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African Services Committee Update 

Free Panel
Entrepreneurship + Innovation from Africa and the Diaspora 

Join ASC and ASC's Immigrant Community Law Center for a spotlight on trailblazers in entrepreneurism + food + culture + hospitality from the Continent and the Diaspora.  

"Purveyor of international cool", Claude Grunitzky, will moderate the discussion, featuring panelists: Chef Pierre Thiam  +  Hawa Hassan  +  Shimite Obialo


When:  Monday, June 4, 2018 6:00 to 8:30pm

Where: Troutman Sanders LLP 
875 Third Avenue, NY, NY 10022

Refreshments: Appetizers + Wine and more

Free - space limited. 

Click here to learn more and register. 


ASC ETH Ziwey Video

Click here for a look at ASC's Health and Community Development Center in Ziwey, Ethiopia. 
Video Spotlights Recent Trip to  ASC Ethiopia Clinics

African Services Committee Co-Executive Director, Kim Nichols and ASC Communications Director, Eirik Omlie, recently returned from a productive visit to ASC Ethiopia's Health and Community Development Centers in Addis Ababa, Ziwey and Mekele, including a detour to ASC's growing honey farms located in remote Gheralta in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region, and a meeting with new U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, Ambassador Michael Raynor.  

Click here  to watch a video highlighting their trip to ASC's bustling Health and Community Development Center in Ziwey and stay tuned for more videos from the trip. Also, check out highlights from ASC's Health and Community Development Center in Ziway hereASC's Health and Community Development Center in Addis Ababa here, and ASC's Health and Community Development Center in Mekele here.


ASC Advocacy Director, Amanda Lugg, meets with NY State Assembly  legislators and legislative staff at Legislative Office Building in Albany: "This is a reinstatement of the HIV ban."
TheBody Oped
Drastic Impact of Proposed New 'Public Charge' Rule on HIV-Positive Immigrants

New Rules Would Force Eligible Immigrants to Choose Between Vital Lifesaving Services or Preserving Their Path to Citizenship.

Just when you thought it couldn't get much worse for immigrants, it could get much worse for immigrants.  In late 2017 the Administration announced its intention to impose harsher rules to determine when immigrants are considered a "public charge" - a determination in US immigration law that can block an individual's path to permanent residency (green card). 

Click here to read the full ASC OpEd featured on TheBody.com.






AIDS WALK NY! 
  
When: Support us this Sunday, May 20!

Please support ASC by registering or donating to AIDS Walk New York. 

African Services Committee (ASC), Ethiopia is on the brink of losing two of its one-stop shop clinics for families living with HIV. ASC Ethiopia has not received critical support from international donors and the health status of Ethiopia remains poor, compared with other low-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The population suffers from a huge burden of potentially preventable diseases such as HIV and other infectious diseases.

Please donate now and make a difference for families suffering with HIV, TB and malnutrition in Ethiopia. We appreciate your support!!!


Donate - Register here


ASC/ ICLC Attorneys Discuss Legal Immigration Topics on Matters Arising Program
 
ASC and ICLC attorneys recently appeared on call-in "Matters Arising" programs hosted by Toyin Omolola. Both programs provided an in-depth look at important legal immigration topics. Click here to watch ASC Supervising Attorney,  Corina Bogaciu. 

Click  here for the program featuring ASC and Immigrant Community Law Center staff attorneys Deirdre Stradone and Jessica Greenberg. 

Questions? Learn more about African Services Committee (ASC) and  Immigrant Community Law Center - ICLC , which is a project of ASC, at 212.222.3882 (ext 2134 or 2136)

NY1 Spotlights ASC Family

Click here to check out this spectacular feature on ASC family, Ilfenesh Hadera, of ABC's Deception, on NY1 Spotlight. 

In Case You Missed It
ASC Staff Weigh in On NPR 2020 Census 

Check out this great NPR "All Things Considered" piece, featuring African Services staff on the 2020 census. And big thanks to NPR reporter Hansi Lo Wang for stopping by ASC!

Click here to listen to the program. 

"TB is preventable. TB is curable. It's 2018. It's New York City. This is unacceptable," says African Services Committee Advocacy Director, Am anda Lugg, with Health Chair NYC Council Member Mark Levine  and fellow advocates. 
Advocating to End TB in  New York City
ASC's Advocacy Director in New York Daily News

ASC's Advocacy Director, Amanda Lugg, in  New York Daily News on the consequences of Tuberculosis funding cuts.

Click here to read the full story.

Click here to the watch a video of Amanda speaking at the rally. 
Rallying for a Hepatitis
Free NYC

ASC also rallied for a hepatitis free NYC on the steps of City Hall May 15 with Health Chair NYC Council Member Mark Levine and fellow advocates.

ASC offers free and confidential health screening for HIV, hepatitis B & C, blood glucose, blood pressure, and STIs. ASC staff, who speak French, English, Arabic, Spanish and many African languages, also offer navigation to affordable health care, cancer screening and referral, and maternal infant health education - regardless of immigration status or ability to pay. 

Learn more here

Volunteer Raises Support Highlighting  Tour of ASC Ethiopia
 
We are thrilled to spread the word about ASC's grassroots work in Ethiopia through the keen eye of gap-year volunteer, Yared (pictured front row left), who is spending the coming months writing about his experience at ASC's Health and Community Development Centers in Ethiopia. Thank you Yared and special partner  Blessed Coffee,  for raising much-need support for our centers in Ethiopia! 

Click here to follow Yared's journey. 


ASC Hosts Dance Fitness and Boot Camp Shape Up NYC Exercise Classes
 
Fitness instructor, Beverly Brown's Shape Up NYC Dance Fitness exercise class at African Services Committee is free and open to the public every Wednesday at 6:30 pm and instructor Tobi Abegunde holds Boot Camp at ASC every Friday at 6 pm! Join us on ASC's 3rd floor. 
All welcome! Free!

Upcoming

DanceAfrica 2018 Performances

The nation's largest African dance festival returns to BAM for its 41st year, under the leadership of artistic director Abdel R. Salaam. This year's performance offers a taste of the rhythm and spirit of South Africa, acknowledging Nelson Mandela's centennial birthday and the contributions of freedom fighters past and present.

South African supergroup Ingoma KwaZulu-Natal Dance Company brings traditional movement idioms alongside the contemporary stylings of Durban-based Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre. They are joined by the BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble and, together, rejoice in the transcendent power of movement and music in a range of forms and traditions. This year's performance draws parallels between South African anti-apartheid and American civil rights movements, portraying the struggles for justice and, ultimately, serving up triumphant celebrations of culture.


When: May 25 to May 28

Free. Click here for more information.