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SAFE Fall 2020 Convening: A Conversation with Black Leaders on Race and the Immigrants' Rights Movement - Shared screen with speaker view
Shayna Kessler (Vera, SAFE Initiative | she/her)
48:36
https://www.vera.org/projects/safe-network/form
Shayna Kessler (Vera, SAFE Initiative | she/her)
50:31
Please feel free to write in this chat any names of those you have lost and would like to remember if you feel comfortable doing so.
Deborah (she/her) BLMP
50:57
Nebane Abienwi
Kayla Moore (IRC Dallas, she/her)
51:12
Samuel Ray Moore, Jr.
Courtney Lee (Vera, SAFE Initiative, they/she)
52:08
Thank you for sharing those additional names.
Toni Carter- Ramsey County Commissioner
52:43
Philando Castile
Shayna Kessler (Vera, SAFE Initiative | she/her)
59:03
Caroline, Deborah was discussing the Garifuna people
Deborah (she/her) BLMP
59:29
Yes and Black LGBTQ Migrant Project(BLMP) has a Garifuna Committee within our organization.
Courtney Lee (Vera, SAFE Initiative, they/she)
01:00:17
Please feel free to continue to ask questions for our panelists here or in the Q&A function, and we will answer as we go or queue them up for the Q&A at the end. Thank you!
Shayna Kessler (Vera, SAFE Initiative | she/her)
01:02:49
Alice, Commissioner Carter represents Ramsey County, Minnesota
Courtney Lee (Vera, SAFE Initiative, they/she)
01:08:14
This is strong analysis, All. Feel free to continue to respond to each other as well. We're good on time.
Patricia Miller
01:08:16
Re: Philando Castille: The video of that baby girl trying to calm her momma down so that law enforcement wouldn't shoot her too still breaks my heart. Everything that you are sharing with us is resonating with me in a huge way. Thank you so much for presenting today and representing the beautiful black diaspora in immigration. You're sparking many ideas for my own community right now.
Shayna Kessler (Vera, SAFE Initiative | she/her)
01:15:32
These are the websites for our moderator's and panelists' organizations:- BAJI: https://baji.org/- BLMP: https://transgenderlawcenter.org/programs/blmp- IRC – Dallas: https://www.rescue.org/united-states/dallas-tx- Ramsey County, MN: https://www.ramseycounty.us/
Courtney Lee (Vera, SAFE Initiative, they/she)
01:22:25
Here are the organizations that Deborah just shared: Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Haitian Bridge Alliance, Black Immigrant Collective, UndocuBlack Network
Deborah (she/her) BLMP
01:26:09
Learn more about SzaSza's story here. bit.ly/FREESzaSza
Courtney Lee (Vera, SAFE Initiative, they/she)
01:31:52
A gentle time check: we're right on time. It's 3:46, and we have a few questions in the Q&A. Those questions ask about policies that leave our Black migrants, how to build more trusting relationships with detained clients, and encouragement for Black and Brown attorneys to take up the call for deportation defense.
Courtney Lee (Vera, SAFE Initiative, they/she)
01:32:38
leave out*
Annette Price
01:33:00
Hello everyone. Thank you to all the speakers on the panel today. Annette Price, Grassroots Leadership, Austin, Texas
Tsion Gurmu BAJI (she/hers)
01:33:27
Should we skip the the Philadelphia Council member’s question and go straight to the last question?
Courtney Lee (Vera, SAFE Initiative, they/she)
01:33:38
Thank you so much for being here today, Annette.
Courtney Lee (Vera, SAFE Initiative, they/she)
01:34:09
We're good! Stick to the Councilmember's question please :)
Tsion Gurmu BAJI (she/hers)
01:34:15
OK
Courtney Lee (Vera, SAFE Initiative, they/she)
01:34:58
You can pass over the Q&A back to Arisel by 4:15, and I'll prompt you closer to then.
Courtney Lee (Vera, SAFE Initiative, they/she)
01:36:05
Tsion, you're also welcome to skip the last question altogether and just answer it yourself with the calls to action + sign-on plug. The calls to action essentially answer that question.
Tsion Gurmu BAJI (she/hers)
01:36:29
Ok- I’ll see where time is at that pt
Hanne Sandison
01:39:04
In affirming all that you're saying, I also want to highlight the importance of BIPOC immigration judges. In my experience, judges of color have a much deeper understanding and recognition of the burdens on our clients and the barriers in their way. Obviously they are still limited by the law and system, but their understanding and grasp of our clients' experiences is invaluable.
Courtney Lee (Vera, SAFE Initiative, they/she)
01:40:14
YES TSION! Thanks for combining those. I think that was the right call. :)
Courtney Lee (Vera, SAFE Initiative, they/she)
01:45:28
I think you have enough time to re-up that last question Tsion.
Shayna Kessler (Vera, SAFE Initiative | she/her)
01:46:15
Please enter your questions into this chat or the Q&A
Shayna Kessler (Vera, SAFE Initiative | she/her)
01:46:51
1. Ensure Black voices are centered in the immigration conversation and public narrative regarding immigrants’ rights.2. Ensure that Black leadership is part of key decision making and agenda setting in immigration advocacy.3. Challenge anti-Blackness in our movements, coalitions, and communities wherever we see it.4. Support local efforts to divest from harmful structures (e.g., policing) and invest in Black communities.5. Support and advance efforts like universal representation for all immigrants facing deportation.
Shayna Kessler (Vera, SAFE Initiative | she/her)
01:48:04
Here's the site to sign on: https://www.vera.org/projects/safe-network/form
Courtney Lee (Vera, SAFE Initiative, they/she)
01:49:29
That was such a powerful conversation, thanks All - just a few questions. We're at 4:03 and will end the Q&A around 4:28.
Breanne Palmer
01:53:16
Thank you so much for that insight, Deborah—the lack of frequent dissemination of immigration updates in our Black communities. Even more reason to keep framing immigration as an explicitly Black issue and pushing that narrative and learning forward.
Breanne Palmer
01:57:39
That’s right—while I was clerking at the immigration court, I saw outrageous bond amounts for Black and (truly) darker-skinned respondents.
Courtney Lee (Vera, SAFE Initiative, they/she)
01:59:30
@Tsion you are more than welcome to answer any of these questions as well!
Breanne Palmer
02:00:02
Thank you all!
Deborah (she/her) BLMP
02:00:48
Yes Breanne! Exactly this is why we need to divest from ICE and their $8.4 Billion budget. Imagine $40K bonds! How many houses for working class people can we make down payments on if we divested from ICE/CBP?
Deborah (she/her) BLMP
02:03:54
Tsion you should answer this one too!
Tsion Gurmu BAJI (she/hers)
02:04:04
I will
Deborah (she/her) BLMP
02:07:56
Yesss! What Kayla and Tsion said we need as many Black imm attorneys who fight for clients as much as possible because there's ALOT OF SCAMMERS out here!
Breanne Palmer
02:08:21
VERY interested in this BAJI/L4BL collaboration opportunity for Black imm attorneys!
Shayna Kessler (Vera, SAFE Initiative | she/her)
02:08:47
Immigrant Justice Corps: https://justicecorps.org/
Deborah (she/her) BLMP
02:09:22
Commeee onnn Recruitmenttt!
Tsion Gurmu BAJI (she/hers)
02:10:48
Feel free to contact me at tsion@BAJI.org
Deborah (she/her) BLMP
02:14:36
Deborah- Deborah@blmp.org
Kayla Moore (IRC Dallas, she/her)
02:14:55
Happy to chat more - kayla.moore@rescue.org
Corey Lazar
02:15:02
Thank you so much amazing panelists!
Annie Chen
02:15:18
Thank you all!
Ellen Beattie
02:15:24
Thank you!!
Carlos PENA REYES
02:15:25
thx