Members of African Communities Together met at the Harlem Dream Center on Monday, April 20, 2015 to learn about immigration reform and talk about how we can make our voices heard.
ACT members learned about President Obama's executive action on immigration, the New York DREAM Act, and how ACT is helping immigrants from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone apply for "Temporary Protected Status."
The courts have put immigration relief on hold, but we expect it to move forward eventually. In the meantime, ACT will join with other immigrant rights groups in a public event in late May to send the message that we are "Ready for Relief" and demand that Congress and the courts "Let Us Apply!".
Unfortunately, the NY DREAM Act, which would include undocumented NY students in state financial aid, has been left out of the budget AGAIN this year. On May 14, ACT will join with our fellow black immigrants -African, Afro-Caribbean, and Afro-Latino- our African-American brothers and sisters, and allies in a "Black Communities for the DREAM" rally in Harlem. Over 20 ACT members signed up to attend on the spot, and we will be reaching out to all ACT members and supporters in the days to come.
Finally, we celebrated some victories:
After several months of advocacy, NYC has finally translated the IDNYC application into French! Kudos to all ACT members who advocated with the City to make this happen.
At least eight members of ACT have been accepted to the NY Certified translator training program: congratulations to Akinde Kodjo, Alan Bibang, Aminata Samake, Audu Kadiri, Koku Afeto, Mekinda "Junior" Mekinda, and Papa Mbaye!
And congratulations to ACT Youth Organizer Mouhamed Kaba, who accepted a position with the outreach team for the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, where he will be helping African immigrants apply for IDNYC and immigration relief! Félicitations et bonne chance, Mouhamed!
Here are some dates to remember:
Saturday, May 9, 2015: Let Us Breathe Forum, free conference on organizing black communities at Columbia University, ACT Executive Director Amaha Kassa will speak about economic justice. Click for more info.
Thursday, May 14, 2015, 12-1 pm: Black Communities for the DREAM rally, Adam Clayton Powell Building. Click for more info.
Monday, May 18, 2015, 5:30-7:30: Next ACT meeting. Location and topic to be announced.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015: Last day for nationals of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone to apply for Temporary Protected Status.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Akinde at (646) 300-3717.