Here you'll find updates about our company, as well as resources related to our field and mission.
Here you'll find updates about our company, as well as resources related to our field and mission.
Hello Friends of B&G:
There has been another atrocity committed in the name of "law and order".
A 6 year old Guatemalan girl was separated from her father by ICE at the Southern border.
Her father was sent to a detention camp 1,000 miles away. The innocent girl was placed in the care of KIND (Kids In Need of Defense), Angelina Jolie's non-profit that assists children with legal defense and related services in high-risk areas.
I got a call this morning. The person on the line was asking if B&G could help. My team and I sprang into action, contacting dozens of academics and language professionals in our network desperately trying to track down a Mayan-language interpreter which is incredibly hard to find.
After being passed around from office to office, we finally landed on a group that was already sourcing the interpreters who had special connections into the world of Mayan language.
"What can B&G do to help?" I asked.
They needed a donation. So, we immediately went to their GoFundMe campaign and donated $1,000.00 to the cause of flying in 6 highly specialized interpreters that can bring the girl peace of mind and the comfort of her Dad's voice..
The original funding goal was $2,500. They have raised $15,000 in a few days. This fundraiser is attached to Raices, the organization that raised $20,000,000 to combat the atrocities and the monsters behind them.
This, friends, is how we will win this fight: non-violent, crowd-sourced funds funneled into expert hands who can deploy boots on the ground and ease the suffering of the families and hopefully gain enough political clout to stop the deplorable people running this anti-American horror show.
If our lawmakers have any shame and common decency left in them, they had better be drafting some kind of cease and desist order at this point or I fear that the USA will NEVER recover our status as a global leader in my lifetime.
I, for one, love our country. I spent 10 years teaching children, defending their interests, and assisting in their social and academic development.
I refuse to go down as a member of the generation who let the USA turn into a grotesque bully who shoves around small, innocent children who share last names similar to those of my Spanish-speaking family members.
The activities of a small minority of crazies is NOT who we are as a people. The opposition, who claims to be "America's Party", has turned into a disgusting caricature of itself. They need to learn that in the REAL America, we DON'T TOLERATE BULLIES.
I am calling on all patriotic Americans to donate generously to the cause. The time is NOW to send a message to these so-called "American leaders" that they are not the kind of people we are as a nation! Give $1, $5, $500, $10000! Give whatever is in your power to give. Any amount helps.
And, as we soldier on, weary and tired from the constant barrage of our enemies' insanity that is pumped into our lives over TV, the Internet, and our phones, I want you to remember the Three R's!
RESIST. REFUSE. RELENT.
If we RESIST their hate, and REFUSE to participate in this madness, the bullies will RELENT.
RESIST. REFUSE. RELENT.
Share the Three R's far and wide, allies of B&G and of the cause of child safety everywhere.
I will close with a rather grim statement, but one you all must hear.
Make no mistake. This is a war. The other side will NEVER stop. They will NEVER surrender. They want an America ruled by whites only where they can speak their hate and commit similar atrocities day after day. Other nations have seen this degree of evil before. It is our turn to face our own demons.
Americans of common sense, compassion, and rationality must unite. We must not go quietly into that good night. If we stay sharp, stay strong, and stay in communication, we WILL be victorious. You must believe.
I will conclude with a special message from the President of B&G aimed directly at the men and women responsible for separating the children from their parents - from the President to Congress to the agents running the camps. Hear this now:
Only cowards bully kids. Plain and simple. But you know the thing about low-down, dirty bullies like you? You all scare like babies when good people with honest hearts who believe in something larger than themselves stand up to you.
If I were you, I would prepare for the fight of your life as people donate, pitch in, volunteer, and transform your hate into love, kindness, and a better world - a world where we see one another as humans, not things; where we honor one another's unique heritages; and where we join in singing the songs of pride of all of our respective homelands.
Here are some links. Donate NOW.
Link to story on NPR:
Link to fund travel for Guatemalan specialist civilian interpreters:
Dear Friends, Valued Clients, and Allies of Blaine & González,
As you all have learned, the Trump administration has pushed the boundaries of human atrocities to new depths of repugnance.
The child detention centers in places such as Tornillo, Texas represent the true face of this administration.
Blaine & González stands firmly against the President, his staff, and all administration officials on this issues.
It is not acceptable to separate children from parents, no matter what border rules are being violated.
For what is a border after all? It is an arbitrary line in a map that someone drew hundreds and hundreds of years ago.
Borders can be redrawn. Laws can be rewritten. We say these are hard things to do that take time, but, I, for one, do not believe that to be so. Changing immigration laws is only as hard as we say it is.
Compassion for others is always available to us.
The two major ruling parties in America must find a way to agree that innocent children should be left out of politics,
No Senator, Congressperson, President, or Prince has the right to decide whether or not innocent children are allowed to stay with their mother. There is one authority on that subject and her name is "Mom".
What the President has ordered is wrong. His supporters are wrong. The Federal agents who wear the uniforms and who carry the guns are wrong. It is not acceptable for them to hide behind policies and procedures. Those men do not get to say "We were just doing our jobs" or "We were just following orders."
A certain moments in the history of a nation, there comes a time when orders should be ignored; when the stripes on the sleeve of a uniform that denote rank should mean nothing; and when common sense, rationality, and level heads should prevail.
June 20th, 2018 is that time.
Blaine & González hereby requests of the Office of the President, the US Customs and Border Patrol, and the mayors of McAllen, Tornillo, and other cities in Texas housing child detention centers that they cease and desist all activities immediately and return the children to their mothers and fathers, unharmed, well-fed, and in peace.
If you have not yet heard it, I urge you to listen to the YouTube recording below. It is the voices of the children in a detention center crying out for their mothers. You will also hear the Spanish-speaking, American-national guards who taunt them mercilessly.
Learning a language, at its core, is an act of love. Any human being who learns a foreign language with the intention of using that skill set to cause injury, whether physical, spiritual or psychological, to another human being, especially an innocent child, is a human being whose values have become sorely skewed. The man who taunts children chained to a wall is a lost human being, outside the tribe of humanity, and outside of God's love and grace.
I urge you, friends of B&G, to pray for the guards, the agents, the President, and his officials. Pray that they see the light of reason. Pray that they may at least leave the innocent children out of their battles. And pray that whatever God reigns in your culture's version of paradise watch over, protects, and provides for those tiny lives.... lives that hold the hope and promise of a new and better world,
Yours in faith, hope, and solidarity,
Blaine & González
Hello Friends and Clients of B&G,
I am proud to announce that our trip to the National Small Business Leadership Association's annual Leadership Summit in Washington DC went better than expected.
Not only did we come away with our largest volume sale to date, we made amazing new connections from which we will forge strong business alliances in service of the interests of small business owners across the country.
There was a feel of camaraderie in the room that is not common in 2018. Small business owners have two mottos. "Get it done" and "The only color that matters in America is green". It was a room full of creative and motivated entrepreneurs, all of whom had a track record of success.
There was a business building highways in hard-to-access areas, a company hanging the new lights on the Golden Gate Bridge, an education non-profit inspiring kids in New Orleans, a company that trains drone pilots for humanitarian purposes like medicine and food drops in disaster areas and even a doggy day care business started by a veteran of the Iraq War whose life was saved by a furry friend.
As you can see, it was fascinating. Enjoy the slide show below! We'd love to hear your comments on the pics and on how you think B&G can help improve small business. Cheers! Justin.
This is Justin, CEO of B&G writing.
I would like to take a moment to thank my brother, Ryan Pickering, for his incredibly hard work on our company logo.
In order to give my brother's work it's due credit, please indulge me as I tell the logo's story.
In the 1940s, my grandfather was stationed in Spain in World War II. While on active military duty, he traveled around in his free time. My grandfather rarely followed his fellow soldiers to the typical bar scene military men frequent when on leave. Rather, he wanted to see how the people of Span lived. So, he would go off on his own, explore markets, taste food, shake hands with people, and stumble through conversations in a combination of broken Spanish, Italian, and English, his second language.
One of the things my grandfather brought back with him when his tour in Spain ended was an actual, physical coat of arms representing the region of Castilla y León. The actual coat of arms my grandfather carried back from Spain to the USA as it hangs in my office today is pictured below.
The B&G logo contains the fleur-de-lis which is symbolic not only of my time at Tulane University and 5-year residency in New Orleans, but, as I came to learn, is also a an element of the Pickering family coat of arms from medieval England.
The lion's paw on the top of the B&G logo you see on the car is symbolic of my wife's region of birth in Spain, Castilla y León and is also a homage to my grandfather's last name, DeLeo ("of the lion" in Italian). The lion's paw was my brother's personal own touch. He has an incredible gift for seeing how the art he creates will be most meaningful for others.
Our grandfather, Sigismundo (George) DeLeo died quietly in Winchester Hospital in Winchester, MA in 1986. I was 8 years old. George, like me, was also a small businessman. He built his company, Acton Block Company, from the ground up and sold the cement blocks he made at a fair price.
George never would have known that his grandson would grow up to marry a woman from the very region in Spain in which he was stationed years ago - someone whose ancestors probably frequented the very marketplace in which he purchased the coat of arms. He could never have suspected that the bulky, heavy coat of arms he carried back to Winchester, Massachusetts was a good omen for things to come.
My brother took my life story, my wife's life story, and my grandfather's life story and combined it into one absolutely gorgeous logo that represents the strength and quality of Blaine & González translations as well as the ties that bind family.
Ryan, my brother, thank you so much for bringing this vision to life. Bravo, bro. Much love.
I am sure Grampy is very proud of you.
Blaine & González
From June 10th to 15th, 2018, B&G will send a team to our nation's capital. Our CEO, Justin Pickering, is the first-ever translation company owner appointed to the National Small Business Association Leadership Committee, a non-partisan think tank and lobbying group whose sole mission is to improve opportunities for small businesses all across America.
Our DC delegation will have a chance to meet with our Massachusetts Congresswoman, Katherine Clarke in a small group setting. Once there, we will have a chance to discuss what issues matter for small businesses in Massachusetts and America. We will bring up issues such as taxation, representation at the local, state, and Federal level, unions for small businesses, protecting against consumer fraud, best practices, and the future of small business in an ever-changing, ever-more-globalizing world.
In addition, there may be a group meeting in the White House Press Room. B&G's delegation may have a chance to meet with the President's aides who handle small business issues in a Q&A session where the administration representatives outline the President's plan for small business. (This is a tentatively scheduled event as White House staff members' schedules can change at the drop of a hat.)
Stay tuned for future developments on B&G's trip to our nation's capital. We will post more after June 15th.
Justin was invited to visit Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-MA) at his office in the State House on Beacon Street in Boston. The purpose of their discussion was to see how Blaine & González's educational and translation resources could assist him with the Senator´s pioneer, landmark educational legislation, Senate No. 2070.
The bill, the brainchild of Senator DiDomenico and his colleague Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, would make biliteracy and multi-lingual education a centerpiece of Massachusetts Public Education.
Most of the members of Blaine & González are or were educators at some point in their careers. The whole B&G Team stands by the senators and their efforts to improve the social, academic, cultural, and economic possibilities for the children of Massachusetts.
Our CEO, Justin Pickering, was acknowledged in Winchester Patch, a media outlet in his hometown of Winchester, MA.
Here is the link to the story: http://winchester.wickedlocal.com/news/20170921/strongwinchester-native-named-to-national-business-councilstrong
Take a look at our company in Boston Voyager Magazine. They did a feature article on us as one of Boston's most inspiring new companies:
Thank you to the Boston Voyager staff and to Grace for all their wonderful work!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Justin Pickering, CEO
Local Business Owner Justin Pickering Named to NSBA Leadership Council
WOBURN, Massachusetts – Justin Pickering, CEO of Blaine & González in Woburn, Massachusetts was recently named to the National Small Business Association (NSBA) Leadership Council. NSBA is the nation’s oldest small-business advocacy organization, and operates on a staunchly nonpartisan basis. Pickering, a recognized leader in the small-business community, joins the NSBA Leadership Council alongside other small-business advocates from across the country as they work to promote the interests of small business to policymakers in Washington, D.C.
“As a small-business owner, I see daily the importance of being involved and active when it comes to laws and regulation,” stated Pickering. “Joining NSBA’s Leadership Council will enable me to take our collective small-business message to the people that need to hear it most: Congress.”
Mr. Pickering received his Master's Degree in Spanish Literature and Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin. He has ten years of experience teaching Spanish at the high school, middle school, and university level. Additionally, he held various officer roles in several start-up companies in the sectors of television, renewable energy, management consulting, and education. Mr. Pickering has managed Blaine & González for six years.
Pickering joined the NSBA Leadership Council as part of his efforts to tackle the many critical issues facing small business, including tax reform, regulatory restraint, health care costs and how the Affordable Care Act will impact small business. The NSBA Leadership Council is focused on providing valuable networking between small-business advocates from across the country while ensuring small business a seat at the table as Congress and regulators take up key small-business proposals.
“I am proud to have Justin Pickering as part of our Leadership Council,” stated NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken. He came to us highly recommended and I look forward our coordinated efforts for years to come.”
Please visit our site to learn more about Blaine & González: www.blainegonzalez.com.
For more on the NSBA Leadership Council, please visit www.nsba.biz/leadershipcouncil.
Blaine & González’s mission is to connect cultures and bridge language gaps in service of social justice and profit for all. We specialize in translation, editing, interpreting, and localization services. We offer your law firm, university, enterprise, or personal project the individualized, specialized attention that it deserves. Our team members are highly skilled in their respective areas of expertise and our translation work is followed by a rigorous editing and proofreading process which ensures impeccable, accurate, and on time translations, always.
Dear Friends of Blaine & González,
Today, the Trump Administration has declared an end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This is a sad day in the history of our nation.
America is a nation founded on the hard work, dedication, and strength of immigrants from all over the world.
True Americans welcome and embrace cultural diversity and all its wonders: the glorious food, inspiring music, deeply-felt poetry, illuminating literature, fun and exciting dance, cool clothing styles, and all the other trappings of a multi-ethnic, multi-racial, multi-cultural society.
I am writing today not as CEO if Blaine & González, but as a father of a 4-month old baby girl whose mother is a Hispanic immigrant. I think of all those families that brought their children to this country seeking a better life, children that became an integral part of our society. Children who in many cases have not known any other country but the United States, that all they want is to study, work, and contribute to the society that has seen them grow up.
I am filled with a mix of sadness and rage seeing how our president wants to ruin the path of hundreds of thousands young lives. This, friends, is wrong. Plain and simple.
Blaine & González stands in solidarity with our contractors of all races from all over the world; with our Hispanic friends and family; and with all those Americans of reason, compassion, and love who would see a world without discrimination, and a world that does not judge people from where they are from, but on the content of their character and what is in their hearts.
Sincerely and in Solidarity,
Blaine & González