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."
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.”Read more
Amaha Kassa, Executive Director of African Communities Together, appeared on the Africa Today show with Walter Turner to discuss African immigrants, the African Community Defense Project, and why we should be targeting Ebola- not Africans.
The African Community Defense Project is now online!
African Communities Together joins several other organizations that serve African immigrants in New York in a strong statement condemning discrimination against African immigrants due to the Ebola scare.
In Wake of New York Ebola Diagnosis, Coalition Warns Against Intolerance and Attacks on Immigrants
In the wake of New York’s first Ebola diagnosis, the New York Immigration Coalition is alarmed by reports of harassment and hate crimes directed at members of West African communities, including the bullying and attacks on two recently-arrived Senegalese teenagers in Staten Island on Friday of last week.
In light of these troubling events, the Coalition urges a clear, rational, and evidence-based response from policymakers and the public, and is concerned that Governor Cuomo’s support of a flight ban and implementation of a quarantine policy for health care workers returning from West Africa feeds both misinformation about how the virus is spread and the best means for its control. International public health authorities, including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, make clear that Ebola is not spread through the air or by contact with people who are asymptomatic.
African Communities Together members had a great time at the African Day Parade and Festival, marching, dancing, and spreading the word about ACT's services and campaigns to the other participants.
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Ask immigrants why we came to America, and you will hear millions of different stories. But our many stories usually boil down to just a few shared reasons.
Safety, freedom, opportunity, and family.
When immigrants get to America, we often find realizing our dreams harder than we imagined. But immigrants persevere, and we keep fighting for the dreams that inspired us to cross borders and oceans and continents.
What immigrants don’t always fully appreciate is that many native-born Americans have had to fight just as hard and struggle just as much for safety, freedom, opportunity, and family. Throughout American history, no group has had a greater struggle than African-Americans.