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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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Dr. Duane Sands, Dr. Annelle Primm and Dr. Lovern Moseley

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

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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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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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Why Hurricane Dorian Defied Forecasts and Sank the Bahamas

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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 (BFS) Posts, 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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An aerial view of Mozambique's Sofala province shows standing water. Sofala and Manica provinces were the hardest hit by Cyclone Idai.,

Mozambique Floods Cover More Ground Than NYC, Chicago, D.C., and Boston — Combined

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Post-flood satellite images of Mozambique show that Cyclone Idai submerged about 835 square miles of homes and fields — an area larger than New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Boston combined. By Eric Holthaus, Grist — Aid workers in Mozambique describe the floodwaters as “inland oceans extending for miles and miles.” Idai’s official death toll in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi reached 761 on Monday, but that total will surely rise. There are…

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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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Caribbean residents see climate change as a severe threat but most in US don’t — here’s why

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People in the U.S. and the Caribbean share vulnerability to climate change-related disasters, but only in the Caribbean is the public truly worried. Why? By Elizabeth J. Zechmeister and Claire Q. Evans, The Conversation — During the 2017 Atlantic basin hurricane season, six major storms – all of which were Category 3 or higher – produced devastating human, material and financial devastation across the southern United States and the Caribbean.

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