Media Advisory: GALEO Cancels 10th Annual Cesar Chavez Day Celebration at the Capitol on March 31st due to State of Emergency Issued by Governor Deal
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2017
Executive Director, GALEO
(Atlanta, GA) Due to the State of Emergency for Fulton County issued by Governor Nathan Deal, GALEO has cancelled the 10th Annual Cesar Chavez Day at the Georgia Capitol, scheduled for Friday, March 31st.
The purpose of the ceremony was supposed to honor civil rights legend, Cesar Chavez, and to increase awareness of the continual plight of farm workers and their contributions to America. Chavez’s leadership was critical to organizing farm workers and founding what is today known as the United Farm Workers Union. He remains one of the foremost Latino leaders in American history. His birthday, March 31st, is officially recognized as a state holiday in California, Colorado, and Texas. GALEO supports the movement to create this date a national holiday in honor of Mr. Chavez.
We are still honored to congratulate the following winners of this years’ contest (winning essays are linked below):
- Adult: Jacqulin Solis (Tucker, GA).
- ESOL: Karla Medrano Contreras, Chestatee High School (Gainesville, GA).
- High School: Laura Alcantar Anguiano (Gainesville, GA).
In second place, we have the following winners:
Adult: Sandy Chavarria (Doraville, GA).
ESOL: Isabel Rosillo, Chestatee High School (Gainesville, GA).
High School: Melissa Medrano, Chestatee High School (Gainesville, GA).
In third place, we have the following winners:
Adult: Megan King (Warner Robins, GA).
ESOL: Christian Rodriguez Hernandez, Chestatee High School (Gainesville, GA).
High School: Andrew Christian Oglesby (Stone Mountain, GA).
Thank you to the GALEO Leadership Council Cesar Chavez Committee co-lead by Leri Argueta and Rigo Rivera, as well as the full Cesar Chavez Committee for all of their support. Judges for the essay contest included the following: Claudia Trillo, ESOL Teacher at BB Harris; Susan Jordan, ESOL Teacher at BB Harris; Juceliz Batista, College Coach at Beyond 12; Marie Cruzado, Teen Center Director at LaAmistad, Inc; Rosy Gomez, Academic Degree Program Coordinator at Emory University.
We also thank our prize sponsors for helping us reward our winners for this event. Georgia Power Company has donated prizes for all of the essay contest winners. Adult winners will be presented Best Buy gift certificates while high school students would be presented with Amazon gift certificates (1st-$150; 2nd-$30; 3rd-$20).
GALEO will work to honor the students in another way and will be in contact with the students, teachers and parents to make other arrangements soon.
GALEO’s mission is to increase civic engagement and leadership development of the Latino/Hispanic community across Georgia.
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