AIRC 3rd Annual TOWN HALL


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT: Beto Mendoza 706-224-5190

INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE: Yes

The Athens Immigrant Rights Coalition will host a Town Hall meeting and work session Saturday April 13 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on the UGA Health Sciences Campus, George Hall, room 117. Latinx families will provide a delicious homemade lunch for a small donation. Panel and breakout sessions will focus on education, health, policy, community and faith-based support for families in crisis, and more.

This event will offer the community a chance to learn more about what each branch of AIRC does, how to get involved, and local issues that are affecting our Latinx community. Each partner group and committee of the AIRC will share their accomplishments, current focus, and future goals. Local officials will speak about issues affecting the immigrant community.

“AIRC is the glue that holds together the immigrant communities in Athens,” said AIRC president Beto Mendoza. “This event will provide a map for immigrants to navigate services, develop a shared agenda, and work together on addressing issues. Whether you are an immigrant or an ally, you have a place at the drawing table as we create this map.”

All immigrants and allies working in solidarity with immigrants and their families in the Athens area are invited to participate.

For more information contact Beto Mendoza at proinm.10@gmail.com

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AIRC 3rd Annual TOWN HALL


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT: Beto Mendoza 706-224-5190

INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE: Yes

The Athens Immigrant Rights Coalition will host a Town Hall meeting and work session Saturday April 13 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on the UGA Health Sciences Campus, George Hall, room 117. Latinx families will provide a delicious homemade lunch for a small donation. Panel and breakout sessions will focus on education, health, policy, community and faith-based support for families in crisis, and more.

This event will offer the community a chance to learn more about what each branch of AIRC does, how to get involved, and local issues that are affecting our Latinx community. Each partner group and committee of the AIRC will share their accomplishments, current focus, and future goals. Local officials will speak about issues affecting the immigrant community.

“AIRC is the glue that holds together the immigrant communities in Athens,” said AIRC president Beto Mendoza. “This event will provide a map for immigrants to navigate services, develop a shared agenda, and work together on addressing issues. Whether you are an immigrant or an ally, you have a place at the drawing table as we create this map.”

All immigrants and allies working in solidarity with immigrants and their families in the Athens area are invited to participate.

For more information contact Beto Mendoza at proinm.10@gmail.com

Latinxfest 2018

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Under a perfect sunny blue sky, the Latinx community and allies were able to take to the streets for the first time in Athens LatinxFest history, eating, laughing, dancing, learning and connecting across cultures and traditions.

LatinxFest 2018 was the best yet, packed with a variety of artistic displays & acts and a mouth-watering array of homemade and authentic culinary treats from Mexico, El Salvador, Peru & Argentina (could be more -- those are the ones I remember).

Many thanks to the incredible performers, vendors, volunteers, organizations and attendees who made this event possible! Dignidad Inmigrante en Athens went above and beyond creating such a special celebration of Latinx heritage in our community.

Over 30 people took a little rest from the lively festival scene and watched The Unafraid, the 4th showing this month at Cine. They had many questions for the excellent U-Lead Athens panel of Jason Gaona, Shari Roshi, and Jose Dominguez.


WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF COMMUNITY POLICING FOR ATHENS FOLLOWING CHIEF FREEMAN DEPARTURE?

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SEPTEMBER 14, 2018

ATHENS IMMIGRANT RIGHTS COALITION, ATHENS ANTI-DISCRIMINATION MOVEMENT, ATHENS FOR EVERYONE DEMANDS CLARITY.

Athens, Ga-September 13, 2018, Athens Clarke County residents unexpectedly discovered that Chief Freeman would no longer serve as the Chief of Police.  The abrupt departure of Chief Freeman as a “resignation” or “termination” made without preamble or any advance indication, under the vague auspices of “pursuing other opportunities”  is concerning. We are dismayed by County Manager Blaine Williams’s decision and lack of transparency, both with the public and with the Mayor and Commission he is supposed to serve.

For three years, he has guided the Athens-Clarke County Police Department in a program of community-based and humane protection and defense of the common good. We find it especially symbolic that Chief Freeman was allegedly terminated hours before his scheduled appearance at a public forum to address police relations in the Athens community. Our organizations “ATHENS IMMIGRANT RIGHTS COALITION, ATHENS ANTI-DISCRIMINATION MOVEMENT, ATHENS FOR EVERYONE” and the community as a whole deserves and demands an accurate account to the precipitous and dubious exit of our police chief, Scott Freeman.

The fact that Mayor Nancy Denson was quoted in Online Athens stating Freeman was “terminated” on account of alleged high turnover within the police force during his tenure, obviates Williams’ own, later characterization of Freeman’s leave-taking as having willingly resigned.

This community and its members greets the news of his allegedly willing departure with skepticism. Given the contradictory messages regarding the nature and reasons for Freeman’s vacating of his position, we the undersigned remain deeply underwhelmed by the official explanation for this startling turn of events. And it is for these reasons we submit the following demands:

  1. We demand more information — a full and honest reporting on what precipitated Freeman’s firing, who made these decisions, why the community was not brought into the process, and how city officials justify this firing as a net-positive for the ACC community.

  2. We demand community input forums, scheduled immediately, to speak into the process regarding who will replace Freeman, and to account for how the community policing and other vital programs Freeman nurtured will be carried through this leadership transition, and how their continuation by Freeman’s successor will be guaranteed.

  3. We demand full disclosure of all communications — digital and paper correspondence — related to this abrupt action, made unilaterally and without material demonstration of its benefit to our city and community, nor without input from the Commission by the end of this calendar month.

  4. Discussions moving forward should include how to improve local governance. We need to discuss how and why the Mayor and Commission should have the resources necessary to be part of the hiring and firing of key positions such as Chief of Police.

In an effort to gain mutual understanding and to start a much-needed conversation about sound governance, we will host a town hall meeting Oct 3rd, 2018 6-8 pm at ACC Library 2025 Baxter Street (Room A). To gain clarity we will invite the County Manager Blaine Williams, ACCUG Mayor and Commission and various stakeholders involved. In hopes of “peace and reconciliation,” we hope that they will accept this invitation.

For more information feel free to contact  AIRC athensimmigrantrights@gmail.com, AADM athensantidiscrimination@gmail.com or contact 706 389 4129.

Support: La Michoacana will be selling “paletas”(popsicles) and they will donate 1 dollar for every paleta for Maria Luisa Muñoz who needs a liver transplant


La Michoacana
 LOS INVITA ESTE SÁBADO 15 DE SEPTIEMBRE QUE VENGAN APOYARNOS PARA RECAUDAR FONDOS PARA LA SEÑORA MARIA LUISA MUÑOZ QUE NECESITA UN TRANSPLANTE DE HÍGADO !!!

💪🏼 LOS FAMILIARES DE LA SEÑORA VAN A ESTAR VENDIENDO COMIDA 🥪🥙🌮🌯🥪🥘

🎈VAMOS A CONTAR CON TRAMPOLINES PARA LOS NIÑOS

💃🏼 VAMOS A CONTAR CON MÚSICA

( Si alguien quiere venir y ayudar porfavor mandar un mensaje )

*LA MICHOACANA VA ESTAR DONANDO LA MITAD DE LA VENTA DE LAS PALETAS !!! 🍭🍦

“HOY POR ELLA MAŃANA POR NOSOTROS “

PORFAVOR COMPARTAN !!!!🎊🙌🏽👏🏼☀️

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Eleven Mayor and Commission Candidates Issue Statement Opposing Cooperation with ICE by Sheriff’s Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Eleven Mayor and Commission Candidates Issue Statement Opposing Cooperation with ICE by Sheriff’s Office

ATHENS, GA - March 5, 2018 -- Athens Immigrant Rights Coalition and Athens for Everyone are excited to announce that eleven candidates for the Athens-Clarke County Mayor & Commission have issued a joint statement urging the Clarke County Sheriff's Office to overturn their policy of cooperating with ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) in the effort to detain and deport people based on their immigration status. The signing candidates cover the Mayor’s race and all six Commision seats up for election on May 22nd. They are: for Mayor, Kelly Girtz, Richie Knight, and Antwon Stephens; for District 1, Patrick Davenport; for District 2, Mariah Parker; for District 3, Melissa Link and Tony Eubanks; for District 5, Tim Denson; for District 7, Russell Edwards; and for District 9, Ovita Thornton and Tommy Valentine.

The full text of the statement:

“As candidates and elected officials for the Athens-Clarke County Mayor & Commission, we strongly believe in creating a safe and inclusive community for all who live here. To that end, we wish to show our unity in opposition to the Sheriff’s Office’s policy of voluntary cooperation with Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), implemented in July 2017. This policy of honoring ICE detainer requests breaks up Athenian families, opens the county to costly lawsuits, and erodes trust in law enforcement. We urge the Sheriff’s Office to make our community safer, ease our children’s fear, and protect our government from legal action by reversing this policy of voluntary cooperation.”

Kelly Girtz, candidate for Mayor
Richie Knight, candidate for Mayor
Antwon Stephens, candidate for Mayor
Patrick Davenport, candidate for District 1 Commissioner
Mariah Parker, candidate for District 2 Commissioner
Melissa Link, candidate for District 3 Commissioner
Tony Eubanks, candidate for District 3 Commissioner
Tim Denson, candidate for District 5 Commissioner
Russell Edwards, candidate for District 7 Commissioner
Ovita Thornton, candidate for District 9 Commissioner
Tommy Valentine, candidate for District 9 Commissioner

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In July of 2017, the Athens community became aware that the Sheriff is voluntarily collaborating with ICE by holding persons without a warrant, using a “detainer request”. Detainer requests are not judicial warrants. They are requests from ICE, asking local law enforcement to hold for 48 hours anyone without documentation, so ICE can take them and start deportation proceedings. While ICE officers claim to make communities safe, the reality of their work is very different. ICE is an agency dedicated to detaining and deporting 100% of immigrants who do not have, and are often unable to get, legal status in the U.S. The agency routinely separates families from their children, many of whom are citizens, and destroys lives of people with deep ties to our community.

The AIRC and A4E, along with other community members of Athens, demand that the Sheriff reverse this voluntary policy. Unfortunately, the Sheriff continues to insist on framing discussions of immigration through the false rhetoric of crime and terrorism. Considering the fact that immigrants are less likely to commit violent crimes than native-born citizens, we understand the Sheriff’s rhetoric to be deeply misleading and harmful. We applaud candidates and officials who take a stand against ICE, to keep our community safe from those who would see them detained and deported.