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Protesters outside the Howard County Board of Education building in Ellicott City, Md., last month.

Where Civility Is a Motto, a School Integration Fight Turns Bitter

By News & Current Affairs

A plan to desegregate schools in a liberal Maryland suburb founded on values of tolerance has met with stiff resistance. By Dana Goldstein, New York Times. Columbia, Md. — The planned community of Columbia, southwest of Baltimore, has prided itself on its ethos of inclusion ever since it was founded more than half a century ago. Racially integrated. Affordable apartments near big homes. “The Next America” was its optimistic,…

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Ghana, Barbados sign agreement to establish sister Port relationship

Ghana, Barbados sign agreement to establish sister Port relationship

By News & Current Affairs

On Friday, November 15, 2019, Ghana and Barbados signed an agreement to establish a sister-port relationship between the Tema and Bridgetown, to facilitate the expansion of trade between the two countries, especially trade transiting through Barbados from Ghana and onward to other Caribbean and Latin America destination ports. The agreement was signed at the Jubilee House, when the Prime Minister of Barbados, Her Excellency Mia Mottley, paid a courtesy call…

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New Jersey considers task force to look into reparations for slavery

New Jersey considers task force to look into reparations for slavery

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By News12, New Jersey — New Jersey’s African American lawmakers want to start studying how the state could make reparations for slavery. The New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus introduced a bill Thursday that would establish a Reparations Task Force. The task force would investigate the lingering effects of slavery and the role of state government. “The great national stain of this country’s history is this conversation around slavery. And the…

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Bolivia coup led by Christian fascist paramilitary leader and millionaire – with foreign support

Bolivia coup led by Christian fascist paramilitary leader and millionaire – with foreign support

By News & Current Affairs

Bolivian coup leader Luis Fernando Camacho is a far-right multi-millionaire who arose from fascist movements in the Santa Cruz region, where the US has encouraged separatism. He has courted support from Colombia, Brazil, and the Venezuelan opposition. By Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton, The Grayzone — When Luis Fernando Camacho stormed into Bolivia’s abandoned presidential palace in the hours after President Evo Morales’s sudden November 10 resignation, he revealed to…

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Donald Trump

Trump Is Trying to Woo Black Voters by Saying What He Always Says

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The launch of Black Voices for Trump felt like any other Trump rally. By Nathalie Baptiste, Mother Jones — The election is one year away, the impeachment inquiry is heating up, and Donald Trump wants those black votes. On Friday, the president went to Atlanta for the launch of Black Voices for Trump. The new grassroots coalition is an attempt by Trump’s reelection campaign to win over more black voters…

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Students in an 11th-grade history class discuss the 1619 Project Oct. 24 at Manhattan’s Facing History School.

A Manhattan High School Reframes How Slavery Is Taught Using The New York Times’s 1619 Project

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By The 74 — Jeremias Mata started his junior year thinking he’d already learned everything he needed to know about slavery. “When I found out I was going to learn about slavery , I was like, ‘Urgh … again?’” said Mata, 16, sitting in his 11th-grade history class at the Facing History School in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen. Over time, he’d connected slavery with hopelessness and a certain simplicity — that many…

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Jack O'Dell

Jack O’Dell – An Appreciation

By News & Current Affairs

The life and work of Jack O’Dell who died last week at 96 at his home in Vancouver, British Columbia were marked by an unwavering radical vision fused with an immovable partisanship for working people the world over. By James Campbell and Mark Solomon, Portside — Jack’s quietly effective teaching, his strategic acumen, his theoretical insight, his unbending internationalism and his generosity of intellect and spirit inspired and enriched the…

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London Breed

San Francisco: Mayor has easy reelection; vaping on ballot

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By Associated Press — After a bruising fight last year to become San Francisco’s mayor, London Breed faces token opposition on Tuesday’s ballot as she struggles to find solutions to the city’s homelessness crisis, drug epidemic and a housing shortfall that have put the politically liberal city in the national spotlight. The former president of the Board of Supervisors and San Francisco native narrowly won a special June 2018…

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Sir Hilary Beckles and Cong. John Conyers

Sir Hilary Beckles Pays Tribute to the Late US Cong. John Conyers as a “Champion for Reparations”

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations, Video/Audio

Conyers was the Longest Serving US Lawmaker Jamaica, W.I. — Reparations activists and advocates across the Caribbean, the USA and around the world are mourning the passing of US Congressman John Conyers who died earlier this week at the age of 90. With 52 years of public service, Conyers was the longest serving congressman of all time. “We at the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) are deeply saddened by the recent…

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Slavery Cotton Field

Nearly 75% of African Americans support reparations for slavery. Only 15% of white Americans do, a poll says.

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

Slavery is a horrific, irremovable stain on US history. But Americans disagree on how to handle its legacy. By Scottie Andrew, CNN — While nearly 75% of black respondents in an AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll said they believe the US government should pay reparations to the descendants of enslaved black people, just 15% of white participants supported the idea. Overall, about 29% of the people questioned support reparations or payment…

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