BAJI educates and engages African American and black immigrant communities to organize and advocate for racial, social and economic justice. Local BAJI Organizing Committees in New York, Georgia, California and Arizona build coalitions and initiate campaigns among communities to push for racial justice. At the local and regional level, BAJI provides training and technical assistance to partner organizations to develop leadership skills, works with faith communities to harness their prophetic voice, and initiates vibrant dialogues with African Americans and black immigrants to discover more about race, our diverse identities, racism, migration and globalization. BAJI’s flagship project is the Black Immigration Network (BIN), a national alliance that brings together black-led organizations and programs to advance just immigration policies and promote cultural shifts our communities need. The BIN kinship provides a safe, communal space for diverse black communities to connect, engage and advocate for equality and justice for all.
Nigerian-American writer, strategist and community organizer
Opal Tometi (born August 15, 1984) is an American human rights activist, writer, strategist, and community organizer. She is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter (BLM). She is the former Executive Director of the United States’ first national immigrant rights organization for people of African descent, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI).
With BLM, Tometi aims to bring attention to the racial inequities faced by black people. She started as an active community organizer in her hometown advocating for human rights issues. She has campaigned for advancing human rights, migrant rights, and racial justice worldwide. She also worked as a case manager for survivors of domestic violence.
Tometi worked as Co-Director and Communications Director, prior to becoming Executive Director of BAJI. Her contributions included leading organizing efforts for a rally for immigrant justice and the first Congressional briefing on black immigrants in Washington DC.
BROOKLYN, NY 11216-5372 | Tax-exempt since April 2010
Classification (NTEE) Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (Arts, Culture and Humanities)
Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3) Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
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Founded in 1969 to protect the civil and political rights of Chinese Americans and to advance multiracial democracy in the US, CAA is a progressive voice of the broader Asian and Pacific American community.