Non-profit

OneAmerica Foundation

Website:

weareoneamerica.org

Location:

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

Tax ID:

31-1146437

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2015):

Revenue: $450,480
Expenses: $857,676
Assets: $9,035,811

OneAmerica lobbies and organizes for left-of-center causes, focusing on immigrant rights, including illegal immigrants in the United States. OneAmerica has shaped national policy on racial profiling and opposes deportation while it supports the acquisition of college financial aid,[1] driver’s licenses,[2] labor protection, legal rights and representation for illegal immigrants. [3]

OneAmerica was founded by now-U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington) as “Hate-Free Zone” after the 9/11 terrorist attacks to combat a supposed “backlash” against Muslims and other immigrants of color. [4]

History

OneAmerica, then known as Hate Free Zone, led a campaign to defeat the George W. Bush administration’s deportation order for 2,700 Somali nationals. It further condemned President Bush’s Patriot Act as infringing on non-citizens’ rights,[5] and helped halt the registration process of thousands of immigrants from Arab countries. [6]

Initiatives

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

OneAmerica is strongly opposed to deportations of illegal immigrants and describes ICE as a rogue agency. [7] In Seattle, it has joined other left-wing groups to bar local police cooperation with ICE. [8]  OneAmerica condemned the handing over to ICE by local police of an illegal alien as unfair. [9] It called for Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) to fire the state Department of Licenses leadership for cooperating with ICE by handing over illegal aliens’ license plate information. [10]

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

OneAmerica lobbies for renewal of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA, a policy giving relief from removal from the U.S. and work authorization to certain illegal immigrants. It has also lobbied for certain illegal immigrants to receive college scholarships, financial aid, and in-state tuition in Washington State. [11]

OneAmerica supported allowing a DACA recipient to run for city council in Yakima, Washington. The prospective candidate was unable to run as she is not a U.S. citizen; OneAmerica protested the decision. [12]

Washington State Initiatives

OneAmerica supported a $16 billion transportation bill to extend light rail, and create more public housing in Seattle. [13]

It sided with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against surveillance cameras in Seattle, claiming their use violates civil rights and drives several privacy concerns. [14]

In 2018 OneAmerica joined a group called End the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC) that believes a disproportionate quantity of young people of color are detained. EPIC and a host of community activist groups lobbied against construction of a $200 million youth justice center in Seattle but lost the legal battle. [15]

OneAmerica supported the Washington Voting Rights Act, a package of legislation that restricts the use of at-large voting for municipal offices, instituted automatic voter registration, and established statewide election-day voter registration. [16] [17]

National Initiatives

OneAmerica formed an alliance called Communities of Color for Climate Justice which seeks to replace conventional fuels with environmentalist options. It asserts that communities of color do not have the same access to clean air and are at greater health risk to climate change than other demographics. [18]

OneAmerica’s largest funding recipient is the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) which consists of 37 of the largest immigration and refugee organizations in 31 states including OneAmerica. [19]  NPNA seeks to unite the 37 regional entities into a national power focusing on assisting immigrants by gaining them government-provided healthcare, education, access to justice, naturalization, deportation defense, voter registration, and political influence. [20]

Leadership

Rich Stolz is the Executive Director and previously worked for left-of-center organizations Center for Community Change and Fair Immigration Reform Movement. In 1994, Stolz organized against California Proposition 187, which sought to deny non-emergency government benefits to illegal immigrants. [21]

He has characterized Washington State as the “Center of the Resistance” leading the battle of organizations led by people of color to gain many rights against the willfully ignorant to transition from a diverse, broad based resistance to one of power. [22]

Stolz was recognized as a Champion of Change by President Barack Obama for his efforts as a liberal expansionist immigration campaigner. [23] He joined the opposition against President Donald Trump’s request to add a citizenship question on the 2020 census. [24]

 

References

  1. “Grassroots Immigrant & Refugee Leaders Claim Victory in Olympia.” We Are One America. Accessed July 02, 2019. https://weareoneamerica.org/2018/03/25/grassroots-immigrant-refugee-leaders-claim-victory-in-olympia/. ^
  2. “Time to Weigh in on the New Washington Driver’s License.” We Are One America. Accessed July 02, 2019. https://weareoneamerica.org/2018/05/21/time-to-weigh-in-on-the-new-washington-drivers-license/. ^
  3. [1] U.S. Congress. Senate. Judiciary. COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM. 113th Cong., First sess. S. Doc. S. HRG. 113–129. ^
  4. “Rich Stolz Of Oneamerica Seattle Washington 37387.html – Immigration: Laws.com.” Immigration. Accessed July 02, 2019. https://immigration.laws.com/immigration-news/rich-stolz-of-oneamerica-seattle-washington-37387.html. ^
  5. Jayapal, Pramila. “STANDING TOGETHER: A Call for Unity in the Post-September 11 Battle for Civil Liberties.” 2003. Accessed July 2, 2019. https://law.seattleu.edu/documents/sjsj/2003fall/Jayapal.pdf. ^
  6. “About Me.” Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal. Accessed July 02, 2019. https://jayapal.house.gov/about-me/. ^
  7. Johnson, Gene, and Gene Johnson. “Seattle Immigration Enforcement Lawyer Admits Stealing Immigrant IDs for Fraud.” Chicagotribune.com. May 11, 2019. Accessed July 02, 2019. https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-seattle-immigration-id-theft-20180215-story.html. ^
  8. “UW Report: Collaboration between King County Jails and ICE Results in Unfair and Costly Impact.” Northwest Immigrant Rights. Accessed July 02, 2019. https://www.nwirp.org/uw-report-collaboration-between-king-county-jails-and-ice-results-in-unfair-and-costly-impact/. ^
  9. “Illegal Aliens: Police Unfair to Turn Us over to ICE When We Call for Help.” GOPUSA. February 13, 2018. Accessed July 02, 2019. http://www.gopusa.com/illegal-aliens-police-unfair-to-turn-us-over-to-ice-when-we-call-for-help/. ^
  10. “Time to Weigh in on the New Washington Driver’s License.” We Are One America. Accessed July 02, 2019. https://weareoneamerica.org/2018/05/21/time-to-weigh-in-on-the-new-washington-drivers-license/. ^
  11. “Grassroots Immigrant & Refugee Leaders Claim Victory in Olympia.” We Are One America. Accessed July 02, 2019. https://weareoneamerica.org/2018/03/25/grassroots-immigrant-refugee-leaders-claim-victory-in-olympia/. ^
  12. “Community and Business Leader Prevented from Filing to Run in Yakima’s 1st City Council District Due to Inaction on DACA, Broken Immigration System.” One America Votes. Accessed July 02, 2019. https://oavotes.org/2019/05/16/community-and-business-leader-prevented-from-filing-to-run-in-yakimas-1st-city-council-district-due-to-inaction-on-daca-broken-immigration-system/. ^
  13. “Greens Split on Transportation Package: Seattle Politics.” Seattle Met. July 01, 2015. Accessed July 02, 2019. https://www.seattlemet.com/articles/2015/7/1/legislature-approves-16-billion-transportation-package. ^
  14. Kevinsch. “Surveillance Technology Ordinance Collapsing under Its Own Bureaucratic Weight.” SCC Insight. May 22, 2019. Accessed July 02, 2019. https://sccinsight.com/2019/05/21/surveillance-technology-ordinance-collapsing-under-its-own-bureaucratic-weight/. ^
  15. [1] Green, Sara Jean. “King County’s Controversial Youth Jail Scores a Win in Appeals Court; State’s Highest Court May Be next.” The Seattle Times. May 31, 2018. Accessed July 02, 2019. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/court-of-appeals-upholds-permit-for-king-countys-controversial-new-youth-jail/. ^
  16. Stern, Mark Joseph. “Washington State’s Sweeping Voting Rights Reforms Should Be a Model for the Entire Country.” Slate Magazine. April 03, 2018. Accessed July 09, 2019. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/04/washington-states-sweeping-voting-rights-reforms-should-be-a-model-for-the-entire-country.html. ^
  17. “Washington Voting Rights Act Introduced in State Senate.” Sen. Rebecca Saldana – Washington State Senate Democrats. December 07, 2017. Accessed July 02, 2019. http://sdc.wastateleg.org/saldana/2017/12/07/washington-voting-rights-act-introduced-in-state-senate/. ^
  18. Mangaliman, Jill, Rebecca Saldaña, Mauricio Ayon, Rich Stolz, Tony Lee, Estela Ortega, and Peter Bloch Garcia. “Communities of Color Say Carbon Washington’s Initiative 732 Confuses Equity with Treating Everyone the Same.” July 8, 2015 | Real Change. July 08, 2015. Accessed July 02, 2019. https://www.realchangenews.org/2015/07/08/communities-color-say-carbon-washington-s-initiative-732-confuses-equity-treating. ^
  19. IRS. IRS Form 990 OneAmerica.Accessed July 2, 2019. https://pdf.guidestar.org/PDF_Images/2015/200/384/2015-200384893-0d8222e7-9.pdf. ^
  20. [1] “Partnership for New Americans – NPNA Is Harnessing the Collective Power and Resources of the Country’s 37 Largest Regional Immigrant Rights Organizations in 30 States.” Partnership for New Americans – NPNA Is Harnessing the Collective Power and Resources of the Country’s 37 Largest Regional Immigrant Rights Organizations in 30 States. Accessed July 02, 2019. https://partnershipfornewamericans.org/. ^
  21. “The Defining Moments.” National Archives and Records Administration. Accessed July 02, 2019. https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/blog/2013/03/29/defining-moments. ^
  22. Center for Community Change Action, and Center for Community Change Action. “Who Will Protect The Air We Breathe And Water We Drink? The Resistance.” HuffPost. April 17, 2017. Accessed July 02, 2019. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/who-will-protect-the-air-we-breathe-and-water-we-drink_b_58f50343e4b048372700da54. ^
  23. National Archives and Records Administration. Accessed July 02, 2019. https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/microsite/blog/31387?page=78. ^
  24. Connelly, Joel. “AG Ferguson to Trump: See You in Court (again).” Seattlepi.com. March 29, 2018. Accessed July 02, 2019. https://www.seattlepi.com/local/politics/article/Connelly-AG-Ferguson-to-Trump-See-you-in-12786229.php. ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: January 1, 1986

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2015 Dec Form PF $450,480 $857,676 $9,035,811 $600 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2014 Dec Form PF $919,673 $885,113 $9,968,376 $3,386 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2013 Dec Form PF $988,775 $799,127 $10,237,026 $53 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2012 Dec Form PF $379,079 $630,272 $9,268,109 $264 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2011 Dec Form PF $305,323 $623,101 $8,798,865 $1,268 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF

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    OneAmerica Foundation

    PO BOX 368
    INDIANAPOLIS, IN 46206-0368