Following New York, California has the highest number of immigrants from Africa. Estimated conservatively at 145,453 (American Community Survey 2006-08), the African immigrant community is one of the most undercounted.
PAN’s (Priority Africa Network) recent mobilization activities for the 2010 Census exposed the complexities involved in counting African community members that are unlike any other. African immigrants organize themselves largely along their national or ethnic identities (as opposed to the assumed continental ‘African’) and therefore remain in clusters of small groups, fragmented and excluded from traditional mainstream institutions.
PAN estimates that the actual size of the African community is at least three times this number. After Los Angeles, the Bay Area in particular is home to a high number of African immigrants. A recent study had an estimate of African immigrants in the Bay Area at 2% of the population; no doubt this figure will increase significantly over the coming years. Continue reading New Africans in Old America→
Mail and Guardian Tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied in Tokyo on Monday calling for an end to nuclear energy in Japan after the March 11 disaster that sparked the worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl.
About 60 000 people gathered for the anti-nuclear rally, organisers said, one of the biggest since the earthquake and tsunami and the following disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
Children have a way of speaking to our hearts.
As a single mother whose life’s work has largely focused on solving the climate crisis, I’m often in a quandary. How much should I share of the work I do on this issue — which overwhelms those rare adults who immerse themselves in the details with grief — with my 11-year-old son?
When I posed this question in an interview with NASA’s top climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen, who often speaks of his grandchildren as his motivator for speaking out on climate change, he advised me that it’s more important to let a child be a child. Let them experience the wonder and beauty of nature, not fear it, he said. Continue reading A Mother’s Plea for Sasha and Malia: No Tar Sands Pipeline→
Independent Catholic News The Conference of Major Women Religious Superiors of Thailand has formed a Church network to contribute more effectively in the fight against human trafficking. “There are many organizations within the Church and especially among various women Religious congregations in Thailand working on this issue, but we rarely coordinate with each other,” said Sacred Heart Sister Kanlaya Trisopa, coordinator of the new network. Continue reading Thailand: Women Religious form network to combat trafficking→
Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite
President Obama just drew the economic battlelines more clearly in his call to raise $1.5 trillion in new revenue primarily through increased taxes on the wealthy, letting the Bush tax cuts expire, and closing tax loopholes.
PORT HARCOURT, 9 September 2011 (IRIN) – An August 2011 UN Environment Programme (UNEP) study has found hazardous levels of pollution in Ogoniland in southern Nigeria’s Niger Delta, lending credence to claims by locals of environmental damage, health problems and lost livelihoods as a result of 50 years of oil operations in the area. Continue reading NIGERIA: Dire pollution in Ogoniland but little action so far→
The recent drought combined with rising food prices have made the plight of people living with HIV dire. Poor roads often mean that emergency food aid, if there is any available, cannot reach many villages. And many patients are too weak to walk long distances. By the time food aid reaches them, many have gone without food for days.Continue reading Kenya: Weak HIV-positive people struggle to access food aid→
Posted by Jody McIntyre
A man has been on ‘death row’ for twenty-two years. He was found guilty of killing a law enforcement official loyal to the state. The weapon used was never found. There is no physical evidence, no DNA evidence, and seven of the nine original witnesses later withdraw their statements after admitting to being coerced by the police. One of the remaining two has remained silent for two decades. The other is suspected by many of committing the crime himself. Despite everything, the black man on death row is executed, murdered, by a cocktail of lethal drugs. Continue reading Troy Davis: a legal lynching→