This is the immigrant voter-outreach story the Seattle Times won’t cover

Still no apology from the Seattle Times to our immigrant community for our sole daily’s credulous participation in the AP’s smear of OneAmerica Votes‘ immigrant voter outreach program.

Of course, considering this story was unfolding in its own backyard, you’d think the Times might consider doing a little original reporting of its own, rather than just copying and pasting the AP’s inflammatory headline: “In Washington, illegal immigrants canvassing for Democrats.” And if they had, they might of spoken to volunteers like Rim Abera, a 20 year-old college student and Franklin High grad.

Rim’s family, originally from Eritrea, came to Seattle from the Sudan when she was a baby. But despite achieving citizenship nine years later, her parents never registered to vote until 2008, when then-18-year-old Rim became energized through her work with OneAmerica Votes.

That’s the story the AP and the Seattle Times won’t tell you, and that’s the story the righties truly fear. For if more immigrants like Rim and her family do register to vote, and more of them show up at the polls and cast their ballots, well, that just doesn’t bode well for the right wing agenda.


  1. 1

    tienle spews:

    What a wonderful story from a brave and dedicated young woman. Thank you for sharing that. Politics aside, it’s a great story.

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    tienle @1,

    Isn’t it? And isn’t that what the Times is in the business of telling… great stories? Which makes their coverage of this, or lack thereof, all the more incredible.

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    Blue John spews:

    Sorry if I come across as cynical but…
    It’s a positive story about non white people.
    It’s a positive story about non white people voting.
    It’s a positive story about non white people probably voting for democrats
    It’s not a story that will capture a lot of eyeballs for advertising.
    It’s too positive to spread fear, mistrust or doubt.
    It doesn’t somehow show unions in a bad way.
    Why run it?

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    Liberal Scientist spews:


    Not in credible or surprising at all. The ST is not in the business of telling good stories, it’s clearly in the business of ax grinding. And the axes it chooses to grind are right-wing ideological ones.

    This explains its horrifyingly comic editorial posture, and its bottom line.

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    Steve spews:

    Great kid! And out of my old school, Franklin High, where diversity has long been the norm. Unfortunately, she’s just the kind of person that the drunken KLOWN and his ilk, if given the opportunity, would want to curb-stomp.

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    YellowPup spews:

    @4: It probably doesn’t mean much statistically, but I know and work with immigrants from many places, and more of them are conservative than liberal.

    I guess I don’t have the numbers, but based on what do you make this generalization?

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    Blue John spews:

    I guess I don’t have the numbers, but based on what do you make this generalization?
    Which part?
    Why would anyone of any color, nationality or creed want to vote against their self interest. Think Arizona’s “Papers or go to Jail” law that would only apply to brown people.

    Newspapers are simply advertisement delivery systems. They will print what ever maximizes ad revenue. Nice stories like that don’t see papers.

    Lastly, ownership has it’s privileges, They have to push the agenda of the bosses, if they want to keep their jobs.

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    Steve spews:

    @7 I have many Filipino friends and acquaintances, most of them immigrants. I’ve been disappointed to learn that so many of them vote Republican. I kind of jokingly ask them, “Why on earth do you vote for politicians who hate brown people?” That usually stumps them. They are usually astounded to learn that I vote for Democrats. A few years back one Filipino friend at work went to my dear Ms. Wingnut and exclaimed, “I was just talking with Steve and he said that he voted for John Kerry!!” I forget now just what excuse she told me that she came up with for my very treasonous voting record.

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    Blue John spews:

    @9. Now that you mention it, that may be the social conservative aspect. If they are deeply religious, then the “wedge” issues trumps self interest.

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    Xar spews:

    @9: The remarkable ability of poor, white southerners to vote for candidates to cut taxes for the richest 2% is rather astonishing. Even things that are strongly against their own best interest don’t seem to reduce their enthusiasm for the right.

    A perfect example is the current screaming about public spending–the majority of red states receive more money back from the federal government than they pay in taxes (beggar states), while the opposite is true of blue states (donor states). Yet, the donor states are generally less anti-government, while the beggar states want to slash federal budgets.

    Rational, fiscal self-interest is NOT the strong suit of the average voter on the right.

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    Odie Cologne spews:

    Whatever happened to that canard that people who earn under $50,000 a year do not pay Federal income Tax?

    That’s ridiculous.

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    YellowPup spews:

    @9-10: There is something to the social conservatism. At least in one case I know, a friend who went Republican on social issues during Clinton, suddenly swung hard left when awakened to the damage and craziness of the Republican 00 years.

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    why do liberals hate free speech? spews:

    how come goldfarb and the progressives always fail to distinguish beteen legal immigrants and illegal ones?

    you do realize that there is a difference? dont you? dont you?

    oh well, who cares as long as they vote D, right?

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    Steve spews:

    Who needs illegal’s votes? My cat just voted for Democrats for the second election in a row. Good kitty!