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GALEO INSTITUTE FOR LEADERSHIP LAUNCHES 2022 PROGRAM

November 22, 2021

GALEO

Erik Medina

Communications Manager

emedina@galeo.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GALEO INSTITUTE FOR LEADERSHIP LAUNCHES 2022 PROGRAM

 

ATLANTA, GA – Today, the GALEO Institute for Leadership begins applications for their 2022 program. With over 700 alumni, the GIL program strives to prepare knowledgeable, skilled, empowered, and action-oriented leaders. Participants from diverse backgrounds and perspectives collaborate together to understand themselves and their role as community leaders while improving their existing leadership skills.  These skills include: valuing and utilizing diversity, understanding group dynamics, effective communication, conflict management, decision making, collaboration, and an understanding of the political and social realities of Georgia.  These skills are taught by qualified facilitators using a curriculum from the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership at the University of Georgia.

 

Elizabeth Silva, Program Coordinator for Leadership Development at GALEO, stated that “As our Latinx-Hispanic communities continue to grow, our organization has the responsibility to prepare leaders that showcase the best of our communities. GALEO takes pride in spearheading said effort! Because of this, we will provide sessions, workshops, and activities to strengthen their ties as colleagues while learning about themselves as an individual.”

 

The GALEO Institute for Leadership will be accepting applications until early January. Apply to the 2022 program here:

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GALEO is a non-profit organization based in Atlanta, Georgia, founded in 2003. GALEO strives for a better Georgia where the ›Latinx community is engaged civically. GALEO contributions increase civic participation of the Latinx community and develop prominent Latino leaders throughout Georgia.

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GALEO CELEBRATES LATINX LEADERS DURING THE GIL GRADUATION

November 15, 2021

GALEO

Erik Medina

Communications Manager

emedina@galeo.org

  

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GALEO CELEBRATES LATINX LEADERS DURING THE GIL GRADUATION

ATLANTA, GA – GALEO celebrated twenty-eight Latinx leaders as they graduated from the GALEO Institute of Leadership on November 13th, 2021. Graduates of the cohort met once a month to discuss leadership and civic engagement, created research projects with action plans around issues that affect the Latinx-Hispanic communities in Georgia, learned from facilitators, and canvassed in our community to encourage voting registration. GALEO Institute for Leadership alumni count stands proudly at 715 graduates.

Misty Fernandez, Area Manager for Georgia Power, served as a keynote speaker. Fernandez encouraged the graduates to take it upon themselves to courageously follow their dreams while demanding respect for their cultural backgrounds and ethnicity.

The graduates from the GIL Statewide Cohort 2021 were: 

Adalina Merello from Atlanta, GA

Andres Parra from Lawrenceville, GA

Brenda Gutierrez from Forest Park, GA

Carlos Jasso from Marietta, GA

Carmen Garcia from Flowery Branch, GA

Catherine Huff  from Atlanta, GA

Daniel Almaguer-Gaspar from Marietta, GA

Diana Chico Marquez from Newnan, GA

Diana Howell from Auburn, GA

Elvira Salgado from Lawrenceville, GA

Eric Rangel from Dalton, GA

Indira Islas from Gainesville, GA

Ivan Serrano from Rome, GA

Jairo Blanco from Atlanta, GA

Janet Sevilla from Atlanta, GA

Jazmin Mejia from Gainesville, GA

Jennifer Manzano from Rex, GA

Jesus Rubio from Kennesaw, GA

Joel Contreras from Gainesville, GA

Maria Vizcaino Garcia from Ellenwood, GA

Mariana Ortiz from Marietta, GA

Maricarmen Rodriguez from Smyrna, GA 

Marietta Murton from Douglasville, GA

Moises Cortez Guerra from Hampton, GA

Octavio Aguado from Auburn, GA

Oscar Lanza Menjivar from Morrow, GA

Patrick Rodriguez from Kennesaw, GA

Sergio Contreras from Willacoochee, GA

Elizabeth Silva, Program Coordinator for Leadership Development at GALEO, stated that “Programs, like GIL, are vital to our Latinx-Hispanic communities in Georgia to empower and uplift our people. Latinxs and Hispanics have been on the sidelines for far too long, and we are proud to be the solution to combat the marginalization of our communities by providing Latinxs and Hispanic leaders with the tools to thrive in any profession and field.”

For photos of the graduation ceremony, visit https://flic.kr/s/aHsmX7KfJG.

GALEO is a non-profit organization based in Atlanta, Georgia, founded in 2003. GALEO strives for a better Georgia where the Latinx community is engaged civically. GALEO contributions increase civic participation of the Latinx community and develop prominent Latino leaders throughout Georgia.

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ORGANIZATIONS REVEAL PROPOSED GEORGIA UNITY REDISTRICTING PLANS AND MAPS

October 29, 2021

GALEO

Jerry Gonzalez

CEO

jerry@galeo.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORGANIZATIONS REVEAL PROPOSED GEORGIA UNITY REDISTRICTING PLANS AND MAPS

Norcross, GA  –  The GALEO Latino Community Development Fund (GALEO LCDF), the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP (Georgia NAACP), Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda (People’s Agenda), and the Urban League of Greater Atlanta (ULGA) are proud to announce that we have issued proposed unity redistricting maps and data for Georgia’s Congressional, State Senate, and State House districts. 

 

All of our organizations are non-profit, non-partisan organizations. These maps reflect our goal of creating redistricting plans that are fair, reflective of the rich diversity of our state, and which take into account the significant population shifts and growth in our state as reported in the 2020 Census.

 

Since 2004, the white percentage of the Georgia electorate has steadily decreased while the percentage of the minority electorate has steadily increased, with the white share of the overall state population falling from 55.9 percent to 50.1 percent.  As a result, people of color in Georgia now comprise almost half of the total population of the state. Our proposed maps, which adhere to the Georgia General Assembly’s redistricting principles, with a particular interest in adherence to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, give Georgia’s voters of color a meaningful opportunity to elect candidates of choice. Several highlights from our proposed maps include:

  • 8 of 14 (57%) congressional districts are majority people of color
  • 8 of 14 (57%) congressional districts are majority voting-age people of color
  • 7 of 14 (50%) congressional districts are majority citizen voting-age people of color
  • 7 of 14 (50%) congressional districts are majority registered voters of color
  • 31 of 56 (55%) state senate districts are majority people of color
  • 29 of 56 (52%) state senate districts are majority voting-age people of color
  • 26 of 56 (46%) state senate districts are majority citizen voting-age people of color
  • 27 of 56 (48%) state senate districts are majority registered voters of color
  • 96 of 180 (53%) state house districts are majority people of color
  • 94 of 180 (52%) state house districts are majority voting-age people of color
  • 82 of 180 (46%) state house districts are majority citizen voting-age people of color,
  • 87 of 180 (48%) state house districts are majority registered voters of color.

Our proposed maps demonstrate that the creation of redistricting plans where Georgians of color have an equal opportunity to elect candidates of choice is possible without partisan or racial gerrymandering.  Moreover, our proposed maps unpack districts that are over-concentrated with voters of color, while observing traditional geographic county and city concerns, particularly in the Atlanta region. With reference to the Georgia Senate, a new Asian-American opportunity district was created amid the meeting point of Forsyth, Gwinnett, and Fulton counties. A majority Latino/Hispanic district was also created in northern Dekalb County and western Gwinnett County.

If you like what you see on these unity maps and support our joint efforts to advocate for the drawing of fair redistricting maps which reflect the rich diversity of our state, please take a few moments to voice your support of our maps to the Georgia General Assembly’s Joint Reapportionment Committee through its public comment portal at this link: https://www.legis.ga.gov/joint-office/reapportionment/public-comments?edit_requested=true 

 

To see the maps and associated files, please visit:  www.GeorgiaUnityMaps.org 

 

To learn more about our organizations, please visit our individual websites at the following links: 

 

Georgia State Conference of the NAACP: https://www.naacpga.org

GALEO Latino Community Development Fund: https://galeo.org

Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda: https://thepeoplesagenda.org

Urban League of Greater Atlanta: https://ulgatl.org

 

 

GALEO is a non-profit organization based in Atlanta, Georgia, founded in 2003. GALEO strives for a better Georgia where the Latinx community is engaged civically. GALEO contributions increase civic participation of the Latinx community and develop prominent Latino leaders throughout Georgia.
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THE ARTHUR M. BLANK FAMILY FOUNDATION AWARDS GALEO DEMOCRACY GRANT

October 28, 2021

GALEO

Erik Medina

Communications Manager

emedina@galeo.org

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE ARTHUR M. BLANK FAMILY FOUNDATION AWARDS GALEO DEMOCRACY GRANT

ATLANTA, GA – Today, the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation published the first round of grants from its new Democracy program sphere. The portfolio of 12 awards totaling almost $10 million includes a varied range of organizations with a strong presence in Georgia and the Southeast aiming to secure that all eligible Americans exercise their right to vote and are actively engaged with their government.

In addition to the environment and youth development, the Blank Family Foundation Board has chosen democracy as one of its three new collective giving areas. This Democracy grant portfolio is the first to be made from the new giving categories. The funds are intended to provide ongoing funding to critical democracy groups during local, state, and federal election cycles, allowing them to remain strong and resilient in the face of the constant struggle for voting rights.

“With organizations like The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, the vital work of protecting our democracy and marginalized communities’ voices can continue. GALEO is grateful for their support as we provide programs and aid to the Latinx-Hispanic community in Georgia. We will continue to make our state a better place where our rights and voices are valued and protected,” stated Jerry Gonzalez, CEO of GALEO and GALEO Impact Fund.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta, the ACLU Foundation, the Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute, the Brennan Center for Justice, the Center for Election Innovation & Research, the Common Cause Education Fund, Fair Count, GALEO Latino Community Development Fund, Georgia Alliance for Progress Education Fund, NEO Philanthropy State Infrastructure Fund, New Georgia Project, and ProGeorgia are among the first grantees.

For more information, visit www.blankfoundation.org.

GALEO is a non-profit organization based in Atlanta, Georgia, founded in 2003. GALEO strives for a better Georgia where the Latinx community is engaged civically. GALEO contributions increase civic participation of the Latinx community and develop prominent Latino leaders throughout Georgia.

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GALEO STANDS WITH HAITIAN MIGRANTS

  September 22, 2021

GALEO

Erik Medina

Communications Manager

emedina@galeo.org

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GALEO STANDS WITH HAITIAN MIGRANTS

ATLANTA, GA – Earlier this week, Haitian migrants arrived at Del Rio, Texas, seeking refuge in the United States. However, the migrants were greeted by an abuse of power from the Border Patrol that became inhumane and despicable.

Jerry Gonzalez, CEO of GALEO, stated that “Haitian migrants should be welcome and protected in the United States. They came seeking refuge. The cruel and reprehensible treatment of Haitian migrants in Del Rio, Texas is unacceptable and must be denounced. The efforts of the Border Patrol indicate a broken immigration system long-grounded in racism, bigotry, and cruelty. The Biden administration must thoroughly investigate the Border Patrol and hold them accountable for their inhumane deeds.”

GALEO will aid the efforts and amplify the voices of organizations assisting Haitian migrants and advocating for the refugees’ protection.

GALEO is a non-profit organization based in Atlanta, Georgia, founded in 2003. GALEO strives for a better Georgia where the Latinx community is engaged civically. GALEO contributions increase civic participation of the Latinx community and develop prominent Latino leaders throughout Georgia.

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PRESS RELEASE: PLACITA LATINA: CELEBRATING HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH IN DECATUR AND AVONDALE ESTATES

PRESS RELEASE

DECATUR and AVONDALE ESTATES, GA, 09/03/21: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PLACITA LATINA: CELEBRATING HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH IN DECATUR AND AVONDALE ESTATES

A group of Hispanic/Latinx Decatur and Avondale Estates residents/professionals/friends came together to propose a colorful, cultural, and historical series of events to be held between the two cities during Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15, 2021).

Hispanic Heritage Month was created to promote the history, culture, and contributions of Hispanic- Americans, from one of over 30 countries and territories that make up Latin America. Communities all over the US mark the achievements of Hispanic and Latino Americans with festivals and educational activities. The team saw an opportunity to bring these rich and diverse cultures to both Avondale Estates and Decatur, in a way that hadn’t been done before – and the city governments for both agreed! The result is Placita Latina: a series of weekly “mini-events” that highlight Hispanic/Latinx performance, food, and culture from September 15, through October 15, 2021.

These “mini-events” will include a mix of Latinx-inspired music, dance, art, education, and flavors:

  • La Placita Latin American “Coffee Tasting” and Outdoor Performance + DJ (co-branded with “Welcoming Avondale”): September 16, 2021. 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Banjo Coffee, in Avondale Estates, featuring Mexican dance in the Huasteco style by Ballet Danceando. Family Friendly. There will also be an “After Party,” featuring DJ Fernando F from 7:00 to 10:00 PM at the “Beer Growler” in the same
  • Salsa On The Square and La Choloteca – DJ La Superior “After Party:” September 18, 2021 Salsa Band Performance by El Kartel & Socially-distanced dance Instruction: 6:00 to 8:00 PM, La

Choloteca “After-Dance- Party” 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM with DJ La Superior performing, sponsored by the Decatur Business Association.  Both events on the Decatur Square.

  • Placita Latina Mercadito Outdoor “Pop-up Market” and Dance Performances. October 3, 2021, between 1:00 and 5:00 PM, at the Lost Druid Brewery and Washington Street, in Avondale Estates. Featuring Latinx artisans, vendors and street food. Family Friendly. Featuring Solo Mariachi, and Dance performances by Ballet Peru and Ballet Colombia.
  • “What Makes Us Who We Are” a Latinx Artists Showcase This is a closing event (in partnership with the Decatur Arts Alliance): October 8, 2021 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the Decatur Visitors Center

The first two Placita Latina events also take place during Welcoming Week, September 10-19, hosted in collaboration with the Welcoming committees of both Decatur and Avondale Estates. Welcoming Week is an initiative of Welcoming America which represents a network of hosts around the world who strive to make their communities a more welcoming place for all.

The event team is also working with local businesses (and business associations), offering them tools to create their own “Placita Latina” specials and mini events, during the month-long celebration.

There are already 25 participating businesses (and counting). A complete list can be found at placitalatinaga.com

This is the first collaboration of this scale between Decatur and Avondale Estates — hopefully the first of many.

The Placita Latina team consists of two Avondale Estates residents: project founders; Adela Yelton and Mayte “Maria” Peck – and five “Decaturites:” Maria Alvarez, Kris Webb, Miguel Martinez, and Hector and Christy Amador. The team is a diverse mix, including Mexicans, Mexican-Americans, Peruvian Americans, Nicaraguans, and their partners.

When some people think about “Latin America” they are often unaware of the diversity of the people, history, food, music, culture and even languages of the countries that are included in this group.

Maria Alvarez, committee member and owner of “MyVirtual CFO-Atlanta,” has experienced this lack of knowledge, firsthand:

“I have lost count of how many times I’ve been asked if I am from Mexico, even after I tell them I’m from Nicaragua. I know a lot of wonderful people from Mexico, but our cultures are very different – Nicaragua is three countries away. Once I explain this, they usually ‘get it.’ For me, finding ways to educate people about the cultural richness and ethnic diversity of the Latin American people is so important – which is why I love being part of Placita Latina. Getting to know our neighbors can only create strength in our community. Plus, I never turn down a good party.“

What Placita Latina is bringing to Decatur and Avondale Estates will help promote positive narratives about Latinx people and culture in a way that is not only highlights contributions to our cities, county, state, and country, but can also be characterized, in Maria’s words, as a “Good Party.”

Learn more about Placita Latina at:

  • Website: com
  • FB Page: Placita Latina Georgia
  • Instagram Page: placitalatinaga
  • Twitter Page@PlacitaLatinaGA

Contact:

laplacitalatinaga@gmail.com

About Our Committee Members:

  • Adela Yelton, (program Chair and Event Co-creator)

Adela is a former Avondale Estates City Commissioner and host of the growing podcast, Latina South. which features inspiring stories of Latinas making things happen in their families, businesses and communities. Adela was recently named as one of the 50 most influential Latinos in Georgia in 2021 by the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

  • Maria Alvarez (program CFO and Business Relations coordinator)

Maria is a recent resident of Decatur, but is originally from Nicaragua, and has also lived in Italy and Alaska. She is the CEO of “My Virtual CFO,” handling financial services for a variety of large and small companies. She has been very involved in the LBGTQ community, serving as Treasurer for the Anchorage Pride festival in Anchorage Alaska for 3 years and Treasure for Radical Arts for Women for 3 years.

  • Mayte “Maria” Peck (originally from NYC, raised in Peru) Event Co-creator

Mayte (“Maria”) is President of SheLends Consulting and is the Principal Managing Partner at Mark of The Potter. As an entrepreneur and business advisor, Maria has made it her life’s mission to educate and prepare women and minorities for access to capital. She also served as Board Chair for the nonprofit Latino Community Fund of Georgia. Mayte was also recently named as one of the 50 most influential Latinos in Georgia in 2021 by the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

  • Miguel Martinez: (originally from Guadalajara, Mexico) Creative Video Production, Vendor Relations

Miguel is an Emmy-Award winning, independent contractor for Univision, Atlanta and is active in several Georgia-based Latinx community organizations

  • Hector Amador: (originally from Mexico City Mexico) Photography, Storytelling, and Art Exhibit co- chair

Hector is a Decatur resident, and the owner of Amador Photo, and is the official photographer for the City of Decatur. He is on the board of the Decatur Arts Alliance.

  • Christy Amador: 576.9617 Placita Latina Vice Chair and Marketing & Communications Chair

Christy is Director of Communications for ADP. She is a longtime resident of Decatur and has served as a committee co-chair for Decatur’s “Better Together” program.

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