Category Archives: Employment & Internships

DACAmented in Georgia

In 2012, an important documentary under the name of “Illegal” was part of the official selection for the LA Shorts Fest featuring interviews with undocumented young immigrants, faith, civil and political leaders. At the time of the screening, President Obama had announced the DACA program and while it was relevant at the time, the documentary found the spotlight (again) a

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Women’s History Month. Latinas in Georgia

Women’s History Month originated in 1981 with a law passed by Congress establishing “Women’s History Week.” Then in 1987, the week was expanded to an entire month to celebrate and honor women’s contributions in the US; expanding on March 8th to encompass the celebration of International Women’s Day. It is no secret that women and especially Latinas are very much invisible

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A Georgia dreamer who came to America as infant and attends college now: “Let me stay”

(This post originally appear at the “Get Schooled” blog at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  You can click here to read it there. The essay is being reposted with Jaime Rangel’s permission) Jaime Rangel is a Dalton State College student now working as an intern in Atlanta. Brought to the United States as an infant, Rangel is part of the  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

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Barriers for Latinos in Athens-Clark County, a Needs Assessment by PORTAL

Last week, PORTAL, the University of Georgia’s Latin American & Caribbean Studies Insitute shared the findings of their comprehensive needs assessment conducted in 2015-2016 in the community in Athens-Clarke County, Ga. In addition to growth reflected in a share of 22.5% of the local school district, some of the challenges are reflective of the general picture we have of the

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Latest Research, Reports for Professionals Working with the Latino/Hispanic community

(for more reports, please click on the tabs under “Facts, Reports & More” in our main menu) NEW!  Foundation Funding for Hispanics/Latinos in the US NEW! Walking Communities, A Collaborative Social Justice ToolKit NEW! Getting Georgia Covered: WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM CONSUMER AND ASSISTER EXPERIENCES DURING THE THIRD OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD? Georgians For a Healthy Future. NEW!!!  Download the ““Strenghtening Latino Families in Georgia,

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Where is Laura now?

Many of you may remember Laura Diaz-Villaquiran, a young woman from Colombia that arrived to Georgia as a refugee a few years ago.  Laura came with her family, a mother, a father and a young brother. Laura has already lived what most of us will never experience: War, the lost of loved ones, depression, being forced to move to a

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“When immigration is NOT on the table, Latinos have the luxury, like everybody else, to vote on policy”

A couple of days ago I was lucky to attend the Annual GALEO Breakfast, the keynote address was delivered by Sylvia Manzano, Ph.D and Principal of Latino Decisions. Dr. Manzano went through several statistics and charts, but a single comment stayed with me when she was explaining the way Latinos saw the election, the candidates, the issues:  “Sometimes reality has

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Why the new overtime rule is so important for Latinas

More than half the workers benefiting from the new overtime rule are women.   I venture to say that many of those, are minority women.  We also know, according to the Department of Labor that more than half of the individuals benefited by the law have at least a4-year college degree and many of them, ove 1.5 million, are parents. Especifically

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In Georgia, 68% of Latino families live under 200% poverty.

Millions of individuals in America work hard to support their families. But, despite their effort, almost one in three working families are stuck in low-wage jobs that provide inadequate benefits and offer little opportunity for advancement and economic security. Working families led by blacks and Hispanics are now (2013)  twice as likely as those headed by whites and Asians to be poor or low-income,

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My name is Karla Maria Arevalo-Alas and my journey initiates in El Salvador…

Written by Karla Arevalo.   “Some years ago, someone told me I was never going to college because I was undocumented. Today I am an American Citizen, an American Soldier, and a soon to be college Graduate.” Today I am able to say these words with pride and assertiveness. However, the path that leads to this place was full sunny days,

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Mini-Grants for Individuals & Organizations (Cross Keys Cluster)

The Cross Keys Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative (CKSNI),  a neighborhood revitalization initiative centered in the Cross Keys High School enrollement districts in Dekalb County is launching a Mini-Grants Initiative aiming at supporting and encouraging individuals and organizations currently working in one of the following focus areas: Human and Community Development Community Spaces, Parks, and Recreation Centers Economic Development/Business Education Housing These

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Alterna Community Blog Post on GA Sen. McKoon Senate Bill Proposal

Originally posted by anton on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 on Alterna Blog For over two months I have been unsuccessful in obtaining a meeting with my elected State Senator Josh McKoon to discuss Georgia Senate Bill 6 (SB 6), a bill for which he is the sponsor.  SB 6 scapegoats many of Georgia’s most vulnerable immigrants but also disenfranchises any

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Community Assistance Center Succeeds in Preventing Homelessness.

Every year approximately 3,000 families (over 6,000 individuals – 25% of them Hispanic/Latino) receive assistance from the Community Assistance Center in Sandy Springs in the form of food and clothing; financial assistance for rent and utilities; English classes, financial literacy and computer skills aiming to promote self-sufficiency and put families going through a crisis in a more stable situation. At

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Veteran’s Day & Minorities

  We, as a nation, are indebted to the courageous men and women that everyday sacrifice their lives, families, safety and security for us. Veterans are the ultimate heroes that are willing to give their lives so we and our children could continue with ours.   For that, we are inmensely grateful. With the recent news about the VA Hospitals and

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