Black Immigration Network Launched in April – A Unified Voice for Racial Justice and Immigrant Rights

Black Immigration Network

The 3rd Annual Meeting of the Black Immigration Network was held in Atlanta at the Auburn Research Library in April. Over 125 people attended from over 40 different countries of origin and 20 states. BIN connects African, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latino, African American and other African descent communities in the United States for a stronger voice for racial justice and immigrant rights. Highlander helped support the formation of the Black Immigration Network with Elandria Williams serving on the steering committee and the conference planning committee.  Marquez Rhyne and Joseph Tolbert also attended as Highlander staff.  For individual and organizational membership information, resources, […]

Connecting Struggles & Movement Building – Highlander in Toronto

The Labour Education Centre (LEC) in Toronto is passionate about how unions and communities should come together to respond to the current economic crisis and how it is affecting their communities and organizations. On June 8-10, Highlander and the LEC co-sponsored a conference in Toronto entitled “Connecting Struggles, Movement Building.” The organizers and facilitators for the event included an amazing group of Toronto area educators and organizers as well as Jojo Geronimo, a member of the LEC staff and the Highlander Board; Susan Williams, Coordinator of Highlander’s Education Team; Elandria Williams from Highlander’s Education Team; Deborah Rosenstein, a Labor Educator […]

Connecting Struggles & Movement Building – Highlander in Toronto

The Labour Education Centre (LEC) in Toronto is passionate about how unions and communities should come together to respond to the current economic crisis and how it is affecting their communities and organizations. On June 8-10, Highlander and the LEC co-sponsored a conference in Toronto entitled “Connecting Struggles, Movement Building.” The organizers and facilitators for the event included an amazing group of Toronto area educators and organizers as well as Jojo Geronimo, a member of the LEC staff and the Highlander Board; Susan Williams, Coordinator of Highlander’s Education Team; Elandria Williams from Highlander’s Education Team; Deborah Rosenstein, a Labor Educator […]

Highlander Workshop Develops New Tools for Understanding Race and Globalization

Developing popular education tools that help communities talk about the intersection of race, migration and globalization is critically important, especially in the U.S. South. A predominantly Black and white region still unresolved around race, the South has experienced dramatic demographic change due to immigration in the past twenty years, contributing to cross-race tensions and challenges. In addition, what happens in the South, good or bad, affects the rest of the country and therefore the world. The Civil Rights Movement shook the racist underpinnings of U.S. society and led to public policy that made life better for everybody, including low-income and […]

Highlander Staff Member Facilitates Globalization Class in Western North Carolina

On March 12, 2009, Highlander staff member Susan Williams travelled to Asheville, NC, to facilitate a class on globalization. The class, held in a multi-racial neighborhood, was the second in a series of gatherings to talk about the economy. Participants included Ukrainians, Latin Americans, and African Americans, requiring three-way interpretation in Russian, Spanish, and English. The group talked about globalization by exploring examples from their own experiences. During the discussion for example, participants looked at the labels in their shirts and talked about how the textile and apparel plants used to be such an important industry in North Carolina. One […]

Middle East Labor Educators Come to Highlander

In late January, the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center brought a delegation of women union educators from Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, and Yemen to Washington, DC and then to Highlander. The women came to the United States to share their experience and expertise in union education and organizing, and to learn more to help build the voice of workers in the Middle East.  As a report on the Solidarity Center’s website notes, this was the first delegation of Arab trade unionists to visit Highlander. While they were here,  they exchanged ideas and strategies with youth and cultural activists . . […]