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Building Welcoming Communities, One Town at a Time

Building Welcoming Communities, One Town at a Time

Posted by Rosa at Feb 12, 2013 10:35 AM |

Amanda Aguilar Shank, from Rural Organizing Project in Oregon, shares how Welcoming Communities is creating safer cultural environment for immigrants.

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Our Time is Now

Our Time is Now

Posted by NancyH at Jan 30, 2013 05:35 PM |

The fight for comprehensive immigration reform is here and we need to fight for it.

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40 years of Roe vs Wade: A Milestone But Further to Go

40 years of Roe vs Wade: A Milestone But Further to Go

Posted by Rosa at Jan 22, 2013 09:15 AM |

Mariotta Gary-Smith, Western States Center board member, shares why we still have a long way to go in order to fully protect reproductive choice.

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Reflections on my time at the Center

Reflections on my time at the Center

Posted by KalpanaK at Jan 16, 2013 05:30 PM |

Kalpana shares highlights of her eight years with the Center.

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Introducing the new Gender Justice Program Director

Introducing the new Gender Justice Program Director

Posted by Rosa at Dec 04, 2012 05:30 PM |

The Center share big news about the new Gender Justice Program Director.

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Two suitcases, the GDP, and the Immeasurable

Two suitcases, the GDP, and the Immeasurable

Posted by Yee Won Chong at Dec 04, 2012 05:30 PM |

The mainstream media stresses how we are in recession because consumer spending is stagnant, but there must be a different way I can help stimulate the economy besides consuming goods or services. How do is the type of work that I do measured in the GDP?

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Lessons learned from 2012

Lessons learned from 2012

Posted by Kalpana at Nov 15, 2012 09:30 AM |

What do the 2012 election results mean for issues for LGBTQ equality, reproductive justice, and family security? Read on to find out.

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Organizing Wins 2012!

Organizing Wins 2012!

Posted by NancyH at Nov 14, 2012 04:15 PM |

Nancy Haque, Building Political Power Director, tells us about the impact organizing had on the elections and shares results from the region.

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The Scary and Exhilarating Feeling of Door Knocking

The Scary and Exhilarating Feeling of Door Knocking

Posted by Kalpana at Oct 02, 2012 03:30 PM |

On a bright Saturday afternoon in September, 25 cohort members from Basic Rights Oregon and Western States Center went canvassing in Vancouver talking to voters of color about the freedom to marry for LGBT couples. Here's what happened.

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Strong Stance Fends Off Anti-Choice Efforts

Strong Stance Fends Off Anti-Choice Efforts

Posted by Yee Won Chong at Sep 18, 2012 06:50 PM |

Western States Center and the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center have published A Brief History of Abortion Related Initiatives and Referenda showing the long and concerted efforts of anti-choice activists at the ballot. This brief history shows two facts in stark relief.

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AMP 2012 and the Turning Tide of Trans Justice

AMP 2012 and the Turning Tide of Trans Justice

Posted by Yee Won Chong at Aug 14, 2012 06:10 PM |

Tash Shatz, Trans Justice Manager at Basic Rights Oregon, reflects on the AMP workshop on trans justice and shares why have inclusive policies and what it means.

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Who Needs Summer Camp When You Have AMP?

Who Needs Summer Camp When You Have AMP?

Posted by Kathy Griesmyer at Aug 14, 2012 06:10 PM |

Kathy Griesmyer, Program Coordinator at ACLU of Idaho, writes about her experience at AMP.

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Paid off for being Asian?

Paid off for being Asian?

Posted by Kalpana at Jun 27, 2012 05:15 PM |

Is Ann Curry being booted off NBC's Today show for being too Asian? Expecting everyone to be a perky, white Katie Couric might be too much, don't you think? Kalpana muses about the $10 million pay out.

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Uniting Communities Expands to Washington

Uniting Communities Expands to Washington

Posted by Kalpana Krishnamurthy at Jun 21, 2012 09:40 AM |

Due to the success of Uniting Communities, funders and key allies asked the Center to expand this groundbreaking program to Washington. For the past month we’ve been mapping out our work by talking to leaders of color, deepening our understanding of the communities in Washington and learning about the work that is already happening in organizations.

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Taking Back 'Family Values'

Taking Back 'Family Values'

Posted by EJ Juarez and Laura Martin at Jun 18, 2012 03:05 PM |

As organizers, we have attended many conferences and trainings, and experienced many “next big things” in organizing, but last week’s Strong Families Summit was different.

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Uniting Communities Goes to Nevada

Uniting Communities Goes to Nevada

Posted by jenl at Jun 18, 2012 03:05 PM |

Uniting Communities has spread its wings to the silver state of Nevada. We are proud to partner with Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN) to raise the visibility of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) people of color and immigrants and create concrete changes to advance LGBTQ equality in Nevada through communications and media strategies.

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Mama's Day, Our Way, Everyday

Mama's Day, Our Way, Everyday

Posted by Yee Won Chong at May 11, 2012 10:05 AM |

Western States Center wraps up our Mama’s Day stories that highlights the experiences of various mamas, mostly mothers pushed into the margins - the lows, the highs and the fierce resistance – and the social justice work they do.

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"Broken" Family but not Broken Love

"Broken" Family but not Broken Love

Posted by Yee Won Chong at May 11, 2012 09:00 AM |

My name is Nadine Miller and I am a Veteran Parent. What that means is that I have, for better or worse, lost my child to the Child Protective Services but have reunited with him. I am a Veteran Parent because I’ve successfully navigated this system.

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Racial Profiling disguised as National Security

Racial Profiling disguised as National Security

Posted by Yee Won Chong at May 11, 2012 08:00 AM |

Stopped by local police, Nelida and her husband were not charged for any violation, instead was turned over to Border Patrol officers and forcefully separated.

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From Observer to Organizer: A Mom's Journey

From Observer to Organizer: A Mom's Journey

Posted by tammy nguyen at May 10, 2012 09:00 AM |

Tammy Nguyen shares her journey from life as a single teen mom to being an organizer work to ensure affordable and healthy food access for a food desert neighborhood.

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