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The body of Ethel Freeman, in the wheelchair, was found outside the convention center in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

When Blackness Is a Preexisting Condition

By Commentaries/Opinions, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

How modern disaster relief has hurt African American communities By Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, The New Republic — Ethel Freeman became famous in death, even though no one knew her name. For months, she was one of the many nameless people who lost their lives in the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s deadly intersection of race and class. Her son, Herbert Freeman Jr., had successfully rescued the 91-year-old retired school employee from…

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Barbuda, the small Caribbean island devastated by Hurricane Irma

Reparations and Hurricanes

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

By Eusi Kwayana — This statement is a personal one intended to support opinions, especially in the Caribbean, that the costs of practical recovery from annual hurricanes should not fall, as they mainly do, on the victims of these natural disasters. This statement is a personal one intended to support opinions, especially in the on the victims of these natural disasters. As it is, the pain, the agony, the distress,…

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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Congressional Black Caucus Slams the Trump Administration for Refusing Temporary Status to Bahamians

By News & Current Affairs

As reported by NBC News, the Trump Administration has announced it will not provide temporary protected status to Bahamians who fled Hurricane Dorian. If granted, this status would have let Bahamians work and live in the United States until it is deemed safe to return to their home. Congresswoman Karen Bass, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus issued the following statement in response: “There are thousands of Bahamian families who deserve…

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Mobilizing Resources for Relief and Recovery in the Bahamas: September 16, 2019 Edition of Vantage Point Radio

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point Radio September 16, 2019 Edition of Vantage Point with host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor Topic “Keep Hope Alive” Mobilizing Resources for Relief and Recovery in the Bahamas Special Guest Dr. Duane Sands Minister of Health, Government of the Bahamas, Nassau Dr. Annelle Primm Convener, All Healers Mental Health Alliance, Baltimore, MD Dr. Lovern Moseley CEO, Empowerment Counseling and Psychotherapy Center, Stoughton, MA Also See: Information, Resources,…

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Information, Resources, and Places to donate to help people affected by Hurricane Dorian

By Black Family Summit News, News & Current Affairs

On this page we are sharing information on ways to help those affected by Hurricane Dorian. IBW is not collecting donations for this purpose but we are assisting the relief and rebuilding efforts by providing our IBW community to the resources listed below. On this Page: Bahamas Hurricane Restoration Fund Hotline Information Website for locating loved ones affected by Hurricane Dorian Volunteers Needed: Medical field and allied health professions Medical…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

In the Wake of Hurricane Dorian: Climate Change and Infrastructure Issues

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — Hurricane Dorian has drowned the Bahamas and devastated the coasts of North and South Carolina. There are trillions of dollars worth of damages, and communities that it will take years to rebuild. The fury of this hurricane, some say, is unprecedented, with winds measured at 130 miles per hour at their fiercest. Dozens of lives have been lost – at least 30, as of this writing,…

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Destruction on the island of Grand Bahama in the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.

Hurricane Dorian Makes Bahamians the Latest Climate-Crisis Victims

By News & Current Affairs

The country has a tiny carbon footprint but carries the burden of being ground zero for global warming. By Erica Moiah James, The New York Times — MIAMI — Whoever thought Dorian might be a good name for a hurricane has some explaining to do. In the Bahamas, when we have to deal with difficulties, we try to make the saddest people among us laugh, knowing that they will return the…

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Hurricane Dorian

Why Hurricane Dorian Defied Forecasts and Sank the Bahamas

By Commentaries/Opinions

The storm evolved swiftly and unpredictably. But it was other weather phenomena that caused Dorian to stall, devastating the island nation. By Eric Niiler, Wired — Jason Dunion has been flying on “hurricane hunter” planes for the past 20 years to collect data on tropical storms. Yet Sunday’s flight into Hurricane Dorian was the first time he had felt the awesome power of a Category 5 storm. Dunion, a scientist at…

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Attendees watching proceedings. Pictured in the foreground from left to right: Jan Desper Peters, Executive Director, Black Mental Health Alliance, Baltimore, MD; Rev. Jerome Stephens, Director of Community Engagement, Office of Senator Benjamin Cardin of Maryland, Baltimore, MD; and Joseph Daniels, President and CEO, The Josa Group Strategic Development for Non-profits (TJG-SDNP), Windsor Mill, MD.

Powerful Conference Educated Black Families on Disaster Response

By Black Family Summit News, Press Releases / Statements

The All Healers Mental Health Alliance and the Institute of the Black World 21st Century Black Family Summit Presented the National Conference on Culturally Competent Disaster Response on June 28-29, 2019 at the Staybridge Suites in Baltimore, Maryland. The theme was “Recovery, Rebuilding, Resilience”. Baltimore, MD — Like hurricanes or floods, community disasters – such as police killings of unarmed Black people and lead-tainted water in Flint, Michigan – traumatize…

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Some Puerto Ricans had to restore downed power lines themselves after Hurricane Maria.

Puerto Rico has not recovered from Hurricane Maria

By News & Current Affairs

By Lauren Lluveras, The Conversation — Puerto Rico was in crisis long before Hurricane Maria hit on Sept. 20, 2017. For years, this U.S. territory had been struggling with debt, economic crisis and drought. In May 2017, the government defaulted on US$73 billion in loans and declared bankruptcy. Then Hurricane Maria slammed the island with 155-mph winds and coastal flooding that rose to 6 feet within 30 minutes of landfall. The storm caused the longest power blackout in…

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Hurricanes Katia (left), Irma (center) and Jose (right) in September 2017 – the first time on record that three major hurricanes made landfall at the same time in the Caribbean. Photograph: GOES-13 and MODIS/NASA/NOAA

Caribbean states beg Trump to grasp climate change threat: ‘War has come to us’

By Editors' Choice

As warming temperatures caused by climate change is strengthening hurricanes, leaders in the region plead with Trump to rejoin the Paris climate deal. By Oliver Milman, The Guardian — Caribbean states and territories have rounded on the Trump administration for dismantling the US’s response to climate change, warning that greenhouse gas emissions must be sharply cut to avoid hurricanes and sea level rise threatening the future of their island idylls. The…

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Puerto Ricans survey hurricane damage.

Puerto Rico Confronts a New Hurricane Season — and Old Injustices

By Commentaries/Opinions

The disastrous impacts of Hurricane Maria were magnified by inequalities of race, income, and access to U.S. political power. By Basav Sen, Foreign Policy in Focus — Residents of Puerto Rico are confronting the prospect of a fresh hurricane season, which will likely bring five to nine hurricanes, including one to four major hurricanes. The island, badly battered by last year’s Hurricane Maria, still hasn’t recovered. We continue to learn more about how…

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