Immigrants, Refugees and Communities of Color to host local candidates forum


October 22, 2013

Contacts: Velma Veloria at 206-683-8700 or

Isaac Araya at 206.228.0132 or

  Immigrants, refugees and communities of color to host local candidates forum

(Seattle, WA) – Immigrants, refugees and other communities of color will gather on Sat, October 26 at Eritrean Association of Greater Seattle to host a nonpartisan candidates forum and ballot party. The free forum will focus on policy priorities impacting immigrants, refugees and other people of color around jobs, education, transportation and more; and present these priorities to candidates vying for elected seats within the City of Seattle and King County.

The candidate forum will be dedicated to listening from candidates for select City of Seattle and King County offices and their stances. Confirmed candidates include candidates Michael McGinn and Ed Murray for Mayor; Albert Shen and Mike O’Brien for Seattle City Council; Rod Dembowski and Naomi Wilson for King County Council and other candidates to be confirmed.

“This forum is an opportunity for immigrants, refugees and other communities of color to meet and speak with political candidates; and most importantly to ensure that we keep political candidates accountable to their campaign promises.” said Yemane Gebremicael of African Diaspora of Washington (ADWA).

This event will serve as a forum for immigrants, refugees and people of color to share concerns around topics that will inform the development of policy priorities. “We are excited to unite as communities of color to raise our collective concerns on core issues that affect us all,” remarks Laura Flores Cantrell, executive director of Latino Community Fund.

“Communities of color are civically engaged to ensure we have the political voice and power to impact policies affecting our future, children and families,” said Isaac Araya of Eritrean Association of Greater Seattle.

The free forum takes place 9:00am – 2:30pm and includes food and refreshments. Interpretation is available upon request. Event registration is highly encouraged and can be found, along with a list of organizational endorsers and more information,



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