Athens Immigrants Respond to Trump's 'Shithole Countries' Comment

AIRC in the news:

The Athens Immigrant Rights Coalition has been working to overturn “Juan Crow” laws here in the state of Georgia and are not giving up after Trump’s comments. The group wrote in a statement to Flagpole: “[We believe] it is when we come together from a diverse set of races and nationalities that we are truly great. We will continue our work to fight the local reach of this harmful rhetoric, starting with our continued campaign against the Sheriff's misguided decision to collaborate with ICE officers.”

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ATHENS, GA. (October 10, 2017) – LatinxFest, an annual celebration of the cultural heritage and economic impact of the local Hispanic/Latinx community in and around Athens, will take place on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Creature Comforts brewery in downtown Athens. Between 1-5 p.m., attendees will be treated to a curated array of live music, regional and traditional dancing, food, kid’s activities and more. The event is free and open to the entire family.

The festival began as a small neighborhood celebration in 2010 by Dignidad de Inmigrante en Athens (Dignity for Immigrants in Athens), a local organization created by and for the local immigrant community. Since the beginning, the organizers have made a conscious effort to ensure that the event reflects the diversity of the local population of Latin American descent. This year is no exception: the event name is now written with an “x” (LatinxFest) to signal a welcome to individuals of all gender identities, and features a diverse line up of performances that includes*:

•    AkllaSumaq (Peruvian folk dancing, adults and children)
•    Canopy Outreach Programming
•    Chupaskabras
•    Corridos El Único Plebe (Mexican regional music)
•    Danza Azteca del Señor San José (Aztec dance)
•    El Ronco de Reinosa
•    Incatepec (music inspired by the sounds from the Andean region)
•    María Sandoval
•    SalsaAthens (casino rueda style of salsa dancing)
•    Sara Zúñiga
•    Tonalli Danza Folklórica Mexicana (Mexican folkloric dancing)

At 2:30 p.m., the organizing committee will hold a special recognition for allies who have stood in solidarity with the local immigrant community over the years, including, Andre Gallan
Alejandra Calva,Yolanda Machado, Tamar June, Melissa Perez, Betina Kaplan, Pepe Casas and Yolanda Avila . Non-profit organizations like U-Lead Athens, the Athens Immigrant Rights Coalition (AIRC), and the Athens Latino Center for Education and Services.

There is no cost to attend LatinxFest 2017, but donations will be collected to benefit, DIA and AIRC.
“We welcome all Athenians to join us in this celebration of diversity, and to help us recognize the cultural, social and economic impact that the local Latinx community has on our county. We truly believe that sharing in music, dance and food, can help form and strengthen our bonds with each other,” said Beto Mendoza, local activist and producer of LatinxFest.

LatinxFest 2017 is presented by Dignidad de Inmigrantes en Athens and the Athens Immigrant Rights Coalition. It is sponsored by Creature Comforts brewery, Costa de Jalisco, Los Compadres, Agua Linda, Big Family Café, The National, Ted’s Most Best, Pulaski Heights BBQ, Normal Bar, La Estrella, La Parrilla, La Pasadita, Ignition Pro, Pollería Pablo, El Primo Auto Sale, Dyana’s, Oconee Street Methodist Church, Los Amigos, Sandra’s hair Salon, La Superior, UUFA, El Camino Real, and Flagpole.

For more information about LatinxFest, contact the organizers via, visit or

*Performers and participants subject to change

About LatinxFest
LatinxFest is an annual event curated to give witness to and celebrate the cultural contributions of the immigrant community in the greater Athens area. For more information, contact the organizers

Local Educators Organize Forum on Creating Welcoming Schools for Immigrant Students and Their Families

A forum on Creating Welcoming Schools for Immigrant Families will be held at the Athens Clarke County Public Library (2025 Baxter St, Athens, GA 30606) from 10am-2pm on Saturday, September 9th, 2017. This collaborative event, organized by local educators, is sponsored by the Athens Immigrant Rights Coalition (AIRC) and Georgia Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (GATESOL).

Vigil for Undocumented Youth

Today, the Trump administration rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that benefits immigrant youth. 

Join the Athens Immigrant Rights Coalition, Dignidad Inmigrante en Athens, and U-Lead Athens as we express our support for and solidarity with undocumented youth and the undocumented community. 

Meet at UGA Arch at 5:30 today. Bring candles, signs, and your voice!