Andrea Bazan, a graduate of UNC-Chapel-Hill co-founded El Pueblo. The organization does a lot of advocacy, education, safety, youth work, and wellness work for the North Carolina immigrant community. Here is the web-site where there are good programming ideas and information for people working with any oppressed population: http://www.elpueblo.org/eng/index.shtml.
Democracy North Carolina
Adam Sotak, a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill is now working as the lead organizer for Democracy North Carolina. They have been making progres siin the state on opening up voting rights. They have good information on working toward publicly funded elections. This is their home web-site: http://www.democracy-nc.org/index.php.
Southern Region Update
Welcome to the Southern Region;
The Southern Region of ACOSA includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. We appreciate you joining ACOSA, and look forward to working with you as a part of the region to strengthen and expand the efforts of ACOSA in the southern part of the US. We hope to expand the opportunities to develop community organizing and social administration skills-building in our region, want to create opportunities for practitioners to network, share tools, and build on each others efforts and lessons learned. We look forward to your participation and involvement.
We are a large and diverse region, with a long history of vibrant social justice work. There have been many significant and powerful social justice organizations that have positively impacted the entire US that were founded in our region.
You can see pictures of us and read our short bios on the board page of ACOSA. Each of us bring something to this region. Wendy is based on South Carolina, and Rus in Louisville, KY. Rus is primarily a practitioner who focuses largely on community organizing. He’s worked for more than 25 years in a variety of settings and brings this practical experience and perspective to the board of ACOSA. Wendy is on faculty at Winthrop University. Her areas of expertise are in international development and immigration.
We look forward to bringing you more news and updates as they arise. Please feel free to contact us if there are any achievements in your area. We would love to share these with others in the ACOSA community.
Rus Funk and Wendy Campbell