New Africans in Old America

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Injustice for All The Rise of the U.S. Immigration Policing Regime
By Nunu Kidane

Somali women from Santa Clara County participate in Priority Africa Network’s activities during the 2010 Census.

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

Thousands protest against nuclear power in Japan

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.

“No more nuclear power plants! No more Fukushimas!” the demonstrators chanted under scorching sunshine as they flocked to Meiji Park, in the centre of the capital, ahead of the march. Continue reading Thousands protest against nuclear power in Japan

A Mother’s Plea for Sasha and Malia: No Tar Sands Pipeline

Institute for Policy Studies
By Daphne Wysham

Daphne Wysham gets arrested at the White House while protesting the Keystone XL pipeline. (Photo by Shadia Fayne Wood)

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

Archbishop Kelly endorses calls for peace from Jerusalem church leaders

Independent Catholic News
On the eve of the General Assembly of the United Nations, at which Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, will ask the UN Security Council to recognise Palestine as the 194th member state of the world body, Archbishop Patrick Kelly has endorsed the call from Jerusalem’s Heads of Churches for intensified prayers and diplomatic efforts for peace between Palestinians and Israelis. Continue reading Archbishop Kelly endorses calls for peace from Jerusalem church leaders

Thailand: Women Religious form network to combat trafficking

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

NIGERIA: Dire pollution in Ogoniland but little action so far

An oil spill in Bodo is blamed for poor health in the community. Photo: Bashiru Abdullahi/IRIN

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

Kenya: Weak HIV-positive people struggle to access food aid


Studies show that hunger exacerbates the side-effects of ARVs

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

Troy Davis: a legal lynching

Picture by World Coalition Against the Death Penalty under a Wikimedia Commons Licence.

New Internationalist
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