A Busy Summer for ACT Members

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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.

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ACT Welcomes Ghanaian Entrepreneur

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African Communities Together is all about empowering the African diaspora to make an impact, here in the US and back in Africa. On June 13, ACT hosted a reception and talk featuring Alloysius Attah, a young Ghanaian entrepreneur who is making a big impact working with small farmers.

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ACT Members are Ready for Action

May 19, 2015 was the day that President Obama’s Executive Action immigration program was scheduled to start accepting applications. Executive Action will give relief and work opportunity to millions of undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children or who are parents of American children. But Executive Action has been blocked by a lawsuit and is being held up in court.

On May 19, 2015 the struggle for fair and humane immigration reform continued. NY’s immigrant communities rallied to demand an end to delays, and the opportunity to apply for DAPA.

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Fighting for the DREAM

On May 14, 2015 dozens of ACT members, black immigrants, and allies rallied as part of Black Communities for the DREAM (BC4D).

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Members of ACT and other community organizations assemble in Harlem for the BC4D rally.

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ACT Members Meet to Discuss Immigration Reform

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.

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Two Steps Forward for Language Access

For tens of thousands of African New Yorkers, language can be a major barrier. In the last month, ACT has led two important breakthroughs to help African immigrants access services and engage in their community.

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ACT Welcomes Mayoral Action in Support of Immigration Reform

ACT Executive Director Amaha Kassa was quoted in a recent media advisory from Mayor Bill DeBlasio, announcing that New York is joining with 73 other cities and counties to urge that President Obama’s executive actions on immigration be implemented immediately.

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ACT Director Talks Ebola Stigma on BBC-PRI The World

ACT Director Amaha Kassa was interviewed on The World, a program of the BBC and Public Radio International, talking about African immigrants, Ebola stigma, and the African Community Defense Project.


HuffPo: Africans Facing Stigma Now Have Somewhere to Turn

Huffington Post covered the launch of the African Defense Project, describing the widespread stigma against African immigrants connected to Ebola panic, the launch of our website and hotline, and concluding "African Immigrants facing Ebola stigma now have somewhere to turn."


Media Advisory- Ebola Stigma Defense Project Launches

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MEDIA ADVISORY

 

Saturday, November 8, 2014- For Immediate Release

 

 

What:     Launch of new phone and web hotline for African immigrants experiencing harassment and discrimination due to Ebola stigma.

 

When:        Monday, November 10, 2014, 11 a.m- 1 p.m.

 

Where:    381 Canal Place, Bronx, NY   

 

Who:        African community members and religious leaders

 

Responding to Wave of “Ebola Stigma”, African Organization Launches Hotline, Website to Track and Respond to Cases

 

 

A Bronx-based nonprofit organization for African immigrants will launch a new website and hotline for African immigrants who have been targeted for harassment, discrimination, or bullying related to Ebola fears. “We know this is happening, because we hear it from our members,” said Amaha Kassa, Executive Director of African Communities Together. “But until now, there have been few resources for African immigrants who are experiencing it.”

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