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African immigrants seek a seat at the table of power

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African immigrants in the Washington metropolitan area have secured assurances from four 2014 Maryland Gubernatorial candidates that if elected to power in November, they would take account of the interests of African-born immigrants in the state.

At a meeting on Sunday June 8 attended by over 1,500 African immigrants at Jesus House in Silver Spring, Democratic candidates Attorney General Doug Gansler, Delegate Heather Mizeur, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, and Republican Representative Charles Lollar, pledged that, as Governor-elect, they would avail time before taking office to personally meet with representatives of the African Immigrant Caucus to hear their concerns.

In return, the Caucus will hold the in-coming Governor to account on their promises.

The African Immigrant Caucus seeks to empower African-born immigrants – Americans by choice – to have their influence and presence recognized commensurate with their considerable contribution to their adopted country.

In the face of perceived marginalization, these African-born Americans and their allies seek to unite and organize themselves into a force that cannot be ignored any longer.

The Caucus is led by church, community and business leaders. Speaking at the meeting, Bishop Darlington Johnson, founder of the Bethel World Outreach Church in Silver Spring warned that the status quo – marginalization of African immigrants – will soon be a thing of the past.

The Washington metropolitan area, with its large concentration of African-born Americans, is expected to lead the way in mobilizing the power of African immigrants throughout the United States.

For more information, visit the African Immigrant Caucus.