GALEO Graduated 25 More Community Leaders: Georgia State University Goizueta Scholars Join Over 459 alumni of the GALEO Institute for Leadership

GALEO Graduated 25 More Community Leaders

Georgia State University Goizueta Scholars  Join Over 459 alumni of the  GALEO Institute for Leadership

Press Release

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

 

(Atlanta, GA): April 24, 2015 –  GALEO graduated 25 new leaders from the GALEO Institute for Leadership and the partnership with Georgia State University’s Goizueta Scholars program.  This is the second cohort of Goizueta Scholars which have graduated from the GALEO Institute for Leadership, which had 15 young women and 10 young men.  Goizueta scholars are required to participate in leadership development training during their sophomore year at Georgia State University.  The graduation luncheon was held today, April 24, 2015, at Georgia State University.

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Latinos Gaining Influence in 2016 Presidential Announcements

By: Jessica Kline, Spring 2015 GALEO Intern

While the 2016 presidential election is still over a year and a half away, the country has been buzzing in response to the candidacy announcements from four prominent individuals: Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio.  In addition to releasing their intentions to run, these candidates have also commenced efforts to reach out to the Latino community, a constituency that will be vital throughout this election season. Here’s what caught the attention of the Latino community in each of the four announcements:

 

Hillary Clinton (Democrat) – The former U.S. Secretary of State and frontrunner for the Democratic Party announced her candidacy on April 12th on social media. Her announcement was released in English and Spanish and her website also allows the viewer to choose between the two languages.

Ted Cruz (Republican) – On March 23rd the U.S. Senator of Texas gave his announcement speech at Liberty University. The Cuban-American candidate opened his speech with descriptions of his parents, including his father’s escape from Cuba and what his story has taught him about liberty and the power of Christianity.

Rand Paul (Republican) –The U.S. Senator from Kentucky, who declared his candidacy on April 7th, brought up many policy issues during his announcement speech, but did not mention immigration. Many people are watching closely to see where he stands on the various issues affecting the Latino community, as his opinions have often been unclear in the past.

Marco Rubio (Republican) – The Florida Senator announced his bid to run on April 13th at Freedom Tower, a landmark that is known for being, “the first stop for tens of thousands of fleeing Cuban exiles during the 1960s and 1970s” (4). A Cuban-American himself, he emphasized in his speech his ancestry and hope to provide all Americans with the opportunities that were made available to his parents.

 

While it is very early in the race, initial support from the Latino community is important because many estimate that the GOP will require at least 40 percent of the their vote in order to win the upcoming election. Others are emphasizing the fact that while Latinos have often favored the left in the past, the Democratic Party cannot take their support for granted. All of the candidates are expected to take further steps to reach out for the Latino vote, which presents the opportunity for the community to get informed and involved from the start. With the Latino vote growing stronger every year, now is the time for them to make their voices heard and, more importantly, to see which candidates listen.

 

References:

  1. http://www.latinpost.com/articles/47568/20150414/hillary-clinton-2016-campaign-latino-vote-up-grabs-despite-clintons.htm
  2. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/03/23/ted-cruz-announces-presidential-run/
  3. http://www.latintimes.com/rand-paul-immigration-7-quotes-explain-senators-evolving-position-307985
  4. http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2015/04/13/marco-rubio-announcement-drew-diverse-crowd-young-old-rich-and-poor/
  5. http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/hispanic-vote-wont-come-easy-marco-rubio-or-ted-cruz-n343011

“NOTE:  The opinions express in this blog are the opinions of the author only.  It is not to be assumed that the opinions are those of GALEO or the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund.  For the official position on any issue for GALEO, please contact Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO at jerry@galeo.org.”

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NALEO: White House Task Force on New Americans Releases Recommendations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 14, 2015

CONTACT:
Amanda Bosquez, abosquez@naleo.org
(202) 546-2536, (361) 548-6989 (cell)

Paula Valle Castanon, pvalle@naleo.org
(213) 747-7606 ext. 4414, (323) 253-6431 (cell)
White House Task Force on New Americans Releases Recommendations

Proposed plan strong step towards making naturalization more accessible for
nation’s 8.7 million eligible legal permanent residents

Washington, D.C. – Today, the White House Task Force on New Americans outlined the federal government’s goals to strengthen its integration efforts nationwide and build welcoming communities. The Task Force, which is a formal interagency body created by President Obama in November 2014, is comprised of representatives from sixteen federal departments, agencies, and White House offices.

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GALEO JOINS MORE THAN 150 CIVIL, LABOR, AND IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS GROUPS ON AMICUS BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF DHS IMMIGRATION ACTIONS

GALEO JOINS MORE THAN 150 CIVIL, LABOR, AND IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS GROUPS ON AMICUS BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF DHS IMMIGRATION ACTIONS

Brief Filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Asks Court to Lift Block on Expanded DACA and DAPA

Press Release

Immediate Release

April 6, 2015

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

[ATLANTA, GA] – President Obama’s immigration actions would allow millions of immigrants to apply for relief from deportation and work authorization and would improve the nation’s economy and society, charged civil and immigrants’ rights groups in an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief filed today. This brief was one of several in support of the Obama administration’s immigration actions, which economists predict will raise the GDP by more than $200 billion over the next ten years.

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More Than 70 Cities & Counties Sign Texas vs. United States Appeal Urging Immediate Implementation of President Obama’s Immigration Executive Action

MAYORS DE BLASIO AND GARCETTI ANNOUNCE LEGAL ACTION IN SUPPORT OF IMMIGRATION REFORMS

 

More Than 70 Cities & Counties Sign Texas vs. United States Appeal Urging Immediate Implementation of President Obama’s Immigration Executive Action

April 6, 2015

NEW YORK—New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today that 73 cities and counties had filed a new friend-of-the-court brief in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in the Texas vs. United States lawsuit, urging immediate implementation of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

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Month in Review: National Immigration

By: Jessica Kline, GALEO Student Intern

In recent months the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) funding bill has been the talk of the nation, bringing up a division of opinions in regards to immigration.  On the 3rd of March, the United States House of Representatives passed a bill to fund the Department through September 30th, ending what the Washington Post referred to as a, “tense three-month showdown.” With a diverse span of opinions on the topic and months of discussion, many are still asking how we got here and what this means for the immigrant community.

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1st Place Adult: Leri Argueta: How has César Chávez influenced your life and what impact will his work have on your future?

Posted on March 27, 2015

Adult 1st – Leri Argueta, Rockdale County

 

How has César Chávez influenced your life and what impact will his work have on your future?

On March 31, 1927 a man who made a difference for immigrant farm workers and started a movement of change was born. As I reflect on the life of Cesar Chavez, it is without a doubt that he should be placed in the same category of civil rights activists like Martin Luther King Jr. Chavez led a movement and showed not only Latinos, but all farm workers not to settle for the harsh conditions and low payments. He influenced my life in many ways. Yet, the most important way he has influenced me is by showing me that with enough determination, conviction, patience, commitment, and a desire; one can make a difference in society.

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1st Place High School: Josh Doman: César Chávez: un hombre debemos recordar

Posted on March 27, 2015

César Chávez: un hombre debemos recordar

Por Josh Doman, Westminster High School, Atlanta, GA

 
César Chávez: un hombre de talla excepcional y de gran carácter. Durante su vida, César Chávez logró mucho por los trabajadores agrícolas y mejoró sus vidas sin el uso de violencia. Otros hombres de similar grandeza, como George Washington y Martin Luther King, tienen fiestas nacionales para recordar sus vidas. A pesar de sus logros, no hay una fiesta nacional para Chávez. Sin un día festivo, es posible que generaciones futuras olviden la importancia de su vida. Por estas razones, es importante que nosotros, como país, mostremos nuestro respeto a la vida de César Chávez con una fiesta nacional.

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