Advocacy: YOUR engagement is needed today for the #DREAMActNow! Please share widely!

Advocacy: YOUR engagement is needed today for the #DREAMActNow! Please share widely!

Advocacy: YOUR engagement is needed today for the #DREAMActNow! Please share widely!

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efforts to promote greater engagement of the Latino community
and to continue leadership development.  Si se puede! Su VOTO Es Su Voz!
#GALatinoVote #iamGALEO


February 12, 2018


The #DREAMActNOW is still not a reality.  SO, your voice is needed TODAY as the national debate on immigration starts in the U.S. Senate.  DREAMers and other organizations continue to put pressure on Congress for a solution.  Deadline is quickly approaching.  Please take some time to make some phone calls.

We also need your help with some anti-immigrant bills in the GA Legislature.  Please take a look and work against the slate of #AdiosAmazon legislative initiatives.  Tweet and post about it today!


There is a lot going on and you need to stay engaged.  Please stay up to date with us on for the latest actions and information.


Please join our advocacy efforts by joining our texting campaign.  The image to the right is our latest way to engage with our supporters in a timely manner and make our efforts more effective.  Please stay engaged and respond to important actions by texting the word IMMIGRATION to the short code number 864-237.  This will add you to our texting program to ensure we speak up at needed times.


Lastly, please consider the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund as you prioritize your annual donations and donations for the new year of charitable giving.  Please follow the link here:


Thank you for your support!




Jerry Gonzalez

Executive Director





Call our U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson and ask him to support the DREAM Act!


Your voice is needed to help pass the bipartisan and clean DREAM Act.  Please call our Georgia U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson to support the DREAM Act when it comes up for a vote.  Also, tell him you oppose the White House proposal on immigration reform.


For more information on the 2017 DREAM Act, please visit this link.


U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson:  (770) 661-0999 


Join our advocacy efforts by texting the word IMMIGRATION to 864-237 and you will get these notices by text on important actions to take quickly.


Please spread the word today!  #DREAMActNow




#AdiosAmazon English Only Constitutional Amendment is up for debate in the GA Senate!



English-only Constitutional Amendment would likely be unconstitutional and conflict with federal law.  However, it will also send a negative message that Georgia is an unwelcoming state for foreigners.  It would likely catch the attention as Atlanta attempts to attract Amazon’s HQ2.  We call the legislation #AdiosAmazon because we do feel that it would harm Georgia’s future efforts for attracting ongoing economic development.  Please call your Senator to oppose this legislation.

To find out who your Georgia State Senator is, please follow this link:




Make your calls now!   AND share the graphic above with the hashtag #AdiosAmazon and tag @amazon as well.  Share the numbers too!

Let’s defeat this legislative initiative again.

Join us every THURSDAY for Immigrant Rights Thursdays at the Capitol hosted jointly by AAAJ-Atlanta & GALEO!  See details below.  Your voice of reason is needed!




Georgia should pass Hate Crimes Legislation to protect communities and make #HateFreeGA !




We’re excited about the possibility of seeing real progress on passing hate crime legislation in Georgia this year, but we need your help now!

The Judiciary Non-Civil Committee is holding HB 660 and we are waiting for a hearing to be scheduled.

Contact Committee members  and the Speaker’s Office now:

Speaker David Ralston, 404.656.5020,

Chairman Rich Golick, 404.656.5943,

Committee members:

Bert Reeves 404-656-0298
Micah Gravley 404-656-0152
Mandi L. Ballinger 404-656-5105
William Boddie 505-656-0109
Christian Coomer 404-656-5024
Pam Dickerson 404-656-0314
Deborah Gonzalez 404-656-0220
Dar’shun Kendrick 404-656-0116
Betty Price 404-656-0202
Ed Setzler 404-656-7857
Deborah Silcox 404-656-0109
Robert Trammel 404-656-5058
Wendell Willard 404-656-5125


The message: “I want to see Georgia pass hate crime legislation. An issue of this magnitude deserves to be heard in committee and get a vote on the House floor.”

  • Georgia is one of just five states in the nation that does not protect its citizens against hate crimes.  The time for Georgia to rectify this is now.
  • Hate crime laws punish criminal conduct and not thought.  Therefore, a person cannot be convicted of a hate crime without committing an underlying crime such as assault or arson
  • Hate crime laws protect all of us. Hate crime laws don’t speak in terms of African American, Jewish or Gay. The bill covers the following categories: race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, mental disability and physical disability.
  • Atlanta is a finalist for Amazon’s second headquarters, and the eyes of the nation are on Georgia. We must show that we are a welcoming state that protects ALL its residents.

Make your calls and send your emails now!




#ToIMMIGRANTSwithLOVE event on 2/14/18!


What: #ToImmigrantsWithLove Atlanta Day of Action


Where: GA State Capitol


When: 11:00AM – 2:00PM


Why: Several of our community organizations are hosting a fun and interactive event to share love letters supporting the immigrants and refugees in our lives and showing that we appreciate them.

Our event will feature “I Stand With Immigrants” t-shirts for participants as well as a giant valentines card and a creative mailbox (designed and created by Dreamers) that people can pose for pictures with.


#ToImmigrantsWithLove is a letter writing campaign for immigrants past and present and the allies who love them to publicly acknowledge that we are standing with immigrants no matter what.
Through the #ToImmigrantsWithLove campaign, you can make a difference by showing the immigrants currently in your life or paying tribute to immigrants of generations past in your family that you love and support them.

February 14 is the #ToImmigrantsWithLove Day of Action!
On Valentine’s Day, we’re encouraging as many people as possible to participate online and in person. Join us by writing letters to your family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, or the broader immigrant community, reminding them that they are loved, no matter what.

Check on facebook for more details:




FREE Citizenship Workshop on February 24th!

February 24th at Georgia Gwinnett College

The New Americans Campaign is hosting a free citizenship workshop February 24th at Georgia Gwinnett College 1000 University Center Ln Lawrenceville, Ga 30043 at 9am. At this free naturalization workshop, we will be helping green card holders apply for U.S. citizenship. Green card holders will be given one-on-one assistance in completing their application forms and fee waivers, provided with individual legal review by an attorney, and given a clear list of next steps.

To register for the event as a potential applicant – REGISTER HERE:


24 de Febrero: Universidad de Georgia Gwinnett

Eres un Residente Legal y quieres aplicar para ser Ciudadano Americano?  GALEO te puede ayudar.  El 18 de Noviembre, vamos a tener un taller para la ciudadania  en Gainesville para ayudar llenar tu aplicacion de Ciudadania.  Vamos a estar en 24 de febrero en el Student Center, 1000 University Center Ln Lawrenceville, Ga 30043 9AM.  Por favor haga una reserva llamando 1-888-544-2536 o visita:


Future FREE citizenship workshops can be found online here:




Hall County should have bilingual access in English and Spanish for all elections material!

GALEO and other community members have launched a petition addressed to Hall County Commissioners and the Hall County Elections Board.  Please spread the word!

#HallEspanol #GALatinoVote




GALEO Joins our Friends at the American Jewish Community Atlanta Regional Office with celebrating the Atlanta Unity Seder on March 13th!


Following on the tremendous success of our previous Black-Jewish Seders, we invite you to join us for a unique experience in celebrating the Jewish holiday of Passover, which tells the story from the book of Exodus of the Israelites’ journey out of Egypt, from slavery into freedom.

This year, the Seder will be conducted by Rabbi Loren Filson Lapidus with participants representing Atlanta’s diverse religious, ethnic and international communities. The evening is designed to introduce the powerful story of Passover that is shared every year in Jewish homes around the world, and to enable us to share diverse experiences with each other.

Tickets are $36 per person and $18 for students and young professionals

For more information and to RSVP on facebook, please follow this link:




Volunteers are needed to register voters at Naturalization ceremonies and for the 2018 ELECTIONS!


Many people will become U.S. citizens this year and will need to register to vote.  Volunteers are needed to help us with this initiative. Please volunteer if you can!

Schedule for volunteer opportunities is posted on our website here:

Let us know by sending an email to to confirm your interest and feel free to invite friends too!

There will be training necessary for all volunteers before going to the naturalization ceremonies.

Please send us an email and let us know when you can volunteer!




Check out the latest videos of our Latino Leaders Summit, the  2017 Hispanic Heritage Month Luncheon & the 2017 Graduation of our GALEO Institute for Leadership!



2017 Hispanic Heritage Month Luncheon


GALEO & OLAS Latino Leaders Summit

2017 GALEO Institute for Leadership Graduation


#iamGALEO #GALatinoVote #gapol




Check out our Job Opportunities section on our website!

Are you looking for a new career or job opportunity?  Know someone who is looking for a job?  Also, some volunteer positions will be posted here from time to time.  Please check this link weekly!

GALEO is also seeking an part-time canvassers!  Please email for details.




The 2018 Cesar Chavez Essay Contest has started!  Great PRIZES will be awarded!  All Adults & High School Students in GA are eligible to enter!

The GALEO Leadership Council has announced details for the 11th Annual Cesar Chavez Essay Contest.


Chavez’s leadership was critical to organizing farm workers and founding what is today known as the United Farm Workers union. Chavez remains one of the foremost Latino leaders in American history.


High school students and adults residing in the state of Georgia are encouraged to participate and submit their essays for entree in one of three categories. Categories include:

  • Adult category (essays submitted in Spanish or English)
  • High school student category (essays submitted in Spanish or English)
  • ESOL high school student category (essays submitted in English by ESOL students)

Deadline for submissions is quickly approaching on February 17, 2018.


Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners in each category.  Prizes will be announced in January 2018.


For more details, please follow this link and also download the Entry Form & Consent Form below:




Join GALEO & become an active member of our network!    

Your membership to GALEO supports our work and also allows for you to become part of the GALEO Leadership Council!

GALEO membership is open to anyone who supports our efforts and mission.  Please consider becoming a member to help support our efforts in civic engagement and leadership development of the Latino community in Georgia.  Through your membership, YOU make a difference and add your voice to ours!  Together, we are STRONGER!

Become part of our GALEO Familia by becoming a MEMBER of GALEO.  Once you are a member, you may join our GALEO Leadership Council to engage in the many activities we have going on to promote civic engagement and leadership development of the Latino community.

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