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GALEO Celebrates The Largest Cohort to Ever Graduate ​Their Leadership Program

April 19, 2022

GALEO

Erik Medina

Director of Communications

emedina@gmail.com

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GALEO Celebrates The Largest Cohort to Ever Graduate ​Their Leadership Program

 

ATLANTA, GA — Last week, GALEO celebrated the largest Georgia State University cohort that has ever graduated from the GALEO Institute for Leadership program. The class had 42 students, adding to the total of 821 graduates from the GIL program.

The GSU cohort received workshops from experienced facilitators like Juliana Henao, Diana Vela, Leri Argueta, Dr. Christian Bello Escobar, and Jaime Rangel. Additionally, the students participated in canvassing opportunities with GALEO’s field team and they participated in a Capitol Tour provided by Larry Pellegrini.

The graduates were: Yaneri Abreu, Yovany Bartolome, Miguel Bibiano-Baltazar, Alexandra Bocanegra, Daena Brink, Nancy Criollo Urquilla, Eduardo Enrique Frausto, Christian Freites, Tanya Garcia, Keyla Gomez, Melvin Gonzalez-Deleon, Emely Herrera-Petatan, Brayan Maldonado, Jennifer Navarrete, Damariz Ortiz, Milagros Maria Parrilla, Felipe Plaza-Alvarez, Guillermo Ramirez-Sanchez, Alexandra N. Rey, Solanlly Rijo Lake, Eduardo Santos, Emma Sullivan, Bryan Torres-Quiroz, Daime Alvarez, Tania Arevalo, Isabella Brown, Paula Sofia Cardozo, Ariana Esmeralda Castro, Evelin Castro Lozano, Omar Dimas Biviano, Shirley Flores, Elizabeth Galvan Jerez, Breanna Hernandez, Irene Leon del Rello, Alejandra León, Arlette Munguia Benitez, Shirley Desiree Ortega, Isamar Peña, Ashley Ruiz Figureroa, Beatriz Salvioli, Emely Velez and Domingo Gonzalez.

“We are excited to celebrate this GSU cohort and their graduation! These talented Latinx leaders heard from Jason Cuevas, Vice-President of Georgia Power East Region, Rainer Pacheco, Graduate Assistant at LASSO, and Jerry Gonzalez, CEO of GALEO. I am excited to see how their bright future will create change for our communities in our state,” expressed Elizabeth Silva,  Program Manager for Leadership Development.

 

For pictures of the graduation, please visit: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzLgmq

 

 

 

 

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Congresswoman Nikema Williams, Colleagues, Introduce the Time Off to Vote Act

Congresswoman Nikema Williams, Colleagues, Introduce the Time Off to Vote Act

April 11, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) helped introduce the Time Off to Vote Act, legislation that would require employers to give their workers paid time off to vote in federal elections. In Georgia, employers are only required to give a maximum of two hours of time off to vote, but none if polls are open two consecutive hours before or after a worker’s shift.

Congresswoman Williams is joined in leading the Time Off to Vote Act by Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-08), Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), and Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09). 

Click here to read the text of the Time Off to Vote Act.

Congresswoman Williams, Co-Chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus said:

“No one should be forced to choose between earning their full paycheck or participating in our democracy. As a working mom, I know how tough it is to carve out time to vote between the demands of work, family, and life. This November, Georgia will once again be the center of the political universe. In the last two elections, countless Georgians waited in line for hours to vote. Many waited all day. The Time off to Vote Act will make it easier for working people to exercise their sacred right to vote. Everyone deserves free and fair access to the ballot box, regardless of where they work or their flexibility while on the clock.”

Congressman Cartwright said:

“Voting should not be a luxury that only the well-off can afford. This bill, which ensures that American workers can cast their ballots without risking their paychecks, is an important addition to the critical voting rights legislation passed by the House earlier this year.”

Congresswoman Bustos said:

“The freedom to vote is sacred, and the foundation of our nation’s democracy. I’m proud to join Congressman Cartwright today to introduce the Time Off to Vote Act, critical legislation to ensure that every American worker has the ability to exercise their constitutional right to vote. Especially as states move to restrict access to the ballot box, we must take action to protect our democracy and the voters who make it strong.”

Congressman Levin said:

“It’s incredibly important that America’s workers have an unbridled ability to vote in any local, state or federal election. By mandating paid leave on election days, this bill would ensure no worker has to sacrifice their wages or jeopardize their job security to exercise their sacred right to vote. We need to be doing all that we can to make it easy for American workers to exercise their civic duty, and I am proud to partner with my colleagues to do just that.”

Ai-jen Poo, Senior Advisor to Care in Action said:

“For too long, women of color have faced barriers that threaten to shut us out of the electoral process. So many women of color workers, like domestic workers — the nannies, house cleaners, and home care workers who work in their employers’ homes — face the challenge of working in jobs where they don’t have paid time off, job security or flexible hours. The Time Off to Vote Act would ensure that this important segment of the electorate can fully take part in our democracy, have their voices heard and votes counted. No one should have to choose between a paycheck and their voting rights, and nothing should make it difficult for us to vote, including our jobs.”

Adam Lioz, Senior Policy Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. said:

“As another important federal election fast approaches, Black and Brown Americans face the greatest assault on the freedom to vote since Jim Crow. The Time Off to Vote Act is a strong addition to critical voting rights legislation the House has already passed this year. Congress must stay laser focused on delivering essential protections voters need and deserve, and must pass the full package without delay.”

David Garcia, Director of Policy and Advocacy of Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) & GALEO Impact Fund said:

“Latino voters are much more likely to experience polling locations with long lines, extended waiting times, malfunctioning voting equipment, and unexpected closings. Legislation that requires employers to grant employees time off for voting is a step in the right direction to ensuring that Latino voters are not disenfranchised at the voting booth.”

Organizations that support The Time Off to Vote Act include: American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE); Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC; Brennan Center for Justice; Common Cause; End Citizens United/Let America Vote Action Fund; Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; League of Conservation Voters (LCV); Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF); NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.; National Association of Social Workers(NASW); National Education Association (NEA); Service Employees International Union (SEIU); UNITE HERE; and Vote.org.

CONTACT: PressGA05@mail.house.gov

Congresswoman Nikema Williams proudly serves Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District. Congresswoman Williams serves on the exclusive Financial Services Committee where she is Vice-Chair of the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the Select Committee for the Modernization of Congress. She is Freshman Class President and Co-Chairs the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus. Congresswoman Williams builds on the Fifth District’s legacy as the cradle of the civil rights movement as a champion of voting rights, closing the racial wealth gap, and ensuring the promise of America for all–regardless of their ZIP code or bank account.

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GALEO Announces the 2022 Annual Cesar Chavez Essay Contest

 

 

January 28, 2022

GALEO

Erik Medina

Communications Manager

678.691.1086

emedina@gmail.com

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GALEO ANNOUNCES THE 2022 ANNUAL CESAR CHAVEZ ESSAY CONTEST

NORCROSS, GEORGIA – The GALEO Leadership Council has announced details for the 15th Annual Cesar Chavez Essay Contest. The intention of the contest is to increase awareness of the continual plight of farmworkers and their contributions to America while honoring civil rights legend Cesar Chavez.

Chavez’s leadership was critical to organizing farm workers and founding what is today known as the United Farm Workers union. Chavez remains one of the foremost Latino leaders in American history. His birthday is recognized as a state holiday in California, Colorado, and Texas, and GALEO supports the movement to create a national holiday in honor of Chavez.

High school students and adults residing in the state of Georgia are encouraged to participate and submit their essays for consideration in one of three categories. Categories include:

  • Adult category (essays submitted in Spanish or English)
  • High school student category (essays submitted in Spanish or English)
  • ESOL high school student category (essays submitted in English by ESOL students)

*The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2022.

All eligible entries received by the deadline will be judged equally on the following criteria: clarity of message, creativity, the accuracy of content, the potential to draw attention to policies that improve the lives of farmworkers, and conventions of writing an essay.

First, second, and third place winners from each category will receive prizes accordingly:

  • 1st Place Winners – $200 Amazon Gift Card
  • 2nd Place Winners – $75 Gift Card
  • 3rd Place Winners – $50 Gift Card

Visit https://bit.ly/GALEOChavez2022 for official rules, regulations, and registration, as well as to submit your essay electronically.

If you choose to mail your essay instead, please print out, fill out the registration form, and mail the registration form with your essay. You can find the printable registration form here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-QBc8NfvgbUyZwMtHTbHgXaMWeO3zhFx/view?usp=sharing

“Cesar Chavez is an American hero, and we want Georgians to learn more about his legacy,” said Jerry Gonzalez, CEO of GALEO. “This contest helps educate students and adults alike and brings attention to the importance of farmworkers in our state,” he added.

The Cesar Chavez Essay contest is coordinated and led by the GALEO Leadership Council. The GALEO Leadership Council is comprised of alumni of the GALEO Institute for Leadership and GALEO members statewide.

MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE THE OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM that must accompany an essay.

These are the essay topics (Choose One):

  1. Why are farmworkers important in Georgia?
  2. Cesar Chavez & Rev. Martin L. King, Jr. both believed in peaceful nonviolent protests. Why was this ideology important to the civil rights movement?
  3. How has Cesar Chavez influenced your life and what impact will his work have on your future?
  4. Why should we have a national holiday honoring Cesar Chavez?
  5. How did Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta both ensure that the United Farm Workers union was a success story?

Contacts:

Erik Medina, GALEO,  emedina@galeo.org, 678.691.1086, for media inquiries.

Alba Villarreal, GALEO, avillarreal@galeo.org 678.791.2305, for contest questions.

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GEORGIA TREND NAMES JERRY GONZALEZ AS ONE OF THE “100 MOST INFLUENTIAL GEORGIANS” IN 2022

 

 

January 4, 2022

GALEO

Erik Medina

Communications Manager

678.691.1086

emedina@gmail.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GEORGIA TREND NAMES JERRY GONZALEZ AS ONE OF THE “100 MOST INFLUENTIAL GEORGIANS” IN 2022

ATLANTA, GA – Recently, Georgia Trend Magazine named Jerry Gonzalez, CEO of GALEO and GALEO Impact Fund, as one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians in 2022 for the tenth time due to his continued contributions to the well-being of the Latinx-Hispanic community and other marginalized individuals.

Art Gambill, chair of the board for GALEO, stated that “On behalf of GALEO’s Board of Directors, we congratulate Jerry for being recognized as one of Georgia’s 100 Most Influential Georgians. GALEO has continued expanding and increasing Latinx voter participation and civic engagement under Jerry’s leadership. We are proud of Jerry and excited about his continued leadership in our community.”

The GALEO and GALEO Impact Fund staff celebrate Jerry Gonzalez and his nomination. “Under Jerry’s leadership, we have exceeded all of our goals during the past year. We worked to increase voter participation in the Latinx community, educate communities about the benefits of vaccination, fight for our rights, and train Latinx and Hispanic leaders. I believe that our good work will continue in 2020 with Jerry’s leadership,” stated Jenifer Chow, Program Manager for Civic Engagement at GALEO. 

The list also included other Latinx leaders: Angel Cabrera, President, Georgia Institute of Technology; Santiago Marquez, CEO, Latin American Association; Sam Zamarripa, CEO of Intent Solutions and Chair of Mundo Hispanico and former Chair of GALEO, Dr. Carlos Del Rio, Hubert Professor, and Chair, Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Professor of Medicine, Emory University; Frank Fernandez, President, and CEO, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta; Barbara Rivera Holmes, President & CEO, Albany Area Chamber of Commerce; Gil Prado, Executive Director, Boulevard Community Improvement District; and, Ivan Shammas, General Manager & General Sales Manager, Telemundo Atlanta.

“There are thousands of people who help ensure the state remains at the top for doing business and improving the lives of all of its citizens. That is especially true as the world continues to face challenges from COVID-19 and political conflicts, among others.
For this, the 24th annual listing of the 100 Most Influential Georgians, Georgia Trend assembled a group of remarkable people, many of whom have tackled those issues and more,” stated Georgia Trend Magazine (January 2022).

Below, the “100 Most Influential Georgians” included other prominent names like:

  • Stacey Abrams, Founder & Chair, Fair Fight Action
  • Ed Bastian, CEO, Delta Air Lines
  • Gary Black, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Agriculture
  • Karen Bremer, President & CEO, Georgia Restaurant Association
  • Angel Cabrera, President, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Chris Carr, Attorney General of Georgia
  • Stephanie Cho, Outgoing Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta
  • Chris Clark, President & CEO, Georgia Chamber of Commerce
  • Andre Dickens, Mayor, City of Atlanta
  • Geoff Duncan, Lt. Governor of Georgia
  • Jerry Gonzalez, CEO, GALEO & GALEO Impact Fund
  • Steve Gooch, Majority Whip, Georgia Senate
  • Jan Jones, Speaker Pro-Tempore, Georgia House of Representatives
  • Brian Kemp, Governor of Georgia
  • Milton Little, President & CEO, United Way of Greater Atlanta
  • Santiago Marquez, CEO, Latin American Association
  • Nick Masino, President & CEO, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
  • Sharon Mason, President & CEO, Cobb Chamber of Commerce
  • Craig Menear, Chair, CEO & President, The Home Depot
  • Jeffrey Parker, CEO & General Manager, MARTA
  • Tyler Perry, Producer, Director, Actor, Writer, Philanthropist, Founder, Tyler Perry Studios
  • Jon Ossoff, U.S. Senator
  • James Quincy, President & CEO, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Brad Raffensperger, Secretary of State, Georgia
  • David Ralston, Speaker, Georgia House of Representatives
  • Nathaniel Smith, Founder and Chief Equity Officer, Partnership for Southern Equity
  • Michael Thurmond, CEO, DeKalb County
  • Carol Tome, CEO, UPS
  • Dr. Kathleen Toomey, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Public Health
  • Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Raphael Warnock, U.S. Senator & Senior Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church
  • Nikema Williams, Congresswoman, U.S. House of Representatives, and Chair of the Georgia Democratic Party
  • Chris Womack, Chair, President & CEO, Georgia Power
  • Andrea Young, Executive Director, ACLU of Georgia
  • Sam Zamarripa, CEO of Intent Solutions and Chair of Mundo Hispanico.

Read more online:

https://www.georgiatrend.com/2021/12/31/2022-100-most-influential-georgians-steering-the-ship/

Read Jerry Gonzalez’s biography here:

https://galeo.org/jerry-gonzalez-galeo-executive-director/

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 STATEMENT ON THE PARLIAMENTARIAN’S ADVISORY ON IMMIGRANT PROTECTIONS IN BUILD BACK BETTER

December 17th, 2021

GALEO

Jerry Gonzalez

678.691.1086

jerry@galeo.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GALEO STATEMENT ON THE PARLIAMENTARIAN’S ADVISORY ON IMMIGRANT PROTECTIONS IN BUILD BACK BETTER

 

ATLANTA, GA – On Thursday, December 16th, 2021, the Senate parliamentarian made public the advisory opinion to exclude immigrant protection from the Build Back Better Act. Jerry Gonzalez, CEO of GALEO and GALEO Impact Fund, issued the following statement today:

 

“The ruling of the Senate Parliamentarian is advisory and not binding.  Under existing Senate rules, the advisory can be overruled.  Continued inaction by Congress is unacceptable any further as it has been decades in the making.  The time to deliver is NOW.  Millions voted for Joe Biden and Senate Democrats to bring about the change they promised.  Now, it is time to deliver, both on Build Back Better and immigration reform with a path to citizenship. We urge Senate Democrats to use their power to include a path to citizenship for essential workers and other immigrants that have become part of the fiber of this country, as we need economic recovery. We urge Senator Ossoff and Senator Warnock to vote against the advisory opinion and protect the immigration reform proposal, including a path to citizenship for millions of deserving immigrants. Time for excuses is over, and Congress must get it done.”

Background on the procedural steps Senate Democrats can use to disregard the parliamentarian:   

  1. Senate Democrats include permanent protections and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in their version of the Build Back Better Act;
  2. A Senator raises a point of order that including a pathway to citizenship in reconciliation violates the Byrd Rule;
  3. Either the Vice President, Senate President Pro Tempore, or another presiding Senator rules that the legislative text does not violate the Byrd Rule;
  4. A Senator appeals the ruling of the chair, triggering a vote with a 60-vote threshold to strip the pathway to citizenship language from the bill. Only 41 votes would be required to sustain the ruling of the chair and keep a pathway to citizenship in the Build Back Better Act;
  5. Senate Democrats stay united and defeat all immigration-related amendments from Senate Republicans during Vote-a-Rama;
  6. All 50 Democrats and Vice President Harris vote to pass the Build Back Better Act in the Senate.  

 

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 are involved in increasing civic participation of the Latinx community and developing prominent Latino leaders throughout Georgia. 

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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.

www.galeo.org – 888.54GALEO

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