Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Dr. Ron Daniels and his wife presented President Préval with a book about South African leader Nelson Mandela. Photo: Richard B. Muhammad
Relief efforts underway for Haiti:
Pledge $5 by texting "Yele" 501501; charged directly to your cell phone. Organized through hip hop artist Wyclef Jean's organization, Yele. (www.yele.org)
The Many Hands Effort
Saturday, January 16, 6pm
5730 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles
The Many Hands Effort requests monetary donations instead of supplies to in part help boost the efforts of trusted relief organizations, and to avoid having the donations eaten up by the high shipping costs. Saturday's event is sponsored by a coalition of pan-African activists and organizations.
If you can't make it Saturday, you may also:
1. Send a money order or check payable to Mothers for Africa, PO Box 18980, LA CA 90018, note that this is for Haiti Relief
2. Go to http://www.hufh.org and make donations directly
Noluthando Williams - firstname.lastname@example.org
Micheline Roberson at 310-903-3932
Queen Nana / Mothers for Africa at email@example.com
Earlier I corresponded by email with a dear sister from Haiti, an actress, who had just arrived in New York last night from her native land, she told me. I met her and a delegation that had accompanied the Mayor of Port Au Prince during a Final Call assignment last year. Sister told me that she'd made contact with husband, who was still in Haiti, and that he was alright, but she was still awaiting word about her family.
Just about four months ago Final Call Editor Richard Muhammad made a pilgrimage to the Citadel in Haiti. He was part of a delegation, spearheaded by Dr. Ron Daniels and The Haiti Support Project (HSP), which went there to promote cultural and historical tourism to help develop the nation. They met with President Réne Préval and his wife in the Presidential Palace, which has been destroyed by the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck Tuesday.
The quake has rendered thousands dead, 500,000, some Haiti officials estimate, and at least 1/3 of Haiti's population of 9 million potentially in need of emergency services, according to the International Red Cross.
The people of Haiti will need as much support that the HSP, Many Hands Effort, Red Cross, Wyclef Jean's Yele organization, and people worldwide, can give them.
Please, Let's Pray and Pay for Haiti.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Hate Still ExistsBy Jeremy Vernon
I drew a picture of President Obama as a symbol of change taking place in America.
In other countries, our flag is burned as a symbol of the negative feeling towards us. The picture of President Obama shows our strong need for change and his election was meant to usher in that change.
What my picture represents is the fact that there are still hate groups in America. There are still people in the world who not only dislike the idea of a Black President; they haven’t accepted the fact that we actually have one. Times have changed yes, not all people are willing to grow with the changes. In their minds, their personal memories and image of America is also burning.
My picture basically symbolizes the division in America that is increasingly starting to show again. Since the civil rights period, people have always known that racism and segregation could not remain. We have death threats made against our new President by “God–fearing Americans”, racial jokes and hints posted on emails and in media. It only shows that much change is still needed.
Obama’s election by Americans of all races is the change that America desperately wants and needs. Our generation has made that clear. He is not "the" change, our coming together to elect him as President is the change.
The other issue my picture addresses our government’s policy regarding the return of military dead to the U.S.
America does not like to see the bad sides of war. There really is no good that comes from war, but refusing to show images of our dead heroes of war only softens the idea of death for everyone but the families who’ve lost loved ones. It hides the truth about war under the disguise of protecting the privacy of families.
Although that’s important, what’s more important is to show people what is really happening to our troops. Instead, the lack of these sad photos of our dead heroes returning home by plane in a coffin leaves the image of war as a sort of video game. It’s an honor to choose to go to war to protect our nation, but more than half of young Americans do not even know the reason why we are in the war to begin with. The old saying "The old men send the younger men to fight their wars” describes the time that we live in. The old men of the previous administration sent the nations younger men to do their bidding and fight their battles. The least America deserves is to know what is happening to our men. The coffin in my picture is symbolic of all this. It symbolizes the demand for media to stop hiding the truth of the war from the American people and stop sugar coating the sad results of war.
My medium of work was pencil and shading then scanned to a computer for color insert.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
(FinalCall.com) - Barack Obama taking charge as the president of the United States was seen as the most significant development for Black America in 2009, according to analysts interviewed byThe Final Call, but despite that historical change—serious challenges remain.
Blacks still live in greater poverty (24.7 percent) than non-Hispanic Whites (8.6 percent), Asians (11.8 percent), or Hispanics (23.2 percent), despite recent increases in poverty levels. Black men are incarcerated in U.S. prisons or jails at a rate more than six times higher than White males. In addition, Black unemployment increased from 8.9 percent to 15.6 percent since the recession struck in 2007, while overall, the national unemployment rate rose from 4.9 to 10.0 percent.
“Any assessment of last year must concede that there was both great joy and hope as well as deep disappointment as things settled in, returned to the rule of big business as usual, and people realized that symbolism is not substance and that there is no substitute for self-conscious, committed and continuous struggle,” said Dr. Maulana Karenga, creator of Kwanzaa and professor in the Department of Africana Studies at California State University Long Beach.