OUR MISSION OneAmerica advances the fundamental principles of democracy and justice at the local, state and national levels by building power within immigrant communities in collaboration with key allies.
OUR VISION OneAmerica envisions a peaceful world where every person’s human rights and dignity are respected, where communities appreciate differences and stand together for justice and equality, and where each person contributes to the common good.
OUR VALUES Justice: Ensuring equal access to power and opportunity, supporting and defending the rights of all people and eliminating discrimination and oppression. We work for justice for people of every race, religion, language, immigration status and sexual orientation. Courage: Standing up to power, speaking truth, challenging injustice and acting with conviction and integrity. Respect: Listening to, acknowledging and valuing multiple perspectives and positions, and fostering understanding and empathy through dialogue. Collaboration: Providing opportunities for diverse groups to come together, be heard and take collective action. Accountability: Adhering to our mission, vision and values in an approachable, inclusive and transparent way.
BACKGROUND OneAmerica® was formed directly after September 11, 2001 in response to the hate crimes and discrimination targeting Arabs, Muslims and South Asians. Called Hate Free Zone at the time, the organization expanded to organize and advocate with many diverse communities of color. OneAmerica has now grown into a leading force for immigrant, civil and human rights.
GOALS To achieve OneAmerica's mission, we have five primary goals:
to increase and enhance the participation of immigrants in civic life;
to win positive policy change for immigrant communities locally and nationally;
to improve the public climate for immigrant communities locally and nationally;
to increase the capacity of immigrant organizations across the state to lead and advocate for change;
to increase OneAmerica's organizational capacity to achieve our mission effectively, efficiently and sustainably.
OneAmerica operates under the fundamental premise that voices spoken together are stronger. That’s why we work to build coalitions between immigrant communities and mainstream communities. Although the burden of policies that erode constitutional and civil rights is falling primarily on immigrant communities, we know that all people are affected.