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GALEO Newsletter: April 2012, ZERO anti-immigrant legislation from GA passed

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GALEO Newsletter: April 2012, ZERO anti-immigrant legislation from GA passed

For the first time since 2006, the Georgia Legislature did NOT pass any anti-immigrant legislation. SB458, Georgia's Anti-DREAM Act, that among other things would have placed Georgia in the extreme position of being one of three states in the nation that deny access to higher education to undocumented students died on the last day of the legislature because of lack of support among the Legislators. This does not mean this bill or initiative is done. We must continue to be vigilant and we will commit to fight if this type of initiative resurfaces in the next legislative session and beyond. For the moment, we can celebrate as a community as we take note of our accomplishment in defeating SB458 through the collaborative efforts of many students, immigrant rights and civil rights groups, individuals, educators, faith leaders and legislators who worked tirelessly to oppose this measure. We win for now, but we remain committed towards creating a more welcoming Georgia for all, including our immigrant brothers and sisters.





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Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO)
GALEO Monthly Newsletter
April 4, 2012
Dear Jerry,


For the first time since 2006, the Georgia Legislature did NOT pass any anti-immigrant legislation.  SB458, Georgia's Anti-DREAM Act, that among other things would have placed Georgia in the extreme position of being one of three states in the nation that deny access to higher education to undocumented students died on the last day of the legislature because of lack of support among the Legislators.  This does not mean this bill or initiative is done.  We must continue to be vigilant and we will commit to fight if this type of initiative resurfaces in the next legislative session and beyond.  For the moment, we can celebrate as a community as we take note of our accomplishment in defeating SB458 through the collaborative efforts of many students, immigrant rights and civil rights groups, individuals, educators, faith leaders and legislators who worked tirelessly to oppose this measure.  We win for now, but we remain committed towards creating a more welcoming Georgia for all, including our immigrant brothers and sisters.

That is why 2012 is so important!  There are 88,000 Latinos in Georgia who are eligible to register to vote but are not yet registered.  We need your help and you can help by taking the PLEDGE of 10 at www.Orale10.com.  Continue your strong dedication towards civic engagement with our GA Latino Vote 2012!  VOTE in EVERY election in 2012!  Every vote and every election matters.  See below on how you can make a difference.

Thank you for your interest in GALEO.  You are getting this email because you have indicated a strong interest in engagement and advocacy with our efforts in 2012. 

If you would like to engage further, we would encourage you to join the Familia of GALEO be becoming a GALEO Member  (http://tinyurl.com/GALEOMembership).  Once you have become a GALEO Member, you will be invited to be a part of the GALEO Leadership Council and be asked to volunteer and work on a specific committee.  The GALEO Leadership Council meets monthly during the first Tuesday of every month. The GALEO Leadership Council has many activities planned for 2012 and your help is needed.  Join the GALEO Familia and engage with us in 2012!

GLV_COLOR Thanks again for your support and interest.  Please commit to join with us this year and engage to make a difference in 2012!

Sincerely,

Jerry Gonzalez
Executive Director of GALEO
SB458, Georgia's Anti-DREAM Act dies!
During the last legislative day,  SB458, Georgia's Anti-DREAM Act, died.  The initiative would have placed Georgia in the extreme position of being one of three states in the nation that deny access to higher education to undocumented students

SB458 will be an election year target for the Latino community and we will develop a scorecard on this to educate Latino voters of who supports these types of attacks against immigrant students.  More information will be made available soon on our scorecard.

Needless to say, here are some articles of interest following the demise of SB458:

Creative Loafing's 2012 Golden Sleaze Awards, The "Hold My Hand, You Big Xenophobic Teddy Bear, You" Award to  Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville. (Creative Loafing).   "Loudermilk could easily have left undocumented immigrants well enough alone after the General Assembly last year approved Arizona-style legislation. Rule No. 1 of the Gold Dome: One must never stop harassing Mexicans."  Read more here.

Georgia, Latinos, and the Latino Vote
By:  Erwin de Leon, Posted: 04/ 3/2012 6:38 am on the HuffingtonPost.com.  

Georgia lawmakers are at it again, less than a year after passing their own version of Arizona's hardcore immigration law. They tried to pass a statute that would have made life all the more difficult for many immigrants. SB 458 would have rendered foreign passports unacceptable as identification when conducting business with government agencies. Obtaining marriage licenses or signing up for water and sewage service for instance could have become insurmountable challenges.

Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, has been at the forefront of the battle for immigrants' rightful place in Georgia. He discussed the state's attrition-through-enforcement initiatives.

Gonzalez is hoping though that the devastating effects and backlash against Georgia's immigration law has turned the tide on anti-immigrant fervor. He witnessed a slight shift with SB 458.

The bill originally had a provision which would have denied undocumented youth access to state colleges and universities. A couple of days before the House were to vote on the measure however, the provision was stricken out.

Gonzalez said that prohibiting access to higher education had become "an unpalatable position for many Republican legislators," who control both Georgia's General Assembly and Senate. "If they wanted something to pass they could make it pass early on, even as a standalone bill."

He believes that the personal experience and connection of key Republicans contributed to the demise of the measure.
Read the complete article here.
2012 Citizenship Day, Saturday, April 14th!  Volunteers needed!
The Georgia-Alabama American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Chapter in partnership with the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) is having its Spring Citizenship Day on Saturday, April 14th at the Latin American Association. The event is free of charge and is open to the public from 9AM to 4PM.  

Individuals eligible to apply for citizenship will receive assistance from immigration attorneys.

We would love your help:
  • Promote the event - Please help us promote the event by circulating this information
  • Recruit immigration attorneys -  Please forward this information to immigration attorneys you may know as we are looking for more attorney volunteers for the afternoon shift of 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Volunteer - We need volunteers for the afternoon shift from 12:30pm to 4:00pm to help people fill out their citizenship application (legal experience not necessary, all work will be reviewed by an attorney.)
If you are interested in volunteering,  please send your contact information to  ailacitizenshipday@gmail.com.

For more information on the event and what people need to bring, please follow this link.
2012 Cesar Chavez Essay Contest
Congratulations to the winners! 
Great celebration was held on Friday, March 30th for Cesar Chavez Day at the Capitol
On behalf of the GALEO Leadership Council, made up of alumni of the GALEO Institute for Leadership and GALEO Members statewide, GALEO is proud to announce the winners of the 2012 Cesar Chavez Essay Contest.    cesar chavez

2012 Cesar Chavez Essay Contest Winners
The goal of this annual contest was to increase awareness of the continual plight of farm workers in America while honoring civil rights legend Cesar Chavez.  All middle and high school students and adults (18+ in age) in the state of Georgia were encouraged to participate and submit their essays for entry.

The GALEO Leadership Council held the 5th Annual Cesar Chavez Day at the Georgia Capitol on March 30, 2012. Speakers included: GA State Rep. Pedro Marin (D); Charlie Flemming, Pres. of GA AFL-CIO; Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO; Vernetta Nuriddin, Chair of the Cesar Chavez Committee; Laura Murvartian, Chair of the GALEO Leadership Council.

For YouTube.com video, please follow this link.

For pictures of the event, please follow this link.
Save the date for the 9th Annual GALEO Power Breakfast, Wednesday, May 16th! 
GALEO and the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund invite YOU to the
9th Annual GALEO Power Breakfast!

Lydia Camarillo
Keynote Address:
Ms. Lydia Camarillo
Vice President of
Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP)

DATE: Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
TIME: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

We hope you will make every effort to join us!

Opportunities to support our work and to financially sponsor this event are available. Please contact Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO (jerry@galeo.org / 404.745.2580) for more information on how you or your company can help financially support our event.

The 9th Annual GALEO Power Breakfast is one of the principle fundraising events for GALEO & the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund.

Process your reservation with your credit card by following this secure link before Tuesday, May 1st for early registration (cost will increase after early registration ends). http://tinyurl.com/9thAnnPB

More information available here:

http://tinyurl.com/9thAnnGALEOPB

Guide to Arizona v. United States: What You Need to Know About the SB 1070 Supreme Court Case 
By Ben Winograd

The Supreme Court will soon hear arguments in Arizona v. United States, a dispute over the legality of the immigration law known as "SB 1070." More than any matter in recent history, the case involves a range of important questions regarding the role that states may play in the enforcement of federal immigration law. The Court's decision will likely affect not only the future of SB 1070, but the fate of other state immigration laws being challenged in court and the odds of similar laws being passed around the country.

Please read more here to further understand how this could impact HB87 in Georgia and understand the legal case better.
U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL):  "The Stolen Dreams Act"
By U.S. Rep.  Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)
Posted: 04/ 2/2012 5:05 pm, HuffingtonPost.com

Word is leaking from the Senate that Republicans, facing stiff and well-deserved opposition from most Hispanic voters, are crafting a bill similar to but not nearly as good as the DREAM Act, a bill to legalize the immigration status of young people who grew up in the United States but are currently undocumented immigrants.

Reports indicate that a proposal backed by Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who opposes the DREAM Act, would allow certain young people to eventually earn legal status by attending certain four-year colleges or serving in the U.S. military. The proposal would bar these young people raised in the United States from ever becoming citizens. Similar restrictive or watered down proposals are said to be coming from Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas and Jon Kyl of Arizona (both of whom have supported the DREAM Act before now opposing it). Let's call them collectively the 'Stolen Dreams' Act.

This is a very dangerous game these Republican senators are playing with the lives of young people.

Continue reading the opinion editorial online here.
Georgia Latino Vote 2012
¡Órale!  Take the PLEDGE of 10 and help us register new Latino Voters!
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www.Orale10.com

The GOP Presidential primary process continues.  Join our efforts as we mobilize Latino voter during this election cycle in Georgia.

GALEO is a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization which will not endorse nor oppose any candidate for public office.  However, as an organization focused on civic engagement of the Latino community, we will provide information to Latino voters so that Latino voters can make informed decisions on the candidates.  The main issue we will be looking at and addressing through our electoral education efforts will be "immigration" and the candidates' positions and statements upon the issue.  Please follow this link from ThinkProgress.org on where the GOP Presidential Candidates stand on immigration issues.

Georgia has over 150,000 Latinos already registered to vote as of 2009.  Most recently, it has been estimated that there are over 88,000 Latinos who are eligible to register to vote who have not yet registered to vote.  We are encouraging all Latinos to vote in every election in 2012, including primaries in July and the Presidential election in November.

As 2012 continues, please take the PLEDGE of 10 at
www.orale10.com and help us register new Latinos in time for all of the elections in 2012.  ALL community members can help us find those that are eligible to register to vote! ¡Órale! Su VOTO Es Su Voz! 

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please call our Georgia Latino Vote 2012 hotline at 1-888-54GALEO and leave us a message.
  •  Are YOU registered to VOTE?  Have you MOVED or changed your name?  YOU must re-register!  If you would like to confirm that you are registered to vote and everything is up to date, please check here: http://www.sos.ga.gov/mvp/   
  • Register to VOTE online with NALEO or Voto Latino!   Please follow this link for an easy process to fill out your form online, print it out and then mail it in.  You must be a U.S. citizen and at least 18 years of age in time for the election in order for one to register to vote.
  • The deadline to register to vote in the July 31st General Primary/Non-Partisan/ Special Election in Georgia is Monday, July 2nd. There will be primary election for the State Legislature, many judges will be elected and the Regional Transportation Tax referendum will be decided by voters.  Every vote matters! 
  • The deadline to register to vote in the General Presidential Election on November 6th is Monday, October 8th.


Join our efforts to promote voting in the Latino community.  ALL community members can help us find those that are eligible to register to vote.  Please take the PLEDGE of 10 at www.orale10.com and help us make an impact in 2012.
 
Sincerely,
 

Jerry Gonzalez
Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO)

In This Issue
SB458, Georgia's Anti-DREAM Act dies!
2012 Citizenship Day, Saturday, April 14th!
2012 Cesar Chavez Essay Contest...Congratulations to the winners!
Save the date for the 9th Annual GALEO Power Breakfast
Guide to Arizona v. United States: What You Need to Know About the SB 1070 Supreme Court Case
U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL):..."The Stolen Dreams Act"
Georgia Latino Vote 2012: ¡Órale! Take the PLEDGE of 10
GALEO Board of Directors 2012
GALEO's Executive Director named as one of the "100 Most Influential Georgians"
Upcoming 2012 Events
GALEO - STRATEGIC PLAN 2009-2011 OVERVIEW
Professional Development & Career/Job opportunities
GALEO Leadership Council Leadership Development Committee: "Leisurely Speaking: Public Speaking Training
Georgia Latino Vote will soon announce the video contest!
GALEO Institute for Leadership will launch later this year!
Georgia Latino Vote needs volunteers!
Learn more about the TSPLOST referendum
Quick Links

GALEO Board of Directors 2012

GALEO Board of Directors

Chairman:  Tony DelCampo, Former DeKalb County State Court Judge,

Honorary Past Chairman: Former State Sen. Sam Zamarripa (SD-36, D-Atlanta)

The Executive Committee for GALEO is as follows:

Chair:  Former State Court Judge Tony Del Campo,  Harris Penn Lowry DelCampo, LLP.
   
Vice Chair:  Charles Kuck,  Kuck Immigration Partners LLC
   
Treasurer:  Sonny Poloche,  Seyfarth Shaw LLP
   
Secretary:  Rocio Woody, The Road to Recovery  Inc.

At-large Board Members are:

Dax Lopez, State Court Judge in DeKalb County
   
Evelyn "Mimi" Woodson, City Council Member in Columbus
   
Rudy Beserra, The Coca-Cola Company
   
Judith Martinez-Sadri, Formerly with Atlanta Latino

Rey Pascual, Paul Hastings LLP

Art Gambill, McGuireWoods LLP

Laura Murvartian,  Chair of the GALEO Leadership Council and CEO of Wine Styles

Douglas Rohan,  Rohan Law, PC.
GALEO's Executive Director named as one of the 

"100 Most Influential Georgians"

 

JGonzalez
January 3, 2012 (Atlanta, GA)-For a third time, Georgia Trend Magazine has named Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO, as one of the "100 Most Influential Georgians" for 2012.

Read more here.

 


Upcoming 2012 Events

  • 10/12/2012:  2012 Hispanic Heritage Month Luncheon
  • 09/23/12:  Register to Vote! 5th Annual Fiesta Georgia
  • 09/16/12:  Register to VOTE: Univision's Fiestas Patrias    
  • 08/14/2012:  GALEO Leadership Council: Celebration Social
  • 06/22/12:  Georgia for Equality, Evening for Equality 
  • 06/21/2012:  NALEO 29th Annual Conference
  • 06/16/2012:  GLC Voter Registration Comm: GA Latino VOTE Retail Voter Reg Day
  • 05/22/2012:  GLC Leadership Development Comm: Leadership Panel
  • 05/16/12:  9th Annual GALEO Power Breakfast
  • 05/06/12:  Register to Vote! 6th Annual Fiesta Atlanta
  • 05/06/12:  Register to VOTE: Univision's Cinco de mayo
  • 04/29/12:  GA Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church: Update on Immigration Matters in Georgia
  • 04/26/12:  GLC Leadership Development Comm: "Leisurely Speaking: Public Speaking Training & Networking"  
  • 04/19/12:  MPI's 10th Anniversary.  Please Join Us for a Reception & Awards Ceremony Celebrating MPI's 10th Anniversary in Washington DC. 
  • 04/14/12:  SPRING 2012 CITIZENSHIP DAY
  • 03/30/2012:  2012 Cesar Chavez Day

For more details, please follow this link:

 

http://www.galeo.org/event_listing.php   

 

GALEO - STRATEGIC PLAN 2009-2012 OVERVIEW

MISSION:   GALEO's mission is to increase civic engagement and leadership of the Latino/Hispanic community across Georgia.
 
VISION for 2012:
   GALEO will help create an engaged, active, responsive and knowledgeable assembly of Latino/Hispanic residents of all ages across all sectors in Georgia.
 
CORE BELIEFS
  • Inclusive
  • Non-Partisan 
  • Diversity
  • Responsive  

 

Professional Development & Career/Job opportunities

  • Interviewing Management Trainees Now!     
    US SEC      
  • Job Announcement - ARO Supervisory Program Support SpecialistGRUS Job Openings
  • LACC Georgia Career Opportunities Bulletin March 2012
  • U.S. Dept. of Labor:  Summer Internship Opportunities
  • Atlanta Career Institute: Spanish/English Bi-Lingual CNA Instructor - Part-Time
  • YMCA:  Associate Aquatics Director
  • Cowart Family Ashford-Dunwoody YMCA:  School Age Bus Driver
  • Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA:  School-Age Site Director I (Bilingual-English/Spanish)
  • Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA:  School-Age Site PM Counselor (Bilingual English/Spanish)

 

For more details, please follow this link:

 

http://www.galeo.org/job_listing.php 

GALEO Leadership Council Leadership Development Committee: "Leisurely Speaking: Public Speaking Training & Networking"

Terrified of speaking in front of a crowd?

Looking to meet with other community leaders?

Want to learn how to feel more comfortable giving presentations at work, church, school and more?

Come to this informative evening that will help you become an effective speaker and community leader.

Date:  Thursday, April 26, 2012
Time:  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location:

Sutherland Law Firm
999 Peachtree Stree NE
Atlanta, GA  30309-3996

For more information, please follow this link.  To RSVP on facebook, please follow this link.
Georgia Latino Vote will soon announce the video contest!

We will continue our efforts to mobilize the Latino vote in Georgia for the entire 2012 election cycle.  Stay tuned for details on the next contest

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