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The Institute of the Black World 21st Century

Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) awarded MacArthur funds supporting an equitable recovery

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

The grant will enhance IBW’s capacity to advance Racial Justice Field Support, with a focus on building Black power. Functioning as a good faith convener/facilitator. IBW is committed to developing and supporting collaborative structures to overcome internal disorganization in Black communities by encouraging networking, information-sharing and collective action. Strengthening the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC) is a priority in terms of bolstering the growing reparations movement in the U.S….

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Racial and Ethnic Justice

$80 million to advance racial and ethnic justice

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Grants support an equitable recovery from the pandemic and combat anti-Blackness, uplift Indigenous Peoples, and improve public health equity. MacArthur today announced roughly $80 million in grants centered on advancing racial and ethnic justice. The Equitable Recovery grants are funded by MacArthur’s social bonds, issued in response to the crises of the pandemic and racial inequity. “As we emerge from this moment of crisis, we have an opportunity to improve the critical systems…

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Bernice King

Bernice King hits GOP: ‘Beyond insulting’ to misuse MLK’s teachings to oppose critical race theory

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By Aris Folley, The Hill — Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., called some Republicans’ misuse of her father’s lessons “disturbing,” one day after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) drew heat for claiming teachings of critical race theory “go against everything” the late civil rights icon taught. “Do not take excerpts from my father. Study him holistically,” she said during an appearance on MSNBC on Wednesday. “There is a lot he wrote extensively….

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National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC)

NAARC Praises Human Rights Report — Says it Will Bolster Reparations Movement

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The National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC), an authoritative voice for the U.S. and global reparations movements commended the U.N. Human Rights Council on its landmark report released this week. Dr. Ron Daniels, Convener of NAARC believes the report will bolster the growing reparations movement at a historical moment of reckoning on issues related to the holocaust of enslavement and the ongoing harms inflicted on people of African descent by…

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Vantage Point: Analysis of Crises in Haiti, Cuba and South Africa – Which Way Forward

By News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Monday, July 19, 2021 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with special guest Bill Fletcher, Jr. Topic Analysis of Crises in Haiti, Cuba and South Africa – Which Way Forward Nation in Turmoil After the Assassination of President Jovenel Moise Demonstrators Protesting U.S. Embargo, Havana, Cuba Protests Erupt Demanding Better Quality of Life in South Africa Special Guest Bill Fletcher, Jr.,…

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People march to show support to the Cuban Revolution, Havana, Cuba, Jul. 17, 2021

‘Cuba will never be a land of hatred’, Diaz-Canel says

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By teleSUR — On Saturday, thousands of Cubans gathered at the La Piragua square in Havana to show their support to the Cuban Revolution’s leaders and to reject the political instability and destabilization campaigns promoted by the U.S. government. President Miguel Diaz-Canel rejected the hatred and violent messages spread on social networks to promote riots while emphasizing that the Cuban Revolution’s enemies seek to show an internal scenario characterized by…

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Black Lives Matter faces backlash for statement on Cuba protest

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The BLM Global Network Foundation criticized the U.S. embargo on Cuba and lauded the country’s government. Critics say the statement misses the mark. By Char Adams, NBC News —  The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is facing backlash after calling for the end of the U.S. government’s embargo on Cuba while praising the country for its “solidarity with oppressed peoples of African descent” amid historic anti-government protests. In the statement shared…

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Prime Minister Gaston Browne

CARICOM chairman opposes military presence in Haiti

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Prime Minister Gaston Browne says he does not favor any military presence in Haiti as the French-speaking member country continues its investigation into the assassination of its President Jovenel Moise last Wednesday. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH), Helen La Lime, says “Haiti has…

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President Alberto Fernandez

Argentina asks to end blockades against Cuba and Venezuela

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“There is nothing more inhuman during a pandemic than to block a country”, President Alberto Fernandez pointed out. By teleSUR — On Monday, Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez addressed the economic and social situation of Cuba and Venezuela and ratified his position in favor of ending the U.S. economic blockades against these nations. “This policy has prevented Cuba and Venezuela from accessing artificial respirators. Realize what that means”, Fernandez said, stressing…

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South Africa Zuma riots

South Africa Zuma riots: Death toll mounts amid looting

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At least 45 people have now died in the violence that has been engulfing parts of South Africa since the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma last week. By BBC News — This includes 10 people killed in a stampede during looting on Monday night at a shopping centre in Soweto, the country’s biggest township. Almost 800 people have been arrested in the unrest that began last Thursday and turned…

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President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

Mexico rejects foreign intervention in Cuban incidents

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President AMLO called on the international community to respect the principles of non-intervention and self-determination of peoples. By teleSUR — Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) rejected the intervention of international powers and mainstream media in the protests in Cuba on Sunday. “I want to express my solidarity with the Cuban people. I believe that a solution must be sought through dialogue, without the use of force, without confrontation,…

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Dr. Walter Rodney

Clearing Walter Rodney’s name

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Historians happy Guyana apologizes, rewrites death details of Guyanese historian, political activist and academic. By Erica Virtue, Jamaica Gleaner — When Guyana – on the 41st anniversary of the murder of its scholar, the enigmatic political activist and lecturer Dr Walter Rodney – announced that it would take steps to clear his name and legacy, including changing the cause of his death from ‘misadventure’ to assassination, it was nothing the…

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