Black Organizing Editors

BIMThe Black Immigration Network’s (BIN) National convening in late April 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia marked an exceptionally difficult period for black immigrants, African Americans and other people of color. Despite the rhetoric that the election of Barack Obama has ushered in a new “post-racial era”, individual, institutional and structural racism is still alive and well in the U.S. and across the world.  All of our communities are besieged by the effects of a society-wide economic crisis; the demonization and criminalization of people of color, including immigrants; and a surge in racist ideology and white supremacist groups as well as racist and xenophobic federal, state and local laws and policies.  The case of Trayvon Martin is only the latest example of a virulent trend in U.S. society.

On the issue of immigration, the rightwing framework still holds considerable sway in the U.S., especially, but not only, among white people.  The frame posits that immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants are criminals, pose a threat to national security, suck jobs and resources from native born Americans, and threaten the national identity of white citizens.  Increasing militarization of the border, aggressive detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants, limited labor rights and restrictions on public benefits for immigrants are key demands of anti-immigrant groups.

Black Organizing Editors

lettertomovementOur first post was a Black Organizers call to action! We wanted to start a community dialogue by writing letters that shared thoughts, truth and our power. We're excited to share one of our first letters and encourage everyone to keep writing. This Black channel is ours to create a dialogue that inspires and challenges us. We want to discuss all matters of race, class, gender, sexuality, and geography as it relates to our movement work. It's a space for us to support, provoke, laugh, and challenge each other. It's ours for what we need it to be. To write your letter – Click this link: Letter to the Movement from a member of the Black Organizing Community. Thank you to all those letter writers out there, keep them coming! We'll share others in the weeks to follow.

Dear Black Organizing Community,

We are writing this open letter as an invitation to engage in conversations for the sake of ourselves and the communities we are working to transform.  We are two sisters from the Black Diaspora who have been, and continue to be, interested in what experiences and knowledge our communities have to share about our organizing work for the movement, for the liberation of our people.