Celebrating its 15th anniversary, The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) will open this year’s festivities with worldwide favorite Lipstick Under My Burkha a film censored by the Indian Film censor board. Widely recognized as the premiere showcase of groundbreaking Indian cinema globally, the annual event will take place April 5-9, 2017 at Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center in Los Angeles, California. This will be IFFLA’s first year in the state-of-the-art, world-class cinema in the heart of Los Angeles’ vibrant and developing downtown district.Details
On Monday March 6, a rally pulling over a hundred people was held in solidarity with the family of Romulo AVELICA-GONZALEZ, a 48 year old undocumented immigrant who is currently detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as he dropped his children off at school last Tuesday.
Surrounded by a community of friends and school mates was his 13 year old daughter Fatima who captured his arrest on video.
Whether for adventure travel or more relaxing respites, travelers are increasingly seeking regionally-authentic itineraries that offer an intimate view of local cultures. In fact, reports show the trend of being “connoisseurs of local culture” will boom this year. Indigenous tourism and cultural immersion experiences—especially those with culinary components—are white hot. For culturally AND culinary-minded meanderers, food tourism has evolved into a mission critical travel consideration.Details
As thousands marched for freedom and liberation at the Free The People Immigration March, Sanctuary For All, on February 18th, Hussam Ayloush, Executive Director of CAIR LA (Council on American Islamic Relations) expressed gratitude for the unwavering support of Americans against the marginalization of Muslim communities through the Muslim ban of the Trump Presidency.Details
Recently all 10 of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) submitted their resignations to President Trump. The main reason: Trump’s policies have adversely affected Asian Americans in particular and minorities in general.
“We cannot serve under an administration that seeks to exclude members of our society or take away their rights, especially the Muslim community, which is very much part of our AAPI community,” stated former Commissioner Maulik Pancholy.Details
The Free The People Immigration March, Sanctuary For All, saw speakers from a diverse array of professions and walks of life. Among these representatives of groups and community members, was Pamela Anchang, Publisher & Editor Of The Immigrant Magazine. As a mother and professional, Pamela echoed the frenzy and fears of all immigrants and particularly those targeted by the executive order of the Trump administration including Muslims, the undocumented and illegals.Details
On the eve of the inauguration for one of the most divisive presidents ever to take office, hate crime researchers are advising journalists to keep a close eye on the intersection of crime and hate speech in their communities.
“Research has shown that in the wake of a catalytic incident, such as 9/11, [it] can create a correlation of a spike in hate crimes,” said Brian Levin, criminal justice professor at California State University, San Bernardino, and director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.Details
The Immigrant Magazine stands in solidarity with the call for February 16 to be “A Day Without Immigrants” #DayWithoutImmigrants, #UnDiaSinInmigrantes. We stand with our undocumented, illegal, DACA, DAPA, queer and Muslim immigrant communities who despite their struggles and challenges manage to contribute enormously to the strength of the USA.Details
What is it like to be an immigrant in America these days? Is it still worth coming, you ask, and is the American dream still possible?
Your questions gave me pause. Who from Vietnam, after all, would have thought to ask them a few years back? Didn’t the American dream, or rather the dream of coming to America, cause the movement of millions in our homeland, and stir the soul of many millions more? It breaks my heart then to hear that you might not come. It is to me the worst news yet about my adopted country.Details
ince Trump’s inauguration, our communities have been met with the exacerbation of raids, Muslim bans, hate crimes and criminalization. Trump has unleashed vicious attacks against indigenous, Black (im)migrants, refugee, Muslims, women, and LGBTQI+ communities and other oppressed communities. The groups in attendance will elevate the voices of the undocumented, Black, Brown, trans, queer, and Muslim communities who are leading the way in the resistance, declare that Los Angeles is a sanctuary city for all, and demand that the City take concrete steps to protect and promote the welfare of Angelenos.Details