Georgia Voters Challenged to Vote Early and #PostThePeach

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 8, 2014

Media Contacts:

Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, jerry@galeo.org, 404-745-2580

Elizabeth Poythress, League of Women Voters of Georgia, epoythress@lwvga.org, 404-816-4942

Jessica A. Corbitt-Dominguez, Jessica.corbitt@fultoncountyga.gov, 404-713-5990 (Cell)
Georgia Voters Challenged to Vote Early and #PostThePeach

Coalition of Counties & Civic Engagement Organizations Kick Off Campaign October 10 Urging Georgians to Vote Early

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New Americans – Crystal Muñoz

New Americans

Crystal Muñoz, GALEO Student Intern

Walking up to the building one can already feel the nervousness and excitement in the air. Some people came with families, others alone, all waking up early to experience a once in a lifetime moment. They worked hard, studied all the questions, forward and back, and now all that time and dedication will pay off in huge ways. Becoming a United States citizen comes with great benefits, but it also comes with unforeseen responsibilities, such as civic engagement. One of the biggest responsibilities as a citizen is that of voting. As a citizen of the United States your opinions and ideas matter and it is your right as a citizen to go out on Election Day and make your voice heard.

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DACA Student Spends Fall Semester Abroad

By John Newton, La Voz Latina, Savannah, Ga.

President Obama’s deferred action (DACA) program for undocumented students celebrated its two-year anniversary last month and, owing to its controversial nature, still makes headlines on a regular basis. Republicans in the US Congress have vowed to end the program if they succeed in regaining control of the US Senate in November.

Under DACA guidelines, many young immigrants who were raised in the US and educated in public schools can qualify for a temporary but renewable two-year adjustment to their legal status, obtain a valid work permit, a social security number, and a drivers license (in most states).

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From G.E.D. Graduate to Aerospace Engineer

By John Newton, La Voz Latina, Savannah, Ga.

Carlos Sanchez moved to Statesboro, Georgia from Mexico as a teenager in 2003. Like many immigrants he had big dreams, all of them dependent on getting a good education. That part of his story may sound typical but how Carlos is making those dreams into a reality is not.

Undocumented, Carlos lived with an uncle and enrolled in a local high school for one semester before dropping out. He found steady work picking tobacco leaves in the morning, then waiting tables in a local restaurant in the evening. But Carlos wanted more from life so he moved to Tifton, Georgia and enrolled in the migrant-worker G.E.D. program at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC).

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A Plea for Fairness

By John Newton, La Voz Latina, Savannah, Ga.

The human brain is hard-wired for fairness.

Behavioral scientists have demonstrated conclusively that even very young children react strongly when their elemental sense of fair play is violated.

This is why violent protests have rocked the streets of Ferguson, Missouri.

In a city where nearly 70% of the population is African-American, only three members of the 53-officer police department are black. To be sure, the lawless actions of some Ferguson protestors have tainted their message but, regardless of whether or not the ongoing investigation ultimately justifies the actions of the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teen, a substantial majority of black citizens in the US today feel they are not treated fairly by our country’s criminal justice system.

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