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Navy's bomb testing is over, but Vieques still suffers 

Even though the United States Navy' ended its testing of bombs on Puerto Rico's island of Vieques in 2003, islanders are still suffering high cancer rates from the radiation fallout. 

"The Puerto Rico Health Department reports 40 new cases of cancer in Vieques every year, or one per every 250 residents," writes Jeannette Rivera-lyles in the article "Navy's bomb-testing fallout plagues Vieques 4 years later" in the Orlando Sentinel. "The cancer rate on Vieques is 27 percent higher than on mainland Puerto Rico, and the mortality rate for cancer patients here is 50 percent higher, official data show."

Many Viequens believed that the island's long suffering economy 33858319.jpgwould recover as soon as the Navy left, Rivera-lyles writes, but Vieques itself is so contaminated that "there is no guarantee the island will be ecologically restored. After the clearing of debris, the Navy says it will take soil samples to determine the level of contamination. 


Whether it would then come back to remove the pollution will depend on Fish and Wildlife's plans for the land and on Congress allocating the millions of dollars it will cost."

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Zelaya administration published a commitment to Afro Hondurans

Five of the candidates for the presidency of Honduras made speeches, campaigned for votes and even signed a “Campaign Promise”
LaGaceta1.jpgto live up to any pledges made to help the Black community when they attended the Second National Assembly of Afro-Hondurans back on May 26, 2005.

The Organización Negra Centroamericana/Central American Black Organization (ONECA – the largest umbrella organization for Black communities in Central America and the Caribbean) asked each of the candidates to make a “Campaign Promise” that had an economic, social, cultural and environmental plan of what the candidate – should they win the presidency – would do to benefit Afro Hondurans.

Since José Manuel “Mel” Zelaya Rosales won the November 27, 2005 presidential elections, his administration has been making efforts to make sure his promises come true.

The majority of Afro Hondurans are known as Garífuna, descendants of Africans and Carib-Indians who resisted slavery and were able to retain their own language – a patois of Creole, Bambu, and Patua – and to live independentlyLaGaceta2.jpg for years.  Because of many have immigrated, Garífuna communities have spread out across Central America, the Caribbean, and the United States in the last few decades. Yet, historically, the Garífuna were established in the countries of Belize, Guatemala, Panama, and Honduras and along the coastlines of Nicaragua, Colombia, and Venezuela.

This past May of 2007, the Zelaya administration published a portion of its commitment to Afro Hondurans in the official La Gaceta newspaper.  Now, the campaign promise is officially a national commitment to better the lives of Blacks in Honduras.

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Brazil gears up to celebrate Black consciousness

By Karen Juanita Carrillo

More than half of the citizens of São Paulo, Brazil celebrate November 20th as “National Black Consciousness Day (Dia da Consciência Negra),” the editors of the Brazilian website have declared .

In Salvador da Bahia, where the entire month is being celebrated as “Black November,” 80 thousand people are expected to take part in a “Freedom Walk” on Tuesday, November 20th. But in São Paulo - which is both Brazil's most populous city and the city with the largest population of people of African descent ParadaBlack.jpgoutside of Africa - preparations are underway for what’s expected to be a major march along the Avenida Paulista, it is being called the Marcha da Consciência Negra/Black Consciousness March or Parada Negra/Black Parade. Contingents from various other cities are on their way to São Paulo to take part in the parade. 

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Purpose Prize Winner

The Michigan Citizen profiles 63-year-old Marian Kramer who has worked for more than 40 years with the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization (MWRO).

MWRO works "to eliminate poverty in Highland Park, Detroit and communities throughout Michigan." And the newspaper article notes that Kramer has won national acclaim by winning a "$10,000 Purpose Prize for her 'grassroots, legal and legislative fight for the right to affordable water in Detroit.'

Marian Kramer of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization (MWRO)

"Kramer, long respected in the community," the paper adds, "has championed, among many initiatives, a Water Affordability plan. After learning that Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) had shut off water to 40,000 people, Kramer declared the action a public health emergency. Kramer, along with Maureen Taylor and Michigan Welfare Rights mobilized people, protests and community meetings. Kramer even collaborated with lawyers, drafting what would become-in essence-the city's current Water Assistance Program."

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By Lisa Scott


Interviews with over 30 Jamaican immigrants on their pre-migratory perceptions of New York and England

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by Miriam Jimenéz Román  (Editor), Juan Flores (Editor) 


The book focuses attention on a large, vibrant, yet oddly invisible community in the United States: people of African descent from Latin America and the Caribbean. The presence of Afro-Latin@s in the United States (and throughout the Americas) belies the notion that Blacks and Latin@s are two distinct categories or cultures. Afro-Latin@s are uniquely situated to bridge the widening social divide between Latin@s and African Americans. At the same time, their experiences reveal pervasive racism among Latin@s and ethnocentrism among African Americans. Offering insight into Afro-Latin@ life and new ways to understand culture, ethnicity, nation, identity, and antiracist politics, The Afro-Latin@ Reader presents a kaleidoscopic view of Black Latin@s in the United States. It addresses history, music, gender, class, and media representations in more than sixty selections, including scholarly essays, memoirs, newspaper and magazine articles, poetry, short stories, and interviews.

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By Karen Juanita Carrillo



The proof of any group's importance to history is in the detail, a fact made plain by this informative book's day-by-day documentation of the impact of African Americans on life in the United States.  One of the easiest ways to grasp any aspect of history is to look at it as a continuum. African American History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events provides just such an opportunity.

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by Karen Juanita Carrillo


The View from Chocó: The Afro-Colombian past, their lives in the present, and their hopes for the future is an introduction to the lives of Blacks in Colombia. Afro-Colombians live in a resource-rich yet remote region of Colombia. They only recently won recognition as one of that nation's distinct ethnic groups. But Colombia's on-going civil war has led many Afro-Colombians to reach even farther than their nation's borders for recognition: many have made their way to the United States as refugees and as political activists working for peace in their homeland. The View from Chocó introduces the lives and struggles of a too-long neglected community of Colombian Blacks. 

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