ACT City of Refuge Action in the News

From March 28-29, 2017, ACT organised City of Refuge: 24 hours of action for refugees at Trinity Church in downtown Manhattan in coalition with 40 labor, social justice and immigrant rights organisations. The actions included rallies in front of the Trump Building on Wall Street and at Foley Square, a 'refugee tent city,' teach-ins, a ceremony at the African Burial Ground and an interfaith prayer service. The event was covered by over 20 media outlets. Below is a selection of some of this news coverage.

NBC: "Immigrants, Supporters take to streets in refugee day of action."

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/on-air/as-seen-on/Immigrants_-Supporters-Take-to-Streets-in-Refugee-Day-of-Action_New-York-417383063.html

The Gothamist: “Photos: Activists Form Temporary Tent City In The Financial District To Support Global Refugees” by Scott Heins.

http://gothamist.com/2017/03/29/tent_city_trinity_church.php - photo-1

Yahoo News: "I am a child of refugees’: New Yorkers stage tent protest of Trump travel ban" by Caitlin Dickson.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/i-am-a-child-of-refugees-new-yorkers-stage-tent-protest-of-trump-travel-ban-160244733.html.

Metro Newspaper: "City of Refuge: African coalition stages refugee encampment in protest of Trump immigration policies: Protesters demand reversal of the travel ban and preservation of asylum programs" by Amanda Mikelberg.

http://www.metro.us/new-york/city-of-refuge-african-coalition-stages-refugee-encampment-in-protest-of-trump-immigration-policies/zsJqcC---xG6bNRszNhiyE/


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ACT in NY Observer on Executive Orders

"Audu Kadiri, a community organizer with ACT, said that African immigrants have a responsibility to “resist, to organize and fight,” noting that the issue of refugee settlements particularly affects Africans."

http://observer.com/2017/02/advocates-predict-more-growth-of-detention-centers-under-trump/


ACT Talks Election Impact with PRI

ACT members and staff were interviewed for a recent piece on Public Radio International's The World about the impact of the election on Africans, Muslims, and black immigrants:

https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-01-27/black-and-muslim-some-african-immigrants-feel-brunt-trump-s-immigration-plans


ACT Participates in Inauguration March

ACT Organizer Fatou Waggeh was interviewed about ACT's participation in the NY march on the eve of Trump's inauguration, and African immigrant issues in the new administration:

http://nycitylens.com/2017/01/new-yorkers-send-the-new-president-a-message/


ACT in Mother Jones

ACT's Executive Director Amaha Kassa highlights the fears within the African immigrant community about the Trump administration. Check it out!

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/12/black-immigrant-activists-brace-trump-presidency


ACT on Al Jazeera's The Stream

ACT Executive Director Amaha Kassa shared his concerns about the impact of the election on African immigrants in this episode of The Stream. Segment starts at 13:00.

 http://stream.aljazeera.com/story/201701231947-0025363


ACT in Okayafrica

ACT Executive Director Amaha Kassa writes in Okayafrica about the importance of New York expanding language access to meet the needs of African immigrant New Yorkers:

http://www.okayafrica.com/op-ed-2/overlooked-undercounted-underserved-new-york-must-improve-language-access-africans/


Language Access in PBS Newshour

PBS Newshour recently covered New York's expansion of voter registration to new languages, including ACT's involvement in French language translation of the forms: 

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/new-york-city-voter-registration-languages/


The new Americans

Slate shares the stories of six new American citizens, including ACT member Kele Nkhereanye.

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