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President Hugo Chavez and race: The shift from avoidance to inclusion

By Janvieve Williams Comrie, for Al Jazeera.com
In the wake of the death of the President of Venezuela, an Afro-descendant view on the meaning of Hugo Chavez.

“Racism is very characteristic of imperialism and capitalism. Hate against me has a lot to do with racism. Because of my big mouth and curly hair. And I’m so proud to have this mouth and this hair, because it is African.” – Hugo Chavez, September 21, 2005

The death of democratically elected President Hugo Chavez Frias (1954-2013) has evoked serious thoughts and reflections on the meaning of his life and the process he led from peoples and communities throughout the Americas and the world. Despite much criticism by many right wing governments and people in the West, Hugo Chavez led a process in Venezuela that symbolised the new assertiveness and self-consciousness of nations in Latin America that saw a future for themselves, liberated from the heavy-handed, oppressive and economically draining policies of their powerful neighbour from the North.

But along with the symbolism connected to the new politics of authentic decolonisation that many of the centre-left states embraced, Chavez was committed to a process of providing real, substantive support to states in the region who were willing to pursue a course that could result in a real shift in power in the region. What that signified for many of us in the Afro-descendant communities in the Americas, was that the rise of Chavez and the Bolivarian process that the people of Venezuela had embarked on would raise the spectrums of a new kind of politic in the region. We hoped that with the new commitment to social inclusion and the ending of all forms of oppression that the issue of race and racial discrimination would become an acceptable and indeed an essential element of the transformation process in the Americas. Continue reading

Migrant Rights organization stands in solidarity with migrants in the United States and across the world who face racism and economic exploitation

December  18th   is  International  Migrants  Day  as  observed  by  the  United  Nations.    In the United States while many organizations observe this day, much work is needed to address the issues, struggles and attacks that  migrants, their families and their communities face.

As we observe this day, it is important to remember that many migrants in the United States represent people of African descent who have endured multiple migrations throughout the centuries created by colonialist economic oppression and political terror. Many migrants of African descent in the U.S. continue to operate within the margins of U.S. society, rendered invisible both in their countries of origin as well as in the United States and even within the immigrant rights movement.

The Latin American and Caribbean Community Center would like to encourage everyone to take a close look at race and racism and the role that it plays as a driving force in global migration and, even more importantly, the role that it plays within our own migrant communities domestically.  This will allow us to “see” the struggles and plights of certain groups like our Haitian brothers and sisters, the numerous Caribbean men and women that face unjust trials and convictions that end up in the deportation of long-term residents for increasingly minor crimes and the plight of  numerous African descent hotel and domestic workers who are denied  their basic human rights.

 

Israel intensifica ofensiva contra Gaza y suma más de 90 palestinos muertos

El Gobierno de Israel arreció los ataques aéreos contra la Franja de Gaza por sexto día consecutivo, en una ofensiva militar que hasta la fecha ha bombardeado territorio palestino más de mil 350 veces, dejando un balance parcial de al menos 90 personas muertas, según reseñan algunos medios árabes.

La agencia iraní Press TV destacó que este lunes fueron asesinados al menos una docena de palestinos, los cuales se suman a las 31 muertes contabilizadas el día domingo, siendo la mayoría de las víctimas civiles, mujeres y niños.

La ciudad de Rafah, al sur de la Franja ha sido blanco de ataques en las últimas horas, al igual que Khan Yunis, donde reportan la muerte de dos personas y varias heridas, entre ellas una niña palestina que se encuentra en estado crítico. Continue reading