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USCIS Will Accept H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2017 Beginning April 1, 2016

USCIS Will Accept H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2017 Beginning April 1, 2016

Posted on 18 March 2016 by admin

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USCIS Reminds Petitioners to Follow Regulatory Requirements

 WASHINGTON – On April 1, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year 2017 cap. U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized knowledge in fields such as science, engineering and computer programming.

The congressionally mandated cap on H-1B visas for FY 2017 is 65,000. The first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher are exempt from the 65,000 cap.

USCIS expects to receive more than 65,000 petitions during the first five business days of this year’s program. The agency will monitor the number of petitions received and notify the public when the H-1B cap has been met. If USCIS receives an excess of petitions during the first five business days, the agency will use a computer-generated lottery system to randomly select the number of petitions required to meet the cap. USCIS will reject all unselected petitions that are subject to the cap as well as any petitions received after the cap has closed.

Premium Processing for Cap-Subject Petitions

H-1B petitioners may still continue to request premium processing together with their H-1B petition. However, please note that USCIS has temporarily adjusted its current premium processing practice based on historic premium processing receipt levels and the possibility that the H-1B cap will be met in the first five business days of the filing season. In order to prioritize data entry for cap-subject H-1B petitions, USCIS will begin premium processing for H-1B cap-subject petitions requesting premium processing no later than May 16, 2016.

Filing Petitions

H-1B petitioners are reminded that when the temporary employment or training will be in different locations, the state where your company or organization’s primary office is located will determine where you should send your Form I-129 package, regardless of where in the United States the various worksites are located. Please ensure that when temporary employment or training will be in different locations, the address on page 1, part 1 of Form I-129 is for your organization’s primary office. Please note that when listing a “home office” as a work site location on Part 5, question 3, USCIS will consider this a separate and distinct work site location.

 

H-1B petitioners must follow all statutory and regulatory requirements as they prepare petitions in order to avoid delays in processing and possible requests for evidence. USCIS has developed detailed information, including an optional checklist, Form M-735, Optional Checklist for Form I-129 H-1B Filings, on how to complete and submit an FY 2017 H-1B petition. The optional checklist for FY 2017 will be available within the next week.

Cases will be considered accepted on the date USCIS receives a properly filed petition with the appropriate fees.

For more information on the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program and current Form I-129 processing times, visit the H-1B FY 2017 Cap Season Web page or call the National Customer Service Center at 800-375-5283 or 800-767-1833 (TDD for the hearing impaired). We encourage H-1B applicants to subscribe to the H-1B Cap Season email updates located on the H-1B FY 2017 Cap Season Web page.

For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit uscis.gov or follow us on Facebook (/uscis), Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis) and the USCIS blog The Beacon.

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Tiny House Village Opens in Seattle’s Central Area

Tiny House Village Opens in Seattle’s Central Area

Posted on 22 December 2015 by admin

seatle_A Seattle, WA – A new Tiny House Village will be opening at 22nd Ave and E Union St. in Seattle’s Central Area at the end of this month. Property owner, the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, in partnership with the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) and Nickelsville will host the tiny house community on church-owned land. The village will contain 15 tiny houses, a toilet pavilion, a shower pavilion, a kitchen/dining tent and a donation tent to be located at 1419-22nd Avenue. The village provides safe housing for individuals and families currently experiencing homelessness. The village will be managed by Nickelsville, a self managed community, in partnership with LIHI, who will provide social workers and assistance to move the residents into permanent housing. The village was developed as an innovative crisis response to homelessness by moving people into tiny houses instead of tents. Nickelsville will still maintain its two tent encampments, currently located at 1010 S. Dearborn St. and 2826 NW Market Street. “Joining hands with the homeless is a vital part of our mission of reaching out to ALL of our neighbors,” says Pastor Steven Olsen. “Our congregation has cherished its partnership with Nickelsville over the past six years, especially as we have been privileged to welcome the camp to our property for a year, and to continue as their church host in their present location. We are overjoyed to see that partnership expand to include LIHI, Sawhorse Revolution, the Tulalip Tribes, and many others who are working together to create this beautiful new village. To us it is a powerful sign of justice, community and healing in a city where the harmful effects of gentrification have largely been allowed to continue unchecked and unchallenged.” LIHI Board President Melinda Nichols adds: “We’re upping the game with this pilot project. We’ve created some wonderful partnerships and have listened to what the residents of Nickelsville want. Currently, emergency shelters are full, families and singles are being turned away and truly affordable housing is hard to find. This tiny house village will help transition people into more stable housing while in community with others. We’re working with some great partners to create safe and comfortable homes. We hope to see this model replicated and improved upon over time.” Seatle_B Two new tiny homes built and donated by Walsh Construction have moved in, and on Tuesday volunteers are on site completing constructing of the Tiny House Village. New tiny houses built by the Tulalip Tribe TERO Training Program are also arriving this week.Two Nickelsville residents providing security have moved in and the rest of the tiny houses will be occupied by homeless people by the end of the month. The organizations and pre-apprenticeship programs that have donated their time and energy to build the 15 tiny houses are the Tulalip Tribes TERO Training Program, Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Employment for Women (ANEW), Renton Technical College, Seattle Vocational Institute, the Wood Technology Center out of the Seattle Colleges, Sawhorse Revolution, and Walsh Construction. The tiny houses are all slightly different in design, but will be safe, sturdy structures that will help protect many homeless individuals otherwise forced to sleep on the streets and under overpasses. The houses are 8′ x 12′, the size of a bedroom, and will include electricity, ventilation and insulation. The architects at Environmental Works designed the site plan. The toilet pavilion was built by Sawhorse Revolution and has plumbing and running water–which eliminates the need of port-a-potties. The shower pavilion is funded by the Lucky 7 Foundation. Numerous organizations and individuals donated money to purchase wood and building materials for the houses. The Tiny House Village will be managed by Nickelsville, who has historically implemented a self-governance management structure with house rules and will be ensuring that there is 24-hour security on the site. Nickelsville will take charge of referrals for those moving into the village, and residents will be paying a $90 utility fee per adult to help cover water, electricity, trash and basic services. LIHI will provide case management to help get residents on the path of securing employment and permanent housing. Kitty DeBerry, a current Nickelsville resident, believes that the tiny houses are a good alternative for people experiencing homelessness. “Housing, four solid walls and a door that can close out the world, this is an essential need for a person’s sense of safety, security and stability. The recent movement seen here in Washington, and throughout the nation, of supplying homeless populations with small housing units in long-term communities, has shown a large ray of hope upon a population that can use all the hope it can find.” The partnership among the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, LIHI, Nickelsville, and the many volunteer build groups that have contributed to the project will sponsor a Tiny House Summit in the spring of 2016. The summit will cover lessons learned from this village and will help inform those who wish to join the movement of building tiny houses as an effective crisis response to ending homelessness. For further information or to donate to the tiny house village go to www.LIHI.org

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Democracy for America Has Endorsed 5 Candidates for Seattle City Council!

Democracy for America Has Endorsed 5 Candidates for Seattle City Council!

Posted on 10 July 2015 by admin

Runta-Democracy for America Has Endorsed 5 Candidates for Seattle City CouncilA statement issued by the group reads this, “Do you want the United States to become more progressive? If you do, we need to start at home — in Seattle and in cities across the country.

Progressive champions like Bill de Blasio in New York have shown how much can be achieved when cities are led by people committed to fighting against income inequality. Cities are also a launching pad for the next generation of leaders. For example, Bernie Sanders got his start in politics by serving as Mayor of Burlington, Vermont, back in the 1980s.

Seattle is at the forefront of the battles to make our country more progressive. We’re raising the minimum wage to $15 and we passed paid sick leave. We need to not just defend those wins, we need to go even further. Police reform has begun, but it’s become bogged down and needs strong leadership to put a stop to racism and police brutality on the force. Rising rent is making this city unaffordable, making inequality even worse and forcing people to leave their homes.

Today, DFA is making our first endorsements in the race for Seattle City Council. We’re starting with five progressive champions who will fight for the working people of Seattle: Tammy Morales in District 2, Kshama Sawant in District 3, Halei Watkins in District 5, Mike O’Brien in District 6, and Lorena González in Position 9.

Ballots will be mailed next week, and Election Day is coming up fast. Can you help volunteer to elect these candidates?

YES, I will volunteer to support these progressive champions.

NO, I cannot volunteer right now, but I will chip in $3 more to help DFA elect progressives to the Seattle City Council.

DFA’s five endorsed candidates are backed by a growing movement of progressives who want our City Council to respond to the public interest, not the special interest. Local unions, the Sierra Club, and activists across Seattle have come out in support of these leaders in this crucial election year.

Incumbents Kshama Sawant and Mike O’Brien have proven they will fight for a higher minimum wage, for more affordable housing, for publicly funded elections, and for fixing a broken police department. Tammy Morales, Halei Watkins, and Lorena González will each bring a strong commitment to social and economic justice to a City Council where those values are in short supply.

It’s time we had a City Council that’s as progressive as the people of Seattle. Starting with these five candidates, Seattle can lead the nation in building a progressive future. Election Day is August 4 — can you help get out the vote for these candidates?

YES, I will volunteer to help DFA’s endorsed candidates in Seattle.

NO, I cannot volunteer right now, but I will chip in $3 more to help DFA elect progressives to the Seattle City Council.

Thank you for supporting these progressive champions.

– Robert

Robert Cruickshank, Senior Campaign Manager and Seattle resident

Democracy for America”

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Duqowda Magaalooyinka Mareykanka oo Dowladdooda  Ka Codsaday iney Furto Xawilaadda Soomaalida!

Duqowda Magaalooyinka Mareykanka oo Dowladdooda Ka Codsaday iney Furto Xawilaadda Soomaalida!

Posted on 24 June 2015 by admin

SEATTLE (June 22, 2015) – Waxa magaaalada San Francisco baaq culus ka soo saaray Duqowda magaalooyinka dalka Mareykanka  kuwaasi oo madaxda  dowladda  Federalka ah ee Mareykanka ka codsaday iney xal u hesho arrinta murugsan ee xawilaadda taasi oo quudisa malaayiin dad ah oo ku nool dalka Soomaaliya iyo dalka geeska  Afrika. Waxa ay Mayor-ada codsadeen in muwaadiniita ku abtirsada Soomaali ee ka shaqeysta dalkan loo oggolaado iney ehelladooda  lacagaha u dirsadaan.

Bishii February, Bangiga Ganacsiga ee California ee  loo yaqaano the Merchants Bank of California waxa uu xiray dhamaan  xisaabihii Xawilaadaha Soomaalida ay lahaayeen kuwaasi ay ku adkaatay iney raacaan sharciga  lacag dirista ee  dalka  Mareykanka.  Tallaabadaa uu qaaday bangiga oo ah kii ugu dambeeyey waxa ay keentay iney nolosha  ku sii adkaatay kummanaan Soomaali ah oo  awalba la rafanayey quutal daruuriga.

Xeerka ay meel mariyeen Duqowda Magaalooyinka dalka  Mareykanka waxad ka  dheehan kartaa halkan Download Most Recent Classifieds.

, waxana hormuud ka  ahaa labada Mayor ee Seattle Mayor Ed Murray iyo Mayor Betsy Hodges ee Minneapolis. Minneapolis iyo Seattle waxa ay kala yihiin magaalada koowaad iyo labaad ee Soomaalida Mareykanka ku nool yihiin.

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“Sida  ummadaha kale ee  ku nool dalka  Mareykanka, Somali-American families waxa ay rabaan iney dhaqaale ku tukaakuleeyaan dadkooda ay jecel yihiiin.” Ayuu yiri Ed Murray. “Qaxootigan oo nolol  wanaagsan ka helay dalka Mareykanka  waxa ay sameynayaan wax mid kasta oo innaga mida uu u sameyn lahaa qoyskiisa. Dowladda Federalka  Mareykanka  waxa  iney  waddo u hesho in dadkaasu dirsadaan lacagta  xawilaadda ah”

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“Minneapolis waxa ay ku faataa  iney hoy u tahay dadka noocaa ah oo aad u tiro badan oo sidoo kale ah dad Soomaali oo nool oo kartina leh” ayey tiri Duqda Minneapolis, Betsy Hodges. “Iney awoodaan  iney lacag u dirsadaan dadka gudaha dalka Soomaaliya jooga waxa ay keeneysaa iney kuwa ay dhiigga  wadaagaan u suurto  gasho nolosha lagama maarmaanka  ah, waana inaannu taasi difaacnaa. Lacag  boorso lagu qaado xal ma aha. Waxan si adag u codsanayaa in Bangiyadu la shaqeeyaan hey’adaha lacagta  xawila  ee  Soomaaliyeed  si  dadka  shaqada  badan ee  deggan Minneapolis u awoodaan iney gacan siiyaan  qoysaskooda.”

In ka  badan labo million oo Soomaali ah ayey noloshoodu ku xiran tahay lacagaha ka yimaada  dibadda. Soomaaliya waxa soo gala qiyaas $1.3 billion oo xawilaad ah sannadkii taasi oo loo isticmaalo  cunto,  biyo, hoy, and waxbarasho. In la  xiro xisaabahaasi ama akoonadaasi waxa sii dedejiyey dowlad  la’aanta ka jirtay Soomaaliya taasi oo iyaduna sabab  u noqotay inaaney jirin Bangiyo Ganacsi.

“Soomaaliya  oo ah halka qof ka mida 3 qof uu cabi karo biyo la hubo caafimaadkooda, lacagta laga soo diro Mareykanka iyo dunida kale waxa  ay u dhigantaa dakhliga ugu weyn ee dalka soo gala,”  ayuu yiri Raymond C. Offenheiser, oo ah Madaxweynaha Oxfam America. “Lacagtani waxa  ay ka caawini doontaa Soomaalida iney ku iibsadaan  waxyaabaha asaasiga ah  oo ay noloshooda u baahan tahay. Dowladda Mareykanka waa iney dhug deg-deg ah u yeelataa Soomaalida  Mareykanka oo ah dad  howlkar ah oo la halgamaya  iney dadkooda ay jecel yihiin caawiyaan”

Waaxaha Arrimaha Dibadda iyo Maaliyadda  weli ma soo saarin hab ku caawinaya Bangiyada gudaha iney lacagahaasi tagaan  Soomaaliya, iyadoo isla markaana laga taxaddarayo nabadda  dalka Mareykanka. Bishii dhoweyd Duqa magaalada Seattle, Mayor Ed Murray waxa uu la kulmay Xoghayaha  Arrimaha Dibadda John Kerry waxana uu  ka  codsaday in ficil  laga  qaato arrinta murugsan  ee  Xawilaadda  Soomaalida.

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Recent Protests in Seattle over the Cartoon!

Recent Protests in Seattle over the Cartoon!

Posted on 11 February 2015 by admin

A letter to the Editor by Steve Douglas, Florida I am over on the east coast of the US, so I do not claim to be very familiar with the state of relations between Muslim immigrants Continue Reading

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Dukaanleyda Soomaaliyeed ee Seattle oo Halis ugu Jira Iney Xirmaan!

Posted on 14 December 2014 by admin

Ahmed Gurbis

Suldan Sheikh (bidix) iyo Ahmed Mohamud waxa ay dhowaan ka hor hadleen kulan looga hadlayey dhibaatooyinka soo food saaray ganacsatada Soomaaliyeed ee ku dhaqan Seattle, Washington. Waxa ganacsatada lagu soo rogay sharciyo adag oo haddii sida ay yihiin loo qaato dukaamada hadda jira oo dhan ay xirmi doonaan. Qodobbada ku qoran sharciyadan cusub waxa kaliya oo sammeyn kara dukaammada waaweyn. Dukaamadan loo yaqaano Xalaal waxa ay u adeegaan dadkeena kuwa intooda badan ay dhib ku tahay sida looga adeegto suuqyada waaweyn luqadda oo ku yar darteed iyo dadka xalaal quutada ah oo iska ilaaliya iney cunaan xoolo aan lagu gowricin gacan Islaam.

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Hey’ad ka mida hey’adaha u dooda xuquuqda aadamiga iyo sinnaanta dadka oo la yiraahdo One America ayaa imika arrintan faraha la soo gashay waxana ay dooneysaa iney si fiican ugu hiiliso ganacsatadan. Hay’addan oo ah mid aad looga yaqaan gobolka Washington waxa ay ku soo caan baxday markii 2011kii ay qaadatay kiis lagu xiray shirkaddii Barakaat iyo dukaan ay ku dhex tiilay, Maka Mini Market. Imika oo haddana dhib soo wajahay dukaamo fara badan oo gaaraya 70 kuna kala baahsan agagaarka Seattle, waxa ay hey’adda qaadi doontaa olole ay dadka kula kaashan doonto iney garab istaagaan dukaamadooda ay ka soo iibsadaan hilib xalaalkooda.

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Dadka Soomaaliyeed iyo dukaanleyda waxa looga baahan yahay iney isku duubnaadaan si arrintan looga gudbo. America isku soo bax iyo hadal uun baa wax lagu qeybsadaa. Ciddii aamusta jidka ayaa looga tagaa. Arrintan waxa ay u baahnaan doontaa bulsho isku duuban oo isu heellan. Soomaalida arrinta isku duubnida iyo isu heellanaanta  waa lagu yaqaanaa, laasinse mararka qaar waxa ay ku liitaan inaaney waqti siinin wixii wax u taraya. Markan dadka xuuraansannay waxa inoo soo baxay in dhibka ugu weyn uu yahay iyadoo in yar ay shirarka yimaadaan iyadoo kuwa kale ay yiraahdaan intaas ayaa naga wakiil ah. Sidee bay xaq ku taqay in qof kula mida uu shaqadiisa ka soo tago isagoo u doodaya dan idiin dhaxeysa marka adiga aad howlahaada sii wadeneyso. Waxa hubanti ah in dhibku hal qof ama koox uusan ku ekaan doonin, sidaa darteed loo baahan yahay in halganka laga wada qeyb galo.

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Sawirkan waxa ka muuqda Cabdi Gurbis (Koofilaha) oo arrinta dukaanleyda kala hadlaya Mia Gregerson oo ah mudane ka tirsan golaha siyaasiyiinta gobolka Washington isla markaana ah Mayorka ama Duqda magaalada SeaTac. Cabdiwali Cabdullaahi sawirka ayuu soo eegayaa iyadoo Sahra oo ah gabadha ugu dukaanka weyn Seattle ay dhex-dhexaadineyso hadalka. Maama Khadiija oo ah islaanta murgeysan ee dhabanka heysata waa dadka durba dhibku taabtay oo laga yaabo in dukaankeedu xirmo maalmo dhow. Gurmad la’aan dadkani kuma yaqaanniin. Arrintu shacabka  Soomaaliyeed ee ku dhaqan Seattle  ayey u taal iyo Masaajidda oo sadaqo aad u fara badan ay ka soo gasho dukaamada. Waa la arki doonaa waxa ay labaduba  u qabtaan walaalahood.

Runta waa Tan Kaliya ee ku Qancisa!

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GOVERNOR INSLEE AND REVEREND JESSE JACKSON SPEAK ON THE IMPORTANCE OF EQUALITY IN STEM EDUCATION

GOVERNOR INSLEE AND REVEREND JESSE JACKSON SPEAK ON THE IMPORTANCE OF EQUALITY IN STEM EDUCATION

Posted on 05 December 2014 by admin

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REDMOND, Wash. – Gov. Jay Inslee today introduced his STEM Education Innovation Alliance that is charged with strengthening STEM education in Washington state at Washington STEM’s third Annual STEM Summit at Microsoft’s Redmond campus.

Gov. Inslee was joined by Reverend Jesse Jackson at the Summit. Reverend Jackson spoke of the need for gender and minority equality in STEM education and jobs. He also spoke on the need for great STEM teachers and providing all kids with challenging STEM opportunities.

“Washington state’s STEM economy continues to grow, but our education system isn’t keeping up with the demand from employers for a highly trained STEM workforce,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “Today the STEM Education Innovation Alliance starts its task of bringing together communities from across the state to develop a plan to ensure we are preparing our homegrown students to compete for the STEM jobs of Washington state’s innovation economy.”

The Legislature passed, and Inslee signed into law, the comprehensive STEM education initiative in 2013, which included the creation of a STEM Education Innovation Alliance and a STEM Benchmark Report Card. Gov. Jay Inslee announced in August that the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices awarded Washington state a $170,000 grant to support the governor’s efforts to bolster STEM education and launch his STEM Education Innovation Alliance.

 At the Summit, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) also released the findings of a new report,Opportunity for All: Investing in Washington State’s STEM Education pipeline, outlining the return on investment in STEM education and how investing in key areas now can have an immediate impact on Washington state’s economy and global competitiveness.

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 Currently, only 40 percent of high school students in Washington graduate with competency in the STEM topics that are critical for the state’s economy. And only 9 out of 100 children born in Washington will go on to be employed in a STEM-related field—far fewer than the number of people needed to fill Washington jobs requiring STEM-related skills. BCG found that with a $650 million annual investment in STEM education, the state could realize significant economic and social benefits, including:

  • $4.5 billion in additional tax revenues and social-spending savings per year, a sevenfold return on investment
  • $12.6 billion in salary increases, lifting nearly 100,000 people out of poverty
  • 8,000 STEM jobs and an additional 16,000 indirect jobs, reducing the number of unemployed Washingtonians by 18 percent
  • 30 percent increase in women and underrepresented minorities in STEM jobs

Washington STEM CEO Patrick D’Amelio introduced The Washington STEM Framework for Action and Accountability. The Framework is a research-based tool developed to spur greater coordination, smarter investments, and clear results in STEM education. Governor Inslee’s STEM Education Innovation Alliance met at the Summit and adopted the Framework and will use it to guide their actions and develop the STEM Benchmark Report Card that will monitor progress in aligning strategic plans, resources, and activities in order to prepare students for STEM-related jobs and careers, with the long-term goal of improving educational, workforce, and economic outcomes.

“All Washington state students need to be STEM literate, prepared, and inspired for post-secondary degrees and certificates, and able to contribute to the demands of a highly-skilled and diverse STEM-driven workforce and society,” said D’Amelio. “The Framework rallies communities across the state around common goals and commitments to action so Washington state will lead the nation in STEM literacy.”

Senator Andy Hill and Representative Ross Hunter also gave a preview of STEM in Olympia. They discussed the need to meet the McCleary mandate while balancing the needs of other services, that STEM education is part of the definition of basic education, and one of the best investments to improve the economic vitality of the state is to invest in STEM teachers and degrees.

There were more than 320 participants — educators, students, businesses, community leaders, and elected officials at the Summit — sharing promising practices in STEM education from across Washington state and the country including teaching the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Desiree Hall, a teacher at Bremerton’s West Hills STEM Academy shared her experience adjusting to the new standards and how they have positively impacted her teaching and her students learning

“The Common Core State Standards for Math and Next Generation Science Standards pushes my students’ thinking in ways they’ve never been challenged before,” said Hall. “While it hasn’t always been easy for me to teach and my students to learn, my kids meet the challenge in the classroom everyday. The results for my students are improved math scores and increased enthusiasm for solving real-world STEM problems.”

About Washington STEM 

Washington STEM is a statewide nonprofit advancing excellence, equity, and innovation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Launched in March 2011 with support from the business, education, and philanthropic communities, our goal is to reimagine and revitalize STEM education across Washington. For more information, go to www.washingtonstem.org

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Response to the Ferguson Grand Jury

Response to the Ferguson Grand Jury

Posted on 26 November 2014 by admin

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Response to the Ferguson Grand Jury: Now, More than Ever, a Time for All Americans to Come Together and Demand Justice Continue Reading

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STATEMENT – One America applauds President Obama for Moving Foward on Executive Action!

STATEMENT – One America applauds President Obama for Moving Foward on Executive Action!

Posted on 22 November 2014 by admin

Today, Washington’s immigrant families, workers and employers celebrated an important victory when President Obama announced his plan to use his established executive authority to provide relief from deportations for eligible undocumented residents living in the United States.

Despite this victory, we know that administrative action is no substitute for legislative reform.  Congress must act soon to enact compassionate and sensible immigration reform that can provide lasting security to families, employers and communities. The fight for legislative action continues, even as the work begins to prepare for an estimated 75,000 residents of Washington State who may be able to come out of the shadows and receive work permits, and begin to more fully contribute to their adopted home.

Statement from Rich Stolz, Executive Director, OneAmerica:

“The President’s announcement to grant relief to millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States is a momentous victory for families, communities and employers in Washington State and across the country.  The relentless organizing of immigrants, their families and a broad coalition of allies made this announcement possible.

We know our job is not done.  Washington State has work to do to ensure that there are systems and supports in place when the application process begins in several months.

Politicians who appear to be defending the status quo by opposing the President’s announcement would better spend their time coming up with a plan to finally enact compassionate, sensible, more permanent reform. The families, workers and employers who will still struggle under our broken and outdated system need action now more than ever.

We applaud the President for taking this important step toward reforming our broken immigration system.  We also thank members of our Congressional Delegation, including Senator Patty Murray, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, Congressman Adam Smith and others who have tirelessly fought for comprehensive immigration reform and urged the President to follow-through on his promise of executive action when Congress failed to act.”

By Pavan Vangipuram, OneAmerica Communications Manager

OneAmerica, formerly Hate Free Zone, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that advances the fundamental principles of democracy and justice by building power within immigrant communities.

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WASITRAC holds memorial service for “Nirbhaya”, the New Delhi gang rape victim in Seattle

WASITRAC holds memorial service for “Nirbhaya”, the New Delhi gang rape victim in Seattle

Posted on 08 January 2013 by admin

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