georgia association of latino elected officials

Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials

galeo.org. Formed in 2003, Executive Director is Jerry Gonzalez, former Legislative Policy Analyst for MALDEF.

"Nucleus" comprised of Senator Sam Zamarripa (SD-36), Representative Pedro Marin (HD-66) and Judge Tony del Campo (DeKalb County State Court)

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"Reform Immigration For America": business, labor, CAP, NCLR, CHIRLA begin new push; summit, townhall meeting; John Quigley - 06/01/09

A new group called "Reform Immigration For America" recently launched in order to push for comprehensive immigration reform, aka amnesty. They're a coalition of business, labor, and far-left/racial power groups; see their slick site here: reformimmigrationforamerica.org.

Jerry Gonzalez of GALEO on Georgia's "anti-immigrant" views - 04/02/09

Jerry Gonzalez - a former MALDEF Legislative Policy Analyst now with the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials takes to the pages of the Atlanta Journal Constitution with "Anti-immigrant view hurts state" (

Jerry Gonzalez - 10/13/07

From this:

Jerry Gonzalez is Executive Director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials and former Legislative Policy Analyst for MALDEF.

Curt Thompson: Urges Calm and Practicality - 10/03/07

link: galeo . org/story.php?story_id=0000003303

State Sen. Curt Thompson: Urges Calm and Practicality, "stay calm, stay put and get involved"

Found in Mundo HispanicoWritten by Senator Curt ThompsonPosted on 2007-07-11

Originally published in Spanish in Mundo Hispanico on July 5, 2007.

Posted on GALEO on 7/10/07 in English, courtesy of Sen. Curt Thompson. This version is unedited and is slightly different than the print version. The Spanish print version was edited for space.

Curt Thompson Teodoro Maus press conference article - 07/11/07

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Li­deres afro americanos y latinos repudian comentarios de Perdue

(Monday, 18 September 2006) -

100+ Hispanic groups send letter supporting illegal immigration, opposing raids - 05/08/07

The National Council of La Raza ("The Race") has led the charge to send a letter to president Bush (cc'ed to Michael Chertoff and Julie Myers) complaining about the recent workplace raids [1]. The list of "grassroots" organizations involved is in the extended entry, and some are "interesting": CASA of Maryland, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (one of whose founders marched alongside a former Mexican consul general in an illegal immigration march), the odious Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (their president is linked to the Mexican government), Instituto del Progreso Latino (their executive director is the president of the ICIRR), the
Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the Southern Poverty Law Center (indirectly linked to the Mexican government).

Obviously, a letter that's sent now could simply be repurposed and sent again a year or two after "comprehensive immigration reform" passes. There's no assurance that these groups wouldn't send a similar letter in order to weaken future, "reform"-mandated enforcement, and that's one of the ways that the current amnesty would become like past amnesties.

We, the undersigned Latino organizations, write to express our outrage and deep concern over the manner in which workplace raids have been conducted all across the United States in the past few months. As organizations that work closely with the communities that are directly impacted by these raids, we are often the first to respond to the immediate humanitarian crisis that occurs when a raid is conducted. Particularly, we are concerned about the raids' short- and long-term impact on children. There are approximately 3.1 million U.S. citizen children who have at least one undocumented parent, and there are 1.8 million undocumented children in the U.S. We believe that the U.S. must take the needs of these children into account and fix the broken immigration system that separates them from their parents.

The parents and those who encourage illegal immigration are at fault, not the system. Why aren't they taking the needs of the children into account?

...Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick correctly characterized the recent raids as a "humanitarian crisis." ...The time is long overdue for our nation to stop tearing apart these hardworking families and bring about real, comprehensive solutions to our immigration problems...

Patrick was shown not to be telling the whole truth in that case, and hopefully the same will happen here. Obviously, what they support - out of purely racial grounds - will make the situation far worse.

[1] nclr.org/content/news/detail/45751

The signatories:

Academia Cesar Chavez - Saint Paul, MN
Acercamiento Hispano de Carolina del Sur - Columbia, SC
AltaMed Health Services Corporation - Los Angeles, CA
Bridge Academy Charter School - Bridgeport, CT
Calexico Community Action Council - Calexico, CA
CARECEN - Washington, DC
Carlos Rosario School - Washington, DC
CASA of Maryland - Silver Spring, MD
CASA of Oregon - Newberg, OR
Center for Hispanic Policy & Advocacy - Providence, RI
Center for Training & Careers/WorkNET - San Jose, CA
Centro Campesino Farmworker Center, Inc. - Florida City, FL
Centro de Amistad - Guadalupe, AZ
Centro de la Comunidad - Baltimore, MD
Centro de Residentes Bolivianos - Madison, WI
Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe - El Paso, TX
Centro Hispano of Dane County - Cambridge, MA
CentroNía - Washington, DC
Centro Presente, Inc. - Cambridge, MA
Cesar Chavez Academy - Pueblo, CO
Cesar Chavez Dual Language Immersion Charter School - Santa Barbara, CA
Chicano Awareness Center - Omaha, NE
Chicano Federation of San Diego County - San Diego, CA
Coalition for New South Carolinians - Columbia, SC
Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition - Denver, CO
Colorado Rural Housing - Westminster, CO
Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc. - New York, NY
Community Child Care Center of Santa Clara County - San Jose, CA
Conexión Américas - Nashville, TN
Congreso de Latinos Unidos - Philadelphia, PA
Council for the Spanish Speaking - Milwaukee, WI
Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corp. - Denver, CO
Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation - Detroit, MI
Dolores Huerta Preparatory High School - Pueblo, CO
DRAW Academy - Houston, TX
East Las Vegas Community Development Corporation (ELVCDC) - Las Vegas, NV
El Centro de la Raza - Seattle, WA
El Centro de las Americas - Lincoln, NE
El Pueblo, Inc. - Raleigh, NC
Emigrantes Sin Fronteras - Phoenix, AZ
Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center - Miami, FL
Florida Immigrant Coalition - Tallahassee, FL
Gads Hill Center - Chicago, IL
Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) - Atlanta, GA
Hands Across Cultures - Española, NM
HELP - New Mexico, Inc. - Albuquerque, NM
Hispanic American Student Association (HASA), University of Central Oklahoma - Edmond, OK
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Minnesota - Minneapolis, MN
Hispanic Coalition of Florida - Miami, FL
Hispanic Committee of Virginia - Falls Church, VA
Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama - Birmingham, AL
Hispanic Women’s Organization of Arkansas - Springdale, AR
HOLA - Hispanas Organizadas de Lake y Ashtabula (OH) - Painesville, OH
Hyde Square Task Force - Jamaica Plain, MA
Idaho Community Action Network - Boise, ID
Kentucky Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights - Lexington, KY
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights - Chicago, IL
Information Referral Resource Assistance Inc. - Edinburg, TX
Instituto del Progreso Latino - Chicago, IL
La Casa de Esperanza - Waukesha, WI
La Casa Health Network, Inc. - Little Rock, AR
Latin American Coalition - Charlotte, NC
Latin American Community Center, Inc. - Wilmington, DE
Latin American Research and Service Agency - Denver, CO
Latin American Youth Center - Washington, DC
Latino Community Development Agency - Oklahoma City, OK
Latino Economic Development Corporation - Washington, DC
Latino Family Services - Detroit, MI
Latino Leadership - Orlando, FL
Latino Memphis, Inc. - Memphis, TN
Latinos for Education and Justice Organization - Calhoun, GA
Latinos United for Change and Advancement - Madison, WI
Law Offices of Navarro & Associates - Santa Ana, CA
Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care - Washington, DC
Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance (MIRA) - Jackson & Biloxi, MS
Montebello Housing Development Corporation - Montebello, CA
Mujeres Latinas en Acción - Chicago, IL
NAF Multicultural Human Development Corporation - North Platte, NE
National Association of Latino Independent Producers - New York, NY
Near Northside Partners Council, Inc. - Fort Worth, TX
New Jersey Immigration Policy Network - Newark, NJ
NEWSED CDC - Denver, CO
Parent Institute for Quality Education - San Diego, CA
Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund - New York, NY
Repertorio Español - New York, NY
Rural Opportunities, Inc. - Rochester, NY
Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality - Salem, OR
San Diego County SER/Jobs for Progress, Inc. - Oceanside, CA
SEA MAR Community Health Centers - Seattle, WA
Servicios de La Raza, Inc. - Denver, CO
Siete del Norte CDC - Embudo, NM
Southern Poverty Law Center - Montgomery, AL
Southwest Key Program, Inc. - Austin, TX
Spanish Speaking Citizens’ Foundation - Oakland, CA
St. Matthew Immigration/Detention Committee - Baltimore, MD
Tejano Center for Community Concerns - Houston, TX
Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) - Nashville, TN
United Dubuque Immigrant Alliance (UN DIA) - Dubuque, IA
United Hispanic Americans, Inc. - Fort Wayne, IN
University of Wisconsin Latina/o Law Student Association - Madison, WI
Vecinos Unidos - Dallas, TX
Washington State Migrant Council - Sunnyside, WA
Watts/Century Latino Organization - Los Angeles, CA
Western Colorado Justice for Immigrants Committee - Grand Junction, CO

May Day 2007: Peter Prengaman ignores Mexico links - 05/01/07

Peter Prengaman of the AP has a habit of not revealing the material affiliations of those he quotes. The latest instance comes in the much-updated "Protesters Press for Path to Citizenship":
..."If we don't act, then both the Democratic and Republican parties can go back to their comfort zones and do nothing," said Angelica Salas, director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA). "They won't have the courage to resolve a major situation for millions of people."

..."They announced the decision first and then they called us to consult us," said Jorge Mujica, a spokesman for Chicago's March 10 Movement group. "It doesn't make sense."
The first group has allegedly collaborated with the Mexican government. The second person is an official with the Mexican political party PRD.

UPDATE: The endlessly-updated story returns again. The Houston Chronicle uniquely names their version "U.S. flags wave at immigration rallies". Mujica is out in this version, with a new source in Jerry Gonzalez of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials. He's a former MALDEF official, and one of the GALEO founders is GA state Rep. Pedro Marin, someone with a highly probable but unexplored link to the Mexican government. He marched alongside a former Mexican consul general in a march last year.

UPDATE 2: Note this from the second version:
The [NYC] event is a response to a White House immigration reform proposal in March, said Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition... That plan would grant illegal immigrants three-year work visas for $3,500 but also require them to return home to apply for U.S. residency and pay a $10,000 fine. It has been roundly criticized by immigrant groups... Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean called the bill "insane" because it would require many illegal immigrants to return home before applying for citizenship.
The Bush plan isn't a "bill" and, according to Laura Wides-Munoz, he was refering to the STRIVE Act, not the Bush scheme.

Latinos speak out against Cherokee County ordinance - 12/01/06

[[Atlanta Latino]]/[[Eugenia Miranda]]/[[November 30, 2006]]/ link

Hispanic and non-Hispanic Cherokee County residents, Latino community leaders, lawyers, religious groups and corporate representatives showed up to voice their opinions about an ordinance that would keep undocumented residents from renting apartments or homes in Cherokee County.

October 7 Atlanta march - 10/12/06

Was originally to be the September 30 Atlanta march but was rescheduled.

One of the organizers is Teodoro Maus, a former Mexican consul general.

Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials GALEO Is Launched by Leading Georgia Hispanic Representatives - 10/12/06

[[//www.hispanicbusiness.com/news/newsbyid.asp?id=13342 press release]]/[[October 29, 2003]] (presumed)

Lowery: Latinos, blacks need to unite - 10/12/06

[[Atlanta Journal-Constitution]]/[[Shelia Poole]]/[[October 12, 2006]]/ link

The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery on Wednesday urged Latinos and African Americans to form alliances to build a political and civil rights powerhouse.

Lowery, president emeritus of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, compared the immigrant rights movement today to yesterday's civil rights movement.

Democrats Sam Zamarripa, Pedro Marin at march organized by former Mexican consul - 10/09/06

Yet another illegal immigration march was held on Saturday. This was in Atlanta and only an estimated 2000 people showed up. One of the organizers of the march was a former Mexican consul general. Two local Democratic Party elected officials led the march. This is yet another link between the Democratic Party and the Mexican government or institutions.

According to the report "Latinos call for legalization":

State Sen.

Latinos call for legalization - 10/08/06

Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Mary Lou Pickel/[[October 8, 2006]]/ link

About 2,000 people marched near the state Capitol on Saturday, pushing strollers, carrying American flags and calling for legalization of all illegal immigrants (and an end to deportations).

Links between the Democratic Party and the Mexican government - 04/22/06

Many Democratic politicians and pundits supported the recent illegal immigration marches, and some Democratic politicians appeared at some of the rallies or even helped organize some of them.

And, some other organizers of the rallies have various kinds of links to the government of Mexico.

While that's not enough to claim that the Democratic Party has direct links to the Mexican government, they are clearly part of the same network. And, that should be disturbing to the millions of more moderate members of that party.

Here are the current known links:

Anna Johnson/AP's pro-illegal immigration propaganda - 04/14/06

Anna Johnson of the AP offers "Some Immigration Marchers Pay High Price". Let's see if we can spot errors as early as the first paragraph:

Six employees at a seafood restaurant in Houston were fired this week after skipping work to take part in a pro-immigration march.

AJC: "House immigration bill crosses line" - 12/30/05

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a canard-packed editorial opposing HR 4437 here.

Since it's a stock editorial such as the ones offered by the WaPo, discussing it in depth would be superfluous.

However, they do include this:

Members of organizations that teach English to immigrants or provide social services might be subject to jail terms, according to Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Associa

"Legislators target illegal immigrants" - 03/02/05

MSNBC reprints an Atlanta Business Chronicle article about illegal immigration in Atlanta. It has some legislators saying really good things, as well as the usual cheap labor pimps chiming in. One of the people from the wrong side is Sam Zamarippa.

The article does not, of course, mention anything like what you can find at that link. Zamarippa and current/former GA Rep.

Mexican agents in the state houses? - 02/28/04

FoxNews recently published 'Georgia Latinos Object to 'Illegal Aliens' Label':


Each year, nearly 1 million foreigners unlawfully sneak into the United States.

But don't call them "illegal aliens" because that's the moral equivalent of a racial slur, according to the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials.

"We do find that term very offensive and liken it to the 'n' word as well," GALEO Executive Director Kerry Gonzalez said...

I like Fox's tone.