A. Parra: Georgia Latino Students Succeed

Georgia Latino Students Succeed

By:  Andres Parra, GALEO Intern

September 1, 2016

Latinos in the U.S. are extremely resilient and hardworking. A large majority of us are immigrants who have succeeded despite the linguistic and cultural struggles we have encountered, with only a fleeting dream and our own two hands. In the past ten years our community has made enormous strides of progress in this country in all areas. In education, our high school dropout rates have greatly decreased and our college enrollment has greatly increased 1. This is perhaps the greatest sign of our community’s progress because of the benefits a formal education can have not only on our own careers but for our communities and for generations to come after. Education is a great path towards social mobility, change, and if you want to study you can do it despite of your income level or legal status.

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A. Parra: Latinos, Orlando and Gun Control

Latinos, Orlando and Gun Control

By:  Andres Parra, GALEO Intern

August 18, 2016

The massacre in Orlando was a direct attack towards the LGBTQ and the United States. The majority of victims that night were Hispanic and because of that our community suffered with Orlando. This sad event is a reminder towards the easy access to guns in this country and how our community is disproportionately affected by those guns. Just in the year 2013, nearly 3.000 Latinos were killed by guns 1. Even though, as Latinos, we are less likely than blacks or whites in this country to own a gun, we are twice as likely to be a victim of a gun than whites 1, 2. It is then essential that as Latinos we become part of this life or death conversation and demand rational gun control in this country.

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A. Parra: Legal Permanent Residents as Peace Officers

Legal Permanent Residents as Peace Officers

By GALEO Student Intern, Andres Parra

*Peace officer: a civil officer appointed to preserve law and order, such as a sheriff or police officer.

When it comes to diversifying our police forces, we have made great progress. According to the Department of Justice the percentage of local police officers who were racial or ethnic minorities nearly doubled between 1987 and 2013 1. In fact, according to a New York Times article, of the largest police departments Atlanta had one of the smallest racial disparities in 2007 between its police department and its community2. All in all, a police force that looks like the community it serves is a good thing. It helps increase trust between the police force and the community. It also allows officers to overcome cultural barriers that may exist between them and residents in their jurisdictions. However, we still have a long way to go and nowhere is the cultural schism so great as between our police forces and immigrant communities. Allowing legal permanent residents to apply for these jobs could help minimize the cultural and linguistic barriers our officers face nationwide.

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GALEO Staffer to Work at FWD.us on Immigration Reform

GALEO Staffer to Work at FWD.us on Immigration Reform

By Program Manager Samuel Aguilar

In 2012, as an undergraduate intern for GALEO, I wrote a thesis on the topic of bipartisan immigration reform and proposed my own policy solution.  Based off the strength of my writing and GALEO’s network, it gained some attention and I presented my proposal at various southeastern public policy and immigration conferences.  Now, after almost two years of working full time at GALEO, I’ll be heading to Florida to work on federal immigration reform with FWD.us – quite literally a dream come true.  It’s a bittersweet moment for me as I prepare to take my career to the next level while leaving behind the organization and state that gave me countless opportunities to prove myself.

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NALEO Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Texas v. United States

NALEO Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Texas v. United States

OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2016
CONTACT:
Paula Valle Castañon, pvalle@naleo.org
(323) 253-6431 (cell)

Amanda Bosquez, abosquez@naleo.org
(361) 548-6989 (cell)

NALEO Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision in
Texas v. United States
Washington, D.C.The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Texas v. United States:

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National Immigration Forum: Supreme Court Rules Leaves Expanded Deferred Action in Limbo

For Immediate Release                    Contact: Cathleen Farrell, 202-403-4190
June 23, 2016

Supreme Court Rules Leaves Expanded Deferred Action in Limbo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced a 4-4 tie in U.S. v. Texas, the case challenging Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

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GALEO, Atlanta LGBT and Allied Organizations Joint Community Response to Shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando

GALEO, Atlanta LGBT and Allied Organizations Joint Community Response to Shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Atlanta LGBT and Allied Organizations Joint Community Response to Shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando

June 13, 2016- Atlanta, GA – We are devastated to learn of the terrorist attack at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. As organizations and leaders in Atlanta, we keep the victims of this tragedy along with their loved ones and their community in our hearts and in our prayers.  This tragedy marks the largest mass shooting to date in US history.  Pulse, a gay dance club, was hosting ‘Latin Night’, which means that the overwhelming number of victims were people of color and members of the LGBT community.  This tragedy is a sobering reminder that although large legal advancements have been made for people in the LGBT community, the hatred and desire to cause harm to our community is alive, well and empowered.  There is much work ahead to wage peace through relationship building, dialogue and acts of solidarity in order to prevent this terrible harm from happening again.  This attack is part of a much larger pattern of violence in our country towards people who are perceived as ‘different.’   The ability of citizens to procure high-powered assault rifles, like the AR 15, increases the magnitude of violence that can be perpetrated by a single person. It is also fueled, in part, by the heated and hateful political rhetoric we continue to hear in public discourse.  We condemn this rhetoric and the violence that follows it and call for a new respectful dialogue in our country that honors the diversity among us and fosters peaceful interactions.   

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NATIONAL LATINO LEADERS DENOUNCE DONALD TRUMP’S ATTACKS ON JUDGE CURIEL

NATIONAL LATINO LEADERS DENOUNCE DONALD TRUMP’S ATTACKS ON JUDGE CURIEL

Groups Demand Apology for Curiel and Latino Community

 

June 8, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, leading national Latino organizations came together in a telephonic press briefing to denounce the racist rhetoric aimed at U.S. District Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel by Donald Trump. On the call were NCLR (National Council of La Raza) President and CEO, Janet Murguía; Hispanic National Bar Association National President Robert T. Maldonado; Voto Latino President and CEO María Teresa Kumar; Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) President and General Counsel Thomas Saenz; National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) Chair Hector Sanchez; and Latino Victory Project Interim Director César Blanco.

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