September 2008

Esperanza’s Health Promoters Committee organized an spectacular event for the community, organizations (SAJE, Land Trust, and St. Jones Clinic), Health Promoters and families.  The night was filled with a delicious dinner, drinks, laughs,singers, an imitation of  “Cantiflas”, raffles, and dancing competitions.  This gathering gave everyone the opportunity to mingle with new faces, old faces; Esperanza staff  coming together to make of this night a very special one.

“Mesa Directiva” has definitely proven that we can all work together as a team, and that is what Esperanza is a “team”.  Together we can succeed and accomplished all of our goals.  Hats off! to Mesa Directiva members for their great effort.

Thanks to everyone who contributed and supported “Noche Familiar”!

“Trust people and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves to be great.”  — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Esperanza is a non-partisan organization.  We are also a non-profit comprised of organizers.  Most of our staff are Promotores, Community Health Promoters, that work with the low-income families in our community to improve health, advocate for housing, and build community. 

We are proud to collaborate with organizations that are working for social justice in Los Angeles.  Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE), Los Angeles Community Action Network (LACAN), East Los Angeles Community Corporation (ELACC), and many other non-profits (in addition to all the neighbors and community members who organize unofficially) are able to effect change because of the strength and power of community organizing.  Community organizing is the cornerstone of our work, and we believe that it is the foundation on which all change is built.

That is why we do not understand why certain speakers at the Republican National Convention would belittle this very important work.  This message of portraying community organizing — a powerful way to ensure that people’s voices are heard — as something to be mocked does not make any sense at all … as Jon Stewart adroitly points out (skip to 7:21 mark).

Watch the Video.

Jon Stewart: But of course they saved their most biting invective for the most corrosive element of American society.

Rudy Giuliani: He worked as a community organizer (snickers).

Sarah Palin: This world of threats and dangers is not just a community and it doesn’t just need an organizer.

Sarah Palin: I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities.

Jon Stewart:  Yeah!  So everyone out there trying to make a difference in your communities: F@$* You!