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Repaying the debt owed to Black people requires a democratic and reparative economy

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By Dr. Ron Daniels, Rev. Ronald Galvin — The entire racial capitalist system that extracts labor and blood from Black lives must go. America owes Black folks. The modern-day prophet Ta-Nahesi Coates, drawing on the wisdom and generations-old fight of Black freedom fighters such as Mother Callie House, James Forman, Randall Robinson, and the Malcolm X grassroots movement, cogently made the case in his seminal article, “The Case for Reparations”,…

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President Joe Biden Signs Juneteenth National Independence Day Act Into Law

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By Derek Major, Black Enterprise — Hours after the House passed the bill and less than a day after returning from his first trip abroad as President, Joe Biden has signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law. Biden signed the bill Thursday afternoon during a White House ceremony turning the day Union soldiers and Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Tx and announced all enslaved Black Americans…

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Judge halts billions in debt relief for farmers of color as white farmers, conservative groups sue

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By Andrea Salcedo — In the months since Congress included around $4 billion in the latest stimulus bill to forgive loans for Black and other minority farmers, thousands of them have been pushing to finally see the money. The Department of Agriculture promised to start paying for loans this month. But now, that relief is again on hold thanks to a lawsuit brought by a conservative group on behalf of…

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Vantage Point: Remembering Black Boy and the Legacy of Richard Wright with Julia Wright

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

Monday, June 14, 2021 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with special guest Julia Wright. Topic Remembering Black Boy and the Legacy of Richard Wright Special Guest Julia Wright, Social Justice Activist, Writer, Daughter of Richard Wright, Paris, France Plus The Professor on the Soap Box Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-4PM on WBAI, 99.5FM, Pacifica Network, New York…

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Why Does Disaster Aid Often Favor White People?

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The federal government often gives less help to Black disaster survivors than their white neighbors. That’s a challenge for President Biden, who has vowed to fight both inequality and climate change. By Christopher Flavelle, New York Times — Roy Vaussine and Charlotte Biagas live in modest, single-story homes about a dozen miles apart in southwest Louisiana. When Hurricane Laura tore through their community last August, the damage was nearly identical….

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The global impact of George Floyd: How Black Lives Matter protests shaped movements around the world

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George Floyd’s young daughter said, “Daddy changed the world.” These global protests show how right she was. By Jason Silverstein, CBS News — George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis in May 2020 sparked the largest racial justice protests in the United States since the Civil Rights Movement. But the movement went far beyond this nation’s borders — it inspired a global reckoning with racism. This time last year, countries across the globe had some of the largest…

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Tulsa’s Greenwood neighborhood wasn’t America’s only Black Wall Street

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By Fay Horwitt, Lanessa Owens-Chaplin and Trevor Smith Pop culture has made Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the violence that destroyed its Greenwood community the center of conversation in ways that it never has been before. The HBO series “Watchmen” kicked off with a vivid re-enactment of the massacre. The comic book series “Bitter Root” features the massacre as its heroic characters fight racism. But Greenwood wasn’t the only Black Wall Street in America, and mass violence…

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180,000 demand freedom for Palestine on streets of London

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By Isabel Ringrose and Nick Clark — Around 180,000 people marched in central London on Saturday to demand freedom for Palestine. Protesters carried Palestinian flags and flares and brought anger to the streets. Crowds assembled at Embankment and marched passed parliament to Hyde Park. The march was militant and had many young Muslim women on it. Protesters Marie, Nadia and Miriam said it was “amazing” that so many people took to…

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COVID overwhelms Latin America, Caribbean as region hits 1M casualties

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By Isabel Vincent — Freshly dug open graves line a municipal cemetery in Tijuana, just one of thousands of burial sites across Latin America and the Caribbean where gravediggers are making room for the region’s one million COVID-19 victims. The region hit the grim milestone Friday, with South America now recording the highest per capita deaths from the infection in the world. Patients afflicted with COVID-19 are overwhelming fragile and underfunded…

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Grenada National Reparations Commission Lecture: Malcolm, Maurice and the Movement for Reparations in Grenada

By Events, News & Current Affairs, Reparations

Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 7-9 p.m. ET, join the Grenada National Reparations Commission (GNRC) via Zoom for its first virtual lecture “Malcolm, Maurice and the Movement for Reparations in Grenada” featuring guest lecturer Dr. Ron Daniels, President, Institute of the Black World 21st Century. Theme: Malcolm, Maurice and the Movement for Reparations in Grenada Amplifying the role of our revolutionary sons in framing and shaping radical and revolutionary responses to…

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‘We want the world to see’: Colombia protesters’ demands grow in face of police brutality

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By Joshua Collins — BOGOTA, Colombia – Juan Carlos Neiva says he is part of “Primero Linea,” the “First Line,” a group of protesters who actively engage riot police in running street battles. He holds a homemade wooden shield, painted with the phrase “For education, and for the fallen.” His face is covered by a black T-shirt wrapped around his head. “The Colombian people are yelling and we want the world…

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CARICOM leaders appoint first female Secretary-General

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By Jovan Wilson — History was created today when Dr Carla Barnett was appointed as the first female Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The leaders unanimously agreed to Barnett’s appointment at a Special Session, which was chaired by Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley. Barnett, a national of Belize, will be the first person from the country to occupy the office. She will replace Ambassador Irwin LaRocque…

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