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Here you will find IBW21 initiative news, announcements, articles, media and document posts. Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW21)


10 Black Essential Workers Share How They’re Practicing Self-Care During the Pandemic

By Community Cares Listening Line News

“Gratitude for working and feeling needed helps my mental health.” By Tonya Russell — Nothing could have prepared us for 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic brought about a myriad of challenges and changes that, to say the least, have required some major life adjustments. While many people had to shelter-in-place at some point this year with the ability to work remotely, countless others have put themselves in harm’s way working in…

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An Open Letter to President Biden: Support Reparations and HR-40 “By Any Means Necessary”

NAARC releases an open letter to President Biden urging support for Reparations and HR-40

By NAARC Posts, News & Current Affairs, Press Releases / Statements, Reparations

Read the open letter from the National African American Reparations Commission and take action by contacting the White House with a simple message, PASS HR-40 NOW! We urge reparation advocates across this nation to hold President Biden to the promise made to African Americans. Urge President Biden to establish an HR-40 Commission by executive order or legislation. Pass HR-40 Now!

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Marijuana Arrests / War on Drugs


By War on the “War on Drugs” Posts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 22, 2021 After Lengthy Legislative Process, Coalition of Advocates from Across NJ Celebrate Cannabis Legalization as Right Step to End War on Drugs TRENTON, NJ – Today, Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill to legalize and decriminalize cannabis, a beginning step to turn the tide on New Jersey’s disastrous War on Drugs that continues to have devastating effects on families and communities. The bill passed by both…

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Marijuana, Cannibus, Marijuana Reform

TELL NJ ELECTED OFFICIALS: Move Cannabis Legalization and Decriminalization Forward

By Initiative Posts, Newark As Model City Initiative Posts

Act Now Last November, New Jerseyans across the state voted overwhelmingly in support of legalizing cannabis for adult use, primarily due to the tremendous harm the war on drugs has perpetrated on Black, brown, and low-income communities. With every day that goes by, New Jerseyans across the state continue to be arrested, limiting opportunity, and devastating families and communities. New Jersey can’t afford any more delays. There is an urgent…

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Jean-Jacques Dessalines

Who was Jean-Jacques Dessalines and Why Does He Matter Now?

By Haiti Support Project (HSP) Posts, Reparations

By Julia Gaffield— Today is Haitian Independence Day, the anniversary of the revolution that defeated French colonialism. On January 1, 1804, Haiti became the second independent country in the Americas and the world’s first nation to permanently abolish slavery. But today is also a time to remember Jean-Jacques Dessalines, a military leader, politician, and a long-neglected hero of the Revolution who actually declared Haitian independence. Born enslaved in Saint-Domingue (Haiti’s colonial…

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Haiti: Cri De Coeur (A Documentary)

Haiti: Cri De Coeur (A Documentary)

By Editors' Choice, Haiti Support Project (HSP) Posts, Video/Audio

Free Speech TV sent journalist Herb Boyd to Haiti a month after the Jan. 12 earthquake, and he returned with this in-depth look at the situation on the ground in that devastated country. Dr. Ron Daniels of the Haiti Support Project, Alex George of the Destination Haiti Foundation, and relief specialist Joe Madison talk about the infrastructure problems the country will face in coming years, of which the destruction of…

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Haiti Support Project (HSP)

Reflecting on the 25th Anniversary of the Haiti Support Project

By Events, Haiti Support Project (HSP) Posts, News & Current Affairs

Thank you to everyone who joined us! Stay tuned for information on the rebroadcasting of this event. What: A Virtual Celebration Reflecting on the 25th Anniversary of the Haiti Support Project When: Wednesday, December 30th, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST Where: Zoom (see info below) Who: INVITED RESPONDERS (U.S.) Paul Pumphrey Joe Beasley Don Rojas Peggy Robinson Myrtha Wroy Rev Gena Thornton Herb Boyd Richard Muhammad INVITED RESPONDERS (HAITI)…

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IBW21 Black Family Summit Launches a Listening Line for First Responders & Essential Workers

Community Cares Listening Line Offers Free Emotional Support and Resource Information to First Responders and Essential Workers

By Community Cares Listening Line News, Press Releases / Statements

Institute of the Black World 21st Century and Black Family Summit Established Helpline for African Americans and People of African Descent. Calls Answered Daily, 8:00 am – 11:00 pm, at (877) 719-1117 Millions of people have been touched by the COVID-19 pandemic that has ravaged the world throughout the year; however, no one has been more overwhelmed than first responders and essential workers who continue working to protect and care…

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Elaine Arkansas

National Groups Honor Pledge to Descendants of Elaine, Arkansas Massacre

By NAARC Posts, News & Current Affairs, Press Releases / Statements, Reparations

First contribution made to support Reparatory Justice priorities In mid-October the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC), the Fund for Reparations Now (FFRN) and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference (SDPC) announced their intent to join the descendants of the horrific Elaine Arkansas Massacre still living in the area of the ‘Killing Fields of 1919’ in their demand for reparatory justice. The Elaine massacre occurred during the “Bloody Red Summer” of…

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PAUD/IBW Statement on The Passing of Marcus Garvey Jr.

By News & Current Affairs, PAUD Posts, Press Releases / Statements

The Pan-African Unity Dialogue and its convener, The Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), mourns the recent death of Marcus Garvey Jr. in West Palm Beach, Florida, and extends their sincere condolences to his wife Jean and the rest of his family and, in particular, to his younger brother Dr. Julius Garvey, an active participant in the Pan-African Unity Dialogue. He was 90 years old, and had been…

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