2016 Black Immigration Network Kinship Assembly

Program At-A-Glance

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Friday April 8, 2016

9:00 AM: Registration – Coffee – Light Breakfast

10:00 AM: Welcome – Kinship Assembly Opening

10:30 AM: Diaspora Cafe – Interactive Session: Getting to Know Our Kinship

11:00 AM: African Diaspora Dialogues – led by Priority Africa Network and BAJI .  African Diaspora Dialogues: A guide to building and strengthening ‘ties that bind’ between new and existing communities of the African diaspora in the United States. Raising PanAfrican consciousness and building transnational alliances.

12:30: LUNCH –  Plenary: The State of Black Immigrants – Moderated by Carl Lipscombe, Legal and Policy Manager, BAJI. 

  • Amaha Kassa, Executive Director, African Communities Together
  • Shiu-Ming Cheer, Senior Staff Attorney & Field Coordinator, National Immigration Law Center
  • Ronald Coleman, Government Affairs Manager, California Immigrant Policy Center
  • Sakira Cook, Counsel, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

1:30: Centering on Kinship

2:00: Workshop Session I –  Deepening Analysis and Understanding – Choose 1 to attend

  • The Real Crime Part I – Race/Globalization/Migration

  • Killing Me Softly – Structural Racism, Forced Migration and Health Inequity

  • Black AND Muslim AND…

  • The Invisibles: Centering our LGBTQI Siblings in the fight for our rights

  • International Black Struggles

3:30: Workshop Session 2 –  Deepening Analysis and Skill Building – Choose 1 to attend

  • The Real Crime  Part II – Mass Criminalization of our Communities

  • Black Workers Matter – The Importance of Organizing Black Workers

  • On Health and Wholeness: Culturally Responsive Healing of Mind Body and Spirit

  • @&%#! ICE! Resisting Detention and Deportation

  • Black Women and Girls

  • The Global Human Rights Movement: Is it For or Against Us?

  • Dismantling Borders, Transforming Researching: The Work and Narratives of Black Immigrant Academics/Activists

5:00 PM –  Fellowship Break – Caucuses and Consultants Cafe

*Consultants Cafe – Do you desire to better develop your organization? Do you think that coaching from an experienced Director of a movement building organization could help you?  Sign-up to speak with an expert on community-based organizational development for one-on-one coaching.

6:00 PM Evening Plenary – Organizing at the Intersection – Moderated by Trina Jackson – Coordinator, Network of Immigrant and African American Solidarity (NIAAS).

  • Marybeth Onyeaukwu, Black Immigration Network
  • Abraham Paulos,  Families for Freedom
  • Tefere Gebre, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations 
  • Celeste Faison, National Domestic Workers Alliance/We Dream in Black
  • Ola Osaze, Transgender Law Center

8:00 PM Closing Reception

Saturday April 9th

8:30 AM: Registration – Coffee – Light Breakfast

9:00 AM: Opening Session – Opening Griot Day 1 – Preview Day 2,3

9:30  AM: Black Immigration Network Orientation

10:00 AM: Morning Plenary: From Los Angeles to Lagos: A Local to Global Perspective on Black Liberation. Moderated by Opal Tometi, Executive Director Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)

  • Lumumba Bandele, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
  • Emira Woods, International Feminist and U.S. Foreign Policy Expert
  • José Chucho Garcia,  Center for Afroamerican Studies at the Universidad Cental de Venezuela (UCV). AFROAMERICA
  • Altagracia Jean Joseph, Human Rights Activist – Dominican Republic
  • umi selah, Dream Defenders

11:30 AM: Workshop Session 3- Skills and Capacity Building Workshops Choose 1 to attend

  • REFRAMME: Radical Education on Migration and Media Engagement – with Shanell Mathews and Manolia Charlotin

  • Fundraising Skills with Marjorie Fine

  • Shift the Culture – Culture Organizing with dream hampton

  • Secure Communications

  • BIN Talks – Organizing Case Studies

12:30: Workshop Session 4   – Culture and Expression

  • African Drum and Dance

  • Storytelling

  • Art- Poster Making

  • African Headwrapping

  • Songs and Chants

1:30 PM: Lunch Break

2:30 PM Strategy Sessions:

  • Divest/Invest: Getting Our Cities Out of the Mass Criminalization Business

  • Labor and Economic Justice

  • Solidarity Across the Diaspora: Mobilizing a Global Kinship Movement

  • UndocuBlack

  • Media

  • Immigration Enforcement

  • Haiti

4:30 PM: Working Group Griot (Report Out) and Closing Activity

7:00 PM: Join the BAJI 10th Anniversary Gala Featuring Special Guest Goapele! Tickets at – www.BlackAlliance.org/Gala

Sunday April 10

11:00 AM: Healing –  Faith Services – Holman United Methodist Church or Agapa International Spiritual Center (Choose 1)

Local Tours: Little Ethiopia or Leimert Park (Optional)

1:00 PM: In Community Sessions  – Leimert Park

  • Khemetic Yoga
  • Zumba with Garifuna Flavor
  • Health Through Heritage – African Foodways
  • Gourd Instrument Crafting
  • Reproductive Justice – Affirming Our Bodies
  • AfroLatinos in LA
  • Race and Wall Street – The Color of Money
  • Building Multiracial Coalitions in LA

3:00 PM: Community Resource Fair – Prop 47, Immigration Screenings and more!

3:00 PM: Community Drum Circle


Holman United Methodist Church
3320 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018

The 2016 Kinship Assembly will take place in sunny Los Angeles, CA. LA is home to a rich history of Black leadership in political and social justice organizing, and today boasts one of the fastest growing populations of African and Caribbean immigrants. Conference activities will take place at the historic Holman United Methodist Church in the West Adams Community.

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