Tag Archives: Political Representation

NIIC: Engaging communities and leaders

Lauren McCullough, Politics ’12 Recently, our entire class made a trip to Seattle to attend the fourth annual National Immigrant Integration Conference. Participation in the conference was an incredible opportunity that furthered complemented our collective work in immigration issues. The three days we spent there were fascinating. There were leaders, academics, officials and students from […]

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Citizenship Work: Reaching Rural Washington

By Christine Kiely ’12 During the “Active Citizenship” sessions at the NIIC, important questions were brought up in connection with voting rights and immigrant populations. In all of these discussions, however, the lack of knowledge about rural areas stuck out as a major limitation to the work that is being done. The Seattle metro area […]

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Unequal Opportunity: Latinos and Local Political Representation in Washington State

This report examines the level of Latino local political representation in the ten counties of Washington State with the highest percentage Latino populations: Adams, Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Okanogan, Skagit, Walla Walla, and Yakima. In particular, it is meant to build on previous research that found that Latinos were underrepresented on school boards and […]

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The Political Representation of Latinos in Small Cities: An Examination of Quincy and Othello Washington

Researching voting rights in Othello and Quincy, WA, I sought to answer the following questions: 1) Has the system of elections caused minority vote dilution in past elections? 2) How does the political culture influence Latino participation? 3) How do other factors, such as the existence of bilingual election materials and outreach, affect Latino representation? […]

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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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The Political Representation of Latinos in Washington

This report examines the political representation of Latinos on the city council of Sunnyside, Washington. What is the impact of at-large elections and racially polarized voting upon the political representation of Washington’s largest minority population? Methods: This report began by collecting census data about Washington State’s Latino populations. By compiling election returns and voter lists the […]

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