'King of New African Cuisine' Serves Up Support for ASC

African Services is grateful to Chef Pierre Thiam, James Cohan Gallery, DJ Yoossouph the many volunteers, our generous sponsors KIND Snacks and Heineken USA and all who gathered in support of African Services' Community Kitchen. And also a big thank you to Javier Chavarria | for brilliantly capturing the magnificent evening!

African Services Committee’s “Come to the Table” Kitchen Campaign benefit featuring Senegalese master Chef Pierre Thiam kicked off with a magnificent show of support surrounded by the brilliant work of renowned Ethiopian artist Elias Sime at Chelsea's James Cohan Gallery on June 14. The campaign aims at raising critical support for ASC’s kitchen, nutrition education and food programs, which have taken big budget cuts in the last year.

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Advocating for Increase in Immigrant Legal Services Funding

African Services Committee joined lead organization The New York Immigration Coalition along with elected officials and fellow advocates recently to urge the City Council and Mayor to include $21.4 million in funding for immigrant legal services in the final budget, in order to address the major uptick in immigration arrests happening nationwide. New data released by ICE showed that since Donald Trump signed an executive order on immigration enforcement, arrests are up by 40 percent.

“African Services Committee attorneys are first responders in a climate fraught with the imminent threat of deportation and separation for countless immigrant families at a time when we are experiencing an unprecedented rise in demand for our services and need exceeds capacity,” said African Services Committee Supervising Attorney Corina Bogaciu at NYIC’s press conference and day of action at City Hall.

Following the press conference, the Coalition and its partners launched its inaugural Immigration Legal Service Provider Day of Action, meeting with council members to discuss why these numbers only further underscore the need for the final budget to include funding for legal services, specifically for organizations providing complex case representation.