Mission: To strengthen the national movement to end racism and the economic disenfranchisement of African-American and black immigrant communities.
About the Organization: Founded in 2006 by Rev. Kelvin Sauls, a South African immigrant, and Rev. Phillip Lawson, a civil rights leader and co-founder/co-chair of the California Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (now the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity), the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) engages in education, advocacy, and cross-cultural alliance-building. Based on the belief that a thriving multiracial democracy requires racial, social, and economic justice for all, the organization works to address persistent racism in the United States and the discrimination, racial profiling, and disproportionate rates of detention and deportation affecting black immigrants from Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. BAJI currently is led by Opal Tometi, a Nigerian American and one of the co-founders of #BlackLivesMatter.
Current Programs: The organization's programs and activities include local BAJI Organizing Committees, a leadership program and organizing platform for activists in New York, Georgia, California, and Arizona working to build coalitions and launch racial justice campaigns, and the national Black Immigration Network, which works to boost the effectiveness of campaigns aimed at effecting policy change and coordinates advocacy work with other immigrants' rights organizations, faith-based and racial justice groups, and civil rights organizations.
Projects also include the Communications and Media Education on Race in America (CAMERA) program, which produces and disseminates content and educational materials that explore race, racism, immigration, and related issues; the Faith Advocacy for Immigrants and Refugees (FAIR) project, which provides education and training to churches, mosques, and faith-based organizations in African-American and immigrant communities; and the State of Black Immigrants Research Institute, which provides research reports, fact sheets, briefings, and advocacy tools and convenes academics and activists to lift up and advance issues of concern to the black diaspora.
Website: Visitors to the BAJI site can learn more about the alliance's programs; keep up with the latest developments via the organization's blog; and/or browse a variety of resources, including reports, webinars, videos, and tool kits. Visitors to the site also can support the organization by making an online donation or purchase.
Funding: The Black Alliance for Just Immigration is funded by foundations and individuals.