Political candidates are increasingly reflecting the diversity of majority minority Gwinnett County - Several candidates with immigrant backgrounds have announced running for state level seats this year includingFarooq Mughal,JT Wu,Ruwa Romman, and Nabilah Islam ("Growing up in Gwinnett County, I never saw anyone who looked like me in a position of power or spoke to the issues that my family and I cared about," she said in her campaign video). Read profiles of several of the candidates in the The Georgia Asian Times here.
Bail bonds for immigrants in Georgia are the highest in the country- The median bond amount granted by Georgia immigration courts is $8,000, higher than any other state in the U.S. “I don’t know of many regular people in immigrant communities who have thousands of dollars in cash right now. It puts a huge burden on the people, and it’s a reason why some are not able to be released from detention,” said Amilcar Valencia, the executive director of El Refugio, told the AJC. Georgia is also among the states where it is hardest for immigrants to be granted asylum. Read Lautaro Grinspan’s full story in the AJC.
COVID Tests - Needfree at home tests? Don’t forget to order them through the United States Postal Services:you can do that here. And if you need a free PCR test, the Latin American Association is providing free testing at their office on Buford Highway (2750 Buford Hwy. Atlanta, GA 30324) every day from 8:30am to 4:00pm.Make an appointment here, and more information here.
Omicron questions: what kind of mask should you wear and can you get COVID twice? - The Latino Community Fund - Georgia is hosting a Facebook Live discussion today with Dr. Valeria Cantos, Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Emory University. In Spanish. Starts today at 1pm - here’s the link to join.
The Center for Pan Asian Community Services has posted over a dozen jobs- everything from Bilingual Paratransit Driver to Community Health Worker to Digital Organizers.Read more about the positions here.
New American Pathways is one of four Atlanta area resettlement agencies supporting hundreds of Afghan evacuees who have arrived in Georgia over the last few months. They’re hiring a Family Support Liaison (must speak Pashto, Dari, or Farsi), a Family Empowerment Manager, an Intensive Case Manager, and a community support liaison, among other positions. More info here.