On May 14, 2015 dozens of ACT members, black immigrants, and allies rallied as part of Black Communities for the DREAM (BC4D).
Members of ACT and other community organizations assemble in Harlem for the BC4D rally.
Once again, the NY Legislature left the NY Dream Act out of the state budget, and so ACT initiated the BC4D rally to highlight this omission, and fight for financial aid for undocumented NY students pursuing higher education.
The BC4D rally served as an opportunity to build unity between black immigrant and African-American communities, call on New York's governor and legislature for leadership on the DREAM Act, and lift up the stories of black immigrants.
Although one out of four black New Yorkers is an immigrant, including Africans, Afro-Caribbeans, and Afro-Latinos, black perspectives are often left out of immigration policy discussions.
BC4D was sponsored and co-led by some of New York's most dynamic community organizations, including The Black Institute, the Black Immigration Network, Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees, NY Immigration Coalition, and SEIU 32 BJ.
For many ACT members, this was the first time they had participated in a public demonstration since arriving in the United States...and they left ready to continue raising their voices.
A video of the rally can be found here: