利而奋斗,这是很关键的
  • 您可以通过拨打206 578-1255 或发邮件到info@itshouldbefair.com 来联系我们

抗爭還沒結束。我們正準備邁向最高法院!

在2015年11月9日,新奧爾良地方法院裁定,奧巴馬總統就擴大兒童入境定居和父母問責制延遲計劃將無法實施。

在2:1的結果下, 聯邦法官就奧巴馬總統於2月16日提出的移民行政提議宣布禁令。

原定於本年二月推行的DACA&DAPA的擴展計劃和父母問責制計劃, 現由一名反移民法官的裁定而終止。

DACA&DAPA的擴展計劃將允許大約490萬非法移民人士得到臨時保護,如:工作證,社會安全號

Click HERE for previous post about the injunction.

這意味著:

  • 法院決定無限延遲 DACA的擴展計劃。 直到推翻這一裁定之前,這一計劃都無法實施,奧巴馬政府將尋求新的方式來推翻這判決。
  • 法院的這一裁定將不會影響DACA計劃, 如您已被授與DACA, 它依然有效,如您需要更新它,也依然可以實行。

那麼現狀是:

  • 490萬符合條件的非法移民者將不得不延長他們的等待,直到這一裁決被推翻之前,聯邦政府不允許實施任何新項目。
  • 奧巴馬政府極有可能將對這一裁決提出上訴,如果案件轉移到最高法院,那麼直到2016年6月之前都不可能得到最終裁決。

那麼你現在能做的是:

  • 通過撥打(206)578-1255 免費咨詢電話,爭取獲得DACA, DAPA的篩選資格(提供多種語言翻譯版本)。
  • 繼續存款。 因為申請費為$465/人,即使DACA計劃未能實行,但很有可能為無證父母推行其他方案。
  • 收集證據。 繼續保留票據或文件從而證明您在美國居住。
  • 做志願者或參加活動。 我們並肩一起為我們在美國的權利而奮鬥,這是很關鍵的
  • 您可以通過撥打206 578-1255 或發郵件到info@itshouldbefair.com 來聯繫我們

 

한국어 번역

아직 끝나지 않았습니다. 대법원으로 갑니다

2015년 11월 9일, 뉴올리언즈에 위치한 연방항소법원이 오바마 대통령의 확장형 DACA 프로그램과 DAPA프로그램의 이행불가 발표를 했습니다. 이 2대1 판결은 15년 2월 16일 텍사스 연방판사가 오바마 대통령 이민법에 관한 행정명령을 금지시킨 판결을 지지했습니다.

확장형 DACA와 DAPA는 연방 프로그램으로서 2015년 2월에 시작될 계획이였습니다. 하지만 텍사스  반(反)이민 판사가 위헌성과 주에 부가되는 부담의 이유로 신청한 소송이 프로그램을 정지시켰습니다.

DAPA와 확장형 DACA는 4백90만명의 (프로그램 적격의) 서류미비 이민자의 일시적 강제추방 보호 및 취업허가증, 사회보장번호의 이익을 제공합니다.

프로그램에 관련한 포스트를 보려면 여기를 클릭하세요.

이 판결이 의미하는것은?

  • 법원의 판결은 확장형 DACA 프로그램의 무기한 정지를 의미합니다. 현 판결이 바뀌어 질 때까지 확장형 DACA 프로그램은 시행되지 않을것입니다. 오바마 정부는 판결을 바꿀 방법을 모색하고 있습니다.
  • 법원의 판결은 허가된 현(現)DACA 프로그램에 영향을 미치지 않습니다.
  • 현 DACA 프로그램의 기한갱신은 할 수 있습니다.

앞으로 일어날 일은?

  • 위의 판결이 바뀔때까지 연방정부는 새로운 이민 프로그램을 집행할 수 없습니다. 4백90만명의 서류미비 이민자는 더 기다려야 합니다.
  • 오바마 정부가 제 5 연방항소법원의 판결에 항소할 가능성은 매우 낮습니다. 연방 대법원의 판결은 2016년 6월에 날 예정입니다.

우리가 할 수 있는 것:

  • DACA, DAPA 그리고 확장형 DACA 프로그램의 적격여부 확인을 하세요. 206-578-1255 에 전화하여 무료로 확인하세요. 번역 및 통역이 가능합니다.
  • 계속 저축하세요. 프로그램 싱청비는 1인당 $465입니다. DAPA 프로그램이 집행되지 않더라고 서류미비 부모들을 위한 프로그램이 만들어질 것으로 예상되기 때문입니다.
  • 자료를 계속 모으세요. 영수증, 청구서 및 미국 거주를 증명할 수 있는 문서를 수집하세요.
  • 이민 운동에 봉사 및 참여하세요. 함께 모여서 미국에 거주할 수 있는 권리를 위해 싸우세요. FAIR! 프로그램에 연락하세요. 206-578-1255 또는 info@itshouldbefair.com에 문의하세요.

NEW WORKSHOP! Tales of a Young Worker

Young Leaders Rise Up, a program of 21 Progress, will be hosting the Tales of a Young Worker storytelling workshop!
Description:

Tales of a Young Worker is a hands-on 1 hour interactive workshop that uses storytelling to teach labor laws. You will have an opportunity to learn about labor standards in Seattle, as well as share your experiences as a worker or as someone affected by unjust working conditions. You will leave with a better understanding of what a fair workplace should look like and practice sharing your experiences when rights are being violated. Light refreshments will be provided.

WHEN: Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 10:30am-11:30am
WHERE: 409 Maynard Ave S, Suite 202
Seattle, WA 98104
(entrance on Maynard Ave S)
 
Please invite your friends, family, or co-workers!
 

We hope you can make it! Space is LIMITED, email Francesca at francesca@21progress.org to RSVP or if you have any questions.

Undocumented Student Shares Her Story

Yuki is an undocumented student living in Seattle, Washington. For 21 Progress staff and their supporters, Yuki shares what it’s like being an undocumented student living in America.

Click below to hear Yuki speak about her experience.

With the support of 21 Progress, Fearless Asians for Immigration Reform (FAIR!), undocumented Asians and Pacific Islander and their allies work together to bring visibility and increased resources to the undocumented API community.

If you or someone you know is undocumented, get screened for DACA today by calling (206) 578-1255. All communication of private, safe, and confidential.

To learn more about FAIR! go to www.ItShouldBeFAIR.com

Special Thanks: This video was made possible by the amazing work of 21 Progress Volunteer, Kai Bates, and of course, our old friend, Yuki Suren.