#Washington; #LibraryofCongress; #BernardodeGálvezAward; #HispanicDivision
Washington/Canadian-Media: The Library of Congress (LoC) is the proud recipient of 2021 Bernardo de Gálvez annual award by the Fundación Consejo España-Estados Unidos to American citizens or institutions who help promote and foster relations between Spain and the Uáánited States, for raising awareness of international recognition for the work of the Hispanic Division. LoC reported.
Bernardo de Galvez. Undated, artist unknown. Prints and Photographs Div. Image credit: LoC
Library’s “valuable contribution to preserving the world’s bibliographic and documentary heritage,” in particular the comprehensive collection of items related to the Iberian peninsula, Latin America and the Caribbean gained recognition by organizers.
“The Hispanic Division is honored to work with many colleagues in the Library of Congress and researchers across the country in acquiring, preserving and making available many different kinds of materials from and about Spain,” said Suzanne Schadl, chief of the Hispanic Division. “This recognition … is an acknowledgment of many peoples tremendous work.”
Bernardo de Gálvez was patriot and key ally in the foundation of the Hispanic presence in North America dating back to 1565 when Spaniards established the first permanent European settlement in what is now St. Augustine, Florida who were responsible establishing towns, missions, trading posts, and infrastructure projects in over half of today’s states.
During the Revolutionary War, apart from Spanish government's aid to the struggling colonial forces, his military exploits helped defeat the British in present-day Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama.
Born to a wealthy family in Macharaviaya, a small mountain village in the southeastern province of Málaga, Gálvez and attended an elite military school in Ávila, where he was groomed for a career of battles and conquests on behalf of the Spanish royals.
Having come to the Americas as a teen, fighting on behalf of Spain, and by the time he was 30, he had become the governor of Spanish Louisiana.
Image: “Prise de Pensacola,” Nicolas Ponce, 1784. Painting shows the munitions explosion at the British fortress. Spanish troops, possibly under the command of Gálvez, are on the attack. Prints and Photographs Division. Image credit: LoC
In 2014, Gálvez was awarded honorary citizenship by a bill passed by the Congress , 228 years after his death, joining eight other foreign leaders, including Winston Churchill and Mother Theresa.
Calling him a “hero of the Revolutionary War,” in the joint resolution signed by President Barack Obama, and was successful in driving the British from Pensacola, from which they never returned.
More than two dozen manuscripts on Gálvez and his military accomplishments were included in the Library’s vast Hispanic collections – one of the world’s most comprehensive. Among the rare items is a 1781 letter in George Washington’s correspondence, from Gálvez to François Joseph Paul, Comte de Grasse, about the “capitulation of Pensacola” and the British prisoners’ “word of honour not to take arms.”
Gálvez’s pivotal role in Hispanics’ long presence and contributions to the rich cultural tapestry of the United States, where they now number over 60 million and are the country’s largest minority.
#BlackWomen; #RacialDiversity; #CAACG; #ImportanceOfEducation; #SelfRealization; #DivinePurpose; #UnitedStatesOfAmerica
Los Angeles (California)/Canadian-Media: Dr. Marcia Ann Mims Coppertino, Founder and CEO of the Coppertino and Associates Consulting Group (CAACG) had a chance to discuss with Asha Bajaj by email the future of Black Women in America and various contributions of CAACG to their cause.
Dr. Marcia. Image credit: Facebook official
Following is the excerpt of the interview:
Asha to Marcia: What hope is there for American black women especially those in underserved communities and those with little or no education and are refused help from educated women?
Marcia: There is very little hope for women in rural areas and other areas of America where traditionally black women are poor, toothless, saddled with several children, teens, uneducated, and uncared for. They and their children have a tendency to be raised by women of the same caliber who have never attended high school or college. Part of the problem is that many black women who have the luck and assistance to leave areas where they get the chance to attend college, meet and marry men who can better support them and their needs, and who want to advance economically as a couple while their childhood friends are left behind.
These women seldom if ever look back to help others out of the depths of misery and they do not practice the Harriet Tubman way of life. She helped hundreds if not thousands through an underground railroad rather than run off to her own new way of life. She could not lay in the hay and horse barn hearing the screams of sadness from those left behind in slavery.
Harriet Tubman. Image credit: blackalliance.org
Already you see scores of educated black women who boast and brag about how they made it over but how many stories do you see, modern stories of those stepping outside their walls or education bowing down to help others. Instead, they choose to sit in 20-story office buildings drawing a big paycheck, dining in expensive restaurants after work not looking back to help other crying and dying for love, support, and health-related education in the wilderness of life.
Asha: One of the major problems is that most black women are leading single-mother households and are always struggling to make both ends meet. What help does your organization provide them?
Marcia: Our organization offers not only clothes and food and shoes, we offer counseling, beds in new friends households, mentorship not for a bowl of soup but for life. We come to cherish and stand in the back of and in front of women devastated by domestic violence, lack of education, and a household of principles for right living and how to honor and love other human beings. No lip service or promises here…the ladies are comforted and encouraged to move on with a new look on life and a purpose that can not lose to sex, bad choices in men, and from families that may not have loved and cared for them in the manner that they should have.
CAACG. Image credit: Website
Asha: How can you and your organization help change the history of many wealthy Black men who prefer to marry Mexican women who may at times pose as Italian women and white women who have children with mixed blond red hair, and who shun full black children. What is your organization doing to preserve the identity of the Black Women in America in the light of this family-related information?
Marcia: This is a hard job because consciously and subconsciously black men have always envied, feared, and hated the white man. Therefore a chance of having a white woman on their arm has meant a feeling of worth, power and acclaim for them as black men. The rich and wealthy black men also hold out for esteem and equalization with white men by having the white woman as his wife. Take a look at most of the National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA), and other related sports teams. Most of what you see on their arms are Mexican, Latina, white and other races of women.
Many black women are usually out the door mistresses or high price call girls only used for a day or two. They do not become their treasured wives. So sad. Our organization has monthly meetings, weekly conversations and to help address the real black woman within with a focus that no matter where you came from in life, the destination through love leads the way to healthy self-esteem and confidence to stand and know whatever you look like and whatever you do not have…hey hey hey...the buck stops here! You were created to look like you look, smell like you smell and move like you move and it is really alright!
The focus of a black race with black men are and is compromised when most of all the TV commercials now are showing black men with white women and orange and blonde mixed children. Follow the streets to their doors and see who opens the doors. Black women are just about killing themselves trying to wear long wigs, lots of makeup, long eyelashes not their own, and working out till they almost drop dead to capture the attention of the black man and any man for that matter that slaver has unearthed within. The fact that over 30 million abortions since 1973 bear this out within the last 5 years. Do not run to the history books but google the stats. No one seems to want a future for blacks.
Asha: Please elaborate on a few steps you are taking to remove one of the major and unjust existing problems faced by dark-skinned black women who are refused to be employed by their would-be employers.
Marcia: We are teaching and saying…become your own business. Create anything of worth and make it your own. Stop begging and crying for a 9–5 job knowing that at the end of the cycle or day, you have lost a generation behind you. I am so tired of so-called professional women standing smiling with a cap and gown on and then when they go home….no food on the table, kids have gone wherever, no one to help them with homework or love work, and then want to show up at the jails and prisons faking a cry. They need to look at the real cause of all of the wholesale crimes committed by children, teens, and young adults.
Gone all day for the sake of a dollar and to bring the paycheck home to men addicted on themselves and the home left in crumbles. You never hear the stats on latchkey kids or abused kids. No mother in the home. That smile most share is wiped off their faces at the cemeteries and graveyards the youth lay in.
Asha: Elaborate a few ways to improve the existing trend of most black men chasing entertainment and sports careers and no longer want a traditional marriage leaving the black woman behind to fend for herself and the children in the world.
Marcia: The black man is no longer interested. He could care less. Money has become his God and fame his crown. Many black men are in and out of the closet of revolving lifestyles therefore traditional family burdens are a phantom of the past. The black man has new freedoms he also did not have and now he is the handmaids' tool of the entertainment world rolling in billions.
Look at the Mexican women and how they help keep other kids during the day so the most able can get ahead. Look at the Chinese and Asians who live for the sake of others in their race and then look at the black women standing in the beauty shops and clothing stores hollering at their kids to shut up.
Asha: How can the plight of black women improve when most black men do not want their women staying home to raise their children and instead want them in the workforce slaving with or behind them? These black women often suffer from physical and mental breakdown in their struggles to juggle between their work and their families.
Marcia: Right now in the eyes of more affluent black women they do not give a damn what the black man has to say. They say I got money in the bank, this house is mine, that car outside is mine and in my name and whatever I want I can buy. So in essence the black man no longer has power over the black woman like 50, 75 years ago. The Black man has lost respect as head of the house when the black woman went to work, and when he found out she really did no longer need him to feed and house the family. That was his key role for uneducated black women who were walking up and down the roads with 6-7-8-9 kids following her. No more! Abortion rights, money in her brassier and a plethora of choices now are at hand to do what she no longer needed a black man to do for her.
Asha: Elaborate a few ways to improve existing trend of most black men chasing entertainment and sports careers and no longer want a traditional marriage leaving the black woman behind to fend for herself and the children in the world.
Marcia: The black man is no longer interested. He could care less. Money has become his God and fame his crown. Many black men are in and out of the closet of revolving lifestyles therefore traditional family burdens are a phantom of the past. The black man has new freedoms he also did not have and now he is the handmaids tool of the entertainment world rolling in billions.
He is a willing puppet and subject drunk and doped on power and fame. The only problem with this is the fact that he has not conquered his limited life span so oh well.
Asha: Once black men get a real black woman, is it true he works behind the scenes to encourage her to look and act like a white woman, and behave like a white woman. It is a blemish to the identity of black women. How can this be improved?
Marcia: It can only be improved if Mama gets to pull that headscarf off and the blue wig and read him his rights. He does not have her fooled. She knew what she got. Call the man out and then put him out. Mama always said…keep a dime in your purse for a phone call. Call him out and put him out.
Asha: Some say there is no future for a black woman if she is a half-black woman. Can you suggest a few ways in which this belief, which is a curse to the identity of women, can be eradicated?
Marcia: Well in some instances there is a future for half-black women. They have got to be encouraged and trained to choose which side of life they will work on and live on and be held accountable to accept their positions. All women can arrive at high points in self-satisfaction all the while remembering if they have a womb, that makes them special for a special calling on their lives.
They need to accept their divine purpose and not an insane purpose and honor their selection. We all have a cross to bear and that means standing up for what we as women were meant and desired to be.
Asha: Lastly the expectation that black women should be the next superhero leaves behind the black women to a bleak future due to lack of opportunities for their training. Suggest a few ways in which these black and dark-skinned women can be trained to form their own black salute.
Marcia: No matter what fake news or phony textbooks may say and teach, there is only one superpower in the universe. Psalm 83:18. Men and women need to recognize that they were not created to be superpowers with a limited life span of 70–80 years. What kind of superpower is that? One who has no power in his own being to live forever but who has to lay down and die at an appointed time he did not select?
The black, white, yellow and brown and all in between will only have a future on earth and in the skies above if he truly recognizes a higher power and a glorious power made and created in his image. That is the real future for all of us.
11 Million Girls, Young Women Risk Missing Post-Pandemic Return to Education, Deputy Secretary-General Tells Virtual Commonwealth Learning Week
#UN; #RacialDiversity; #Learning; #FemaleEducation; #GenderEqaulity; #SDGs
New York/Canadian Media: Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s video message to the closing session of the Virtual Commonwealth Learning Week today:
United Nations. Image credit: Twitter handle
The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland, Dr. Nabeel Goheer, colleagues and friends:
Thank you for inviting me to address the closing session of the Virtual Commonwealth Learning Week. I congratulate the Commonwealth Secretary-General and the Secretariat for organizing this rich program and for your commitment to transformational change.
I thank you for seeking synergies with the work of the United Nations, building on the strategic cooperation and delivery agreement we signed in 2019. As we grapple with a multitude of crises, learning is crucial for ensuring that we get on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
The pandemic has made that job more difficult than it already was. One statistic alone captures this quite well. Right now, around 11 million girls are at risk of not returning to education because of the pandemic. That’s 11 million girls and young women who will miss out on the life opportunities that only education can provide. Eleven million opportunities to push forward for gender equality.
I look back at my own life and know only too well that without education, so many doors would have been closed; so many chances to grow and to contribute would have been missed. We must now allow this to come to pass. Now is the time to truly scale our investment in education and in young people, and recovery from this pandemic provides us opportunities to do just that.
It has already accelerated some of the positive trends in digitalization, for instance, but more must be done to fully realize the benefits by overcoming digital divides and strengthening digital capacity. Building on the UN Secretary-General’s Data Strategy, we must respond creatively to the opportunities data presents, while understanding and managing the risks.
Most Member States have adopted national sustainable development strategies and reported on progress through voluntary national reviews. But monitoring and evaluation (M&E) needs to be better integrated in these processes. By using data science and exploring new sources of data, we can strengthen M&E systems, fill data gaps and deliver more impactful services in inclusive and cost-effective ways.
As entities focused on multilateral, multi-stakeholder action and engagement, you are well placed to contribute. The United Nations looks forward to enhanced partnership with the Commonwealth. We can learn from each other and, together, support positive change to deliver on the 2030 Agenda.
#PrinceHarry; #MeghanMarkle; #OprahWinfreyInterview; #Racism; #Mistreatment
Buckingham Palace/Canadian-Media: During a visit to an east London school today, Prince William directly addressed the explosive interview of Harry and Meghan's accusations of racism in the Palace to Oprah Winfrey broadcast on Sunday and denied Royal Family to be racist.
Prince Harry and Kate in East London school. Facebook Page of Prince Williams
William, second in line to the throne after his father, Prince Charles, says he hadn't yet spoken to Harry in the aftermath of the interview, "but I will do."
William became the first royal to directly address the issue and said,
"We're very much not a racist family," he said as his wife, Kate, walked by his side.
Being disturbed by Harry and Meghan's allegations of racism and mistreatment, the Royal Family, and Buckingham Palace and responded to them in a 61-word statement Tuesday which read,
"The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan," Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
"The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.
"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members."
In her interview with Oprah, Meghan, who is biracial, said she suffered from isolation and misery as a working member of the Royal Family and had suicidal thoughts.
She also said Harry told her there were "concerns and conversations" by a Royal Family member about the color of her baby's skin when she was pregnant with their son, Archie.
In the interview, Markle said, "That’s the sad irony of the last four years is I have advocated for so long for women to use their voice, and then I was silent."
"I just didn’t want to be alive anymore," added Meghan.
Harry-Meghan Interview: Image credit: Meghan Markle Instagram
Harry and Meghan's accused a family member of making a racist remark about their son and courtiers of ignoring Meghan's pleas for help when she was suicidal, has dragged the royals into their biggest crisis since the death of Harry's mother Diana in 1997.
The palace, which was then led by Queen Elizabeth, was widely criticized for being too slow to respond.
Harry also said in the two-hour long interview, originally aired on CBS on Sunday, that his father, heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, had let him down.
Conversations about racism, mental health had been triggered around the world by Harry and Maggie comments and had put the relationship between Britain and its former colonies at stake.
#TheBrowniesBook; #ChildrenOfTheSun; #ChildrenLiterature; #AfricanAmericans
New York/Canadian-Media: A short lived but influential publication “The Brownies’ Book: A Monthly Magazine for the Children of the Sun” edited by W.E.B., pioneer in children’s literature, celebrated African-Americans with positive images, stories and poetry at a time when caricature toys were the norm.
Jennifer Mack-Watkins Image credit: www.mackjennifer.com/bio.html
One among the many artists inspired by this magazine which ran from January 1920 to December 1921, Jennifer Mack-Watkins' upcoming solo exhibition at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center in Vermont draws from the publication’s illustrative imagery.
One image in particular of a photograph of thousands of Black people marching down Fifth Avenue in New York resembling a celebratory parade, provided the catalyst for her show.
“This is beautiful, they’re all dressed in white — it must be a glorious, great occasion,” she recalled thinking. “Then after reading more, I realized, wow, it’s not what I thought it was.”
The image provided a wild contrast to reality of the actual protest taking place in the names of those who had recently been killed in a race riot in St. Louis, and other acts of violence toward Black people across America.
When Mack-Watkins, raised in the South and based in New York, was asked to take her art to Vermont, her search for a particular moment in history to raise awareness among the people led her to the magazine and to a Vermont poet named Daisy Turner, who as a schoolgirl in 1891 took a defiant stand against racism.
Going against the instructions to recite a poem written by a white person while holding a caricatured Black doll, she improvised with her own poem.
Inspired by both Turner and the magazine, Mack-Watkins created 11 silkscreens and two color lithographs and named it “Children of the Sun,” that will be on display from March 17 through June 13, both virtually and in person.
Using doll imagery as a narrative framework in the show to explore the exhibition’s themes as well as audio recordings by Turner, including her recitation of the 1891 poem, is intertwined with a modern-day response and poetry by Fayemi Shakur, a writer and interdisciplinary artist written specifically for the show.
“The dolls I chose to depict in the work is not a representation of who we are as a people,” she said, “but I’m more interested in just the act of play.”
Dolls are personal to Mack-Watkins as growing up, she played with many kinds of dolls.
In her show, Mack-Watkins framed the silkscreen dolls in an arch, a symbolic gesture to show the “vulnerability and perseverance of Black children in America,” she said. The dolls only have first names, like Harriet and Langston, and are named after Black leaders and pioneers and left it to viewers' discretion to discover the importance of these names.
“And if they don’t know the full names of the people, hopefully that’ll steer them to actually look and see why I named them that,” she said.
She also said she wants her show to reach children “so they can know that Black is beautiful.”
Her own 4-year-old daughter gravitated toward the images and hand-painted them, while her husband made copies.
“My daughter knew that they were important so she took the time to hand paint with watercolor, every drawing that I had made. And it was special to her,” she said. “So it definitely goes to the children, my own children, other people’s children and adults that continue to look for representation.”
Being first introduced to a printmaking technique in high school, Mack-Watkins then studied the field at Clark Atlanta University and Spelman College, and tells stories of the Black experience and hopes to inspire other printmakers of color to do the same.
“Our act of making art is our act of action,” Mack-Watkins said. “It’s a resistance.”
#California; #Hollywood;#VulnerableGroups; #HealthCareWorkers; #Covid19VaccineCodes; #MyTurnWebsite
Los Angeles/Canadian-Media: As part of a state of California's initiative to help vulnerable black and Latino communities hard-hit by the pandemic and pre-existing priority groups, healthcare workers, people over the age of 65 and those with underlying medical conditions, COVID-19 vaccine access codes meant for these groups have been circulating in Hollywood, media reports said.
The access codes are entered on California’s MyTurn website where people register for vaccination and authorities determine their eligibility.
People of color, particularly from black and Latino communities, have been hardest-hit by Covid-19 cases and deaths in the US.
To enable people of color who find it difficult to get an appointment, the California program sets aside a number of daily appointments by access code at two sites – California State Los Angeles. and Oakland Coliseum.
Live-action short film 'Tribes' co-produced by Canadian filmmaker Patricia Chica in consideration for an Oscar® Nomination
#TribesTheMovie; #PotentialOscarNominee; #Racism; #division; #ShortActionFilm; #Humour; #Satire; #SelfIdentity; #Unity; #PoliceBrutality; #JustForLaugh; #NinoAldi; #ShortOfTheWeek.com; #PatriciaChica; #JakeHunter; #AndyMarlatt; #DeStormPower; #AdamWaheed;
(Los Angeles, CA)/Canadian-Media: After winning the best comedy award at the LA Shorts International Film Festival, where Nino Aldi's live-action short film TRIBES surpassed 70,000 views, the Hollywood celebrity reporter Perez Hilton' proclamation that the film "Is A Potential Oscar Nominee!" and quickly became part of the Academy Awards conversation among fans and industry members.
The current societal conversations around race, division, and identity reflected in TRIBES' are imbibed by the audience by a good laugh.
"This short film has a rather unusual trajectory because, in the beginning, the festival programmers considered it simply as a comedy with a positive message. But following all the social issues that we have experienced this year 2020, such as Black Lives Matter and the US Elections, the film took on a whole new dimension in the public and media's consciousness." explains Canadian producer Patricia Chica. "The message of this satirical film is important for opening the discussion, and in a fun way, on the issues that divide humanity. Plus, who doesn't need a good laugh these days?" she adds.
Patricia Chica. Image credit: @GeovannySolis_GOODy
"Our society needs meaning and positivity and it does help to discuss serious issues while having a good laugh," says director Nino Aldi, "and this is exactly what TRIBES offers in 10 minutes," he adds.
Nino Aldi. Image credit: Fixseed Productions
The themes of inclusion, diversity, and unity in this powerful and thought-provoking dark satire, unfold during a train ride between two stations as an African-American, an Arab-American and a white man trying to rob a train when no one wants to rob their own race.
Self-identity is truly a bitch – a concealed premise perfectly fits under Nino Aldi’s camera, revealing our current social environment, with a hint of comedy.
Internet celebrity and American Music Award honoree DeStorm Power who plays the African-American character says: "As a black man living in America, growing up experiencing inequity first hand, the effect of racism, police brutality and being discriminated against constantly simply for being black; TRIBES reconfirmed to me that I'm not alone in this fight for equality. Bringing this issue to life in a comedic fashion and helping the viewers see its importance, was more than rewarding."
DeStorm Power. Image credit: Fixseed Productions
Emmy-winning producer and actor Jake Hunter who plays the white guy adds: "With TRIBES, I wanted to tell an entertaining story that sheds light on the conversation around race and that at the same time inspires the population to realize that we're all one."
Jake Hunter. Image credit: FixseedProductions
"The biggest message to takeaway from TRIBES is unity. No matter how you separate people based upon age, gender, race, and ethnicity, we are all connected. This is what makes us humans and allows us to understand all that we have in common" says Forbes' 30 Under 30 actor and influencer Adam Waheed, who plays the role of the Middle-Eastern character.
Adam Waheed. Image credit: Fixseed Productions
Winner of multiple awards including the prestigious 1st Place at the Just For Laughs' funniest short films from around the world competition, Eat My Shorts, Tribes had its world premiere at the Academy qualifying Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
This was followed by Regard, Rhode Island International, LA Shorts, and the Cannes' Film Festival American Pavilion's Emerging Filmmaker Showcase, to name a few. The film will be released in 2021 on the highly curated platform ShortOfTheWeek.com.
MOVIE CLIP: www.vimeo.com/381705906
Tribes' Team (from L-R); Jake Hunter (actor-producer), Patricia Chica (Canadian producer) and Nino Aldi (director). Image credit: © Selfie by Jake Hunter
This funny and thought-provoking satire stars Internet personalities Jake Hunter (Emmy award-winner, Adam Waheed (Forbes' 30 Under 30) and DeStorm Power (Emmy Nominated, American Music Award honoree). The screenplay is written by Andy Marlatt (winner of the Page International Screenwriting Awards). The producers are the three leading actors as well as TIFF Filmmaker Lab alumna Patricia Chica and multidisciplinary filmmaker Jeion Green. The film was executive produced by Will Meldman of Double Down Pictures and Jordan Taylor Wright of Taylor Cut Films. Digital Jungle Post Production handled the deliverables of the short.
For more information about TRIBES, please visit the following links:
#Wahington, #BlackAndHispanic; #HungerRate; #CollapseOfEconomy; #Covid19Pandemic
Washington/Canadian-Media: Food insecurity experienced by Black and Hispanic households across America even before the pandemic at a significantly higher rate than the national average of 10.5 percent has been exacerbated in the United States, with one in eight households not having enough to eat because of the surge of 48 percent to 60 percent in food insecurity, media reports said.
Black and Hispanic People in America. Image credit: PBS.com
With the collapse of the economy millions lost their jobs, since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, families have turned to food banks and food organizations in record numbers with numerous volunteers working to help address food insecurity in the Washington metropolitan area.
But the coronavirus pandemic has caused a loss 50 percent of its partner organizations of the Capital Area Food Bank, which had been providing 30 million meals a year before the pandemic, directly from and through a network of more than 450 nonprofit organizations, to nearly 415,000 people in the Washington metropolitan region, 2020 hunger report by the Capital Area Food Bank said.
“We feel very humbled to be able to serve our brothers and sisters in this community who are dealing with food insecurity at a level that we’ve never seen before,” said Matthew L. Watley, senior pastor of Kingdom Fellowship A.M.E. Church. “To see entire families on the brink and vulnerable really gave us a call to stretch out and to try to serve. We’re here until we believe we can make an impact for those who are really in need, and we’re hoping to increase our capacity even further.”
Kingdom Connection Fellowship International. Image credit: Facebook page
Andy Burness, president of the Burness communications firm, a co-founder of Business Leaders Fighting Hunger, and a volunteer at the Rainbow Community Development Center, believes all residents should show up for the community.
“Every county in every city should have businesses coming together to do whatever needs to be done for equity in that county...to solve hunger it’s not just the government, it’s not just the food banks and other nonprofits, it’s not just the businesses, it’s the three working together... public-private partnerships working together to fight hunger and everything else that’s needed to give people a chance at life.”
#NBA; #Sports; #Protest; Racism
Ottawa, Aug 27 (Canadian-Media): The unprecedented move of the refusal of The National Basketball Association (NBA) players to play in all three playoff games scheduled for Aug 26, to protest the police shooting of an African American man, Jacob Blake, in Wisconsin had caused bewilderment in the NBA league, media reports said.
Image. NBA. Image credit: Twitter Handle
Blake had been shot in the back by police at close range on Aug 23, while he was reportedly trying to break up a fight between two women.
At least seven gunshots were heard by the eyewitnesses paralysing the man from the waist down.
The incident triggered a new wave of protests against police brutality and racial discrimination.
It's still unknown which games will be played on Aug 27. A decision on the status of the Toronto Raptors' playoff game Aug 27 against the Boston Celtics has not been made, according to a published report.
"Is this going to change the world? No, it's not. Is there a symbolic moment here where it contributes to the changing of the world? Absolutely," American sports author Howard Bryant said, CBC News reported.
"Because people pay attention to these guys. This is a $10 billion industry we're talking about. You'll hear people say things like, 'Well, I couldn't do that at my job.'
"They're not you. These people are incredibly, incredibly visible and have a lot of influence."
Meanwhile, the lead of the NBA was followed by the players in Major League Baseball and the WNBA who staged their own protest, also refusing to play.
#BritishColumbiaSchools; #AntiRacism; #ERASEStratecy
British Columbia, Jul 24 (Canadian-Media): A new Community Roundtable on Anti-Racism to support the development of an anti-racism action plan in education has been created with an aim to strengthen the K–12 curriculum by ensuring the culture, beliefs and ancestry of all students and staff are accepted, celebrated and understood, media reports said.
AntiRacism. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons
B.C.'s Premier John Horgan said in a news release that British Columbia (B.C)'s schools or should imbibe a "culture-based learning in the education system and build a better and more inclusive future for B.C.”
A wide range of groups have been brought together by the community leaders to better understand the impact of racism on B.C. students by Rob Fleming, Minister of Education to strengthen and develop new policies and programs to promote anti-racism.
The first meeting of the roundtable was held on Friday, July 24, 2020, and will continue to meet during the development of the action plan.
“Now is the time to listen, learn, engage and act,” Fleming said. “We are committed to working with community and education partners to build a meaningful and lasting anti-racism action plan to ensure schools are safe and welcoming places where diversity is celebrated.”
First Nations Leadership Council, the First Nations Education Steering Committee and Métis Nation BC had been asked by Fleming to help set up a distinct Indigenous table and co-develop its approach.
A new student advisory group will also be formed in the fall to hear directly from students on their experiences.
“We are pleased to be working with the Ministry of Education to address racism in our schools. We’ve been advocating for this for many years now...We believe strongly that education about people and other people’s culture really reduces racism and prejudice," said Silvia Mangue Alene, president, BC Black History Awareness Society in a news release.
The Community Roundtable on Anti-Racism in education is based on a series of community dialogues led by Ravi Kahlon, former parliamentary secretary for sport and multiculturalism, last summer and leads to the development of Resilience BC, a provincewide anti-racism network of 40 communities announced in November 2019.
"By including a mandatory course on First Peoples as part of B.C.’s K-12 graduation requirements...is a widely supported measure that will contribute to significant change in the province,” said Tyrone McNeil, president, First Nations Education Steering Committee.
The provincial ERASE (expect respect and a safe education) strategy designed to foster school connectedness, address bullying, prevent violence and provide support to school districts during critical incidents. ERASE’s online reporting tool has recently expanded to include a category for reporting incidents of racism and discrimination.
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B.C. government, in 2019 provided a sum of $3.1 million for Indigenous teacher training programs to ensure B.C. has more teachers trained to bring Indigenous perspectives into classrooms.