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August 22, 2011

8/22/2011 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Georgia Undocumented Youth Determined to Graduate Despite Board of Regents Ban



Contact: Georgina Perez 678-389-1226

Georgia Undocumented Youth Determined to Graduate Despite Board of Regents Ban

Undocumented students will hold a graduation ceremony against the Board of Regents ban at University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia— Today, Undocumented youth from Athens will conduct a graduation ceremony of resistance as a protest against the Board of Regents’ decision to ban academically qualified students from attending Georgia’s top 5 public universities solely based on their immigration status. “I , just as many other students, was always told that I had potential, and with education I could do whatever I wanted when I grew up,” said Alejandro Galeana, a junior from Cedar Shoals High School, “and now, I am having to fight for my rights to be allowed to receive higher education,”


WHAT:              Undocumented youth stage graduation of resistance

WHO:               Undocumented Youth from around the state of Georgia

WHEN:             Tuesday, August 23rd at 12:00pm at the University of GA “Arch”

WHERE:           In front of the “Arch” – Corner of College and Broad


“I am having to fight for my education now, and Failure is NOT an option,” Galeano stated, and understanding the issue within his society Alejandro goes on, “This is the Athens community, not the Athens-white, Athens-black or Athens-anything. It is Athens, and all the people here are equal. Once you start targeting a certain subgroup, such as the immigrant community, it becomes racism and prejudice”


Tuesday’s action is in the spirit of supporting youth like Galeano, whose dreams and hard work are being shattered by the BOR ban


In addition to the rally, GUYA will be announcing its support of Freedom University, a local project that will offer a rigorous college-level course to all academically qualified students regardless of immigration status or socio-economic background, without fees or tuition. One of the scholars involved in the project, Dr. Pamela Voekel, states that “The Regents ban contravenes this country’s most cherished values of liberty and justices for all. Freedom University is designed to serve the students adversely affected by the Board of Regent’s misguided ban.”


Freedom University is governed by a advisory board consisting nationally recognized scholars including Pulitzer Prize winning author, Junot Díaz, representing growing educators voice on the issue of immigration.


Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance (GUYA) is an Undocumented Youth-led organization which seeks dignity and justice for its immigrant youth community in the state of Georgia. GUYA believes all persons should have equal access to education and a life free from persecution regardless of their legal status

Georgina Perez

July 12, 2011

July 15th, 2011 King Center Event – NonViolence in Action – Immigration



Time: Friday, July 15 · 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Location: The King Center – Freedom Hall Auditorium (449 Auburn Avenue Atlanta, GA)

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June 29, 2011

6/29 – – Immigration bill protesters granted signature bonds |

Immigration bill protesters granted signature bonds  |

Metro Atlanta / State News 10:19 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Three protesters who were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct during an immigration rally at the State Capitol appeared in court Wednesday morning. All three were granted signature bonds; their attorney, Parage Shah, said he expected them to be released Wednesday afternoon. Three other protesters were released into the custody of their parents because they are juveniles

Capitol State Police arrested Leidy Solis for blocking the intersection of Washington Street and Martin Luther King Jr. in front of Georgia State Capitol Tuesday, June 28, 2011. Solis came to the United States when she was 2, and she is undocumented.

Vino Wong, Capitol State Police arrested Leidy Solis for blocking the intersection of Washington Street and Martin Luther King Jr. in front of Georgia State Capitol Tuesday, June 28, 2011. Solis came to the United States when she was 2, and she is undocumented.

Undocumented youth risk arrest and even deportation as protest at the corner of Washington Street and Martin Luther King Jr. in front of  the Georgia State Capitol Tuesday, June 28, 2011. All six were led away in handcuffs by Capitol police not long after blocking the busy intersection.  Vino Wong

Vino Wong, Undocumented youth risk arrest and even deportation as protest at the corner of Washington Street and Martin Luther King Jr. in front of the Georgia State Capitol Tuesday, June 28, 2011. All six were led away in handcuffs by Capitol police not long after blocking the busy intersection. Vino Wong

Dulce Guerrero chants "undocumented, unafraid"  at the state Capitol on Tuesday, June 28, 2011.

Vino Wong, Dulce Guerrero chants “undocumented, unafraid” at the state Capitol on Tuesday, June 28, 2011.

About 200 protesters , mostly students, rallied at the Capitol Tuesday against House bill 87, the  immigration  legislation that goes into effect Friday.

Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright said the protesters were asked to move from the intersection several times before they were arrested.

Dulce Guerrero of Atlanta, who spoke to WSB Radio’s Pete Combs before she was detained by police, said she was ready to take a stand against the bill.

“I know they’re going to arrest me and I’m here today for them to arrest me,” she said. “I could risk deportation. I could be sent back to a country I don’t know, but I’m here and I’m willing to risk it all. I’m here to show the governor and my community that I’m not going to stay quiet.”

In addition to Guerrero, two other adults and three juveniles were arrested. The adults were Jessica Vasquez, 18, of Atlanta and Felipe Baeza, 24, of New York.

June 21, 2011

6/13 – GLAHR – Press Release for July 1st, 2nd

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For Immediate Release

Contact: 770 457 5232

June 13th, 2011

GLAHR Calls for Day of Non-Compliance and Protest March
on the Days of HB 87 Implementation.


The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) calls on the Latino community and all Georgians of good will, to join us in protest against the new anti-immigrant law HB 87.


July 1, the day the law goes into effect, will be a State-wide Day of Non-Compliance: community members will not work, buy, sell nor spend.

July 2, a massive march for human dignity and immigrant rights against HB 87 will be held in downtown Atlanta


On July 2nd the march will depart from the Capitol Building at 11:00 am and arrive back at Capitol Building at approximately 12:00pm.

“The message is clear: Georgia is no longer the Peach State, it is now the hate state,” said Adelina Nicholls, Executive Director of GLAHR.

Thousands will march in downtown Georgia demonstrating their outrage at the anti-immigrant law and asserting their right to remain. GLAHR is spearheading a multi-faceted campaign to turn back Hate Bill 87 that includes a lawsuit, economic protests like the Day of Non Compliance, marches and rallies, and community organizing and education. “We will show our economic power by not working or shopping on July 1st and will demonstrate our people power by marching July 2nd. Those who thought this law would break apart our
communities have awakened a movement” as Paulina Hernández from SONG states.

Teodoro Maus, president of GLAHR, declared that, “We are asking all people of good will, no matter their race, religion or what they do for a living, to join us in this protest. “Any time that one person is branded
“illegal,” it demeans the dignity of all human beings.”

“GLAHR is going to wage a relentless fight,” Maus said, “not just until we overcome HB 87 and the hate and hysteria that inspired it, but until we get a comprehensive and generous immigration reform from the federal government.”


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Junio 13th, 2011

GLAHR hace un llamado por el Día del Incumplimiento y
Marcha de Protesta en los días que entraría en efecto la HB 87


La Alianza Latina de Georgia por los Derechos Humanos (GLAHR) hace un llamado a la comunidad Latina y a todos los personas de conciencia, a que se unan a la protesta en contra de la nueva ley anti-inmigrante HB87.


July 1o., Día en que la ley entrará en efecto, se llevará a cabo el „Día del
Incumplimiento en el Estado de Georgia: miembros de la comunidad no trabajarán, comprarán, venderán o gastarán.

July 2do, una marcha masiva por la dignidad y derechos de los inmigrantes en contra de la HB87 se llevará cabo en el Centro de Atlanta.


El día 2 de Julio la marcha se iniciará enfrente del Edificio del Capitolio a las 11:00 am y el contingente estará de regreso aproximadamente a las 12:00 pm, para así dar inicio al programa del día.

“El mensaje es claro: Georgia no es más el „Estado Durazno´, ahora es el Estado del Odio”, dijo Adelina Nicholls, Directora Ejecutiva de GLAHR.

Miles marcharán en el centro de Georgia demostrando su protesta ante la ley anti-inmigrante y confirmando el derecho a permanecer. GLAHR está impulsando una campaña multifacética para revocar la HB87 en donde se incluye una demanda, protestas económicas como el “Día del Incumplimiento”, marchas, concentraciones, y organización comunitaria y educativa. “Mostraremos nuestro poder económico a través de NO comprar el día Primero de Julio y demostraremos el poder de la gente marchando el día 2 de Julio. Para aquellos que pensaron que esta ley dividiría nuestras comunidades han despertado un movimiento” como
Paulina Hernández de SONG afirma.

Teodoro Maus, presidente de GLAHR, declaró que, “Estamos llamando a las personas de conciencia, sin importar su raza, religión, o actividad laboral, a unirse en esta protesta. En el momento que una persona es
„etiquetada‟ como „ilegal, demerita su dignidad como ser humano”.

“GLAHR presentará una incansable lucha” Teodoro Maus afirmó, “no sólo hasta que revoquemos la HB 87 y el odio y la histeria que ha inspirado, pero sino hasta que logremos una reforma migratoria, comprensiva y generosa del gobierno federal”.


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June 16, 2011

6/15 – – Local groups hold event to observe World Refugee Day |

Local groups hold event to observe World Refugee Day  |


DeKalb County News 5:40 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta’s newcomers  arrive  from  many nations, including  Somalia, Bosnia, Vietnam and Iraq.

They arrive here from refugee camps after fleeing wars and religious and ethnic  persecution.

On Friday they will come together to celebrate World Refugee Day with multi-cultural food, music and entertainment. Metro residents can learn about the local refugee communities and how to develop stronger relationships with their new neighbors. The theme of  the event is “Building Bridges.”

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clarkston Community Center, 3701 College Ave. in Clarkston.

Georgia is home to at least 60,000 refugees, according to the International Rescue Committee.

A coalition of several groups and agencies that work with refugees are sponsoring the event. Those groups include Refugee Family Services, the Center for Pan Asian Community Services and World Relief .

June 13, 2011

6/12 – AALAC Media Alert: AALAC and LAA to Host “Know Your Rights” Seminar About HB-87 –

AALAC and LAA to Host “Know Your Rights” Seminar About HB-87

** Event information in Chinese, Indonesian, Korean and Spanish are included below**

What:     The Asian American Legal Advocacy Center (AALAC) and Latin American Association (LAA) will host a free “Know Your Rights” seminar to discuss HB-87 Saturday, June 25, 2011 from 2 to 4 p.m. Experts in the areas of constitutional, criminal and immigration law will explain the law and discuss immigrants’ rights and its effects on the immigrant community.

Interpreters will be available and materials translated into Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, Spanish, and other languages will be handed out.  There is limited seating for 400 people and refreshments will be served during the seminar.

When:    Saturday, June 25, 2011 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Where:   Upstairs Auditorium, Latin American Association, 2750 Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA 30324

Contact: AALAC,, 404.585.8446



·       眾院87號法案(HB87)說些什麼?

·       這個法案怎樣影響我、我的家人、我的學校、教會等?

·       我有什麼權利?我要怎樣因應?

2011625日星期六下午2:00 –4:00

Latin American Association 樓上會議室

2750 Buford Hwy

Atlanta, GA 30324-3208






Presentasi oleh beberapa ahli hukum keimigrasian, kriminal, dan konstitusi yang akan mengulas lebih lanjut:

·       Apa saja yang tersebut dalam HB 87? 

·       Apa dampak UU ini terhadap saya?  Keluarga saya?  Sekolah, Gereja, dll

·       Apa  hak-hak saya? Bagaiman cara untuk mempersiapkan diri?

Sabtu, 25 Juni, 2011, pk.  2:00 – 4:00 siang

Latin American Association, upstairs Auditorium

2750 Buford Hwy

Atlanta, GA 30324-3208

*minuman dan makanan ringan akan disediakan*

Tempat duduk hanya terbatas untuk 400 orang

Akan disediakan Penterjemah dan materi tertulis dalam bahasa:  Indonesia, Tionghoa, Korea, Spanyol, dll.


무료세미나 애리조나식반이민법 HB 87  설명회

헌법, 이민법, 형사법전문가의의견을


·       HB 87법안이란?

·       법안이, 가족, 학교, 교회에미칠영향은?

·       그렇다면나의권리는? 어떻게대비해야할까?

2011, 6 25() 오후 2-4

라틴아메리칸협회, 위층강당

2750 Buford Hwy

Atlanta, GA 30324-3208



통역, 번역물제공(중국어, 한국어, 스페니쉬)



Escucha a los defensores y a los expertos en leyes constitucionales, criminales y de inmigración y aprende:

·       Qué dice la ley HB-87

·        Cómo me afecta a mi? A mi familia? Mi escuela, mi iglesia, etc.?

·       Qué derechos tengo?  Cómo me preparo?

Sábado, 25 de junio, 2011,  2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Asociación Latinoamericana, Auditorio del Segundo Piso

2750 Buford Hwy

Atlanta, GA 30324

*Se darán refrescos gratis*

Cupo limitado hasta 400 personas

Habrá disponibles traductores y material traducido a:  Chino, Coreano, Español y otros idiomas

May 23, 2011

5/23 – – Cobb group hosts public forum on immigration law |

Cobb group hosts public forum on immigration law  |

Cobb County News 2:51 p.m. Monday, May 23, 2011

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Cobb Immigrant Alliance will hold a town hall meeting Tuesday on Georgia’s new immigration law, HB 87.

Immigrant experts will discuss how community development, employment and civil rights are impacted by the law.

Alliance director, Rich Pellegrino, called HB 87 an unfunded mandate and diversionary tactic that does not solve immigration problems or the community’s real issues of jobs and the economy.

The forum begins at 6 p.m. at the South Cobb Regional Library, 805 Clay Road in Mableton.


May 22, 2011

5/21 – – Immigration bill targeted at rally

Immigration bill targeted at rally.

Roosevelt Square filled with opponents of state’s new crackdown on illegal residents

UPDATED: May 22, 2011 12:30 a.m.
Immigration bill targeted at rally

Crowds gather Saturday morning under the limited shade at Roosevelt Square to attend the “love Thy Neighbor” rally and to protest against House Bill 87. The new law cracks down on illegal immigration in the state by increasing some enforcement powers and requiring many employers to check the immigration status of new hires.

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“Please don’t separate my family.”

“We are humans.”

“Hope and change.”

Those were some of the posters several children carried, written in English and Spanish, during a rally Saturday morning in Gainesville’s Roosevelt Square.

People packed the square to hear messages and songs against state House Bill 87, which cracks down on illegal immigration in the state by increasing some enforcement powers and requiring many employers to check the immigration status of new hires.

It was signed into law earlier this month by Gov. Nathan Deal.

“I’m still mad at the teachers who taught us French. We should have been learning Spanish,” said Bishop Ernest Burns of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Cornelia. “But there’s one thing that transcends all languages, and that is the language of love.”

The rally was organized with the theme “Love Thy Neighbor.”

“We’re going to stand by you in this,” Burns said. “We’re going to stand shoulder to shoulder and arm in arm and make it possible for all of us to live together.”

The rally brought together representatives from Gainesville State College’s Students for a Progressive Society, Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, North Georgia Immigrant Justice, Habersham Families Helping Families, Habersham County Democratic Party and several churches.

“This law is flawed, racist and will certainly harm Georgia’s economy,” said Tonna Harris-Bosselmann, faculty adviser for Students for a Progressive Society and English as a Second Language coordinator. “In Georgia, we are not all ignorant xenophobes who fear people who look different. We respect, appreciate and welcome the immigrant community.”

Harris-Bosselmann admires the perseverance of her immigrant students.

“My students don’t become bitter. They remain positive and focused on their goals,” she said. “The inspire me and are fuel for my passion.”

The new law was a subject of heated debate during the 2011 legislative session. It shares similarities to a controversial law enacted last year in Arizona and another this year in Utah. Part or all of those two laws have been blocked by federal judges, and opponents have said they’ll sue to try to do the same to Georgia’s law.

“As a community, we must stand up and fight back,” said John Rich, a senior at the University of Georgia. “Efforts are under way to challenge this law … but we cannot afford to wait for the politicians and lawyers to save us.”

Rich encouraged the community to find strength within themselves.

“The government doesn’t own this earth. We the people do,” he said to a burst of applause. “Human beings are more important than borders. We matter more than the invisible lines drawn in the sands by our government.”

A federal judge blocked some provisions of Arizona’s law last year after the federal government sued, and an appeals court upheld that decision last month. The state plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“We will never give up, and we will never give in,” Rich said. “We will take this law and burn it to the ground, and like a phoenix, we will rise through the ashes and live together.”

Opponents of the measure say the bill could lead to racial profiling and could harm the state’s economy. Supporters say it’s necessary because illegal immigrants are a drain on Georgia’s resources.

“I am worried because it’s not only me but hundreds of people out there,” said Mynor “Nolo” Lopez, a Gainesville State College student. “We work with our minds, and we work with our hands, but people don’t pay attention when we go to the stores, pay taxes and pay rent. We don’t live for free.”

The law includes the following:

Law enforcement officers now are authorized to check the immigration status of certain suspects and to detain them if they are in the country illegally.

A requirement for private employers to use a federal database called E-Verify to check the immigration status of new hires is set to be phased in, with all employers with more than 10 employees required to comply by July 2013.

It penalizes people who knowingly transport or harbor illegal immigrants and makes it a felony to present false documents or information when applying for a job.

“We have learned how to be courageous and determined,” Lopez said. “We cross the desert and water, and 50 percent of the time we will make it, and 50 percent of the time we will perish. Our goal is to get here to live better for our families.”

Lopez told the crowd to never forget that goal.

“No matter what happens, I will keep on dreaming my dreams,” he said. “The day I give up, my friends, is the day that I die.”

May 15, 2011

5/15 – – Santana blasts Georgia immigration bill before Braves game |

Santana blasts Georgia immigration bill before Braves game  |

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Legendary rock guitarist Carlos Santana, in town to be honored for a “Beacon of Change” award at Sunday’s MLB Civil Rights Game at Turner Field, played the part as well.

 Musician Carlos Santana makes some critical remarks about immigration upon accepting the Beacon of Change award during the MLB Civil Rights Game at Turner Field in Atlanta on Sunday, May 15, 2011.

Curtis Compton, Musician Carlos Santana makes some critical remarks about immigration upon accepting the Beacon of Change award during the MLB Civil Rights Game at Turner Field in Atlanta on Sunday, May 15, 2011.

He took his turn at the podium on the field in a pre-game ceremony before the Braves-Phillies game to take a shot at the immigration bill just signed into law by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal on Friday.

“I represent the human race,” the Mexican-born Carlos Santana said. “The people of Arizona, the people of Atlanta, Georgia, you should be ashamed of yourselves.”

The Georgia immigration law, HB 87, signed on Friday, cracks down on illegal immigration by increasing enforcement powers and requiring many employers to check the immigration status of new hires.

Shortly after the game started, Santana met with the media in an impromptu gathering in the Turner Field press box after word of his comments began to break on the Internet and through social media.

“Most people at this point [are] afraid to really say what needs to be said,” said Santana, who was honored this weekend along with actor Morgan Freeman and baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks. “This is the United States. This is the land of the free. If people want the immigration law to keep passing in every state, then everybody should just get out and just leave the American Indians here. They’re the only ones that belong here.”

Santana called the immigration law racist, saying it “is the same thing as the Ku Klux Klan. It’s just not right.”

Santana said immigrants are doing jobs that other Americans wouldn’t want anyway.

“This is about fear, that people are going to steal my job,” he said.

“No we ain’t. You don’t clean toilets and clean sheets, stop shucking and jiving.”

Santana referenced his 1960s rock-n-roll background and said he was an artist not afraid to speak out.

“I’m not the kind of guy that’s goes, ‘There’s no business like show business,’” Santana said, actually singing the phrase. “I’m like the Black Panthers. This is my time that God asked me stand up for light, love and truth and justice and invite people with kindness and compassion to give us just honor and respect. This law is not correct. It’s an anti-American law. It’s a cruel law, actually. If you all remember what it was like here with Martin Luther King and the dogs and the hoses, it’s the same thing, only it’s high tech. So let’s change it.”

May 15, 2011

5/14 – – “Human Rights Summer” Announced in Response to Signing of Anti-Immigrant Law in Georgia | News

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by Gabriela Garcia · May 14, 2011

At noon on Friday the 13th (coincidence?), Georgia governor Nathan Deal signed the state’s Arizona copycat bill, HB 87, into law. The law is one of the most punitive yet — undocumented workers can be charged with felonies and face up to 15 years in prison and $250,000 in fines. Citizens who commit traffic infractions can face up to 12 months in prison and $1,000 in fines for driving in a car with an undocumented person. Already, groups including the ACLU and Southern Poverty Law Center are preparing for civil right lawsuits to block the law.
Immigrant families, protesters, and human rights groups weren’t allowed into the capitol to witness the signing. But outside, organizers stated that a boycott of the state is “on like Donkey Kong.” “This is not the end of the battle, only the beginning of a new stage,” Adelina Nicholls of the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights said. “This law can and must be fought, and it can and will be defeated.”

Just hours after the signing, a public assembly was held in which broad coalitions of civil rights groups announced their plans, which begin with a “Human Rights Summer” in Georgia. In a state with a long and painful history in the battle for civil rights, this resistance movement brings to mind the 1964 “freedom summer” that ultimately resulted in the signing of the Civil Rights Act.

Among the events planned for Human Rights Summer: a Women’s March in Defense of the Immigrant Family on May 22. And July 1, when HB 87 goes into effect, will be a day of non-compliance when human rights supporters will be asked not to go to work or buy anything. Others events and actions will be announced.

Immigrant sanctuaries and “buyspots” will also be established during this time of boycott. Businesses, community organizations, places of worship, and institutions that refuse to comply with the law, which states that it is illegal to “harbor or transport” undocumented immigrants, will place decals on their windows indicating it is a safe space for immigrants and a place where supporters can feel comfortable spending their money.

“The Montgomery Bus boycott became a symbol of opposition to the racial segregation, political disenfranchisement, and persecution of blacks in the South,” reads the We Are Georgia coalition page. “Just as the Montgomery Bus boycott was about more than where black people could sit on a bus, the Georgia boycott is about more than HB-87.”

One way to stand with Georgia right now is to ask MLB commissioner Bud Selig to break baseball’s silence on this at their annual Civil Rights Game happening in Atlanta.

Gabriela Garcia is a freelance writer who has written for Latina, the Miami New Times, National Geographic Traveler blog, and Matador Network blogs, amongst other publications.
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