Progreso Community Center 

4813 Nolensville Pike, Suite 206-D

Nashville, TN 37211

Tel: (615) 365-9002 - (615) 367-3623 

ORGANIZACION COMUNITARIA

En el Centro Comunitario Progreso creemos que los miembros de la comunidad de base juegan un rol importante en los procesos de cambios sociales estructurales. El rol de los miembros de la comunidad de base solo se puede desarrollar si la fortaleza viene de la base de la comunidad. Esta fuerza que viene de la base demanda el constante fortalecimiento de las relaciones e interacción horizontal entre personas  que forman organizaciones comunitarias de base como la nuestra.  

En nuestros efuerzos de organización comunitaria, usamos un enfoque racional para que tengamos un entendimiento de cómo el sistema funciona en diferentes contextos sociales y económicos. El entendimiento del sistema capacita y empodera a los miembros de la comunidad racionalmente, no por acciones oportunistas, impulsivas, or circunstanciales. Nuestra organización comunitaria racional nos ha enseñado que podemos ser parte de la solución de cualquier problema con el cual seamos asociados como comunidad.

 

LEA ABAJO SOBRE LAS CAMPAÑAS DE ORGANIZACION COMUNITARIA QUE FUNDARON NUESTRA ORGANIZACION 

 
 
 

CAMPAÑA ORGANIZATIVA DE JORNALEROS

 

Jornaleros hispanos exitosamente se organizaron para derrotar la propuesta ordenanza local SUBSTITUTE BILL NO. BL2005-728 que intentaba hacer ilegal el que los jornaleros busquen trabajo. Esta campaña de organización ofreció a los jornaleros la oportunidad de participar cívicamente para abordar una ordenanza local dirigida a ellos debido a su vulnerabiliday como inmigrantes. Bajo esta ordenanza local, los jornaleros como un problema de seguridad para las personas manejando en la intersección de Murfreesboro Road and Thompson Place donde ellos buscaban trabajo. Ellos fueron asociados con el incremento del problema de la prostitución, tráfico de drogas, alcholismo, los cuales contribuían al deterioro del vecindario con un impacto negativo en los negocios del área. A través un enfoque racional y de un proceso participativo en la toma de decisiones, nosotros reflexionamos y deliberamos sobre los argumentos presentados por la ordenanza propuesta  por el Concejo Municipal del Condado de Davidson.  Este enfoque guío a los jornaleros a identificar que partes de los problemas con los cuales ellos eran asociados estaban a su alcance para soluciónarlos.

 

Los jornaleros demostraron que el argumento de la seguridad no era válido porque ellos buscaban trabajo en un área específica y no en las banquetas o en las calles. Además, presentaron el argumento al patrociniador de la ordenanza que esa área ha sido históricamente "una zona roja" con problemas de prostitución y tráfico de drogas, entonces, solucionar estos problemas no estaba a su alcance. Finalmente, el tema de tirar basura fue revisado, y los jornaleros asumieron la responsabilidad de dejar basura en el lugar después que se iban de la esquina; por lo tanto, ese era un asunto en el cual ellos prodrían ser parte de la solución. Se decidió actuar limpiando no solamente la esquina en la que buscaban trabajo, sino más allá de esa área en collaboración con la asociaciones de vecinos y negocioas, así también como con el Departamento de Embellecimiento del Condado de Davidson. El enfoque racional tomado por los jornaleros de ser parte de la solución de un problema sobre el cual ellos tenían control "mató" la ordenanza local propuesta. Este enfoque de organización comunitaria demostró que los miembros de nuestra comunidad tuvieron la capacidad de abordar asuntos de política los cuals hasta ese entonces eran abordados por personas dentro nuestra propia comunidad que excluía a los miembros de nuestra comunidad quienes eran directamente afectados por la implementación de esta política a nivel local.      

 

TACO STANDS OWNERS ORGANIZING CAMPAIGN

 

Successfully defeated BILL NO. BL2005-860 organizing Hispanic owners and employees of mobile taco stands to address concerns about hygienic handling and food preparation and avoid the prohibitions of these small businesses in Davidson County. Based on the organizing capacity of our compañeros day laborers, taco stand owners addressed the issue of their businesses being banned in Davidson County. Therefore, it was decided to act civically at the local level. The first step was to rationally reflect on the content of the argument presented in the proposed local ordinance. This argument was focused on the sanitary aspects of appropriate and hygienic handling of the food sold by these small businesses. The rationality of this organizing process led taco stand owners to the conclusion that there were some of them who did not know how to hygienically and properly handle the products to make their food under the regulation of the Davidson County Metropolitan Health Department.

 

Taco stand owners invited the sponsors of the local ordinance to community meetings where they listened to the concerns of the City Council members who, again, argued that the ordinance was a matter of public health. Since taco stand owners were committed to selling food handled hygienically and properly, a committee was formed to request the Davidson County Metropolitan Health Department training for all owners who obtained the authorization to sell food from the county. The day before the training there was a meeting in which taco stand owners looked into the importance of being part of the solution when there were valid arguments regarding public health.

 

The day of the training, the response of the taco stand owners and their employees was remarkable because here were over 80 people in attendance! Each of the participants of the training received a certificate from the Davidson County Metropolitan Health Department to continue working selling food in our county. Afterwards, a meeting with the main sponsor was requested at the City Council to present him the certificates of training as proof of the collective effort of this segment of our community for the well-being of people in Nashville. The Council member was pleased that we fulfilled our commitment to putting public health before anything else. Consequently, the proposed local ordinance was killed and the small business owners countinued doing business. The collective and participatory process of organizing part of our community was well worth it because it was possible to save the source of income for the owners, the employees, and their families. Again, once more it was proven that our community members could solve problems without the intervention of those who traditionally negotiated on our behalf. 

 

 

HISPANIC IMMIGRANT WOMEN WORKERS ORGANIZING CAMPAIGN

 

 Successfully organized a group of 15 Hispanic women workers who were being discriminated against and sexually harassed in a multi-million dollar corporation. Like many women in our community, these women were being abused by a manager of a large corporation. However, they could not stand the discrimination and sexual harassment under which they had to work. After an initial meeting with a community member, they found out that there was a good possibility of retaliation of being fired by the manager if they complained to the headquarters of the corporation. However, they said that they did not mind losing their jobs because their dignity as worker women and Hispanic immigrants was more valuable than a job.

 

The complaint was directly presented to the headquarters of the corporation asking for them to take action to stop the discrimination and sexual harassment. After that complaint, the manager fired the 15 women. They visited the headquarters a second time to notify them about the actions of the manager. The person in charge reinstated the 15 women. However, the manager continued with his actions. This was when it was decided to reach for legal assistance, and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) was contacted. With the legal advice of SPLC the case was settled. After the settlement, the women donated six computers and founded the "Voices of Hope" computer lab at Progreso Community Center. 

 

This problem involved the community organizing campaign in which the women learned about the process of filing a formal complaint due to discrimination and sexual harassment. This was important because they followed the procedure required by the corporation to successfully get to the legal aspect of this process. Furthermore, this community organizing involved the legal aspect that was assisted by SPLC through its Justice for Migrant Women program.