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African Services Committee Update 
Trump Ends DACA Program Protecting DREAMers from Deportation     

 
FIGHT FOR DACA rally 5:30 p.m. today at Foley Square followed by march to Brooklyn Bridge. Click here for more on this NYIC-led event.
 
Unless Congress acts in the next six months to save DACA, the individuals protected by it will lose their current status.     
  • President Trump ordered an end to the Obama-era executive action that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation.
  • Trump deferred to Congress to replace the policy with legislation before it fully expires on March 5, 2018.
"By targeting the
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program , this president demonstrates that he has no moral compass, that the American Dream can be stripped without conscience or counsel, that even the most sacred lines can be crossed without forethought to the crippling effects such an act would have on the future of this country," says ASC's Immigrant Community Law Center attorney, Jessica Greenberg.   
 
DACA recipients make positive and significant contributions to the economy, including earning higher wages, which means higher tax revenue and economic growth that benefits all Americans. Because of DACA, 95 percent of DREAMers are currently working or in school, 63 percent got a better paying job, 54 percent bought their first car, 48 percent got a job with better working conditions, and 12 percent bought their first home, according to a national survey conducted by Tom K. Wong, United We Dream, National Immigration Law Center, and Center for American Progress.
 
"This president's order not only breaks a promise, it revokes a hard-fought shield against deportation and guts opportunities from hundreds of thousands of immigrants, known as the DREAMers, who were brought to this country as children," said Greenberg.  
 
African Services Committee and our Immigrant Community Law Center intend to fight and will offer free legal consultations to any of the hundreds of young ICLC clients who sought temporary immigration relief under DACA.
 
Click HERE to contact your Congressional representative. Demand Congress protects the 800,000 DREAMers who were brought to this country as children.    

Contact ASC's Immigrant Community Law Center at help@immigrantcommunitylaw.org or call (212) 222-3882

I Too for My People
Benefit Raises Critical Support
for African Services Ethiopia 
 
Thank you to all who braved the thunderstorm to attend the "I Too, For My People" benefit at Silver Spring, Maryland's Civic Center for ASC's five health clinics in Ethiopia.  
 
We are grateful to all who gave their support and to our generous Visionary Gift Sponsor Prolific Productions, and Kind Gift Sponsors Zene's Ethiopian Restaurant and Lesaac Ethiopian Restaurant. Big shout out to special guests ASC family and Baywatch Movie star, Ilfenesh Hadera, and acclaimed artist Bini Dana -- and to our special partner, Blessed Coffee, along with the many volunteers who helped make it all happen.
 
With limited 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.   

Please donate to ASC's Ethiopia Clinics today.     
 
Image courtesy of Ella Mack | www.ellamackphotos.com
Check out these great images recently captured at African Services Committee's Henry van Ameringen Health and Community Development Center in Addis Ababa taken by the brilliant Ella Mack Photos !
 
Click here to see more.  
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 .
 
Afropop Worldwide Features ASC Benefit with Chef Thiam

In case you missed it: Afropop Worldwide's Kitty Lindstrom wrote the following great feature on ASC's Come to the Table benefit with master Senegalese Chef Pierre Thiam at James Cohan Gallery.

Pierre Thiam, a master Senegalese chef, is doing a cooking and tasting demo at the James Cohan Gallery. He is preparing a mango salad using fonio, an ancient, healthy and wildly popular grain with origins in West Africa. He has prepped all the ingredients for the salad, and prepares it on the spot. Made with olive oil, garlic, ginger, lime, chili pepper, lalo, (baobab leaf), and cooked fonio, we sample and enjoy this delicious dish. Click here to read the full story.
 
 


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. 

 

 
Thanks to African Services' Brilliant Summer Inte rns   
 
 
ASC was very fortunate to have the ever-so talented legal interns (bottom image from left) Traci (Fordham Law), Erika (NYU). Molly (Harvard), and Samah (NYU), as well as, the remarkable Family Case Management intern, Pia (pictured left).  Thank you!