Oasis Center youth express concern about English Only Amendment


Abbey Alexander is sensitive to the circumstances of fellow students whose parents are not fluent in English.

"Nashville is better than this," says the 18-year-old Oasis Center intern in a public service announcement.

It is one of two PSAs created by Oasis Center youth and local filmmakers expressing concern about the English Only Amendment vote coming up on Jan. 22.

Click here to view PSA 1 or PSA 2.

Peter Kurland, an award-winning sound engineer, contributed his time on the project and said he was happy to help the teens speak out on such a pivotal issue.

"Youth voice has been noticeably missing in this discussion,” Kurland said.

Kate Haygood said in an Oasis Center press release that, if passed, the English-Only bill will negatively affect many immigrant and refugee parents who want to be involved in their teen’s school life and would make it increasingly difficult for them to participate on a very basic level.

Oasis Center began in 1969 as a drop-in center for young people in crisis. Over the past four decades it has evolved into one of the nation’s leading youth-serving organizations, offering safety and intervention to Nashville’s most vulnerable youth, while seeking to also teach young people how to transform the conditions that create problems for them in the first place.