Friday, March 10, 2006

March 18: Forum on Discrimination, and Community Celebration

The Hispanic Community Group of Tennessee sent this press release about two related events on March 18:


Commitment and participation of Hispanic immigrants in collective movements lead to creation of a grassroots community group

Nashville, TN, March 9, 2006 – The Hispanic Community Group of Tennessee is organizing a forum on discrimination and a community celebration on Saturday, March 18, 2006, at 5:00 PM at Woodbine Community Center, located at 222 Oriel Avenue in Nashville.

This forum will feature Monica Ramírez, a lawyer from the Immigrant Justice Project (Southern Poverty Law Center) and Francisco Guzman, the Special Projects Coordinator from the Tennessee Human Rights Commission.

The topic of discussion will be discrimination in employment and in housing. Furthermore, Ramirez will speak about the importance of forming grassroots community groups. The audience will have the opportunity to participate with questions about these issues that affect the Hispanic community. During the forum, free child care will be provided.

Later, at 7:00 PM the Community Celebration will take place, with music and Latin American food.

The mission of the Hispanic Community Group of Tennessee is to organize and build the capacity of members of the Hispanic community to participate in processes of community action for social change and the collective benefit of Hispanics and the general community, while contributing to social unity in a context of multilcultural diversity.

The premise of the group is for each member of the community to have a voice and vote in a democratic process to elect their community leaders, and to participate in the decision-making process. On February 22, 2006, the members of the group elected the executive committee.

Juan Canedo, the president of the group, said, “In this time of challenges for the immigrant community, Hispanic immigrants are demonstrating their organizing capacity.”

For more information about this event or the community group call 615-587-0365 or email

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