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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Bolivians Muster against Racism

Prensa Latina reports that "Bolivian social organizations began a crusade against all forms of racial discrimination and for the country''s unity, the media reported on Monday.

"According to Radio Patria Nueva station, the Afro-Bolivian Center for Integral and Community Development (CADIC) and the Afro-Bolivian Saya Cultural Movement (MOCUSABOL), with collaboration by other national institutions, are among the entities that have joined the campaign.

"Organizers asserted that the project is intended to eradicate racist expressions and actions in Bolivia, where 36 diverse ethnic and cultural groups live."

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Afro-Colombian Senator Piedad Córdoba honored in Newark
By Karen Juanita Carrillo

On May 29, 2009 the Afro-Colombian Senator Piedad Córdoba traveled to Newark, New Jersey and was honored by the non-profit Norma Lozano Jackson Foundation (http://NLJF.org) for her work as a peace negotiator in war-torn Colombia.

Senator Piedad Córdoba with Dr Norma Jackson of the NLJ Foundation.
Photo credit:  Karen Juanita Carrillo 

Senator Córdoba is a lawyer by trade and as  Dr. Jackson said in her introduction, “Senator Cordoba is recognized for her tireless efforts to obtain the inclusion of Colombian minorities in all aspects of society... The humanitarian agreement that would allow the release of all kidnapped individuals presently in the jungles of Colombia is part of the Senator’s daily struggle. She strongly opposes a military solution to the armed conflict in Colombia.

Jackson added that, “Senator Cordoba has been the victim of many attempts against her life, was kidnapped twice and forced into exile in Canada for criticizing the long armed conflict in Colombia.”

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

In this video, journalist David Olmos visits the Afro Colombian communities of Nueva Vida and Nueva Esperanza in Chocó.  After being displaced by the fighting between the Colombian military and guerrilla forces, these communities are re-establishing their lives on new land -- and realizing they've been cheated out of their ancestral lands.

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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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