strategic programs and activities
BAJI Organizing Committees (BOCs)
A leadership program and organizing mechanism for directly affected Black immigrants and African Americans. Developing a core of leaders in the local cities where BAJI has staff is imperative to deepening engagement with community members, establishing capacity for advocacy goals and for the overall effectiveness of BAJI. Volunteers from the local community agree to join the BAJI Organizing Committee (BOC) and engage in internal political education and participate and/or initiate campaigns or other related work.
The Black Immigration Network (BIN)
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.
Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) Program
BAJI Staff 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 tailored curricula and training.
The Communications And Media Education on Race in America (CAMERA) Program
CAMERA produces original content and materials, and utilizes existing printed and audiovisual educational materials on race, racism, immigration and related issues, primarily targeting Black immigrants and African American communities. The program also arranges radio and television 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.) and blogging to popularize BAJI perspectives on race, immigration and globalization. BAJI also hosts press conferences, teleconferences and briefings for journalists.
Advocacy STAND (Solidarity and Taking Action for New Directions) Program
Through advocacy and direct action BAJI initiatives its own campaigns and initiatives with the BAJI Organizing Committees and/or in collaboration with other organizations to impact public policy at the local, state and national levels.
The Faith Advocacy for Immigrants and Refugees (FAIR) Project
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.
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 State of Black Immigrants Research Institute
The State of Black Immigrants Research Institute produces innovative research reports, policy advisories and fact sheets; briefings for key stakeholders including community leaders, elected officials, media outlets, and philanthropic organizations; advocacy tools for Black organizations and allies; and convenes academics and activists to uplift and advance issues facing the Black diaspora. BAJI maintains active research partnerships with top tier academic institutions including New York University School of Law, University of California Los Angeles Labor Center, and University of Southern California, and individual scholars.
BAJI CLINIC (Cultural and Legal Immigration Navigation for Interdependent Communities)
Dynamic and Integrated Immigration Support Services for Black immigrants. Through BAJI’s newly designed and accredited program Black immigrant community members have access to reputable and affordable immigration legal services and education. Cultural competency in addition to accessibility is key. Through a combination of in-house service provision and collaboration Black immigrants find support to navigate their unique circumstances while connecting to empowering organizing opportunities.