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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Afro-Cuban dissident seeks US lawmakers' help

 Jorge Luis Garcia Perez

An Afro-Cuban dissident on Wednesday urged members of the Congressional Black Caucus who recently met with Fidel Castro to pressure Cuban officials to stop harassing opposition leaders on the island.

Jorge Luis Garcia Perez

"Berta Antunez delivered a letter in Washington on behalf of her brother, who spent 17 years in prison in Cuba. Since his release last year, Jorge Luis Garcia Perez Antunez remains under heavy surveillance on the island. He also recently spent a month on a hunger strike protesting treatment of political prisoners." 

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Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Meets with Brazilian Leaders to Discuss Civil Rights

Journalist Maggie Owner writes about how the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) is working with the U.S. government and Brazilian officials who "make up the U.S.-Brazil Joint Action Plan Memorandum on Race and Civil Rights steering committee to discuss ways to further implement the agreement's goals.

"As the two largest democracies in the Western Hemisphere, the U.S. and Brazil signed the agreement in 2008, outlining both countries' goals for promoting racial equality and equal opportunity for all their citizens and as an example for the rest of the Americas.

"After remarking on the parallels in the U.S. and Brazil regarding race, LCCR President Wade Henderson noted that even though 'rampant inequality based on race' still exists, the example of the U.S. civil rights movement demonstrates that 'transformational change is possible.' "

1:52 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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