CCAB Proudly Supports African Communities Together

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

CCAB proudly supports ACT. Please see their media advisory, below: 

WORCESTER, Mass. — In anticipation of the upcoming March 31, 2020, expiration date of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED),  humanitarian protection for Liberians, community and civil rights groups will rally outside Worcester City Hall TODAY at 10:00 a.m. 

The rally and press conference will be held ahead of the oral argument hearing in the federal court in Worcester for the Liberian lawsuit against the Trump Administration: African Communities Together v. Trump, led by national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Lawyers for Civil Rights on behalf of African Communities Together (ACT), the UndocuBlack Network, and fifteen affected individuals, including Liberians raising U.S. citizen children. 

The lawsuit challenges President Trump’s March 27, 2018 decision to terminate Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED), a life-saving humanitarian program, marshalling evidence of discrimination based on race, ethnicity and/or national origin in violation of the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. 

WHAT:          Press conference with plaintiffs, attorneys in African Communities Together v. Trump

WHEN:          TODAY at 10:00 AM

WHERE:       Worcester Common (across from Worcester City Hall, 455 Main St # 309, Worcester, MA 01608)

WHO:             Maryum Jordan, Counsel for the Special Litigation and Advocacy Project, 

Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, Executive Director, Lawyers for Civil Rights

Oren Nimni, Staff Attorney, Lawyers for Civil Rights

Amaha Kassa, Executive Director, African Communities Together

Patrice Lawrence, Co-Director, UndocuBlack Network 

Yatta Kiazolu, DED Holder, Individual Plaintiff, African Communities Together v. Trump

Linda Clark, DED Holder from Minnesota

About the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. Now in its 56th year, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is continuing its quest to “Move America Toward Justice.” The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice for all, particularly in the areas of criminal justice, fair housing and community development, economic justice, educational opportunities, and voting rights.

About Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR)

Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) promotes equal opportunities and combats discrimination against people of color and immigrants. LCR engages in creative and courageous legal actions, as well as educational and advocacy work, in collaboration with law firms and community partners. Together with our community allies, Lawyers for Civil Rights filed the first lawsuits in the country against the Trump Administration to protect sanctuary cities; to save Temporary Protected Status (TPS) on behalf of Central American and Haitian immigrants; to stop the termination of humanitarian relief for Liberian nationals; and to block immigration arrests in courthouses.

About the UndocuBlack Network 

UndocuBlack Network is a multi-generational network of currently and formerly undocumented Black people that fosters community, facilitates access to resources, and contributes to transforming the realities of our communities, so that all people are thriving and living their fullest lives. 

About African Communities Together

African Communities Together is an organization of African immigrants fighting for civil rights, opportunity, and a better life for African families in the U.S. and worldwide. ACT connects African immigrants to critical services, helps Africans develop as leaders, and organizes African immigrant communities on the issues that matter.