GALEO Applauds the Great Latino Debate 2014 held at the University of North Georgia: Oakwood Campus

Overview – The Great Latino Debate 2014 at the University of North Georgia: Oakwood Campus

The Great Latino Debate 2014 is our third annual all Spanish-speaking intramural debate tournament. Spanish-speaking students from UNG are invited to compete against each other for five preliminary rounds over a span of two weeks on the same topic. Research must be done for both sides of the argument. Students are provided with training workshops on the rules and strategy of debate the week prior to competing.

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November 6, 2014 Joseph Rendeiro
(202) 776-1566


WASHINGTON, D.C.—According to an election eve poll conducted by Latino Decisions, immigration was the top issue for Latino voters in this election cycle. While NCLR (National Council of La Raza) continues to push the president to act on immigration, the Senate and House of Representatives, which will be jointly controlled by Republicans, also have a responsibility to deliver a viable immigration reform bill, which will be the only permanent solution to our broken immigration system.

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National Groups to Hold President to His Promise on Immigration

Thursday, November 6, 2014 Dawn Le, 202-549-6798
Lizette Escobedo, 858-583-5014

National Groups to Hold President to His Promise on Immigration
Encouraged By President Obama’s Pledge to Take Executive Action for Immigrant Community, Broad Sector of Groups Vouch to Continue Call for Action

Washington, DC—Today, national leaders from all segments of the pro-immigrant rights movement held a press conference to urge President Barack Obama to seize the moment and use his authority to take administrative action to expand immediate relief from deportations for millions of workers and families that are already a part of our American communities.

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Tomorrow is Election Day! Go VOTE!

#GALatinoVote Mobilization Email: Tomorrow is Election Day! Go VOTE! Volunteers needed to make calls from home for GOTV phone banking. ALL can help! Spread the word! #GALatinoVote

November 3, 2014

Let’s go vote!  Election Day is tomorrow!  The time to VOTE and make our voices heard collectively is here!  Please see below for some common questions and answers/resources for people to access.  We need your help today to spread the word to everyone you know!

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The Power of the Georgia Latino Vote

The Power of the Georgia Latino Vote

Published in Mundo Hispanico on 10/29/14.

By:  Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO.

The Georgia Latino Vote (#GALatinoVote) is powerful and could make the difference this year in the 2014 midterm elections on Tuesday, November 4th.  If Latinos turn out to vote, our voices will be heard and respected in our state and across the country.  The time for our community to lift up our collective voice and vote is now. 

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NYTimes: Latino Support for Democrats Drops a Bit, Poll Says

NYTimes: Latino Support for Democrats Drops a Bit, Poll Says

October 29, 2014
With the immigration debate in Washington frozen, support for Democrats among Latinos has declined slightly going into the midterm elections next week, but they still heavily favor Democrats over Republicans, according to a national bilingual poll released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center.

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October 29, 2014

Contact: Camila Gallardo,, (305) 215-4259

ATLANTA, GA—Today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) and GALEO (Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials) were joined by Latino Decisions in a morning briefing for reporters to discuss the potential impact of Latino participation in the upcoming elections. The number of registered Hispanic voters in Georgia grew from 26,000 in 2000 to 140,000 in 2012, a 438 percent increase. Latinos currently represent 4 percent of the eligible electorate in that state, while current polling averages show that less than 1 percent separates the Senate candidates and less than 2 percent separates the gubernatorial candidates.

“The Latino vote has been growing faster in Georgia than in almost any other state, and politicians of both parties need to wake up and face the demographic reality of their state,” said Matt Barreto, co-founder of Latino Decisions. “With two extremely close elections forecast in Georgia this year, there is a very real chance that the Latino vote will decide races for Senate and governor. Take note of the Latino vote in Georgia, because it will only continue to increase.”

NCLR is partnering with GALEO to reach out to Latinos in Georgia and mobilize Hispanic voter turnout on November 4. This nonpartisan effort is aimed at building Latino participation and increasing the community’s ability to positively influence the political process. The groups are contacting more than 20,000 potential Latino voters in Georgia by phone, direct mail and canvassing. NCLR has also begun airing nonpartisan Spanish language radio ads urging Latinos to turn out to the polls next Tuesday.

“There’s a lot at stake for Latinos this election, and while some may feel frustrated by the lack of action on issues like immigration, a powerful way to break that gridlock and make progress on these issues is by growing the Hispanic electorate,” said Loren McArthur, Deputy Director of Civic Engagement at NCLR. “In Georgia, Latino voters can absolutely make a difference in this November’s elections.”

Many issues of top concern for the Hispanic community—jobs, the economy, minimum wage, health insurance and equal pay—will be impacted by this year’s congressional and state elections. Millions of Latinos, for example, remain uninsured; meanwhile, lawmakers in 24 states, including Georgia, have rejected federal funding to expand Medicaid, denying insurance to nearly one million low-income Latinos across the country.

“Latino voters in Georgia are excited about participating in the midterm elections this year,” McArthur continued. “Hispanics recognize the power that we have and will vote to ensure our community gets the respect it deserves. Latino voters have been paying attention to the elections this year and are committed to making a difference by voting.”

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.


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Last week of early voting! Go VOTE & #PostThePeach! Volunteers needed on Tues & Thurs for GOTV phone banking. Call from home too! ALL can help! Spread the word! #GALatinoVote

#GALatinoVote Mobilization Email: Last week of early voting! Go VOTE & #PostThePeach! Volunteers needed on Tues & Thurs for GOTV phone banking. Call from home too! ALL can help! Spread the word! #GALatinoVote

October 27, 2014

Let’s go vote!  Early voting has been a great success and lots of people are voting early!  This is the LAST week of early voting (until Friday, 10/31/14).

We want you to go vote, take a selfie & post it to social media to tag & challenge your friends with the #PostThePeach campaign.  Don’t be left out!

Our efforts continue to Get Out To VOTE (GOTV).  We will need volunteers for this and you and your friends and family to participate with us.  Please see below and let us know if you are able to assist us during the week, evening, office hours, weekends, from home, offer rides to the polls?  Your choice.  Let us know.

Questions about the voting process or problems with the citizenship verification process?  Call us at 1-888-54GALEO.  Orale!  Su VOTO Es Su Voz!

By the way, have you visited our new website re-design?  Please check it out and let us know your thoughts!  Visit!


Stay more engaged and connected at Updates are posted daily on what is happening regarding immigration and voting access.

Orale!  Our work together builds towards greater respect for our community & better inclusion of Latinos in Georgia!
Thank you!

Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO  

VOLUNTEERS needed for 2014 Voter Engagement Activities!

YOUR volunteer time and efforts are needed next onTuesdays and Thursdays in October and you can choose volunteer times from 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM for calling of Latino & targeted voters in Gwinnett & Hall Counties.

Phone banking will be at Event Space at the Rush Center located at 1530 Dekalb Ave., Atlanta, GA  30307.  The hours are there for your flexibility and a few hours of your time does help a lot!

Please sign up here:

Can’t come to Atlanta for these phone banking efforts?  Then let us know and we will send you phone lists and scripts to make calls from your home anywhere in the state!  Please send an email to and he will get you set up.

We will be needing volunteers to offer rides to the polls on election day in the Metro Atlanta area.  If you are interested in helping with these efforts to be a driver, please contact

We will be seeking volunteers to canvass neighborhoods in Gwinnett and Hall Counties.  Please send an email to to coordinate your support for canvassing during the last weekend of canvassing.  YOUR help will be needed!

YOUR volunteer efforts are needed in a big way. To volunteer, we ask that people be bilingual for our efforts or fluent in English for our broader efforts with our allies. Volunteers for our GOTV efforts do not have to be U.S. citizens.  Immigrants, not yet citizens, can help us get those that are registered out to vote!  Orale!  Everyone can help!

Questions?  Please email for more information.  Thanks!

To read the full advocacy email, please follow this link.

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