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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Durban Review Conferences begin with activists at the helm
By Karen Juanita Carrillo

The human rights activists who met in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia from June 13th to 15th, 2008 to take part in the "Civil Society Forum of the Americas, Preparatory to the Durban Review Conference"
CSFAposter.JPGwere greeted by Edson Santos, Brazil's minister of the Secretaria Especial de Políticas de Promoção da Igualdade Racial (Special Secretariat for the Promotion of Racial Equality - SEPPIR).

Civil Society Forum of the Americas poster 

(Karen Juanita Carrillo photo) 

With the official Durban Review Conference (DRC) scheduled to take place in Geneva, Switzerland from April 20 through 24 in 2009, the Brasilia event was a chance for activists to talk about the efforts their governments have made toward eradicating racism and discrimination, as called for in the World Conference against Racism's final "Durban Declaration and Plan of Action."

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Haiti's Fight for a Prime Minister
By Jane Charles Voltaire

President René Préval's nomination of Michele Pierre-Louis to the post of prime minister on Saturday June 14th seems to be a promising turning point for Haiti.

Pierre-Louis, amichelepierrelouisoffokal.jpg long time personal friend to the president, has for the past 13 years been the director of the Fondation Connaissance et Liberte FOKAL, an Open Society Institute project founded in 1995 to support educational, cultural and environmental initiatives throughout Haiti.


FOKAL has made incredible contributions to the country and Pierre-Louis should be commended for FOKAL's unparalleled achievements in literacy promotion through the various programs and libraries supported by FOKAL.

Pierre-Louis may just be President Preval's long awaited saving grace to restoring order in the country. In the two months since the world watched in apprehension as food riots broke out in cities throughout Haiti, the country has found itself in the midst of a scandalizing political tug-of-war between its senators, deputies and even the president of the Republic, René Préval.

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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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