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African Services Committee Update 

Click here to check out photos courtesy of Javier Chavarria www.jchavarria.com taken at African Services Committee's recent "Come to the Table" benefit featuring the "King of New African Cuisine" Chef Pierre Thiam.




 
'King of New African Cuisine' Serves Up Support for ASC

African Services Committee's "Come to the Table" Kitchen Campaign benefit featuring Senegalese master Chef Pierre Thiam kicked off with a magnificent show of support surrounded by the brilliant work of renowned Ethiopian artist Elias Sime at Chelsea's James Cohan Gallery on June 14.

The campaign aims at raising critical support for ASC's kitchen, nutrition education and food programs, which have taken big budget cuts in the last year.
 
 
Weeks before the special event, Chef Thiam
visited African Services Committee's community kitchen, where ASC staff and clients joined the chef as he cooked up a delicious, healthy feast using ASC's food pantry. Click here to see the video. 

Click here read the full story.

 
Global Citizen and ASC Raise Awareness in New LGBTQ Refugee Video

African Services Committee is thrilled to have partnered with Global Citizen for this important message.

Click here to watch the video. We couldn't be prouder of ASC's Equal Justice Works Legal Fellow Tsion Gurmu for making this happen.

Being gay is still illegal in 76 countries. Click here to view laws criminalizing homosexuality by African country (Interactive map by Jessica Greenberg and Tsion Gurmu). If you are afraid to return to your home country because of your LGBT identity, you may be eligible for asylum in the United States. If you are an LGBT asylum seeker in need of legal assistance, please call African Services Committee at 212-222-3882 or visit our website at www.africanservices.org. 

Photo by Haik Kocharian | www.haikkocharian.com
Save the Date - July 28

A Special Benefit for ASC Ethiopia

Join us in Washington D.C. for a special benefit for African Services Ethiopia

WHERE: Silver Spring Civic Building, Veterans Plaza

8525 Fenton St. Silver Spring, MD

 
WHEN: July 28, 2017
7:30 to 10 pm

With little funding we have been providing more than 20,000 children, women, and men with HIV and TB testing and treatment each year, nutrition for over 7,000, reproductive health for over 6,000, new shoes for nearly 17,000, and income-generating support for nearly 100 families. Since 2003 we have provided free HIV and TB clinical services to nearly 200,000 of the most marginalized and educated approximately 1,000,000 people in HIV prevention.  
 
Click here for more information and tickets.  

African Services Committee Supervising Attorney Corina Bogaciu
with AFRIKANSPOT following her speech at The New York Immigration Coalition 's press conference and day of action at City Hall recently.
Advocating for an Increase in Immigrant Legal Services Funding

"African Services Committee attorneys are first responders in a climate fraught with the imminent threat of deportation and separation for countless immigrant families at a time when we are experiencing an unprecedented rise in demand for our services and need exceeds capacity," said African Services Committee Supervising Attorney Corina Bogaciu at The New York Immigration Coalition's press conference and day of action at City Hall recently.

Read the full story here
 

Harlem Residents Turn Out to Select Free Reading Glasses 

Dozens of Harlem residents turned out to select free reading glasses at African Services' Harlem headquarters on May 23. A doctor conducted a quick eye exam to determine the appropriate strength for each attendee before glasses were distributed. Thanks to our partners Americares, Cohen's Fashion Optical and Restoring Vision for joining in what turned out to be a wonderful event. While our supply lasts, ASC will continue to offer free reading glasses to the community.  


African Services Committee's AIDS Walk NY crew raising money to support our HIV pediatric clinics in Ethiopia.
AIDS Walk New York!     

On what was a gorgeous Sunday in the City, African Services staff, family and friends joined tens of thousands of fellow walkers to take part in AIDS Walk New York. This year, the event raised nearly four million to help those living with HIV.
 
Once again, ASC dedicated the walk to help fund our pediatric HIV program in Ethiopia. We are very thankful to all who donated and walked this year! Funds raised went directly to help the most vulnerable families, allowing us to continue their treatment, provide crucial nutritional supplements, purchase testing kits and lab supplies, and extend outreach to the most at-risk people in need. It is not too late to directly support ASC's Ethiopia programs. Click here to donate.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Elected New WHO Director-General

Congratulations to Dr. Tedros Adhanom who was recently voted next Director of World Health Organization.

Universal access to health care must be top of the agenda.
Time Top 100 Biram Dah Adeid Visits African Services Committee

Named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2017, Biram Dah Adeid (pictured, right, next to ASC Policy Advocate Bakary Tandia), stopped by African Services Committee today before heading home to Nouakchott where he uses nonviolence to break the official silence that enables slavery to persist in Mauritania. Biram founded the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA - Mauritania) in 2008 and "is an inspiration to the thousands who continue to resist slavery in Mauritania and beyond."

Men walk by a mural that reads "Get the hell of Liberia, Ebola! And don't come back," in Monrovia, Liberia, April 1, 2016.  Credit: James Giahyue/Reuters
PRI Talks with ASC's Supervising Attorney
about End of
Ebola-TPS


Last month, about 4,000 West African immigrants living and working legally in the US lost their immigration status.

They were formerly part of the temporary protected status program, or TPS, which the US offers to people from countries in crisis. In 2014, TPS was granted to people from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea due to the outbreak of Ebola there. Click here to listen to African Services Committee's Supervising Attorney Corina Bogaciu on PRI's the World here. 

Upcoming in NYC
NYC Summerstage: Fela Tribute with Roy Ayers, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 / Underground System / Rich Medina in association with Giant Step and the Paris New York Heritage Festival
July 16 at 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Free
Summerstage, Central Park 
Click here for more information.


Go Africa Harlem 2017 Street Festival
July, 15 2017 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
201 W.116th street - New York
Go Africa Network Inc. in conjunction with Go Africa Health, LLC, Go Caribbean Inc, Go Africa News, LLC, & The African Union Expo, LLC. is hosting a one day street festival within the boundaries of Adam Clayton Powell and Frederick Douglass Boulevard (Eighth Avenue) on 116 street on July 15th year 2017 between the hours of 10am - 7pm.