Category Archives: Latinos in Georgia

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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An Entrepreneur At-Heart, Maria “Mayte” Peck Continues to Create Opportunities for Community Building and Learning.

Maria “Mayte” del Carmen Vinces Peck arrived in New York with little more than a dream and a passport.  She had envisioned herself pursuing a career in fashion yet reality hit her in the face when she realized she needed to become economically independent and self-sufficient first. Mayte did what most of us do, worked hard and excelled at her

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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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“In the Beginning, God Said Let, and the Rest is Just Spectacle.” The Literary Debut of Sam Zamarripa

When Sam Zamarripa co-founded the “The Essential Economy Council”, a nonprofit dedicated to provide credible, local research and data on the economic value of a segment of workers that perform low-skilled, often manual yet essential work in Georgia; many of us were pleasantly surprised and energized at having Zamarripa’s cunning mind and voice in the public space, once again. A few

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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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Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square, Latino Owned & Managed, Has One Goal: To Create Theatre That is Inclusive of All

You wouldn’t exactly expect to find a historic theatre nestled in the heart of Marietta Square to be producing the longest running off-Broadway Latin play, would you? Well, that perception is exactly what the team at Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square is working to change.  Artistic director Emil Thomas is a southern gentleman with a New York attitude. Raised

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Trial by Fire, a Latina Leading The Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation

(This post was written by Shirley Anne Smith, Founding Director of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation.  May 4th is International Firefighters Day) I never thought it would easy but I always thought it would be worth it. My entire life, I have dedicated myself to servant leadership. I dedicated my life to nonprofits way before I even realized the magnitude

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Soy Felicita / I am Felicita

Name: Felicita Pineda Artist name: Felicita I was born in Palms Springs, California to Guatemalan parents. At the time, I lived with my 3 older brothers and both parents. At the age of 2, my parents moved to Atlanta, GA because of new job opportunities due to the Olympics. At that time, my younger brother was born. When I turned

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Empowering Students: 3 Unlikely Partners with a Common Passion.

(this note was written by the team at SteppingBlocks.com) Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here? Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to. Alice: I don’t much care where.  Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go. – Alice in Wonderland Alice, like

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