1st Place HS: La Importancia de los Trabajadores Agrícolas Inmigrantes en Georgia

1st place winner

Beth Anderson, The Westminster Schools (Atlanta, GA)
30 de marzo 2018

La Importancia de los Trabajadores Agrícolas Inmigrantes en Georgia

Los trabajadores agrícolas son vitales para el éxito de la economía de Georgia y las granjas a gran escala debido a su arduo trabajo y dedicación a través de reveses, incluyendo salarios bajos, duras condiciones de trabajo y leyes estrictas de inmigración. Históricamente, los trabajadores agrícolas han sufrido la opresión violenta y las injusticias sociales. Las injusticias incluyen poco pago y leyes de inmigración que proponen como amenazas a los trabajadores inmigrantes. En Georgia, los trabajadores agrícolas reciben un pago pequeño de $230 cada semana que es solo uno poco más del pago de desempleo (Sepulvado). También, los trabajadores agrícolas inmigrantes han sido afectados por las leyes de inmigración recientes, obligando a dejar sus puestos de trabajo. A pesar de estos grandes reveses, los trabajadores agrícolas han hecho un impacto mayor en la economía y la industria de alimento en Georgia.

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2nd Place Adult: ¿Por qué los trabajadores de la agricultura son importantes en Georgia?

2nd Place Winner

¿Por qué los trabajadores de la agricultura son importantes en Georgia?

By: Luis F Mercado Rosario (Douglasville, GA)

March 30, 2018

Cada nación está compuesta de individuos expertos en diferentes áreas que unen sus fuerzas y sus conocimientos por el bienestar de la población en general. Todas las diferentes áreas son importantes sin restarle valor a ningún tipo de trabajo. De todos estos trabajadores, es fundamental recalcar el valor, la astucia, el esfuerzo, el esmero, el ímpetu y el servicio de los trabajadores de la agricultura en nuestro Estado de Georgia. A través de la historia, se puede ver plasmada la importancia que la agricultura tiene en las comunidades alrededor del mundo. De la misma manera, la agricultura en nuestro estado, no solamente ha sido de gran influencia y necesidad, sino también ha jugado un rol esencial en la economía de Georgia. Todavía, en nuestro presente la agricultura de Georgia es de suma preponderancia y es de alabar la labor y el ahínco que nuestros trabajadores de la agricultura presentan día tras días en sus faenas.

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2nd Place HS: Farm Workers: The Unsung Heroes of Georgia

Nikita Shetty, Houston County High School (Warner Robins, GA)

March 30, 2018

Cesar Chavez Essay Contest

Farm Workers: The Unsung Heroes of Georgia

Agriculture- the Latin root of this term is “cult”, which simply means to grow. This meager four-letter word somehow manages to capture the essence of Georgia. This is a state that is always thriving, both economically and socially. Farming makes up a vast amount of culture in Georgia, and quite evidently, is the “root” of our society.  

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3rd Place Adult: How has Cesar Chavez influenced your life and what impact will his work have on your future?

Elizabeth Plasencia (Fayetteville, GA)

Cesar Chavez Essay

23 February 2018

 

 

How has Cesar Chavez influenced your life and what impact will his work have on your future?

 

What is the definition of an influencer? An individual who affects your morale? Your creativity? Your MVP? Your decisions to help your community? Your leadership style? Cesar Chavez had an M.V.P. a mission, vision, and passion for doing good to for his community and to this day he is the medium of my work.  Chavez’s love was to help others.  His mission was to change the lifestyle of labor workers in their quest to better pay and working conditions. His vision was to see a transformative change for labor workers through continuous sacrifice in hunger strikes. Chavez’s influence radiates through my willingness to address ethical/ humane measures to advocate for the undocumented community and education.

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3rd Place HS: César Chávez: El Que Cambió El Mundo Para Siempre

César Chávez: El Que Cambió El Mundo Para Siempre

3rd place winner, High School

By: Alykhan Painter, The Westminster School (Atlanta, GA)

March 30, 2018

A César Chávez, un líder de derechos civiles, granja y trabajo, y un organizador de la comunidad Latina, se le debe dar un día de reconocimiento debido a su lucha para aquellos que fueron tratados injustamente. 

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The Lawyers’ Committee and Georgia Civic Engagement Partners Condemn Georgia Senate Bill 363 as a Voter Suppression Tactic Aimed at Minority Voters

The Lawyers’ Committee and Georgia Civic Engagement Partners Condemn Georgia Senate Bill 363 as a Voter Suppression Tactic Aimed at Minority Voters

 

For Immediate Release March 23, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Georgia Coalition for the Peoples’ Agenda, Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, New Georgia Project, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta and Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials issued a letter to the Georgia Speaker of the House, David Ralston and other members of the Georgia General Assembly condemning Georgia Senate Bill 363 as a blatant voter suppression tactic aimed at minority voters ahead of the important upcoming midterm elections. A copy of the letter can be found here.

“Georgia Senate Bill 363 is a blatant attempt to suppress minority voter turnout on the eve of important midterm elections in Georgia,” said Julie Houk, Senior Special Counsel in the Voting Rights Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “Instead of spending the state’s limited resources to ensure that all eligible Georgians, including people of color, have fair and equal access to the ballot box, some members of the Georgia General Assembly are instead focused upon erecting unnecessary barriers to limit access and make voting more difficult – especially for minority voters, said Houk.

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C. Perlera: AJC Atlanta Unity Seder, “A moment of freedom”

Chris Perlera

Speech given at the American Jewish Committee Atlanta Regional Office UNITY SEDER, The Temple, Atlanta, GA.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

I was asked to share a moment of freedom and I thought back to my recent trip to Israel.

Last year I had the pleasure of visiting Israel as part of AJC’s project interchange for Latino Political Leaders. Israel reminded me of a mix of the United State’s and towns sprinkled through my parent’s country of El Salvador. There were many similarities in weather, architecture, and more. In my parent’s country they too lived in constant danger.

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Advancing Justice-Atlanta and immigrant rights organizations to host a rally to stop anti-immigrant legislation in Georgia

 

Advancing Justice-Atlanta and immigrant rights organizations to host a rally to stop anti-immigrant legislation in Georgia

For Immediate Release
Monday, February 26, 2018
Contact:  James Woo, Communications and Outreach Associate
jwoo@advancingjustice-atlanta.org

 

Atlanta, GA – Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta, along with Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies, GALEO, Latin American Association, and Feminist Women’s Health Center is holding a rally on February 26, 2018 at the Central Presbyterian Church (201 Washington St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30303) in front of Georgia State Capitol to remind legislators the harm and devastating impact anti-immigrant bills have on our immigrant communities.

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Georgia Advisory Committee to the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights Announces Public Meeting

February 13, 2018

 

NEWS RELEASE

Media contact: Jeff Hinton, Southern Regional Office, (404) 562-7006

Georgia Advisory Committee to the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights Announces Public Meeting

 

Atlanta, GA –The Georgia Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will convene a public meeting to discuss the status of the Olmstead (Disability) Decision in Georgia. This meeting is intended to examine current challenges of the Olmstead ruling on the disabled communities in Georgia. The meeting free and open to the public, will take place on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, at the Shepherd Center, 2020 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Southern Regional Office 10 days prior to the meeting.

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GALEO Extends the Deadline for the 11th Annual Cesar Chavez Essay Contest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:  Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director, jerry@galeo.org, 678.691.1086.

 

(Atlanta, Georgia) – February 15, 2018 – The GALEO Leadership Council has announced the extended deadline for the 11th Annual Cesar Chavez Essay Contest.   The new deadline is Saturday, February 24th

The intention of the contest is to increase awareness of the continual plight of farm workers and their contributions to America while honoring civil rights legend Cesar Chavez.

Chavez’s leadership was critical to organizing farm workers and founding what is today known as the United Farm Workers union. Chavez remains one of the foremost Latino leaders in American history. His birthday is recognized as a state holiday in California, Colorado and Texas, and GALEO supports the movement to create a national holiday in honor of Chavez.

High school students and adults residing in the state of Georgia are encouraged to participate and submit their essays for entree in one of three categories. Categories include:

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