On May 2, 2016 ACT members met to discuss immigration. The meeting opened with a discussion on Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which provides immigrants from countries affected by Ebola with the documentation to live and work in America.
People living in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are still dealing with the aftermath of the Ebola epidemic. Recovery from the effects of this outbreak is ongoing and likely to take years; many are surviving on the money sent home from relatives living in the U.S. under the TPS designation. Although some immigrants have had their TPS designations extended for 6 months, which provides them with work authorization until November 2016, many are saying 6 months is not enough. ACT plans to continue fighting for the extension of TPS for a full 18 months. You can support this effort by signing our petition and sharing it with your family and friends.
ACT members at the May Membership Meeting
You can also learn more about members who are specifically affected by TPS by referring to our Facebook page.
Also during the meeting, ACT members were provided with an update about DAPA and DACA, and the need to ensure that undocumented youth and their parents are given the chance to apply for documentation enabling them to legally live and work in the U.S. ACT will continue to keep members updated about progress in this area. The Supreme Court is said to release a decision on the matter by early June 2016.
ACT Members Attend Kinship Assembly Conference
In April 2016, ACT members Bintou Kamara and Papa Mbaye travelled to Los Angeles, California to attend the Kinship Assembly Conference. The Assembly provided ACT members with the opportunity to bond with other black immigrants, share common goals, and build unity. ACT members reflected on how they were inspired by meeting other organizers also committed to securing civil rights for black immigrants.
African Language Worker Cooperative
Currently, ACT is developing an African language worker cooperative. Interpreters will be able to provide language services in the medical, judicial, and social service sectors. The worker cooperative will not only offer our community members the opportunity to start, manage, and grow a small business, but also to fill the widening language access gap we experience everyday. Contact Ojuigo for further information at: Ojiugo@africans.us.
African Language Access in our Schools
Finally, members from the Parent Action Committee (PACT) based in the Bronx are working to ensure that African families have access to in-school interpreters who break down language barriers, and help facilitate parental involvement in their children's education. PAC will be holding two meetings, on May 24. Contact ACT for more details.
The next ACT membership meeting will be on Monday June 6, 2016, don't miss it!