U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received reports that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has identified USPS mail service delays that affected a number of DACA renewal requests. Because the DACA policy has been rescinded and individuals can no longer request deferred action under DACA, and in light of the mail service delays identified by USPS, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke has directed USCIS to accept DACA renewal requests from individuals who resubmit their DACA renewal request with individualized proof that the request was originally mailed in a timely manner and that the cause for receipt after the Oct. 5, 2017, deadline was the result of USPS mail service error.Details
The African Coalition Leaders’ Forum Tackles Mental Health & immigration In African Immigrant Communities
The African Coalition recently held a meet and greet discussion forum with African Communities Leaders in and around Los Angeles. Moderated by board member Mr. Kofi Peprah, who provided a review of statistics of Africans in Los Angeles and the US, the forum acknowledged the gap in mental health resources for African immigrants and lamented the lack of organizations solely dedicated to the mental health of this demographic who though highly educated suffer in silence in stark contrast to other immigrant communities.Details
November 2017 saw the lavish crowning of a bevy of queens at the Redondo Beach theatre with ladies vying gracefully for the coveted titles that would catapult them not only to instant fame but also an opportunity to feel a sense of accomplishment and the culmination of months of hard work and dedication.Details
Marina Del Rey- It is my hope that you had a wonderful, relaxing Thanksgiving, where you were able to count your Blessings; good health, loving family and a contingent of friends to name a few.
Join me as I add a couple more reasons to be Thankful. Beautiful Southern California weather sot that you can enjoy a variety of activities outdoors. One has to be thankful for the amazing concert series at Fisherman’s Village in Marina Del Rey. Greater Los Angeles Salseros are always giving thanks when they can get together to hear live music and to dance till their hearts content.
Direct From The Birthplace of Flamenco – Maria Bermudez’ Gypsy Sounds Comes To The El Portal Theatre
Celebrated by the artists of Jerez de la Frontera as an Ambassador of Gypsy culture, critically acclaimed director, choreographer, and lead dancer, Maria Bermudez brings her internationally successful Sonidos Gitanos (Gypsy Sounds), a thunderous evening of flamenco music and dance, back to Los Angeles for two nights only at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood on November 18 and 19.Details
November 11th 2017, Los Angeles witnessed the resurgence and redefinition of Pan Africanism at The African Diaspora conference hosted at the Holman United Methodist Church.
Under the patronage of South African born Pastor Kelvin Sauls of the Holman Methodist Church, the African Diaspora Coalition including BAJI (Black Alliance for Just Immigration), ISBL (International Society for Black Latinos) reconciled a panel of great leaders from the Pan African Diaspora in Los Angeles to discuss “Our Culture, Our Identity”.Details
Due to a technical issue, the DV-2019 entry period that began on October 3 has been closed. Entries submitted during October 3-10 are not valid and have been excluded from the system; they will not count as a duplicate entry.Details
A group of 39 US Senators on Tuesday urged interim Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Elaine Duke not to use the personal data of undocumented youths known as “Dreamers” to deport them.Details
On 11:11, classical crossover tenor Mario Frangoulis will awaken the musical senses of fans in Los Angeles with a special concert at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, titled simply “An Evening With Mario Frangoulis.”
Frangoulis, who has sold over one million records worldwide, will present a varied repertoire of music highlighting his exceptional range and expression. Diverse and enchanting, Frangoulis hopes to invite listeners on a musical journey that fuses classical and contemporary sound inspiring all ages.Details
CHICAGO — A coalition of Illinois-based advocacy groups is urging immigrants to apply to become American citizens now that the state legislature has restored funding for needed services. The effort is part of the New Americans Campaign, a national campaign now in its sixth year.
The campaign has seen an uptick in citizenship applications over the last two years.Details
California Is Officially A Sanctuary State, Governor Jerry Brown Signs Landmark Legislation; SB 54 Law Goes Into Effect January 2018
A major step in the fight to protect undocumented immigrants living in the State of California was accomplished last month as Governor Jerry Brown recently made the bold move signing a bill that makes the state a sanctuary haven for its more than 2.3 million illegal immigrant residents.Details