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KCLS and ELAP are holding a know your rights workshop in Spanish and English at the Issaquah library on Thursday, July 13, 6 pm. Click here for flyer.

The International Rescue Committee is offering free citizenship services through the end of June to qualifying individuals.

Click here for more details and please help spread the word.

As we heard yesterday from King County, the Seattle Foundation is launching a Resilience Fund, at least $350,000 of which will be used to support services for immigrants and refugees. The first deadline is coming up on June 26, so get your applications in soon!

Several Eastside organizations are providing high quality, critical services to immigrants and refugees, and other vulnerable populations. ERIC is working to support a collaborative approach where members participate in joint decision making about the community’s needs and the best resources to meet those needs. As a coalition, we support all our members to thrive in providing the services they are uniquely qualified to provide. If you’re proposing a new resource or service for this funding opportunity, please consider reaching out to us so we can ensure that multiple proposals aren’t submitted to provide the same types of services to the same parts of our community.

ERIC will offer limited technical assistance to the Eastside organizations applying for funding, particularly to smaller organizations that do not have fund development staff and/or who have not yet secured sustainable funding.

To coordinate ideas for grant proposals and to request technical assistance, contact Debbie Lacy, the ERIC Director.

For those thinking of naturalizing but have past criminal histories, some important information from our friends at the Immigrant Defense Project, as well as answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

This from our friends at WASLCA:

Dear supporters of language access to essential services,

WASCLA and OneAmerica are working together to make sure that everyone in Washington can get emergency notifications in a language that they can understand. It can be a matter of life and death, and we need your help now!

On May 16, 2017, Governor Inslee signed SSB 5046 into law, mandating the translation of emergency notifications. This is a big step in the right direction–thanks in large part to the tireless advocacy of  concerned individuals and organizations like yours–but we have one final hurdle to clear. Because of a null and void clause, in order to take effect, the law needs funding from the State Operating Budget by June 30!

We are asking partners and allies to sign on to the letter below requesting funding from House budget negotiators. Will you and/or your organization sign on? If you support funding to translate emergency notifications into languages other than English, please add your name here by 5pm on Tuesday, June 6th.   

Registration is now open for Hopelink’s English for Work summer session. Sites in Kirkland, Redmond and Bellevue. Contact Marci at 425-250-3007 or marciw@hope-link.org

More info here.

Bellevue Police just released a video in English and Spanish reiterating their stance on enforcement of immigration law — they don’t do it.

Please share widely throughout the community!

Next ERIC connection is Tuesday, June 6 from 11:00 to 12:30 at the KCLS Service Center, 960 Newport Way, Issaquah. Don’t forget to bring info and announcements to share – and some food as well!

The University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry is offering free dental screenings at the KidsQuest Museum on Friday, July 7. You must make an appointment, so call now! Free admission to the museum also included!

To report and collect information centrally information on immigration activity and situations in which community members have been detained by immigration agents anywhere in Washington, call this new hotline number to staffed by a live volunteer 7 days a week, from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm.

More info here in English and Spanish.