Monday, January 15, 2007

MLK Day: Immigrants and Civil Rights; Building Black/Brown & Multiracial Unity in the Globalization Era

Happy MLK Day. I appreciated this great piece from 2 longtime social justice activists from the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area - MLK on immigration and building community among African Americans and newcomers - from Gerald Lenoir, the coordinator of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) and Larisa Casillas, director of the Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition (BAIRC).

See also San Francisco activist Betita Martinez' piece on building Black/Brown unity in North Carolina and the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights' BRIDGE Project: Building a Race and Immigration Dialogue in the Global Economy: Popular Education Resources for Immigrant and Refugee Community Organizers.
For historical context of multiracial coalitions and community alliances see also the Institute for Multiracial Justice, an organization I helped to found 10 years ago under the leadership of Betita Martinez, Carlos Munoz, Miriam Louie and many others. For more recent efforts to build multiracial unity within grassroots communities see building-blackbrown-alliance-la-style.html.

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