Category Archives: Non-Profit Spotlight

Lurking Behind the Gospel Welcome

Written by Anton Flores-Maisonet, founder of Alterna Community and Casa Alterna in LaGrange, Georgia.  This essay was originally published on the Casa Alterna Facebook page on September 6.  Re-published with permission from Anton. Tuesday morning one of my new neighbors was ambushed by ICE officials. He is currently detained and now faces possible deportation. Cloaked in the pre-dawn darkness stealthily lurking

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Rudy Beserra, A True Pioneer for the Latino Community

Rudy Beserra, Senior Vice President of Latin Affairs at the Coca-Cola Company is receiving the 2017 Award for Leadership at the 30th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. A true pioneer and advocate for the Latino community across the US, Rudy has been a consistent voice and force in government, nonprofit and corporate fields. While working on his degree

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Artists Soaking in Communities, Living Walls.

When Monica left Peru in 1998 to live in Florida, it was really tough and she struggled, as a teenagers and immigrant, to find her own identity and accept and understand her new home. It would not be until she was 24 when she moved to Georgia on a full scholarship to attend SCAD where started to feel like she belonged.Monica

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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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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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