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The text was approved by 535 MEPs in a vote at the European parliament on Tuesday.

MEPs pass ‘watershed’ resolution calling for action against racism

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Text calls on member states to tackle discrimination against people of African descent. By Jennifer Rankin, The Guardian — The European parliament has called for action to tackle the “structural racism” facing millions of Europeans of African descent in an unprecedented resolution that was overwhelmingly approved by MEPs. The resolution calls on European Union member states to develop national anti-racism strategies to deal with discrimination in education, health, housing, policing, the justice…

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Le Marron Inconnu (Nèg Mawon), The Unknown Slave (Maroon Man), Haiti.

Remembering Slavery: The Power of the Arts for Justice

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By the Centre for Reparations Research — St. Andrew, Jamaica. The 2019 International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade under the theme “Remembering Slavery: The Power of the Arts for Justice” is geared towards bringing attention to the many forms of artistic expression that have been used to remember the history and the consequence in the trans-Atlantic trade in Enslaved Africans. Those expressions include memorials…

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Harvard University Sued Over Earliest Photos of American Slaves

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Harvard University sued over allegedly profiting from what are believed to be the earliest photos of American slaves. By Joey Garrison, USA Today — Video — A lawyer says Harvard University has the opportunity to “remove the stain from its legacy” by honoring a Connecticut woman’s request to turn over photos of two South Carolina slaves she says are her ancestors. (March 20) AP, AP BOSTON – In 1850, a…

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Tamara Lanier is suing Harvard University for ownership of daguerreotypes of slaves who she says are her ancestors.

Who Should Own Photos of Slaves? The Descendants, not Harvard, a Lawsuit Says

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By Anemona Hartocollis, The New York Times — NORWICH, Conn. — The two slaves, a father and daughter, were stripped to the waist and positioned for frontal and side views. Then, like subjects in contemporary mug shots, their pictures were taken, as part of a racist study arguing that black people were an inferior race. Almost 170 years later, they are at the center of a dispute over who should…

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National Emergency Summit on Gentrification Combating the Displacement of Black People and Black Culture April 4-6, 2019, Newark, New Jersey

Newark National Town Hall Meeting on Gentrification in Black America

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The “Negro Removal” Program of the 21st Century National Town Hall Meeting to Assess the Crises of Gentrification in Black America WATCH: The Town Hall Meeting streamed live from the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Friday, April 5th – Click here April 4-6, 2019, all roads will lead to Newark, New Jersey, for a National Emergency Summit on Gentrification convened, by the Institute of the Black World 21st Century…

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President Donald Trump with a serious look as he delivers a speech at a campaign rally held at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

Trump Administration’s Budget Cuts Workforce Training Key to African Americans in the Changing Economy

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By The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies — WASHINGTON – The President released his annual budget for funding the U.S. federal government. The proposed budget includes cuts of $700 million to Jobs Corps (40% cut), $14.8 million to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Reentry Employment Opportunities program (16% cut), and $86 million to dislocated worker training (6.8% cut). Despite the growing size of America’s aging population, the budget…

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Australian Aboriginals

Australian Aboriginals to get billions in compensation for land & spiritual loss in landmark case

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By RT News —  Aboriginals in Australia have won a ground-breaking case that paves the way for billions of dollars in compensation claims for colonial land loss, as well as loss of spiritual connection. The High Court of Australia ruled in favor of the Ngaliwurru and Nungali groups from the Northern Territory in the biggest ‘native title’ ruling on indigenous rights to traditional land and water in decades on Wednesday. It said…

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Free Lula Samba at Brazil’s Carnival

Free Lula Samba at Brazil’s Carnival

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MIKE FOX: Brazilians are in the streets for Carnival. Millions across the country. And for many of them, it’s an act of resistance. Supporters of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva have formed Free Lula Samba groups around the country, like this one in Florianopolis. They have been practicing for several weeks. They took to city streets over the weekend. VITOR SILVEIRA, FREE LULA SAMBA GROUP, SANTA CATARINA: We…

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Cuba

Cuba Adopts a New Socialist Constitution

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By Charles McKelvey, Counter Punch — On February 24, 2019, the Cuban people overwhelmingly adopted a new constitution, as 84.4% of resident citizens voted in the constitutional referendum, with 86.8 % voting “Yes,” 9% “No,” 2.5% blank ballots, and 1.6% annulled. Since the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, Cuba has been striving to develop a socialist constitutional foundation. The evolving Cuban constitutionality includes: reformulations of liberal bourgeois concepts…

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Lois Johnson, ceo and founder of of Salt Lake City, Utah-based United Security Financial (USF) and NAREB president Jeffrey Hicks(Front) sign the landmark $50 million agreement making down payment assistance funds available to expand homeownership opportunities for low and moderate-income Black American home purchasers. Witnessing the signing at NAREB's Mid-Winter Conference in Miami, FL are: (2nd Row, L-R) Lydia Pope, NAREB 1st VP; Sumari Barnes, personal assistant to LJ Jennings; Tim Johnson, VP, Secondary Markets, USF; Michael Grant, regional president, USF; LJ Jennings, president, NAREB Sales Division affiliate, and Robert Hughes, chair, NAREB board of directors.

Fund Commits $50 Million for Down Payment Assistance

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National Association of Real Estate Brokers Sign Agreement with Minority-Owned Mortgage Company to Boost Black Home Ownership. MIAMI, Florida – At its recent Mid-Winter Conference in Miami, FL, the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) signed a groundbreaking Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with United Security Financial (USF), a minority-owned mortgage company headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah to make down payment assistance more broadly available to Black American home…

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