Dear Sisters and Brothers:Welcome to the Third National Gathering of the Black Immigration Network (BIN) in Atlanta, GA! We are pleased that you chose to spend your time helping to plan for andorganize the BIN as part of a social justice movement anchored in racial equity, immigrantrights and economic justice.This conference comes at a time of unprecedented polarization of wealth and poverty anda surge in racial and religious bigotry in the U.S. and throughout the world, with recordnumbers of people streaming across borders in search of safety and employment. Wesee BIN as a critical player in fighting back against the rising tide of racism, xenophobiaand economic exploitation that is impacting all of our communities.We are coming together to build BIN as a national alliance that can:1)
Promote an analysis that puts immigrant rights squarely within a racial justiceframework;2)
Develop and implement strategies for bringing our diverse communities togetherto fight for justice; and3)
Advance the leadership of black immigrants within the immigrant rights movement.More concretely, BIN has been envisioned and discussed as a vehicle for its members toshare strategies and resources, organize joint public policy campaigns, and providetraining and technical assistance.We are mindful that we are meeting in the Cradle of the Old Confederacy. The history ofthe struggle of people of African descent for freedom, justice and equality in the Southand throughout the nation will inform our deliberations. We also expect that discussionsabout the root causes of immigration and migration—powerful economic, political andsocial forces that we must confront on a global scale—will be a critical part of theconference.Since the first BIN conference in Baltimore in 2009, we have been working to develop aproposed structure and decision-making process as well as some ideas about BIN’swork. At this conference, we hope you will work with us to further develop theseproposals and to leave Atlanta will a clear path forward.The Black Immigration Network is an idea whose time has come! Together, we can makea difference in our communities, this nation and throughout the world. Thank you for joining us.Sincerely,
BIN Steering Committee Members
James Johnson, Alethia Jones, Chad Jones, Darryl Jordan, Nunu Kidane, GeraldLenoir, Francesca Menes, Paul-Andre Mondesir, Oni Richards, David Thurston,Opal Tometi and Elandria Williams.