Posted: Friday, July 1st 2011 at 9:36am
Latinos renew protests as new Ga. immigration law takes effect
By Ken Stanford Staff
Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, says skipping work without authorization could cost people jobs in a tough economic climate.
ATLANTA - A Hispanic advocacy group has called on Latinos in Georgia to not "work, buy, sell or spend" today in protest of the new immigration law which is effective today.
The protest is being called a "Day of Non-Compliance" by the organizer, the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLHAR). The group is also planning a protest march in Atlanta Saturday and a rally at the state Capitol, according to it's website.
"The message is clear: Georgia is no longer the" Peach State, "is now the State of Hate," said Adelina Nicholls, executive director of GLAHR.
Nicholls said GLAHR is driving a multifaceted campaign to repeal the law, HB87.
"We will show our economic power by not buying the first day of July and show the power of the people marching on July 2nd."
Teodoro Maus, president of GLAHR, said, "We are calling on people of conscience, regardless of race, religion, or work activity, to join in this protest. The moment a person is "tagged" as "illegal, (it demerits) their dignity as human beings."
But some Hispanic advocates urged caution. Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, says skipping work without authorization could cost people jobs in a tough economic climate.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)
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