Georgia Latinos push for inclusion, respect and consideration from state’s business, civil and community leaders
GritoBlast! — For Latinos living in Georgia, the Peach State has not been the sweetest place to live. Yet, a group of Georgian Latinos has been working to change that reality.
For close to 2 years, dozens of Latino serving non-profit professionals have gathered at “Latino Forums” round tables that discussed collaborations, explored synergies and in general ways to partner up and better serve the community.
In 2015, out of one of those meetings, the idea of creating a position paper that they could all stand behind arose. The outcome of that idea is the first collaborative document signed and supported by a number of Latino-serving professionals in Georgia.
“Strengthening Latino Families in Georgia, What To Do” is an educational piece, and advocacy tool, as well as, a petition to all civil, business and community leaders and law enforcers to support, appreciate and consider Latino families when making decisions in Georgia, a state known for its tough immigrant laws and restrictive educational rules.
Ten key petition points are shared and asked for consideration when designing, making and enforcing laws, hiring personnel, developing investment guidelines and media engagement with the community.
A petition to show businesses, media, law enforcement and politicians that the state’s Latino community wants fair and equal inclusion in Georgia society has been made available online and is open for everyone to sign, non-Latinos, along with, Latinos, as well as, non-residents of the state together with residents.
Signing this document supports the petition of the professionals who have created this document to take into account the following priorities when making and passing laws, reporting on Latino issues, enforcing guidelines and regulations and hiring workers.
The petition was co-created by YoSoyM, a social venture dedicated to serving Georgia’s Latinas, and dozens of more Latino-serving non-profit professionals in Georgia.