DEADLINE TO ORDER TAMALES IS TODAY, MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014!

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DEADLINE TO ORDER TAMALES IS TODAY, MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014!

We hope you will make every effort to join us on Monday, December 15th to join us for GALEO’s Holiday Social “Tamales for Justice”. We will be raising funds specifically for the Latino Voter Defense Fund. This effort is to eliminate the at-large voting system in the City of Gainesville and/or in the City of Dalton because we believe it is not in compliance with the Voting Rights Act; and, the system dilutes the Latino community’s ability to elect candidates of choice.

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C. Munoz: #ImmigrationAction great step forward; More work needed for comprehensive reform

By:  Crystal Munoz, GALEO Intern-Fall 2014

December 3, 2014

There are currently 11 million undocumented peoples living in the United States1. The Executive Action announced by President Obama stands to help around 5 million undocumented persons from being deported and ripped away from their families2. Five million people, less than half, are safe from deportation, able to work, and live out of the shadows. But what about the 6 million people still hoping and praying for their chance at a life free of worry and with liberty.

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U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Commends President Obama on Issuance of Immigration Accountability Executive Action

NEWS RELEASE                                                                Media contact: Marlene Sallo

For immediate release                                                             Staff Director

November 21, 2014                                                               (202) 376-7700

publicaffairs@usccr.gov

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Commends President Obama on Issuance of Immigration Accountability Executive Action

 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights by majority vote commends President Obama on his issuance of the Immigration Accountability Executive Action, which focuses on repairing some of the fundamental flaws in our current immigration system.

The Commission stated, “We understand the outlined actions are not comprehensive, and in order to fully modernize our system of immigration, Congress will need to act. Nevertheless, the actions taken by the President today allow immigrants to come out of the shadows, expand DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) to protect more DREAMers (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors), allow families to remain together as they forge ahead toward the American Dream, and protect victims of human trafficking.

 

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Share resources & info on #ImmigrationAction to keep people informed.

Advocacy Email: Share resources & info on #ImmigrationAction to keep people informed. Sign up for GALEO Institute for Leadership!

November 24, 2014

Advocacy Alert

Now that President Obama has acted to provide relief to up to 5 million undocumented immigrants, we need to make sure people have the information they need to make informed decisions and to be ready.  Below, we have compiled some resources and information to be shared to those impacted.

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State Farm: Put Away the Driver Distractions and Arrive Safely this Holiday Season

November 23, 2014
Put Away the Driver Distractions and Arrive Safely this Holiday Season

The holiday season is right around the corner and thousands of people in Georgia will hit the road to spend time with loved ones. Unfortunately, many of these drivers will be distracted from the task at hand: driving.

Distracted driving is a growing safety risk and a major cause of automobile crashes. Ask almost anyone who operates a vehicle, and they will tell you they’ve seen fellow motorists texting behind the wheel; and chances are they have done it themselves. In fact, at any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or electronic devices while driving, according to a 2011 National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS). Drivers who use cellular phones while driving are four times more likely to have a crash than those who refrain from this risky behavior.

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Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO, Statement in Response to President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

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Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO, Statement in Response to President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

Contact:  Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO, 404.745.2580, jerry@galeo.org

(Atlanta, GA): November 21, 2014 –  Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO, issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s Executive Action speech and policy changes:

“This is an historic moment for immigrants and allies in over 25 years of working towards a solution to our broken immigration system.  We rejoice with the millions who will be able to come forward, get a work permit and lift the burden of fear of deportation off their family’s shoulders.  This decision by President Obama will be transformative for millions of families across the nation and hundreds of thousands of families in Georgia.

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A Student’s View: GA Sen. Bill 6 Denies Licenses to DACA Recipients

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By GALEO Student Intern, Crystal Muñoz

As the renewal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is heavy under way, one Senator, Joshua McKoon, from Columbus is seeking to take away driver’s licenses’ from anyone who benefits from Deferred Action with Georgia Senate Bill 61. If Senate Bill 6 were to become state law, it would leave thousands of undocumented students without reliable transportation.  As a student myself, I know how vital is to have a reliable form of transportation. Students need to get to school, work, and home, and we all need to make it there on time. Yet, if undocumented students are left without a valid Georgia License it will be impossible to live.

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