2018 GALEO Year in Review

2018 GALEO Year in Review

January 2:

January 3:

  • Maria Palacios, GALEO, attended coalition for a Hate Free Georgia.
  • Maria Palacios, GALEO, met with Southern Poverty Law Center to discuss legislative efforts.
  • J. Gonzalez, GALEO, interviewed by Univision 34 Atlanta regarding hate crimes legislation proposed in the Georgia Legislature that GALEO supports.
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MARYLAND FEDERAL COURT REJECTS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S REQUEST TO END LAWSUIT CHALLENGING CENSUS CITIZENSHIP QUESTION

MARYLAND FEDERAL COURT REJECTS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S REQUEST TO END LAWSUIT CHALLENGING CENSUS CITIZENSHIP QUESTION

GALEO proud to be one of the co-plaintiffs

 

December 19, 2018

(Washington, D.C.) – A federal court in Maryland today rejected a second bid by the Trump administration to toss out a lawsuit challenging the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

U.S. District Court Judge George J. Hazel’s ruling denying the government’s motion for summary judgment clears the way for a January 22, 2019 trial to determine if the addition of a citizenship question is unconstitutional, discriminatory, or motivated by racial animus.

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The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) has joined the ACLU in calling for an investigation into the death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan child taken into custody by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in a very remote part of New Mexico last Friday.

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) has joined the ACLU in calling for an investigation into the death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan child taken into custody by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in a very remote part of New Mexico last Friday.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

December 14, 2018

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) has joined the ACLU in calling for an investigation into the death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan child taken into custody by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in a very remote part of New Mexico last Friday. The girl, Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin, did not receive emergency care for an-hour-and-a-half and later died from severe dehydration and septic shock after a strenuous journey crossing the border with her father. They were part of a group of 163 people who were turning themselves in to border agents.
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U.S. Census Bureau Needs Confidentiality to Fulfill Constitutional Mandate of Counting Every Person in Nation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
November 20, 2018
CONTACT:
Paula Valle Castanon, pvalle@naleo.org
(213) 747-7606 ext. 114, (323) 253-6431 (cell)Amanda Bosquez, abosquez@naleo.org
(202) 546-2536, (361) 548-6989 (cell)

U.S. Census Bureau Needs Confidentiality to Fulfill Constitutional Mandate of Counting Every Person in Nation

Calling into question confidentiality of information collected by census raises serious concerns over motivations behind addition of citizenship question

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Federal Judge Grants Emergency TRO to Halt Illegal Mail Ballot Rejections in Gwinnett County Court finds that the process of rejecting ballots due to an omitted or incorrect birth year violates the Civil Rights Act.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 13, 2018

Federal Judge Grants Emergency TRO to Halt Illegal Mail Ballot Rejections in Gwinnett County Court finds that the process of rejecting ballots due to an omitted or incorrect birth year violates the Civil Rights Act.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, partnering with the Coalition for Good Governance, secured an important win for voters in Gwinnett County. On Sunday, November 11th, the groups filed an emergency motion seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent officials in Gwinnett County from rejecting absentee ballots containing immaterial errors or omissions. Today, Judge Leigh Martin May granted the request, finding that Gwinnett County’s process of rejecting absentee ballots on the basis of an omitted or incorrect birth year violates the Civil Rights Act. The court orders that these ballots be counted in the November 6th election. “For the public to have confidence in our electoral process, it is critical that every vote be counted and that every voice be heard,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “Yet officials in communities like Gwinnett County remain bent on erecting unnecessary barriers for voters and continue to take extraordinary steps to justify their rejection of absentee ballots. From the start, we observed that Gwinnett County officials were rejecting absentee mail ballots cast by minority voters at far higher rates than that for white voters. This is an outcome that can only be explained along lines of race. Our democracy works when every vote is counted and we will continue to fight against the ongoing voter suppression attempts that we are witnessing across Georgia this election season.” The temporary restraining order was issued as part of a lawsuit filed in October challenging the extraordinarily high rate of rejections of absentee mail ballots in Georgia and, in particular, the rejection of ballots cast by minority voters by Gwinnett County. The defendants are Georgia Secretary of State Robyn A. Crittenden, members of the Georgia State Board of Elections, and members of the Gwinnett County Board of Registration and Elections.

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GALEO Institute for Leadership Graduated 31 New Leaders In the State of Georgia

GALEO Institute for Leadership Graduated 31 New Leaders In the State of Georgia
Graduates join 635 alumni of the GALEO Institute for Leadership

Press Release

 

For Immediate Release

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

 

(Atlanta, Georgia) – November 13, 2018 – GALEO graduated 31 new leaders from the GALEO Institute for Leadership (GIL), which held a graduation reception on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Latin American Association.

 

This is the 19th group of graduates resulting from GALEO’s leadership development efforts. The total number of GALEO Institute for Leadership alumni now stands at 635 people from across the state.

 

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Pollsters, Civil Rights & Civic Engagement Organizations Release Initial Findings from The American Election Eve Poll, As Election Day Draws to a Close

For Immediate Release: November 6, 2018
Contact: Nicky Vogt at 610-389-1314 or nicole@npstrategygroup.com

Pollsters, Civil Rights & Civic Engagement Organizations Release Initial Findings from The American Election Eve Poll, As Election Day Draws to a Close

Washington, DC — In 2018, allied organizations across the progressive movement are launching the American Election Eve Poll examining how African American, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Latino, Native American and White voters engaged in the 2018 midterm elections.

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Victory! Federal Court Provides Immediate Relief for Thousands of Georgia Voters

Victory! Federal Court Provides Immediate Relief for Thousands of Georgia Voters
Court Orders Georgia Sec. of State Brian Kemp to Permit Voters Inaccurately Flagged by State’s Flaw System to Vote

November 2, 2018 (ATLANTA, GA) – The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia ordered Secretary of State Brian Kemp to allow voters who have been flagged and placed in pending status due to citizenship to vote a regular ballot in the November 2018 election.

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