Arquitecto Teodoro Maus. GRACIAS!

When I think about Teodoro Maus, many adjectives come to mind: Bold, smart, vocal, persistent, brave, loud.  Teo Maus

All of those are true but very few know that he is also an accomplished artist, writer, film director, diplomat and business consultant.  Teodoro Maus is a good friend loved by many people in Georgia, and not all of them are Latinos.

In 2006, during immigration reform protests Kasim Reed stood next to Teodoro and said “Si Se Puede” reaffirming that many African-American leaders understood the activities as a call for human rights considerations with respect to new anti-immigrant legislation.  Before then, Gov. Roy Barnes sided when Teodoro when assessing the importance of keeping Georgia roads safe with driver’s licenses for ALL George residents.  The list goes on.

Born in Mexico City, Teodoro was the Mexican Consul General in Georgia from 1995-2001.  After transferring to Washington, he decided to return to Georgia and stayed, leading perhaps the most significant demonstrations of a Latino community that is strong, spoken and consider Georgia as their home.

While some say that Teodoro is too controversial and extreme; I just think he cares a whole lot about immigrants and families and he is simply unafraid.

Teodoro has brought us some great moments in the recent history of the Hispanic community in the state in the plight to become fully engaged members of society.   How to forget the 13 boxes containing 35,000 signatures delivered to the Capital asking for the right to drive so we could go to school and work?

Jessica Colotl stands behind Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights president Teodoro Maus during a press conference in Plaza Fiesta on Thursday, July 15, 2010. Colotl has become the poster child of illegal immigration conflict after her illegal alien status came to light

Jessica Colotl stands behind Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights president Teodoro Maus during a press conference in Plaza Fiesta on Thursday, July 15, 2010. Colotl has become the poster child of illegal immigration conflict after her illegal alien status came to light

Or the 2 page apology letter a county executive had to write for his comments about Latino construction workers?

Teodoro not only fights, he also builds; and as an architect he builds with a solid foundation and beautifully.

He is the Founder and President of Celia & Marcos Scholarship Fund, providing scholarships to Latino undocumented students.  He is also  the Co-founder of the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) and the producer and anchor of a daily”talk radio” program in Spanish, GLAHR INFORMA.

“Diversity,” Teodor has often said, “is one of the most beautiful things to have happened to Georgia.”

Since the early 90’s Teodoro has been one of the most influential people in the red-hot immigration debate in Georgia and while we may or may not agree with his tactics or his style; he has ALWAYS been there and we ALL surely appreciate and admire the skin he has put in the game.

The last time I met Teodoro, was at his radio… Before I left, he smiled and said to me: “Espera un momento, no te puedes ir sin un solo razguño”  (wait a moment, you can’t leave without a single scratch) and of course he asked me a really hard question.    That feisty nature is something I have always admired.

For now. it is time to honor Teodoro’s leadership and legacy by coming together to say GRACIAS for your time, your passion, your work, your fearless presence and your motivation and leadership for a united community.

A luncheon to celebrate his leadership and work is planned on April 22nd at the Atlanta Cuban Club. For more information, please contact:  info@gigipedraza.com

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