Category Archives: Immigration

Every dollar I saved would get me closer to my dream

(We are reposting from the OnUp Suntrust site with permission from Yeny.If you want to read the original article, please click here) As a college student studying finance in Colombia, Yeny Malaver, now 37, faced a grim reality: Even once she completed her degree, a career might always be out of reach. “I didn’t have any connections, and in Colombia

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Latino Vote in Georgia Continues to Grow and Outpaces National Latino Voter Participation

Last week, GALEO.org released the report “2016: The Latino Electorate in Georgia Continues To Grow and To Vote”.   Among several eye-opening statistics and a detailed executive summary, three specific items call attention to the particular nature and engagement of the Latinx/Hispanic community in Georgia and its importance in the future of the state. a) The Latino electorate grew 25% from

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The Many Facets of Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO Executive Director, Avid Biciclyst, Community Advocate and Grand Marshal

(This post is based on an article published by Project Q highlighting the 2017 Pride Parade Marshalls in Atlanta.  You can read the entire original article here) If you have lived in Atlanta for a few years and happen to care about politics and voting rights, you have probably heard about Jerry Gonzalez.  If you work within the space, you

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For immigrant workers, corporate health plans can be an awkward fit

This article was originally published by Georgia Health News, a nonprofit covering health news in the state.  This piece is the ninth in a series of articles reported in Northwest Georgia, an area rich in stories about unmet health needs and about people and programs making a difference. Georgia Health News and the health and medical journalism graduate program at UGA Grady

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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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