Thursday, January 25, 2007

Progreso Community Center opens

Hispanic Community Group of TennesseeThe Hispanic Community Group of Tennessee (HCGT) issued this press release announcing the opening of its Progreso Community Center:

HCGT inaugurated its Progreso Community Center on January 16, 2007, with around 70 people from the Hispanic community and general community in attendance.

Upcoming activities at the Progreso Community Center include:

1. Meeting of the Nashville Latino Health Coalition (NLHC) on January 30, 2007, at 6:30 p.m.
2. English classes beginning on February 1, 2007, on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Juan Canedo, President of HCGT, mentioned that this community group was founded on February 22, 2006, and it is the first Hispanic grassroots membership organization in Nashville, Tennessee. HCGT operates under a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.

Canedo also said that this community group was created out of the need for a democratic and participatory membership organization in the Hispanic community. Therefore, HCGT’s motto is “voice and vote for each member.”

He explained that the creation of HCGT was conceived and led by diverse members of the Hispanic community, such as day laborers, owners and employees of small businesses, and women workers.

Their organizing capacity has been manifested through collective community action processes that achieved social changes for the benefit of the Hispanic community, in particular, and the Nashville community in general.

Francisco Reyes, an HCGT member, said, “I want to invite every one in the community to become members, too, and help each other.” Membership in HCGT is free and open to the public.

Progreso Community Center is located at 2720 Nolensville Pike, Suite 210, near Thompson Lane, Nashville, in the heart of the Hispanic community.

To obtain more information about Progreso Community Center, HCGT membership, English classes, and other community activities, call (615) 587-0365, visit the website ( or write to

Pictures of the opening are posted in the Hispanic Nashville Scrapbook on

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