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November 10, 2011

MEDIA RELEASE – GDW and human rights groups hold Stewart Vigil V: “No More Profits Off Our Pain” – – Gmail



November 10, 2011


Anton Flores-Maisonet, Georgia Detention Watch, 706-302-9661,

Azadeh Shahshahani, ACLU of Georgia, 404-574-0851,


Georgia Detention Watch and human rights groups hold Stewart Detention Center Vigil V:

“No More Profits Off Our Pain”

November 18 at 10 am in Lumpkin, Georgia


Advocates call for the for-profit detention center to be shut down

Atlanta, GA – On Friday, November 18 at 10 am, Georgia Detention Watch will hold its fifth annual vigil at Corrections Corporation of America’s Stewart Detention Center.  “This year’s vigil will highlight the traumatic impact of detention on the families, especially children of those detained, while  CCA continues to secure record-breaking profits off of human misery,” said Georgia Detention Watch Steering Committee member, Priscilla Padrón of Atlanta.

Families that have been directly impacted by detention at Stewart will play a major role in this year’s vigil.  In 2010, Emily Guzman spoke on behalf of her husband, Pedro, who was detained inside Stewart for 19 months.  Emily’s mother, Pamela Alberda and seven others were also arrested for a nonviolent act of civil disobedience at last year’s vigil as they demanded the release of her son-in-law.  Earlier this year, victory was declared by advocates as Pedro was granted relief and reunited with his family.  He will now address those in attendance at the vigil himself as a legal permanent resident of the United States.

“There’s so much money they make from us, but they’re not investing any money in detainees,” Pedro Guzman said in an interview upon his release from the for-profit detention center in the remote town of Lumpkin, population 1300. “The treatment you get is like you’re an animal. I have two dogs, and I treat my dogs much better than the detainees are treated in there.”

Others directly affected by the for-profit detention of immigrants at Stewart will also attend this year’s vigil, including Lilian Quiroz.   

Quiroz’s husband, Paul, entered the United States in 1984 when he was only 11 years old and now has two children and a wife in a familial crisis as his detention at Stewart goes on for five months with no end in sight.

“It is time to close this for-profit detention center and end the mandatory detention of immigrants,” said Anton Flores-Maisonet of Georgia Detention Watch.

Additional individuals slated to speak at the vigil include Theresa El-Amin, a veteran of the civil rights movement and representative of the Southern Anti-Racist Network; Flores-Maisonet; Bryan Holcomb, a former employee-turned-whistleblower of Corrections Corporation of America’s Stewart Detention Center; and Azadeh Shahshahani of the ACLU of Georgia.

§ About the Stewart Detention Center
Located in rural Southwest Georgia, the Stewart Detention Center detains approximately 2,000 immigrant men for deportation proceedings. Stewart, the largest immigrant detention center in the U.S., is operated by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), a Nashville-based corporation with revenue of $1.7 billion in 2010; CEO Damon Hinninger received a compensation package of $3,266,387 the same year. The average cost to the tax payer to house each detainee is $122 per day per bed.

Case-by-case data also show that the highest proportion of deportation orders in the country (98.8 percent) were issued by the judges in the Lumpkin, Georgia Immigration Court.

§ Conditions at Stewart: Substandard and Inhumane
An April 2009 report by Georgia Detention Watch on conditions at Stewart documented violations of ICE’s own detention standards at the facility. The report charged that food and medicine are withheld as punishment and that solitary confinement is routinely imposed without a disciplinary hearing. In March 2008, Roberto Martinez Medina, a 39-year-old immigrant held at Stewart died of a treatable heart infection.  To this day, many unanswered questions surround his death. Additionally, Mark Lyttle, a U.S. citizen formerly detained at Stewart, has a lawsuit pending against the U.S. government for his wrongful detention and deportation.

§About Corrections Corporation of America (CCA)
2010 revenue: $1.7 billion
Prisoner capacity: 90,037
Year founded: 1983
Headquarters: Nashville, Tenn.
Head: Damon Hininger (president and CEO)
Executive compensation: $3,266,387 compensation package for Hininger in 2010 (according to Morningstar)

Sources: CCA: 2010 Annual Letter to Shareholders; A Quarter Century of Service to America; About CCA; Morningstar, Corrections Corporation of America, Key Executive Compensation.


Lead Sponsor: Georgia Detention Watch

Collaborators and Endorsers:

School of the Americas Watch

American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia


Asian American Legal Advocacy Center

Atlanta Friends Meeting Social Concerns Committee

Coalicion de Lideres Latinos of Dalton

Cobb Immigrant Alliance


Detention Watch Network


Georgia Immigrants and Refugees Rights Coalition

Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights

Georgia Peace and Just Coalition

Georgia Rural Urban Summit

International Action Center

International Center of Atlanta

Southern Anti-Racism Network

Southerners on New Ground

Georgia Detention Watch is a coalition of organizations and individuals that advocates alongside immigrants to end the inhumane and unjust detention and law enforcement policies and practices directed against immigrant communities in our state. Our coalition includes activists, community organizers, persons of faith, lawyers, and many more.

Member organizations of Georgia Detention Watch include: the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, American Immigration Lawyers Association Atlanta Chapter, Amnesty International-Southern Region, Amnesty International -Atlanta local group 75, Atlantans Building Leadership for Empowerment (ABLE), Coalición De Líderes Latinos (CLILA), Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR), Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition, Immigrant Justice Project- Southern Poverty Law Center, International Action Center, Open Door Community, Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta (RRISA), and others.

September 26, 2011

9/26 – Media Advisory – Remove Phil Kent from IERB Petition Press Conference – Google Docs

Media Advisory – Remove Phil Kent from IERB Petition Press Conference – Google Docs.

Media Advisory

“Remove Phil Kent from Georgia Immigration Enforcement Review Board”
3 PM   Sept. 27, 2011  Georgia State Capitol Rotunda

Press Contacts:    Steven Golden     301.706.7520
                         Erik Voss     404.457.5901

Event:         Press Conference
Location:     Georgia State Capitol – Inside the Rotunda
Date/Time:     Sept. 27th, 2011     3 PM
What:         Diverse Georgians demand extremist Phil Kent be removed from the Georgia Immigration Enforcement Review Board (IERB) and ask for resignation of other board members.
A [etition will be delivered to Governor Nathan Deal demanding reversal of Phil Kent appointment to the IERB, Speakers will discuss IERB member diversity, HB 87, and issues related to Georgia immigration

Atlanta, GA – On Tuesday September 27th, a group of diverse Georgians will join for a press conference in the Georgia State Capitol Rotunda advocating for the removal of Phil Kent, a known extremist.

The press conference is called to demand that Governor Deal immediately remove Phil Kent from the new HB 87 created ‘Georgia Immigration Enforcement Review Board’ (IERB).  
We will deliver roughly 5,000 signatures on a petition in support of this demand for Phil Kent’s immediate removal from the IERB.

This IERB, created by controversial HB 87, is being given broad authority to, among other things, subpoena individuals working in Georgia state government agencies, as well as in other county and municipal governments positions, to force them to appear before IERB.  Furthermore, the IERB will investigate compliance with Georgia’s ‘immigration law,’ and levy fines those who have been found in violation.

Steve Golden, author of the petition ( created this online, and his petition demanding Phil Kent’s immediate removal that has drawn 5,000 signatures.  

Why has Nathan Deal shot himself in the foot by appointing a well known extremist to an important government review. This act delegitimizes the IERB and calls into question the Governor’s true motivations for signing the bill.

The petition will be delivered to Governor Nathan Deal’s office after being presented for examination to the media.

There will be presentations from various speakers and advocates.

End of Advisory

September 7, 2011

9/7 – CL Atlanta – Anti-Defamation League asks Deal to reconsider Kent appointment | Atlanta News & Opinion Blog | Fresh Loaf | Creative Loafing Atlanta

Anti-Defamation League asks Deal to reconsider Kent appointment | Atlanta News & Opinion Blog | Fresh Loaf | Creative Loafing Atlanta.

Posted by Thomas Wheatley on Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Bill Night, the southeast regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, has asked Gov. Nathan Deal to reconsider his appointment of conservative columnist Phil Kent to a seven-member board tasked with sanctioning government agencies that fail to enforce Georgia’s new immigration law.

Nigut’s full letter to Deal follows below.

September 7, 2011

Governor Nathan Deal
Georgia State Capitol
Atlanta, GA

Dear Governor Deal,

As Southeast Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League, I write to respectfully request that you reexamine your decision to appoint Phil Kent to the state’s Immigration Enforcement Review Board. While ADL recognizes your desire to name to the board appointees who support and will uphold Georgia’s new immigration statute, we are concerned about Mr. Kent’s history of making inflammatory and deeply disturbing comments about immigrants, both legal and undocumented. We believe it is likely that his presence on the board will undermine its authority, suggesting that the board’s agenda will not be simply to assure compliance with the new statute, but rather to pursue an anti-immigrant political agenda.

Mr. Kent suggests that citizens should fear that America is becoming a multi-cultural nation that will soon see minorities overtake “the white population.” He asks in a column posted to his web site last year: “What will be the values and ideas of a multicultural America? What will it mean to be white after ‘whiteness’ no longer defines the cultural mainstream?” He fears that whites will “flee into whiteness. They will move to where other fair-skinned brethren are to retain their identity — nostalgically yearning for an American authenticity where everyone speaks English.” On other occasions, Mr. Kent has equally disturbing views about minorities. For instance, he often tries to paint all illegal residents with the taint of criminality, perpetuating the dubious contention that “violent criminal aliens are now threatening our cities and suburbs.”Mr. Kent’s fixation with maintaining white culture is deeply disturbing, and his resort to fear mongering about undocumented residents is equally abhorrent. Georgia’s new immigration law has become a lightning rod for controversy. We ask that you weigh carefully whether Mr. Kent’s presence on the Immigration Enforcement Review Board will simply stir up even more controversy and bring possible discredit to the state’s efforts to control illegal immigration.

Sincerely yours,

Bill Nigut
Southeast Regional Director, ADL”

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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July 8, 2011

Media Advisory: Community Rallies for Human Rights, Against HB 87

Media Advisory:  Thursday, July 7, 2011

Community Rallies for Human Rights, Against HB 87

Demonstration to Demand Real Solutions to Problems, Not Attacks on Immigrants

ATLANTA – Civil rights, community, labor and immigrant advocacy organizations announced a demonstration for human dignity and immigrant rights this Saturday (July 9) from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on the Washington Street stairs of the Georgia State Capitol.

The rally will demonstrate the community’s outrage at the inhumane, anti-immigrant law, HB 87.  The peaceful demonstration will demand that lawmakers focus on finding real solutions to the problems that face Georgia and bringing the people of the state together, rather than pitting us against each other and attacking immigrant working families.

WHO: Georgians and supporters from around the nation will attend the rally, including members of the community and activists with Atlanta Jobs with Justice; the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; the ACLU of Georgia; the Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance; Teamsters Local 728, and the Atlanta/North Georgia Labor Council.

WHAT: Rally with strong visuals and powerful speakers, including:

·      Lee A. Saunders, International Secretary-Treasurer of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)

·      Rev. Al Sharpton, Civil Rights Activist and President of the National Action Network

·      Ben Speight, Atlanta Jobs with Justice and Teamsters Local 728 organizer

·      Teodoro Maus, President of the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR)

·      Dulce Guerrero and Nataly Ibarra, members of the Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance (GUYA) who were arrested last week for a non-violent protest against HB 87.

·      Azadeh Shahshahani, Director of the National Security/Immigrants’ Rights Project at the ACLU of Georgia

·      Georgia Senator Vincent Fort

WHEN: Saturday, July 9, 2011 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Georgia State Capitol, Washington Street stairs.

June 23, 2011

6/30 – Press/Public Advisory for Cobb Immigrant Alliance Town Hall/Public Forum on June 30th at Crosspoint Church in Smyrna –


PURPOSE: To separate the myths from the facts and educate the public about our new immigrant neighbors, immigration issues in general, and the new GA immigration law (HB87),  and to bring all the diverse elements of our community together to work together to solve our real problems (jobs, healthcare, education, public safety).
PRESS/Public ADVISORY for Town Hall Meeting/Public Forum
DATE:       June 30th, Thursday,
TIME:        7:00pm to 9:30pm
WHERE:  Crosspoint Presbyterian Church, 4061 King Springs Rd, Smyrna,GA 30082

CONTACT:  Rich Pellegrino, Director of the Cobb Immigrant Alliance (CIA)

ORGANIZATION:  Cobb Immigrant Alliance

VOICE PHONE NUMBER:  404-573-1199



PURPOSE: To separate the myths from the facts and educate the public about our new immigrant neighbors, immigration issues in general, and the new GA immigration law (HB87),  and to bring all the diverse elements of our community together to work together to solve our real problems (jobs, healthcare, education, public safety).

THEME:  “We are one people and together we can survive
and advance in spite of the vested interests attempting to divide us.”

WHO:  Panel members who are experts on immigration issues, community development (including jobs), and human and civil rights–and YOU–the community. (This will be an interactive forum and will be the first of a series being held around the county.)

Rich Pellegrino, Director of the Cobb Immigrant Alliance, stated:
“The new immigration bill, HB87, signed into law by Governor Deal on Friday, May 13th, is another unfunded mandate and diversionary tactic, based on myths, targeting and scapegoating our new immigrant neighbors while costing the state’s taxpayers millions, and not solving either the immigrant/immigration problems or the community’s real issues of jobs and the economy. It is time for the residents of  Cobb & GA to come and work together to solve our real issues and not let our energies and attention be diverted by these tactics of separation–for we are one people and together we can survive and advance regardless of those vested interests seeking to divide us.”

The Cobb Immigrant Alliance is a voluntary grass roots group and Cobb County
coalition composed of individual members of non-profit, business, religious,
educational, human and civil rights entities who have come together to help
highlight the significant contributions of immigrants to our community and
to ensure a welcoming environment for immigrants of all backgrounds in Cobb
County, Georgia and the entire U.S. (Note we fully acknowledge that we are a
nation of immigrants and are not concerned with your immigration status, or
whether you recently came or have been here for generations.)

Some of our  accomplishments and work is featured in research publications
“Black Brown Coalitions in the Southeast” (found at; by GA State
University & Southern Regional Council) and “Terror and isolation in Cobb:
How Unchecked Police Power under 287(g) Has Torn Families Apart and
Threatened Public Safety”
(  by the ACLU).

June 21, 2011

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

See also:

In English and Spanish:

Text Only version of Press Release follows in English and Spanish:

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 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 17, 2011

5/17 – Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance – Protest Today: Undocumented Youth Walk Out of School

Today Protest – Undocumented Youth Walk Out of School –

Contact: Georgina Perez or Cell: 678-389-1226

Keish Kim or Cell: 678.525.1912

 Undocumented High School Students Walk Out In Response to HB 87 and Ban on Higher Education

Youth Demand Equality Education on 57th Anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education

Mableton, Georgia— May 17th, on the anniversary of landmark civil rights case Brown vs. Board of Education, hundreds of students from Pebblebrook high school will walk out of their classrooms demanding equal access to higher education.  The, mostly undocumented, students hope ! their wa lkout will send a clear signal to Gov. Deal, the Board of Regents and others who wish to prevent them from attaining a higher education;   “as undocumented youth we can no longer be afraid of those who stand against us, instead we need show them we will fight back.  We need to take a stand because if we do not do it no one else will” says Dulce Guerrero, an undocumented 12th grader at Pebblebrook high school.

WHAT:                 Undocumented youth walk-out of class and rally outside school at flag poll

WHO:                   Undocumented Youth and allies in grades 9 to 12 from Pebblebrook high-school

                                Reverend Timothy McDonald, senior pastor of the First Iconium Baptist Church

WHEN:                 Tuesday, May 17th at 2:00pm at the Flag Poll

WHERE:               FLAG POLL – Pebblebrook high school, 991 Old Alabama Road, Mableton, Georgia 30126

 In October of 2010 the Georgia Board of Regents made a ruling which bars all undocumented youth from its top 5 universities. The ban, unlike other states, does not even allow for undocumented youth to attend at out-of-state tuition rates. Rev. Timothy McDonald,! senior pastor of the First Iconium Baptist Church states; “As we remember the historic Brown vs. Board of Education decision, we affirm that immigration is the civil rights issue for the 21st century.  We will not re-segregate our colleges and university.  America must continue its forward progress towards affirming the rights of all people.”

According to a July 2010 Migrant Policy Institute report, Dulce is just one of the estimated 74,000 undocumented youth who are currently living in Georgia.  She joins the over 2.1 million who reside in the United States. Dulce went on to say; “A ban on college is unacceptable; if our students have the brains then nothing should prevent them from attending college. I am walking out today because I want to go to college; if my teachers, my principle and my community support the values of Brown vs. Board of Education then I hope they will support us, the students who are affected by these laws.”

The students leading this action promise that it is only the first of its kind, like the action of April 5th in which 7 undocumented youth were arrested; organizers plan to continue with the direct civil disobedience actions until immigrant communities in Georgia can once again live without constant fear.


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
Georgi! a Undocu mented Youth Alliance (GUYA)
Cell: 678.389.1226

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