New NW immigrants bring diversity to military ranks

Turns out you don’t pack much for boot camp. When I asked Belindah Mumelo if I could hang out with her while she prepared to head off for basic training this week, I imagined huge duffel bags stuffed with gear. Instead, she showed me a backpack the size of a school bag, full of white […]
Nov 16, 2012

Rose-Avila named director of Seattle’s new Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

Immigration advocate and former director of Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Magdaleno Rose-Avila, was named director of the Seattle’s new Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) this week. Rose-Avila grew up in a Mexican-American farm worker community in Colorado, and has a long history of organizing for progressive causes. He’s worked for the United Farm Workers, the Peace Corps, Amnesty […]
May 23, 2012
King County Metro route 42

South Seattle immigrant communities fight uphill battle for transportation

Getting from point A to point B isn’t easy for 68-year-old Tuyet Mhi Mai. Especially when those points are her daughter’s crowded Lake City home and service classes or work in South Seattle. Since the King County Metro reduced bus route 42 because it runs parallel to the Light Rail, Mai’s commute is a little more […]
May 14, 2012
Labor march Seattle

May Day gets rowdy, but immigration activists stay on message

More than 80 countries officially celebrated International Worker’s Day yesterday. Demonstrators from Chile to the Philippines, Spain to Tunisia called for everything from higher wages to the overthrow of corrupt leaders. The May Day holiday is not officially observed in the US. Instead, we have Labor Day, which started in the late 1800’s as a […]
May 2, 2012

Who is an immigrant?

I am an immigrant. I landed in Florida with my mother on August 11, 1996 at age 18. For six years I had to carry a laminated card that read Resident Alien on me at all times. In November 2002, at age 24, I was granted US citizenship and a passport. On the day of […]
Jan 27, 2012