A Busy Summer for ACT Members


It’s been a busy summer for ACT members! In addition to our usual outreach, organizing and member services, ACT held two dynamic membership meetings about issues affecting our African community.

Immigration, Youth, Police, and More

On June 29, ACT members met to discuss items on a very packed agenda.

  1. The application for Temporary Protected Status has been extended until August 18 for people from Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.
  2. ACT Members shared their experiences after taking part in the Black Communities for the DREAM (BC4D) rally in Harlem. ACT organized the rally to highlight the stories of black immigrants and continue the fight for financial aid to undocumented students pursuing higher education.
  3. Members who participated in the Ready for Relief Town Hall—including member Koku Afeto, who gave the opening address—reported back about continuing efforts to fight for President Obama’s immigration Executive Action to move forward.

ACT members with questions about TPS, Executive Action, or other immigration legal issues should contact ACT.

4. ACT’s Summer Youth Organizer, Fanta Fofana, led a discussion about youth programs for children and young adults. Contact ACT for more information about free and low-cost summer programs for youth.

5. Members engaged in a lively discussion about the Black Lives Matter Movement, and the ways in which police brutality affects African immigrants. ACT members had diverse and thoughtful views about this topic, and we plan to continue the discussion at future meetings.