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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Dominican-Haitians form political movement
By Karen Juanita Carrillo

This past December 2007, members of the Movimiento Politico Comunitario Dominico-Haitiano (MPCDH /Dominican-Haitian Community Political Movement) announced that they would begin pushing to have their members run for governmental positions in the Dominican Republic.

The MPCDH has announced that if its members are elected to government, they will make certain to represent Haitian-Dominican interests.

Haitian-Dominican attorney Rubén Jean-Baptiste Latorti told the DR newspaper Diario Libre that the MPCDH wants to be known as the voice of Dominican-born Haitians. The MPCDH will “fight for a political-communitarian space with the aim of ensurin
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Rubén Jean-Baptiste Latorti

With a notorious past of neglect and abuse in the Dominican Republic, Dominicans of Haitian origin had long looked to have their lives and property protected by representatives of the DR government, by the neighboring government in Haiti, and even by non-governmental organizations working within the DR.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Uruguay: Spirit of Afro Resistance Alive in Candombe

"In the streets of Montevideo, Uruguay, Afro-Uruguayans celebrate an often-ignored part of their history - Candombe and resistance. For more than 200 years Afro descendants have maintained the tradition of Candombe, uruguaycandombe.jpga rhythm that traveled from Africa to Uruguay with African slaves. The music carries centuries of resistance and liberation," notes Marie Trigona in the article "Uruguay: Spirit of Afro Resistance Alive in Candombe."

Photo of the Isla de Flores Comparsa in Barrio Sur

by Marie Trigona

"The word Candombe literally means place and dance of Africans. The musical tradition evolved during the colonial area. Africans brought to Uruguay for slave labor used the rhythm of the tambores, or drums, to communicate with each other and defy colonialists."

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The Sound of My Footsteps:

Narratives of Migratory Jamaican immigrants


Interviews with over 30 Jamaican immigrants

on their pre-migratory perceptions of New York

and England

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The Afro-Latin@ Reader 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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African American History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events

 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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The View from Chocó: The Afro-Colombian past, their lives in the present, and their hopes for the future 

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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