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Exploring the Seattle Waterfront

Seattle CityClub intern Sarah Bollard gives you a preview of the people and places on our upcoming Waterfront Civic Boot Camp. Register today to attend Civic Boot Camp: Waterfront Redevelopment on August 12 or 26. The Seattle Waterfront has always been a popular destination for tourists and Seattleites alike. Even…...

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Citizen Story Project: Joaquin Uy

Joaquin Uy, from Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs recounts he and his parents’ immigration from Manila, Philippines to Cleveland in the early 1980s. Who was the first (or one of the first) family members to become a U.S. citizen? My father Joaquin “Jack” Chiong Uy [from] Manila, Philippines.…...

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Why Knowing Your Neighbors Matters

A connected community is a safer community; a more welcoming community; a community that’s better equipped to solve tough challenges. Studies have shown the potential for community violence increases when citizens feel powerless or disconnected. But crime rates are lower in communities with a strong civic life, as civically healthy…...

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Citizen Story Project: Rich Stolz

Rich Stolz, executive director of OneAmerica, describes his family’s immigration from Germany and South Korea. Who was the first (or one of the first) family members to become a U.S. citizen? My father’s father. Where did they immigrate from? Germany. What did they do to earn a living once they arrived…...

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Citizen Story Project: Lisa Herbold

Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold shares the story of her great-great grandfather’s immigration from Germany at the turn of the 20th century. Who was the first (or one of the first) family members to become a U.S. citizen? Rudolph Maly, my great-grandfather (my paternal grandmother’s father). Where did he immigrate…...

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Citizen Story Project: Lorena González

Seattley City Councilmember Lorena González shares the story of her parents immigration from Michoacán, Mexico in the early 1960s. Who was the first (or one of the first) family members to become a U.S. citizen? My 5 siblings and I are first-generation born Americans.  My mother, Elvira González, was the first…...

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Across the Aisle: Rep. Michelle Caldier & Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self

When you are building bipartisanship relationships, the main thing you have to bring to the table is respect, according to Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self (D-21st District). “Even when views are different and values are different, you have to respect that at the core my colleagues are passionate about helping community,” says…...

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Citizen Story Project: Diane Douglas

Seattle CityClub’s Executive Director, Diane Douglas, shares the story of her grandparents’ immigration from Russia and Lithuania. Who was the first (or one of the first) family members to become a U.S. citizen? All my grandparents were immigrants. They came to this country about 130 years ago from Russia and…...

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Citizen Story Project: Ana Mari Cauce

University of Washington President, Ana Mari Cauce, shares the story of her family’s immigration from Havana to Miami. Who was the first (or one of the first) family members to become a U.S. citizen? My mom was the first person in our family to become a U.S. citizen, which she…...

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Our New Citizen Story Project

Happy Flag Day! This year, along with our partner, One America, and support from Boeing and Microsoft, we’re taking this venerable American holiday and amplifying it with a focus on celebrating the reciprocal ties and mutual benefits of citizenship. For the next six weeks, we will be reminding Seattleites of…...

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