BAJI’s current programs and activities include:
1) The Faith Advocacy for Immigrants and Refugees (FAIR) Project is an Oakland-based collaboration with the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice of the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE), Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) and the Interfaith Program of the East Bay Housing Alliance (EBHO). FAIR provides education and training on “faith, race and immigration” to churches, mosques and faith-based organizations in African American communities and diverse immigrant communities. The project also provides opportunities for faith-based organizations to support fair and just immigration policies. Currently, the project is focused on advocacy for increased Family Visas for Haitians. Last year, BAJI began working with faith leaders in Alabama and Georgia, providing speakers, training, technical assistance and communications assistance.
2) African Diaspora Dialogues (ADD) and African American-Immigrant Dialogues (AAID). ADD is a joint project with Priority Africa Network, a coalition of 25 Bay Area African immigrant, faith-based, community-based and service providing organizations. BAJI and PAN collaborate with local organizations in Los Angeles and other cities to create safe spaces for U.S.-born African Americans and African, Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latino immigrants to come together to discuss issues of race, racism, identity, immigration and globalization. Project participants also dialogue about the misconceptions and stereotypes that U.S.-born African Americans and African immigrants hold about each other. AAID is a similar program that brings African Americans together with diverse immigrant communities around similar issues. Both dialogues are geared toward bringing communities to the table to discuss their common interests, common experiences and common public policy agendas. The cities that are the focus of the dialogues are Oakland, Los Angeles, Phoenix, New York, Boston and Newark, NJ.
3) The Black Immigration Network (BIN) is a national network of African American-led and black immigrant-led organizations dedicated to increasing the understanding between African American and black immigrant communities; supporting member groups through training and technical assistance; organizing spaces for the sharing or organizing and community education strategies; coordinating national and regional campaigns to effect policy changes that benefit black immigrants and African Americans; coordinating national advocacy work with other immigrants rights organizations and networks, faith-based groups, racial justice groups and civil rights organizations.
4) The Communications And Media Education on Race in America (CAMERA) Program produces and utilizes existing printed and audiovisual educational materials on race, racism, immigration and related issues, primarily targeting African American communities. The program also arranges media interviews as well as articles and op-ed placements in national and local mainstream, African American, ethnic and alternative media. In addition, the program utilizes social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.) to popularize BAJI perspectives on race, immigration and globalization. BAJI has recently completed a communications plan to maximize its impact.
5) BAJI’s Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) Program provides services to community organizers and leaders in framing immigrant rights as a racial justice and economic justice issues; developing organizing strategies, programs and events to reach African American and immigrant audiences; addressing myths and stereotypes that African American and immigrants hold about each other; and developing curricula and training methodologies. BAJI is focusing its efforts on supporting African American-led and immigrant-led groups on the ground in Alabama, Georgia and Arizona.
6) The BAJI Speakers’ Bureau trains BAJI members to make presentations on immigration and racial justice issues and coordinates speaking engagements. BAJI staff and members speak at conferences, forums, religious services, workshops, trainings, community meetings, schools and colleges across the country. BAJI cosponsors many of these gatherings.
7) STAND! is Solidarity and Taking Action for New Directions. Through advocacy and solidarity actions, BAJI works in collaboration with other organizations to impact public policy at the local, state and national levels. The campaigns that BAJI staff and volunteers have participated in include municipal ID campaigns in Oakland and Richmond, Calif., an anti-Secure Communities campaign in Alameda County; California statewide campaigns for pro-immigrants polices; and national campaigns against the raids, detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants as well as campaigns for just immigration reform, increased Humanitarian Parole and Family Visas for Haitians and Permanent Status for Liberians. BAJI is also supporting groups in Alabama, Georgia and Arizona who are organizing against anti-immigration legislation.