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Beyond the Ballot: Latino Political Participation in Washington State

We investigated the political participation of Latinos in five Washington State locales: the Tri-Cities, Yakima, Walla Walla, Seattle, and Vancouver.  Specifically, we identified and explored the main factors that either discourage or facilitate political participation among Washington’s Latinos, and what policies, laws, and grassroots actions can be effectuated to encourage higher levels of Latino political […]

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Neighborhood Based Organizations, Latinos, and the Community at Large: A Case Study in Walla Walla Washington

I examined the impacts of neighborhood-based organizations (NBOs) on the general community where they work. My goal was to understand if the improvements made in poor and mixed race neighborhoods can lead to benefits for the community at large. I focused specifically on Commitment to Community (C2C) in Walla Walla, Washington, and their work with […]

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Building Bridges: Latino Political Mobilization in Pasco, WA

This report specifically addresses the role of the local political environment and nonpartisan advocacy organizations in shaping Latino political and civic participation in Pasco. The central questions of my study ask: How does the political environment, as shaped by local political parties, interact with Latino mobilization efforts? What kinds of strategies have developed in reaction […]

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Latino Political Representation in Toppenish, Wapato, and Granger School Districts: The Case for Change

My report asks how the structure and administration of elections affects low levels of Latino representation and participation on Toppenish, Wapato, and Granger school boards..  In particular, I focused on determining whether or not the system of elections in these towns leads to minority vote dilution, or a systematic decrease in the influence of Latino […]

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The Role of Electoral Politics and Latino Mobilization: Studies in Granger and Toppenish Washington

Because Latinos in Granger and Toppenish make up the large majority of the population but vote at very low rates and are not proportionally represented in local government, I sought to examine the ways in which Latinos can be successfully mobilized to participate in their community and in local politics. My report focuses on the […]

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Political Mobilization through the Use of Bilingual Media Resources in Yakima, Washington

This report measures and evaluates the extent to which radio and print media in the Yakima area communicate news to the Spanish-speaking Latino community. It addresses the following questions: What types of stories are being reported? How do different outlets compare with one another? How are the newsworthy interests and needs of Yakima Latinos being […]

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The Invisible Latino: A Study of the Electoral Politics of Walla Walla

This report examines the electoral politics of Walla Walla County in order to assess the political condition of the county’s Latino population. More specifically, I researched Latino political representation, Latino voter turnout, and the reasons why Latino candidates haven’t won in contested elections in the county for the past eight years. Methods: I began by […]

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The Latino Electoral Experience in a Small City: Twenty Years of Latino Non-Success in City Council Elections in Pasco, Washington

My research investigates the potential causes of the persistent nonsuccess of Latino political candidates in Pasco, Washington’s city council elections. Latinos comprise a majority of the city’s population, yet the city council has no Latino members, and Latino candidates running for the council have met with repeated disappointment in elections. Methods: I began my investigation by […]

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Overcoming Obstacles to Latino Mobilization in Walla Walla, WA

I examined how neighborhood improvement organizations can create a social environment which fosters sustained Latino political participation in Walla Walla, Washington. My main research question was: How have local organizations sought to increase Latino political mobilization in Walla Walla? The following two questions guided my project. First, what are the obstacles to Latino political participation? […]

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Breaking the Cycle of Political Non-Participation: The Effect of Community Involvement and Civic Education on Latino Families

This paper examines methods of increasing the political participation of the Latino Community in Quincy, WA, specifically focusing on youth organizational involvement as a community mobilizer. Methods: Evaluating local conditions and understanding how those findings fit into broad themes and patterns. Interviews included those with local Latino community organizers (both official and unofficial), students, leaders […]

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