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People of Colour United to Defend Migrants

Posted on 09 February 2011 by admin

Ebrima Sillah interviews GERALD LENOIR, executive director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration.

BAJI brings communities together to support the resistance that U.S. immigrants themselves are organising. Credit: BAJI

BAJI brings communities together to support the resistance that U.S. immigrants themselves are organising. Credit: BAJI

DAKAR, Feb 9 (TerraViva) – The Black Alliance for Just Immigration works to link migrants from all over the world with African-American communities in the United States in order to fight for socio-economic justice.

Far from seeing migrants as potential rivals for jobs as a recession bites deeply into the U.S. workforce, Lenoir says it is in African-Americans interest to support fair and just immigration reform.

Q. What  are the problems of immigration when it comes to Africans in the United States?

A. I think the problem with immigration comes about due to quotas that make it very difficult for people to migrate into the United States.

The United States along with the European powers is distorting their economies within Africa, in fact invading those economies and forcing the flow of migration and also supporting undemocratic regimes that are also forcing the flow of migration because of the lack of rights within the countries of Africa.

So we think that the United States and the West play a very destructive role in terms of the social fabric and the economy of African countries.

Q: What are some of the problems that migrants face after getting to the United States?

A. Racism is very rampant in the United States.  Even though we fought the civil rights struggle, the black power movements of the sixties and seventies, and opened up a democratic space in the United States.

What we’re seeing is that white supremacist groupings are now forming around the issue of immigration and are promoting racial profiling of Latinos and Africans and Afro-Caribbeans and Afro-Latinos and are trying to roll back the rights of people of colour all over the United States.

African immigrants are being caught up in the raids  and the deportations, there are massive raids and deportations going on particularly African immigrants from West African countries are being deported, denied jobs. Patients are being deported…

So we are resisting that and trying to concientise our African-American community to support  the resistance that immigrants themselves are organising. We are trying to bring together our communities together because African-Americans are also impacted by the rise of racism in the United States.



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Central America Raises Its Voice in Defence of Its Migrants

Posted on 02 February 2011 by editor

A Guatemalan family heading to the Mexican border. Credit:Wilfredo Díaz/IPS

By Danilo Valladares

GUATEMALA CITY, Feb 2, 2011 (IPS) – Spiralling violence against Central American migrants in Mexico has prompted legal reforms, diplomatic actions, and the creation of new mechanisms to protect citizens in this region.
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Migrants – Victims of Crime, Not Criminals

Posted on 01 February 2011 by editor

By Emilio Godoy

MEXICO CITY, Feb 1, 2011 (IPS/TerraViva) – Although Central American migrants continue to face all kinds of abuses and even death on their way north through Mexico to the U.S. border, experts and activists have begun to see a slight change in approach to the issue.
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WSF: Positive Reviews, On Balance

Posted on 28 January 2010 by admin

Credit: Claudia Diez de Medina/IPS

By Mario de Queiroz

LISBON, Jan 23, 2010 (IPS) – Nearly a decade after its inception, and in spite of some reverses, on balance the World Social Forum (WSF) has proved a resounding success as a platform for planet-wide debate, from the point of view of the people most affected by the world’s problems.
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WSF: Back Seat Driver of Social Change

Posted on 25 January 2010 by admin

Credit: Paulino Menezes/Terraviva/IPS

By Mario Osava

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 24, 2010 (IPS) – The World Social Forum (WSF) is only “a tool” and must not be confused with the global movement for another world, says Chico Whitaker, one of the founders of this meeting which is celebrating its tenth year with a seminar to assess its track record Jan. 25-29, in its southern Brazilian place of origin, Porto Alegre.
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