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News & Current Affairs

David R. Jones, Community Service Society of New York

Rezoning rich and poor neighborhoods are two different things

By News & Current Affairs

By David R. Jones, The Urban Agenda — Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to rezone 15 New York City neighborhoods in order to fuel new housing development has hit a rough patch, and people are blaming anti-development feelings. De Blasio kicked off his first term as mayor with a plan to expand the city’s stock of both affordable and market housing, largely through rezonings to allow denser residential development. Now,…

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Incoming AU Pres. C. Ramaphosa (l) and outgoing Pres. A. Ahmed

At African Union Summit, Ramaphosa Announces End of Colonialism

By News & Current Affairs

By Global Information Network — A stirring call to action was delivered this week in the august hall of the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, spoken by the incoming AU president Cyril Ramaphosa to distinguished members of the continental body representing over 40 countries. In his presentation at the AU’s 33rd summit, the South African President wove history with commentary into a tapestry of hope for a continent…

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The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, addresses the General Synod at Church House in London.

Church of England to apologize for being ‘deeply institutionally racist’

By News & Current Affairs

By Ivana Kottasová, CNN — The Church of England has decided to apologize for racism experienced by “countless black, Asian and minority ethnic people” over the past 70 years. The Church said in a statement that the General Synod, its legislative body, voted on last Tuesday to issue an official apology and commission an outside expert to prepare a report on racism, race and ethnicity in the church. Speaking at the synod,…

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Stewart's Canal in Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument

Harriet Tubman and a National Legacy of Midnight Skies and Silent Stars

By Commentaries/Opinions, News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Todd Lookingbill, HNN — Cynthia Erivo, who is nominated for best actress in a leading role in this weekend’s Oscars, stars in the gripping biopic “Harriet.” The movie, which tells the story of abolitionist Harriet Tubman, captures the miraculous physical, emotional, and spiritual journey of Harriet Tubman as she escapes from slavery to become an American icon. Of course, the horrors of slavery and the courage of the enslaved heroes that…

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Dr. Ron Daniels, President, IBW21

Still on This Journey: Dr. Ron Daniels stops by York College on February 20, 2020

By Events, News & Current Affairs

Thursday, February 20, 2020, 6:00 PM — On the eve of the 54th Commemoration of the Martyrdom of “Our Black Shining Prince” to celebrate the life and legacy of Malcolm X: From Prison to Prophetic Voice for Liberation, Dr. Ron Daniels will present a reading from his latest book “Still on This Journey: The Vision and Mission of Dr. Ron Daniels” followed by a book signing with books available for purchase….

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Del. Wanika B. Fisher

Lawmaker Wants to Open a Dialogue About Reparations in Md.

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

Del. Wanika Fisher (D-Prince George’s) wants the state to consider reparations for ancestors of Maryland slaves. By Hannah Gaskill, Maryland Matters — Maryland’s 250-year history of legal slavery came to an end when the practice was abolished on Nov. 1, 1864, nearly a year before the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. Del. Wanika B. Fisher (D-Prince George’s) says it’s finally time for Maryland lawmakers to have a talk…

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Water is a human right

U.S. Civil Rights and Human Rights Groups Say Water is a Human Right

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

U.S. Civil Rights and Human Rights Groups Say Water is a Human Right — Express Solidarity with Struggle for Water Rights in Nigeria. February, 10, 2020, New York — The Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) released a Statement today calling for a national and international movement to declare access to water a human right that should not be subject to profiteering by corporate interests. The Statement was released against the…

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Sullivan’s Island

The Erasure of the History of Slavery at Sullivan’s Island

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Roy E. Finkenbine, HNN — The history of slavery in America is, to a great extent, the history of erasure. For most of the century and a half since the Civil War ended, families, communities, churches, universities, banks, insurance companies, and a host of other institutions have gone out of their way to ignore past involvement in what Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners has labeled “America’s original sin.” I…

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Robin Rue Simmons at the Reparations Subcommittee meeting.

Reparations panel hopes to finish work by June

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Bill Smith, Evanston Now — The head of the Evanston City Council’s Reparations Subcommittee, Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, 5th Ward, has outlined a scheduled for the committee that calls for completing its work of devising a plan for implementing the reparations program by this June. At Friday’s meeting of the committee Rue Simmons distributed a timeline for its fortnightly meetings, prepared by Acting Assistant City Manager Kimberly Richardson. The…

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Modesta Irizarry, a community leader, in Loíza, Puerto Rico

In the Afro-Caribbean heart of Puerto Rico, locals fight erosion, government indifference

By News & Current Affairs

Loíza, Puerto Rico, is filled with palm trees, unassuming bars, bomba music, beautiful beaches — and strong-willed locals who refuse to be forgotten. LOÍZA, Puerto Rico — The waves crashed loudly on the collapsed ruins of the Paseo del Atlántico, a walkway that once partially protected residents here from the volatile ocean. Erosion along this northernmost coast of Puerto Rico, nearly 20 miles east of San Juan, precipitated the promenade’s destruction…

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