Category Archives: Networks & Coalitions

3 Groups of young Latinas Form Coalition to Strengthen their Communities

(This post originally appeared at “Georgian Educator” a blog by Rebekah Morris, Teacher at Cross Keys High School and community advocate.  You can see the original blog post here.) Exciting things happen when you combine the intellectual power of fifteen teenage girls. Last weekend, students from Pinckneyville Middle School, Summerour Middle School, and Cross Keys High School joined forces at

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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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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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Cada Voto Cuenta! Every Vote Counts!

Latino Justice a non-profit dedicated to develop civil rights advocates to secure and promote the rights of the Puerto Rican and Latino community on the mainland started in 1970 by filing a lawsuit on behalf of the Puerto Rican educational improvement organization ASPIRA, against the New York City Board of Education that led to the establishment of  the right of city public school students

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On Hispanic Heritage Month & Contributions of Latino-Americans

Unlike 5 de Mayo, Hispanic Heritage Month has a history based in traditions. During that month (Sept.15-Oct.15) , many Latin American countries celebrate their independence and if you know where to go in the Georgia, you will be able to find celebrations, festivals and events pretty much every day in the week during that period of time. With this election

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Updated! Hispanic Heritage Events in Georgia 2016

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th to October 15th across the country.  Friendly reminder that Latin America is divided in several regions:  Mexico in North America, Central America, The Caribbean and South America. We come from over 20 countries!! So, how to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Georgia? Here are some ideas: Read about the Mexican Cession to better

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We Are Writing America’s Story

This fall, attorney Brenda Lopez will become the first ever Latina in the Georgia state legislature. Brenda won her Democratic primary in House District 99, a district in Gwinnett predominantly diverse on a platform that stressed community conversations, community development, public education and transportation needs. Brenda won not only because her campaign was led by an incredible group of grass-roots

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Gwinnett County, One Step Forward, Two Steps Backwards

Gwinnett County has been in the news lately for a number of reasons, many of them good and most of them reflective of the changing demographics in the US and specifically Georgia. “Georgia will look like Gwinnett County in 2040” we have heard over and over and it is because by 2040, over 20% of the state will be Hispanic/Latino.

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Strenghtening Latino Families In GA

For close to 2 years, dozens of Latino serving non-profit professionals gathered at “Latino Forums” round tables that discussed collaborations, explored synergies and in general ways to partner up and better serve the community. In 2015, out of one of those meetings, the idea of creating a position paper that we could all stand behind arose.   The outcome of

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We Love BuHi – One of the Most Interesting Developments in ATL

What started as an Instagram account a year ago, has evolved in what it is in my opinion the most interesting development in Metro Atlanta.  We Love BuHi is a social venture led by powerhouse Marian Liou that aims to revitalize one of the most diverse corridors in the country (Buford Highway) by capitalizing on the greatest asset already in

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