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Tell Washington State Senators to Vote YES on HB1090

Our partners at La Resistencia and other immigrant leaders in Washington State are leading the effort behind HB1090, a bill which aims to ban private, for-profit prison and detention in the state. Here is how you can help, from La Resistencia (in English and Spanish):

HB1090 ha sido aprobado en la Cámara de Diputados con un voto final de 76 ‘si’ y 21 ‘no’! El proyecto de ley ha sido aprobado en la Cámara de Diputados gracias al trabajo de la comunidad y de los legisladores. Mientras trabajamos para una aprobación de HB1090 en el Senado, necesitaremos la misma esfuerza y cooperación para que este proyecto de ley llegue al escritorio del Gobernador y sea firmado como ley.

HB1090 has passed in the House with a final vote of 76 yeas and 21 nays! This bill passed through the House because of work done by the community and by legislators. As we work to pass HB1090 through the senate we’ll need that same amount of effort and cooperation for this bill to make it to the Governor’s desk and to be signed into law.

Similar a la manera que exigíamos un éxito con HB1090 en la Cámara de Diputados, pasarla por el Senado va a requerir esfuerzo de la comunidad. Aquí esta lo que necesitamos hacer ahora para ayudar a mantener la energía alta de HB1090:

Much like we worked to get HB1090 through the House, it will take community effort to get it through the Senate. Here’s what we need to do now to help keep HB1090’s momentum:

Dile a tu senador:
Vote ‘si’ por HB1090! Movamos a WA un paso más cerca a la eliminación de las cárceles privadas con fines de lucro y los centros de detención

Tell your Senator:
Vote yes on HB1090! Get WA one step closer to banning private, for-profit prisons & detentions

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Pledge to take action in the 2021 Washington State Legislative Session with OneAmerica

Pledge to take action during the 2021 Washington State legislative session and fight for programs that are crucial for our BIPOC, immigrant and refugee communities. When the time comes, our partners at OneAmerica will ask you to contact your legislators to ensure Washington leads the way in supporting pivotal legislation that puts our communities first.

Take the pledge to be contacted to take action on:

  • Creating an unemployment benefit for undocumented workers - ensuring families have the financial resources needed to survive and thrive during the pandemic and recession.
  • Expanding bilingual education - to close the opportunity gap facing English learners and students of color in early learning and K-12.
  • Investing in early learning and childcare for immigrant and refugee communities
  • Raising progressive revenue - creating a recovery budget that recognizes the contributions of immigrants to our economy and puts money back in the pocket of caregivers, students and vulnerable members of our communities.
  • Funding the Washington New Americans program at $2 million prioritizing access to citizenship
  • Protecting voter rights and access
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    Tell Congress to Support the 'Roadmap to Freedom' Resolution with FIRM Action Network

    The introduction of the Roadmap to Freedom Resolution to Congress establishes a vision for immigration that is hopeful, affirmative, and centered in solutions that would profoundly and positively impact the lives of immigrants, their families, and communities.

    By supporting the Resolution, Congress would:

  • Create an equitable roadmap to citizenship for 11 million people
  • Reunite families
  • Modernize the enforcement system & hold immigration agencies accountable
  • Address the root causes of migration and affirm our commitment to refugees & asylum seekers
  • Ensure that the process is inclusive and brings people together, in particular those directly impacted by these policies
  • Get started here

    Through Translation or Interpretation

    Become a Translator or Interpreter for NWIRP

    If you are multi-lingual and would like to help NWIRP, we would love to hear from you. Please click here to send us your contact information. We seek volunteers who can both interpret conversations with clients and help translate written materials. Please note that your name will be added to our list but that you will not be contacted directly by NWIRP until our staff has a need for translation or interpretation in the language you offer. We prioritize interpreters who do not charge for their services.

    Through Writing

    Write a letter to someone who is in deportation proceedings or who is currently in immigration detention.

    Locally – for those detained in Tacoma’s Northwest Detention Center.

    Nationwide – for those detained in detention centers throughout the US.

    Through Confronting Oppression

    Learn more about the immigration detention system in the United States and how you can visit a detention center

    The Detention Watch Network has a robust collection of resources on the history and impact of immigration detention in the United States. Learn more at their website about the practice of incarcerating immigrants while they await a determination of their immigration status or potential deportation.

    Freedom for Immigrants, a not-for-profit organization based in California, has compiled helpful guides and resources for those learning about the immigration detention system in the United States for the first time. You can access these resources at this link.

    Learn about the racial history of US immigration law

    Racism has always been at the center of United States immigration law. Learn more about this country’s racial history of immigration with this guide from the ACLU of Washington.

    Join the resistance movement

    Get involved in an upcoming protest, rally, vigil, or community event organized by La Resistencia. Different activist and grassroots groups from around the Puget Sound area and beyond organize solidarity days on Saturdays throughout the month to stand with detainees and their families and show constant resistance to the private company that owns the detention center, the GEO Group, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE.

    Donate to NWIRP

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