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).
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!