Category: Citizenship

"Why did the colonists fight the British?" in red ink above a painting of a battle scene from the Revolutionary War.

Citizenship boom

Have you ever wondered what an online Citizenship class looks like? It’s part history lesson, conversation practice and quiz show, where students are asked: “Who signed the Emancipation Proclamation?” “Who started the first free libraries?” “What was the Civil War fought over?”* Last year, ReWA’s citizenship classes moved online. In late 2020, thanks to a USCIS grant ReWA doubled their…

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Get out the vote volunteer smiles at camera next to map of Puget Sound

ReWA reaches 400 first-time voters

It was Friday morning before Election Day. My foot anxiously tapped on the floor as I considered the potential impacts of our local and national races. ReWA’s team of six voter outreach volunteers—who spoke Vietnamese, Somali, and Arabic—were in the final days of calling new voters. They had all attended ReWA’s online training in early October where they learned how…

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Prepare for Presidential primary March 10

Ready for the Presidential Primary?

Washington State starts voting for president in the Presidential Primary Election on March 10.   What is a primary election?  During this election, Washington residents choose their favorite Democratic or Republican candidate for president to help the political parties choose their nominee later this year. We will vote again on November 3rd in the general election to choose the president.  What is…

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Two men with arms around their shoulders, for Census 2020: for our present and our future

ReWA partners with Census 2020

ReWA partners with Census 2020 so refugee communities get counted! In the last Census, the under-count cost King County hundreds of millions in federal funding. This year, ReWA is partnering with Census 2020 to make sure historically under-counted refugee and immigrant communities get their fair share of resources for education, housing, transportation, and more. On March 12, the Census 2020 form will be…

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ReWA client consults with their case manager

Public Charge rule: Get the Facts

In late January, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) announced that the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) public charge rule  would go into effect while legal challenges are heard in lower courts.   Most of ReWA clients are refugees and asylees and therefore exempt from the public charge rule. However, the steady stream of anti-immigrant policies from the…

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