American Jewish Committee Statement on Political Rhetoric

American Jewish Committee Statement on Political Rhetoric

September 25, 2015 – New York – AJC, the global Jewish advocacy organization, views with concern any manifestation of bigotry in the current political campaign. Though AJC is nonpartisan and does not endorse or oppose candidates, two recent examples compel us to speak forcefully against expressions of bias in public discourse.

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Press Release: Members of GALEO’s Board of Directors Are Often Tapped for Presidential and Gubernatorial Appointments

Press Release:  Members of GALEO’s Board of Directors Are Often Tapped for Presidential and Gubernatorial Appointments

For Immediate Release
September 4, 2015
Media Contact:  Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO, 404.745.2580,

(Atlanta, GA) Former GALEO Board member, Judge Dax Lopez, is just the latest person to have served on GALEO’s Board of Directors to be tapped for a presidential or a gubernatorial appointment. On July 30, 2015, President Obama nominated Judge Lopez to fill a judicial vacancy on the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

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Online Registration is still open for Citizenship Day: FREE Legal Assistance for Legal Permanent Residents Who Qualify for U.S. Citizenship & Meet Criteria. Call-in date has also been set for appointments. Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015

Online Registration is still open for Citizenship Day: FREE Legal Assistance for Legal Permanent Residents Who Qualify for U.S. Citizenship & Meet Criteria.  Call-in date has also been set for appointments.

Date & Time:

SATURDAY, September 19, 2015
9:00 AM TO 3:00 PM


GALEO, the Latin American Association (LAA), American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), League of Women Voters of Georgia, Coalition for the People’s Agenda, New American Pathways, and ProGeorgia

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The Re-Latinization of New Orleans

By Vanessa Caceres, GALEO Student Intern

With the ten year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, new data has come out on how the Latino community is helping to revitalize New Orleans and the issues they are facing. New Orleans is a city filled with Latin architecture and other evidence of its historic Latin past, but up until recently not many Latinos have lived in New Orleans and its surrounding parishes.

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La Voz Latina Editorial: Proud of your heritage? Then prove it! Register to VOTE!

La Voz Latina (Savannah, GA) Editorial:  Proud of your heritage? Then prove it!  Register to VOTE!

September 1, 2015


By John Newton


How appropriate that the 2015 edition of Hispanic Heritage month comes along at the precise moment when immigrant paranoia and hate speech are peaking among Republican presidential candidates. What better time than now to remind the world of the many ways our country has been blessed by the millions of Latino immigrants who make the U.S. their home.

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Education Reform for Some: Why Proposed Education Reform will Fail our most Vulnerable Students


By: Abril Castro

Since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) in 2001, some education policy experts have denounced our country’s education system for putting too much emphasis on “teaching to the test” and having too much control at the federal level. In July, both the Senate and the House of Representatives passed their own education bill (the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) and the Student Success Act (SSA), respectively) with each giving more power to the states and reducing federal oversight of state initiatives.

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Highway and Road Safety Initiatives

By: Diana Stephanie Lara

There is a long list of reasons why people get injured in accidents involving cars and other motor vehicles. Common reasons include drunk driving, speeding, and bad weather. However, there are factors outside of a driver’s control that can lead to vehicle accidents. In order to reduce injuries due to accidents involving cars or other motor vehicles, laws concerning highway conditions, sidewalks, and license eligibility need to create and maintain an effective and responsive procedure.

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Gwinnett 101 gives residents an up-close look at county government

Gwinnett 101 gives residents an up-close look at county government


Story contact: Nicole Love Hendrickson
Community Outreach Program Director

Have you ever wondered why a fire truck responds to your medical emergency, why the County has a SPLOST program, or how clean water gets to your house? The Gwinnett 101: Citizens Academy can help answer those questions and more.
Gwinnett County Government is accepting applications for the Fall 2015 class of Gwinnett 101: Citizens Academy. It’s a free, 10-week program that seeks to develop and nurture informed and engaged residents, students, and business owners in Gwinnett. Class members will get a first-hand glimpse of how the County works, and build a network with others who live, work, and learn in Gwinnett County.

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The Time is now for Latino Influence in the U.S.

By: Monica Maldonado, GALEO Student Intern

Over recent history, the Latino population has sky-rocketed in the United States. In 1970, Latinos made up about 9.1 million people in the total U.S. population. Today, that amount has increased by six-fold. Latinos are now over 53 million strong in the United States. With Latinos accounting for over half of the United States population growth from 2000 to 2012, it is safe to say that Latinos have arrived with a powerful influence. Furthermore, it is projected that Latinos will be accountable for 60% of the nation’s population growth through 2050. Latinos are indeed the fastest growing minority group [2]. However, mere presence doesn’t equate to power affecting change. Action, organization, and involvement are what make change happen.

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The Modern American Internment Camps

By: Genesis Castro, GALEO Student Intern

The state of Georgia currently houses 4 detention centers that detain immigrants awaiting deportation proceedings: North Georgia Detention Center in Gainesville, Atlanta City Detention Center in Atlanta, Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, and Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, the largest immigrant detention facility in the nation. The American Civil Liberties Union[i] published a report in 2012 detailing atrocities faced by the detainees at these centers that violated International and National Civil Rights laws, including physical abuse, being fed spoiled or expired food, and the use of “segregation” or solitary confinement. When the ACLU interviewed detainees for its report, the most common reason that many detainees ended up in detention centers was because of traffic stops. Others were detained after reporting crimes, including domestic violence, and only 1 out of the 68 detainees that were interviewed was apprehended at the border.   Below is a brief summary of each detention center and list of conditions:

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