The United Nations’ Human rights council , recently called the United States of America, out on racial profiling, use of the death penalty and police brutality, during a peer review of 117 United Nations member states.

According to a report by Al Jezeera America, 343 recommendations were given by the United Nations Human rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, of which the U.S accepted 44 of the recommendations for eliminating racial discrimination and addressing excessive use of force by police.


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Haiti World Bank report: Time for a social contract

Economic Justice for Ayiti
Abolish ALL Structural Adjustment Policies
END the Occupation of MINUSTAH


Forward Ever…

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Jacqueline Charles (Miami Herald) writes that, as Haiti’s presidential campaigning slowly gains momentum amid continuing uncertainty about the fate of the country’s scheduled October 25 elections, a new World Bank report calls for a social contract to improve the lives of all Haitians.

The report notes that natural disasters and political instability have greatly affected Haiti’s anemic economy and contributed to the 6 million Haitians living in poverty on less than $2.25 a day. At the same time, a bad business environment has not encouraged private investments, while insecurity in the urban centers has sharply increased with the crime rate in metropolitan Port-au-Prince reaching critical levels.

“Policies to ensure more inclusiveness are needed,” the report said.

The call comes as the International Monetary Fund estimates that the Haitian economy only grew between 1 and 2 percent this fiscal year, and Haiti’s Finance Minister Wilson Laleau concedes that it has been…

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Save NYC’s West Indian Day Parade

This erasure of Cultural Expressions/Heritage must NOT be allowed.

We will NOT be silenced!!!

#Brooklyn #WestIndianFestival

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Parade_1BM_t580This Op-Ed piece by Fordham University professor Christina Greer appeared in The Amsterdam News.

Each Labor Day weekend, thousands of New Yorkers gather to celebrate “One Caribbean, One People, One Voice.” People come from miles around to celebrate their heritage, learn about the great cultures of the Caribbean, observe the intricate and vibrant costumes and to be inspired by the music, food, love and beauty of Black people from across the Diaspora.

All Caribbean nations are products of slavery, colonialism and some of the most brutal acts committed by man. However, during the now famous West Indian Day Parade, multiple generations from many nations gather in Brooklyn to celebrate the beauty of their various and diverse histories and cultures. There are now clamors to cancel this celebration because of violence that occurred in the hours before the parade. Cancelling the West Indian Day Parade would not only rob all New…

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‘Voodoo To Go’ Festival in Utrecht, The Netherlands

There will be music from West-African afrobeat to Surinamese kaseko and from Cuban-American jazz to Haitian mizik rasin. In addition, writers, documentary-makers and experts will exchange thoughts about the dynamic faith that is so often misunderstood

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A post by Peter Jordens.

Voodoo To Go Festival

September 18-20, 2015

RASA, Pauwstraat 13a, 3512 TG Utrecht, The Netherlands

Admission: 22 euro per day, 50 euro for the full festival

The first European Voodoo Festival will take place from September 18 to 20, 2015 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The program presents a combination of music, dance, film, a photo exhibit, lectures and a children’s section. Haiti will be represented by the musician, poet, dancer, choreographer and Vodou priest Erol Josué. Voodoo To Go is the first festival in Europe that will display the rich voodoo culture. There will be music from West-African afrobeat to Surinamese kaseko and from Cuban-American jazz to Haitian mizik rasin. In addition, writers, documentary-makers and experts will exchange thoughts about the dynamic faith that is so often misunderstood.


Friday September 18: The Origin (Africa)

Vaudou Game (Togo/France)

Djobé (Benin)

Jungle by Night (DJ…

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‘Little Jamaica’ Rocks on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica

SALUTE! To the intersections of our Cultural Identities and Shared Experiences

The children of Mama Africa…

United We Mist STAND!!


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Rob Schulman writes about Jamaican influences and its trajectory on the Costa Rican coast. Schuman writes: “Around there, Belafonte shares the stage with Jamaican superstar Bob Marley, as does calypso with that island’s reggae, ska, rocksteady and nyabinghi music.”

The idea was to build a railroad across the steaming jungles of Costa Rica linking the country’s inland capital at San Jose to its main eastern port at Limon. The 95-mile-long project was aimed at making it quicker to carry coffee — Costa Rica’s principal export — from the plantations to the port vs. the decades-old system of moving the goods by ox carts plodding over horrid dirt roads.

Work on the railroad, originally expected to take five or so years, got underway in 1869. The first train rolled out 21 years later.

Some were surprised the project got finished at all, given its inept planning, contractor bankruptcies, financing frauds, rampant…

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Jamaican Fishermen Bemoan Pollution and Changing Environment

People of the Earth…this is beyond being a wake up call.

“Turtles see it and go after it (mistaking the bags for jellyfish), swallow it and it kills them,” McDonald said

This is a Call for Action!!!!

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In Jamaica, Junior McDonald is all for those making a living from the sea teaching their children more than the business of rod and reel, boat and net, but he calls for transferable skills, in recognition of the changing environment. Here are excerpts:

[. . .] “The economy has changed so much. The cost of living, the cost of equipment to go out to sea have gone up,” McDonald said. [. . .] Despite this, though, McDonald said people are not giving up fishing because “they see no alternatives”.

“That is why I propose among the fishermen and children of fishermen, we can identify those who can be equipped with alternative, transferable skills, in recognition of the changing environment. I will always be an advocate for that, because I believe in education,” McDonald said.

A member of the Old Harbour Bay Fisherman’s Co-operative, McDonald insisted: “There needs to be an…

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#TimeCapsuleTUESDAY: Poet Aliyah Oyemade: ‘When A City Loves’ – Ode to Cabrini Green (Chicago) Excerpt from WBEZ vimeo page: Year: 2011 Aliyah Oyemade, whose poem When a City Loves honors recently “deceased” public housing complex Cabrini Green. Over its sixty-some years Cabrini Green became synonymous with the problems of public housing: drugs, gangs, violence, and crushing poverty. Still, it was a bittersweet moment for some former residents when … Continue reading #TimeCapsuleTUESDAY: Poet Aliyah Oyemade: ‘When A City Loves’ – Ode to Cabrini Green (Chicago)

From Within and Without: The History of Haitian Photography.

Support the Artz: Photos & Essays compiled to give a glimpse of Haiti..

Krik? Krak!


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NSU Art Museum of Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., is publishing a catalog commemorating the groundbreaking exhibit From Within and Without: The History of Haitian Photography. The book ($35 at the museum store or comprises 96 illustrated pages with essays by Edouard Duval-Carrié, Emilie Boone, Donald Consentino, Edwidge Danticat, Laurent Dubois, Kimberly Green, Margaret Mitchell Armand, Alfredo Rivera, Maggie Steber and Edward Sullivan. A signing is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sept. 12, after a 2 p.m. lecture by Laurent Dubois, director of Duke University’s Forum for Scholars and Publics, whose most recent book is titled Haiti: The Aftershocks of History. To RSVP, call 954-262-0204 or visit


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West Indian Day Parade: NYC Celebrates Caribbean Culture

Big Ups to All Afro-Caribbeans celebrating the wondrous confluence of Our CULTURE …

Be Safe & Enjoy the Celebrations!!!

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The annual Caribbean street party known as J’Ouvert begins in the pre-dawn hours Monday in Brooklyn, a festive prelude to the West Indian Day Parade.

The J’Ouvert mini-parade starts at Grand Army Plaza and proceeds down Flatbush Avenue and east on Empire Boulevard to Nostrand Avenue.

Hundreds of thousands are expected to participate in the celebration of Caribbean culture.

Three grand marshals will lead this year’s West Indian Day Parade: Maxine Williams, Global Director of Diversity at Facebook; U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp, who was born in Brooklyn; and Earl Phillips, secretary treasurer of the Transport Workers Union, Local 100.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at Eastern Parkway and Schenectady Avenue and will end at around 6 p.m. on Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Park.

Eastern Parkway will be closed between Howard Avenue and Grand Army Plaza during the parade.

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