Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

National "Black Love beyond Borders" Convening to Unite the African World Community: African Americans and U.S. Black Immigrants

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

National "Black Love beyond Borders" Convening to Unite the African World Community: African Americans and U.S. Black Immigrants

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Close to 400 Black community members, leaders, organizers and activists from around the world, including Canada, Dominican Republic, South Africa, Venezuela, Mexico and the United States, participated in the Black Immigration Network (BIN) Kinship Assembly April 8 to April 10 (2016) in Los Angeles, California. Gathering with the theme Black Love Beyond Borders, the event was the 5th national convening of the Black Immigration Network.

BIN, the nation's only black-led national organization of more than 40 immigrant rights groups, brought the activists together to help tackle myriad issues facing Black immigrants and African Americans in the fight for justice in the U.S. The assembly addressed a wide variety of topics including immigrant rights, refugee rights, physical and mental health, labor and workers' rights, international human rights/land struggles, LGBTQ issues, mass criminalization--detention, deportation, incarceration and surveillance, Islamophobia and international feminism.

Nationally and internationally respected Black leaders attended the convening including Emira Woods, Charlene Carruthers, umi selah, Lumumba Bundle, dream hampton and Elle Hearns. …

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