Richmond meeting will work on links between African American and Latin American communities

A meeting on Saturday in Richmond will bring women from the city’s African American and Latin American communities together to discuss their differences, their commonalities and their shared goals.

“Building Bridges between Black and Brown Communities” the third in a series of community-building events, will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Recreation Center, 3230 MacDonald Ave. The focus is “to build community across groups as we reduce tensions and plan for our collective futures.”

At past meetings the participants have agreed “on five issues of concern in both the African American and Latin American community to work on together. They are health care, education, employment, immigration and violence/criminal justice reform,” organizers say. “We hope to come up with action items in each area that we can work on together in the future.”

More participation is invited, but space is limited. Childcare will be available. To RSVP for a space call 510-229-5057.

The session is hosted by the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), The Latina Center, Black Women Organized for Community Action (BWOPA) and Neighborhood House of North Richmond, with support from the city’s Human Rights and Human Relations Commission and the Parks and Recreation Department.

Chris Treadway