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Press Statement: GALEO Applauds SCOTUS Decision to Keep DACA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO

jerry@galeo.org, 678.691.1086

Thursday, June 18, 2020 (Norcross, GA) – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the Trump administration did not provide an adequate justification for ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), allowing it to remain in place.

The ruling comes after the Trump Administration attempted to end DACA in 2017, which started a legal battle that has left nearly 700,000 DACA recipients uncertain of their futures.

While the court ruled that the Trump Administration failed to provide a reasoned explanation for ending DACA, the court’s decision permits the Trump Administration to make a second attempt to end the protections for DREAMers using proper administrative procedures. This highlights our need to work towards a permanent legislative solution. Without Congressional action, DACA recipients will continue to live in limbo.

In the meantime, DACA will continue and current DACA recipients can continue to renew their permits, allowing them to work legally and without fear of deportation.

“The decision today from our Supreme Court is a big sigh of relief for DACA recipients across our nation,” said Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO.

“This is a temporary fix for now and we must double down our efforts to work for a permanent solution by urging our Congress to provide that fix for not only the DREAMers, but also for the many immigrant families in limbo. Many immigrant workers are considered ‘essential workers’ during the pandemic and we must ensure they are able to stay here as well. As we reimagine the kind of America we want to become, and as we fight to make our country stronger and more just, we should look to DREAMers and work with them on realizing our shared future,” added Gonzalez.

Jennifer Zenteno, Program Coordinator for Leadership Development & Citizenship Initiatives, also shared some words about today’s decision. “Today’s win is marked with a million emotions. SCOTUS’s decision on DACA is reflective of an America that supports and has always supported DACA and immigration reform. The fight is not over and we call on Congress to pass H.R 6, The Dream and Promise Act, legislation that protects Dreamers across the country. To my fellow DACAmented Americans, I urge you to continue renewing your work permits. Our efforts don’t end here, we are as engaged as ever, the time is NOW and our #HomeisHere.”

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About GALEO

GALEO’s mission is to increase civic engagement and leadership development of the Latino/Hispanic community across Georgia.

CORE BELIEFS: Inclusive, Non-Partisan, Diversity, Responsive

Website: http://www.galeo.org

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Georgia Coalition Condemns Secretary Raffensperger for Key Role in Botched Primary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

CONTACT: Adam Sweat

asweat@progeorgia.org, 678-951-2172

Georgia Coalition Condemns Secretary Raffensperger for Key Role in Botched Primary 

The Coalition demands Raffensperger take accountability and calls for his resignation ahead of the November General Election

Thursday, June 11, 2020 (ATLANTA, GA) Today, the Georgia Votes Coalition released a joint statement responding to widespread delays in voting caused by inadequate and in many cases fully inoperative voting machines, long lines at polls, and voters being turned away from their assigned polling locations during the June 9th Primary.

The coalition calls on Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to accept full accountability for subjecting Georgia voters to chaotic and unacceptable voting conditions and condemned his efforts to deflect blame for voting failures across the state:

“We are appalled at the utter disarray experienced by Georgians at the polls on June 9th. For far too many, what should have been a simple act of voting turned into a multi-hour saga of standing in long lines and even being turned away at multiple voting locations,” Jeff Graham, Executive Director, Georgia Equality said. “Ever apparent was Secretary Raffensperger’s complete disregard for his responsibility to provide fair and free elections to all Georgians attempting to exercise their constitutional right to vote.”

“Access to the ballot box in Georgia has always been precarious for voters under normal primary election circumstances, but to have these issues during a pandemic brought our worst fears to light,” Stephanie Cho, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta, emphasized. “Georgians risked their health to cast a vote in this election and deserved the chance to cast their vote without barriers to the booth.”

The coalition implored Secretary Raffensperger to prevent these foreseeable issues, including raising alarms about reductions in voting machines and urging an expansion of Georgia’s vote-by-mail capabilities.

“The writing has been on the wall for months. Secretary Raffensperger twice postponed the primary election due to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and many organizations, our coalition included, made clear the concerns about the ability to carry this election out safely and efficiently. It is baffling that Raffensperger would now express his disbelief that this would happen and attempt to point the blame at local elections officials,” James Woodall, Georgia NAACP State President, added.

As a result of the botched primary, the coalition demands the Secretary immediately outline the remedial actions being taken to fix these issues before the general election. Because his office cannot be trusted to effectively carry out our elections, we are calling on the Carter Center to send in international observers to ensure that all Georgians have clear access to the ballot box in November.

Tamieka Atkins, Executive Director of ProGeorgia, noted, “The Secretary’s attempts to point fingers toward hard-working and diligent poll workers and other officials, rather than accept his own department’s failure to prepare, train, and support local counties statewide, are unacceptable and will not stand. Anything less than an apology for those workers and urgent efforts from the Secretary to aid local elections officials is unsuitable.”

Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director, Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO),  added, “Furthermore, Georgia voters deserve better than a Secretary of State who places their ability to vote in jeopardy and refuses to own up to his shortcomings in creating yesterday’s debacle. Secretary Raffensperger must resign —  as we prepare for August run-offs and the November general election, voters deserve competent leadership they can believe in, and Secretary Raffensperger has demonstrated that he is not up to the task.”

The coalition will continue pushing for the Secretary’s compliance with outlined demands and working with voters to ensure they are fully informed and able to participate in the democratic process.

The following Georgia Votes members have issued these demands: 9to5 Atlanta, All Voting is Local – Georgia, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta, Atlanta Jobs with Justice, Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute, Common Cause GA, Faith in Public Life, Feminist Women’s Health Center, Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), Georgia Equality, Georgia Muslim Voter Project, Georgia NAACP, Georgia Shift, Georgia Stand Up, Georgia WAND Education Fund, Latino Community Fund (LCF Georgia), McIntosh SEED, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), National Domestic Workers Alliance – Atlanta, Partnership for Southern Equity, Represent GA Action Network, SPARK Reproductive Justice Now!, Women Watch Afrika.

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Georgia Votes is a bold, trusted, and diverse collaborative that champions an equitable and inclusive democracy, for and with traditionally underrepresented communities.

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Georgia Must Protect Democracy and Reform Elections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / LINK 

June 10, 2020 

Contact: Gabrielle Abbott, Gabrielle@AllVotingisLocal.org, 773.369.5358

 

Georgia Must Protect Democracy and Reform Elections

Voting rights leaders warn that failures of June 9 primary must not be repeated  

ATLANTA — In a telephone press briefing, leaders from All Voting is Local, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the Coalition for the People’s Agenda, Common Cause Georgia, the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, Georgia NAACP, and the New Georgia Project, urged Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and State Election Board members to do their job to ensure the  devastating failures of Tuesday’s primary are not repeated in November. 

Raffensperger and state officials denied counties the necessary resources to run free and fair elections, silencing voters, many of them Black and Brown. Despite postponing the election twice, the state officials failed to prepare, resulting in chaos including: more than 7 hour wait times to cast a ballot, polling places not having basic equipment like ballot paper or functional voting machines, and police showing up at polling places to attempt to remove volunteers who were helping voters. 

The audio recording of the briefing can be found here

“Institutional racism is alive – we need not look further than our failing elections,” said Aklima Khondoker, Georgia state director of All Voting is Local. “It’s unsurprising that long lines, voting machine break-downs, and lack of basics are most prevalent in Black and Brown communities. It’s not because of the pandemic. It’s not because of the poll workers or the boards of elections. Contrary to the secretary of state’s assertions, these problems are his doing. The secretary of state must act now to protect our elections and dismantle racist and longstanding barriers to voting.”

“We as voters are being blamed for voter suppression instead of the institution that’s suppressing our vote,” said Stephanie Cho, Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta. “We need to make huge overhauls to ensure this doesn’t happen in the general election” 

“Yesterday was completely avoidable,” said Nse Ufot, executive director of the New Georgia Project. “I have to wonder if we were all witness to a direct attack on our democracy, and a trial run for what we should expect to see for the runoffs in August, and possibly November. The silver lining from yesterday was watching Georgians of all races be determined to stand in line and cast their vote.”

“We have to ensure that our election officials do the job and the proper planning that they should have done, so that we would not have these barriers in our communities,” said Helen Butler, executive director of the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda. “We will not tolerate the same things that happened yesterday. We expect better and we are going to demand better. ”

“Despite the confusion, voters stood their ground and voted,” said Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of GALEO. “Voters in this state do want to exercise their right to vote and we need to ensure that voting is safe, free, and fair. The performance by our elections officials was abysmal.”

“During the chaos of yesterday, we saw a lot of finger-pointing, a lot of blame-shifting, and a lot of political ping pong, rather than efforts to mitigate or solve the problems,” said Aunna Dennis, Executive Director of Common Cause Georgia. “This is simply unacceptable. We cannot let this happen again.”

“In many ways, the securing and administration of this year’s primary election has been a complete failure,” said James Woodall, state president of the Georgia NAACP. “The effect of Georgia’s lack of preparedness is compounded by the state’s failure to adhere to recommendations put forth by this coalition months ago and accountability is of the most urgent priority.” 

 

Advocates previously sent a letter to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and State Election Board members, urging them to fix ballot issues and polling place safety concerns before June 9. The letter can be found here.

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SOMOS FOR BLACK LIVES

Somos Latinos and we demand that Black Lives Matter

By: Somos For Black Lives 

The heartbeat of racism is denial. The heartbeat of anti-racism is confession.” – Ibram X. Kendi

In the days after George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police, we have seen thousands of people protest in the streets across the country demanding change. These protests are a result of the inhumane and unjust systems that have wreaked havoc on Black communities for generations, and leadership that has failed to hold police accountable.

This week’s actions come in the middle of a global pandemic that has disproportionately impacted the health and economic well being of millions of Black and Latino people, who are dying at two times the rate of the rest of the  population. It will take decades for our communities to recover from the destabilization. This moment should serve as yet another wake up call to the insidiousness of anti-Blackness built into the fabric of our society.

Today, we are here to say unequivocally that Black Lives Matter! 

We commit to stand alongside the Black community and fight for justice with them.  We demand deep structural reform to address the problem of police violence  and police accountability, racial inequality, and opportunity gaps.

While we must hold the President and other leaders accountable, we must ask ourselves how we contribute to the exacerbation of racism and colorism in this country. Our collective inaction and silence is contributing to the lynchings of Michael Brown, Pamela Turner, Laquan McDonald, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Philando Castile, Atatiana Jefferson, Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed, George Floyd, Trayvon Martin. Add to that list many Latinos who have also been killed at the hands of the state: Reefa Hernandez, Antonio Arce, Francisco Serna, Anthony Baez, Antonio Zambrano-Montes, Jessica Hernandez, David Silva.

We have failed to grapple with anti-Blackness that exists in our own community.   As Latinx, we are descendants of many countries.  According to the Pew Research Center, one quarter of US Latinos identify as Afro-Latino, Afro-Caribbean or of African descent with roots in Latin America.  Many in our community benefit from the privilege or illusion of proximity to whiteness,without acknowledging the depth of our own African diaspora.

We have been raised in families who refer to Blackness in the diminutive (morenita, negrita, prietita). We have remained silent when our tias have encouraged us to partner with people who have lighter skin than us so we can mejorar la raza. We have hated ourselves for our skin color, hair texture, our curves and our accents. Our faith traditions, the schools we attend, the families we love, the music we listen to are anchored in Blackness and our indigenous roots but we obscure that with whiteness.

Racism has influenced our own American experience. Our country was founded on stolen Native American land and the stolen labor of the enslaved. Generations of injustices have left us with prison systems that disproportionately cage and dehumanize Black and brown people; systems, laws, and socially expected behaviors that reinforce this basic idea.

As Latinx, we have experienced America’s hate when our children have been put in cages and our families are ripped out of our lives and deported. Hate is the reason that our immigrant family members are deemed as COVID-19 ‘essential’ but not noticed as ‘heroes.’ We felt it in the shameful response to disasters in Puerto Rico. Last week, we saw on live television when Omar Jimenez, an Afro-Latino CNN reporter was arrested while doing his job.

The path to healing starts with acknowledgement. Next must come action. We, the undersigned, are announcing the following commitments:

  • We commit to standing with the  Black community in saying unequivocally, that Black Lives Matter. We will take direction from Black organizers in our response to anti-Black police violence.  All signatories to this letter have donated to organizations  that are Black led and Black centered.

  • We commit to hold ALL politicians at every level of government accountable, for advancing bold, structural change, and we will challenge them when they stand in the way. We commit to include ending anti-Black racism in our legislative priorities. This means fighting for policies to end police brutality, promote economic policies that address  racial inequities and opportunity gaps and push to overhaul legal systems (voting rights, private prisons, bail bonds) that benefit and profiteer from Black, brown and immigrant oppression.

  • We commit to starting the process of acknowledgement and healing of racism and colorism within our own community and families. We will act on ways that have allowed anti-Blackness to stand in our own families, communities, and institutions.  We will dedicate resources to raise consciousness and disrupt anti-Blackness within our own organizations.

  • We hold our Spanish language and Latino focused media accountable for how they use their platforms to dismantle racism, colorism and anti-blackness in our own Latino community. We demand Univision, Telemundo and other media tell the stories of AfroLatinx people and the discrimination they face, and include more AfroLatinx voices in front of and behind the camera.

Over the coming months, there will be many attempts to divide Black and brown communities. In order to build the society that we want, where opportunity is for everyone and our communities are liberated from oppression that binds us, we must come together as we have in the past and fight together, united.

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Somos Latinos y exigimos que Importe la Vida de los Afroamericanos

Por: Somos For Black Lives  

La negación es el pulso del racismo. El pulso del anti-racismo es la confesión”. – Ibram X. Kendi

En los días posteriores al asesinato de George Floyd, a manos de la policía de Minneapolis, hemos presenciado cómo miles de personas protestan en las calles de todo el país exigiendo cambio. Estas protestas son consecuencia de sistemas inhumanos e injustos que durante generaciones han causado estragos en las comunidades negras y latinas, y de líderes que no han hecho responsable a la policía por su violencia.

Las acciones de esta semana se presentan en medio de una pandemia mundial que ha impactado de manera desproporcionada la salud y el bienestar económico de millones de negros y latinos, que están muriendo dos veces más rápido que el resto de la población. Tomará décadas para que nuestras comunidades puedan recuperarse de la desestabilización. Este momento debe servir como una nueva campanada de alerta contra el insidioso sentir contra las personas de color negro presente en nuestra sociedad y en nuestros sistemas a todo nivel.

Por ello hoy estamos aquí, ¡para decir de manera inequívoca que Las Vidas Negras Importan! 

Nos comprometemos a caminar junto a la comunidad afroamericana y juntos luchar para conseguir la justicia.  Exigimos una profunda reforma estructural que sirva para abordar el problema del prejuicio y la violencia policial en este país. Exigimos políticas económicas que cierren la brecha de la desigualdad racial y de oportunidades. También el foco debe estar sobre la revisión de nuestros sistemas legales que, en el presente, se benefician y aprovechan la opresión de las personas negros, latinas e inmigrantes.

Si bien debemos responsabilizar al Presidente y a otros líderes, también debemos preguntarnos de qué forma contribuimos a exacerbar el racismo y la discriminación por el color de piel en este país. Nuestra inacción y silencio colectivo contribuyó a los linchamientos de Michael Brown, Pamela Turner, Laquan McDonald, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Philando Castile, Atatiana Jefferson, Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed, George Floyd, Trayvon Martin. Agreguemos a la lista los nombres de muchos latinos que han sido asesinados en manos del estado: Antonio Arce, Francisco Serna, Anthony Baez, Antonio Zambrano-Montes, Jessica Hernandez, David Silva y la muerte más, Sean Monterrossa quien protestaba pacíficamente en Vallejo, California.

Hemos fallado al no denunciar, destacar e interrumpir el sentir contra las personas de color negro existente en nuestra propia comunidad. Como Latinx, somos descendientes de muchos países. Según el Pew Research Center, un cuarto de los latinos en Estados Unidos se identifican como afro-latinos, afro-caribeños o de descendencia africana con raíces en América Latina.  Muchos en nuestra comunidad se benefician del privilegio o la ilusión de su proximidad física a los anglosajones sin reconocer nuestras raíces africanas.

Crecemos entre familias que se refieren a la negritud con diminutivos (morenita, negrita, prietita). Hemos guardado silencio cuando nuestras tías nos animan a buscar una pareja de piel clara para que podamos “mejorar la raza.” Nos hemos odiado a nosotros mismos por nuestro color de piel, la textura de nuestro cabello, nuestras curvas o nuestros acentos. Nuestras tradiciones de fe, las escuelas a las que asistimos, las familias que amamos, la música que escuchamos están ancladas en la negritud y nuestras raíces indígenas y, sin embargo, lo opacamos con el querer resaltar nuestra blancura.

El racismo ha influido nuestras propias experiencias en Estados Unidos. Nuestro país fue fundando sobre tierras robadas de indígenas americanos y el trabajo robado de los esclavos. Después de siglos de reforzar injusticias y sistemas de opresión durante generaciones, se nos heredan sistemas penitenciarios que de manera desproporcionada encarcelan y deshumanizan a hombres negros y latinos; sistemas, leyes y conductas sociales que refuerzan esta idea básica.

Como Latinx, hemos experimentado el odio que existe en los Estados Unidos cuando nuestros hijos han sido enjaulados.  El odio es la razón por la que miembros de nuestras familias han sido arrancados de nuestras vidas y deportados. El odio es la razón por la que miembros de nuestras familias inmigrantes son considerados personas ‘esenciales’ contra el COVID-19, pero no se les aprecia como ‘héroes’. Lo vivimos en la vergonzosa respuesta que se dio a los desastres en Puerto Rico.  Y la semana pasada, vimos en vivo por televisión, como Omar Jimenez, un reportero afro-latino de CNN, fue arrestado mientras cumplía su labor.

El camino a la sanación comienza con el reconocimiento. Sí, nos produce incomodidad, pero es necesario para poder lograr resultados distintos. Después debe llegar la acción. Tenemos mucho trabajo por hacer entre nuestras familias, organizaciones y comunidades.

El camino hacia la sanación es el reconocimiento. Lo que le sigue es la acción. Nosotros, los abajo firmantes, hoy anunciamos los siguientes compromisos:

  • Nos comprometemos a acompañar a la comunidad afroamericana al expresar de manera inequívoca que Las Vidas Negras Importan. Seguiremos las instrucciones de líderes de la comunidad afroamericana para responder adecuadamente a la violencia policial contra las personas negras. Todos los firmantes de esta carta han donado a organizaciones que abogan por y están lideradas por personas negras.

  • Nos comprometemos a responsabilizar a TODOS los políticos, en cualquier nivel de gobierno, a que comiencen un cambio audaz y estructural y los desafiaremos si lo llegan a obstaculizar. Nos comprometemos a incluir el llamado al fin del racismo contra los negros en nuestras prioridades legislativas. Esto significa adelantar campañas en defensa, educación y/o comunicacionales que incluyan políticas para el fin de la brutalidad policial, la promoción de políticas económicas contra la desigualdad racial y el cierre de la brecha de oportunidades, así como impulsar la reforma de los sistemas legales (derecho al voto, prisiones privadas, fianzas) que se benefician y se aprovechan de la opresión de las personas negras, latinas e inmigrantes.

  • Nos comprometemos a iniciar el proceso de reconocimiento y sanación contra el racismo y discriminación por el color de la piel dentro de nuestras propias comunidades y familias. Reflexionaremos y discutiremos las formas bajo las que hemos permitido que el sentir contra las personas de color negro ocupe un lugar entre nuestras familias, comunidades e instituciones.  Identificaremos el racismo contra las personas de color negro en nuestras organizaciones y dedicaremos recursos para crear consciencia, examinar nuestros valores y abordar y descontinuar el odio contra las personas de color negro.

  • Responsabilizaremos a nuestros medios de comunicación -tanto en ingles como en español- por como usan sus plataformas para desmantelar el racismo y la discriminación contra las personas de color negro en nuestra propia comunidad latina. Hacemos un llamado a que los medios en español relaten historias de personas AfroLatinx y la discriminación a la cual se enfrentan en este país, y que incluyan más voces AfroLatinx delante y detrás de las cámaras.

En  los meses por venir, habrá muchos intentos para dividir a las comunidad afroamericana y latina. Pero para construir la sociedad que queremos, donde exista equidad de oportunidades para todos, y ponerle fin a la opresión, debemos trabajar en conjunto como lo hemos hecho en en el pasado y luchar por nuestras comunidades, unidos.

Somos for Black Lives, un grupo de firmantes:

Alejandra Y. Castillo, CEO, YWCA USA

Alejandra Gomez and Tomas Robles, Co- Executive Directors, LUCHA

Amanda Renteria, CEO, Code for America

Ana Marie Argilagos, President & CEO, Hispanics in Philanthropy

Ana Sofia Peleaz, Executive Director, Miami Freedom Project

Andrea Mercado, Executive Director, New Florida Majority

Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union

Becca Guerra, Director, New American Majority Fund, Democracy Alliance

Brenda V. Castillo, President & CEO, National Hispanic Media Coalition

Carmen Perez-Jordan, CEO & President , The Gathering for Justice, Justice League NYC

Cecilia Munoz, Vice President, New America

Chris Melody Fields Figueredo, Executive Director, Ballot Initiative Strategy Center

Cid Wilson, President & CEO, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR)

Cristina Jimenez, Executive Director, United We Dream

Denise Collazo, Senior Advisor, Faith in Action

Diana Albarran Chicas, Co-Founder, Latinas in STEM Foundation

Elsa Marie Collins, Co-Founder, This is About Humanity

Frankie Miranda, President, Hispanic Federation

Hector Sanchez Barba, CEO & Executive Director, Mi Familia Vota

Irene Godinez, Founder and Executive Director, Poder NC Action

Janet Murguia , President/CEO, UnidosUS

Jess Morales Rocketto, Civic Engagement Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance

Juan Cartagena, President & General Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF

Liz Rebecca Alarcón, Founder & Executive Director, Pulso

Lorella Praeli, President, Community Change Action

Marco A. Davis, President & CEO, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)

Marcos Vilar, Executive Director, Alianza for Progress

Maria Elena Salinas, Independent Journalist, MES Multi Media LLC

María Teresa Kumar, CEO and President, Voto Latino

María Rodriguez, Executive Director, Florida Immigrant Coalition

Mariana Ruiz Firmat, Executive Director, Kairos

Melissa Morales, Executive Director, Somos Votantes

Dr. Mildred Garcia, President/CEO, American Association of State Colleges and Universities

Monica Lozano, CEO, College Futures Foundation

Mónica Ramírez, President, Justice for Migrant Women and The Latinx House

Nathalie Rayes, President and CEO, Latino Victory

Rocio Saenz, Executive Vice President, Service Employees International Union

Sarah Audelo, Executive Director, Alliance for Youth Action

Sergio Gonzales, Deputy Director , The Immigration Hub

Sindy Benavides, CEO, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

Stephanie Valencia, Co-Founder and President, EquisLabs

Susan Gonzales, Founder & CEO, AIforYou.org

Tory Gavito, President, Way to Win

Yadira Sanchez and Esteban Garces, Co-Executive Directors, Poder Latinx

Emmy Ruiz, Partner, NEWCO Strategies

Juan Rodriguez, Principal, SCRB Strategies

Matt A. Barreto, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Latino Decisions

Adrian Saenz, President, Mosaic Media Strategy Group

Claudia Rodriguez, Analyst, Latino Decisions

Michael Joaquin Frias, CEO, Catalist

Albert Morales, Senior Political Director, Latino Decisions

Crisanta Duran, New York Director of Democrats for Education Reform & former Colorado Speaker of the House, Democrats for Education Reform

Santiago Martinez, Partner, Arena

Erica González, Director, Power 4 Puerto Rico Coalition

Lizet Ocampo, National Political Director, People For the American Way

Eva Hughes, Founder, Adira Consulting

Beatriz Acevedo, President, Acevedo Foundation

Lili Gangas, Chief Technology Community Officer, Kapor Center

Ana Valdez, Executive President, Latino Donor Collaborative

Ana Flores, Founder + CEO, #WeAllGrow Latina Network

Andrea Marta, Executive Director, Faith in Action Fund

Daisy Auger-Domínguez, Chief People Officer, VICE Media Group

Carolina Huaranca Mendoza, Founder, 1504 Ventures

Erika Soto Lamb, Vice President, Social Impact Strategy, MTV and Comedy Central

Katherine Archuleta, Partner, Dimension Strategies

Laura Marquez, Board Member, Latinos44

Nathalie Molina Niño, CEO, Builder Capitalist, Author of LEAPFROG, O³

Paola Ramos, Latinx Advocate

Paola Mendoza, Artist/Author, Rola Productions

Lucy Flores, CEO & Co-Founder, Luz Collective

Nuria Santamaría Wolfe, CMO & Co-founder, Encantos

Eneida M. Roman, Esq, Co-Founder, Amplify LatinX, Amplify Latinx

Carmen Rita Wong, CEO, Malecón Productions

Blanca A Lassalle Vazquez, Founder, Creative Link Inc.

Marcela Valladolid, Author and Chef

Christy Haubegger, Chief Enterprise Inclusion Officer, WarnerMedia

Mildred Otero

Maria Cristina Gonzalez Noguera, Senior Vice President, The Estee Lauder Companies, The Estee Lauder Companies

Ramona E. Romero, Former General Counsel, USDA; VP & General Counsel, Princeton University

Monica Silva-Gutierrez, Sr. Leader, Google

Andrea Gompf Browne, Editorial Lead, Con Todo, Netflix

Lucinda Martinez, EVP, WarnerMedia Entertainment

Margarita Florez, Director, Education; Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Natalia Salgado, Political Director, Center for Popular Democracy

Ana Maria Archila, Co-Executive Director, Center for Popular Democracy

Pili Tobar, Deputy Director, America’s Voice

Franco Caliz-Aguilar, Senior Political Advisor, Community Change Action

Frances Messano, Senior Managing Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund

Irma L. Olguin Jr., CEO, Bitwise Industries

Jessica Perez, Partner, Deloitte

Marissa Padilla, Senior Vice President, Global Strategy Group

Francesca de Quesada Covey, Head of Partnerships, Facebook

Stephanie Baez, Vice President, Global Strategy Group

Natali Fani González, Vice Chair, Montgomery County Planning Board, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Marsha (Catron) Espinosa, Govt & Political Affairs Prof, personal capacity

Lia Parada, Director, Government Affairs, Center for American Progress

Amilcar Guzman, Ph.D., National President, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Alumni Association

Earl Francisco Lopez, President, Lopez Global Advisors

Elvis S. Cordova, Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy, National Recreation and Park Association

Carmen Lomellin, Ambassador (ret), Lomellin Global Partners

Soledad Roybal, Director of Engagement and Partnerships, RCAP

Ebetuel (Beto) Pallares Venegas, PhD, President/CEO – Joseph Advisory, Fund Manager – Arrowhead Innovation Fund, Board Member – Latino Business Action Network, Joseph Advisory Services

Monica Sarmiento, Executive Director, Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights

Estuardo V. Rodriguez, President & CEO, Friends of the American Latino Museum

Vanessa N. Gonzalez, Executive Vice President, Field and Membership Services, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Javier Saade, Managing Partner, Impact Master Holdings

Maritza Perez, National Affairs Director, Drug Policy Alliance

Fernando Treviño, Principal, Treviño Strategic Consulting, LLC

Anthony Reyes, Vice President, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator

Dan Restrepo, Founder, Restrepo Strategies LLC

Nancy Santiago, Community Impact Lead, Ureeka

Shantel Meek, Founding Director, The Children’s Equity Project

Frankie A. Martínez Blanco, Associate Director, Strategy & Engagement, XQ Institute

Elizabeth Barajas-Román, President & CEO, Women’s Funding Network

Christian Esperias, Senior National Director, Our Turn

Juan Sebastian Gonzalez, Senior Fellow, Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement

Johanny Adames, Associate Director, Latino Media & Comms, Planned Parenthood

Pedro Suárez, SVP, Data Science, GMMB

Kate Villarreal, Senior Director of Strategic Communications, Urban Institute

Victoria Suarez-Palomo, Senior Advisor, Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP

Scarlett Jimenez, Development Director, Alliance for Youth Action

Bibi Hidalgo, Co-Founder, Future Partners LLC

Jenny Montoya Tansey, Policy Director, Public Rights Project

Ysabella Osses, Gender Justice Organizer, New Florida Majority

Noerena Limon, SVP of Policy and Advocacy, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP)

Abigail Golden-Vazquez, Executive Director, Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program

Luis Sergio Hernandez Jr.

Vivian M.Leal, Communications Director, Indivisible Northern Nevada

Kenneth Romero, Executive Director, National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL)

Lisa Pino, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights and Former Deputy Administrator of SNAP, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Krystal Ortiz, Director, NEWCO Strategies

Nery Espinosa, Director, NEWCO Strategies

Juan-Pablo Mas, 1) Partner [at APVC] and 2) Founding Board Member [of LatinxVC], Action Potential Venture Capital and LatinxVC

Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO, Latino Community Foundation

Ana Sol Gutierrez, Board President, MoCo Education Equity Forum (MCEF.org)

Christian Esperias, Senior National Director, Our Turn

Renata Soto, Founder, Mosaic Institute

Yvanna D Cancela, Nevada State Senator, Nevada Legislature

Karina Claudio Betancourt, Director-Puerto Rico Project, Open Society Foundations

María J Torres-López, Founder, Diáspora En Resistencia

Maruxa Cardenas Surillo, President, Our Revolution Puerto Rico

Nate Snyder, Executive Vice President and Board Member, Cambridge Global Advisors and LATINOS44

Mario Catalino, CEO, Jangueo Boricua Miami and Catalino Productions

Catarina (“Katie”) Taylor, Executive Director, Pan American Development Foundation (PADF)

Ian Haney Lopez, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law, UC Berkeley

Maria Revelles, Florida Director, Vamos4PuertoRico

Felice Gorordo, CEO, eMerge Americas

Stacie Olivares, Trustee, CalPERS

Gretchen Sierra-Zorita, Principal, Polivox787

Bernadette Carrillo-Hobson, Principal & Founder, Resilient Strategies

Felix Sanchez, Chairman & Co-founder, National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts

Geoconda Argüello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer, Culinary Workers Union Local 226

Evelyn Pérez-Verdía, Democratic Strategist & Founder of Political Pasión, Politicalpasion.com

Natascha Otero-Santiago, Founder, Parranda Puerto Rico

Cindy Polo, State Representative, Florida House

John G. Amaya, Of Counsel, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

Luis Guerra Moreno, Don, West G Entrepreneurs, Inc

Luis Avila, Founder, Instituto

Ricardo Garcia-Amaya, Founder, Top US Latinx Tech Leaders

Adria Márquez, Chair, Obama Latinos Alumni Association

Jason Ortiz, President, Minority Cannabis Business Association

Jennifer Allen Aroz, Senior Vice President of Community & Civic Engagement, League of Conservation Voters

Juliana Ospina Cano, Executive Director, Conexión Américas

Gilda (Gigi) Pedraza, Executive Director, Latino Community Fund (LCF Georgia)

Omar Angel Perez, Lead Organizer, Congregation Action Network

Frances Colón, Ph.D., CEO, Jasperi Consulting

Alicia Contreras, Executive Director, Corazón Arizona

Teresa Acuña, Associate Director, Harvard Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

Rev. Rubén N. Ortiz, Latino Field Coordinator, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Lizette Olmos Godfrey, Consultant, Olmos Strategy Group

Cesar Ramirez, President, Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida

Karina Cabrera Bell, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, OpenAccess

Angela Cobian, Treasurer and Director, Denver Board of Education

John B. King, Jr., President, The Education Trust

Laura I Rodriguez, Former Chief of Staff, Representative Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

Aimee Thorne-Thomsen, Principal, Guerrera Strategies, LLC

Paul M. Landa, Director, Community Family Centers

Alejandra Ruiz, Executive Director, Youth Engagement Fund

Ramón Zayas, Inversionista, Renters-Union.com

Keylin Rivera, Latinx Change Agent

Monika Mantilla, Managing Partner, Small Business Community Capital

Jimmy Torres Velez, President, Iniciativa Acción Puertorriqueña

Evelyn Perez-Verdia, CEO and Founder, Transnational Relations, LLC

Andrea Lopez Pearce, Legal Advocate

Jose Hernandez-Paris, Executive Director, Latin American Coalition

Omar Jimenez, Youth Vice Chair, 23rd Senatorial District Tejano Democrats

Bernadette Carrillo-Hobson, Principal & Founder, Resilient Strategies

Matt Nelson, Executive Director, Presente.org

Mayra E Alvarez, President, The Children’s Partnership

Wendy Mateo-pascual, Principal Consulting, Crossways Consulting

Omar Esposito, Chief Revenue Officer, Stackfolio

Lizette Olmos Godfrey, Consultant, Olmos Strategy Group

Sylvia Marcela Gómez, Partner, Culture Shift Team

Marietta Vazquez, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician, Director Yale Children’s Hispanic Clinic

Nilda Ruiz, President, National Puerto Rican Agenda

Nancy Torres, Co-Founder and Advisory Board Member, Latinx MBA Association

Karen Coronel, Regional Manager, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation

Diana G. Hume Rivera, Ms., Villanova University (Class of 2024)

Samantha Ramirez-Herrera, CEO/Founder, Offtharecord, Inc.

Ericka Gomez-Tejeda, Organizing Director, Organize Florida

Giovanna Guerrero-Medina, PhD, Executive Director/Directora Ejecutiva, Ciencia Puerto Rico

Mónica Feliú-Mójer, Director of Communications (Ciencia Puerto Rico) & Associate Director of Diversity (iBiology), Ciencia Puerto Rico and iBiology

Pedro Viloria, Operations Coordinator, Latino Community Fund of Georgia

Sofia Ferber, Invariant

Valeria Carranza, Chief of Staff, Montgomery County Council

Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director, Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO)

Sean Salas, Co-Founder and CEO, Camino Financial

Nury Castillo Crawford, President, Georgia Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents

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Georgia Secretary of State, Election Board Must Safeguard June 9 Primary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / LINK

June 2, 2020

Contact: Gabrielle Abbott, Gabrielle@AllVotingisLocal.org, 773.369.5358

 

 

Georgia Secretary of State, Election Board Must Safeguard June 9 Primary

Lack of funding and preparedness leads to delays and safety concerns

ATLANTA — All Voting is Local Georgia and more than 10 civil rights organizations, including The Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Campaign Legal Center, the Coalition for the People’s Agenda, and Black Voters Matter, called on Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and State Election Board members to establish uniform standards and provide funding to counties to fix widespread ballot processing problems, voting delays, and unsafe conditions at polling places for the June 9 primary.

 

Georgia voters are being denied the right to vote privately, securely, and safely. Voters are not receiving the mailed ballots they requested, are not being informed of election changes in a timely or inclusive manner, and have reported a lack of sanitation procedures at polling places.

 

In their letter, groups said: “Despite the challenges of these times, Georgia voters demand fair, equitable and efficient elections. Providing all active voters with absentee ballot applications and allowing counties to install ballot drop boxes have been a helpful start, but without the additional actions outlined in this letter, the integrity of the June 9th primary election is still at risk. Boards of elections and voters need the additional support of time, better information, and enforcement of uniform protocols to reduce the impediments to their absentee ballots being counted and to have safe in-person voting if that is what they choose to or must do.”

 

The groups are demanding state officials make these changes immediately:

  • Extend the deadline for receipt of mailed-in absentee ballots.
  • Implement an enhanced communications strategy to adequately inform voters of the addition of absentee drop box locations and changes to in-person polling locations.
  • Enforce uniform protocols related to the provision to and use of personal protective equipment by poll workers and voters throughout the state.

The letter is available here.

 

The following groups signed the letter: ProGeorgia State Table, All Voting is Local Georgia, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta, Black Voters Matter, Coalition for the People’s Agenda, Common Cause, Georgia Association for Latino Elected Officials, Georgia Stand Up, The Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, The League of Women Voters Georgia, NAACP-GA, The New Georgia Project, Southern Poverty Law Center Action Fund, Campaign Legal Center.

 

All Voting is Local has created a visual tracking tool on the number of absentee ballot applications, by day and county, which can be found here.

 

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All Voting is Local fights to eliminate needless and discriminatory barriers to voting before they happen, to build a democracy that works for us all. It is a collaborative campaign housed at the Leadership Conference Education Fund, in conjunction with the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation; the American Constitution Society; the Campaign Legal Center; and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. For more information about All Voting is Local, visit https://allvotingislocal.org and follow us on Twitter @votingislocal.

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Jerry Gonzalez:  Surviving COVID-19

Jerry Gonzalez:  Surviving COVID-19

June 1, 2020

By:  Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO

It was Mother’s Day.  I woke up with a slight fever and a slight persistent cough.  I felt some body aches as well

My husband woke up and was feeling fine, but felt my skin warm to the touch.  He took my temperature and it was 100.5.  Immediately, he recommended we get tested for COVID-19.  We got tested at a facility that had 30 minute turn around for results and we were also lucky to get an appointment on that same day.

Upon arriving, the process moved along smoothly.  We had to have our appointment proof and our ID’s ready.  Our windows closed the whole time, volunteers and police pointed to where we needed to go.  Then, we were approached by either a volunteer or medical professional fully geared in PPE with gowns, face mask & shield, gloves.  With the window cracked enough for a swab, she instructed us to take the swab from her and how deep we needed to go into our noses for an effective test.

Then, we waited in our car to receive the results.  Thoughts of all of the serious hospitalizations and deaths were top of mind for us while we also reassured each other.  The time waiting for the results seemed like the longest wait we had experienced. Finally, we did get a call from a nurse with the results.  We were both positive for COVID-19; and, the world stopped for a long moment for both of us.  She proceeded to let us know we should isolate at home and not leave the house for any reason other than for seeking medical care.

During our short ride home, we discussed what we needed to do and discussed scenarios in case one or both of us were to get hospitalized, or worse put on a ventilator.  We had to prepare ourselves for that reality.  We also began to second guess ourselves on where we fell short in our efforts to prevent infection.  Where did it happen?  The coronavirus is everywhere.  It could have happened anywhere and all the virus needed was one opportunity to infect us both.

After getting home, we had to call our mothers to wish them a “Happy Mother’s Day” but we had both decided we would not let them know anything about our results until the quarantine period passed.  We did not want to worry our parents needlessly given the daily news of deaths and growing infections.  We hoped and prayed we would be able to tell them after our quarantine time was over and that it was uneventful…we hoped and prayed for that.

Fortunately, we do have a close circle of friends who are doctors, specifically who work in the emergency rooms and with infections diseases.  We did get a best scenario discussion with them and they advised on what we needed to do now and what we needed to look for to head to the hospital, in case it did come to that.  One of the two things that was helpful for us to consider was the taking of baby aspirin daily because of the situation with COVID-19 causing strokes in some people.  In addition, our friends warned about ensuring we did daily checks of our oxygen levels in our blood through a simple pulse oximeter, which we were glad to have access to.  If our levels fell below 92%, we were to head for the hospital.  There had been cases of healthy people waiting too long before they sought medical care and ended up either dying or being placed on a ventilator because of the delay in seeking medical care.

The days and night that followed were difficult. Anxiety was high for us both thinking of the worst-case scenarios hourly.  Yes, in hindsight, that is irrational; but, when you are dealing with it yourself, your mind races with anxiety and your emotions take over our rational thinking goes out the window.

We are both fortunate that we had each other.  We are blessed to have our home to quarantine together.  We had stocked up with food in our pantry to last us two weeks.  We have a tight circle of friends that checked in on us daily and provided needed supplies.  We are fortunate that we had the resources to have some groceries delivered to our home.  We are privileged to be able to also work some from home during this period of quarantine.

My slight fever and cough lasted four days.  The body aches lasted a bit longer and my body felt weak.  Each day was filled with anxiety and hope of the fever passing.  Each hour, I was thinking about whether my symptoms would worsen and whether I may require hospitalization.  My husband, on the other hand, was asymptomatic the whole time; yet, he was also feeling terrified that one of us could wind up in the hospital.

Last week, our nation reached a grim milestone of over 100,000 deaths from COVID-19.  Last week, we also ended our 14-day quarantine without requiring any hospitalization.  The CDC recommendations for quarantine were only for 10 days, but we wanted to make certain we would not be responsible for spreading the virus to anyone else.

The coronavirus causing this global pandemic is still with us and it is everywhere.   With loosening of lockdown processes everywhere, the virus will continue to spread.  Everyone out in public should wear a mask in order to significantly reduce the spread by asymptomatic people.  This virus is deadly still and we have a grim reminder of the 100,000 deaths we just mourned together as a nation.  Despite hospitalizations being down in some areas, the virus is still taking a serious toll on people.  The virus is disproportionately seriously impacting the poor, essential workers, the elderly, African Americans and Latinos.

In order to honor those we have lost, we must work collectively to contain the spread.  It is up to us all to stop the virus; and we have a common shared sense of responsibility to do everything that we can to slow and stop the spread of the virus.

Wash your hands.

Don’t touch your face.

Wear a mask in public.

Stay home as much as you can.

Avoid large crowds.

Follow CDC guidelines and please do take this virus seriously until we have a vaccine.

Despite the fact that I came out of this situation with minimal symptoms or impact on my health, I would not wish what we went through on anyone.

Stay safe and stay healthy.

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COVID-19 and Elections (Coronavirus y las Elecciones)- Edición Bilingüe

By Natalia B. Dutra

31 May 2020

COVID-19 and Elections

The world, as we know it, is going through drastic changes; a microscopic organism has halted our daily lives and has devastated many communities. As we continue to practice social distancing, staying inside when possible, practicing good hygiene, and helping others, there are ways to resume our regular habits. One thing that should not be affected by this pandemic is our democracy. Although it is currently less safe to vote at your polling station, there are other ways to make your voice heard. 

The Georgia General Primary was initially scheduled for May 24th and the Presidential Preference Primary for some time in March, but since the Coronavirus outbreak, the date has jumped around. As of today, the elections have been both pushed to June 9th. Just because election day has been postponed doesn’t mean you have to wait to exercise your civil rights; there are ways to vote right now from the comfort and safety of your home. The state has announced that all active, registered voters will receive absentee ballot applications in the mail in hopes of increasing voter turnout. Once this form is completed and returned to the mailing address, you will receive your absentee ballot, which allows you to vote in the election. After mailing your completed ballot, you will officially have participated in the election. Congratulations! 

It is as simple as that, but what should you do if you have not received anything in the mail? You can find the absentee ballot application online at the official Georgia Secretary of State website. Once you download and complete the form, you can submit it to your local County Board of Registrar’s Office through the mail, fax, or even email. Once you finish the application process, you will receive your ballot in the mail. We recommend you return it via mail by June 1st. 

Despite these unprecedented times, voting is still crucial. This election cycle will determine what the general election looks like, and the upcoming general election will significantly impact the future of our community. Many positions are up for reelection, such as congressional seats; therefore, it is of paramount importance that we continue to participate in elections. It is our civic duty to ensure that the people in office are fighting for legislation that supports, protects, and uplifts our diverse community so that in trying times like these, we have competent leadership. 

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Coronavirus y las Elecciones

El mundo, como lo conocemos, está pasando por cambios drásticos; un organismo microscópico ha parado nuestras vidas diarias y ha devastado muchas comunidades. A medida que continuamos practicando el distanciamiento social, permaneciendo dentro cuando es posible, practicando la buena higiene y ayudando a otros, hay maneras de resumir nuestros hábitos normales. Una cosa que no debería verse afectada por esta pandemia es nuestra democracia. Aunque actualmente es menos seguro físicamente emitir un voto, hay otras maneras de hacer que su voz sea escuchada.

La Primaria General de Georgia se programó inicialmente para el 24 de mayo y la Primaria de Preferencia Presidencial por algún tiempo en marzo, pero desde el brote del coronavirus, la fecha ha cambiado varias veces. A partir de hoy, las dos elecciones se llevarán a cabo el día 9 de junio. Sólo porque el día de las elecciones ha sido pospuesto, no significa que usted tiene que esperar para ejercer sus derechos civiles; hay maneras de votar ahora mismo desde la comodidad y la seguridad de su hogar. El estado de Georgia ha anunciado que todos los votantes registrados y activos recibirán las solicitudes de papeleta por correo con la esperanza de aumentar la participación electoral. Una vez completado este formulario y devuelto a la dirección de correo, recibirá su boleta para votar por correo, que le permite votar en la elección. Después de enviar su boleta completa, usted habrá participado oficialmente en la elección. ¡Felicidades!

Es tan simple como eso, pero ¿qué debe hacer si no ha recibido nada en el correo? Puede encontrar la solicitud de la papeleta de ausencia en línea en el sitio web oficial del Secretario de Estado de Georgia. Una vez que descargue y complete el formulario, puede enviarlo a la Oficina del Registro del Condado a través de correo postal, fax o incluso correo electrónico. Una vez que termine el proceso de solicitud, recibirá su boleta por correo, y una vez que haya terminado, la devolverá por correo,  antes del 1 de junio.

A pesar de estos tiempos sin precedentes, la votación sigue siendo crucial. Este ciclo electoral determinará cómo serán las elecciones generales, y las próximas elecciones generales tendrán un impacto significativo en el futuro de nuestra comunidad. Muchos cargos se presentan a la reelección, como los escaños del Congreso; por lo tanto, es de suma importancia que sigamos participando en las elecciones. Es nuestro deber cívico asegurar que las personas en el cargo estén luchando por una legislación que apoye, proteja y eleve nuestra diversa comunidad para que, en tiempos difíciles como estos, tengamos un liderazgo competente.

 

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How COVID-19 is Affecting Immigration

By Cyntia Sosa

31 May 2020

How COVID-19 is Affecting Immigration

The pandemic that has been brought on by COVID-19 has affected various parts of our society, especially in closing different businesses and forcing citizens to socially distance from others. A major affect that this pandemic has on society is how it is impacting immigration and immigrant communities. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that they will be closing their offices until June 4th, which could have an impact on different systems such as DACA renewals and appointments that had been scheduled during the closures.

These closures and halt on services has caused various services to be cancelled or rescheduled such as interviews, naturalizations, biometrics appointments, oath ceremonies, and much more. Because of this, many immigration benefit processing’s have also been stalled. U.S. embassies and consulates around the world have been closed which will affect visa services. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements (ICE) announced that there would be a delay in the enforcement of detaining people who are not considered public safety risks, as well as not pursuing them in hospitals or other health care facilities (Redmon, 2020).

Even though the USCIS offices are closed, DACA renewals are still being processed. USCIS has announced that they will be using previously submitted biometrics for renewals for people who had appointments scheduled ahead of time. There are many DACA recipients and immigrants who are in the frontlines working to care for others during the pandemic, but they have been excluded from things such as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (C.A.R.E.S ACT), which was created to provide American citizens with assistance during these difficult times, however it excluded the vulnerable population of immigrants. They were excluded from provisions that would ensure testing and economic relief to those who were eligible for the assistance, which not only poses a risk for these communities but also for the people that they are around every day. COVID-19 affects everyone in the community, regardless of race or ethnicity, so people should have equal access to resources ensuring that we move forward as a country in public safety and in our economy.

Works Cited

ACLU News & Commentary. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.aclu.org/news/immigrants-rights/covid-19-doesnt-discriminate-neither-should-congress-response/

Chishti, M., Chishti, S. P. M., & Pierce, S. (2020, April 9). Crisis within a Crisis: Immigration in the United States in a Time of COVID-19. Retrieved from https://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/crisis-within-crisis-immigration-time-covid-19

Frequently Asked Questions about DACA Renewals in the Middle of COVID-19 Crisis. (2020, April 2). Retrieved from https://unitedwedream.org/2020/04/frequently-asked-questions-about-daca-renewals-in-the-middle-of-covid-19-crisis/

https://www.ilrc.org/sites/default/files/resources/practice_alert-uscis_updates_covid19_final.pdf. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://research.newamericaneconomy.org/report/undocumented-immigrants-covid-19-crisis/

Redmon, J. (2020, March 26). Immigrants, refugees in Georgia vulnerable amid coronavirus pandemic. Retrieved from https://www.ajc.com/news/breaking-news/immigrants-refugees-georgia-vulnerable-amid-coronavirus-pandemic/pJJFmzOZzyiUTJRyiEBzoM/

 

 

 

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Leading Voting Rights Advocates Host Virtual Town Hall to Mobilize Voters Ahead of Primaries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT: Adam Sweat

asweat@progeorgia.org, 678-951-2172

 

Leading Voting Rights Advocates Host Virtual Town Hall to Mobilize Voters Ahead of Primaries

 

Thursday, April 28, 2020 (ATLANTA, GA) –  Leading voting rights organizations, convened by the ProGeorgia table, are hosting a Virtual Town Hall on May 4th. The event will encourage voter registration and participation, especially in historically marginalized and underserved communities, ahead of the primary elections on June 9, 2020. elections.

 

ProGeorgia’s Election Protection Coalition is proud to support Georgia voters via our national, non-partisan Election Protection Hotlines: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (687-8683) | 1-888-54GALEO (544-2536) (SPANISH/ENGLISH)| (404) 955-7322 (Asian Languages/English) | 844-YALLA-US (925-5287) (Arabic/English).

 

Details about the upcoming virtual town hall follow:

 

WHO: ProGeorgia

All Voting is Local

GALEO

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta

Georgia NAACP

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Common Cause GA

League of Women Voters Georgia

Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda

Southern Poverty Law Center

 

WHEN: Monday, May 4, 2020, 6:30 – 8:00pm EST

 

WHAT: Virtual town hall

 

WHERE: Via Zoom

 

WHY: COVID-19 has necessitated multiple changes to Georgia’s voting

landscape. This virtual town hall will help voters better understand how to take part in the upcoming primary elections. Panelists will provide insight into their latest interactions with the Secretary of State’s office, as well as speak to new and online lawsuits and activities regarding election protection, highlighting perspectives relevant to members of historically underrepresented and marginalized groups, including youth, people of color, immigrants, and disabled members of Georgia’s population.

 

This town hall will be followed by a Spanish-language virtual town hall hosted by GALEO on May 11, 2020 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm via Facebook Live at facebook.com/GALEO.org.

 

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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Executive Director Jerry Gonzalez Honored in 41 LGBTQ Latinx Role Models

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
April 14, 2020 Alberto B. Mendoza
323-383-4924
HONOR 41 Announces 2020 “The 41 List” Honorees

41 List Recognizes 41 LGBTQ Latinx Role Models

LOS ANGELES, CA – Honor 41 is proud to announce the fifth edition of “The 41 List,” which
celebrates 41 LGBTQ Latinx role models. This year’s 41 List includes a diverse group of
distinguished professors, journalists, community leaders, actors, elected officials, activists, non-profit
leaders, artists, students, entrepreneurs, and more.

“Honor 41 promotes awareness and positive images of the Latinx LGBTQ community. Celebrating
this year’s honorees and sharing their stories is an incredible personal honor,” said Alberto B.
Mendoza, founder of Honor 41 and Producer of The 41 List. “Their work is paving the way for the
Latinx LGBTQ community to come out and embrace their lives with authentically and with orgullo.”
Beginning April 21, video interviews of each honoree will be released on the organization’s social
media channels and website. The videos highlight each of the honoree’s personal experience with
coming out and how religion, culture, family, and HIV/AIDS have impacted their lives.
To view a video of all 41 honorees click here.

There are nine different countries that represent our honorees which include the United States,
Puerto Rico, Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Venezuela, Spain,Cuba, and Uruguay. Our honorees
come from 20 different cities and 30 percent of them are under the age of 30, and 25 percent identify
as transgender or gender-nonconforming.

Amongst the group is a professor, a city council member, two survivors of pulse, founder of the
International Imperial court, five journalists, ten executive directors, actors, documentarians, students,
president of the Realtors Association, and more.

The 2020 honorees are:
1. Thom A. Hernandez, Palm Springs
2. Giuliani J. Alvarenga, New Orleans
3. Eddy F. Alvarez Jr. Portland OR,
4. Jamie Arangure, San Diego
5. Damian Cabrera, San Juan,
6. Nancy Cañas, DC
7. Felicia Carbajal, Los Angeles
8. Cora Cervantes, Los Angeles
9. Michaé De La Cuadra, Los Angeles
10. Brian De Los Santos, Palm Springs

11. Jose Luis Dieppa, Orlando
12. Ashley Figueroa, Orlando
13. Robert Gamboa, Los Angeles
14. Jesse Garcia, DC
15. Ana Gomez, DC
16. Brandon Gomez, NYC
17. Jerry Gonzalez, Atlanta
18. Jonatan Guerrero, Charleston
19. Yozantli J. Lagunas, Sacramento
20. Andres Martinez, Anaheim

21. Eddie Martinez, Los Angeles
22. Maritza Martinez, Oakland
23. Jorge Matamoros, Madrid, Spain
24. Julio Matamoros, Madrid, Spain
25. Morgan Mayfaire, Miami
26. Lisbeth Melendez Rivera, DC
27. Ryan Mendoza, Los Angeles
28. Xelestial Moreno-Luz, San Diego
29. Nicole Murray Ramirez, San Diego
30. Ricardo J. Negron-Almodovar,
Orlando
31. Karari Olvera Orozco, Chicago
32. Alexis Ortega, Palm Springs
33. Andre Perez, Berkeley
34. Ezak Perez, Los Angeles
35. Francisco Ruiz, Atlanta
36. Valerie Palacios, Louisville
37. Li ann (Estrella) Sanchez, Atlanta
38. Antonio Santos, Chicago
39. Robert Salcido, San Antonio
40. Monica Trasandes, Los Angeles
41. Jamie Zapata, San Antonio

Quotes from honorees:
Robert Salcido, Director of the San Antonio LGBTQ Center

“Growing up as a young Queer Latino, examples that showed me that I could
simultaneously be Queer, successful, and thrive were nonexistent. Being honored by
The 41 List is an opportunity for me to represent those qualities to our younger
generations now and in the future.”

Jaime Zapata

“Positive role models are important for the LGBTQ+ community because many of us
struggled without any kind of support in the past.  When we advocate for ourselves and
others, we shatter the stereotypes placed on us by society and break barriers for the
next generation.”

Lisbeth Melendez Rivera

“As a Puerto Rican butch dyke who was raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico, I carry the
struggles and resilience of my people with me. I am humbled to be recognized by Honor
41 for more than seven years of passion-filled work in Latinx, queer and trans, and faith-
rooted movements for social justice. I send my congratulations to all of the other
honorees. Es siempre un honor ser reconocida por y con mis compatriotas. Pa’lante
siempre!”

Ricardo Negron-Almodovar

“This labor of love done by Honor 41 is nothing short of remarkable. As a proud gay
boricua, I feel very honored to be included in a list with so many amazing, powerful and
fearless people. It’s so important for our community to have a space where we are
uplifted, celebrated  and where other LGBTQ+ latinx individuals can find leaders and
role models to look up to, learn together and create meaningful connections.”

Jerry Gonzalez

“In the Latinx community, we do need to have dignity in our GLBTQ community and the
many contributions we make.  I am a proud Latino, who is also a gay man.  I do my
work for the community and I bring my whole self to the table.  That is what makes us
more passionate and stronger about our work.”

Jonatan Guerrero

Honor41 celebrating role models in our community means this giving us a platform to
highlight the work folxs are doing in small cities and in our small communities. This
platform highlights the grassroots organizers and is giving our people the hope and
drive to keep moving forward. This nation was built by the sweat of immigrants and
highlighting our LGBTQ+ leaders is showing the process we are making for the next
generation to come! Our journey is not over yet, this is just the beginning for us! I am
honored to be part of this list and I hope my story will help influence our youth para
seguir luchando y saber que sí se puede!!!

Jamie Arangure

Es un privilegio ser parte de los #41 Honor 2019-2020 y compartir este reconocimiento
con todos los elegidos en esta edición, ya que nuestra misión es servir a los demás con
el propósito de alcanzar la igualdad justa para nuestra comunidad " LGBT+" El
reconocer a nuestros líderes activistas de la comunidad es de suma importancia, lo
cual es una motivación para seguir logrando nuestras metas, tomando esta plataforma
para crecer individual y profesionalmente.

Jesse Garcia

“It is an honor to be recognized in this virtual museum of people who not only bravely
came out of the closet but took to the streets to fight for our right to exist. So many
stories and journeys would have been lost and ignored by history books because of our
orientation, gender, skin color and/or where we originated. No more. Our revolution will
be televised.”

Why celebrating role models is important:
“I’m a storyteller and focus my podcast regularly on Latinx people who are making
positive change. I appreciate Honor 41’s similar mission of recognizing role models,
both young and old, who give hope to the next generation. These children need to see
one of us making it in this world. Our success provides them a roadmap on how to get
out of a hurtful place. So many grow up unloved, unsupported and mistreated for being
queer. Our journeys will help guide them.”

Cora Cervantes:

I am proud and honored to be a part of the Honor 41 project. This project is important to
me because it gave me a space to share a part of my story with my family, friends, and
community. My choice to participate in the Honor 41 project is rooted in the belief that
we must be for others what we needed at a young age. I wish that as a young Latina I
had access to space like this one.
It is important to increase our visibility so that the next generation can find examples of
resilience, acceptance, community, and pride. I hope that the collection of these stories
helps to continue to bridge the gap in understanding within the Latino community.

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Honor 41’s name originates from an anti-gay hate crime that took place in Mexico City.
In the 1901 incident, 41 men were beaten, arrested, and eventually disappeared for
their sexual orientation. Since then, the number 41 has been used as slang in Mexico to
refer to gay men. Honor 41 reclaims the number to honor inspirational individuals in the
LGBTQ community and their tireless work toward acceptance and equality. For more
information about Honor 41, an independent 501(c)(3), online non-profit organization,
please visit: www.honor41.org.

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