Colin Rajah: Coordinator, Global Coalition on Migration (GCM)
Moderator: Gerald Lenoir, co-founder of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)
In the first five months of 2015, 150,000+ migrants have crossed the Mediterranean heading towards Europe. Over 2,000 have died in the attempt, thousands more are missing and presumed dead. The Mediterranean has earned the title “the deadliest Sea in the world.”
This briefing looks at facts, figures, and patterns of the flows of migrants, from Africa and the Middle East. It will examine the “push and pull factors” that inform migrants' decisions to take life-threatening risks to flee their homes or seek better opportunities. The European Union’s policy towards the unprecedented flow of migrants has been a controversial mix of humanitarian relief and militarized force focused on smugglers and border control. The briefing analyses those actions compared to UN policy, as well as reactions from the Arab States and the African Union. The briefing will pay particular attention towards root causes of increased global migration, examining historic context, as well as contemporary issues of rising racism and xenophobia.
Join the Ivorian community and their friends as they celebrate the 55th anniversary of Côte d’Ivoire's Independence! Live performances by Fely Tchaco, Brother Ayouba, Joseph Wlako, and Jesse Sah Bi.
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Harambee Foundation Summer Jam
10 a.m. | Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach, Alameda, CA
Join the Harambee Foundation and Bay Area Kenyan community in their annual summer celebration of family. Lots of games, food, and opportunities to connect. All ages welcome.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Umoja African Festival
10 a.m. | Lowell Park, West Oakland, CA
Founded in 2013 the Umoja Festival is a grassroots effort developed out of the idea of unity (Umoja, the word for “unity” in Swahili) that takes seriously the goal to connect, revive, educate, and unify the marginalized voices of all those in the African Diaspora currently living in the Bay Area. More details at theumojafestival.com.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
African Diaspora Dialogues
9:15 a.m. | Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA
The African Diaspora Dialogues present an opportunity to engage in a transformative transnational dialogue on race, identity and culture held between Black immigrant and refugee communities and African Americans.
The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS) at Pacific School of Religion would like to invite you to this special half-day convening on advancing the well-being of LGBTIQ refugees, asylees and asylum seekers in the SF Bay Area.
Contact CLGS’ LGBT International Advocacy Intern, Abraham Darly at adarly@clgs[dot]org for more information.