African Refugees and Immigrants: Challenges, Changes, Champions

African Refugees and Immigrants: Challenges, Changes, Champions

When ECDC was established as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in 1983, our initial goal was to respond to the needs of a growing Ethiopian community in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. As we observe 27 years of service to the community in 2010, we celebrate growth and achievements in our branch offices in Arlington, Denver, and Las Vegas.

Piracy Redux

The military response to the Somali pirates has only increased their asking price.

Africa Policy Outlook 2010

The Africa Policy Outlook is an annual publication released jointly by Africa Action and Foreign Policy In Focus that highlights key themes and trends in U.S. Africa policy.

Year One

Given an impressive first-year record, why does Obama get a C- on foreign policy?

Forum: Africom, the Militarization of Africa

What is Africom? Why did Bush have Africom confirmed by the Senate without my knowledge? What can I do to help?

This event in Atlanta, GA will answer those questions and more. Featuring:

African drums, dance and song
Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) heading a panel discussion
A review of a film on Africom
Petition signing
A Q&A session with the subject’s leading experts

This event is cosponsored by Resist Africom, Foreign Policy In Focus/Institute for Policy Studies, the World African Diasporan Union, and the Africa Faith and Justice Network.

Panel Discussion: ‘Today in Zimbabwe: Whats Really Happening On The Ground’

Magodonga Mahlangu & Women of Zimbabwe Arise, recipients of the RFK Human Rights Award, will host a discussion on what’s happening today in Zimbabwe.

This event is cosponsored by Africa Action, Amnesty International, the Institute for Policy Studies, and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.

Discussion: Housing Struggles Worldwide

Ashraf Cassiem, the chairperson of the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign will speak about some of the realities of post-apartheid South Africa, the campaign’s organizing efforts in poor communities, obstacles facing social movement-building in Africa, and the anti-foreclosure activism emerging in some of the US cities he will be visiting, including Washington, DC.

The Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign, based in Cape Town, South Africa, was formed in November 2000 with the aim of fighting evictions, water cut-offs and poor health services, obtaining free electricity, securing decent housing, and opposing police brutality.

The AEC is currently an umbrella body for over 15 community organizations, crisis committees, and concerned residents’ movements who have come together to organize and demand their rights to basic services.

Africa Action and the Institute for Policy Studies will be cohosting this discussion and lunch-in. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Michael Stulman at Michael [dot] Stulman [at] or 202-546-7961.

Panel Discussion: The Neo-African Americans

African Diaspora for Change has teamed up with Howard University and Ghanaian documentary filmmaker Kobina Aidoo  to  present  “The Neo African Americans.”  Students, faculty, staff and the public is invited to screen Aidoo’s documentary film by the same name, which examines how rapid voluntary immigration from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America  to the United States is transforming the “African American” narrative.

“The Neo African Americans” is an attempt to start a public conversation about this very important untold story and offer a more balanced view of the people behind the story — the diverse people of the black diaspora.

A panel discussion, moderated by Howard University associate professor of history Dr. Jeanne Maddox Toungara will follow the film screening. Panelists include:

Dr. Jules P. Harrell, Howard University Professor of Psychology
Dr. Quito J. Swan, Howard University assistant professor of history
Dedrick Muhammad, senior organizer and research associate for the Inequality and the Common Good project at the Institute for Policy Studies
Mandinema Kumbula-Fraser, former executive chair of the board of directors for Constituency for Africa.

“After people see this film, I hope they think, talk and transform,” Aidoo declared. “Think about their own experiences, talk about them openly and honestly to gain perspective from outside their own biased lenses and begin to transform our interracial and intra-racial relationships for the better.”

         The dialogue is free and open to the public. The public is encouraged to RSVP by visiting the ADC website,

Arts Event: Congolese Filmmaker and Social Activist Petna Ndaliko

Petna Ndaliko, one of seven internationally recognized Congolese filmmakers, will show two short films and engage in a discussion about the conflict in the Congo with a specific focus on media coverage and representation of the Congo people.

Petna Ndaliko in his own words:

This event is cosponsored by Congo Global Action, Friends of Congo, and the Institute for Policy Studies. Visit or call 202-584-6512 for more information. You can also contact IPS at 202 234-9382×232.

Panel Discussion: The Future of U.S. Military Involvement in Africa: The Case of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The United States Military Command for Africa (AFRICOM) officially began one year ago. This new command has been active in its first year training troops throughout the continent, providing supplies, and even building schools. AFRICOM has both raised great support and harsh criticism throughout Africa and in the United States.


Ambassador William J. Garvelink, US Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Prosper Bunzigiye, Congolese Human Rights Activist
Lauren Ploch, Congressional Research Services
Moderated by Emira Woods, Co-Director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Alyssa (

This event is co-sponsored by SAIS African Studies and the Institute for Policy Studies.