8/13 PressConference: African Immigrant Recommendations on US Africa Summit
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
CAMEROON AMERICAN COUNCIL
Press Conference on African Immigrant Recommendations on the (post) US Africa Leaders Summit.
Wednesday, August 13th 2014
8:00AM Refreshment Served
8:30AM Press Conference
Where:529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Zenger Room
Washington, DC 20045
202-662-7500 (NPC Office)
Who: Cameroon American Council and African Immigrant Advocates/Allies
Congressman Jose Serrano of Bronx, NY
Congresswoman Yvette Clarke of Brooklyn, NY
Sylvie Bello, Cameroon American Council
Dominic Tamin, Empak Corp.
Bertha Lewis, The Black Institute
Jennifer Gray-Brumskine, African Women in Staten Island
Ahmadou Diallo, Pottal Fii Bhantal Fouta Djallon Association
Stephanie Arthur, Africa Leadership Project
Opal Tomenti, Black Immigration Network
Sira Sylla, Miss Guinea USA
Bukola Shonuga, Welcome America/NIDO-NYC
Ms. Ndali Kashume, SpeakingWombs
(List in formation)
At the conclusion of President Obama's historic US Africa Leaders Summit, African Immigrant advocates and their allies are disappointed at the omission of comprehensive immigration reform and other African immigrant priorities.
The Cameroon American Council and our African immigrant allies will unveil five (5) critical recommendations as a post US-Africa Leaders Summit follow-up. These include:
1. Requesting President Obama to meet with African Immigrants and allies on African Immigrant priorities on Immigration Reform.
2.. Re-introduction of House Resolution (H.RES. 369) which recognizes September as National African Immigrant Heritage Month.
3. Establishing September 25th to 30th 2014 as National African Immigrant Heritage Legislative Week.
4. Establishing within US Congress of a Congressional African Immigrant Caucus.
5. Prioritizing Immigration as a provision within the re-authorization of AGOA
Back in May 2014, the Cameroon American Council's National African Immigrant and Refugees Health Advocate Program, mobilized Africans and allies through a change.org petition requesting President Obama to include the contributions and challenges of African immigrants at the Summit's agenda.
In June 2014, Congress members Jose Serrano, Yvette Clarke and 35 other US Congressmembers wrote to the President, asking him to prioritize immigration reform, as this is a determinant of investment and trade with the continent of Africa.
In July of 2014, the more than 8 million people of New York City, via their City Council, passed Resolution 357 calling on President Obama to include immigration reform on the US African Leaders Summit.
About the Cameroon American Council (CAC)
The Cameroon American Council (CAC) is a Washington, DC based leading African Immigrant Advocacy Organization. Its mission is to build capacity, relevance and visibility within African communities in the US. The Cameroon American Council carries out its mission through innovative health policy and outreach, arts advocacy and audience development and capacity building of African Leaders and African institutions/businesses. Its multidisciplinary approach to advocacy has being hailed by The Washington Post as the “First Program of Its Kind”. The Cameroon American Council has been extensively covered by both African Media and Mainstream media.
CAC’s national network reaches over 500,000 African immigrants and allies across the United States.
In 2011, the Founder/CEO Sylvie Bello was recognized by the African Immigrant Magazine as the Top 100 Africans Making a Difference in America. Sylvie was honored by Montgomery County Executive in September 2013 during African Immigrant Heritage Month for her leadership in African Immigrant Advocacy.