African descent and people of color in general.BIN is a Black-led network which:1. Reflects the communities it serves by having a leadership body made up of people of African descent2. Plays an active role in fostering dialogue on policy formation and implementation and ensuring perspectives of African-American and Black immigrants are included.3. Fosters education and alliance building between communities of African descent.4. Assists communities in examining critical issues surrounding relations between U.S. born Blacks and Black immigrants & refugees.4. Creates, promotes, and initiates strategies to address immigration and refugee issues facing communities of African descent.5. Undertakes documentation and issue periodic reports that focus on the unique experiences of migrantcommunities of African descent and/or receiving African American communities.6. Fosters alliance building between communities of African descent and progressive organizations committed toracial equity, gender justice, economic justice and immigrant rights
BIN Initiatives and Activities
BIN members will be organized into committees and task forces to accomplish its work. These bodies wouldsubmit quarterly reports to the Steering Committee for dissemination to the entire BIN membership. Some of theareas of potential work are:
Strategizing and Information Sharing.
BIN will be a vehicle for briefings, strategizing and information sharingon critical issues (e.g., briefings on migration patterns of Black immigrants from Africa, the Caribbean and LatinAmerica or strategizing about building alliances between African Americans born in the U.S. and black immigrantcommunities).
Joint Projects and Campaigns.
BIN members will collaborate on joint projects (e.g., speaking tours, forums,workshops or advocacy campaigns, like the recent campaigns against the deportation of Haitians and Liberians).It would not be necessary for all BIN members to participate in any given project. Members may choose which project they want to be a part of.
Technical Assistance and Training.
BIN members will share their expertise through technical assistance andtraining for other BIN members (e.g., trainings on alliance building or media outreach).
Policy Position Papers.
BIN committees will prepare policy position papers and submit them to BIN membersfor endorsement.
BIN will build a website and communications network to make itspositions, projects, campaigns and resources readily available to its members, potentialmembers and the general public. BIN will also develop the capacity to get its messagesout through the mainstream, ethnic and alternative media in the U.S. as well as theinternational media.
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