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Freedom U

Freedom University wasn’t meant to last this long

In October 2011, activists founded an underground school in response to policies that made it harder for undocumented students to go to college in Georgia. That stopgap—and those policies—have now been in place for a decade.
Daniela Rodriguez Helen Kim Ho immigrants growing influence Atlanta

60 Voices: Helen Kim Ho and Daniela Rodriguez on immigrants’ growing influence in Atlanta

Daniela Rodriguez organized the Savannah Undocumented Youth Alliance has twice been named one of the 50 Most Influential Latinos in Georgia. Helen Kim Ho founded the Southeast’s first Asian American civil rights nonprofit, now known as Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta.
John Lewis in 2016

John Lewis championed immigrant rights—and that made him even more of a hero to me

"The lasting memory I’ll have of him is how much he made me and my community feel seen and known, especially during a time when we were the most in need of help," writes Asian Americans Advancing Justice—Atlanta founder Helen Kim Ho.
Lights for Liberty Atlanta immigration raid protest

As Atlanta immigration raids loom, hundreds protest at Lights for Liberty event on Buford Highway

Hundreds of immigration advocates gathered at Plaza Fiesta on stormy Friday evening as part of the national Lights for Liberty event protesting the Trump administration’s treatment of immigrants.
Ted Terry Clarkston Mayor running for U.S. Senate

It’s official: Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry—of Queer Eye fame—will run for U.S. Senate

The young leader of Clarkston, Georgia, which has been called the most diverse square mile in America, declared today he’s running for U.S. Senate.
Immigration detention centers Georgia

Commentary: Two years after a detainee’s suicide, conditions in Georgia’s immigrant detention centers haven’t improved

"It is vital to the well-being and the rights of all individuals currently detained at immigration centers across the United States that the U.S. government be held accountable for these abhorrent conditions." Project South legal and advocacy director Azadeh Shahshahani and University of Pennsylvania law students Alicia Harte and Olivia Daniels penned this commentary on the state of conditions at two of Georgia's immigration detention centers.
What happened to 21 Savage?

Here’s everything that has happened since rapper 21 Savage was detained by ICE

The news that 21 Savage had been detained by ICE on February 3 in many ways overshadowed the Super Bowl that was taking place just miles away from where the rapper was arrested. Here's an overview of everything that's happened in the case since then.

The bittersweet stories of Atlanta’s DACA recipients

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy allows renewable two-year respite from deportation for undocumented immigrants who entered the United States before they turned 16. Roughly 21,000 of them are in Georgia. Here, six metro Atlanta DACA recipients discuss their dreams, setbacks, achievements, survival, and what it’s been like to skirt federal and state laws in pursuit of better lives in America.
Atlanta man buys TrumpHotels.org

Atlanta attorney buys TrumpHotels.org, plasters it with images of immigrant detention centers

When Atlanta-based attorney Loren Collins realized President Donald Trump’s namesake hospitality company had neglected to purchase TrumpHotels.org, he leapt at the opportunity, snagging the site for $16 and plastering it with photos of immigration detention centers on the U.S. border.
Atlanta restaurants support families separated at U.S. border

How Atlanta restaurants are showing support for border families

Ticonderoga Club's Paul Calvert and Little Tart Bakeshop's Sarah O'Brien are working to rally Atlanta restaurateurs to support the efforts of those trying to help children who have been detained and separated from their families at the U.S. border.

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