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Kamala Harris’s “Do Not Come” Message Was a Political Failure

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The administration says it’s only concerned about the safety of migrants. Its actions continue to put them in danger. By Pedro Gerson, Slate — It may seem that there are few policy areas where Democrats and Republicans are more divided than immigration. After all, while former President Trump let xenophobia and cruelty towards migrants drive his policy decisions, President Biden has promised to implement policies that “promote integration, inclusion, and…

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Documentary Short: The Middle Passage & Black Latin America

By Reparations

The Middle Passage and Black Latin America is a documentary short on the history of the Transatlantic Slave trade, how it was started, developed, and the importance of the Spanish Empire to the trade. In this video, we cover the role of the Catholic Church and the importance of certain Papal Bulls, the Asiento Charter, the Encomienda System of forced slavery upon Indigenous peoples, the role of Charles V as…

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

By News & Current Affairs

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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Dr. The Honourable Ralph E. Gonsalves Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

Message From CARICOM Chairman on the 186th Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery

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The 186th Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery in the CARICOM Member-countries Which Were Colonised by Britain. By Dr. The Honourable Ralph E. Gonsalves Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) On August 1, 2020, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) commemorates the 186th anniversary of the abolition of the enslavement of Africans in the CARICOM member-countries which were colonized by Britain. In 1833,…

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Protesters cross the Brooklyn Bridge on June 19, 2020 – Juneteenth – in the United States’ third straight week of protest.

George Floyd protests aren’t just anti-racist – they are anti-authoritarian

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Lilian Bobea — The massive protests that erupted across the United States – and beyond – after the police killing of George Floyd are billed as anti-racist mobilizations, and that they are. Demonstrators are denouncing police violence in minority communities and demanding that officers who abuse their power be held accountable. But I see something more in this wave of American protests, too. As a sociologist specializing in Latin America’s human rights movements and…

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Haitian migrants ride on a bus after arriving on a deportation flight from the United States, amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

US to deport Haitians who’ve tested positive for coronavirus: NGO

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti says Monday’s scheduled flight ‘takes reckless to a whole new level’. By Isabel Macdonald — US immigration authorities are set to continue deportations to Haiti on Monday, with a flight that is scheduled to have at least 100 people on board, including five individuals who have recently tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to a US-based rights group. Among those facing…

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Tourists wearing mask on an empty street during COVID 19 pandemic lockdown in Singapore. Bars are closed.

World Bank sees plunge in Latin America, Caribbean economies

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

The World Bank says that the new coronavirus pandemic could send economies tumbling by 4.6% this year across Latin America and the Caribbean, and that could force governments to take ownership stakes in struggling major businesses. By John Rice, AP — The new coronavirus pandemic could send economies tumbling by 4.6% this year across Latin America and the Caribbean, forcing governments to take ownership stakes in struggling…

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Panelists from “The Decade of the Diaspora: A Conversation on the Afro Descendant Experience in Latin America” session during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation annual legislative conference.

Shining a light on Black suffering and slaughter in Latin America

By News & Current Affairs

By Michael Z. Muhammad — Though there are differences, Blacks in the Western Hemisphere are suffering and need to find ways to connect and support their struggle, overcome racial oppression and thrive. That was a major message from “The Decade of the Diaspora: A Conversation on the Afro Descendant Experience in Latin America” panel discussion at the Washington Convention Center during the recent Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Us, Culture and Struggle: Ultimately Engaged and Achieved on the Ground

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — This is a sankofa retrieval of thoughts on an anniversary past that still reveals positions and principles as relevant and real as rain in monsoon season. And it is reflective of the deep and enduring commitment we of Us have to the priority of our people, opposition to our oppressor and oppression, and to a communitarian African way of life and thus to the unfinished…

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Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO

Why I’m Visiting the Border

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By Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO — As I ventured to the southern border near Laredo, Texas, I could not help but think about the tragic shootings in El Paso and Dayton, which are stark reminders of the dangers that plague our communities under the resurgence of white nationalism, domestic terrorism, intolerance and racial hatred germinating from the White House. People of color are feeling less safe today and…

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Alicia Barcena

Latin America – Caribbean GDP expected to decline: 0.5 percent in 2019 vs 0.9 percent 2018

By News & Current Affairs

Santiago, Chile – The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) expects economic growth in the region to continue to decline, due to an international context of greater uncertainty and complexity, and weak performance by investment, exports, and consumption. This is the outlooks of the annual Economic Survey of Latin America and the Caribbean 2019, announced this week by Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the United Nations regional…

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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Latin America and the Caribbean 2030 agenda at a critical point

By News & Current Affairs

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean have undertaken a huge commitment to the 2030 agenda with important advances in the implementation of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Nevertheless, trends reveal that compliance with this global roadmap to 2030 is at a critical point in the region. The high-level political forum on sustainable development, taking place at United Nations Headquarters in New…

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