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African Services Committee Update 
Photo by ASC Co-Executive Director
Kim Nichols

NYC AIDS Memorial dedication ceremony on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1. The engraved granite includes sections from Walt Whitman's Song of Myself
Advocacy and Remembrance:  
World AIDS Day 2016

Dec. 1, 2016: While ASC advocates rallied on Capitol Hill with fellow activists to urge U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan not to cut Federally-funded health programs, ASC staff also took part in many of New York City World AIDS Day observances, including a dedication of the newly constructed NYC AIDS Memorial in the West Village. The memorial ceremony comprised a reading of names, poetry and musical performances, as well as words from elected and government officials and community members. 
Image by ASC Policy Advocate Bakary Tandia
"We have this opportunity to stem the tide and push for HIV treatment for all, but if Federal funding remains flat or is decreased... we will see infection rates rise and all the good work that has been accomplished will be rolled back and the epidemic could reintroduce itself," ASC's Director of Advocacy Amanda Lugg recently said on PBS WCNY radio. Listen here.  
"This is our worst nightmare."

ASC's ICLC Host Post 
Election Info Session
ICLC Attorneys Discussed President-Elect's Immigration Reform Platform

African Services Committee's conference space was filled with immigrants eager to hear ASC Immigrant Community Law Center attorneys and ASC advocates discuss the president-elect's immigration reform platform and the legislative process required to implement their platform in hope of dispelling myths and misunderstandings and of preventing legal service provider fraud. 

ASC's ICLC attorney Jessica Greenberg speaks
with BBC Africa World Service radio about the future of immigration law following the U.S. presidential election. Click here to listen to the report
(segment begins around minute 14). 
If you missed the event, which streamed live on Facebook, you can watch it here.

Immigrant Community Law Center, or ICLC, was founded by African Services Committee to provide high-quality, affordable, and trustworthy immigration legal representation. Serving all immigrants of all backgrounds, ICLC is staffed by a dedicated and culturally competent multilingual team of qualified attorneys and paralegals.


Visit www.immigrantcommunitylaw.org to learn more and check out ICLC's Facebook page.

Represent! Check out ASC's Latest Annual R

From a remarkable look at ASC client, Yanique, to a spotlight on ASC Ethiopia, to a feature on our Case Management team, 2015 was a spectacular year. Click here to download a printable PDF of the 2015 Annual Report. Big thanks to award-winning Mackenzie Crone for once again designing the report! 

NBLCA's Health Action TV: Reaching African Immigrants on HIV/AIDS

Watch former Manhattan Borough President and head of National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA) , C. Virginia Fields, speak with ASC's Case Manager and Policy Advocate, Bakary Tandia, about ASC's on-the-ground work improving the health and self-sufficiency of the immigrant community. Thanks to Manhattan Neighborhood Network -MNN 's NBLCA's Health Action TV!

Cooking Up a Healthy Thanksgiving Feast

African Services Committee Nutrition Program staff recently served up a nutritious and delicious Thanksgiving feast to nutrition program participants.

Roughly 40 clients enjoyed a choice of baked chicken, salmon or turkey, tossed green salad, fruit salad, brown rice and quinoa, string beans with peppers, mixed vegetables, seltzer water and fruit juice.

Participants learned how to safely defrost and cook a full turkey, along with simple steps to make the holiday season healthier. At the end of the session each client took home a special Thanksgiving holiday-prep pantry bag consisting of a food thermometer, cookbook, their choice of either a full turkey or chicken, herbs to season the meat, and cranberry sauce.

African Services' food pantry serves more than 6,500 individuals and families each year in need of supplemental nutrition. In addition to supplemental nutrition, pantry staff and volunteers lead weekly nutrition and cooking classes to assist clients in making the right nutrition choices for themselves and their families. Each household receives a one-week supply of non-perishable food items. We also provide organic fruits and vegetables in the summer months through a partnership with the Central Harlem Community Supported Agriculture Program.

A donation to ASC will support the surge of people coming through our doors frightened and seeking answers about their health, safety, ability to stay together as a family and their ability to work.

Please click here to donate today.  

African Services Committee staff turned out recently to bid farewell to beloved and ever-diligent staff attorney Steve Sacco (pictured above back row, center with ASC's legal team) who is headed to Legal Aid Society after serving clients at ASC for three years. You'll be missed Steve!

Critical Support Needed for ASC Ethiopia  

ASC's Ethiopia clinics are only $22,000 from fulfilling a critical gap in funding support in 2016.
We are grateful to Henry van Ameringen for his generosity.  
Thanks to his gift of $100,000, along with thousands raised from friends, we are almost there!

We are appealing to our friends for help for the remaining month of 2016. We have almost filled the funding gap.  Can you please support us today?
Please click here and donate to African Services Ethiopia today. Checks can be mailed to African Services Committee at 429 West 127th Street, New York, NY 10027.

Join us! ASC's  Fête de Fin d'Année