Our State, Our Languages is a coalition of six grassroots community organizations: American Muslim Advisory Council, API Middle Tennessee, Elmahaba Center, Ethiopian Community Association of Nashville, Never Again TN, and Somali Community Center of Middle Tennessee. Together, we represent tens of thousands of Tennesseans from across the state.
Our collaborative was launched in the summer of 2022, although this is a decades-long issue with other states already having language access measures in place. We started organizing as a coalition with the knowledge that not one organization should be tasked with demanding language access, but instead a solid group of organizations to model solidarity across linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
As residents of and business owners in Tennessee, we demand better language access that actually reflects the people in our state.
These six organizations began meeting in 2022 to begin fighting for more language access in the state of Tennessee.