Category Archives: Immigration

Closing the Latino Teacher-Student Gap

A few weeks ago, a former college professor of mine invited me to join him and his students to watch a movie at the theater. The central theme of the movie was race and focused specifically on the experiences of African-Americans living through the civil rights era. After the movie, we proceeded to a nearby restaurant to discuss our thoughts

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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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Opinion: BHM is For Black Folks. The Work is For All of Us.

(This piece is written by Vanessa Toro and was originally published in “The Dose” powered by DigitasLBI where Vanessa is the Associate Director for Creative Strategy) I often get asked why –  as a NonBlack person of color (NBPOC) – I’m so passionate about confronting anti-blackness. Occasionally, I am not so gently reminded by Latinos*, Asians and other marginalized groups in

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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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It is time to anticipate, organize and be prepared.

(this piece was written in collaboration with Kevin Amaya) In 2014, Obama announced the DAPA program as well as the expansion of the DACA program in order to provide temporary relief to potentially 5 million undocumented youth and parents in the US (*).  In spite of these executive orders, Obama will be likely remembered by many as the “Deporter-in-Chief”.  More

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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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ICE Raids in Georgia, Why Should You Care?

On Wednesday morning, a man walked out of the apartment complex where he and his family live in Buford Highway and crossed the street on his way to work. ICE agents detained him. Later that day, the agents notified his family that they would come back to the apartment to check on the immigration status of their occupants. He and his wife have

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Call Out Yourself and Paddle like Hell. We need you.

It is an new reality we are living in these days. We have gone from discussing  the potential expansion of Medicaid to better serve Georgians and the inspiring and positive conversation of meeting the first (ever) Latina, openly gay and Muslim candidates for office in the state, to answering calls from fearful parents wondering if sending their kids to school is

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Bartow Hispanic Center, Connecting Providers & Hispanic Families

“Even if there are community services available to Hispanics in Cartersville, communication was extremely difficult. We just wanted to help” explains Annabel Rodriguez-Romero, a bilingual Parent Coordinator & Title III (ESOL) Specialist at Cartersville City Schools when asked about the motivation to start a new player in town; a new non-profit called “The Bartow Hispanic Center”. Annabel, along with her co-founder

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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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In-State Tuition for DACA recipients: GRANTED

After 3 years of legal battle, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Gail S. Tusan AGREED with the argument that being a DACA recipient qualifies as being lawfully present and therefore students can receive in-state tuition for colleges and universities. DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) is a temporary relief given to children that were brought to the US before

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Supporting Hispanic / Latinx Families During the Holidays

  If you are inclined to do something for others this Holiday Season, here are some ideas that we believe will directly assist Hispanic/Latino families and businesses in Georgia: a) Pick the Tab For Struggling Families Many schools will have families that are enrolled in the reduced lunch program.  Many of those families can not even afford to pay 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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Outside of the Shadows. A new blog by Raymond Partolan

“11 million–the undocumented–come to this country in the search of a better life for them and for their families. They are some of this country’s hardest workers; yet, are the ones who have the least access to government assistance, contrary to popular belief. You won’t read these stories in the mainstream news. All over, we see the headlines and hear

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There are no walls in a classroom, we all need to learn

Scared, sad, disappointed, heart-broken, shocked are some ways that the majority of people I know feel after the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America. The people I know are mostly college educated, progressive thinkers; about half are atheist or agnostic and a large number are a part of a minority group. That is

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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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