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Renewing the American Dream (A Book Review)

Renewing the American Dream (A Book Review) | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Like many other authors and activists, the three authors of this book agree that America is in a new era where we have declined in several areas including:

Job creation, Education, Political participation, Political consensus, Business creation, Social mobility, And overall global impact…."

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Migration is Beautiful

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"Migration is Beautiful symbolizes a commitment from the creative community to see, show, and celebrate the humanity of the migrant story."


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Mexico Flag - colors and meaning

Mexico Flag - colors and meaning | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Mexico Flag - colors current meaning
Green: signifies hope and prosperity
White: represents peace and harmony
Red: symbolizes the blood of Mexican heroes
 
Mexico Flag - colors original meaning
Green: represented independence
White: represented Roman Catholic religion
Red: symbolized the union of Spaniards and Mexicans
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Eva Longoria - Pursuing a Dream -- Making Education Work for Latinas in the U.S.

Film to accompany the study "Making Education Work for Latinas in the U.S." from Dr. Patricia Gándara and the Eva Longoria Foundation.
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Man Using Assault Rifle as Crutch Kills 5 Year Old

Man Using Assault Rifle as Crutch Kills 5 Year Old | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Her name is Alysa Bobbitt.  She was 5-years old and lived in Shady Cove, Oregon. On June 27, 2013, Alysa and her mom were visiting Karen Hancock in a Grants Pass apartment.   In the apartment ...
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US-Mexico border crisis: An opportunity for 'parenting without borders'

US-Mexico border crisis: An opportunity for 'parenting without borders' | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Considering other people’s children – as we would our own – could be categorized as “parenting without borders.”


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Civil Rights Act of 1964

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The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed discrimination in the US based on race, colour, religion, sex or national origin. It also outlawed segregation, keeping races separate, at schools, public places and most businesses. It, and the Voting Rights Act a year later, overthrew Jim Crow.


School busing
 and affirmative action grew out of it as policies designed to meet its demands


It was one of the main civil rights reforms of the 1960s:

  • 1964: Civil Rights Act
  • 1965: Voting Rights Act
  • 1965: Immigration and Nationality Act
  • 1967: Loving v Virginia – overturned laws against mixed-race marriage.
  • 1968: Fair Housing Act


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How to Help Refugees in the Border Region — Southern Border Communities Coalition

How to Help Refugees in the Border Region — Southern Border Communities Coalition | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Here are the ways that you can help.


In California


In Arizona


In New Mexico


In Texas

Background on what is happening in Central America: 
 


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UN Pushes For Fleeing Central Americans To Be Treated As Refugees | VIDEO

UN Pushes For Fleeing Central Americans To Be Treated As Refugees | VIDEO | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — United Nations officials are pushing for many of the Central Americans fleeing to the U.S. to be treated as refugees displaced by armed conflict, a designation meant to increase pressure on the United States and Mexico...


The easiest way to have good records of who is entering and exiting the United States is to have easy ways of legal immigration. - Chris Wilson, Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center @Chris_E_Wilson 


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‘Little Free Libraries’ legal in Leawood thanks to 9-year-old Spencer Collins

‘Little Free Libraries’ legal in Leawood thanks to 9-year-old Spencer Collins | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
The Leawood City Council decided Monday night that little free libraries are exempt — at least temporarily — from a city ordinance that prohibits structures in front yards. After the vote, Mayor Peggy Dunn handed 9-year-old Spencer Collins a book for his little blue box on red stilts.
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Freedom Babies

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This documentary follows Kanahus over the course of a year as she raises her babies decolonized and free from the restrictions of the Canadian government. Kanahus and her father, Arthur Manuel, reminisce about the plight they have faced against the Canadian government in their effort to fight against colonization by encouraging Indigenous people to live free. 


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BiDil

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BiDil (2005) is the trade name for isosorbide dinitrate/hydralazine, a heart medicine for Blacks. It is the first race-based prescription drug approved by the US government’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


In the 1980s Dr Jay Cohn took two drugs that were no longer under patent, put them together and patented them as a heart medicine – not just for Blacks but for anyoneThe FDA refused to approve it for general use: trials showed that on average it did not make much of a difference.


Cohn went back through the numbers from the trials and found that it did seem to help those who self-identified as Black. So he applied for a new patent: the very same drug but this time meant for Blacks.


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The 'i-word' is un-American

The 'i-word' is un-American | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Sally Kohn says the intensity of the anti-immigrant rhetoric is stunning. It's time to stop using 'illegal' as an epithet
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No human is illegal. Drop the i-word.

 

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Winning deportation and green card cases, in an era of immigration law darkness, is an incredibly difficult task.


Eliminating the darkness is an even tougher job.


Over the past two decades, as described in The Battle To Correct False Labels About Immigrants, the negative terminology subtly became a staple of American politics over the past 20 years.  It struck a chord in the mind set of many, and words that are clearly intended to hurt other human beings are now used with calloused impunity.


As political columnist Sally Kohn writes, "Make no mistake about it, words matter, not only in reflecting certain dehumanizing attitudes toward historically marginalized groups but in actively perpetuating and rationalizing that dehumanization."


And she asks the more appropriate question, "Is it not possible to oppose immigrant rights without resorting to attacking immigrants as human beings?"



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The future of American racism

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Note: The following is mostly based on chapter 14 of “Race in North America” (2012) by Audrey and Brian D. Smedley.


Racism in the US is always changing but changes slowly.
 That means the near future will be pretty much the same, but the longer term it will bring change.


American racism will have to somehow adjust to:
 

  1. Japan as a country fully the equal of the US and Britain.
  2. Asian Americans scoring higher on IQ tests.
  3. The Black middle-class and Blacks in important positions.
  4. Immigration from Asia and Latin America pouring into the US, bringing millions of people who do not fit into the old black-and-white boxes.
  5. Multiracial identities, particularly those who are half White and half Asian or Latino. It not only challenges the idea that race determines culture and behaviour, but also makes one’s “race” harder to determine and therefore less useful.
  6. Barack Obama, whose very person goes against everything most Americans think they know about race. He is multiracial. He looks Black but culturally is like Dorothy of “The Wizard of Oz”: a White person from Kansas. American racism is incapable of making sense of him – thus all the Birther and Secret Muslim stuff.
  7. The Human Genome Project – which left only 0.1% of the genome for scientific racism.


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Kng Jiahao's curator insight, July 11, 8:02 PM

Racism in the United States has always been active, but when Barack Obama stood up as President it all changed. And Example of racism as prejudice before Obama, was the Rosa Parks Story. About a woman, who black, and sat on seats meant for whites and got arrested. This is an example of racial discrimination and one colour, being white, is favoured over the blacks. Racism has dropped in amounts but racism is also the primary prejudicial cause of conflict. 

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Flag of Ireland - Colors and Meaning

Flag of Ireland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The flag was adopted in 1916 by the Easter Rising rebels and subsequently by the Irish Republic during the Irish War of Independence (1919-1921). Its use was continued by the Irish Free State (1922-1937) and it was later given constitutional status under the 1937 Constitution of Ireland.



The Irish government has described the symbolism behind each colour as being that of green representing the Gaelic tradition of Ireland, orange representing the followers of William of Orange in Ireland, and white representing the aspiration for peace between them. -Wikipedia


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Orange is symbolic of Irish Protestants while green is symbolic of Irish Catholics. - Arthur Sproul

 

The Irish flag is always flown with the green at the hoist


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Is this the greenest city in the world?

Erin Burnett takes us to Masdar City, a green oasis in the middle of the desert.
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The War On Drugs

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Let’s call it what is is – “Retroactive Abortion”! For example, if a million black men are incarcerated, two things happen. First, they offender usually lose their right to vote. Secondly, if you take a million  incarcerated black men and each of them could have on average three children, this would eliminate, based on this count, three million black people from existence, which means removing three million voters at some point.

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Jesse Owens

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Jesse Owens (1913-1980), an American athlete and “the world’s fastest human”, won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics. And he, a Black man, the grandson of slaves, did it at the Olympics held in Berlin, the heart of Nazi Germany. Hitler himself watched as Owens showed the world that Aryans were hardly the master race.


In our time Blacks are stereotyped as being “good at sports”. Back then they were stereotyped as being good at nothing. So to see Jesse Owens become the best in the whole world was a wonder.


Owens won gold medals in
 the 100m and 200m races, the long jump and the 400m relay race. He set the long jump record for the next 25 years: 8.06 metres.


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Prehistoric Skeleton Found In Mexico Sheds Light On First Americans

Prehistoric Skeleton Found In Mexico Sheds Light On First Americans | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


In this June 2013 photo provided by National Geographic, diver Susan Bird, working at the bottom of Hoyo Negro, a large dome-shaped underwater cave in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, brushes a human skull found at the site while her team members take detailed photographs.

Thousands of years ago, a teenage girl fell into this deep hole and died. Now, her skeleton and her DNA are helping scientists study the origins of the first Americans.

An analysis of her remains was released Thursday, May 15, 2014 by the journal Science. Her DNA links her to an ancient land bridge connecting Asia and North America, and suggests she shares ancestors with the modern native peoples of the Americas.


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(AP Photo/National Geographic, Paul Nicklen)


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So she's related to my wife, daughter and son. 


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Videotaped beating of woman in L.A.: Is it Rodney King all over again? (+video)

The videotaped beating of a homeless African-American woman by a light-skinned California Highway Patrol officer is reopening the L.A. race-relations dialogue initiated by the Rodney King beating 23 years ago.
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Teen describes brutal journey into U.S. - CNN.com Video

A 17-year-old Honduran girl migrates to U.S. alone, facing threats from deadly gangs. CNN's Alina Machado reports.
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8-Year-Old Baylor Fredrickson Needs Your DNA to Survive (VIDEO)

8-Year-Old Baylor Fredrickson Needs Your DNA to Survive (VIDEO) | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Although Asian Americans are in high demand, you do not have to be Asian American to become a living bone marrow donor. For more information on joining the Donor Registry -- regardless of your ethnic background -- visit Be the Match. All it takes is a swab of your cheek to have your DNA entered into the registry. Patients' DNA is then put through the system for potential matches. It costs nothing for you -- even if you are matched to a patient in need.


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Blame weak gun laws for holiday violence, Chicago's top cop says

Blame weak gun laws for holiday violence, Chicago's top cop says | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Shootings claim 9 lives, wound more than 60 others over the holiday weekend.


Chicago's police superintendent lashes out at what he called lax state and federal gun laws after a violent Fourth of July weekend.


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How Much Of The Immigration Process Can Obama Change By Executive Action?


A frustrated President Obama says he's no longer waiting for a stalled Congress to take action and he'll use what powers he has to reform immigration. But what can he do?


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Cop pushes over man in wheelchair - CNN.com Video

A police officer has been disciplined after pushing over a wheelchair-bound man. CNN affiliate WRTV reports.
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Able bodied officer allows man in wheelchair to run over his foot. 


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Israeli police beat American teen - CNN.com Video

Violence against teens in Jerusalem stokes tensions. CNN's Ben Wedeman reports.
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Study Reveals Police Are 10 Times More Likely To Shoot African Americans

Study Reveals Police Are 10 Times More Likely To Shoot African Americans | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


It’s official: African American residents are 10 times more likely than Caucasians to be shot by police. At least that’s what one study found for residents of Chicago.


In an analysis of recent data from the City of Chicago Independent Police Review Authority, “In black and Latino, lower-income neighborhoods you will see police officers who are instructed to stop and frisk and aggressively search every day,” civil rights attorney Craig Futterman told the Chicago Reporter, which first crunched the data.


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