Gregory Torrales, owner of Torrales Interpretation & Transportation
He is of Puerto Rican descent and calls Columbia, SC, home for the last 8 months. Mr Torrales is new to the area but not new to the issues that affect Hispanics. Greg has served on various Board of Directors for the past 11 years, dealing with health, education and employment issues, relating to Hispanics. He graduated from Northampton College with a degree in Counseling and his passion is to help Hispanics reach their potential.
Treasurer, Immediate Past President
His volunteer work includes acting as a member to the Advisory Council for the Institute of Mexicans Abroad. The Council’s purpose is to advise the Institute regarding the problems, challenges and opportunities that the Mexican communities living abroad face. He also acts as a member of the Mexican American Coalition for Immigration Reform and the SC Immigration Coalition.
Locally he participates in various capacities: as a member of the Board of Directors of the SC ACLU; treasurer and past-president of the Hispanic Leadership Council; and he serves as the President of the Council of Mexicans in the Carolinas. He is an outspoken and firm believer in immigration reform and is often called on by local and national media to share his opinion and conviction with current event stories.
Because Ivan considers immigration as only one of the many issues facing the Hispanic community he also advocates as the Executive Director of Palmetto Luna Arts- an organization dedicated to making a positive impact in society by fostering Latino arts and culture.
Founder, Turnipseed & Associates.
Turnipseed & Associates works for the rights of injured workers and serves them although they might not be US citizens or have a visa. Tom is an advocate for consumer, environmental and civil rights, the civil justice system and has created several committees to examine the practice of racial profiling in South Carolina.
Tom received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He is a former President of The South Carolina Trial Lawyer's Association and former SC State Senator. Tom is a board member of the Carolina Peace Resource Center and is active in efforts to make peace in the Middle East and to end the war in Iraq.
Tom is former Chairman of the Board of the Center for Democratic Renewal (CDR), a civil rights organization based in Atlanta. CDR, in partnership with the National Council of Churches and the Center for Constitutional Rights, was instrumental in bringing national attention to racially motivated church burnings and was co-counsel for the Macedonia Baptist Church in Clarendon County, S.C. in their case against the Ku Klux Klan for burning their church in 1997. The African-American congregation won a $37,000,000 jury verdict against the Klan in 1998. In 1998, Tom received the Holmes-Weatherly Award, the Unitarian-Universalist Association's highest honor for the pursuit of social justice.
Tom's political and social activism has
been reflected in his local radio and television shows. His shows featured
community leaders, public affairs, sports, and arts and entertainment,
providing a forum for discussing diverse issues. Tom has spoken and
written on political and human rights and has been published in The
New York Times, Washington Post, The Atlanta Constitution, The Charlotte
Observer, along with many other newspapers.