Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO’s Executive Director, named as one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians” in 2020

Press Statement

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:  Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO, jerry@galeo.org, 6678.691.1086

(Norcross, Georgia) – January 2, 2020  – For a eighth time, Georgia Trend Magazine has named Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO, as one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2020.

“On behalf of GALEO’s Board of Directors, we congratulate Jerry for being recognized as one of Georgia’s 100 Most Influential Georgians.  We are excited and proud to have Jerry’s contributions to this State once again recognized by Georgia Trend Magazine.  GALEO’s work to activate and engage the Latino electorate has increased the Latino community’s influence in Georgia.  We have no doubt that under Jerry’s leadership, GALEO will continue to expand its impact on our community,”  said Jason Esteves, Chair of GALEO and Chair of the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education. 

For a first, the list also added several other Latinx leaders, making 2020 the most Latinos on the list on record:  Ozzie Areu, Founder & CEO, Areu Bros. Studios; Santiago Marquez, President & CEO, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; and Ivan Shammas,General Manager & General Sales Manager, Telemundo Atlanta.

From Georgia Trend Magazine, January 2020:

“There are no secrets to success,” said former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. “It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.”

His description could apply to the individuals included in Georgia Trend’s 22nd annual listing of the 100 Most Influential Georgians. It’s a remarkable assemblage of people who prepare, work hard and have contributed to making life better for Georgians.

In this year’s list, you’ll find CEOs, politicians, college presidents and economic development leaders, among others, who have challenged, inspired and spearheaded efforts to bring about positive change in virtually every corner of the Peach State. Some are very public figures, while others work quietly behind the scenes. Many have helmed private businesses and helped shape industries, while some are leaders of government, healthcare and nonprofit organizations. All are tireless and passionate in pursuit of their vision for a better Georgia.

“100 Most Influential Georgians” list include:

  • David Abney, Chair & CEO of UPS
  • Stacey Abrams, Founder & Chair, Fair Fight
  • Ozzie Areu, Founder & CEO, Areu Bros. Studios
  • Ed Bastian, CEO, Delta Air Lines
  • Mark Becker, President, Georgia State University
  • Gary Black, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Agriculture
  • Paul Bowers, Chair, President & CEO, Georgia Power
  • Karen Bremer, CEO, Georgia Restaurant Association
  • Chris Carr, Attorney General of Georgia
  • Ben Chestnut, Co-founder & CEO, MailChimp
  • Chris Clark, President & CEO, Georgia Chamber of Commerce
  • Geoff Duncan, Lt. Governor of Georgia
  • Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director, GALEO
  • Steve Gooch, Majority Whip, Georgia Senate
  • Jan Jones, Speaker Pro-Tempore, Georgia House of Representatives
  • Brian Kemp, Governor of Georgia
  • Milton Little, President & CEO, United way of Greater Atlanta
  • Santiago Marquez, President & CEO, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Nick Masino, President & CEO, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
  • Sharon Mason, President & CEO, Cobb Chamber of Commerce
  • Penelope McPhee, President & Director, Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation; Vice-President, Atlanta Falcons
  • Craig Menear, Chair, CEO & President, The Home Depot
  • Butch Miller, President Pro-Tem, Georgia Senate
  • Jere Morehead, President, University of Georgia
  • Charlotte Nash, Chair, Gwinnett County Commission
  • Jeffrey Parker, CEO & General Manager, MARTA
  • David Perdue, U.S. Senator
  • Tyler Perry, Actor, Director, Producer, Writer, CEO, Tyler Perry Studios
  • James Quincy, President & CEO, The Coca-Cola Company
  • David Ralston, Speaker, Georgia House of Representatives
  • David Shafer, State Chair, Georgia Republican Party
  • Ivan Shammas,General Manager & General Sales Manager, Telemundo Atlanta
  • Michael Thurmond, CEO, DeKalb County
  • Nikema Williams, State Senator & Chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia

Read more online:

https://www.georgiatrend.com/2019/12/31/100-most-influential-georgians-visionary-forces/

Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO & the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund biography is online here:

https://galeo.org/jerry-gonzalez-galeo-executive-director/
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2019 GALEO Year in Review

2019 GALEO Year in Review

 

January

January 5

  • GALEO Leadership Council Día de Los Reyes Potluck special

January 7

January 8

January 9

  • Harvey Soto, Program Coordinator attended ACLU Pre-Legislative session preparing for the 2019 Legislative session.

January 16

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez attended the Georgia Chamber of Commerce:  Eggs & Issues Breakfast session with statewide elected officials at the Georgia World Congress Center.
  • ProGeorgia Meeting.

January 17

  • Meeting with Alan Cross, National Immigration Forum’s Evangelical Table Director.

January 19

  • Free Citizenship Clinic with GALEO and Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS)

January 22

  • GALEO attended the Georgia Trend Magazine’s 2019 Georgian of the Year & 100 Most Influential Georgians to celebrate the inclusion of Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO.
  • GALEO held Holiday Southwest Airline Ticket Raffle

January 23

  • GALEO celebrated Executive Director, Jerry Gonzalez, at Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians Luncheon
  • GALEO Institute for Leadership Deadline to Apply for Class of 2019
  • GALEO Board Meeting

January 24

  • Program Coordinator, Pedro Viloria, joined New American Pathways (NAC) for a Naturalization Ceremony Voter Registration Training Session

January 26

  • GALEO begins field outreach for Gwinnett County MARTA referendum.

January 28

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez attended a reception with Georgia Power at the High Museum to tour the “Infinity Mirrors” exhibit.

January 29

  • Program Coordinator, Jennifer Zenteno invited to speak to Organization of Latin American Students at Georgia Gwinnett College

January 30th

  • New Americans Campaign Monthly Naturalization Meeting
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez & Harvey Soto met with Mr. Grandy, U.S. Census Bureau’s Regional Director, regarding the 2020 Census and plans to conduct Latinx community outreach.
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez participated in the ProGeorgia Board Meeting.

February

February 1

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez participated in the Atlanta Beltline Partnership Empower Committee Meeting.

February 2

  • GALEO held first round of interviews for its upcoming GALEO Institute for Leadership 2019 Cohort
  • Georgia Latino Vote team held community canvassing efforts in favor of the Gwinnett MARTA referendum

February 4

  • GALEO welcomed its 2019 Spring Interns, Jennifer Lopez and Jazmin Mejia

February 6

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez participated in the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Board of Directors Meeting

February 7

  • GALEO Board meeting.

February 8

  • GALEO Institute for Leadership at Georgia State University (GSU-GALEO Institute for Leadership) visits the Georgia State Capitol

February 9

  • GALEO held second round of interviews for its upcoming GALEO Institute for Leadership 2019 Cohort
  • Free Citizenship Clinic hosted my NAC
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February 11

  • GALEO staff attended the Latin American Association’s State of Latinos conference
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez participated on a panel discussion on electorate & 2020 Census at the Latin American Association’s, “The State of Latinos in Georgia” conference.  Panelists included:  Dr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez, Associate Professor of Spanish, Director of Graduate Studies, Georgia Institute of Technology (moderator);  Taifa Smith Butler, Executive Director, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute; Dr. Alan Abramowitz, Alben W. Barkley Professor of Political Science, Emory University; Kevin Riley, Editor-in-Chief, Atlanta Journal Constitution.

February 12

  • GALEO Leadership Council held its first meeting of the year at the Latin American Association.

February 13

  • Program Coordinator, Pedro Viloria, joined New American Pathways to help register new citizens at a Naturalization Ceremony

February 14-15

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez attended a trustee meeting of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation in Greensboro, NC.

February 15

  • GALEO Institute for Leadership Class of 2019 Opening Reception

February 16

  • 1st monthly Statetwide GALEO Institute for Leadership session on Understanding Leadership + Community Leaders Panel

February 22

  • Program Coordinator, Pedro Viloria, met with Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta staff to discuss internship management and communications strategies
  • GALEO and New American Pathways meet to plan for Free May Citizenship Clinic
  • New Americans Campaign Monthly Naturalization Meeting

February 26

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez was interviewed by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution regarding the MARTA referendum vote in Gwinnett County.

February 27

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez was interviewed by the New York Times regarding the voter suppression of Latinx voters with the exact-match process and litigation.

February 28

  • GALEO staff met with Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez was interviewed by Univision 34 Atlanta regarding the MARTA referendum vote in Gwinnett County.
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  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez & Harvey Soto met with Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr.

March

March 1

  • GALEO Institute for Leadership at Georgia State University monthly session on Building Communities Through Partnerships & Collaborations
  • GALEO staff met with community members in Hall County regarding expanding Spanish language access for voting.

March 4

  • GALEO Policy Analyst, Harvey Soto, and volunteer met with Georgia Senator John Albers
  • GALEO attended community meeting regarding the MARTA referendum
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez chaired a meeting of the U.S. Committee for Civil Rights Georgia State Advisory Committee Phone meeting with Susan Walker-Goico, Atlanta Legal Aid.

March 5

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez attended the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast at the State Capitol.

March 5-7

  • GALEO Program Coordinator, Jennifer Zenteno visits our Nation’s Capital to advocate for a permanent solution to DACA, TPS, and DED, with Georgia Delegation of DACA and TPS holders.

March 6

  • GALEO staff attended the Atlanta Hawks vs San Antonio Spurs game at State Farm Arena for their Latin Night Celebration.

March 7

  • GALEO hosted a cross racial meeting in Hall county regarding the upcoming 2020 Census in Gainesville

March 9

  • Statewide GALEO Institute for Leadership monthly session on Effective Communication and Public Speaking

March 12

  • GALEO Leadership Council meeting.

March 13

  • Program Coordinator, Pedro Viloria, visits Lithia Springs High School to discuss civic engagement with students as part of their 1st Annual Life Application Day!
  • GALEO was invited to partner with Mujeres at the Capitol day. Day of advocacy with Latina/x leaders in GA and state elected officials.
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez participated on a panel discussion on Language Access & Voting at the Asians Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta National Conference.

March 14

  • Georgia Latino Vote team hosted a text bank to encourage Latinx voters to turnout for the MARTA referendum

March 16

  • GALEO held its first Leadership Series at Columbus State University

March 19

  • Gwinnett MARTA referendum day. Georgia Latino Vote team was able to contact 1,150 voters at their doors.

March 20

  • GALEO Policy Analyst, Harvey Soto, sits on a voting rights panel at Spellman University
  • Georgia Chamber of Commerce Diversity & Inclusion Council meeting.
  • ProGeorgia Meeting.

March 25-26

  • GALEO staff participated in the U.S. Census Bureau’s “Census 2020 Regional Community Latino Leaders Summit” in Savannah, Georgia.

March 27

  • New Americans Campaign Monthly Naturalization Meeting
  • GALEO Program Coordinator, Jennifer Zenteno, speaks at the 6th Annual Children’s Literary Festival: FIESTA DE LIBROS

March 28

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez participated in a conversation with a class of students at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky and attended the Gladys Washington’s Berea College Service Award convocation.

March 29

  • GALEO celebrated its 12th Annual Cesar Chavez Day at the State Capitol
  • GALEO Institute for Leadership at Georgia State University Group Project Presentations

April

April 1

April 5

  • GALEO visited Emory University to lecture students and staff about civic engagement and leadership development of the Latinx community
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April 8

  • GALEO Meeting with the Georgia School Board Association to discuss 2020 Census and outreach to Latino students.

April 9

  • GALEO Leadership Council meeting.

April 10

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez attended a ProGeorgia Board meeting.

April 11

  • GALEO joined the Latin American Association for its 30th Annual Compañeros Awards Luncheon
  • GALEO & the Newtown Florist Club co-hosted the second multi-racial coalition meeting focusing upon the 2020 Census and redistricting.

April 12

  • Georgia Latino Vote team registers students to vote at Discovery High School
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez participated in the Atlanta Beltline Partnership Empower Committee meeting.

April 18

  • GALEO attended Fulton County’s 2020 Census Planning Kick-Off Session

April 24

  • GALEO attended Latino Community Fund’s unveiling of its Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Study
  • New Americans Campaign Monthly Naturalization Meeting
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April 26

  • GALEO co-hosted its first Conversation on Afro-Latinidad with Latino Community Fund and Vecinos de Buford Highway
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April 30

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez attended the Latin American Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast meeting to learn about the 2018 Georgia Latino Entrepreneurship Study Results presentation by the Latino Community Fund of Georgia.

May

May 1

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez was interviewed by 11Alive News regarding the continuation of the 287(g) partnership between ICE and Gwinnett County.
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez chaired a meeting to review a report of the U.S. Commission for Civil Rights Georgia State Advisory Committee.

May 4

  • Statewide GALEO Institute for Leadership monthly session on Group Problem Solving & Decision Making Managing Conflict
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez provided a keynote address to the University of Georgia’s “Affirming Latinx Achievements & Success” Graduating Seniors Program.

May 5

  • Georgia Latino Vote team attended Radio La Raza Cinco de Mayo festival in Gwinnett County

May 6

  • Meeting at OCMULGEE BREWPUB in Macon, GA to strategize with Macon leaders on upcoming Macon Free Citizenship Clinic outreach

May 7

  • GALEO staff met with Nabilah for Congress Candidate/Campaign to discuss information about the Latino electorate and Latino issues.

May 8

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez participated on a panel discussion on “Immigration, Justice & Politics” at the 5th Annual Zoukis Summer Institute with panelists: Monica Khant, GAIN; and, Rep. Brenda Lopez (HD99).

May 9

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez was interviewed by the LATimes.com.

May 11

  • GALEO and New American Pathways hosted Free Citizenship Clinic at Georgia Gwinnett College

May 13

  • GALEO co-hosted its first 2020 Census Georgia Latino Complete Count Committee Convening with Latino Community Fund
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May 14

  • GALEO Board meeting.

May 15

  • ProGeorgia meeting.

May 17

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez was interviewed with Rafael Navarro’s Facebook live show regarding Judge Dax Lopez and his efforts to become a federal judge.
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez participated in a ProGeorgia Board meeting.
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez was interviewed by Univision 34 Atlanta regarding the Trump Administration’s immigration proposal.

May 21

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez was interviewed by the University of Georgia Oral History Project “Two Party Georgia,” Katie Schank, Ph.D.
  • GALEO participated in the City of Atlanta’s Complete Count Committee at the State Capitol.

May 22

  • New Americans Campaign Monthly Naturalization Meeting
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez & Harvey Soto met with Patrick Eskridge, Gwinnett County Elections Coordinator on future collaboration.
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez attended and supported the Asians Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta SouthEATS Fundraiser.

May 23

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez was interviewed by the LATimes.com.
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez met with Anais Lopez & Homero Leon regarding Georgia Legal Service Project’s Latino Students in School.
  • GALEO met with Rebecca DeHart, Fair Count.
  • GALEO met in Gainesville regarding Spanish language access for Hall County elections.

May 29

  • GALEO had a meeting with community partners regarding Gwinnett County 287(g).

May 30

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez chaired a meeting of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Georgia State Advisory Committee for final review of the disability report.
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez met with Efran Velasquez, University of North Georgia
  • GALEO met with the Georgia Gwinnett College OLAS student group new leadership team.

May 31

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez interviewed by Vox.

June

June 2

  • GALEO policy analyst, Harvey Soto, attended and spoke at the City of Atlanta’s Census Block Party

June 3

  • Program Coordinator, Pedro Viloria, met with 2020 Census Georgia Latino Complete Count Young Leaders Subcommittee

June 4

  • GALEO welcomed 2019 Summer Interns, Francesca Burke, Stephania Ortez, Shayla Rodriguez and Stephanie Gomez.
  • GALEO launched the Immigrant Heritage Month community highlight campaign with Vecinos de Buford Highway
  • Meeting with community partners regarding collaboration on 2020 Census.
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez participated in a briefing of the Latino Leaders Network.

June 7

  • GALEO held its 16th Annual Power Breakfast at the Hilton Atlanta
https://youtu.be/wpp2ydSO0DI

June 8

  • Statewide GALEO Institute for Leadership monthly session on Building Communities Through Partnerships & Collaboration, Financial Literacy, and Running for Public Office

June 9

  • Gerogia Latino Vote team attended Sanse Puerto Rican Festival to register the Puerto Rican to Vote.

June 11

  • GALEO Leadership Council Monthly Meeting
  • GALEO participated in the inaugural Hall County Complete Count Committee.

June 12

  • Meeting with Georgia State University’s LASSO office to discuss renewal of partnership through the Institute for Leadership 2019-2020
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez participated in a ProGeorgia Board meeting.
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez provided a briefing to Indivisible Lumpkin on GALEO and our work.

June 14

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez & Deborah Gonzalez met with representatives of the Richard B. Russell Library on the Archive Project of GALEO.

June 15

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez attended the Georgia Equality, “Evening for Equality” in Atlanta.

June 17

  • GALEO attended the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Diversity & Inclusion Council meeting at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta.
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June 18

  • GALEO met with Jorge Granados, Candidate for office, regarding our work and Latinx issues  in Gwinnett County.

June 19

  • GALEO participated in several conversations with community partners regarding Latinx outreach for a complete count in the 2020 Census.

June 24

  • New Americans Campaign Monthly Naturalization Meeting

June 25

  • GALEO Program Coordinator, Jennifer Zenteno, joined Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta in farewell celebration for Attorney, Van Huynh.

June 26

  • GALEO Program Coordinator, Jennifer Zenteno and Summer Intern, Francesca Burke meet to discuss GALEO Institute for Leadership Testimonial videos and 3rd Annual Latino Leaders Summit comms strategy on outreach
  • ProGeorgia meeting.

June 27-29

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez attended and participated in a trustee meeting of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation in Raleigh//Durham, NC.

July

July 10

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez was interviewed by Univision 34 Atlanta regarding polling data analysis of the Latino electorate.

 July 11

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez chaired a U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Georgia State Advisory Committee meeting to provide for the final review of the disability rights report.

July 12

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez attended the Lights for Liberty event at Plaza Fiesta to denounce the separation of children policy by the Trump Administration.

July 13

  • Statewide GALEO Institute for Leadership monthly session on Local Government and presentation from the Georgia Legal Services Program.

July 15

  • GALEO co-hosted second 2020 Census Georgia Latino Complete Count Committee Convening with the Latino Community Fund at Latin American Association in Atlanta.
  • 3rd Annual Latino Leaders Summit (3rd LLS) planning meeting with Program Coordinator, Jennifer Zenteno

July 16

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez was interviewed by La Vision de Georgia.

July 20

  • GALEO Leadership Council hosted Lobby Training Day “Advocacy and Pupusas” at the Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta office
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July 23

  • New Americans Campaign Monthly Naturalization Meeting
  • 3rd LLS Committees Check-In Call

July 24

  • ProGeorgia meeting.

July 25

  • Georgia Latino Vote canvassers were present in many businesses conducting voter registration drives with census education materials.
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez had a meeting with community partners regarding collaboration with the 2020 Census.

July 26

  • GALEO joined the Latin American Association in Lawrenceville for their ‘Back to School’ Fair to talk to parents about their rights and the 2020 Census
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July 27

  • GALEO attended a ProGeorgia gala to honor Krista Brewer.

July 29

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez met with community partners on 2020 Census outreach efforts.

July 28

  • GALEO Institute for Leadership Alumni Testimonial Video Shoot Part 1: Shirley Smith, Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation and Gabriela Picazo-Batista, Georgia State University Law Student

July 30

  • GALEO, FWD.US, and Latino Community Fund Digital Accelerator Planning Meeting

July 31

  • GALEO attended the monthly breakfast of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia to hear a presentation and update on immigration by Charles Kuck, Kuck Immigration Partners.

August

August 2

  • GALEO publishes Public Service Announcement regarding the 2020 Census Test Forms
  • GALEO participated in a conversation regarding equity with the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

August 3

  • GALEO attended Rise for Refuge City Hall meeting at the Clarkston Community Center
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez attended the celebration of Gladys Washington, Deputy Director of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, in honor of her pending retirement after many years of service to the South in Charleston, SC.

August 5

  • Program Coordinator, Pedro Viloria, met with 2020 Census Georgia Latino Complete Count Young Leaders Subcommittee
  • GALEO Staff celebrated GALEO Program Coordinator, Pedro Viloria’s work-anniversary

August 6

  • GALEO joined in celebrating FWD.us’s 2-Year Anniversary Luncheon

August 7

  • GALEO met with the Dalton State College LASO Officers in Dalton, Georgia, to plan plans for 2019 and 2020.

August 7-10

  • GALEO Program Coordinator, Jennifer Zenteno attended New Americans Campaign Conference in Orange County, CA

August 9

  • GALEO attended a press conference, hosted by the Anti-Defamation League, at the State Capitol supporting anti-hate crimes legislation passage in Georgia.

August 10

  • Statewide GALEO Institute for Leadership monthly session on Networking, Group Development, Lobbying Latinos, Strategy Mapping

August 12

  • GALEO Program Coordinator, Jennifer Zenteno visits new Georgia Gwinnett College Coordinator, Nury Castillo to discuss future partnerships
  • GALEO attended a breakfast hosted at the Latin American Association with the American Jewish Committee Atlanta Chapter with Dina Siegal Vann to discuss Latino and Jewish relationship building.
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, was interviewed by the Atlanta Journal Constitution regarding the fear of immigration raids and poultry plant disruption in Gainesville, GA.
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, was interviewed by the Marietta Daily Journal, regarding the proposal to implement the E-verify/IMAGE program in the City of Marietta.  The measure was finally not supported and GALEO spoke out against it.
  • GALEO Board Meeting.

August 13

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, was on the podcast, Conflict Rising Radio Show, regarding immigration, anti-immigrant rhetoric leading to terrorist attack in El Paso against Mexican immigrants, and the impact on community.  (https://jmacconsulting.com/conflict-rising/)

August 14

  • GALEO staff attended the Gwinnett Complete Count Committee meeting in Lawrenceville.

August 15

  • GALEO attended the Southeast Region ‘Get Out the Count’ Summit

August 15-16

  • GALEO participated in a convening by the Leadership Conference of Civil Rights regional conference on the 2020 Census.

August 16

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, was interviewed by the WABE radio regarding the fear of immigration raids and poultry plant disruption caused by panic in Gainesville, GA.

August 20

  • Program Coordinator, Pedro Viloria, attended ReFrame Communications training in San Francisco, CA
  • GALEO attended a planning meeting with the City of Atlanta for the Atlanta Counts 2020 Census efforts.

August 21

  • New Americans Campaign Monthly Naturalization Meeting
  • GALEO welcomed its new Program Coordinator for Community Engagement and Development, Polo Vargas.

August 22-23

  • GALEO staff attended Management Training sessions hosted by ProGeorgia.

August 24-26th

  • GALEO staff attended Staff Retreat at Amicalola Falls.

August 25

  • GALEO Georgia Latino Vote team attended Festival Peachtree Latino. One of the city’s largest Latino Festivals.

August 28

  • Program Coordinator, Pedro Viloria, visits Sequoyah Middle School to share talk to parents about their rights and the 2020 Census
  • Program Coordinator, Jennifer Zenteno attended Latino Community Fund’s Georgia Fundraising & Grantwriting Workshop
  • Program Coordinator, Jennifer Zenteno hosted call with Quincy Jenkins of Dalton State University on partnership to bring Dalton State students down to Gwinnett for the 3rd Annual LLS
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez attended the ProGeorgia Board meeting.

August 29

  • GALEO welcomed 2019 Fall interns Nancy Ramirez and Karen Padilla.
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, attended the swearing-in by Governor Kemp of Norma Nuñez, GALEO member, to serve on the Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy. 
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August 30th

  • GALEO tabled at the Georgia Hispanic Construction Association Expo at the Latin American Association

September

September 3

  • GALEO staff met with 2020 Census Georgia Latino Complete Count Young Leaders Subcommittee
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, was interviewed for the Southeast Council of Foundations 50th Anniversary video.
  • GALEO met with Marvin Lim regarding his candidacy for a State House District in Gwinnett County and to discuss Latino issues and the Latino voters in his district.  GALEO meets with elected officials and candidates to discuss issues and the Latino electorate.
  • Georgia Latino Complete Count Committee Young Leaders Meeting

September 4

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September 6

  • Georgia State University 1st Institute for Leadership 2019-2020 Cohort meeting on Understanding Leadership
  • Savannah Digital Accelerator co-hosted meeting call with Latino Community Fund and FWD.us
  • GALEO and Asian Americans Advancing Justice co-hosted Citizenship Day Clinic for New Americans Campaign in Gwinnett

September 8

  • GALEO Georgia Latino Vote Team attended Radio La Raza’s Fiesta Mexicana.

September 9

  • Marketing and Outreach Committee for the 3rd LLS meet to submit final marketing pieces to wrap up outreach efforts
  • GALEO met with Gwinnett County Commissioner Marlene Fosque regarding GALEO issues of concern and about working together to solve those issues in the future.

September 10

  • GALEO Leadership Council Monthly Meeting
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, met with Shana Tabak, Tahiri Justice Center, Atlanta to discuss collaboration.

September 11

  • Program Coordinator, Jennifer Zenteno hosted final staff meeting to discuss day of action in anticipation for the 3rd LLS
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, was interviewed by Univision 34 Atlanta to educate and inform community members about the upcoming 2020 Census.

September 12

  • GALEO staff joined the 59th Latino Leaders Luncheon with the Latino Leaders Network
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September 13

  • Program Coordinator, Pedro Viloria, participated in the ‘Brown Bag Lunch’ conversation with YAAJ Mexico’s Ivan Tagle to discuss LGBTQ+ rights in the state
  • GALEO attended the Latino Leaders Luncheon Series in Atlanta, GA.

September 14th

  • GALEO staff and 2019 GALEO Institute for Leadership Cohort staff participated in door-to-door canvassing in Gainesville for Municipal Elections and Census outreach
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, attended a reception hosted by the Mexican Consulate at Georgia Power to commemorate the Independence Day of Mexico.

September 15th

  • GALEO canvassed at Plaza las Americas for Mexican and Central American Independence day.

September 16

  • GALEO launched its Hispanic Heritage Month GALEO Institute for Leadership Alumni highlight campaign

September 17th

  • GALEO co-hosted third 2020 Census Georgia Latino Complete Count Committee Convening with the Latino Community Fund

September 19

  • New Americans Campaign Monthly Naturalization Meeting
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez & Harvey Soto, GALEO, attended the monthly breakfast meeting of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia as they hosted Georgia Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan.
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez & Harvey Soto, GALEO, attended a planning meeting with the Richard B. Russell Library staff on the developing partnership.

September 20

  • GALEO facilitated a GALEO Institute for Leadership session at GSU for Goizueta Scholars on Public Speaking and Group Decision Making

September 21st

  • GALEO canvassing team attended the Tri-city Latino Festival in Columbus, GA
  • GALEO hosted its 3rd annual Latino Leadership Summit at the Hilton Northeast.
https://youtu.be/PdMj-ZyU3HU

September 24th

  • GALEO organized canvassers throughout the state to exercise National Voter Registration Day.
  • GALEO Leadership Council Monthly Meeting

September 25

  • GALEO canvassing team registered students to vote at Discovery High School in Lawrenceville, GA
  • GALEO met with Georgia Department of Driver Services Commissioner regarding Latino issues.

September 28

  • GALEO joined Asian Americans Advancing Justice at their 9th Annual Community Champions GALA in recognition of Asian American leaders in Georgia
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, attended a meeting hosted by the American Jewish Committee of Atlanta on developing a Latino Jewish Coalition.
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, attended the funeral service of Brian Fleming in Lawrenceville, GA.
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, was honored as an Atlanta civic leader by La Amistad at their Black Tie Gala in Atlanta, GA.

September 29

  • Georgia Latino Vote team was in Forrest Park to attend HispaniFest 2019 and speak to the community regarding Voter Registration and Census 2020.

September 30

  • GALEO co-hosted a rapid-response planning meeting for possible future immigration raids in Georgia.

October

October 1

  • GALEO staff met with 2020 Census Georgia Latino Complete Count Young Leaders Subcommittee
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, participated on a show focused on Hispanic Heritage  on the Georgia Public Broadcasting show, On Second Thought.  Other panelists included Mario Guevarra, Mundo Hispanico; Gigi Pedraza, Latino Community Fund-Georgia; Nury Castillo Crawford, GALAS; and State Representative Brenda Lopez Romero.

October 2

  • Program Coordinator, Pedro Viloria, joined Caminar Latino for a 2020 Census Messaging Focus Group
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, attended Latino Leaders luncheon with the CEO of Georgia Power at Georgia Power in Atlanta, GA.

October 4

  • GALEO hosted its 4th annual Hispanic Heritage Month Luncheon at the Atlanta Marriott Northeast.
  • Administrative & Support Staff Elton Garcia tabled at the Berkmar Middle School Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
https://youtu.be/hFWVUpJQXq8

October 5

  • GALEO and International Rescue Committee Atlanta hosted Free Citizenship Clinic in Doraville

October 7

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, attended the Reception Honoring Louise Hill’s Retirement, faculty member of the University of Georgia’s Fanning Institute for Leadership and initial partner for the start of the GALEO Institute for Leadership.

October 8

  • GALEO Leadership council was held at the office
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, presented a lunch and learn to employees of the Latinx & GLBTQ employee resource groups at Voya.  Topics of discussion centered around immigration, the growth of the Latinx electorate and on the 2020 Census.
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, was interviewed by Telemundo Atlanta regarding the potential impact of Puerto Ricans in the 2020 Elections in Georgia.

October 9

  • GALEO policy analyst, Harvey Soto, was a panelist with other partner organizations regarding the 2020 census and other concerns of the Latinx community
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, attended the ProGeorgia Board meeting.

October 11-12

  • A team of canvassers went door-to-door knocking in Smyrna spreading the word about local municipal elections and census
  • GALEO facilitated a GALEO Institute for Leadership session at GSU for Goizueta Scholars Effective Communication

October 13

  • A team of canvassers went door-to-door knocking in Smyrna spreading the word about local municipal elections and census
  • GALEO Leadership Council monthly meeting

October 16

  • ProGeorgia full table meeting.

October 17

  • GALEO staff met to plan Public Service Announcement material to air on tv

October 18

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, participated on a panel discussion for the American Constitution Society’s meeting in Atlanta on “Strengthening your Leadership Skills.”  Another panelist included:  Former State Representative Deborah Gonzalez.

October 18-19

  • Program Coordinators Jennifer Zenteno and Polo Vargas attended a GA Community Accelerator Training hosted by FWD.us in Savannah, GA.

October 20-21

  • A team of canvassers went door-to-door knocking in Norcross spreading the word about local municipal elections and census.

October 21

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, participated on a planning phone conference of 2020 Census Atlanta Counts Complete Count Committee:  Business, Nonprofits, Media. 

October 24

  • Nancy Ramirez (Intern) and Jennifer Zenteno (Program Coordinator) attended a NAC meeting at Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta.

October 24-26

  •  Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, attended the trustee meeting of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation in Charlotte, NC.

October 26-27

  • A team of canvassers went door-to-door knocking in Gainesville spreading the word about local municipal elections and census
  • A Phone bank was held simultaneously in the office for local municipal elections

October 28

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, was interviewed for a video being compiled for the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation regarding civic engagement collaboration with ProGeorgia.
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, attended the two focus groups conducted in Atlanta to discuss the 2020 Census with the Latinx immigrant community.

October 29

  • GALEO staff met with Miriam Barcenas, the film director/editor for Public Service Announcement  video for Census
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, provided a guest lecture at the University of North Georgia, Gainesville Campus, on “Latinx in GA,” where we discussed immigration, the growth of the Latinx electorate and the 2020 Census.

October 30

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, provided a guest lecture at Georgia State University for a class, Modern Day Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in Georgia, on “Latinx in GA,” where we discussed immigration, the growth of the Latinx electorate and the 2020 Census. 

October 31st

  • GALEO met with Telemundo Atlanta to discuss our ongoing partnership

November

November 1

  • GALEO hosted visitors from Nicaragua organized by the Georgia Council of International Visitors who were learning about “Transitional Justice, Human Rights, and Conflict Resolution.”

November 2-3

  • Polo Vargas, Program Coordinator, attended the Latino Youth Leadership Conference to table and register students to vote, teach about the Census, and to talk to students about the Cesar Chavez Essay Contest.
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  • Several canvassing teams went door-to-door knocking across the state (Gainesville, Norcross, Smyrna, Doraville, Lawrenceville, and Atlanta)

November 5

  • Program Coordinator, Jennifer Zenteno attended the Latin American Association’s DACA Press Conference
  • Local elections in Georgia!

November 6

  • Program Coordinators, Jennifer Zenteno and Harvey Soto attended the Georgia Chamber’s Diversity and Inclusion Conference
  • GALEO participated in the 2020 Census Atlanta Counts meeting.
  • GALEO Board meeting.

November 7

  • Nancy Ramirez (Intern), Polo (Program Coordinator), and Elton (Program Coordinator) helped film a Census video with Miriam Barcenas and Anthony Pacheco from the Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Asian Americans Advancing Justice).
  • Program Coordinator, Jennifer Zenteno joined the Mexican Consulate at their Muñecas de Papel & Day of the Dead celebration
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, participated on a panel on voting rights for the National Council of Jewish Women in Atlanta, GA.

November 8

  • GALEO facilitated a GALEO Institute for Leadership session at GSU for Goizueta Scholars on Managing Conflict
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, was honored by Caminar Latino for his work in our community at their annual gala. 

November 9

  • Nancy Ramirez (Intern) and Karen Padilla (Intern) went to The Lola to film a census video for Kavi Vu
  • GALEO Institute for Leadership Class of 2019 Graduation at McGuirewoods LLP (https://youtu.be/hdN1DR6s6Pc)

 

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November 11-13

  • Program Coordinator, Jennifer Zenteno joined Georgia Delegation in Washington, DC for the U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments on DACA
  • Program Coordinator, Jennifer Zenteno joined Georgia Delegation in Washington, DC for HR 6 – The Dream and Promise Act Press Conference with Congressional Hispanic, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Senator Chuck Schumer
  • Administrative & Support Staff Elton Garcia tabled at Lithia Spring high school at their college day event

November 12

  • GALEO met with the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Drivers Services to discuss issues.

November 12-15

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, was named a trustee of the Southeastern Council of Foundations at their 50th Anniversary annual meeting in Atlanta, GA.

November 13

  • GALEO Board Meeting.

November 14

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, participated on a panel discussion on the “Balance of Power: Foundation-Partner Relationships” at the Southeastern Council of Foundations at their 50th Anniversary annual meeting in Atlanta, GA.

November 15-17

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, participated in the Rockwood Yearlong Fellowship Reunion in Atlanta, GA.

November 16

  • GALEO and Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta hosted Free Citizenship Clinic in Clarkston, GA

November 18

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, participated on a panel discussion on “Central America-Mexico/USA Migration:  A Critical Analysis” at Georgia Gwinnett College.

November 19

  • GALEO co-hosted the Georgia Latino Complete Count Committee meeting at the Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia.

November 20

  • ProGeorgia full table meeting.

November 21

  • Nancy Ramirez (Intern), Karen Padilla (Intern), and Jennifer Zenteno (Program Coordinator) attended a New Americans Campaign meeting at Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta.
  • GALEO met with representatives of the Richard B. Russell Library to continue work on the Latinx Archive Project.

November 25th

  • GALEO met with Pakistani visitors organized by the Georgia Council of International Visitors to discuss our work on leadership development, civic engagement and immigration reform.

December

December 2

  • Program Coordinator Polo Vargas attended the Latino Community Fund’s Holiday Appreciation Cocktail networking event.

December 2-3

  • GALEO’s Policy Analyst, Harvey Soto, attended a two day national convening in the District of Columbia with election protection advocates in preparation of the 2020 elections and efforts to ensure that all commmunties have equal access to our democratic system.

December 3

  • Program Coordinator, Jennifer Zenteno met with the Mexican Consulate of Atlanta for upcoming GALEO Institute for Leadership Train-The-Trainer
  • GALEO Board Meeting

December 5

  • Program Coordinator, Jennifer Zenteno attended tribute in honor of Teodoro Maus, former Mexican Consulate and immigrant rights activist, at the Mexican Consulate of Atlanta
  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO; G. Pedraza, Latino Community Fund of Georgia; and, U.S. Census Bureau representatives provided a session to the Georgia School Board Association & GSSA Annual Conference on 2020 Census Outreach.

December 6-7

  • Leadership Development Program Coordinator, Jennifer Zenteno hosted Train-The-Trainer with the University of Georgia to train a new incoming class of facilitators for the GALEO Institute for Leadership at the Mexican Consulate of Atlanta

December 7

  • GALEO Leadership Council hosted their end-of-the-year celebration at Coco Cabana
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December 9

  • Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO & Vice Chair for ProGeorgia, attended the ProGeorgia Holiday Party.

December 10

  • Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, chaired the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Georgia State Advisory Committee meeting where we finalized our most recent report on disability rights in Georgia and also started to consider new topics for 2020/2021.

December 15

December 16-17

  • ProGeorgia Retreat & ProGeorgia Board meeting.

December 18

  • Harvey Soto, GALEO, interviewed by Telemundo Atlanta regarding the 2020 Census
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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.

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GALEO Announces the 13th Annual Cesar Chavez Essay Contest Great Prizes Included! Deadline: February 28, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contacts:   

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

Polo Vargas, GALEO, polo@galeo.org, 770.558.2236, for contest questions. 

(Norcross, Georgia) – December 11, 2019 – 

The GALEO Leadership Council has announced details for the 13th Annual Cesar Chavez Essay Contest. 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.

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Jerry Gonzalez, Two-Party Georgia Oral History Project

TPGA-081. Jerry Gonzalez interviewed by Katie Schank on May 21, 2019 in Norcross, GA. For more information about the Two-Party Georgia Oral History Project, visit the finding aid for the collection http://russelldoc.galib.uga.edu/russell/view?docId=ead/RBRL425TPGA-ead.xml;query=tpga;brand=default

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What happens after the Census?

Nancy Ramirez

November 27th, 2019

By now, you have probably heard about the census already and its significance. It is important to be informed because the Census is our opportunity to help our state get representation and funding. April 1, 2020 will be Census day, but once we fill it out, what happens next? What happens after the census is over?

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Define “Latinx”

Karen Padilla

November 27th, 2019

For years we have grown up using the terms Latino or Latina, but in recent years the term Latinx has risen. Many people do not understand why an ‘x’ was added to the term, however it is a term coined to be inclusive to all people. Latinx helps to group those who do not conform to a certain gender, which was coined in 2004 by the LGBT community, however by 2014-2015, people from academia, journalists and activists recognized the term. If we revert to the Spanish language, every person, object, or place has a feminine or masculine pronoun, however there are people who identify as gender fluid, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, queer, etc. Latinx was created for people of Latin origin to be included in any conversation without referring to male or female only. Such as people who do not use she/her/him/his, instead their pronouns are they/their.

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PRESS RELEASE

November 21, 2019

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

Releases Report: Disability Rights and Civil Rights

The Georgia Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released Disability Rights and Civil Rights in Georgia, a report on the status of disability rights in the state. The report is based primarily on testimony collected at a public meeting in Atlanta in February 2018; a web briefing in July 2018; and written testimony submitted to the Committee during a public comment period.

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Visión 2020

Karen Padilla

20 de noviembre del 2019

¿Sabe usted que es el Censo? El Censo es una cuenta de todas las personas que viven en los Estados Unidos cada diez años. Quizás se pregunte porque importa una cuenta, pero es una de las cosas más importantes que puedes hacer como habitante de los Estados Unidos. El censo nos afecta a todos; recibimos fondos para escuelas, hospitales, e infraestructura del censo.

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Georgia Rural Urban Summit News

March 9, 2020

 

Call to Action

 

Stand with Athens-Clarke Board of Elections: Pack the Hearing!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 10:00 am, 1197 S Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30605

The Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections and Registration, exercising its legal right and responsibility, voted to use hand marked paper ballots in the presidential preference primary, In light of problems the expensive new voting system presents for voters, which include violating the right to a secret ballot and oversized voting equipment far exceeds the space capacity of many polling places. Reducing the required number of voting stations will cause unacceptably long lines, making it difficult or impossible for some voters to cast a ballot. Now the State of GA is going after Athens-Clarke for protecting its voters. The SOS has called an “emergency hearing” which needs a packed house to fight for paper ballots. https://www.facebook.com/events/2516411708607820/

Update – House Bill 994, the “Street Gang Bill”. This is the dangerous bill first introduced last week. Since then, because of the intense opposition to the bill, the authors amended the original legislation and introduced a new version. It’s only slightly watered down — it remains a harmful, unnecessary, and discriminatory bill that further criminalizes children. Four prosecuting attorneys from across Georgia — two Republican, two Democrat — testified in hearings on House Bill 994 this week. All of them stated on record that this bill was unnecessary and that Georgia’s gang prevention laws were already the most severe in the United States. Still, on a partisan vote, the committee passed the bill out and it could come up for a vote at any time on the House floor. Call your House member http://www.legis.ga.gov/en-US/default.aspx

Supreme irony at best, supreme idiocy at worst: The Senate has passed SB 224 out of committee and is could vote any day. It is a bill that relaxes gun laws in several ways. The proposed changes include making it harder to criminally charge people who brandish their guns, expanding access for licensed gun-toters to houses of worship and some courthouses and letting gun owners with minor drug convictions keep their carry licenses. It also would force police to sell confiscated guns, rather than melt them down. Do you think it’s a good idea to allow people to pull a gun on you? Isn’t it also a contradiction to be prioritizing the Anti-Gang bill and at the same time making it legal to brandish a gun? Pulling out a gun is what gangs do! Get your fingers dialing your Senator today http://www.legis.ga.gov/en-US/default.aspx

SB 357 is also eligible for Senate floor vote, narrower than SB 224, it covers allowing some gun owners to carry weapons in the state’s places of worship, and schools operated by those religious organizations. Tell your Senator, NO http://www.legis.ga.gov/en-US/default.aspx

 

This Week

  1. Monday, March 9, 8:30 am – noon –LGBTQ/Georgia Equality Lobby Day 2020. Make your voice heard and stand up for LGBTQ equality in Georgia at our Lobby Day at the Capitol. This event will provide a free training on how to educate state legislators on issues and policy that affect LGBTQ Georgians. Following the training, participants will stand united under the Gold Dome to put the training into action. Attendees will have an opportunity to talk one-on-one with their representative in the House and Senate. Training and a light breakfast are provided to all attendees. Spots are limited so for more info, location and more, RSVP tohttps://secure.everyaction.com/3lENfQhB50uABzFSKkLqjg2?emci=b14b65c7-564f-ea11-a94c-00155d039e74&emdi=ea000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000001&ceid=
  2. Monday, March 9, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm –Lobby Day. Project South, GLAHR, WWA and BAJI hosts at the Capitol. Participants will focus on bills that target immigrants, communities of color and in particular Black and Brown youth. This will include supporting intersectional efforts to defeat HB 994, the “Anti-Gang Bill” that criminalizes and treats youth, as young as 13 years old, as adults for various activities. FB event page athttps://www.facebook.com/events/891780401277097/
  3. Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 pm –Stopping the Specter of Mining in the Okefenokee. Social time 7:00, program begins 7:30. Featured speaker: Ricky Leroux, Sierra Club Georgia Chapter communications coordinator. The unique ecosystem in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has been threatened time and again with the specter of disruptive mining. Come learn about the history of this issue, what has been going on lately, and what we can do to protect the Okefenokee Swamp from destruction. RSVP has Sierra Club office location and more info athttps://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?id=7013q000002CF4zAAG&formcampaignid=7013q000002CE5bAAG&data=6bbb90395bf6f27adb03ddcce187387f75d326a825e127f2db5808728649689f59a2b38451358c616a93bd490c407c43&utm_campaign=newsletter
  4. Thursday, March 12, 9:00 – 11:00 am –Immigrant Rights Thursdays. Attend from 9am-11am at the Coverdell Legislative Office Building where you’ll get a brief training on how to talk to your legislators, as well as information about bills or issues that are being worked on. From there, participants will walk over to the Capitol where you’ll have a chance to talk to your representatives. March 12 meet-up location is room CLOB 514. Co-sponsor organizations: Georgia Shift, FWD.us, BAJI, Southern Poverty Law Center, Latino Community Fund -LCF Georgia, Women Watch Afrika, Inc. New American Pathways. (Next two Thursdays also scheduled. The room will change to CLOB 605)
  5. Friday-Saturday, March 13-14 –Conference: Jobs with Justice Network. National 2020 JwJ Conference will be convening partners to take a dive deep into conversations about how to evolve organizing and collective bargaining strategies to a 21st century framework. At this conference, workers are strategists and organizers bring their own authentic stories. To be held Atlanta Convention Center at Americasmart, 240 Peachtree St, Level 200, Atlanta, 30303. To register and for more info, go to

 

Save the Date

  1. Wednesday, March 18, 8:00 am – 12:15 pm –End School to Prison Pipeline (STPP).The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) is hosting a series of legislative advocacy days at the Capitol. The Georgia Coalition Working to End the STPP will co-host the March 18th Advocacy Day. The focus for the day will be Ending the School to Prison Pipeline. This is the culmination of our Parent Leadership Institute (PLI) TheRemix! and a continuation of the From Lockers to Lockdown: Black Boys, Special Education and the School to Prison Pipeline series.  Come learn how to advocate for legislation that improves education outcomes for Georgia’s children. The event is free and breakfast is provided. Get more details and register at:  https://gcdd.org/public-policy/legislative-priorities/advocacy-days-2020.html
  2. Wednesday, March 18, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm –How Far Yet to Go? The State of Women in Georgia 1970 and Today. In honor of Women’s History Month, this free lunch brings together local partners such as 9 to 5, advocates, researchers, and organizers for networking, education, and action. Join in to discuss the opportunity that women have in 2020 to dramatically change the political landscape and advance a pro-woman agenda. To be held at the Freight Depot – Blue Room, 65 M.L.K. Jr Dr SW, Atlanta, 30303. RSVP athttps://action.aclu.org/webform/ga-how-far-yet
  3. Wednesday, March 18, 6:30-8:30 pm –Social & Legislative Update. Join Brionté McCorkle from Georgia Conservation Voters and Sierra Club’s legislative lobbyists for a crash course in all things lobbying, environmental policy, and more. The sheer number of bills, legislative jargon, and life-prohibitive hours of Legislative Session may seem like insurmountable barriers to advocating for climate action at the Capitol. By learning more about the key bills the Sierra Club is monitoring and breaking down lobbying into tangible strategies and tactics, we hope this evening will be a fun and accessible space to build community and encourage more engagement in the legislative process. At Manuel’s. RSVP athttps://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7013q000002CCBvAAO
  4. Saturday, March 21, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm –Children, Youth & Young Adult Summit. Health care services and more! The Summit will consist of: Free Giveaways and Door Prizes, 75 Vendors covering Health Screenings, County Health Services, Counseling & Mental Health Service, Community Nutritional Programs, Youth Recreational Summer Programs, Youth Mentoring Programs, Youth & Adult Educational Services, Teen Summer Jobs, Public Safety Jobs, DeKelb County Career Opportunities, Free Community Programs, Court Services and more. To be held at St. Phillip AME Church, 240 Candler Road Southeast, Atlanta, 30317. Located at the intersection of Memorial Dr. and Candler Rd with huge lot for free parking.)
  5. Monday, March 23, 8:45 – 10:00 am –People-Powered Prosperity. Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, 9to5, Faith in Public Life, and Small Business Majority will host this Capitol event and highlight the women of People-Powered Prosperity. March is Women’s History Month, the perfect time to inspire, educate and spur action among the diverse, growing and motivated civically engaged women across the state. Join us for Women-Powered Prosperity Day. To be held in Room 2126 at the Georgia State Capitol. This is a free to attend event but please RSVP and look at agenda athttps://gbpi.org/2020/women-powered-prosperity-day/
  6. Monday/Tuesday, March 23-24 –(Augusta) Savannah River Site (SRS) Citizens Advisory Board.This quarterly meeting will be at the Snelling Conference Center 3165 Washington Rd, Suite D, Augusta. Are you interested in traveling with WAND from Atlanta? Would you like to join in developing our Nuclear Harm Reduction strategies? Well, your help is needed.  Add your voice for a Healthy Prosperous and Prepared Burke County and Central Savannah River Area (CSRA). Meeting schedule and location at https://cab.srs.gov/library/schedules/full_board/2020FullBoardSchedule.pdf?utm_source=RSOTU+Announcement+1&utm_campaign=RSOTU+Announcement+1&utm_medium=email%20For%20more%20information%20contact%20joanie@georgiawand.org
  7. Tuesday, March 24, 6:30 pm –Interfaith Children’s Movement General Meeting. To be held at the Episcopal Church of the epiphany, 2089 Ponce de Leon Ave, Atlanta. Meeting agenda will focus on the ICM “Looking Forward Agenda”. Participants will discuss: advocacy, legislative updates, strategic initiatives, growing the movement, member engagement, supporting the youth alliance, volunteer opportunities and more. There will also be an introduction of ICM Board member nominees. More athttps://www.icmgeorgia.org/
  8. Wednesday, April 1, 5:30-9:00 pm –Make a Difference to New Americans. Chai Pani Decatur is hosting a Dine Out for a Cause dinner to benefit New American Pathways. This day commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Refugee Act of 1980. A portion of all proceeds will go to support New AP’s programs. Reservations are not needed, just join in on April 1st to say “Refugees Welcome!”  Spread the word. Chai Pani is at 406 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. Decatur.
  9. April 16, noon – 1:00 pm –(Athens) Constitutional Originalism: A Debate. UGA Law’s American Constitution Society and Federalist Society chapters are co-sponsoring a debate on the practical and theoretical merits of the “Originalist” theory of Constitutional interpretation. Defending Originalism will be Ilan Wurman, a professor at Arizona State. Criticizing Originalism will be Eric Segall, a member of ACS and a professor at Georgia State with expertise in Constitutional theory and interpretation. ACS event page athttps://www.acslaw.org/event/constitutional-originalism-a-debate/

… and looking at some of the Capitol related events – General Assembly convened on Monday, January 13 and is now expected to be in session until early April

March 9, LGBTQ/Georgia Equality Lobby Day 2020. 8:30 am – noon. Make your voice heard and stand up for LGBTQ equality in Georgia for Lobby Day at the Capitol. This event will provide a free training on how to educate state legislators on issues and policy that affect LGBTQ Georgians. Following the training, participants will stand united under the Gold Dome to put the training into action. Attendees will have an opportunity to talk one-on-one with their representative in the House and Senate. Training and a light breakfast are provided to all attendees.

March 9, Immigrant and Refugee Education and Advocacy Day. Sponsored by Project South and others. More details to follow. Prior to this day you can find info on co-sponsorships, train-the-trainer (March 6), rapid response teams and more by showing your interest at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSclzwE1GEWwmtg-a5KiHSA6Dh4pviH7cAphSmtad8FF27QJbA/viewform

March 9-13, – Disability Community Artwork Exhibition. On display 8:00 am – 5:00 pm in the Sloppy Floyd Building lobby. For more info contact aarti@synergieswork.org

March 12 – Immigrant Rights Thursdays. Attend from 9am-11am at the Coverdell Legislative Office Building where you’ll get a brief training on how to talk to your legislators, as well as information about bills or issues that are being worked on. From there, participants will walk over to the Capitol where you’ll have a chance to talk to your representatives! March 12 meet-up location is room CLOB 514. Co-sponsor organizations: Georgia Shift, FWD.us, BAJI, Southern Poverty Law Center, Latino Community Fund -LCF Georgia, Women Watch Afrika, Inc. New American Pathways

March 12, Common Cause Lobby Day. 9:00 am, Capitol Building Room 123. Legislative updates and then lobbying of legislators. More info contact cbattles@commoncause.org

March 12, – 3rd Annual Clean 13 Water Heroes Celebration. To be held at Mason Fine Art, Atlanta. Celebrate the 2019 Clean 13 Water Heroes and learn about the amazing work they are doing to protect and conserve Georgia’s water resources. Learn more about the Clean 13 Celebration, sponsor and purchase tickets at https://www.gawater.org/clean-13  Early Bird ticket prices end on January 27th.

March 17, – Children’s Day at the Capitol. A day that unites child advocates from across the state to be a powerful voice for Georgia’s children. Details upcoming but mark your calendar now.

March 19 – Immigrant Rights Thursdays. Attend from 9am-11am at the Coverdell Legislative Office Building where you’ll get a brief training on how to talk to your legislators, as well as information about bills or issues that are being worked on. From there, participants will walk over to the Capitol where you’ll have a chance to talk to your representatives. March 19 meet-up location is room CLOB 605. Co-sponsor organizations: Georgia Shift, FWD.us, BAJI, Southern Poverty Law Center, Latino Community Fund -LCF Georgia, Women Watch Afrika, Inc. New American Pathways

March 21, – 10 year Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare. Celebrate & Defend: A rally for the ACA at Historic Fourth Ward Park (Greenspace D)

March 19 – Immigrant Rights Thursdays. Attend from 9am-11am at the Coverdell Legislative Office Building where you’ll get a brief training on how to talk to your legislators, as well as information about bills or issues that are being worked on. From there, participants will walk over to the Capitol where you’ll have a chance to talk to your representatives. March 26 meet-up location is room CLOB 605. Co-sponsor organizations: Georgia Shift, FWD.us, BAJI, Southern Poverty Law Center, Latino Community Fund -LCF Georgia, Women Watch Afrika, Inc. New American Pathways

March 31 – Caesar Chavez Day at the Capitol. GALEO’s 13th Annual event honoring Chavez and winners of essay contests. From 1:00-2:00 pm. More details coming soon.

 

Of Interest

  1. Your 2021 State Budget. Georgia Budget and Policy Institute provides, in plain language, the complexities of the Governor’s proposals and updates on the House and Senate adjustments. https://gbpi.org/2020/overview-of-georgias-2021-fiscal-year-budget/
  2. Volunteer as nonpartisan poll monitor for March 24 Primary. No experience required. Common Cause GA will train you, give you all the resources you need, and be available to assist you on election day. After all, this is one of the most important things they at Common Cause GA, if not the most important thing … help protect Georgia’s elections. With CC partners in the Election Protection Coalition led by the GA Coalition for the People’s Agenda and the Lawyer’s Committee hotline, they’ve trained and sent out hundreds of grassroots, non-partisan volunteers to polling locations across Georgia to assist voters and protect access to the ballot on election day. And it’s time to do it again. On March 24th, Georgians will vote in the presidential primary. As we saw this past November, anything can happen with the new machines! And we know that there’s always the potential for voter suppression as well as voter confusion. We need your help. Volunteer to be a non-partisan poll monitor on March 24, 2020. Your help needed, so go to Election Protection Poll Monitor sign-up athttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfVp0Os4-3G4oSyUe4fYKgglDEAQmQbKhM8tReutVahhyaDJw/viewform?link_id=0&can_id=f430912c3e05ed351e1f71941d3ee3b6&source=email-protecting-georgias-elections&email_referrer=email_708262&email_subject=protecting-georgias-elections
  3. Now more reasons than ever to volunteer to register, engage, and protect voters. You have many opportunities to make a difference thanks to Indivisible GA 04, Indivisible Georgia District 10, and Swing Left for these opportunities. Local and statewide opportunities, dates and more info athttps://www.facebook.com/159ga/posts/2797645143689622
  4. Free Workshop: How to Be an Effective Advocate and Influence Legislators. Get your groups’ members ready for advocacy days during session. This workshop will help each participant become familiar with and develop their existing skills around social justice legislation. Trainees will learn how to create their own advocacy strategies to interact with all types of legislators, Conservative, Progressive or Moderate. Participants will practice skills and leave with practical advice and abilities to achieve advocacy objectives. Contact Jeff Willard at Tzedek Georgia by emailingpursuejustice@comcast.net
  5. Resources for you or friends who needFree Immigration Helpall over the US, just click on the appropriate state https://www.immigrationadvocates.org/nonprofit/legaldirectory/index

 

Job Opportunities

Most Recent Job Opportunity listings received. For job descriptions, details and qualifications; follow the contact or application instructions included below.

 

On-going Job Fairs: State site http://www.dol.state.ga.us/Access/Service/ListCurrentJobFairs

Also: There is an excellent page on Cong. Hank Johnson’s website that has links to job openings, career planning, job fairs, recruiters, job search engines, etc. Check it out at https://hankjohnson.house.gov/resources/hanks-jobs-page

 

Patch resources:

 

Don’t underestimate this resource! The local Patch websites have both news and job opportunities included. Hundreds of jobs this week at https://patch.com/georgia/atlanta/m/jobs

For open positions go to https://patch.com/georgia/atlanta/classifieds/jobs  You can check by zip code for more local openings. There are multiple listings for management and staff positions in retail, medical, office and other categories. Also: if you need help preparing to apply for any jobs, this site also has free resume templates, resume samples, formatting help and resume builder.

 

DeKalb County Mobile Career Center. The mobile unit brings job assistance to residents of DeKalb by conveniently traveling all over the county. More on the program and then link to the monthly calendar of unit locations at https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/worksource-dekalb/mobile-career-center-description

WorkSource DeKalb Program designed to connect DeKalb County residents to eligible training providers and employers in a centralized location. The program equips DeKalb County residents and employers with resources to assist individuals in overcoming barriers to employment, education and economic development. For more information about Workforce Wednesday, contact Chanell Davis at 404.371.4996 or cdavis@dekalbcountyga.gov  For more information about WorkSource DeKalb, visit https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/workforce-center/welcome-workforce-development or call 404. 687.3400

 

Openings:   

 

Various positions – Sugar Bowl Bakery 

The bakery is set to move into an existing facility located at 3301 Montreal Industrial Way in the Northlake area. The new positions available will include bakery management, production, quality assurance, maintenance and sanitation. Anyone who is interested in working at the facility can download a job application online or send their resume to Tucker_Jobs@sugarbowlbakery.com (Online application download at https://sugarbowlbakery.com/#careers )

 

Outreach Manager – Georgia Budget and Policy Institute

Position description, duties, qualifications and how to apply at https://gbpi.org/about-us/employment-opportunities/

 

2020 Election Field Coordinators – Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) 

Are you looking for a new career or job opportunity? Know someone who is looking for a job?  GALEO is seeking bilingual (Spanish/English) persons to assist efforts during 2020 election cycles. Job Description is posted at https://galeo.org/hiring-galeo-county-field-coordinators/ These will be full-time positions. If interested in these, please email resume to jerry@galeo.org

 

Several Positions – The Atlanta Zoo

Fifteen positions currently listed, indoor and outdoor jobs. Seasonal and permanent. See online application and openings at http://zooatlanta.atsondemand.com/

 

Voter Registration Director- Georgia Conservation Voters

Learn more and apply at https://gcvoters.org/careers/

 

(2) Development Associate and Grants Manager & Headwaters Outreach Manager – Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

Get job descriptions, qualifications and how to apply at https://chattahoochee.org/about/jobs-and-internships/

 

Part-Time Canvassers – Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO)

GALEO is also seeking part-time canvassers for local elections and for 2020 Census work.  Please email jerry@galeo.org  for details.

 

Various Positions – Northside Hospital

For Non-clinical and medical professionals opportunities, visit this site and at the top click on Career Areas for (literally) hundreds of jobs https://jobs.northside.com/career-areas/nursing/?utm_source=sf-email&utm_source=newspaper&utm_medium=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=cmg-cn-atlnp&utm_campaign=8521084&ecmp=newspaper_email&:%20&iaccess=ZTAwYWJjNmMtMGM5Yi00MTg3LTljYjctNDVjYzRjNmQ3YzQ4fDYvNy8yMDE5IDg6Mzg6MTggQU18ZW1haWw%3D

 

Various Nursing & Support Positions – Emory (11 locations)

Go to https://nursing-emory.icims.com/jobs/search?ss=1&hashed=-435620505&mobile=false&width=1190&height=500&bga=true&needsRedirect=false&jan1offset=-300&jun1offset=-240+and+scroll+through.+Mostly+nursing+jobs+but+also+some+clerical+and+specialized+support+positions.

 

Newspaper Carrier – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance. From 12am-5am during the week and 12am-7am on Sundays. Hours vary depending on the route size and location. Routes begin around midnight and are ideally completed by 5:30am M-F,6:30am Sat and 7am on Sunday. More info and link to apply at https://www.ajc.com/marketing/deliver-real-journalism/XterKVkC7o8F2MQyZuXLpL/

 

 

Various Positions – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Nurses, management, support services and more. Huge expansion of facilities offers new opportunities frequently. Go to www.careers.choa.org For consultation with the recruitment team, email careers@choa.org

 

Social Security Administration

Special opportunity and qualifications: The Social Security Offices in Covington and Griffin, Georgia are looking to hire applicants who are bilingual, and are either, recent graduates, veterans, or have a disability. Apply at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/526177100

 

Various Positions – ALDI 

ALDI is expanding in GA and opening new stores around the state. Full & part-time, manager trainees, store staffing and more at https://careers.aldi.us/location/georgia-jobs/61/6252001-4197000/3

 

Field Staff, IT positions, Area Managers – U.S. Census Bureau

Various levels of jobs, Area Managers listed first (so keep scrolling down for more openings) at https://www.census.gov/about/regions/atlanta/jobs/all.html

 

Several Positions – Planned Parenthood Southeast

Call Center, Health Center, Clinical, Medical. Both Associate and Management level positions available in Georgia and the region. Find out details at https://plannedparenthoodext.hire.com/joblist.html

 

If you are in Cobb County, or can work there, check out www.cobbworks.org There are dozens of varied jobs from entry level on up, white collar and blue collar. Full job descriptions and requirements are listed as well as application information.

 

Multiple Positions – Georgia State University

Georgia State has a number of job opportunities, in several categories full and part-time. Go to https://jobs.gsu.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1326752199805 and follow the guide to jobs and application.

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