African-Americans and Black immigrants are facing a lot of challenges in America. They are being discriminated, unlawfully detained, and even torture.
As it goes, two heads are better than one; these marginalized groups joined hands and formed Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI). The alliance was founded in Oakland, CA in 2006 and headquartered in Brooklyn, New York and other branches in Oakland, Phoenix, and Atlanta.
The group coordinates and fights for racial human rights and immigrant rights through education, bringing to racism and economic sidelining of the blacks.
BAJI executes it responsibilities through Black Immigration Network (BIN). BIN is made up of over 30 organizations and over 50 individuals serving the black community (both immigrants and black-Americans).
BAJI brings together all groups advocating for just treatment of the blacks and are involved in executing campaigns as a group and by offering training and strategies to their members. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
BAJI has witnessed significant milestones in its quest for immigrants’ rights. This is attributed to;
- Very organized and skillful leaders
- Offering comprehensive and practical training coupled with ready technical support
- Skillful use of communication media to educate and motivate their followers
- Maintaining good working relationship with other organizations who have same objectives as theirs
BAJI also has a publication called BAJI Reader. The publication carries articles exposing abuse of immigrants’ rights such as forced labor. These articles are written by leaders from African American, African, Afro-Latino, and Afro-Caribbean.
These leaders are inspired by what they see in their communities. Michael and Lacey seek to use their words to change the perspective and beliefs on immigrants and drive reforms that will cement new outlook of this society.
BAJI alongside other immigrant advocates such as Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, founded by reporters Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, recently decried the act of Supreme Court to reinstate the government ban on Muslims from entering America. They labeled it as a perverse way of discrimination camouflaged as making the United States secure.
The ‘Muslim’ ban, barred immigrants from six Muslim countries including Sudan, Libya, and Somalia from entering America.
The group also highlighted torture and neglect that detained immigrants are going through in the hands of law enforcements. Citing the recent incident where a Panamanian citizen died while detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at Stewart Detention Center (SDC).
Also, BAJI joined other Southerners on New Ground and other black advocates to voice their call for a lift of bond for women in detention. They stated that black women face a lot of dehumanizing gender-based violence in the US through its inhumane prison system.