It was September 2015 and Dr. Marie Friedmann Marquardt was at Little Shop of Stories surrounded by friends and children. Everybody was asking her questions about a love story taking place in Georgia. The story was between Alma, (a Mexican quinceañera very much aware that her ticket out of poverty was education and hard work) … Continue reading Provoking Reflection Through Youth Adult Books, Marie Marquardt
(This post was originally published as part of MC USA’s Immigration Justice: Learn, Pray, Join initiative. It is here re-published with permission from the writer, Anton Flores-Maisonet. Anton Flores-Maisonet is the co-founder of Casa Alterna, a hospitality house located in a Guatemalan neighborhood in Georgia and devoted to faithful acts of mercy and justice.) During the funeral … Continue reading “That tasted good” said Marlon, to which I replied, “Jesus usually does.”
We continue, during this Hispanic Heritage Month, highlighting the work of community members and also of hard-working allies. In this story, we feature Holly Patrick, a board member of El Refugio, a ministry of hospitality for immigrants detained at Stewart Detention Center and their families. Holly has a Master’s Degree in Public Health Rollins School of Public … Continue reading I am lucky to have the opportunity to provide a service that meets a very real and immediate need – Holly Patrick
“Vamos Ladies” A Latina on a Social Entrepreneurship Journey
During Hispanic Heritage Month, we will be profiling some of the stories of contributions from Latinos in Georgia, but for the first time, we will also be featuring some non-Latinos that are great allies to the community with excellent work and dedication. Here is one of those stories featuring Marty Rosenbluth from the Polanco Firm) … Continue reading The Voice of Marty Rosenbluth
A few months ago, we received a call from Vecinos de Buford Highway, (community organization member of LCF Georgia) about a family that was at risk of becoming homeless. The family in question, had children, American citizens and had been illegally evicted from their apartment along Buford Highway. The story was clearly one of retaliation. … Continue reading Michael Eshman, Half Gringo-Half Colombiano Making a Difference
Twelve years ago, América Gruner struggled along friends and neighbors to have elected officials and leaders listen to their requests in Dalton, Georgia. The demand for workers that existed during the 1980s economic boom, that lead carpet mills to aggressively recruit Latino workers had slowed down and while it was clear that in a few … Continue reading Coalition of Latino Leaders in Dalton, it is Time to Support Grassroots Leadership
The first time I heard the word “labor”, I heard it from my father. In his broken English. Enveloped on his Spanish accent. Surrounded by Spanish words. It was the only English word in his sentence. I had never heard it before, I was a kid. And I asked him what it was. The first … Continue reading He defined the word LABOR for me. He is an immigrant and my father.
(During Hispanic Heritage Month, we will be profiling some of the stories of contributions from Latinos in Georgia, but for the first time, we will also be featuring some non-Latinos that are great allies to the community with excellent work and dedication. Here is one of those stories written by Ric Stewart, a volunteer with Casa … Continue reading Casa Colibri Opens its Doors in Ocilla
The Hispanic Federation and Latino Community Fund of Georgia have announced the launch of a non-partisan, statewide Latino voter registration and mobilization initiative in Georgia. The “Latinos for Democracy” Initiative focuses on registering Hispanic eligible voters for the November mid-term elections and encouraging existing Latino voters to participate in this year’s elections. The coordinated … Continue reading Latinos for Democracy #EstamosAqui
The annual Hispanic Heritage Month Calendar of Events in Georgia is out! The Latino Community Fund (LCF Georgia) aggregates and consolidates information from member and partner organizations as well as key events highlighting Latinx / Hispanic community contributions during the months of September and October. All events included in the calendar are hosted by nonprofit agencies, … Continue reading 2018 Hispanic Heritage Month Calendar is OUT!
The TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund awarded $750,000 in grants today to support 18 nonprofit organizations across the country serving low-wage workers who have experienced sexual harassment and related retaliation in the workplace. The TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, which is housed and administered by the National Women’s Law Center Fund (NWLCF), awarded these grants … Continue reading LCF Georgia and Lifting Latinx Voices Awarded TIMES UP Legal Defense Fund Grant
Every 10 years, and mandated by the US Constitution, the Census Bureau undertakes the huge task of counting every single resident in the country. The information and findings that come out of this process, impact our nation in more ways than we can imagine. From deciding how many congressional seats a state gets (related to the … Continue reading The 2020 Census. Why It Matters
Two weeks ago, on a bright Sunday, over 10,000 Georgians turned out to say “Families Belong Together” (Familias Unidas, No Divididas). The event, spearheaded by the Georgia Alliance for Social Justice, co-hosted by the Latino Community Fund (LCF Georgia), Asian Americans for Advancing Justice-Atlanta, the Georgia Association for Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), the Council of … Continue reading Over 10,000 Showed Up in Georgia to Say “Families Belong Together”
As we continue #CelebratingImmigrants in June, we thought appropriate to take the opportunity to release this week, a document we have been working on for close to a year and focuses primarily on immigrants leading nonprofit organizations. “Latino-Led and Latino-Serving Grassroots Organizations are Key to Georgia’s Future” is a research and data-based point of view … Continue reading Latinx-Led Nonprofits are Critical to Georgia’s Future
(This story is written by Nury Crawford, current President of GALAS and author of the book “3,585 miles to be an American Girl”, Nury is originally from Peru and came to the US as a child) The Georgia Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (GALAS) is our state’s only non-profit educational organization focused on identifying … Continue reading GALAS, focused on identifying and developing school leaders to improve the educational outcomes of Latino students in Georgia.
(This story was originally written by Luis Otero-Bravo, a student at George Washingon University School of Business). Luis is currently spending his summer in Georgia, interning with GALEO and as program fellow for LCF Georgia. Image above is from Luis and his family at the Posse Atlanta Awards Ceremony on December 16. 2017) Challenges and … Continue reading The Biggest Act of Resilience is to Obtain my Education.
(This story is written by Carlos Solis, Visual Artist and founder of Contrapunto) Contrapunto started in 2008. At the time, Atlanta was a landscape where Latino artists were not existing. Few Latin-American artists were given the opportunity to exhibit their work in main galleries or any galleries for that matter. To me, it was disconcerting … Continue reading CONTRAPUNTO, an arts collective focused on Latinx visual artists living and working in Atlanta and surrounding areas
This story was written by Adela Lopez, the daughter of immigrants originally from Ahuehuepan, Guerrero, Mexico. Adela was raised along the Buford Highway corridor that spans across four cities: Brookhaven, Chamblee and Doraville and Norcross. Adela has participated in the art show “Ni de Aqui Ni de Alla” recently and has offered an alternative version of the … Continue reading Adela Lopez: “I Plan on Continuing to Give Back and Invest in Youth Like Me”
Pedro Jose Viloria, originally from Venezuela has joined the Latino Community Fund (LCF Georgia) as 2018 Program Fellow. Pedro received a BA from Emory University with a double major in Political Science and French Studies. Pedro has experience with research and data analysis focused on data collection and interpretation as a Research Assistant … Continue reading Welcome Pedro Jose Viloria as 2018 LCF Georgia Program Fellow
We are grateful to Betty Robles Dextre, member of the club for helping us write this article! The Atlanta Latino Lions Club founded 20 years ago, has an impeccable record of serving the community through screenings, prevention services and community assistance to families in need. A 100% volunteer group based in Marietta, the Atlanta Latino … Continue reading Atlanta Latino Lions Club, 20 Years of Service
Just a few days ago, while in San Francisco attending the Hispanics in Philanthropy conference, my conversation with Karla Vasquez from United We Dream in Tennessee was interrupted by frantic messages on her phone. A meat processing factory had been raided by ICE and 97 line workers had been detained in what civil rights organizations … Continue reading Not a “Latino Issue” this is about America
Sara J. González was a force to be reckoned with. During my first week working at a local nonprofit, people often mentioned her as reminder and inspiration of what we could do if we strived for excellence and if we worked hard. Never mind that it had been years since she had actually worked there. … Continue reading Sara J. Gonzalez, a Transformative Force In Atlanta. Her Legacy Lives.
The Latino Community Fund (LCF Georgia) had its first 2018 Membership Meeting and convening with representatives of 21 Latino-led and Latino-serving organizations across the state. We are grateful to The Coca-Cola Company for welcoming in their home and hosting our meeting. Three specific priority areas were discussed: a) 2020 CENSUS Galeo.org will be leading the … Continue reading 2018-2020 Latino Community Fund Strategic Priorities
Marcy Ramos, originally from Mexico, arrived in Atlanta twenty years ago. Her love for knitting precedes her love for our city by 10 years. Mary began knitting while pregnant with her first child, her mother-in-law taught her and it quickly became a hobby to distract her. A few years ago, her best friend, Esther Moreno … Continue reading Marcy Ramos, The Lady of Crochet
In March 2007, Angélica and a group of friends drove from Alabama to Atlanta to attend the concert of a Venezuelan band. That weekend, she met Bo Young at a social event. A year later, they would get married and start a legacy of community work and philanthropic investments across communities. During February, the month … Continue reading The Angélica and Bo Young High School Scholarship
The Latino Community Fund (LCF Georgia) strongly believes proposed legislation S.R. 587 will negatively affect international families, entrepreneurs, and students residing in Georgia limiting both the state and their personal aspirations for economic and educational progress. 30 Fortune 1000 businesses make Georgia their home base, many of those companies bring, along with their tax revenue … Continue reading The Proposed Legislation for an English-Only Amendment to the Georgia Constitution Could Negatively Affect The Economic Development and Educational Attainment of ALL in Georgia.
In the weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, hundreds of families moved temporarily to the mainland trying to find refuge, health care, education, and jobs. While over 150,000 Puerto Ricans moved to Florida and several thousand more to New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and other states that have traditionally been part of a story of circular … Continue reading Treat families in need as you would like to be treated – Hinesville, Georgia
We are building this post based on an April 2017 CNN article as it provides excellent background information on the Areu brothers. You can access the original article here. Ozzie and Will Areu announced earlier this month the launch of AREU BROS. a studio venture including a large multi-media campus for music, tech, motion pictures … Continue reading Success is Being Able to Take Care of Family. The Areu Bros. Story
On September 30, 2017, GALEO.org (through the GALEO Community Leadership Fund) hosted the 1st Latino Leaders Summit in partnership with OLAS (Organization of Latin American Students) at the Georgia Gwinnett College. The event aimed to develop and hone leadership skills and to educate, empower, and inspire Latino upcoming leaders from across the state, included workshops, networking … Continue reading A Leader is one who Loves, GALEO Latino Leaders Summit
Half Salvadorian and half Cuban, Antonio arrived in the US when he was seven years old. Raised in Miami, he was pushed by his mother to learn English, to assimilate to the fusion of Latin American cultures in Miami and to excel in school. In an effort to access better educational opportunities, Antonio’s mother moved … Continue reading Georgia in 10 Years, Depends on Us
Atlanta, Georgia (October 31, 2017) – Through the generous support of community investors, and Giving Circle members; the Latino Community Fund (LCF Georgia) announces its 2017 grant and scholarship recipients in the areas of Educational Attainment, Civic Engagement, Micro-Entrepreneurship and Arts and Sports Enrichment. These groundbreaking investments allow member organizations to further their partnership with … Continue reading LCF GEORGIA ANNOUNCES 2017 GRANT RECIPIENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
(This essay was originally published by the Hispanic Organization for the Promotion of Education -HoPe- a LCF Georgia member nonprofit organization. It is re-published here with permission to help amplify the voice and story of Luis) Born in Guanajuato, Mexico, Luis immigrated to the United States with his mom when he was one to reunite … Continue reading A Dose of Inspiration, Featuring Luis Otero