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New Human Rights Commissioner speaks of Durban Review’s value
By Karen Juanita Carrillo

Non-governmental organizations were invited to attend a 60th y
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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) conducted the anniversary celebrations at its headquarters in Paris, France, but tributes to the 1948 creation of the “Declaration of Human Rights” are being recognized by all United Nations’ associated agencies throughout the year. 

The Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organization (DPI/NGO) focused its annual conference on the Declaration’s 60th anniversary.

Members of the Federation of World Peace and Love (FOWPAL),  who focus on the “energy” of peace and love, attended the commemoration of theUniversal Declaration of Human Rights. 

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During the DPI’s conference of workshops on “Overcoming Discrimination,” “Human Rights and Human Security” and “Human Rights Education and Learning as a Way of Life,” attendees – each of whom received 60th anniversary special edition copies of the Declaration – spoke of the efforts some governments have made to address historic wrongs.  And throughout the UN system organizations have been encouraged to focus on how far countries have come in respecting and promoting human rights. 

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THE SOUND OF MY FOOTSTEPS: NARRATIVES OF MIGRATORY JAMAICAN IMMIGRANTS.  

By Lisa Scott

 

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

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THE AFRO-LATIN@ READER 

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

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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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AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY DAY BY DAY: A REFERENCE GUID TO EVENTS 

By Karen Juanita Carrillo

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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

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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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