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Georgia Advocates Condemn the Trump Administration’s Latest Attempt to Disrupt the Outcome of the 2020 Census

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August 6, 2020

Georgia Advocates Condemn the Trump Administration’s Latest Attempt to Disrupt the Outcome of the 2020 Census

Georgia advocates across the state are angered by the latest move by the Trump Administration to limit census participation of black, brown, and immigrant communities. After granting an extension for Census completion in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump Administration recently instructed the United States Census Bureau to complete the 2020 Census activites a month early, by September 30, 2020.

“Black, brown and immigrant communities have been ravaged by COVID-19, violent and racist policing and repeated attempts to attack our voting rights. The last thing any elected official should do in this unprecedented time is seek to disrupt an accurate and full census count of our communities — thereby sabotaging our state’s chance to receive federal resources Georgia families desperately depend on. Congress must protect the 2020 Census by including an extension of the Congressional reporting deadline in the next COVID-19 bill,” states Stephanie Cho, Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta.

This past spring, the Trump Administration originally announced an extension for residents to complete their census by October 31, 2020. Currently, only 58.7% of the state’s population has completed the 2020 Census. Ending operations early puts Georgia at risk for losing millions in federal funding over the next 10 years.

A successful 2020 Census requires following up with those who do not respond on their own. A shorter census timeline will make it impossible to count every household. Door knocking disproportionately covers the historically undercounted communities in Georgia and this move severely limits door-to-door enumeration.

The census is not a partisan issue — an undercount in Georgia fails the whole state.  Make no mistake, as Georgians across the state prepare to vote in the November general election, we are watching very closely the actions of current US Senators to stand up for our communities across the state. Our Senators must act immediately to extend the statutory reporting deadlines for congressional apportionment data, and give the Census Bureau the time it has said it needs to complete the count.

We implore all Georgians to call Senators Leoffler and Purdue and demand an extension for the completion of census in this great time of need. Now more than ever, it is critically important for all Georgians to fill out the census and help other households to do so, in a safe and socially distanced manner.

Sen. Kelly Loeffler

(202) 224-3643

131 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

Contact: www.loeffler.senate.gov

 

Sen. David Perdue

(202) 224-3521

455 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

Contact: www.perdue.senate.gov/connect/email

 

Signed:

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta

Atlanta Sikh Community

Black Voters Matter GA

Burmese Rohingya Community of Georgia (BRCG)

CAIR Georgia

Coalition of Latino Leaders-CLILA

Common Cause Georgia

Environment Georgia

Faith in Public Life

Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO)

Georgia Muslim Voter Project (GAMVP)

Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda

Georgia Conservation Voters (GCV)

Georgia Equality

Georgia WAND

Georgia Stand Up

Korean American Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta-Georgia

KOWIN Atlanta GA -Korean Women International Network

Laotian American National Alliance

Latino Community Fund – Georgia

League of Women Voters of Georgia, Inc.

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)

ProGeorgia

Refugee Women’s Network

Rep GA Institute, Inc.

Somali American Community Center

Southeast Immigrant Rights Network

Wake Up, Atlanta

Women Watch Afrika, Inc. (WWA)

 

 

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NALEO Educational Fund Responds to Census Bureau Director’s Announcement that Operations Will End a Month Early

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August 4, 2020

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

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

NALEO Educational Fund Responds to Census Bureau Director’s
Announcement that Operations Will End a Month Early

Despite asking for a four-month extension in May,
Census Bureau succumbs to White House political pressure

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund released a statement from CEO Arturo Vargas in response to the Census Bureau Director’s announcement that Census 2020 data collection will end on September 30:

“For decades, the U.S. Census Bureau has enjoyed the well-earned global reputation as a respected statistical agency, independent of political agendas; sadly for our nation, that tradition ended.  Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham has announced that despite asking for a four-month extension in May to complete the 2020 Census given the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Census Bureau will stop collecting household data on September 30 instead of October 31 as previously announced.  The Bureau will now rush to complete the census by the current deadline, a task that professional staff at the Census Bureau have repeatedly indicated was unachievable and would lead to an unacceptable census count.

“In May, the Bureau’s Associate Director of Field Operations, Timothy P. Olson, stated that ‘We have passed the point where we could even meet the current legislative requirement of December 31.  We can’t do that anymore.’  The Bureau’s Associate Director for Decennial Census Programs, Albert E. Fontenot Jr., echoed this sentiment in a press briefing on July 8 when he said, ‘We are past the window of being able to get those counts’ by the end of 2020.

“The Secretary of Commerce acknowledged this reality and formally requested that Congress extend the deadline for delivering the apportionment counts by four months.  The Secretary has now abandoned that position in order to comply with President Trump’s July 21 policy memorandum requesting that the apportionment counts be delivered to him by December 31, upon which he seeks to produce different apportionment numbers that exclude undocumented immigrants, despite their inclusion being required by the U.S. Constitution.

“Congress can stop the political hijacking of the census by asserting its constitutional authority over the decennial count.  The Senate COVID-19 stimulus bill should follow the House’s HEROES Act (H.R. 6800), which extends the December 31, 2020 deadline to deliver the apportionment counts, to April 30, 2021.

“Despite months of millions of American households sheltering at home due to the pandemic, the national response rate as of August 2 was only 62.9 percent, barely higher than the Bureau’s April 30 self-response goal of 60.1 percent.  The Census Bureau has an unexpectedly more difficult challenge in achieving a 100 percent count, which includes numerous operations and data processing procedures in addition to the data collection.  Forcing the Bureau to meet the current deadlines will sacrifice the accuracy of the census, and waste $16 billion in taxpayer dollars for an incomplete count.  The groups most likely to be excluded from the census now are historically undercounted populations, including Latinos, African Americans, Native Americans, rural populations, low-income households, and children.

“Despite this political sabotaging of the census, NALEO Educational Fund remains committed to promoting a complete count that is both fair and accurate.  NALEO Educational Fund will continue its ¡Hagase Contar! campaign with vigor.  Our respect for the U.S. Constitution requires nothing less.”

Residents can self-respond to the census online at https://my2020census.gov/ or over the phone in English by dialing 844-330-2020 or in Spanish at 844-468-2020.

Individuals with questions about the census can call NALEO Educational Fund’s toll-free national census bilingual hotline at 877-EL-CENSO (877-352-3676) – Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.– 8:30 p.m. ET to get additional information.

Partners can stay up to date on tools to continue to get out the count in Latino communities by visiting www.hagasecontar.org/resources, texting CENSUS to 97779, or by subscribing to our e-mail list here.

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About NALEO Educational Fund
NALEO Educational Fund is the nation’s leading non-profit, non-partisan organization that facilitates the full participation of Latinos in the American political process, from citizenship to public service.

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Press Statement: GALEO Denounces the Unconstitutional Attack on Census. Everyone Counts.

GALEO Denounces Unconstitutional Attack on Census

Everyone counts, regardless of immigration status

Press Statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO

jerry@galeo.org, 678.691.1086

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 (Norcross, GA) -Following President Trump’s unconstitutional memorandum banning undocumented immigrants from counting toward congressional apportionment, Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO, released the following statement:

“The move by the Trump Administration is another unconstitutional attempt to suppress the growing power and influence of the Latinx and immigrant communities.  The memorandum will likely be fought through litigation and we will win once again.

The Administration is trying to redefine who should be counted; but,  our U.S. Constitution makes it clear that every person living in our nation, regardless of immigration status, should be counted.

By the strongest federal confidentiality protections, the U.S. Census Bureau does not share any personal information with any other entity, including ICE.  All immigrants should feel safe and secure in participating in the 2020 Census to ensure our communities get their fair share of resources for our schools and healthcare needs.

We will not be invisible nor erased from the 2020 Census.  We must stand up to ensure we have a complete count that includes all immigrants, children and those hard to count communities.

These last minute scare tactics by the Administration will not deter us to encourage continued participation of those who have not yet been counted in the 2020 Census.”

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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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Las Vidas Negras Importan (Black Lives Matter)

By Natalia B. Dutra

14 July 2020

Black Lives Matter. This isn’t a revolutionary statement, it’s not a new idea, and it’s certainly not something to debate. Since the conception of this country black people have been forced to fight for their right to live freely. The protests we see today are a culmination of years of oppression and injustice. From slavery all the way to the modern prison industrial complex, racist institutions have altered over time and persistently targeted the black community.

What’s Going On?

When faced with the facts there is no denying the existence of an issue. Facts such as black men are 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police than white men or that the wealth gap between white and black families is still as wide as it was in 1968. The fact that a child named Tamir Rice can be murdered for holding a water shooter. The fact that a woman named Breonna Taylor can be gunned down while sleeping in her own home. The fact that the white supremacists that nearly lynched Vauhxx Booker can walk away freely. We say Black Lives Matter because historically black lives have not been valued in the same way as other lives. 

Recently, protests resurged due to the increase in video footage of murders committed by police officers. These protests are only the newest events in an advancing fight for equity liberation. The growth in accessibility to the internet has helped expose the horrors that black people face on a daily basis. These videos that range from white women calling the police over a barbeque to unarmed and defenseless black people being brutally murdered by police officers have finally led to the public outrage of other communities.

Racism and Colorism within Latin America

These ongoing struggles are not contained within the United States. Racism and specifically colorism run rampant among the Latinx community. Colonization brought with it a prejudicial system of hierarchy based on skin tone, which was deeply rooted into society. This system is known today as colorism. Colorism is the discrimination of others based on their skin complexion; people with lighter skin tones are viewed in a much better way than those with darker skin tones. Growing up I remember seeing racist caricatures of black people in art. I remember seeing people parading around in black face during Carnival. I remember hearing stories of my great grandmother advising my mother to marry a white man so she could “clean up” or whiten the family.

Instances of police murdering black people are also not contained within the United States. Joao Pedro, a black child, was shot to death by police officers in his home, just this year; the 14 year old lived in Brasil, a country where it is reported that at least 17 people are killed daily by police officers. Similarly to the United States, we can still feel the impact of the racist foundations our institutions were built upon. 

How you can Help

As you reflect, the question that may pop up is how to help. Here are some steps you can take moving forward:

  1. Educate Yourself Learning about history and the effects it still has on the world is extremely important. Thanks to the internet there are countless sources right at your fingertips, many of which are completely free. 

(While it is easy to simply ask questions to people you know, remember that no one is required to educate you. These topics can be mentally and emotionally taxing. Do some research on your own.)

  1. Listen to Others – Your experiences are not universal. Read literature, watch documentaries, and listen to podcasts from black authors. Also, listen to black people around you without being defensive.
  2. Donate – Whether it be time or money, donate to causes that support Black Lives Matter. There are many bail funds, memorial funds, and smaller organizations in need of support during these times. If you are unable to help financially you can sign petitions, spread information, and there are even YouTube videos you can watch that will donate their ad revenue to a variety of organizations.
  3. Talk to Your Family – Many of those in the older generations may not even be aware of what is going on. Educate and spread awareness. Take the steps to have those difficult and uncomfortable conversations, so that you can create a path to growth. 

 

Resources 

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Las Vidas Negras Importan (Black Lives Matter)

Black Lives Matter. Esta frase significa que las vidas de las personas negras importan. Esto no es una declaración revolucionaria, no es una idea nueva, y ciertamente no es algo para debatir. Desde la concepción de este país, las personas negras se han visto obligados a luchar por su derecho a vivir libremente. Las protestas que vemos hoy son la culminación de años de opresión e injusticia. Desde la esclavitud hasta el complejo industrial de la prisión moderna, las instituciones racistas se han alterado con el tiempo y han atacado persistentemente a la comunidad negra.

¿Qué está pasando actualmente?

Ante los hechos, no se puede negar la existencia de un problema. Hechos como los hombres negros son 2,5 veces más propensos a ser asesinados por la policía que los hombres blancos o que la disparidad de riqueza entre las familias blancas y negras sigue siendo tan amplia como lo era en 1968. El hecho de que un niño llamado Tamir Rice puede ser asesinado por sostener un tirador de agua. El hecho de que una mujer llamada Breonna Taylor puede ser asesinada mientras duerme en su propia casa. El hecho de que los supremacistas blancos que casi lincharon a Vauhxx Booker pueden seguir libres como si nada paso. Decimos que Las Vidas Negras Importan porque históricamente las vidas negras no han sido valoradas de la misma manera que otras vidas.

Recientemente, las protestas resurgieron debido al aumento de videos de asesinatos cometidos por policías. Estas protestas son sólo los eventos más recientes en una lucha por la liberación de la equidad. El aumento de la accesibilidad a Internet ha ayudado a exponer los horrores que las personas negras enfrentan a diario. Estos videos incluyen mujeres blancas llamando a la policía por un asado y también incluyen videos que muestran  personas negras desarmadas e indefensas que son brutalmente asesinadas por agentes de policía. Estos videos finalmente han causado indignación pública en otras comunidades.

Racismo y Colorismo en América Latina

Estas luchas no están contenidas dentro de los Estados Unidos. El racismo y específicamente el colorismo proliferan entre la comunidad latina. La colonización trajo un sistema de jerarquía perjudicial basado en el tono de piel, que está profundamente arraigado en la sociedad. Este sistema se conoce hoy como colorismo. El colorismo es la discriminación de otros basado en el tono de piel; las personas con tonos de piel más claros se ven de una manera mejor que aquellos con tonos de piel más oscuros. Al crecer, recuerdo ver caricaturas racistas de gente negra en el arte. Recuerdo ver gente desfilando en “blackface” durante el Carnaval. Recuerdo escuchar historias de mi bisabuela aconsejando a mi madre que se casara con un hombre blanco para que pudiera “limpiar” o “blanquear” a la familia.

Los casos de policías que asesinan a las personas negras tampoco están contenidos en los Estados Unidos. Joao Pedro, un niño negro, fue asesinado a tiros por agentes de policía en su casa, justo este año; el joven de 14 años vivía en Brasil, un país donde se informa que en promedio 17 personas son asesinadas diariamente por agentes de policía. Al igual que en los Estados Unidos, todavía podemos sentir el impacto de los fundamentos racistas sobre los que se construyeron nuestras instituciones.

Cómo Puede Ayudar

Mientras reflexionas, la pregunta que puede surgir es ¿cómo puedes ayudar? Estos son algunos pasos que puedes tomar para avanzar y crecer:

  1. Educarse – Es extremadamente importante aprender sobre la historia y los efectos que la historia todavía tiene en el mundo. Gracias al Internet, hay innumerables fuentes a su alcance, muchas de las cuales son completamente gratuitas.

(Aunque es fácil simplemente hacer preguntas a personas que conoces, recuerda que nadie está obligado a educarte. Estos temas pueden ser difíciles, mentalmente y emocionalmente. Haz algunas investigaciones por tu cuenta.)

  1. Escucha a otros – Tus experiencias no son universales. Lee literatura, mira documentales y escucha podcasts de autores negros. Además, escucha a la gente negra que te rodea sin estar a la defensiva.
  2. Donar – Ya sea tiempo o dinero, dona a causas que apoyen Black Lives Matter. Hay muchos fondos de fianza, fondos conmemorativos y organizaciones más pequeñas que necesitan apoyo durante estos tiempos. Si no puedes ayudar financieramente, puedes firmar peticiones, difundir información, e incluso hay videos de YouTube que puedes ver que donarán sus ingresos publicitarios a una variedad de organizaciones.
  3. Hable con su Familia – Muchoas de las generaciones mayores están conscientes de lo que está pasando. Puedes educar y difundir la conciencia. Tome las medidas para tener esas conversaciones difíciles e incómodas.

 

Resources 

 

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Georgia Legislation Passes New Hate Crimes Bill

By Cyntia Sosa

13 July 2020

In the middle of a pandemic, America was hit with a surge of protests across the country in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. These protests took place in nearly every state across the country, in multiple cities. The uproar began when the public decided it was time to demand action be taken in cases of police brutality and cases where violence against African Americans is prominent in the country because of the killing of George Floyd, a 46 year-old-man African American man who was killed by Minneapolis police in May 2020 over the accusation of using a counterfeit bill.

Much like cities across the country, there were many protests that were organized in Atlanta in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. One case that this movement shined its light on again was the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, who was a 25-year-old African American man who was jogging in a neighborhood in South Georgia by three white men. The man who shot Arbery, Gregory McMichael, profiled Arbery by stating that he believed he resembled a man who was involved with several break-ins (Fausset, 2020). The shooting of Arbery occurred in February 2020, but no arrests were made in the case until a video went viral in June 2020 of his killing. The case was brought up again by advocates because it had been months since Arbery had been killed before justice was served, and his killers were arrested for this obvious hate crime.

In June 2020, the Georgia Legislature passed and signed a new hate crime bill into effect, House Bill 426. Before this passage, Georgia was one of four states that did not have a hate crime bill enacted. The other three states included Arkansas, South Carolina, and Wyoming. The bill was drafted in the 2019 legislative session but was brought out to light with a stronger push from lawmakers and advocates during the events that took place after Arbery’s death in 2020.  House Bill 426 received a vote of 47-6 in the state Senate and was further voted on in the house with a count of 127-38 (Donaghue, 2020). The passage of this bill also means that judges will be able to impose a stronger sentence on individuals who are suspected of attacking others on the basis of race, gender, sexuality, and disabilities, amongst other characteristics. This new version also requires that law enforcement mandates data on hate crimes in the state (Hauck, 2020).

During the debate of House Bill 426, there were efforts being made by Senate Republicans to amend the bill so that it may include first responders and law enforcement as a protected class along with actual marginalized groups. While the bill was not amended to fit this narrative, another bill was simultaneously passed which was House Bill 838, also known as the Police Hate Crimes Bill. The passing of this bill in close proximation to HB 426 strips the value of protecting minority groups in the state because law enforcement is already deeply protected under state law. This bill is also dangerous because it would enforce the divide in the state by fueling the violence against Black people and their criminalization. (NAACP, 2020)

A previous bill had been proposed in 2000 but was shut down because it was deemed too vague by the Georgia Supreme Court. House Bill 426 was written to use more specific language and was passed when the session resumed after being put on hold to due concerns of the coronavirus (Donaghue, 2020).  A bill such as House Bill 426 has been long overdue in Georgia. It has been prominent that racism has not died and those who perform crimes on the basis of race should be properly convicted in the legal system. It is also important that the families and victims of hate crimes in Georgia receive proper justice and closure knowing that all is being done to avenge their loved one’s lives.

Resources

Fausset, R. (2020, April 28). What We Know About the Shooting Death of Ahmaud Arbery. Retrieved July 07, 2020, from https://www.nytimes.com/article/ahmaud-arbery-shooting-georgia.html

Donaghue, E. (2020, June 23). “A historic moment”: Georgia Legislature passes hate crimes bill. Retrieved July 07, 2020, from https://www.cbsnews.com/news/georgia-legislature-approves-hate-crimes-bill/

Hauck, G. (2020, June 26). Georgia governor signs hate crime law in wake of Ahmaud Arbery shooting. Retrieved July 07, 2020, from https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/06/26/georgia-governor-signs-hate-crime-law-following-ahmaud-arbery-shooting/3266901001/

NAACP, G. (2020, June 26). Governor Kemp announces Hate Crimes Bill Ceremony for 2pm at State Capitol. Retrieved July 09, 2020, from https://www.naacpga.org/post/governor-kemp-announces-hate-crimes-bill-ceremony-for-2pm-at-state-capitol

 

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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 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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