The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) has announced the addition of an exciting array of programming and events for its 15th annual festival. Highlighting a special evening with legendary tabla maestro Zakir Hussain, the Symphony Orchestra of India’s Associate Music Director Zane Dalal will be featured on Thursday, April 6th. Gala tickets and passes are currently available at www.indianfilmfestival.org. Tickets for individual films are now on sale.Details
SB54 – known as the VALUES ACT – is simple. It’s a California state bill that separates the criminal justice system and the immigration system. Think of it like a big, beautiful wall between local police and Trump’s deportation machine.
But at this critical time, LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell has chosen to stand with Trump, and is actively instigating CA Sheriffs and Senators to oppose the bill. We need to make sure there is a strong response denouncing his about-face, and sending a clear message that Trump’s politics won’t be tolerated in California.Details
Dr. St Claire Adriaan, Principal of Fatima’s school speaks at rally for release of her dad Romulo AVELICA-GONZALEZ undocumented immigrant detained by ICE. Born in South Africa, Adriaan spoke about how he was raised in Apartheid South Africa and how he helped fight it by becoming an educator. Pulling from his life as an educated black South African St.Claire understands the value of education as a weapon to fight oppression and discrimination.Details
In recent weeks, raids and deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials are reportedly increasing across the country following President Donald Trump’s immigration executive orders.
Because of this, organizations such as Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) are advising immigrant communities to understand how to prepare for and respond in the event ICE agents show up to their homes, workplaces or any public spaces.
SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco district attorney’s office is sending a message to Mexican crime victims: regardless of their immigration status, they should feel safe reporting crimes to local law enforcement.
In renewal of an agreement initially signed five years ago, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and San Francisco Consul General of Mexico Gemi José González López signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) this week that the D.A.’s office and the Mexican consulate will work together to protect and support crime victims and witnesses who come forward.Details
No to hate! Middle Eastern student’s Message to TrumpDetails
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