As immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers from Mexico, Central and South America, Africa and the Caribbean seek entry in the US at the border with Mexico, the discourse on global migration has gotten shrill and disingenuous. The human rights of migrants are being violated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, Border Patrol agents, police officers and vigilante groups everyday. The root causes of migration and US complicity in forcing people to leave their home countries are obscured. A panel of activists and academics will shed light on the crisis in US policy that has led to the displacement and demonization of migrants.
Alma Maquitico is the co-director of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Her work has centered on developing initiatives to address rural development, climate change, and human rights. Over the past twenty years, she has provided technical assistance to various grassroots organizations addressing food, agriculture, and ecological sustainability with migrant and refugee communities on the US-Mexico borderlands. Additionally, Alma has helped built grassroots networks to monitor and document human rights violations resulting from immigration enforcement in communities along the US-Mexico border.
BLACK ALLIANCE for JUST IMMIGRATION (BAJI)
Nana Gyamfi is the executive director of BAJI . She received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law. She brings with her over three decades of service to the Movement for Black liberation, and over twenty years of experience directing Black social justice organizations and networks. Nana is a human rights and criminal defense attorney, a professor in the Pan African Studies Department at the California State University Los Angeles, and radio personality who hosts two popular shows in Los Angeles, CA. She is also the president of the National Conference of Black Lawyers (NCBL). As a seasoned organizer and activist, Nana has been involved with and led various local, national, and international social justice organizations for over thirty years.
COALITION FOR HUMANE IMMIGRANT RIGHTS
Angelica is the executive director of CHIRLA and a state and national leader in advocacy for immigration reform and immigrant justice. She was instrumental in the formation of the Executive Committee of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) and the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), two of the country’s largest immigrant rights coalitions. Angelica is a recognized grassroots leader that plays a national leadership role in all major immigration reform campaigns and serves as a national spokesperson for immigrant communities and immigrant rights campaigns. Angelica comes to her understanding of immigrants and immigration first hand, she and her entire family lived in the country undocumented, experienced deportation, and were able to legalize their status.
COALICION DE DERECHOS HUMANOS
Isabel Garciais the co-chair of the Coalición de Derechos Humanos, a grassroots organization based in Tucson, Arizona, that promotes respect for human and civil rights and fights the militarization of the border region in the American Southwest. She is also a retired legal defender of Pima County, Arizona. Ms. Garcia has been at the forefront of immigrant and refugee rights since 1976. As a lead speaker on behalf of Derechos Humanos, Ms. Garcia holds press conferences and interviews, hosts media crews, leads demonstrations, weekly vigils, symposiums, and marches to draw attention to unjust policies and inhumane treatment of immigrants. She works to counter anti-immigrant hysteria and to change stereotypes and misinformation about immigrants
Elsadig Elsheikh, Moderator
OTHERING & BELONGING INSTITUTE
Elsadig Elsheikh is the Director of the Global Justice Program at the Othering & Belonging Institute, where he oversees the program’s projects on corporate power, food systems, forced migration, inclusiveness index, Islamophobia, and human rights mechanisms; and manages the Shahidi Project, and the Nile Project. Elsadig's research interests focus on the themes and socio-political dynamics related to state and citizenship; race and corporate power; and measuring social policies of exclusion and inclusion.
About this Series
This Livestream series, “Rise Up For Justice: Black Lives and Our Collective Future,” from the Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley, is providing space for cutting edge conversations among activists, scholars, journalists, and other thought leaders to provide context and analysis on this transformative moment and envision what comes next in the movement for racial justice.
A Black-led movement demanding police accountability and justice has galvanized anger, grief, and frustration over the repeated killings of Black men and women both historically and in the present day—but also hope for a future rooted in true belonging. People worldwide are participating in a pivotal uprising that will reshape not only our relationship with Black communities but also our collective future. Launched in June 2020 in response to the murder of George Floyd.
THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS FOR SUPPORTING THIS SERIES
UC Berkeley School of Public Health, ACLU of Northern California, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Mijente, Warehouse Worker Resource Center, Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, Black Voters Matters Fund, Healthy Black Families, Inc., Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Rural Community Workers Alliance, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Texas Organizing Project, Advancement Project, Africans Rising, Athletes for Impact, APALA NV, California Calls, Center for Knowledge Equity, Community Action Partnership, Elect Justice, Family Action Network Movement, GARE, Greater Good Science Center, Health Impact Partners, I'm Making a Difference, International SEIU, Jewish Voice for Peace, Make it Work NV, Make the Road NV, More in Common, MOSES MI, National Center for Law and Economic Justice, New Florida Majority, Policylink, Community Change Action, Race Forward, Revolve Impact, SEIU NV, Texas Organizing Project, University of California at Berkeley, Visíon y Compromiso, Vote.org, Wayne State University (Detroit Equity Lab) and the Workers Center for Racial Justice.
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