#HispanicHeritageMonth; #Season2OfLaBiblioteca; #LatinxCivilRights; #PALABRAArchive
New York/Canadian-Media: The Library of Congress is launching Season 2 of La Biblioteca podcast as part of Hispanic Heritage Month a six-part series titled Exploring Latinx Civil Rights in the United States, which zeros in on seminal civil rights cases and events.
“We the People Defend Dignity,” 2017. Artist: Shepard Fairey. Prints and Photographs Division. Image Courtesy of Shepard Fairey, Obey Giant Art.
Created by Hermán Luis Chávez and María Guadalupe (Lupita) Partida, two Huntington Fellows in the Library’s Hispanic Reading Room, this English-language series derives from A Latinx Resource Guide: Civil Rights Cases and Events in the United States.
Season 2 evolves out of the resource guide, among the most viewed in the Library and speaks with lawyers, community organizers and legislators about Latino cultural identity and history in the United States and offers an overview of 20th and 21st century American court cases, legislation and events that have affected the Hispanic community across the U.S., including Puerto Rico.
“I am excited by the diversity of voices and topics in this season of La Biblioteca. I learned quite a bit, and I know our listeners will come away feeling better informed,” said Suzanne Schadl, chief of the Latin American, Caribbean and European Division.
The first episode centers on Madrigal v. Quilligan, a 1978 federal class action lawsuit filed by 10 Mexican American women against the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center for involuntary or forced sterilization. Although the plaintiffs lost the case in an unpublished decision from a California federal district court, the California Department of Health established new sterilization procedures and bilingual protocols for better informed consent for patients. Hermán and Lupita discuss the case and its impact with lawyer Antonia Hernández, who managed the case while working for Model Cities Center for Law and Justice.
Running through Nov. 2, subsequent weekly podcasts will discuss the fate of Central American immigrants who’ve entered the country illegally and the Temporary Protection Status, an immigration program enacted by Congress in 1990; the “Latinx” identity; Latino voter engagement; Latino student activism, and environmental activism in Puerto Rico. Guests include members of Congress, immigrant advocates, a bilingual journalist and academic experts.
La Biblioteca Podcast launched in 2017 to explore the Library’s collections. The first season, Exploring the PALABRA Archive, featured discussions with academic experts, poets and critics about a selection of recordings from the PALABRA Archive.
In addition to the Season 2 podcast, the Library joins Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations with a release of 50 new recordings from authors featured in the PALABRA Archive, including Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska and Cuban-American author, poet and anthropologist Ruth Behar. There will also be a Zoom webinar on Oct. 11 with Latin American children and young adult authors Angela Burke Kunkel, Aida Salazar and Yamile Saied Méndez.
#2021NationalHispanicHeritageMonth; #LibraryOfCongress; #ExploringLatinxCivilRights;
Washington/Canadian-Media: A line-up of digital releases and events to celebrate Latina/o/x history and culture would be shared this year at the Hispanic Reading Room of the Library of Congress
Our virtual programs or catch events and resources listed on the National Hispanic Heritage Month web portal are as follows:
Season 2 premiere of La Biblioteca Podcast “Exploring Latinx Civil Rights in the United States” Catch a new episode each Tuesday!
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Each Tuesday starting October 5th, listen to a new episode of La Biblioteca podcast season 2. Hispanic Reading Room Huntington Fellows Herman Luis Chavez and María Guadalupe Partida speak with community advocates, scholars, and Congress members about Latinx civil rights in the United States.
Guests include librarian María Daniela Thurber; former HACU intern Bianca Napoleoni; lawyer Antonia Hernandez; advocates Crista Ramos, Daphne Frias, and Myrna Pagan; journalist Paola Ramos; U.S. Congress members Teresa Leger Fernandez and Joaquin Castro, and scholars Carlos Manuel Haro (UCLA), Cecilia Menjívar (UCLA), Marie Cruz Soto (NYU), Ed Morales (Columbia), and Ruth Ellen Wasem (University of Texas).
More Upcoming Events and Digital Releases
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To join the Hispanic Reading Room at the Library of Congress and Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) in a virtual celebration of children’s and YA Latin American and Latinx literature, REGISTER HERE
Digital Features and Resources
There would be a release of more research guides related to Hispanic Heritage in the United States. Curators and librarians in the Hispanic Reading Room have also created and published a host of thematic StoryMaps celebrating Hispanic heritage, history, and culture.
One can hear from authors amplifying stories and voices from across Latin American and Latinx communities for young readers. Families, educators, and students to take part in this unique celebration during Hispanic Heritage Month are welcome.
This live virtual program will feature award-winning authors Angela Burke Kunkel (Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built), Aida Salazar (Land of the Cranes), and Yamile Saied Méndez (Furia).
#Washington; #LoC; #ItalianAmericanHistoryMonth; #MusicalGifts; #ItalianAmericans
Washington/Canadian-Media: Italian American Heritage Month (IAHM) is celebrated every year in the month of October to honor and recognize the centuries of achievements, successes, and valuable contributions of Italian immigrants and Italian Americans.
Italian American History Month. Image credit: www.osia.org
First observed in 1989 by a special proclamation of both Congress and President George H. W. Bush, IAHM honors the achievements and contributions of Italian immigrants and their descendants living in the USA, particularly in the arts, science, and culture.
The heritage month is in October to coincide with Columbus Day, the American national holiday traditionally celebrated on October 12, now celebrated on the second Monday in October.
Between 1820 and 2000 over 5 million Italians immigrated to the United States of America (USA). Currently over 26 million Americans of Italian descent reside in the USA making the Italian-Americans the fifth largest ethnic group.
During the observation of IAHM, Library of Congress (LoC), based in Washington, USA acknowledges the musical gifts and legacies Italian-Americans provided to the USA.
Established in 1800, LoC is the world’s largest library and the main research arm of the U.S. Congress as well as home of the U.S. Copyright Office, offering access to the creative record of the United States and from around the world both on site and online.
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In its musical training, USA is introduced to learning the terms used to describe tempos, dynamics, instruments in Italian language because the universally accepted dynamics and other musical vocabulary are still the Italian designations.
From the very American big band era, the American singer and actor Frank Sinatra, the only child of Sicilian (Italy) immigrants, studied with an opera singer to learn breath control, and observed Tommy Dorsey, an American jazz trombonist, composer, conductor and bandleader of the big band era.
Another great Italian-American singer is Gershwin award winner Tony Bennett with his signature song “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”.
Bill Conti, another Italian-American composer's “Fanfare for Rocky” from Rocky which is a great motivational music to push through the challenge.
Also carrying on the Italian composing tradition, New York-based John Corigliano, Jr. has presented lyrical scores to movies, The Red Violin, and operas.
#RightToKnowWeek; #CanadianAssociationOfJournalists; #RTK2021; #FreshEyesOnFOI
Ottawa/Canadian-Media: Canada is observing Right to Know Week during Sept 27 to Oct 3 reminding us that the right of access to information must be safeguarded as a fundamental pillar of our democracy.
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This is more important at a time when public trust is of vital importance in ensuring broad-based support for government actions that will enable us to chart a course for the future beyond the global pandemic.
But the deficiencies of the system including a lack of tools and processes to support Access to Information, issues related to leadership and organizational culture, the need to provide information through alternative means imperil the right of access
On this Right to Know Day, the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) calls on the federal governments, provincial governments, municipalities, and other publicly-funded agencies, once again, to take meaningful steps towards implementing long-sought solutions to ensure the right to know of Canadians is respected.
To mark #RTK2021, the CAJ is working with the Public Service Information Community Connection (PSICC) on their Right to Know Week festivities. The CAJ will be participating in a panel discussion called Fresh Eyes on FOI on September 29. CAJ members can receive a $20 discount to attend the week’s events. Contact us for a promo code.
In advance of the recent federal election, the CAJ and other press freedom groups asked the leaders of each federal party to explain how they would implement much-needed changes to the Access To Information Act. The Liberal Party’s response did not directly address the questions, instead citing “significant” amendments to the Access to Information Act.
“It speaks volumes that, across the political spectrum, civil society organizations agree that this system is broken,” said CAJ president Brent Jolly. “The CAJ is extremely concerned by a lack of recourse for journalists, and all Canadians, when government departments refuse to hand over documents to which the public has a right.”
Last month, the CAJ also made a cheeky submission to the Treasury Board Secretariat criticizing government inaction over many decades and repeating calls for reforms—some as basic as permitting payment for ATIPs to be made online and ensuring departments can send records electronically.
“For more than 40 years, the CAJ has been beating the drum for enhanced transparency and disclosure regimes across the country,” said Jolly. “Sadly, without proper attention, the black hole of information poverty will only continue to deepen.”
For #RTK2021, we encourage all members to share with us their experiences about their challenges accessing public records and government obfuscation. Tag @caj on Twitter. As well, you can:
#UnitedStatesOfAmerica; #WorldHumanitarianDay; #Covid19Pandemic; #VulnerablePeople
New York/Canadian-Media: The following statement was made by Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of United States of America on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day:
"On World Humanitarian Day, we recognize and honor all of the humanitarian aid workers who have sacrificed so much – including, for too many of them, their lives — to answer the call to protect and support the world’s most vulnerable populations. We commend the bravery and compassion of humanitarian aid workers who put the welfare of others before their own. We are especially grateful for the aid workers around the world, including in Afghanistan, Haiti, and Ethiopia, responding to the ever-changing needs.
For the world’s most vulnerable people, the impacts of humanitarian crises are compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, and humanitarian workers have been essential to ensuring access to health care, and addressing the related effects of hunger, gender-based violence, mental health, and other challenges that disproportionately affect displaced and marginalized communities.
The United States has a longstanding tradition of humanitarian leadership. In Fiscal Year 2020, the United States provided more than $10.5 billion in funding for food, shelter, healthcare, education, safe drinking water, and sanitation benefiting tens of millions of crisis-affected people worldwide, including many who have been displaced by conflict and violence, persecution, disasters, and climate events, as well as those unable to flee.
The United States continues to be the single largest humanitarian donor. This assistance includes support to ensure the safety and security of humanitarian aid workers as they courageously care for and help protect the most vulnerable people affected by conflicts and crises from Syria to Venezuela and from South Sudan to Burma.
The commitment of the American people to help those in need goes beyond official assistance provided by the U.S. government, it is also seen in the assistance provided by private citizens, America’s civil society and non-governmental organizations, including faith-based organizations, the private sector, and the numerous Americans who have dedicated their lives to humanitarian work.
As global humanitarian needs continue to increase with historic numbers of people forced to flee their homes and amid the climate crisis and global health and economic crises of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States will continue to serve as a catalyst for coordinated international crisis response and to encourage other governments to contribute more to share responsibility for meeting global humanitarian needs. We also call on all parties to allow immediate, safe, and unhindered humanitarian access for United Nations humanitarian agencies and other humanitarian actors providing assistance, including across conflict lines, to ensure that they can deliver aid and services without interference, and that humanitarian assistance reaches all those in need.
The lifesaving assistance provided by the United States is made possible by the dedicated humanitarian aid workers in the field whom we honor today and those who have served before."
#AzadiKaAmritMahotsav; #IndiaPM; #NarendraModi; #RashtraGaanRecord
Toronto/Canadian-Media: As part of celebration of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi had urged citizens during his “Mann Ki Baat” address of 25th July 2021, to sing the national anthem to create a “Rashtra Gaan” record, Consulate General of India Toronto reports said.
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In this regard, a web portal https://rashtragaan.in has been created by Ministry of Culture of India, where anyone can upload their own videos singing the national anthem, to be shown live on 15th August 2021.
The following steps need to be followed for singing and uploading the video of national anthem:
The Consulate General of India, Toronto requests all members of Indian diaspora living in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland to sing the National Anthem as India celebrates the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. All participants uploading the National Anthem on the portal will automatically be issued a certificate.
Participants are requested to register on https://forms.gle/5Mi6XHfgHXSeXfJP6 to be eligible for prizes awarded through a lucky draw organized by the Consulate General of India, Toronto.
International Day in Support of Torture Victims recognizes bravery of intern'l victims & survivors of torture
#UN; #USA; #InternationalDayinSupportofVictimsofTorture; #US; #Rehabilitation
New York/Canadian Media: On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (IDSVT), we recognize torturers must never be allowed to get away with their crimes, and systems that enable torture should be dismantled or transformed, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
Blue Bird, in Ukraine, conducts art therapy sessions. Left: The ‘floss of unity,’ made by children of survivors as a symbol of togetherness. Right: Into this pot, participants can place symbols of qualities that they want to see in themselves. Image credit: UN/Sergii Kharenko
On 12 December 1997, by resolution 52/149, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 26 June the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, with a view to the total eradication of torture and the effective functioning of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
June 26 is also an opportunity to call on all stakeholders including UN Member States, civil society and individuals everywhere to unite in support of the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who have been victims of torture and those who are still tortured today.
Torture seeks to annihilate the victim’s personality and denies the inherent dignity of the human beings. Its pervasive consequences often go beyond the isolated act on an individual; and can be transmitted through generations and lead to cycles of violence.
The United Nations has condemned torture from the outset as one of the vilest acts perpetrated by human beings on their fellow human beings and is a crime under international law. and is absolutely prohibited and cannot be justified under any circumstances.
"Nevertheless, we continue to see governments using torture and other violations of human rights as tools of ongoing repression against political opponents, members of minority groups and marginalized populations, human rights advocates, and those who simply voice an opinion that these governments do not like," said Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of United States in a statement today and added, we should recognize the bravery and humanity of victims and survivors of torture around the world.
The absolute prohibition of torture is a human right enshrined in international law," Since its inception in 1987, 171 countries—including the United States—have become parties to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which is inspired by Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its core tenet: “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
We should also not underscore the importance of rehabilitation and transitional justice so victims and survivors can transition from horror to healing. For this reason, the United States is the largest contributor to the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture that provides support to survivors and their families.
New York/Canadian-Media: Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State issued the following statement on the observation of Luxembourg National Day
On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri and the people of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg as you celebrate your National Day and the Grand Duke’s Official Birthday.
Our enduring and close friendship is based on shared history and common purpose. Just as we joined together to defend freedom and democracy during World War II, we are united in furthering those values, today. As founding members of international institutions such as the United Nations and NATO, we built a strong multilateral system to address global challenges and promote international prosperity. We are proud to continue our close partnership with Luxembourg, and we look forward to further cooperation in areas such as combatting climate change and advancing space exploration.
Best wishes to the people of Luxembourg for a safe and happy National Day, and a prosperous year ahead
#Washington; #WorldRefugeeDay2021; #COVID19Pandemic
Washington/Canadian-Media: Antony J. Blinken, US Secretary of State issued the following press statement during the observation of World Refugee Day today, June 20, 2021.
The shared experience of COVID-19 has showed us that we only succeed if we stand together. Together we heal, learn and shine. PHOTO:UNHCR
World Refugee Day presents an opportunity to recognize the courage and resilience of the millions of refugees who have been forced to flee their homes, the generosity of the communities that host them, and the united global response of humanitarian partners that help them. We mark today with news that the immense global forced displacement crisis has reached a disturbing new high, affecting more than 82 million people who are forcibly displaced, including more than 26 million refugees. These figures and the UN Refugee Agency’s theme for this year’s World Refugee Day, “Together we heal, learn, and shine,” are calls to action for all countries to ensure refugees have access to protection, life-saving care, and opportunities to learn so they can thrive in their host communities.
The United States reaffirms our commitment to alleviating the suffering of refugees globally through our leadership in humanitarian assistance and diplomacy. International cooperation is essential, and we recommit to multilateral engagement to meet immediate humanitarian needs and seek durable solutions for refugees to live with hope and dignity. No single country can respond to this global crisis alone, and no country is untouched by the impacts of forced displacement. We are in this together.
The United States is once again taking up the mantle of leadership on refugee resettlement, including through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, which has welcomed more than 3.1 million refugees since 1980. We have already taken the critical steps of raising the annual refugee admissions target to 62,500 for Fiscal Year 2021 and restoring regional allocations for resettlement to ensure that access to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program is based on refugees’ vulnerability, responds to the emergency need for resettlement across all regions of the world, and reflects the American tradition of welcoming refugees. The Biden-Harris Administration is putting America’s highest values at the center of our foreign policy and offering reassurance to persecuted people for whom permanent resettlement is needed.
Refugee resettlement is one of several ways that the United States supports forcibly displaced people around the world. As the world’s largest single donor of humanitarian assistance, the United States plays a crucial role in promoting and fostering the international response to displacement crises. In Fiscal Year 2020, we provided more than $10.5 billion in humanitarian aid globally, including assistance for refugees. In addition to providing life-saving services, our assistance supports the tireless work of humanitarian partner organizations to provide health care as well as livelihood and educational opportunities so that people fleeing persecution can heal, learn, and shine even in the challenging context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone deserves these opportunities, and we will continue to call on other countries to help us sustain humanitarian responses and find lasting solutions globally.
The United States will maintain our diplomatic efforts to promote access to international protection for people in vulnerable situations regardless of their location. We will be a reliable partner to all parties seeking to end conflicts or address other drivers of forced displacement and instability in the interest of creating the conditions for people to prosper instead of fleeing for their lives.
#Washington; #USPresident; #Juneteenth; #EndOfSlavery
Washington/Canadian-Media: United States President Joe Biden declares Juneteenth, June 19 as an official holiday in the US to commemorate the end of slavery.
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The legislation of Juneteenth as a federal holiday was signed by Biden Thursday marking , effective immediately. Before the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act was signed by Biden, Juneteenth was recognized as either a state or ceremonial holiday in 48 states and Washington, D.C.
Juneteenth celebrates the Emancipation Proclamation, which only freed slaves in the South, the 13th Amendment is what officially ended slavery in the U.S.
Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger informed on June 19, 1865 to community in Galveston, Texas, that President Abraham Lincoln had freed enslaved people in rebel states two and a half years earlier and also pressed locals to comply with the directive.
The holiday is looking a little different from most years.
The event which was celebrated virtually last year would see 144 million Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 gather in person.
Created in 1997 by Ben Haith, the founder of the National Juneteenth Celebration Foundation, the original Juneteenth flag has a blue and red stripe with a white star in the middle with an outline surrounding the star, and an arc that extends across the width of the flag.