Voting Rights Advocates Call On Georgia Election Officials To Protect Voters’ Rights In The Wake Of Postponing The Presidential Primary Election

Voting Rights Advocates Call On Georgia Election Officials To Protect Voters’ Rights In The Wake Of Postponing The Presidential Primary Election

Posted on March 16, 2020 by GoVote Georgia Staff

Monday, March 16, 2020 (Atlanta, GA) – ProGeorgia, a group of community-based, civic engagement organizations, called on Georgia election officials to protect voters’ rights in the wake of Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger’s announcement that the presidential primary election would be moved from March 24th to May 19th.

The groups said: “The Secretary of State’s decision to move the presidential preference primary to May 19th, which was informed by important public health concerns emanating from the spread of COVID-19, has significant ramifications for Georgia voters. Moving an election midstream, when hundreds of thousands of Georgians have already cast ballots during early voting, is not an easy endeavor in the best of circumstances.  In these challenging times, Georgia election officials are going to have to make difficult decisions and change their processes in order to properly implement this unprecedented change. The devil is in the details, and we are concerned that many voters’ rights will be at risk if Georgia election officials fail to address critical issues in implementing such a significant change in the middle of an election period.

“Postponing the election does not diminish the State’s obligation to ensure that voters have adequate accessible and available means to vote.  There are concrete steps that Georgia election officials can take immediately to protect the right to vote in the consolidated May 19th primary election.  We recommend that the State increase the time to request and return vote by mail ballots, work with local election officials to educate voters and poll workers, offer more flexible methods for return and collection of ballots based on the potential for postal service delays and reduced staffing, and extend voter registration opportunities to ensure all eligible voters can participate.

“To ensure a successful and inclusive election, we call on Georgia election officials to employ an open and transparent process that allows all voices to be heard and protects voters’ rights during the May 19th primary.  We are deeply committed to seeing Georgia through a safe and complete primary election process, and welcome the opportunity to work with state and local election officials to ensure that all Georgians have a full and fair chance to exercise their right to vote.”

The following ProGeorgia members have joined ProGeorgia in calling on the Secretary of State to protect voters’ rights: ACLU of Georgia, All Voting is Local – Georgia, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta, Common Cause GA, Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), Georgia Coalition for People’s Agenda, Georgia NAACP, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the League of Women Voters Georgia, Inc, and State Voices.

About ProGeorgia
ProGeorgia is a bold, trusted, and diverse collaborative that champions an equitable and inclusive democracy, for and with traditionally underrepresented communities. ProGeorgia supports and coordinates the civic engagement programs of our diverse partner organizations, and develops the infrastructure, executes the joint strategies, and employs new tools and technology to assure a government that is more responsive to the needs of our constituencies.

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Immigrant Advocates Strongly Oppose Anti-Sanctuary Bill in General Assembly

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

 

*PRESS STATEMENT*

 

March 10, 2020

 

Press Contacts: Jeff Migliozzi, (334) 303-1261, jeff.migliozzi@splcenter.org; Swathi Shanmugasundaram, (404) 759-0488, sshan@advancingjustice-atlanta.org; Priyanka Bhatt, 908-839-6135, Priyanka@projectsouth.org; Sebastian Saavedra, 678-794-2535, Sebastian@glahr.org; Preye Cobham, Esq. 404-668-2241, womenwatchafrika@gmail.com

 

Immigrant Advocates Strongly Oppose Anti-Sanctuary Bill in General Assembly

ATLANTA – Immigrant community organizations strongly oppose HB 1083, which will harm immigrant families and attack on public safety. The bill expands the definition of “sanctuary policies” and strips  local municipalities and local law enforcement from their discretion to adopt individualized policies regarding immigration enforcement. In addition, this bill permits individuals to sue local law enforcement entities or agencies who violate this statute. Therefore, local taxpayers will be forced to foot the bill when their governments uphold the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, by refusing to detain immigrants without appropriate judicial oversight, and expose themselves to civil lawsuits as proposed by HB 1083.

 

“Not only is this bill unconstitutional, it is an attack on public safety and the immigrant community at large. It would make communities less safe and force them to live in fear, questioning their safety with local law enforcement,” said Preye Cobham, Esq., Attorney and Legal Advisor for Women Watch Afrika.

 

Beyond the clear liability and sovereign immunity issues for localities, this bill will harm communities. Law enforcement would be stripped of its discretion, causing confusion and fear from survivors of crimes who will now have to choose between reporting a crime and possibly separating families. “Community members are concerned that this bill will intensify racial profiling and disrupt trust between immigrant communities and local police. This type of fear-mongering exposes immigrants to more risks and vulnerability when they are stopped for minor offenses,” said Lovette Kargbo Thompson, Atlanta Lead Organizer, for the Black Alliance for Just Immigration.

 

The Georgia General Assembly has previously prohibited municipalities from enacting sanctuary policies, and even extended this prohibition to institutions of higher education in 2017. The state of Georgia has zero sanctuary cities within its borders. The cities with policies prohibited by this bill simply require that federal authorities provide judicial warrants to enforce immigration detainers covering their bases and upholding the Fourth Amendment rights of Georgians. These cities’ policies do not impede communication or cooperation with federal authorities, but rather provide the appropriate safeguard to communities. This is why there is no city in violation of current anti-sanctuary state laws. Therefore, HB 1083 is an unfunded mandate, and unnecessarily punitive towards municipalities and local law enforcement agencies that choose to create their own policies to protect themselves and their communities.

 

HB 1083 was quickly pushed through committee and passed by a narrow margin. It is up for discussion in the Rules Committee, which could lead to a vote in the House as early as Crossover Day on Thursday, March 12th. Immigrant rights advocates are actively engaging members of the House to oppose this hateful bill. Our coalition urges the Speaker of the House not to call it for a House vote. We urge concerned Georgians to call and speak out against this hateful bill by calling Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, (404) 656-5020, the Chairman of Rules Committee Rep. Richard Smith, (404) 656-514, and Vice Chairman of Rules Committee Rep. Matt Hatchett, (404) 656-5025.

 

“We are here in solidarity with all immigrants who are threatened by this proposed state policy that will unconstitutionally detain individuals, separate families, and increase suffering within already horrid immigration detention centers in Georgia. Do not let the words fool you, HB 1083 is not about increasing public safety, it is about perpetuating a false narrative vilifying immigrant. We will continue to work within our communities to protect and defend our rights,” said Priyanka Bhatt, Staff Attorney at Project South.

 

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Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta is the first and only legal advocacy nonprofit dedicated to the civil rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in Georgia and the Southeast. Our mission is to protect and promote the civil and human rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in Georgia and the Southeast through policy advocacy, legal services, organizing & civic engagement, and impact litigation.
Visit https://advancingjustice-atlanta.org/ Follow @aaaj_atlanta

Project South is a Southern-based leadership development organization that creates spaces for movement building. We have been working with communities pushed forward by the struggle for over 30 years – to strengthen leadership and to provide popular political and economic education for personal and social transformation.

Visit https://projectsouth.org  Follow @ProjectSouth

 

Women Watch Afrika is a grassroots, nonprofit, international, national, and local social justice organization focused on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women and girls, the promotion of social and economic development and health equity of women, and the acculturation of immigrants and refugees arriving to the United States from 23 African nations. In line with its goal, Women Watch Afrika provides Social Services, Legal Services, Advocacy, Health Education, Legal Education, End Domestic Violence classes, Stop FGM/C workshops, Know Your Rights workshops, Citizenship Preparation, Civic Engagement; and Advocates against unjust, discriminatory laws that affect the community.

Visit https://womenwatchafrika.org/  Twitter: @WomenWatchAfri  Facebook: @WomenWatchAfrika

GALEO‘s mission is to increase civic engagement and leadership of the Latino/Hispanic community across Georgia. GALEO strives for a better Georgia where the Latino community is engaged civically and its contributions and concerns are recognized.

Visit https://galeo.org/      Follow @GALEOorg

 

The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) is a racial justice and migrants’ rights organization that organizes, advocates and raises awareness around issues facing Black immigrants, African Americans and their families. We believe that a thriving multiracial democracy requires racial, social and economic justice for all.

Visit www.BAJI.org  Twitter: @BAJItweet  Facebook: @BlackAllianceforJustImmigration

 

Latino Community Fund (LCF Georgia) supports Latinx-Led organizations and families with advocacy, capacity building and community investments.

Visit www.LCFGeorgia.org    Follow @LCFGeorgia

 

The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) educates, organizes, and empowers Latinos in Georgia to defend and advance their civil and human rights. Established in 2001, GLAHR is a community-based organization that develops statewide grassroots leadership.

Visit http://glahr.org       Follow @GLAHR_

 

The Asian American Advocacy Fund is a social welfare organization dedicated to building a politically-conscious, engaged, and progressive Asian American base in Georgia. Through a combination of political advocacy at local, state, and federal levels, and by supporting candidates that believe in our values, we fight to create a better Georgia for us all. Visit https://asianamericanadvocacyfund.org/  Follow @AsianAAF


CAIR Georgia
 is the Georgia Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR is our nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. CAIR’s mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslim and in extension all Americans.
Visit: https://www.cairgeorgia.com/ Facebook: @CAIRGA Follow on Twitter:  @CAIR_GA

The SPLC Action Fund, is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using lobbying, grassroots organizing, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC Action Fund works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality. Visit  www.splcenter.org Follow @splcenter

 

Georgia Shift is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that gives marginalized young people a seat at the table of democracy through electoral action, hands-on education, and civic media programs. On campuses and communities across the state, we organize young people to build independent political power.

Visit https://georgiashift.com/      Follow @GeorgiaShift

 

Feminist Women’s Health Center has been providing safe and compassionate abortion and sexual health services since 1976, but Feminist Center is more than a clinic. We are a movement. Through community education, grassroots organizing, public affairs and advocacy programs we work to advance reproductive health, rights, and justice.

Visit https://www.feministcenter.org/       Folllow @FWHC

 

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HIRING: GALEO County Field Coordinators

Job Announcement

Job Posting SEVERAL full-time County Field Coordinators 

GALEO:

GALEO is a statewide organization dedicated to building a better Georgia where the Latino community is engaged civically and its contributions and concerns are recognized. GALEO’s mission is to increase civic engagement and leadership development of the Latino/Hispanic community across Georgia. Our core beliefs are: Inclusion, Non-Partisan, Diversity and Responsive.

For more information, please visit https://galeo.org.

Position:

GALEO is working together in a coordinated manner with our allies to ensure increased participation in the upcoming 2020 Census and increased voter engagement in the 2020 elections.

  • Position requires the ability to work long and irregular hours, including evenings and weekends, and is considered a full-time position (40 hours per week minimum).
  • Great growth opportunity with GALEO for recent college graduates.
  • Building and coordinating a volunteer effort focused upon voter and Census engagement; recruiting volunteers and canvassers in assigned county
  • Meeting aggressive recruitment and contact goals for assigned county for both the Census and electoral cycle.
  • Running meetings, training sessions, canvassing of neighborhoods, phone banks and various kinds of rapid response and other field efforts to support GALEO goals.
  • Data entry of field work will be essential and keeping timely and accurate reports will be required frequently.
  • Managing and working with paid part-time canvassers across the state. Primarily in assigned County, and elsewhere as needed.
  • Working with the Executive Director and GALEO staff to ensure that the goals are being met and communicating and overcoming obstacles.

Job duties:

  • Maintain computer files, records and contact lists in a consistent and organized manner.
  • Blogging and posting updates on social media for further engagement.
  • Provide strategic and technical campaign support including field, communications, and administrative to meet the campaign goals and priorities of active civic engagement campaigns.
  • Implement and be held accountable to metrics-driven Field Programs (Voter Registration, Petition Gathering, Census, GOTV, etc.).
  • Post pictures on social media (Instagram/Facebook).
  • Other duties as assigned by the GALEO staff, including Executive Director.

Qualifications:

  • Preferred to some college level education.
  • Must have own reliable transportation.
  • Must be fluent in both English and Spanish. Must be able to translate text and communicate effectively in both languages, written and oral.
  • Some electoral, community or union organizing experience. Passionate about making a significant impact in the 2020 Census and the 2020 Elections
  • Ability to communicate effectively, work well with others, work well under pressure, be detail and goal oriented.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; diplomatic and professional approach to problem solving – ability to think outside the box.
  • Must have social media skills and comfortable in all mediums.
  • Ideal candidates will have excellent time management, project management and organizational skills.
  • Some experience in non-profit sector is preferred.
  • Willingness to work in fast-paced & flexible environment.
  • Willingness to accommodate a flexible schedule; working weekends and evenings will be required.
  • Must be a self-starter and demonstrate teamwork.
  • Must be comfortable working independently.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Willingness to grow with the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund.
  • Knowledge of Latino community issues.
  • Must demonstrate commitment to Latino community and issues.
  • Computer skills are critical. Ability to work with MS Windows and/or Mac Office programs: MSWord, MSExcel, MSOutlook, MSPowerPoint, and various internet applications and social media such as Facebook.com, YouTube.com, Twitter, Instagram and WordPress. Must be comfortable or able to learn to work with website updates and HTML code.

Target areas:

  • Gwinnett County
  • Cobb County
  • DeKalb/Fulton Counties
  • Hall County

How to Apply:

Please send the following in an email:

  1. an email cover letter
  2. an attached resume
  3. list of at least three (3) work related references

to Jeniffer Chow, Program Coordinator for Civic Engagement at jchow@galeo.org.

Resumes and the corresponding requirements listed above will be accepted until position is filled.

This is an entry-level position with the potential for growth. The position is also non-exempt (hourly). Pay would be based upon education and experience.

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MARTA Job Opportunities

MARTA Job Opportunities

Week of: March 5 -11, 2020

Looking to take the next step in your career?

http://www.itsmarta.com/current-job-openings.aspx

If you are an individual with a disability who may require assistant or reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process or have further questions regarding any of the opportunities listed, please contact MARTA’s Recruiting office at 404-848-5544 or 404-848-4062.

 

Organizational Learning Specialist III Reduced Fare Representative Journeyman Elec Power Elect (3) Configuration Management Specialist III

 

Supervisor Bus Transportation Manager of Field Data Collection Data Quality Analyst Architect IV
Journeyman Bus Technician (15) DBE/Small Business Analyst Transit Police Officer Senior Director Litigation & Administration
Journeyman Track Maintainer Serviceperson I (A) Part Time Bus Operator

 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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The YMCA of Metro Atlanta is hiring a Bilingual Facilitator for its Early Learning Readiness (ELR) Program!

The YMCA of Metro Atlanta is hiring a Bilingual Facilitator for its Early Learning Readiness (ELR) Program!

This is a Part-time position (20 hours/week) at Robert Fowler Family YMCA in Peachtree Corners.

To apply go to: https://bit.ly/3aqeIsJ

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PRESS RELEASE: Immigrant Advocates, DREAMers Support Tuition Equity Measures in the Georgia State House of Representatives

*MEDIA ADVISORY FOR*

February 27, 2020

Contact: Jeff Migliozzi, jeff.migliozzi@splcenter.org / (334) 303-1261

Swathi Shanmugasundaram, sshan@advancingjustice-atlanta.org / (404) 585-8446

Brian Nuñez, brian@georgiashift.com / (404) 957-3087

Immigrant Advocates, DREAMers[1] Support Tuition Equity Measures in the Georgia State House of Representatives

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UPDATE: NALEO Educational Fund Releases New Data Identifying Most Effective Messages to Motivate Latino Participation in Census 2020

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
February 10, 2020

CONTACT:
Kevin Perez-Allen, kperezallen@naleo.org
(202) 546-2536, (714) 499-4481

Marcus Silva, msilva@naleo.org
(213) 765-9427, (510) 456-5444

New Data Identify Most Convincing Messages to Motivate
Latino Participation in Census 2020

New research confirms high levels of anxiety within Latino community around 2020 Census and offers effective messaging to mitigate fears 

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PRESS RELEASE: NALEO Educational Fund to Release New Data on Latino Community Perceptions of the 2020 Census

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
February 4, 2020

CONTACT:
Kevin Perez-Allen, kperezallen@naleo.org
(202) 546-2536, (714) 499-4481

Marcus Silva, msilva@naleo.org

(213) 765-9427, (510) 456-5444

***WASHINGTON, D.C. – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2020 AT 12:30 P.M. ET***

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Harvey Soto Leaving GALEO for a New Leadership Role in Florida; Jeniffer Chow Promoted as Program Coordinator for Civic Engagement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 17, 2020  

Contacts:   

Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, jerry@galeo.org, 678.691.1086, for media inquiries.

(Norcross, GA) January 17, 2020 – GALEO wanted to update our community members on changes in staffing and update on our 2020 plans moving forward.

“After over three years of service to our organization and our state, Harvey Soto, Policy Analyst and Program Manager for Civic Engagement, will be leaving GALEO at the end of the month to take on a role leading a coalition of civic engagement groups in Florida.  We are happy that Harvey will be working to ensure our communities continue to have their voices heard and respected during this critical 2020 election cycle,” said Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO.

“In addition, Harvey Soto has greatly contributed to the success of our community’s civic participation with recent record Latinx voter participation in our outreach areas and increased presence of Latinos at the State Capitol.  For those contributions, we are grateful and wish him well as he broadens and expands his experience in our neighboring state of Florida,” concluded Gonzalez.

Harvey Soto added, “working with GALEO has helped me grow as an organizer and community member. I am so happy to have been part of the team that has helped increase Latinx voter participation to historic levels in 2016 and 2018, and I have no doubt the same will happen in 2020. Although I will be leaving for Florida, Georgia is still my home and I will keep up with your successes. I will not be leaving the organizing movement and will be taking my passion for voting rights and good governance to continue to help our most disenfranchised communities.”

In the last few days, GALEO discussed plans for an effective transition period and adjusted our staffing to ensure a smooth process as we continue our efforts for our robust 2020 Census community education and outreach and our voter education and outreach efforts after the Census.  During the latter part of 2019 and in the beginning of 2020, GALEO staff has increased to ensure we have the depth and capacity to move our work forward to ensure a complete count of the Latinx community in Georgia and record breaking Latinx voter participation in the 2020 election cycle. 

Jeniffer Chow will increase her responsibilities and become our Program Coordinator for Civic Engagement and will lead our team of four full-time County Team Field Coordinators and all of our part-time canvassing team.  With the change in role for Jeniffer Chow, we do have two full-time County Field Coordinator positions open for DeKalb and Cobb counties.

“I am eager to embark on the journey Harvey has lead over the years. As I transition into this new role, I am nothing short of excited to take on the new challenges. I have always had a passion for helping the community, and it is an honor to serve on this team,” said Jeniffer Chow.

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GALEO Institute for Leadership, Nationally Recognized Latinx Leadership Program

In Partnership with UGA’s J.W. Fanning Institute, Accepting 2020 Applications: Apply Today

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 3, 2020

Contacts:

Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, jerry@galeo.org, 678.691.1086, for media inquiries.

Jennifer Zenteno, GALEO, jennifer@galeo.org, 770.674.0551, for program inquires.

 

(Norcross, GA) – The GALEO Institute for Leadership has been recognized “as one of the best Latino leadership programs in the nation.” The National Alliance of Latino Leadership Programs has recognized GALEO for helping grow a nation of Latino Leaders in addition to listing the program on their national directory

. Join our program today! GALEO & the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund are accepting online applications for the GALEO Institute for Leadership, Class of 2020.

The deadline to apply is quickly approaching on Monday, January 6, 2020, at midnight.  

As part of the GALEO Institute for Leadership, we have continued our strategic partnership with the University of Georgia’s Fanning Institute to expand and develop our joint efforts for the Community Leadership Program.

University of Georgia Fanning Institute: Founded in 1982, the Fanning Institute is named for Vice President and Professor Emeritus J.W. Fanning, whom many consider to be the father of leadership in Georgia. His leadership and community development legacy is carried on today through the Fanning Institute’s continued vision of building community capacity.

The curriculum being utilized for the GALEO Institute for Leadership will be the University of Georgia’s Fanning Institute 6th Edition CLP (revised 2016). The curriculum provides eight modules designed to assist participants in:

 

  • Becoming more knowledgeable about themselves, leadership practices and their communities;
  • Developing skills needed to assist them in becoming stronger community leaders;
  • Coming together to use their newly acquired knowledge and enhanced leadership skills to address community issues, needs, problems and challenges;
  • Exercising leadership by engaging themselves in activities and undertaking projects to improve their communities.

In 2020 we will continue with our year-round cycle which will utilize the Fanning Institute’s Community Leadership Program modules and we will be coupling them with additional activities to further promote the leadership development of our community leaders. Latinos continue to be a growing segment of Georgia’s community and we have a responsibility to lead, however, participants from ALL backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply.

The seminars are open to all persons, regardless of their racial or ethnic background. Diverse participants are encouraged to apply. The leadership sessions are more beneficial to all when the group represents broad diversity, so EVERYONE is encouraged to apply.  

The GALEO Institute for Leadership sessions will be conducted in English.  Participants will be selected based on their potential for leadership and their eagerness in implementing community betterment projects and initiatives.

Become part of a nationally recognized Leadership program today!

The deadline to apply is Monday, January 6, 2020, at midnight.  The program will begin on Friday, February 14, 2020, with a reception in the evening, and then continue on Saturday, February 15, 2020, for a full day of sessions from 9:00am to 5:00pm.  Afterward, the schedule is set for monthly sessions to allow for statewide participation.  All sessions will be held in the Metro Atlanta area and a link to the set dates may be found here.

For more information and for a link to the online application to apply today, please visit this link: https://galeo.org/gil-application/

This leadership program was made possible in part by the Sapelo Foundation, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, the University of Georgia-Fanning Institute, State Farm Insurance Company, and GALEO.

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