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2016 Electoral Results and what they mean for Latinos in North Carolina

By Fabbiana Gutierrez
November 09, 2016

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We are ready to create partnerships and relationships that will help us protect undocumented families in NC. Read more to RSVP in our upcoming meeting on Friday Nov. 18th at 6pm.

 

Latin American Festival moved to: Sunday Oct. 9, 2016

By Fabbiana Gutierrez
October 07, 2016

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Due to the severe weather conditions from Hurricane Matthew, the Latin American Festival has been moved by a day to Sunday October 9th, 2016 same time from 12-8pm at Symphony Park, South Park Mall. 

Join us in this Hispanic Heritage Month event to celebrate the Latin Culture with diverse food, artists, musicians and more! 

 

2nd annual Marigold Golf Tournament and 26th Annual Anniversary Dinner

By Latin American Coalition Staff
September 21, 2016

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Please Join the Board of Directors of the Latin American Coalition in celebrating the 2nd annual Marigold Golf Tournament and 26th Annual Anniversary Dinner on October 5th at Firethorne Country Club. Click "Read more" for details and registration.

 

LAC Press Release- SCOTUS DAPA/DACA+ Decision

By 70
June 24, 2016

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“The Supreme Court's 4-4 decision on DAPA and Expanded DACA is a huge disappointment. The Supreme court did a huge disservice to Latino and immigrant families across the country, but we won’t stop fighting. We will keep raising our voices until we are truly heard and truly given what we deserve - to live in this country without fear!”

 

The Business Seminar to Begin in April

By Faith Josephs, Worker Center Coordinator
April 06, 2016

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The Business Seminar is for anyone interested in starting a business or who already has a small business and wants to improve it. During the Seminar participants learn how to manage personal and business finances, how to register and get required permits for their business, write a business plan, complete tax paperwork and much more. 

 

We're Getting DAPA-Ready

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
March 03, 2016

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In the last two months, we’ve reached over 1000 people with DAPA info sessions, workshops, and community navigator trainings to make sure our families are ready for relief.

 

Don’t forget: North Carolina’s presidential primary is March 15th!

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
March 03, 2016

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Here are the key dates and details.

 

Immigration Enforcement Targets Students en Route to CMS Bus Stop, Causing Widespread Fear

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
February 26, 2016

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“Charlotte must not tolerate enforcement tactics that endanger children and isolate entire communities,” says LAC Executive Director José Hernández-Paris

 

FRAUD ALERT!

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
February 15, 2016

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We have just received news of an individual who is collecting fraudulent donations on behalf of LAC. Do not let yourself be fooled! 

 

Let’s show our power in 2016

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
February 04, 2016

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Our community must not forget the power we hold to make an impact in 2016 (and every year).

 

Get Ready NOW for Immigration Relief

By M. Stefania Arteaga, Administrative Relief Coordinator
January 28, 2016

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We just learned that we could have DAPA and expanded DACA by this June! Come to one of our information sessions to learn if you're eligible and how you can prepare for administrative relief.

 

We will finally have our day in court

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
January 28, 2016

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On January 19th, the Supreme Court announced that it will rule on the case that has halted President Obama's administrative relief programs this term. Here's what lies ahead for our movement.

 

Ready to become a U.S. citizen?

By Maritza Solano, New Americans Coordinator
January 26, 2016

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Receive free assistance on your application at our Citizenship Fair!

 

Get Prepared - Know Your Rights!

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
January 06, 2016

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ICE raids and checkpoints have recently increased. Know your rights, protect yourself, your family and your community!

 

DHS Must Cease Deportation Campaign Endangering Central American Families

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
January 05, 2016

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La Coalición responds to Massive Raids Targeting Immigrant Families Nationwide

 

Welcome, José!

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
November 24, 2015

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We are happy to announce that Jose Hernández París will be joining La Coalición's team as our Executive Director!

 

Our Community is Awake

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
November 17, 2015

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A recap of community organizing in the weeks surrounding Governor McCrory signing HB 318

 

Get Informed About HB 318

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
November 12, 2015

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Attorneys are still studying what HB 318 means for North Carolina, but here is what we know and what you can do to help your community.

 

La Coalición's First Annual Marigold Golf Invitational

By Esteban Echeverria, Board Member
October 17, 2015

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Where Local, Latino-Owned Businesses Get Their Start

By Faith Josephs, Workers Center Coordinator
October 06, 2015

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Our Business Seminars continue to be an essential foundation for aspiring entrepreneurs. 

 

What does citizenship mean to you?

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
August 31, 2015

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For Margarita, citizenship means freedom.

 

Governor McCrory doesn't Get Sanctuary Cities

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
August 31, 2015

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Separating federal immigration dealings from local law enforcement doesn’t undermine community safety -- it strengthens it.

 

A beautiful price to pay

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
July 28, 2015

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Charlotte day laborers continue to sustain our community’s most vital industries, all while risking their lives.

 

We can't keep NC's monster voting laws

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
July 28, 2015

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At best, they attempt to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. At worse, they suppress the voices of minority voters and erode our democracy.

 

PEP: Another failing immigration policy

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
July 28, 2015

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Why President Obama's new prioritized immigration enforcement harms our communities.

 

Want to open your own business?

By Faith Josephs, Workers Center Coordinator
July 14, 2015

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Become a successful business owner by learning the fundamentals with the Business Program! Registration for the Fall Session closes July 30th.

 

Open Letter to the Governor from La Coalición

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
July 09, 2015

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Governor McCrory, will you support immigrant families and withdraw your name from the lawsuit blocking DAPA and DACA+?

 

 

Congratulations to La Coalición's Workers Center!

By Faith Josephs, Workers Center Coordinator
July 07, 2015

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The Workers Center received Charlotte Works' SNAP Special Recognition Award last month

 

Buenas: UndocuGraduation, the driver's permits bill, and DACA's birthday

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
June 25, 2015

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What's happening in the world of immigrant justice.

 

NC Needs to be Next for Undocumented Students

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
June 25, 2015

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Youth at UndocuGraduation shared stories, spoke to representatives, and fought for a bill that would make NC the 21st state in the country with tuition equity for undocumented students.

 

Bilingual Customer Service Career Fair

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
June 25, 2015

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Are you a passionate individual who enjoys working with people? Looking for a job? This career fair is for you!

 

Have questions about DACA+/DAPA?

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
June 24, 2015

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Start preparing now for President Obama's immigration relief 

 

What you need to know about HB 328

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
June 24, 2015

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The driver’s permits bill for undocumented immigrants is going to the House for debate. Call your representative and tell them what you think.

 

Celebrating 25 Years

By Tony Arreaza, Cultural Events Director
June 19, 2015

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Why I'm excited to bring you La Coalición's best cultural celebration yet

 

Congratulations Kerr Putney and thank you Chief Monroe!

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
June 19, 2015

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La Coalición thanks the future and former Chief of Police for their dedicated service

 

Find Your Dream Job at Enlace Laboral

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
June 16, 2015

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We have three brand-new workshops!

 

DACA turns 3

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
June 15, 2015

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In North Carolina and across the U.S., we continue to see the positive impact that the DACA program has on our families, communities, and economy.  So why have our elected leaders tried to stop programs like it?

 

This summer, come learn English with us!

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
June 02, 2015

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We are offering a variety of classes for all levels. 

 

Yesterday, North Carolina could have been a better place

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
May 20, 2015

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May 19th marked the day when 117,000 undocumented immigrant parents in NC would have begun applying for DAPA. Instead of relief, they have a lawsuit.

 

Gaston County DA Locke Bell Encourages Victims’ Silence

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
May 20, 2015

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To District Attorney Bell, we ask: why do you insist on denying relief to the most vulnerable in our community?

 

A message to all 2016 hopefuls

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
May 20, 2015

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Both parties need to step up their game on immigration if they hope to win the White House.

 

We need DAPA because of parents like Rosario

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
May 19, 2015

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Immigrating to Charlotte meant leaving a place of violence and poverty for one of peace and opportunity.

 

Start Saving to Study!

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
April 22, 2015

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College Access Para Todos invites all parents and students to a free, comprehensive workshop about college savings strategies.

 

In the End, We Will Win

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
April 21, 2015

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After rallying outside of New Orleans courthouse to demand immigration relief and to celebrate stories of immigrant community members who will benefit from DACA+/DAPA, we remain confident that the law is on the side of immigrant families.

 

Immigrant Families Deserve Dignity, Not Hate

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
April 15, 2015

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Latin American Coalition, immigrant families, and advocates from across the country will converge outside the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to demand the implementation of DAPA/DACA+

 

Jess Announces Her Departure

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
April 08, 2015

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After serving the Latin American Coalition for more than a decade, Executive Director Jess George says goodbye.

 

Applying to college is tough.

By Megan Walsh, Youth Development Coordinator
March 30, 2015

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Come and learn how you can make your college dreams a reality.

 

Municipal IDs: A Statement of Welcome

By Lacey Williams, Advocacy Director
March 24, 2015

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By giving all Charlotte residents access to an ID that states who they are and where they live, we can make our city more inclusive and welcoming of all people.

 

Vote NO on HB13

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
March 18, 2015

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Bill HB13 is bad for poor families, public schools, and our community.

 

Brookings Institution leads DACA/DAPA collaboration at La Coalición

By Ana Suarez, Communication Coordinator
March 17, 2015

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Together, we’re getting ready for administrative relief.

 

Support College Access Para Todos!

By Ana Suarez, Communications Coordinator
February 26, 2015

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Let's make college dreams come true.

 

 

The ABC's of planning for College

By Christina Amaya, Communications Coordinator
February 12, 2015

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A free introduction on the process of applying to college.

 
 

We will move forward!

By Christina Amaya, Communications Coordinator
February 03, 2015

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Immigrant families and our allies are moving forward regardless of today’s ruling, and getting ready for the deferred action programs that will give millions of people the chance to live, work, and stay in America with their families.

 
 

FAFSA Workshop

By Christina Amaya, Communications Coordinator
January 29, 2015

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Come fill out your FAFSA! We’re here to help you fill out the online form.

 
 

Do you have questions about DACA and DAPA?

By Christina Amaya, Communications Coordinator
January 05, 2015

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Information sessions for DACA and DAPA for February and March 2015.

 

Conversation in English Club

By Christina Amaya, Communications Coordinator
December 25, 2014

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Want to practice your English but don’t have anyone to practice with? Join us for the Conversation in English Club hosted by the Latin American Coalition.

 

Accomplish your New Years resolution of learning English!

By Christina Amaya, Communications Coordinator
December 18, 2014

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You are invited to participate in the ESL multilevel classes.

 

Protecting exploited workers: Maria’s story

By Latin American Coalition
December 15, 2014

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In the past year, the Latin American Coalition has helped workers like Maria recover more than $15,000 in unpaid wages.

 

Keeping families together: Ligsdenis’ story

By Latin American Coalition
December 11, 2014

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In the past year, the Latin American Coalition has helped more than 1,000 families reunite with loved ones, access legal services, and receive crisis intervention support.

 

Advocating for victims: Daisy’s story

By Latin American Coalition
December 08, 2014

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In the past year, the Latin American Coalition has helped more than 700 victims of crime and exploitation, like Daisy.

 

Executive Action Info Sessions for December 2014

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
November 21, 2014

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The Latin American Coalition law clinic has developed a temporary response to compliment other organization-wide efforts to educate the community on requirements and consumer protection issues.

 

What can the president really do with an executive action?

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
November 19, 2014

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With all the talk about the president taking executive action to provide administrative relief from deportation to millions of working parents and their families, let’s explore what the president is actually legally authorized to do.

 

Don’t be fooled by notario fraud

By Adriana Galvez Taylor, Director, Immigrant Rights Program & BIA Accredited Representative
November 14, 2014

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Beware of the unscrupulous people acting as attorneys or notarios that have been taking advantage of people desperate to change their immigration status.

 

What We Did To Get Out the Vote

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
November 05, 2014

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Despite a lack of efforts by candidates and either party to engage Latino and Asian voters, there was an incredible mobilization effort heralded by local and national community groups.

 

College Application Week 2014

By Megan Walsh, Education Coordinator
November 04, 2014

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Every high school senior should take advantage of College Application Week!

 

Nuestra Voz, Nuestro Voto, Nuestra Comunidad - Recap

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
October 23, 2014

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Here are some tweets from the very lively and informational discussion.

 

La hora de conversación en inglés

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
October 16, 2014

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Join us at our English conversation hour, a great opportunity to practice your English speaking skills.

 

Nuestra Voz, Nuestro Voto, Nuestra Comunidad

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
October 14, 2014

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You’re invited to a Town Hall to discuss the important issues for Charlotte's Latino community this election.

 

Buenas: Business, the Latino vote, and the Latin American Festival

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
October 02, 2014

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What's happening at the Latin American Coalition.

 

Register to Vote Here

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
September 30, 2014

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There are almost as many potential Latino voters (11.1 million) as there are actual Latino voters (12.2 million). Time to register to vote.

 

Eating Your Way Through the Latin American Festival

By Matthew Avila, Editorial Intern
September 23, 2014

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Tacos al pastor. Brochetas de puerco con mojito. Chicharrón con arepas y empanadas. Pupusas revueltas. Pollo peruano. Sandwich cubano. Paella.

 

Aprenda inglés con La Coalición

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
September 22, 2014

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¿Esta listo/lista para aprender inglés? Tenemos los detalles y ejemplos para que comience este mes.

 

Building Latino businesses in Charlotte

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
September 19, 2014

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What do you need to be the owner of a Dominican bakery, a hair salon, or a landscape business? You need passion, skills, dedication, and the business fundamentals necessary to make it a success.

 

Getting Ahead With the SAT

By Matthew Avila, Editorial Intern
September 15, 2014

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Our fall semester SAT Prep sessions begin on Wednesday, September 24th and continue through December 3rd here at the Latin American Coalition.

 

Risks of being deported in absentia

By Adriana Galvez Taylor, Director, Immigrant Rights Program & BIA Accredited Representative
September 03, 2014

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Must-read information for anyone who has a pending hearing with an immigration court judge.

 

10 photos from #FightForFamilies

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
September 02, 2014

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Photos from the march, rally, and acts of civil disobedience at the White House on August 28th.

 

College Tour: UNCC with College Access Para Todos

By Megan Walsh, Education Coordinator
August 26, 2014

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The UNCC campus tour will give the high school students a glimpse into life on the college campus through the eyes and experiences of their older Latino peers.

 

Buenas: Ending hate, becoming a citizen, registering to vote, and pastries

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
August 21, 2014

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What’s happening at the Latin American Coalition.

 

7,500 New Voters By Election Day

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
August 16, 2014

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The time to register and mobilize voters is now, especially with five counties in the Charlotte area seeing significant increases in their Hispanic populations and about about 900,000 Hispanic U.S. citizens nationwide turning 18 each year.

 

Ending a State of Hate

By Lacey Williams, Advocacy Director
August 12, 2014

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At what point does a person become so cold and jaded that when confronted with these children, the most helpless and vulnerable population of our human race, their response is to claim that they’re not our obligation.

 

Citizenship: Pride and Satisfaction

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
August 11, 2014

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“Obtaining my U.S. citizenship has been a huge source of pride and satisfaction."

 

An idea and a change: a Municipal ID and no 287(g)

By Lacey Williams, Advocacy Director
August 05, 2014

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How to make our community a more inclusive place for all residents, including the 52,000 undocumented residents that reside here.

 

Passion, skill, commitment, fundamentals, and baked goods

By Christina Amaya, Editorial Intern
August 04, 2014

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The Programa de Negocios series helps community members that would like to take proactive steps towards making their business dreams come true.

 

Buenas: Migration, education, and an economic force

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
July 30, 2014

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What’s happening at the Latin American Coalition, delivered every other Wednesday.

 

CineMás presents La Jaula de Oro

By Christina Amaya, Editorial Intern
July 29, 2014

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A timely film about a journey with four migrant children on their quest towards the Mexico-United States border from Guatemala.

 

Protecting Refugee Children

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
July 28, 2014

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The U.S. should protect all children, not place them in harm’s way.

 

Charlotte Talks About Immigration

By Christina Amaya, Editorial Intern
July 24, 2014

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"You don't forget traveling thousands of miles, jumping on freight trains, and crossing deserts and the Rio Bravo in order to risk a chance of having a decent life."

 

Advocating for and defending children coming to the U.S.

By Janeen Hicks Pierre, Esq.
July 23, 2014

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These are children we are dealing with, the most vulnerable of our population, and the least able to advocate for and to defend themselves.

 

Rausel is a great guy and needs your help

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
July 21, 2014

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Latin American Coalition Community Organizer Rausel Arista has been detained in a Buffalo area detention center, hundreds of miles away from home and his family.

 

Community Meeting with Charlotte Police on Thursday, July 17, 2014

By Christina Amaya, Editorial Intern
July 17, 2014

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The Latin American Coalition, CMPD, and the Advenir at Casa Bella Apartments administration host a community meeting on Thursday, July 17, 2014 as part of a larger crime prevention campaign.

 

Where is the outrage on behalf of these refugee children?

By Lacey Williams, Advocacy Director
July 16, 2014

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How any person, let alone a parent, can look at their TV screen and see these young people and propose to “deport them all” regardless of circumstance or destination, is an outrage.

 

SAT Prep Sessions, Summer 2014

By Christina Amaya, Editorial Intern
July 15, 2014

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SAT Prep sessions will begin Wednesday, July 16th at the Latin American Coalition. College Access Para Todos is offering free reading and writing sessions in order to help students prepare for the big test.

 

Press on for Equality, Press on for Jobs

By Christina Amaya, Editorial Intern
July 14, 2014

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Our Worker Support Center is dedicated to continuing our mission of helping all immigrants better integrate into and participate in our community.

 

Children Fleeing Violence in Central America

By Christina Amaya, Editorial Intern
July 10, 2014

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First hand account of a nine-year-old's journey from Honduras to the U.S. and humane, commonsense recommendations to address the increase in children and families fleeing violence in Central America.

 

Dangerous Dreams: Perspectives from Central America on Minors Crossing the Border

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
July 04, 2014

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The causes and effects of the humanitarian crisis occurring in Central America and at the border.

 

Buenas: Obama, notarios, IDs and more

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
July 02, 2014

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What’s happening at the Latin American Coalition, delivered every other Wednesday.

 

The Time Has Always Been Now

By Lacey Williams, Advocacy Director
July 01, 2014

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The President cannot continue to have it both ways on immigration.

 

Notario fraud and the DACA process

By Christina Amaya, Editorial Intern
June 30, 2014

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Notario fraud is a problem that constantly haunts that immigrant community in Charlotte. Here's what you need to know to avoid becoming a victim.

 

Notarios: Immigration Help that Hurts

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
June 30, 2014

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"There are a lot of people out there trying to take advantage of all the confusion – and make a quick buck in the process. They are often known as notarios."

 

Municipal IDs for immigrants in Charlotte

By Lacey Williams, Advocacy Director
June 27, 2014

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The Latin American Coalition has taken a lead role in moving forward with a municipal ID in Charlotte. Here's where we are right now.

 

The Toxic Residue of 287(g)

By Greg Lacour, Guest author from Charlotte Magazine
June 25, 2014

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It's a misguided program that's getting harder and harder to justify.

 

Buenas y buenas

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
June 18, 2014

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ESL Classes for Summer 2014

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
June 17, 2014

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Classes will be a little more convenient as far as scheduling and needs are concerned and you’ll be able to improve your English without having to commit to a whole semester or series of classes.

 

Walk for Tuition Equity - Updates from the road

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
June 16, 2014

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Updates, reports, photos, and videos from the road.

 

Empowering, engaging, and educating Latinas in Charlotte

By Christina Amaya, Editorial Intern
June 13, 2014

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“You are a mother, a wife, an employee, a homemaker but above all you are a woman and Tiempo Para Crecer will cater to the needs modern women experience.”

 

DACA Workshop in Asheboro Area on August 2, 2014

By Maritza Solano, Immigration Paralegal
June 12, 2014

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Information about the DACA Workshop in the Asheboro, NC area on Saturday, August 2, 2014.

 

Defeating Barriers for Young Latinas in School

By Christina Amaya, Editorial Intern
June 11, 2014

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In high school, some Latinas make it while others are entangled in a net of obstacles that sometimes may seem too complicated to escape.

 

Walk for Tuition Equity

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
June 09, 2014

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The Walk for Tuition Equity is a week-long walk from Charlotte to Raleigh to advocate for in-state tuition for undocumented students in North Carolina.

 

Latin American Coalition Community Forum with CMPD and Chief of Police Rodney Monroe

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
June 06, 2014

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The Latin American Coalition hosts a Community Forum with Chief of Police Rodney Monroe of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

 

DACA Renewal Process

By Adriana Galvez-Taylor, Director, Immigrant Rights Program & BIA Accredited Representative
June 06, 2014

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The Department of Homeland Security has announced the process for individuals to renew enrollment in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

 

Buenas for June 4, 2014

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
June 04, 2014

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¡AZÚCAR!, DACA, WWJD?, CAPT and more.

 

The Stranger

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
June 03, 2014

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Documentary The Stranger seeks to mobilize people of faith to respond to immigrants and to immigration policy in ways that are consistent with biblical principles.

 

High School Accelerated Learning Opportunities in Charlotte

By Natalia Amaro and Megan Walsh, College Access Para Todos
June 02, 2014

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Get ahead with Early or Middle College High School by taking college classes and earning college credit from UNC Charlotte (UNCC) and Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC).

 

Administrative Relief Now

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
May 29, 2014

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The demand remains the same: Administrative relief now and stop the deportations and the separation of our immigrant families.

 

DACA workshops and information sessions for Summer 2014

By Maritza Solano, Immigration Paralegal
May 27, 2014

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Free info sessions and low-cost workshops for DACA here at the Latin American Coalition.

 

English for Citizenship

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
May 23, 2014

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Could you correctly answer the questions of the civics part of the citizenship exam in English?

 

Buenas for May 21, 2014

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
May 21, 2014

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¡AZÚCAR!, laundromats, a Venezuelan film, café y pastel, and much more. The latest from the Latin American Coalition.

 

Labor Rights - How to make sure you’re receiving the correct pay

By Laura Espinosa, Client Service Specialist
May 15, 2014

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The problem of wage theft is increasing in our community. We're helping to put a stop to it.

 

Laundromats as welcome centers

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
May 14, 2014

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“Laundromats are already de facto community centers. People are not in and out like at the grocery store. They stay, so why not offer services they need while they’re there?”

 

Event: Café y Pastel networking breakfast on May 30, 2014

By Luisa Dexheimer, Immigrant Welcome Center Coordinator
May 13, 2014

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Business Seminars begin on June 12, 2014

By Luisa Dexheimer, Immigrant Welcome Center Coordinator
May 13, 2014

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Forbidden, Undocumented & Queer in Rural America

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
May 01, 2014

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A man's transformational journey from depression and despair to a life of passion and purpose.

 

Stop Separating Families

By Lacey Williams, Advocacy Director
April 25, 2014

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Current immigration policy and record deportations have created a major moral crisis. The time is now to end it.

 

Recommendations for Administrative Reforms

By Jess George, Executive Director
April 17, 2014

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Steps the Obama administration can, and should, implement immediately to prevent discrimination and racial profiling, reduce family separation, and build healthier, more prosperous American communities.

 

Tips for Immigrant Students Who Dream of College

By Megan Walsh, Youth Development Coordinator
April 14, 2014

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For many students, misunderstanding and misinformation tend to discourage them from pursuing higher education. College Access Para Todos can change that.

 

#2Million2Many

By Lacey Williams, Advocacy Director
April 10, 2014

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The inconvenient truth is that this president has deported more people than any other. We cannot continue to fight alongside someone who counts on our support and yet continues to break apart our families.

 

Latino Poet Richard Blanco in Charlotte

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
April 08, 2014

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Inaugural poet Richard Blanco, the first Latino immigrant to hold the honor, visits Charlotte.

 

Immigrating Is An Entrepreneurial Decision

By Lacey Williams, Advocacy Director
April 04, 2014

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Many of the task force members were surprised to find out that immigrants are more likely than the native born population to start businesses. A member of the task force asked why that was. Perhaps logic can give us the reason.

 

Fasting For Immigration Reform

By Keyona Shears, Communications Intern
April 02, 2014

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Saturday March 29, Jessica, Rossy, Francisca, Valeria, Claudia, Jaime, Alfredo, Maria, and Estefani fasted outside of the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) office, in support of immigration reform and against unjust deportations.

 

Deferred Action Workshop on April 11, 2014

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
March 25, 2014

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This workshop is for those who are first-time applicants for DACA, an administrative relief that prevents deportation and grants a work permit to individuals for two years.

 

Holding the House Accountable

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
March 20, 2014

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Representatives must spend more time bringing immigration legislation to the House floor and less time targeting a president that has become know as the “deporter in chief.”

 

Turning faith into deeds

By Francisco Lopez, Political Director
March 10, 2014

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"What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?"

 

Charlotte's Task Force on Immigrant Integration

By Lacey Williams, Advocacy Director
March 07, 2014

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The inaugural meeting of Charlotte's Task Force on Immigrant Integration was held on Thursday, February 27th and here's what we're going to to do make it work.

 

Charlotte Chamber of Commerce calls for Immigration Reform

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
March 03, 2014

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"Immigration is a key way we keep our population and economy growing."

 

NC Community Colleges Offer In-State Tuition Rate for DACA-approved Employees of NC Businesses

By Megan Walsh, Youth Development Coordinator
February 27, 2014

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Analysis and Statements on House Republican Principles on Immigration Reform

By Lacey Williams, Advocacy Director
February 19, 2014

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What we, as advocates and citizens, believe to be acceptable may be different from what a person who is directly affected believes.

 

Samba Dance Competition at A Night in Rio 2014

By Jaime Villegas, Cultural Events Coordinator
February 18, 2014

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Show off your Samba dance moves and you could win a trip to Rio!

 

The Committee for Reform

By Elver Barrios, Community Organizer
February 10, 2014

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Our promise is with the immigrant community wherever they are, for a better future for our families.

 

About Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

By Maritza Solano, Immigration Paralegal
February 07, 2014

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Do you or someone you know qualify for DACA? What is DACA? Read all about it and see how we can help.

 

What do you think?

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
February 01, 2014

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We want your opinion on the Standards for Immigration Reform presented by the Republican leaders of the House of Representatives on January 30, 2014.

 

Out of the Shadows: Undocumented and Unafraid Exhibit

By Keyona Shears, Communication Intern
January 27, 2014

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Artist Annabel Manning teamed up with immigrant youth from the Latin American Coalition’s youth group United 4 The Dream and Immigrant Youth Forums to organize the exhibit Out of the Shadows: Undocumented and Unafraid as a means to raise awareness and give voice to these undocumented youth.

 

Tax Assistance Time with VITA

By David Arroyo-Garay, Economic Development Initiative Coordinator
January 21, 2014

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Did you know that you can receive free assistance to prepare your taxes? The Latin American Coalition is the only site offering free tax services in Spanish and English during the 2014 tax season.

 

English classes, Winter/Spring 2014

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
January 17, 2014

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Ready to improve your English? Classes are set to begin here at the Latin American Coalition.

 

CineMás: Latino Film Series presents the Charlotte premiere of acclaimed Brazilian film ‘Mato Sem Cachorro’

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
January 15, 2014

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The story of a man named Deco who almost runs over a puppy and meets the love of his life, Zoé. That's where the adventure begins.

 

Call to action: NC Attorney General Roy Cooper on in-state tuition for DACA recipients

By Lacey Williams, Advocacy Director
January 10, 2014

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North Carolina currently has approximately 31,000 undocumented students attending its public school systems, making it the 9th most populous state for undocumented students. They need in-state tuition.

 

Hope and Action

By Francisco Lopez, Political Director
December 17, 2013

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To avoid despair, we can imagine something different, and make real today, here and now, a small piece of what we have imagined. Hope into action.

 

Latin American Coalition's 2013 In Review

By Jess George, Executive Director
December 06, 2013

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The Latin American Coalition is pioneering immigrant integration in the New South and creating a North Carolina that is more inclusive and welcoming. Here's how we did it in 2013.

 

Prayer Service at Rep. Patrick McHenry's Office

By Francisco Lopez, Political Director
November 18, 2013

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Community leaders gather to pray the Rosary at U.S. Representative Patrick McHenry's office in North Carolina.

 

An Open Letter to Mayor Patrick Cannon and the 2014 Charlotte City Council

By Lacey Williams, Advocacy Director
November 11, 2013

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Now, more than ever, it is time to officially welcome the contributions of all immigrants who have come here seeking a better life.

 

Photos of the rally of mothers and children for immigration reform

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
November 08, 2013

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Demanding Rep. Robert Pittenger's immediate action on a comprehensive immigration law that treats women and children fairly.

 

Labor Rights Program recovers $888

By Laura Espinosa, Client Service Specialist
November 06, 2013

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Every week, one of our clients comes to us with a story about an employer or contractor that has failed to pay them for work they’ve done. Unfortunately, it’s a common problem in our community.

 

Rally of mothers and children for immigration reform

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
November 04, 2013

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Women and children to rally in front of U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger’s office to demand immigration reform that treats women fairly.

 

Trick or Citizenship?

By Lacey Williams, Advocacy Director
October 30, 2013

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Immigration Reform Activists to Congress: What Will It Be? Trick or Citizenship?

 

Day of the Dead Celebration Recap

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
October 28, 2013

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Celebrating the Mexican tradition in Charlotte!

 

College Access Para Todos

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
October 21, 2013

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Find out what the following numbers mean: 1, 2.5, 5, 2016, 18,000, and 28, 252.

 

The Children of Deportation

By Lacey Williams, Advocacy Director
October 18, 2013

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Women and children make up the largest group of people affected by deportations. They carry the most burden when a family member, most often a dad, is put into proceedings and/or taken to a detention center.

 

October, So Far

By Francisco Lopez, Political Director
October 16, 2013

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Rallies, vigils, marches, awards, arrests, fundraisers, and a festival.

 

Latin American Festival is here!

By Jaime Villegas, Cultural Events Assistant
October 09, 2013

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It's time for the 23rd Annual Latin American Festival on Sunday, October 13, 2013 here in Charlotte.

 

"Why I'm Risking Arrest"

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
October 08, 2013

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For most people, like those in DC from North Carolina, immigration reform is more than about laws.

 

Summary of House bill H.R. 15, Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
October 06, 2013

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Summary of House bill H.R. 15, introduced in the House of Representatives on October 1, 2013.

 

My cousin Coach Sergio

By Irene Godinez
October 03, 2013

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Please help stop Sergio Godinez's deportation and keep him in the U.S. with his family where he belongs.

 

Citizenship Workshop on October 19, 2013

By Silvia Falconi, Intergration Coordinator
October 01, 2013

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If you're a legal permanent resident, then this free workshop will help you become a citizen.

 

DREAM 30

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
September 30, 2013

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30 DREAMers will attempt to cross into the U.S. today, inclduing 4 from North Carolina.

 

Keeping Manuel Juarez and his family together

By Lacey Williams, Advocacy Director
September 27, 2013

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Manuel Juarez is a great guy. He has soft spirit, twinkling eyes, and he loves to tell jokes and rewrite the lyrics to Top 20 radio songs. He is incredibly dedicated to his family and he works hard every day to provide for them.

 

October 5th, National Day of Dignity & Respect

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
September 27, 2013

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A day to march for the dignity of our work, for legalization with citizenship, and for an end to the destruction of families and wasteful enforcement spending.

 

English classes at the Latin American Coalition

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
September 26, 2013

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English as a Second Language classes return to the Latin American Coalition.

 

Luis Zarco receives cancellation of removal

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
September 18, 2013

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Now is the time to stop putting families like Luis’ in a state of uncertainty and halt the deportations.

 

Celebrating Citizenship Day

By Silvia Falconi, Integration Coordinator
September 17, 2013

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Celebrating Citizenship Day with 12 new Americans!

 

Tragic Optimism

By Francisco Lopez, Political Director
September 16, 2013

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We cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.

 

Holman is Home!

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
September 13, 2013

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Holman Acosta has been granted a stay of removal and was released from an immigration detention center in north Georgia.

 

We Belong Together: Courage and Contribution

By We Belong Together Campaign
September 12, 2013

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Women and children are the heart of the immigration debate, and yet immigrant women disproportionately bear the burden of the failed system.

 

Immigration reform part of North Carolina economic summit in Washington, DC

By Jess George, Executive Director
September 10, 2013

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Report from the North Carolina Business and Economic Development Summit in Washington DC and a commitment to immigration reform.

 

Immigrant in Detention Center While U.S. Citizen Wife Struggles with Health

By Lacey Williams, Advocacy Director
September 09, 2013

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Community rallies to urge ICE to keep Holman Acosta's family together.

 

Why the Veto Override of HB 786 Matters, Locally and Nationally

By Lacey Williams, Advocacy Director
September 04, 2013

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This year, we saw a bill expanding immigrant access to in-state tuition gain traction (even among Republicans) and HB 786, a bill to expand access to driving privileges to undocumented immigrants pass in both chambers. What a difference 2 years make.

 

Standing with North Carolina Agriculture and Businesses for HB 786

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
August 30, 2013

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Immigrants are good for business. Let them work and let farmers prosper. HB 786 is a step in the right direction.

 

No More Orphans With Living Parents

By Lacey Williams, Advocacy Director
August 26, 2013

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If one’s mantra is hope and change, then one’s actions should reflect that. It’s time for no more orphans with living parents. It’s time for no more broken dreams.

 

Restoring Democracy by finding common ground for the common good

By Francisco Lopez, Campaign Director
August 15, 2013

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Hope, victories and disappointments on the path to reform.

 

Rally of mothers and children for immigration reform

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
August 14, 2013

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Thursday, August 22, 2013 at Representative Robert Pittenger's office in Charlotte.

 

Why I Got Arrested

By Jess George, Executive Director
August 09, 2013

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We took provocative action because the stakes are high.

 

Road to Reform: March and Rally in Asheboro

By Elver Barrios, Community Organizer
August 09, 2013

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Road to Reform: Brown Summit Training

By Elver Barrios, Community Organizer
August 08, 2013

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Last weekend was the continuation of our "Road to Reform" caravan with participants from various cities in North Carolina.

 

Rock the Boat

By Lacey Williams, Director of Advocacy
August 07, 2013

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In the end, we remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

 

Fearless in DC

By Katherine Tomey, Communications and Marketing Intern
August 06, 2013

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Last week was a week of action, a week of advocacy. Latin American Coalition leaders traveled to Washington, DC to turn up the heat on immigration reform.

 

United 4 The Dream

By Katherine Tomey, Communications and Marketing Intern
July 31, 2013

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We want to thank United 4 The Dream for all its hard work and perseverance. This group has actively fought for equal rights in our community.

 

Latin American Coalition wins NCLR Affiliate Award for Advocacy

By Alejandro Vargas, Executive Assistant Intern
July 29, 2013

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Our team accepts this award with humility and recognizes that there is still much work to be done.

 

In Support of the DREAM 9

By Lacey Williams, Advocacy Director
July 26, 2013

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This is not a movement about policy. This is a movement about peoples’ lives.

 

Call for Artists for the Latin American Festival

By Jaime Villegas, Cultural Events Assistant
July 23, 2013

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Plaza de Artistas is an area where Latin American artists can display their artwork. Don’t miss this great opportunity to showcase your art to over 25,000 expected attendees

 

Road To Reform, Day 6, Washington, DC and the return to NC

By Ramon Garibaldo, United 4 The Dream
July 20, 2013

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The week-long caravan for immigration reform, On the Road to Reform, wraps up with Congressional meetings with North Carolina Representatives in Washington, DC.

 

Road To Reform, Day 6, Washington, DC

By Moises Serrano, El Cambio
July 20, 2013

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The week-long caravan for immigration reform, On the Road to Reform, wraps up with Congressional meetings in Washington, DC.

 

Road To Reform, Day 5, Leland

By Ramon Garibaldo, United 4 The Dream
July 19, 2013

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The week-long, statewide caravan for immigration reform, On the Road to Reform, continues with a sit-in in Rep. Mike McIntyre's office in Leland, NC.

 

Road To Reform, Day 4, Rockingham and Leland

By Moises Serrano, El Cambio
July 18, 2013

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The week-long, statewide caravan for immigration reform, On the Road to Reform, continues in Rockingham and Leland.

 

Immigration reform makes $ense for North Carolina

By Jess George, Executive Director
July 17, 2013

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On the Road to Reform to show that immigration reform is good for business and the economy in North Carolina.

 

Road To Reform, Day 3, Asheboro and Hamlet

By Armando Cruz-Martinez, United 4 the Dream
July 17, 2013

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The week-long, statewide caravan for immigration reform, On the Road to Reform, continues in Asheboro and Hamlet.

 

Road To Reform, Day 2, Morganton and Lenoir

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
July 16, 2013

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The week-long, statewide caravan for immigration reform, On the Road to Reform, continues in Morganton and Lenoir.

 

Road To Reform, Day 2, Asheboro

By Daniela Hernández-Blanco, Intern/Organizer
July 16, 2013

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On the Road to Reform in North Carolina, listening to communties and helping them with their distinct issues.

 

Road To Reform, Day 1, Morganton

By Ramon Garibaldo, United 4 The Dream
July 15, 2013

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"Despite the challenges that the community has to face, they are not going anywhere." On the Road to Reform caravan diary of day 1 in Morgaton, NC.

 

 

North Carolina needs immigrants to grow

By Jess George, Executive Director
July 14, 2013

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How immigrants can make North Carolina's over $71 billion agriculture industry more robust with immigration reform.

 

On the Road to Reform

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
July 12, 2013

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Latin American Coalition launches On The Road to Reform, a week-long tour of North Carolina communities aimed at engaging residents of our state to learn more about immigration reform.

 

CineMás presents...Violeta Went to Heaven

By Katherine Tomey, Communications and Marketing Intern
July 09, 2013

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Violeta Went to Heaven is about the Chilean folklorist and artist Violeta Parra. The film shows the progression of her  career and the evolvement of her music.

 

Prayers for a Pathway

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
July 09, 2013

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A state-wide interfaith vigil for immigration urging North Carolina’s Representatives to fix our broken immigration laws.

 

Bricks for Burr

By Jess George, Executive Director
July 01, 2013

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We’re delivering 76 bricks to represent the 76% of North Carolinians that support immigration reform. We encourage you to let Senator Burr know how deeply disappointed you are in his vote against immigration reform.

 

Latin American Coalition Thanks Senator Kay Hagan for Vote in Favor of Path to Citizenship

By Jess George, Executive Director
June 27, 2013

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Senate Immigration Bill Passes with Bipartisan Support, One Step Closer to Fixing Broken System.

 

Senator Richard Burr Reveals True Colors with Vote Against Bipartisan Immigration Reform

By Jess George, Executive Director
June 27, 2013

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Massive Build-up on Border, Billions in Deficit Reduction Still Not Enough for the “Self-Deportation” Crowd.

 

 

There is Hope, Where There is CAPT

By Katherine Tomey, Communications and Marketing Intern
June 26, 2013

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College Access Para Todos believes that all undocumented youth in our community who are driven to go to college, can.

 

Equality for Binational Same-Sex Couples

By Lacey Williams, Director of Advocacy
June 26, 2013

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The Supreme Court ruling strikes down provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), bringing benefits to same-sex binational couples.

 

Supreme Court guts the Voting Rights Act

By Lacey Williams, Director of Advocacy
June 25, 2013

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Latin American Coalition has concerns over potential negative impacts for people of color going forward.

 

Undocugraduation

By Megan Walsh, Youth Development Coordinator
June 21, 2013

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Fighting for in-state tuition for undocumented students in North Carolina.

 

The drive to make HB 786 better

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
June 20, 2013

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Doing everything we can to make HB 786 a better bill and restore driving privileges for undocumented immigrants in North Carolina.

 

Studies reveal economic benefits of immigration reform

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
June 19, 2013

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North Carolina could receive more than $1.5 billion in taxpayer revenue over next 10 years.

 

Congressional delegation makes the case for reform

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
June 18, 2013

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Recap of our congressional delegation's visit to DC, the NC Business Roundtable for Immigration Reform, and the results of a new poll showing increased support for reform in NC.

 

June 20th March and Rally for Immigration Reform rescheduled

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
June 17, 2013

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Immigration reform makes $ense

By Jess George, Executive Director
June 12, 2013

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Why immigration reform is good for business in North Carolina.

 

Statement on the North Carolina General Assembly's HB 786

By Lacey Williams, Director of Advocacy
June 06, 2013

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Latin American Coalition believes our community deserves better and we will work to do so.

 

Can't stop, won't stop

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
June 05, 2013

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March and Rally for Immigration Reform on Thursday, June 13, 2013!

 

Notario Fraud

By Katherine Tomey, Communications Intern
May 31, 2013

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We want to warn you to not become a victim of dishonest immigration consultants, generally known as notarios. Notarios are neither lawyers nor accredited representatives and aren’t authorized by the United States government.

 

Path to Citizenship Week begins

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
May 23, 2013

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Now is the time to demand that North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan stand on the right side of history and publicly support the Senate’s immigration reform bill.

 

Basic Facts about In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrant Students

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
May 03, 2013

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With a tuition equity bill currently being considered in the North Carolina General Assembly, this information is timely and eye-opening.

 

ACLU-NC’s Opposition to Arizona-style HB 786

By ACLU of North Carolina
April 26, 2013

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Our friends and allies at ACLU of North Carolina weigh in on HB 786, the RECLAIM NC Act, and it's legal ramifications.

 

On the RECLAIM NC Act

By Lacey Williams, Youth Programs Director
April 22, 2013

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With the release of three separate driving privileges bills, the North Carolina General Assembly has signaled a new era in bipartisan consensus in agreeing that our roads are safer when all drivers are licensed and insured.

 

CineMás presents the Mexican film, 'Aquí y Allá'

By Jaime Villegas, Cultural Events Assistant
April 19, 2013

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A refreshing and superbly observant view of the stresses immigration places on a family and self.

 

United 4 The Dream statement on the RECLAIM NC Act

By Ramon Garibaldo, United 4 The Dream
April 18, 2013

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On driving privileges for undocumented immigrants in North Carolina and everything that comes with it.

 

Senate immigration reform bill a step in the right direction

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
April 17, 2013

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A group of U.S. senators, the “Gang of 8,” has officially released an immigration reform bill that, if passed, would represent the most comprehensive change to our immigration laws in years.

 

A silver angel pin

By Jess George, Executive Director
April 12, 2013

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"I want her to remember me and my wish to keep my family together."

 

March and Rally for Immigration Reform in Charlotte

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
April 03, 2013

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Read the stories and join us on Wednesday, April 10th!

 

Associated Press drops the i-word

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
April 02, 2013

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AP: "use illegal only to refer to an action, not a person: illegal immigration, but not illegal immigrant."

 

Immigration documentary focuses on the lives of undocumented families in Charlotte

By Hannah Levinson, Guest Author and Producer of 'From the Back of the Line'
March 21, 2013

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"Think of a story about a group of people who leave everything they know behind.”

 

There is no line

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
March 17, 2013

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Suggestions that the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants who are in the United States should simply "get in line" miss the point.

 

Scarlet Letter licenses? Give me one, too.

By Jeff Shaw, Director of Communications, NC Justice Center
March 11, 2013

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Dear Mr. Tata, please consider this letter my application for a driver’s license.

 

CineMás: A Beginning

By Jaime Villegas, Cultural Events Assistant
March 04, 2013

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The beginning of a new Latino film series in Charlotte.

 

Not Pretty In Pink

By Jess George, Executive Director
March 01, 2013

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North Carolina has decided to buck the national trend of pragmatism in exchange for a new way to stigmatize and shame immigrants.

 

North Carolina to Offer 'Scarlet Letter’ Pink Licenses

By Lacey Williams, Youth Programs Director
February 28, 2013

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What are pink licenses and why they are wrong for North Carolina.

 

On North Carolina drivers licenses for DACA recipients

By Ramon Garibaldo and Luisa Donoso, United 4 The Dream
February 18, 2013

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Special license for DACA recipients marks them for potential discrimination and is a waste of taxpayer money.

 

Tuition Equality: Good for our students, good for our state

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
February 05, 2013

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Let's Learn NC launches tuition equality campaign in North Carolina.

 

Lawmakers and first steps with immigration reform in 2013

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
January 29, 2013

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Momentum for immigration reform surges amid concerns.

 

A driving test for the McCrory administration

By Clatyton Henkel, NC Policy Watch/NC Justice Center
January 25, 2013

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Newspapers agree: Governor Pat McCrory should step in and do the right thing for DACA recipients in North Carolina.

 

Laugh to Keep From Crying

By Jess George, Executive Director
January 23, 2013

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The words are often disturbing, but we find humor in the strangest places. 

 

DACA recipients and driver's licenses in North Carolina

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
January 16, 2013

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North Carolina DMV denies driver's licenses to deferred action recipients.

 

Top 10 Latin American and Spanish Films

By Tony Arreaza, Cultural Events Director
January 10, 2013

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The films of Gonzalez Iñarritu, Almodóvar, Salles, Cuarón, and who else?

 

Clases de inglés

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
January 07, 2013

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Clases de inglés comienzan el 5 de febrero de 2013. ¿Listo para aprender o mejorar su inglés?

 

Justice Department files suit against Alamance County Sheriff's Department

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
December 20, 2012

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“Sheriff Johnson’s directives and leadership have caused [his office] to violate the constitutional rights of Latinos in Alamance County and eroded public trust.”

 

On Bed Bugs

By Luisa Dexheimer, Resource Center Volunteer/Intern
December 18, 2012

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Education and information about bed bugs.

 

In-state Tuition for TPS Students in North Carolina

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
December 06, 2012

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Students under TPS in North Carolina are now eligible for in-state tuition should they qualify.

 

Montgomery Bus Boycott as a blueprint for social change

By Lacey Williams, Youth Programs Manager
December 05, 2012

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"Tired of giving in." The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the story about ordinary people rising to the challenge of doing something that seemed insurmountable.

 

Isaide Serrano's deportation case is canceled

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
November 29, 2012

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After a two-year ordeal and several court hearings, Isaide Serrano is where she should be and where she will stay.

 

Clowning Around

By Lacey Williams, Youth Programs Manager
November 15, 2012

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When we were deciding how to respond to hate in our community, humor seemed to be the right tone. Any other response would have told the NSM and KKK that we took them seriously.

 

Send in the clowns recap

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
November 13, 2012

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We sent in the clowns and they weren't even the silliest looking people there.

 

The Latino vote and where we go from here

By Jess George, Executive Director
November 09, 2012

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The November 6th election was a marker for the escalating power of the Latino vote. What's next?

 

Send in the clowns

By Lacey Williams, Youth Programs Manager
November 08, 2012

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Hate should never be unchallenged, so we're sending in the clowns.

 

2012 Post-Election Briefing & Reception

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
November 02, 2012

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The Latin American Coalition and Packard Place will host a 2012 Post-Election Briefing & Reception on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in downtown Charlotte.

 

The drive to register new voters

By Lacey Williams, Youth Programs Manager
October 30, 2012

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The goal: register 1,500 young people to vote in 6 weeks.

 

Luis Zarco & Familias Unidas Update

By Whitney Smith, Development Coordinator
October 26, 2012

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More than 100 people gathered outside the immigration court in Charlotte in support of Jose Luis Zarco, who faced his final court hearing that threatened to separate him from his family.

 

Únete ya a Familias Unidas

By Maricela Prieto (Familias Unidas) & Digna Arroyo
October 24, 2012

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Si no quieres la deportación, familias unidas es la solución.

 

I am from...

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
October 19, 2012

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More stories of migration, told through butterflies.

 

Mes de concientización del cáncer de seno

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
October 17, 2012

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La importancia de los autoexámenes y la habilidad de detectar el cáncer de seno temprano es clave.

 

Working with Rock Stars

By Jess George, Executive Director
October 11, 2012

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Jarabedepalo, Los Amigos Invisibles, Aterciopelados, and the Latin American Coalition

 

Convertirse en ciudadano

By Silvia Falconi, Integration Coordinator
October 10, 2012

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Acerca de nuestro taller de ciudadanía el 20 de octubre de 2012.

 

Latin American Festival Preview: The Food

By Briana Duggan, Cultural Events Coordinator
October 09, 2012

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Corn and the power of lime juice.

 

The butterfly

By Bonnie Carter, Volunteer Coordinator
October 05, 2012

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I am from...

 

Familias Unidas on Univision News

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
October 04, 2012

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Univision features the Charlotte group Familias Unidas.

 

Talleres de custodia y divorcio

By Joanna Rivera, Client Service Specialist
October 03, 2012

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Acerca de los talleres que ofrecemos para ayudar con asuntos de custodia y divorcio en el condado de Mecklenburg.

 

Latin American Festival Preview: Plaza de Artistas

By Briana Duggan, Cultural Events Coordinator
September 26, 2012

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"Some people draw with pencils. I draw with wood."

 

Racial profiling in Alamance County

By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
September 19, 2012

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The Justice Department finds reasonable cause to believe that the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina discriminates against Latinos.

 

Undocumented and Unafraid

By Ramon Garibaldo-Valdez, United 4 the Dream
September 11, 2012

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The DNC through eyes that are undocumented and unafraid.

 

Why we vote

By Whitney Smith, Development Coordinator
September 06, 2012

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Why we vote takes a snapshot of democracy in action around the world. This week, Egypt.

 

To be, rather than to seem

By Jess George, Executive Director
August 29, 2012

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North Carolina’s state motto, “Esse quam videri,” is Latin for "To be, rather than to seem,” a phrase that calls upon North Carolinians to be authentic in word and action. Are we?

 

A good story from Julio Cortazar

By Briana Duggan, Cultural Events Coordinator
August 27, 2012

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A good story by legendary Argentine author Julio Cortozar.

 

Why we vote

By Whitney Smith, Development Coordinator
August 16, 2012

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Why we vote takes a snapshot of democracy in action around the world. This week, El Salvador.

 

Am I My Brothers' Keeper? Common sense in Charlotte

By B. Loewe, NDLON
August 16, 2012

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Guest post by B. Loewe from UndocuBus and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.

 

 

Familias Unidas

By Whitney Smith, Development Coordinator
August 10, 2012

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What happens when fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, Latinos, non-Latinos come together to help families.

 

 

Latino Voters in North Carolina

By Armando Bellmas
August 09, 2012

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New report reveals the growing political power of Latino voters in North Carolina.

 

 

Clases de inglés

By Armando Bellmas
August 06, 2012

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¿Está listo para aprender o mejorar su inglés?

 

 

Where the DREAMers are

By Armando Bellmas
August 02, 2012

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How many potential beneficiaries of deferred action live in North Carolina?

 

Why we vote

By Whitney Smith, Development Coordinator
July 24, 2012

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Why we vote takes a snapshot of democracy in action around the world. This week, Brazil.

 

Justice beyond Deferred Action

By Ramon Garibaldo-Valdez
July 19, 2012

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What happens to the thousands of students who don't qualify for deferred action?

 

 

Latinoamérica

By Armando Bellmas
July 17, 2012

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On Calle 13, pride, and Latin America.

 

 

The Pulse

By Armando Bellmas
July 06, 2012

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The Pulse is a weekly roundup of news and issues in English and Spanish. Published every Friday.

 

Creative Loafing drops the i-word

By Armando Bellmas
July 05, 2012

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Creative Loafing will immediately cease the use of the word “illegal” to describe human beings of any status.

 

"Deportation is bad"

By Armando Bellmas
July 03, 2012

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The profound psychological and emotional impact on these children was clear: Parental detention and deportation leave long-lasting scars in their lives as well as in the lives of their parents.

 

The Pulse

By Megan Walsh
June 29, 2012

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The Pulse is a weekly roundup of news and issues in English and Spanish. Published every Friday.

 

Racial Profiling & Confusion Among Police

By Megan Walsh
June 27, 2012

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After the Supreme Court ruling of Arizona Law SB 1070, confusion and hesitation continues with police members who will ultimately be implementing the law.

 

La Coalición Will Continue to Fight Anti-Immigrant Laws

By La Coalición
June 25, 2012

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The Supreme Court struck down most of Arizona’s tough immigration law but permitted the “show me your papers” provision to go into effect.

 

The Pulse

By Armando Bellmas
June 22, 2012

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The Pulse is a weekly roundup of news and issues in English and Spanish. Published every Friday.

 

Deferred Action Resources

By Armando Bellmas
June 21, 2012

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Hundreds of thousands of undocumented young people who have spent a significant portion of their lives in the U.S. and consider themselves Americans now have hope and relief.

 

DREAMers' actions speak as loudly as their words

By Lacey Williams, Youth Programs Manager
June 19, 2012

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Young people truly do have the power to change the world.

 

Teaching English, 18 grads at a time

By Sharon Cheng, Languages Coordinator/AmeriCorps Member
June 14, 2012

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The Latin American Coalition celebrated another successful ESL semester with 18 new graduates.

 

The pending Supreme Court decision on SB 1070

By Armando Bellmas
June 12, 2012

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This month, the Supreme Court will decide on the legality of Arizona's anti-immigrant legislation, SB 1070.

 

The Pulse

By Armando Bellmas
June 08, 2012

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The Pulse is a weekly roundup of news and issues in English and Spanish. Published every Friday.

 

The Pulse

By Armando Bellmas
June 01, 2012

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The Pulse is a weekly roundup of news and issues in English and Spanish. Now published every Friday.

 

¡La Música!

By Armando Bellmas
May 31, 2012

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Some salsa and merengue to enjoy the day.

 

Domino!

By Megan Walsh
May 30, 2012

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Dominos -- a Cuban tradition.

 

 

Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum

By Briana Duggan
May 29, 2012

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Getting ready for ¡AZÚCAR! with pirates and mojitos under a hot Cuban sun.

 

NC Farm Bureau speaks out on immigration

By Armando Bellmas
May 22, 2012

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The effects of anti-immigrant legislation in agriculture states like North Carolina.

 

The Pulse

By Megan Walsh
May 21, 2012

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The Pulse is a weekly roundup of interesting reads. Delivered fresh every Monday.

 

Family Values

By Jess George
May 16, 2012

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Each day, thousands of U.S. citizen children spend their days facing an uncertain future or a broken family.

 

The Pulse

By Megan Walsh
May 14, 2012

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The Pulse is a weekly roundup of interesting reads. Delivered fresh every Monday.

 

Would you be able to pass the naturalization test to become a U.S. citizen?

By Armando Bellmas
May 11, 2012

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Every person that goes through the process of becoming a naturalized United States citizen must pass a naturalization test. Could you?

 

Empowering Latin America with cartoons

By Armando Bellmas
May 10, 2012

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How a handful of cartoonists empowered generations of Latin Americans.

 

Voting Numbers

By Armando Bellmas
May 09, 2012

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On the heels of primary election day, we wanted to take a moment to look at some numbers from yesterday's election and beyond.

 

The Pulse

By Armando Bellmas
May 07, 2012

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The Pulse is a weekly roundup of interesting reads. Delivered fresh every Monday.

 

El Pueblo Unido Jamás Sera Vencido

By Briana Duggan
May 01, 2012

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The Power of Words: The people united will never be defeated.

 

The Pulse

By Armando Bellmas
April 30, 2012

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The Pulse is a weekly roundup of interesting reads. Delivered fresh every Monday.

 

What's your story? Always going beyond

By Cristina Sanchez, Teacher and Volunteer
April 27, 2012

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Cristina, Ms. Sánchez, Cris. Teacher, volunteer, friend. Always going beyond.

 

Standing with immigrants before the Supreme Court

By Armando Bellmas
April 26, 2012

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Arizona's anti-immigrant law goes before the Supreme Court. Snapshots from the day in Washington DC and Charlotte.

 

The Pulse

By Megan Walsh
April 23, 2012

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The Pulse is a weekly roundup of interesting reads. Delivered fresh every Monday.

 

Not in Arizona, Not in North Carolina

By Armando Bellmas
April 19, 2012

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Striking down the "papers, please" Arizona law would set a precendent for all states and push Congress to take action on immigration reform.

 

Anti-immigrant laws in schools

By Armando Bellmas
April 18, 2012

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“I hate what is happening to my children.” When racial profiling happens to our children.

 

Race is not a crime

By Armando Bellmas
April 17, 2012

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Taking on the issue of racial profiling in all communities during National End Racial Profiling Advocacy Week and beyond.

 

The Pulse

By Megan Walsh
April 16, 2012

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The Pulse is a weekly roundup of interesting reads. Delivered fresh every Monday.

 

Mind Your Own Business

By Jess George, Executive Director
April 13, 2012

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Taking the necessary steps to improve services for Latino homeownership and foreclosure clients throughout North Carolina.

 

Latinos in the U.S. are...

By Armando Bellmas
April 12, 2012

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...65.5% Mexican, 9.1% Puerto Rican, 3.6% Salvadoran, 3.5% Cuban, 2.8% Dominican, 2.2% Guatemanlan, 1.9% Colombian, and more.

 

The Pulse

By Megan Walsh
April 09, 2012

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The Pulse is a weekly roundup of interesting reads. Delivered fresh every Monday.

 

Bienvenidos a todos

By Kristina Bergan, Resource Center Coordinator
April 05, 2012

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Every day, our Immigrant Welcome Center assists new and long-time members of our community with a variety of questions and issues. Here are some numbers.

 

The Power of Words

By Briana Duggan
April 03, 2012

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In social movements we often create phrases, songs, or chants that continue to influence, even after a protest is over, through the power of the public lexicon.

 

The Pulse

By Megan Walsh
April 02, 2012

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The Pulse is a weekly roundup of interesting reads. Delivered fresh every Monday.

 

Let's do it together

By Armando Bellmas
March 30, 2012

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We have more than just hope -- we have the facts.

 

North Carolina stands with immigrants

By Armando Bellmas
March 29, 2012

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Press conference affirms immigrants in North Carolina and overwhelms the General Assembly with calls for dignity and policies that unite our state.

 

Why it's not as easy as "get in line"

By Armando Bellmas
March 28, 2012

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Immigration by the numbers.

 

 

The Pulse

By Megan Walsh
March 26, 2012

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The Pulse is a weekly roundup of interesting reads. Delivered fresh every Monday.

 

What's your story?

By Raquel Velez, La Coalición Board of Directors
March 21, 2012

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Each of us has story to tell that moves us to action. Raquel has one. So do you.

 

Café con La Coalición: Ayude a que su hijo se vuelva resistente a la intimidación

By Maritza Solano
March 20, 2012

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Café con La Coalicion es una columna publicada cada semana en Hola Noticias. El tema está semana es acerca de la intimidación.

 

The Pulse

By Megan Walsh
March 19, 2012

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The Pulse is a weekly roundup of interesting reads. Delivered fresh every Monday.

 

Nos Hará Libres

By Ramon Garibaldo-Valdez
March 16, 2012

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Building social change, one student at a time.

 

Volunteer of the Month for March 2012

By Bonnie Carter
March 14, 2012

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Congratulations to Logan, Volunteer of the Month for March 2012!

 

 

Café con La Coalición: Acciones contra la intimidación en la escuela

By Maritza Solano
March 13, 2012

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Café con La Coalicion es una columna publicada cada semana en Hola Noticias. El tema está semana es acerca de la intimidación.

 

The Pulse

By Megan Walsh
March 12, 2012

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The Pulse is a weekly roundup of interesting reads. Delivered fresh every Monday. This week: Armando gets a scholarship, update on undocumented valedictorian, analysis of anti-immigrant legislation, Latino voters favor a path to citizenship and NC town embraces immigrants.

 

Power-building from North Carolina to Oregon

By Jess George
March 09, 2012

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North Carolina and Oregon may be over 2,000 miles away -- some say both geographically and culturally -- but in the movement for immigrant rights we are deeply connected.

 

International Women's Day

By Megan Walsh
March 08, 2012

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Celebrating International Women’s Day at La Coalición today and every day!

 

 

Happy Birthday! Now have some Turkish Delight

By Briana Duggan
March 06, 2012

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Celebrating the birthday of Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez.

 

The Pulse

By Megan Walsh
March 05, 2012

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The Pulse is a weekly roundup of interesting reads. Delivered fresh every Monday. This week: New Latino voters, an undocumented valedictorian, why immigrants stay in the US, immigrant entrepreneurs, and Kris Kobach.

 

Undocumented students come out during committee meeting

By Armando Bellmas
March 02, 2012

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Three undocumented youth are arrested confronting anti-immigrant committee in the North Carolina legislature.

 

Numbers Matter

By Armando Bellmas
March 01, 2012

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U.S. Representative Luis Gutiérrez from Illinois recently criticized Arizona’s anti-immigrant legislation on the House floor. In the process, Gutiérrez highlighted some facts about Latinos in the United States that are quite amazing and worth sharing.

 

A Night In Rio 2012

By Briana Duggan
February 29, 2012

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“Welcome to a Night in Rio 2012!”

 

 

 

Café con La Coalición: Como ayudar a su hijo con la intimidación

By Maritza Solano
February 29, 2012

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Café con La Coalicion es una columna publicada cada semana en Hola Noticias. El tema está semana es acerca de la intimidación.

 

Café con La Coalición: Puntos importantes para padres sobre la intimidación

By Maritza Solano
February 22, 2012

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Café con La Coalicion es una columna publicada cada semana en Hola Noticias. El tema está semana es acerca de la intimidación.

 

Lost Tribes and a Dancing Guise: The Dramatic Beginnings of Capoeira

By Briana Duggan
February 17, 2012

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Disjointed from their homeland and threatened from all sides, renegade slaves developed capoeira as a way to defend themselves against attack.

 

Café con la Coalición: La educación es un derecho, haga uso de él

By Cristina Sanchez
February 08, 2012

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Café con La Coalicion es una columna publicada cada semana en Hola Noticias. El tema está semana es acerca del acceso a la educación y la universidad.

 

An Ode to Heloísa

By Briana Duggan
February 07, 2012

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The story behind one of the most famous songs in history.

 

Volunteer of the Month for February 2012

By Bonnie Carter
February 02, 2012

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Jeb is our Volunteer of the Month for February 2012!

 

A white Charlottean contemplates her role in Black History Month

By Lacey Williams
February 01, 2012

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We owe it to each other to see our true selves in the struggles of the past and to commit our best selves to the struggles of the present.

 

The Positive Economic Impact of Immigrants in North Carolina

By Armando Bellmas
January 24, 2012

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La Coalición crunches the numbers.

 

 

 

Volunteers needed to teach English as a second language

By Bonnie Carter
January 12, 2012

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Our Spring 2012 semester of ESL classes will begin February 14, 2012. We are seeking volunteer Co-Instructors and placement test assistance.

 

Clases de inglés en La Coalición

By Sharon Cheng
January 10, 2012

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¿Está listo para aprender or mejorar su inglés? La Coalición lo puede ayudar con clases de inglés como segunda idioma. [IN SPANISH]

 

Charlotte's first baby of 2012

By La Coalición
January 05, 2012

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The Charlotte Observer published an article celebrating the first Charlottean born in 2012, a boy of Latino heritage named Tommy. What followed was a litany of hateful and racist comments posted on the Observer website, so profane that site administrators disabled all comments.

 

Inglés como su segundo idioma

By Armando Bellmas
November 23, 2011

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Después de un semestre de quince semanas, La Coalición celebró el éxito de los 14 estudiantes -- o mejor dicho, graduados -- del programa de inglés como segundo idioma (ESL).

 

La intimidación en la escuela

By Armando Bellmas
November 16, 2011

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[SPANISH] La intimidación, o ‘bullying’ (como se dice en inglés), es un problema que lamentablemente ha crecido durante los últimos años, especialmente en las comunidades donde la población latina también ha crecido.

 

Volunteer of the Month for November 2011

By Bonnie Carter
November 01, 2011

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The votes are in and Armando is the winner!

 

 

 

NC Legislators' Immigration Race to the Bottom

By Irene Godinez
October 13, 2011

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Leaders in the North Carolina General Assembly have formed the new immigration committee with the purpose of making "North Carolina as unwelcome for any illegal alien from wherever they come from."

 

Padres en la onda

By Armando Bellmas
October 12, 2011

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[SPANISH] Empezó cuando Susana Jerez, Directora del Centro de Recursos aquí en la Coalición Latinoamericana, se dio cuenta que había un grupo de adultos sentados afuera de la Coalición esperando a sus hijos, que estaban adentro asistiendo nuestro programa educativo para la juventud, College Access Para Todos.

 

Volunteer of the Month for October 2011

By Bonnie Carter
October 03, 2011

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Nancy is our Volunteer of the Month for October 2011!

 

 

Interview with Andrea Echeverri of Aterciopelados

By Ailen Arreaza
September 28, 2011

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[SPANISH] Sencilla, cotidiana, “sin tanta lentejuela,” es así que Andrea Echeverri, cantante del grupo colombiano, Aterciopelados, prefiere que la perciban.

 

Outstanding Volunteers for September 2011

By Bonnie Carter
September 14, 2011

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Each month we select an outstanding volunteer that has dedicated their time and energy to La Coalición. This month we have two!

 

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