Thursday, January 26, 2012

Africville - Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus - Town Hall

Town Hall Meeting Took Place Where Africville Once Stood

Building International Unity and Working Towards Economic Recovery in the African Nova Scotian Diaspora Community

Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus International (SRDC) and Ujaama
Building International Unity and Working Towards Economic Recovery
in the African Nova Scotian Diaspora Community
“Remember the Ant”: Town Hall Meeting Took Place Where Africville Once Stood
In recognition of the United Nations declaring 2011, the “International Year for People of African Descent”, the Ujamaa Association and the Sixth Region Diaspora International present, Remember the Ant: An African Family Town Hall Meeting at Africville Park, August 22, 2011;
(click here to read more)

“You aren’t an African because you were born in Africa,” he tells the town hall audience. “You’re African because Africa was born in you.”  - David Horne

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

President Obama Presents 2012 State of the Union/Enhanced

I noticed there was no mention whatsoever of African Americans and our econonic situation nor was the prison industrial system addressed. Now I know singing a line from Al Green is cute but it's not that damned cute. Black folks need to take a page fron Eugene Debs on this one. In case you don't know he said " It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it."

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Police brutality in Johannesburg 12/01/12

Uploaded by  on Jan 13, 2012
JOHANNESBURG (12/01/12) A taxi driver was dragged into a puddle and ordered to swim because he laughed at a police officer. A woman was pepper-sprayed and beaten with a stick because she wanted to close her shop. And a human rights worker had his phone confiscated and was arrested for taking photographs of a soldier beating a shopkeeper with the butt of his R4 assault rifle.

Parts of Joburg resembled a war zone on Thursday as the SA National Defence Force, the SAPS Tactical Response Team and customs officials took part in Operation Festive Season for a second day on Thursday

Read the full story at :
To reuse content contact Yusuf Omar on (+27) 0822652133 or email




Standard YouTube License

Sunday, January 22, 2012

African Canadian Conference on Anti-Black Hate 2009

National African Canadian Conference on Anti-Black Hate that took place in Ottawa in March 2009

Over  three days, 200 legal experts, academics, youth and community leaders went to workshops and listened to speakers on poverty, education, health and the media.
Organizers, including Margaret Parsons, who heads the Toronto-based African Canadian Legal Clinic, hope the conference will lead to a national policy with co-ordinated strategies to address critical concerns within the black community.
The timing of the conference was ideal because many black Canadians are feeling increasingly ignored and let down by their public institutions, including schools, governments, the police and the media.
Indeed, for some, this is a community under stress.
In many ways, blacks in Canada have made great strides in recent decades. But in other ways, they've seen little progress since the 1950s.
As a group, black Canadians are poorer, less educated, less healthy, more likely to be unemployed or in jail than virtually every other racial or ethnic community.
Nowhere is this lack of progress more evident than when it comes to racially motivated hate crimes.
Blacks are the third-largest visible minority in Canada, exceeded only by the Chinese and South Asian communities. And yet 48 per cent of the victims of racially motivated hate crime are black. By comparison, at a distant 13 per cent, South Asians are the second most frequent victims of such crime.
What's worse, anti-black hate crime is on the rise, according to Statistics Canada data.
Hate crimes can include graffiti, oral comments, vandalism, arson, assault, even murder. Incidents can take place at work, in schools, shopping malls and hockey arenas.

 I tried to find some followup info on this conference but was unsucessful. In the absence of followup material I thought I might look at the comments to get some kind of feedback on how people were reacting to this conference but - guess what? Anyway I hope this post will help to generate some interest in conditions addressed by the participants of the conference, peace.