GALEO encourages Gwinnett Voters to VOTE YES on the MARTA Referendum! Early Voting continues this week!

March 4, 2019
GALEO has been at work at the Georgia Capitol and in Gwinnett County!
Please see below on important calls to action for support of immigrant rights and other issues that are important to GALEO and our Latinx community!
GALEO does strongly support the MARTA Referendum for expansion into Gwinnett County.    Gwinnett County voters have begun casting their ballots last week in this important election to bring and expanded public transit option for Gwinnett County residents.
GALEO volunteers and canvassers will continue to make sure Latinx community members will turn out to vote YES in support of the Gwinnett County referendum on MARTA expansion.
Please see below for additional information and ways in which you can help us reach more voters!
Please join our advocacy efforts by joining our texting campaign.  Please stay engaged and respond to important actions by texting the word IMMIGRATION to the short code number 864-237.  This will add you to our texting program to ensure we speak up at needed times.  
Please consider the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund as you prioritize your end of the year donations.  Please follow the link here:


Thank you for your support!


Jerry Gonzalez
Executive Director


GALEO encourages voters in Gwinnett County to VOTE YES on the MARTA Referendum scheduled for March 19th!
Early Voting began last week and continues this week which includes Saturday and Sunday!
GALEO strongly supports a YES Vote for expansion of MARTA into Gwinnett County.  
GALEO has been working diligently in the last few weeks on voter education on the fact that there was an election happening on March 19th, but now will transition from voter education to a full support effort of a YES vote in favor of the MARTA referendum.
ProGeorgia has organized phone banking sessions to reach out to voters in Gwinnett County.  Lots of options for volunteering are here.  Please sign up and sign up as a GALEO volunteer.
If you need additional information on the MARTA Referendum, you may visit our websites here:
To check your current voter registration status and to vote by absentee or on election day (March 19th), please visit this link:  
Preguntas o problemas?  Llamenos a 1-888-54GALEO (1-888-544-2536).
If you are bilingual and would like to help with our canvassing efforts as a paid canvasser or as a volunteer if you have less time to commit, then please contact
Gwinnett County MARTA Referendum VOTE!  
Su VOTO Es Su Voz!  

Election is March 19th!

Gwinnett County Voters go VOTE!  




Gwinnett County Elections Office (455 Grayson Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30046). 

Early voting will be every day from Feb. 25 – March 15, including Saturdays and Sundays from 7:00a.m. – 7:00p.m. each day. 


The following satellite locations will also be open from 7:00a.m. – 7:00p.m. from March 4-15:

    • Bogan Park Community Recreation Center, 2723 North Bogan Road, Buford, GA 30518
    • Dacula Park Activity Building, 2735 Old Auburn Road, Dacula, GA 30019
    • George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center, 55 Buford Highway, Suwanee, GA 30024
    • Lenora Park Activity Room, 4515 Lenora Church Road, Snellville, GA 30078
    • Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center, 4651 Britt Road, Norcross, GA 30093
    • Mountain Park Activity Building, 1063 Rockbridge Road, Stone Mountain, GA 30087
    • Shorty Howell Park Community Recreation Center, 2750 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, GA 30096

Questions or problems?  Call us at 1-888-54GALEO (1-888-544-2536).

Free Citizenship Clinic!  Spread the word!

Need Assistance Applying for Citizenship? CPACS is hosting a FREE Citizenship Clinic on Sunday, March 31 from 10 am – 3 pm. To apply, you must be at least 18 years old and a legal permanent resident for 5 years or 3 years if married to a U.S. citizen. Registration is required. Register at  

If you need help getting to the event, transportation is available. Call 770-936-0969 for more information. 

What to Bring: 
– Green Card and Social Security Card 
– Your address and job history for the last 5 years
– List of ALL trips taken outside of the U.S. for the last 5 years 
– Family information for ALL children and spouses (current & former) 
– If you have ever been arrested, certificates of disposition for all arrest.
-To apply for a fee waiver, bring 2017 Taxes

Thank you to our event partners: Angkor Resource CenterCatholic Charities AtlantaSnackboxe Bistro, and GAWL – Georgia Association for Women Lawyers

If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up at
Join GALEO & other groups for Immigrant Rights Thursdays at the Georgia Capitol!
Join us on Thursdays during the Legislative Session for an opportunity to defend Immigrant Rights at the Capitol. Each year, the Georgia General Assembly introduces harmful anti-immigrant legislation aimed at our communities. We need your help to show up and remind legislators that we are here to fight back against bills that vilify or hurt our people. 


Come out at 9 am on Thursdays to room 132* in the Capitol where you’ll get a brief training on how to talk to your legislators, as well as information about bills or issues that are being worked on. From there, you’ll have a chance to talk to your representatives. We hope to have you out by 11am! 

No need to sign up or RSVP, just show up! Please be sure to bring a photo ID to get into the Capitol.

Check out our events on our page.
Join us for other events!
March 7th:  Gainesville Multi-Racial Coalition Building. 



March 16th:  GALEO Leadership Series in Columbus.



March 29th:  12th Annual Csar Chavez Day Celebration at the Georgia Capitol.



March 31st:  FREE Citizenship Clinic



April 2:  Sine Die-Last Day of the GA Legislature!


ADL ACTION ALERT:  URGE YOUR Legislative Members to PASS a Hate Crimes Bill in Georgia! 
Urge Your Members to Pass a Hate Crimes Bill in Georgia (HB426)
HB 426, sponsored by State Representatives Chuck Efstration, Calvin Smyre and Karen Bennett, has passed out of the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee and is ready to be heard on the House floor. Now is the time to activate your networks and get everyone to contact their representatives to urge them to vote YES on HB 426.
This is a penalty-enhancement hate crime bill that would provide increased penalties for crimes committed based on bias or prejudice against someone because of their race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability.
Formed by ADL, Hate Free Georgia is the leading the advocacy on HB426. A FAQ  is available that provides more information on this legislation.
Please Take Action Now
  1. Fill out this Action Center Form to send a letter easily and directly to your representative. Share this widely! 
  2. Call your representative and say, “I want to see Georgia pass hate crimes legislation. Please vote yes on this bill.” You can look up your representative here.
  3. Share information with your friends, family, colleagues and networks about #HateFreeGA. Here are sample social media posts that you can use-and share!
Talking Points:
  • Georgia is one of just five states in the nation that does not protect its citizens against hate crimes.  The time for Georgia to rectify this is now.
  • Hate crime laws punish criminal conduct and not thought.  Therefore, a person cannot be convicted of a hate crime without committing an underlying crime such as assault or arson.
  • Hate crime laws protect all of us. Hate crime laws don’t speak in terms of African American, Jewish or Gay. The bill covers the following categories: race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, mental disability and physical disability.
  • Atlanta is home to many corporate headquarters, and the eyes of the nation are on Georgia. We must show that we are a welcoming state that protects ALL its residents.
For more information, contact our office at 404-262-3470.
ACLU GA:  Join Us to create a MORE Representative Democracy!
Abraham Lincoln spoke of a government “of the people, by the people, for the people.” But here in Georgia, our government is of the legislators, by the legislators and for the legislators. Under our current system the legislators get to choose their own districts – and their own voters.


But that isn’t how it should be. Together, we can change that. 


The Democracy Act, SR 52 & HR 369, changes the current redistricting process in Georgia. No longer will politicians be able to meet in secret to manipulate the boundaries of their own districts to their own benefit.


The Democracy Act would mandate transparency in the process. It would create a process that is citizen-driven, and it would create a citizens’ commission that is nonpartisan.


We need you to take action today to help pass the Democracy Act in Georgia. Here’s how you can help:


On March 5, we’ll be joining over a dozen partners to host a day of action to hold our 
leaders accountable and call for them to join as sponsors of the Democracy Act.


All it takes from you is one call. Call your legislators today and demand that they become sponsors of this critical piece of legislation.  

Click here to join the action.


As we near the 2020 elections, the Democracy Act only becomes more important. We must take the power to draw maps away from legislators, who have proven time and again they cannot be trusted with the power.


Put the power back into your own hands. Support the Democracy Act and demand the same from your leaders.
AMERICA’S VOICE  ACTION ALERT to BLOCK President Trumps Fake National Emergency!   
Last week, by a 245-182 bi-partisan margin, the House just voted for a resolution that would end Donald Trump’s national emergency.
Senator Rand Paul also indicated over the weekend that he would vote against President Trump’s “national emergency.” Info here.
Now it’s the Senate’s turn. Sometime in the next 18 days, the Senate must take a vote on this resolution as well. If enough Senators vote YES, Trump’s national emergency will be over. Call your Senators today at (202) 224-3121.
Contact our Georgia U.S. Senators directly here:
U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson:  202.224.3643
U.S. Senator David Perdue:  202.224.3521
Let’s recap: two weeks ago, Donald Trump declared a national emergency in a temper-tantrum-effort to get his border wall even though polls show that the majority of Americans don’t want it.
The House of Representatives, in the vote they took just now, said Trump’s move to declare a national emergency is not ok. Now, the Senate must pass the same resolution.
But here’s the thing: Trump can veto this resolution. So, we need AS MANY SENATORS AS POSSIBLE to vote YES on the resolution rejecting Trump’s national emergency. That’s the only way we might avoid a veto.
When you call your Senators today at (202) 224-3121 (or at the numbers above), here are a few things you can say:
  • “Trump’s border wall is unnecessary, costly, and unpopular. We cannot let Trump get away with declaring a fake national emergency in order to build it. Vote YES on the resolution to reject Trump’s national emergency.”
  • “This is a fake national emergency and an unconstitutional power grab. There are so many other actual issues our country needs to tackle. Please reject Trump’s national emergency declaration so that we can get to work on issues like immigration reform, climate change, health care, and the economy.”
  • “Trump’s national emergency is unconstitutional and sets a terrible precedent. The president cannot just go around Congress and steal money from other projects just to fulfill a campaign promise to build a border wall.”
After you call, please fill out our form and let us know how your call went. It’s important that we log each and every call to Congress.
We cannot let Trump’s national emergency prevail. Please call now!
Care about Expanding Access to Affordable Healthcare?
Almost half a million Georgians can gain access to affordable health care with your help. State lawmakers are discussing ways to expand health insurance to 473,000 Georgians, and they need to hear from you. Send a short email to your state lawmakers today about why health coverage matters
Hall County should have bilingual access in English and Spanish for all elections material!


GALEO and other community members have launched a petition addressed to Hall County Commissioners and the Hall County Elections Board.  Please spread the word!

#HallEspanol #GALatinoVote  

Check out our Job Opportunities section on our website!
Are you looking for a new career or job opportunity?  Know someone who is looking for a job?  Also, some volunteer positions will be posted here from time to time.  Please check this link weekly!
GALEO is also seeking an part-time canvassers!  Please email for details.

SAVE the DATE for 
GALEO’s 16th Annual Power Breakfast!


Save the date!  16th Annual GALEO Power Breakfast
Date:  Friday, June 7th, 2019
Time:  8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
More information will be posted online:
Join GALEO & become an active member of our network!    
Your membership to GALEO supports our work and also allows for you to become part of the GALEO Leadership Council!


GALEO membership is open to anyone who supports our efforts and mission.  Please consider becoming a member to help support our efforts in civic engagement and leadership development of the Latino community in Georgia.  Through your membership, YOU make a difference and add your voice to ours!  Together, we are STRONGER!
Become part of our GALEO Familia by becoming a MEMBER of GALEO.  Once you are a member, you may join our GALEO Leadership Council to engage in the many activities we have going on to promote civic engagement and leadership development of the Latino community.


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