S. Pittman: The Faces of Civic Engagement

The Faces of Civic Engagement

Samuel Pittman: GALEO Intern

August 14th, 2018

 

As my time as a GALEO intern comes to an end, I have learned a lot about the Latinx community, the impact policy has on our friends and neighbors, and how we all can play a role in shaping a better future for generations to come.

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L.Otero: Families Belong Together – A Recap of The Trump Administration’s Family-deterring Zero Tolerance Policy

Families Belong Together – A Recap of The Trump Administration’s Family-deterring Zero Tolerance Policy

Luis Otero: GALEO Intern

Monday, August 8th, 2018

 

Families Belong Together

 

As the Trump administration continues to deal with the influx of asylum seekers at its southern border, the extent of the practices and means by which it chooses to do this have come into public scrutiny. Outcries pointing to immoral and inhumane treatment by law enforcement agencies of those arrested attempting to cross continue to bring attention to the problem. Families are being torn apart with young children being separated from their parents. This has raised questions of the constitutionality of these measures, and many pro-immigrant advocacy groups have started protesting and denouncing these actions. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has taken legal action against U.S. immigration authorities in a lawsuit challenging the separation of families. All this following U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions’, May announcement of deciding to criminally prosecute 100 percent of all cases of illegal border crossings. This “zero tolerance” policy, as it has come to be known, not only puts the immigration issue front and center of national political headlines, but it also has called for an increased push for humane and decent treatment of immigrants and refugees as it pertains to both national and international standards.

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NALEO: New reports address need, offer solutions for improved language access for voters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 8, 2018

For more information, contact:
Kristen Muthig
kmuthig@fairelectionscenter.org
(o) (202) 331-0114 (c) (419) 706-3431

Michelle Boykins
mboykins@advancingjustice-aajc.org
(202) 296-2300, ext. 0144

Amanda Bosquez
abosquez@naleo.org
(o) (202) 546-2536 (c) (361) 548-6989

New reports address need, offer solutions for improved language access for voters

 
WASHINGTON, DC – With just three months until Election Day, voting rights groups are releasing new language assistance reports with hopes that election officials, policymakers, and community leaders will be ready to assist voters from different language backgrounds. Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, Fair Elections Center and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund collaborated on the three “Guides to Language Access” which were released today.

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L.Quintanar: Volunteering In Today’s Society

Volunteering In Today’s Society

Leslie Quintanar: GALEO Intern

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

 

As an intern with GALEO, I have learned the easy, as well as the hard parts that come along with being a part of a non-profit organization. Things take time, nothing comes quickly, and if you put in hours of endless work, the payoff is worth it in the end.

My time is coming to a close, but I have learned so much from my fellow interns, from my supervisors, and from the GALEO volunteers that add to the group.

Mainly, I want to stress the importance of volunteering and the impact that it makes for the community.

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L. Quintanar: Language in the Community

Language in the Community

Leslie Quintanar: GALEO Intern

Monday, August 6, 2018

 

The United States has long been a melting pot of various cultures where people from different backgrounds bring forth their traditions, food, and language. The diversity mounted upon the States has always shined through and encourages more and more people to admire the thriving country.

With that, a growing difference in our society has been the way we communicate with one another, whether it be over the phone, at the grocery store, or at the workplace. While the country welcomes new people every day, the population of non-English speakers increases as well. The importance of bilingualism and multilingualism is at play, and as one of the most progressive societies in the world, the opportunity to integrate a great number of multilingual individuals is more than welcome.

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A. Chermanz Monroy: Permanent Residents as Police Officers?

Permanent Residents as Police Officers?

Angie F. Chermanz Monroy: GALEO Intern

August 3, 2018

 

During the past years, police departments across the state of Georgia have been affected by a shortage of applicants who want to become officers. Additionally, the recent incidents with the police enforcement has hurt recruitment tremendously because it has caused a decrease of trust towards police officers mainly from the minority community 1. All of this has caused a shortage in the pool for  qualified applicants and more so when one of the requirements to become an officer, is to be a citizen. So, what can we do to increase the pool for qualified officers without decreasing the quality and expectations?

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S. Pittman: The Immigrants Role in Today’s America

The Immigrants Role in Today’s America

Samuel Pittman: GALEO Intern

July 26th, 2018

 

For decades, immigration reform has been a topic of discussion in America. This past month, President Bill Clinton held an event, A Conversation with President Bill Clinton, which served as a discussion forum concerning issues currently impacting communities and the political climate across the country.

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NALEO: New Emails Show U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Misled Congress and Public about Decision to Add Citizenship Question

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
July 24, 2018

CONTACT:
Paula Valle Castanon, pvalle@naleo.org

Amanda Bosquez, abosquez@naleo.org

 

New Emails Show U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Misled Congress and Public about Decision to Add Citizenship Question

Claims that consideration of a citizenship question addition initially originated from the
U.S. Department of Justice prove untrue by release of latest emails

WASHINGTON, D.C. The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund today released a statement from Chief Executive Officer Arturo Vargas following the release of internal emails from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to his staff addressing the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census:

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Lawsuit on 2020 Census Citizenship Question Amended to Include Native Americans, More Asian Plaintiffs and Charge Government Conspiracy

Lawsuit on 2020 Census Citizenship Question Amended to Include Native Americans, More Asian Plaintiffs and Charge Government Conspiracy

GALEO is also one of the original co-plaintiffs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 2018

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Michelle Boykins, 202-296-2300, ext. 0144

mboykins@advancingjustice-aajc.org

 

Sandra Hernandez: (213) 629-2512 x. 129
shernandez@maldef.org

 

Tony Marcano: (213) 629-2512 x.128

amarcano@maldef.org

 

Lawsuit on 2020 Census Citizenship Question Amended to Include Native Americans, More Asian Plaintiffs and Charge Government  Conspiracy 

 

Washington, D.C. – Native American groups have joined a lawsuit filed by attorneys representing Latino and Asian American plaintiffs alleging that the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census was motivated by racial animus and will result in a severe undercount of minorities, according to civil rights attorneys.

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