NYIC Orientation on Deferred Action

August 15: Orientation on Deferred Action

On August 15, 2012, many young undocumented immigrants will be allowed to apply for a temporary work permit and deferred action relief.  

All across the country, immigrant rights groups are organizing legal workshops for youth who might be interested in applying.  In New York, The New York Immigration Coalition and its partners will hold an orientation workshop on:

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

12 pm
 Location TBA

Workshop attendees will receive important information on the new policy and can sign up for upcoming legal clinics to get screened for eligibility and receive assistance from lawyers on beginning the process.

Formal invitation & additional details coming soon
To RSVP, please contact [email protected]


From Julie Huang, PR professional and President of Kaimen Company (and AABANY member):

On Wednesday , August 1, Asian American organizations [including AABANY] hosted a special Movie Night at the IFC Center to see Alison Klayman critically-acclaimed new documentary film, “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry”.  Many attendees took advantage of the IFC promo code at the box office for this particular showing of the film. Others who cared more about convenience than the IFC community ticket promo bought their tickets on www.movietickets.com ahead of time.

One of the Asian American groups, Asian Cinevision, included this message, in its event announcement, “AI WEI WEI NEVER SORRY follows Ai Wei Wei, a political delinquent, who challenges the notion of freedom through his art and conceptual work. In a country that celebrates censorship, he makes us imagine possibilities beyond limitations: what does it mean to use art as a political tool? Ultimately, he puts out a call for transparency, but how will the Chinese government respond?”

Based on our count, 150 people came out. The crowd was multigenerational and multicultural with a wide range of reactions to the film. Attendees we spoke with told us they have no idea about what Ai Weiwei faced in China.  Like what Ai Weiwei said in the film, “If it is not publicized, then it is like it never happened.” So if this film was not made or if the video footage was not taken or if people have not watched this film, then how would they know what happened.  Where’s the proof, baby?  I wrote some more about this film in this blog post, "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry – Do not Wei to see this! Ai Weiwei.“  If you are looking for a more intelligent write-up, read Sue Lain Moy’s ”No Need to Apologize: Alison Klayman’s documentary, AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY, is a work of art and Ryan Wong’s Portrait of an Artist as a Activist | Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.

On a yummy note, the @NesquikLiveNYC street team were nearby to hand out free bottles of Nesquik chocolate milks! Some of the moviegoers got their chocolate fix on Nesquik.  Thanks Nesquik. 

It was a wonderful night – chocolate milk and all!

Not in NYC and would like to see the film? Visit this page for listings in your area.

      julie       FeliCity

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Congratulations to the New Officers and Directors of the MBBA

We received the following from Deborah Martin, Executive Communications Consultant for the Metropolitan Black Bar Association.  Congratulations to Nadine Fontaine, Taa Grays and all the incoming Officers and Directors!

On behalf of President R. Nadine Fontaine, the Officers and the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, we are pleased to announce the new slate of Officers for the 2012-2013 term.  The officers are as follows:
Officers for 2012-2013 
President: R. Nadine Fontaine
President-Elect: Taa Grays
VP of Membership: Judith J. Jenkins
VP of Finance: Wanyne Melbourne
VP of Programs (New York): Jason M. Clark
VP of Programs (Brooklyn): Melnia Cordis
Treasurer: Richard D. Boyd
Recording Secretary: Kersuze Morancy
Corresponding Secretary: Brian Aquart
We ask that you please update your records accordingly. For the complete roster of board of directors, we invite you to visit our website at www.mbbanyc.org

If you should have any questions, comments or just wish to drop the MBBA a note, please email us at [email protected]. Thank you for your continued support of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association.