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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Our work in support of the African world is not done 

"Black Americans are making connections that have never been made. The new discussions around Afro-descendants in Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Mexico broadens our children's awareness of our broader identity, history and struggle in this hemisphere," writes TransAfrica Forum's Executive Director  Nicole C. Lee in a recent Op-Ed. "The effects of economic policies that benefit the few rather than the many pervade our local economies. African- Americans must understand that the war on terror is a global war and it destroys international civil liberties and threatens advancement in the African World.

"The best human rights movement wisdom tells us that we must continue listen to and learn from each other's struggles across the globe. We have to make the connections between our own oppressions and those felt around the world by the children of Africa. It isn't about charity. It is really about justice; justice in a world where Africa and her Diaspora has been consistently exploited for over 400 years, prohibiting any possibility of a level global playing field."

8:33 pm edt 

Monday, March 31, 2008

Memphis Sanitation workers have no pensions

On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Memphis, Tennessee Commercial Appeal has been publishing articles that recall that fateful April 4th day and the events that led up to it. 

"To those previously unaware, it is a situation that seems unfathomable: There is no pension for the Memphis sanitation workers," notes a Sunday, February 17, 2008 article in the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

"Those same men -- whose groundbreaking strike in 1968 lasted 65 days, brought Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to town and who are now accorded with honor and esteem at everything from NBA gamesi-am-a-man_t176.jpg to academic conferences -- those same men, when they retire, get nothing more from the City of Memphis.

"It is a fundamental reason that 30 men who were working 40 years ago remain on the job, rather than having drifted into retirement after 25 years, like other city workers. It is also why many who have retired find themselves in difficult financial circumstances."

10:28 pm edt 

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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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