Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Harvard Creates Fund to Redress Its Ties to Slavery

 Harvard Creates Fund to Redress Its Ties to Slavery

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Scholarship Opportunity. National Black Farmers Association


Scholarship Opportunity administered by the National Black Farmers Association  for its 2022-2023 Next Generation of Black and Hispanic Farmers Scholarship Program! 

Please get your applications in soon, as the deadline date for this opportunity is May 15, 2022. 

For questions regarding this scholarship opportunity, please contact Mr. John Boyd, Jr. at   NBFA.Office@gmail.com, or at (804) 691-8528.

 

Black Emergency Managers Association International

Washington, D.C.


 

bEMA International

Cooperation, Collaboration, Communication, Coordination, Community engagement, and  Partnering (C5&P)

 

A 501 (c) 3 organization

 

First in the country: UNM offering online Chicano Studies MA program

by: Anna Padilla
Posted: Jan 5, 2022 / 06:00 AM MST
Updated: Jan 5, 2022 / 01:00 PM MST

https://www.krqe.com/digital-now/first-in-the-country-unm-offering-online-chicano-studies-ma-program/?fbclid=IwAR30K6txLw3WRRP3Sa0zVZfqL50KkE9tDsiT-ZJPXHd5mDBW40LOAfJgKto

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – University of New Mexico students now have the opportunity to get their online master’s degree in Chicana and Chicano Studies. It is the first program of its kind in the country.

Department Chair Dr. Irene Vasquez said UNM is ahead of most universities in providing ethnic studies degrees to both undergraduate and graduate students. “The academic purpose of Chicana and Chicano Studies is integral to the economic security and wellbeing of Mexican and Hispanic communities in the state of New Mexico,” Vasquez said.

Students study the historical, economic, and social realities of the Hispanic culture as it relates to the southwest United States. Students can expect to complete the degree anywhere from one year to two years time.

Anisa Baca is in her first year in the MA program. She said what drew her to the program was the opportunity to learn about her own heritage. “I think the program offers a lot of opportunity to support communities like mine,” Baca said. “I think it’s a really important option because I think it helps us understand ourselves, it helps us understand our communities, the needs of our communities, and I think when we do that, we can build something that benefits all of us.”

Not only will the program educate students on Hispanic history and culture, but Vasquez also said it helps them hone their skills in problem-solving, analytical reasoning, and communication through writing. Compared to last year, the department has seen 36% more applications to the program, which Vasquez said could also be due to the new online option.

The course is available for non-traditional and out-of-state students as well, something Vasquez is grateful for. “The online MA degree is available to anyone across the globe, but in particular we hope to reach our rural communities, our adults who are full-time workers or who are caring for young children in the home. We see that our online degree, even at the bachelor’s level, is serving those types of populations,” Vasquez said.

Howard Griego is a second-year MA student who transferred from CNM to pursue a master’s degree in Chicana and Chicano studies. “I fell in love with the program because I heard my story for the very first time. I heard my history of my state, of the people that I’m used to, and it was something that was new to me,” Griego said. “As a nontraditional student, having the online option makes it more accessible to people that are marginalized or people who live in rural communities.”

Through the in-person MA degree program, the department found that 80% of the students are from New Mexico. “That is a point of pride for us because as the research university of the state, we need to look locally. We need to look in the front and back and side yards of the university and bring our New Mexico students into graduate education,” Vasquez said.

In an effort to encourage state locals to learn about New Mexico’s history, the Chicana and Chicano Studies program has a series of pipeline programs through Albuquerque Public Schools to ensure high school students are prepared for college. The department works with them as they become UNM students.

Corky Frausto, a second-year Ph.D. student in the Chicana and Chicano Studies program, came into the program as a high school teacher who taught Mexican American studies. Through collaborations between the high school and the department, Frausto was inspired to delve deeper into the history and join the program at UNM.

Frausto continues teaching as part of his Ph.D. program. “I’ve seen the biggest impact with my students at the high school. They’re able to take dual credit classes, so they can take a class through the high school and earn credit here at UNM through the department,” Frausto said.

Vasquez said that anyone of any educational background can apply for the online master’s program. Visit UNM’s website for more information.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Sign Up Now for National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE's) “Mitigating Heat Stress and Increasing Productivity” Webinar

 register for NCAE's upcoming webinar, "Mitigating Heat Stress and Increasing Productivity," hosted by Bethany Boggess Alcauter, PhD. 

The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, April 28th at 1:00 pm EDT/10:00 am PDT. Participants will be eligible to receive one Professional Development Credit from the Society for Human Resource Management upon completion of the webinar.

Please visit our website to learn more about the webinar. Attendance is limited so be sure to register while there is still space available!  


Susan Lester

Manager of Association Services 

National Council of Agricultural Employers 

525 9th Street NW 

Suite 800 

Washington, DC 20004 

202-910-8965 Cell

202-629-9320 Office

Monday, April 25, 2022

The Part of History You've Always Skipped | Neoslavery

You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world.

And you have to do it all the time.” —Angela Davis

https://youtu.be/j4kI2h3iotA

 

Posting by     Chris Z

 

17:01- I was born and raised in the Caribbean and I learned about slavery through the "oppressed" lens. (The total opposite to how its taught in the "oppressor" countries.) It meant exposure to a lot of facts that totally changed the paradigm. The Haitian revolution was not without its sacrifices.

 

France only agreed to let Haiti become independent if they paid out several hundred million francs. Haiti couldn't afford it and had to take out loans from French banks. The total amount was never paid as France "gracefully" lowered the number to 2/3 but it was still a fuck ton of money.

 

A French economist estimated that if France were to pay restitution, it would come up to the tune of $28 billion. That little act of greed on France's part is the reason why Haiti is so poor today- they spent out all their money to secure independence. They were a symbol of hope to the other revolutions, sure, but they paid dearly for it. Caribbean slavery really did a number on our histories.

 

There's a movement to demand reparations from countries that constructed their modern-day wealth on the backs of enslaved Africans suffering in the fields. Look at the tour that Kate and William did recently. They didn't receive the open arms like they expected, instead facing cold civility and a request for all the billions of dollars stolen to be repaid.

The Part of History You've Always Skipped | Neoslavery

 

 

 

Black Emergency Managers Association International

Washington, D.C.  20020


 

bEMA International

Cooperation, Collaboration, Communication, Coordination, Community engagement, and  Partnering (C5&P)

 

A 501 (c) 3 organization

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.” —Angela Davis

 

 

 


 

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Syracuse University Caribbean Student Association presents Disaster Preparedness in the Caribbean Tuesday, April 19, 2022 from 6pm – 8pm ET

Our youth and the diaspora have a key role in addressing all issues of our community from environmental, water & food security, financial, equity, to the impacts of climate change.

Looking forward to seeing as many BEMA International members in attendance.

CDS

As natural disasters rise globally, communities of color continue to be directly impacted. Join us in conversation with Mr. Charles D. Sharp to learn more about disaster preparedness and how the Caribbean diaspora can get involved.

There will be a Q&A session following the session where we encourage participants to ask questions and share their insights.

Click here to register:   https://syracuseuniversity.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEkfu6hqTwvEt11QYlleXRl_wJphc3mAPx_

For more information, or if you require accommodations, contact

Lesley Ells at ljells@syr.edu.

 




Black Emergency Managers Association International

Washington, D.C.  20020


 

bEMA International

Cooperation, Collaboration, Communication, Coordination, Community engagement, and  Partnering (C5&P)

 

A 501 (c) 3 organization

 

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today.  We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.  In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late.  Procrastination is still the thief of time.  Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity. This may well be mankind’s last chance to choose between chaos or community.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., ‘Where Are We Going From Here:  Chaos or Community’. 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Hot! Something even for a class group assignment. Complete Your Vulnerability Assessment for Your Facility Today!

 No matter what your organization does.  Complete a vulnerability assessment.

Menformation, Upward African Women, the FORCE (Syracuse, NY).  Members in the Caribbean, Africa, and globally complete an assessment. 

Be innovative.  Mentors and student instructors, have your students perform a basic vulnerability assessment as a class group assignment by changed ‘house of worship’ to any organization, or even their home.

You may be surprised at what you find.

BEMA International

 


Complete Your Vulnerability Assessment for Your Facility Today!

The Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has developed a baseline security self-assessment that is designed for a person, with little to no security experience, to complete a security assessment. 






 

 

 

Black Emergency Managers Association International

Washington, D.C.  20020


 

bEMA International

Cooperation, Collaboration, Communication, Coordination, Community engagement, and  Partnering (C5&P)

 

A 501 (c) 3 organization

 

 

 

 

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today.  We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.  In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late.  Procrastination is still the thief of time.  Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity. 

 

This may well be mankind’s last chance to choose between chaos or community.”

 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., ‘Where Are We Going From Here:  Chaos or Community’. 

 



Mark Your Calendars for April, May, June 2022. Fiscal Year 2022 Nonprofit Security Grant Program Technical Assistance Webinar Series and Other DHS Resources

 All webinars will cover the same content.


INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR SERIES

Fiscal Year 2022 Nonprofit Security Grant Program Technical Assistance Webinar Series

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Grant Programs Directorate (GPD), in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, invites faith-based, community, and nonprofit organizations to participate in upcoming webinars regarding the fiscal year (FY) 2022 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). The NSGP provides funding support through a competitive process for facility hardening and other security enhancements to nonprofit organizations at high risk of a terrorist attack and promotes emergency preparedness coordination and collaboration between public and private community representatives, as well as state, local, tribal, and territorial governments.

FEMA and its partners are committed to providing quality customer service to all nonprofit organization stakeholders, including socially vulnerable, underserved, and under-represented communities. As such, and building on last year’s efforts, GPD is offering the following informational NSGP webinars for all nonprofit organizations interested in learning more about the FY 2022 NSGP priorities, eligibility, and application process.

Each webinar will present the same content, including:       

  • Physical Safety/Security: Vulnerability Self-Assessment Information and Tools
  • NSGP Overview: Eligibility, Allowability, and Administrative Requirements
  • FY 2021 NSGP: Summary Recap and Lessons Learned
  • FY 2022 NSGP: Quick Start Guide - Application Assistance
  • Open Forum: Moderated Question and Answer Session

Date

Time (ET)

Adobe Connect Registration Link

4/21/2022

9AM

https://fema.connectsolutions.com/esbyls4x82k7/event/registration.html  

4/26/2022

2 PM

https://fema.connectsolutions.com/erlgjkwottbz/event/registration.html

5/12/2022

1 PM

https://fema.connectsolutions.com/ezu2u8im9mwa/event/registration.html

5/17/2022

2 PM

https://fema.connectsolutions.com/ewlm5ew3omx6/event/registration.html

5/20/2022

3 PM

https://fema.connectsolutions.com/ev7t7sqlktza/event/registration.html

5/25/2022

3 PM

https://fema.connectsolutions.com/etu06elrl1z2/event/registration.html

6/2/2022

3 PM

https://fema.connectsolutions.com/en4cs3niyj2a/event/registration.html

6/9/2022

1 PM

https://fema.connectsolutions.com/e920nt9sm8q8/event/registration.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 







Please share this invitation and webinar schedule above broadly.

Additional information related to the NSGP can be found at   www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/nonprofit-security. The vulnerability self-assessment tool, as well as other helpful safety and security information for nonprofit organizations, can be found at the Hometown Security website at www.cisa.gov/hometown-security.

Due to the potential number of participants and the limited capacity of online meetings, the webinar will open 10 minutes prior to the published start time of each event. Prior registration is required.

Please only register for the webinar(s) you plan to attend to ensure others have a chance to register and participate. If you are unable to join or the event is at capacity, please join the next available offering.

All webinars will cover the same content. The free Adobe Connect app is not required to join or participate in the webinar, but participants are welcome to download and use it.

It is recommended that participants use the desktop app as opposed to the mobile app to more easily access materials. If you choose to utilize the app, please ensure you have completed the installation prior to the webinar. 

If you have any questions regarding these webinars, or require special accommodations, please contact FEMA-NSGP@fema.dhs.gov.


Black Emergency Managers Association International

Washington, D.C.  20020


 

bEMA International

Cooperation, Collaboration, Communication, Coordination, Community engagement, and  Partnering (C5&P)

 

A 501 (c) 3 organization

 

 

 

 

 

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today.  We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.  In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late.  Procrastination is still the thief of time.  Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity. 

 This may well be mankind’s last chance to choose between chaos or community.”

 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., ‘Where Are We Going From Here:  Chaos or Community’. 

 

 

 

 



Monday, April 11, 2022

Kenya Silently Passes Law Criminalizing Indigenous Seed Sharing

 

Food Insecurity

 

Within the realm of BEMA International.

 

[...SHAME on corporations, governments and donors who peddle these unethical seed systems that preclude people from saving, sharing and adapting seeds. You are all guilty of ecocide.

 

Stop corrupting governments in to ushering their populations in to seed slavery.

 

  • Bayer,
  • Monsanto Company,
  • Syngenta AGRA (Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa)
  • One Acre Fund
  • USAID
  • African Union IGAD USAID - Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance
  • FAO
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation...] 

 

From a LinkedIn Post by Natalie Topa

 

Kenya Silently Passes Law Criminalizing Indigenous Seed Sharing 

By Zowan 254 

Published 2 days ago 

 

https://www.cnyakundi.com/kenya-silently-passes-law-criminalizing-indigenous-seed-sharing/ 

 

 

 

 


Kenya Silently Passes Law Criminalizing Indigenous Seed Sharing - Cyprian Is Nyakundi

 

Farmers will now be heavily fined or face a jail term of six months or both if found guilty of selling uncertified seeds. This is according to the recently enacted Seeds and Plant Varieties Act of 2012, Part 2(8) on restrictions on sales of seeds of unindexed plant varieties.

www.cnyakundi.com

Farmers will now be heavily fined or face a jail term if found guilty of selling uncertified seeds. This is according to the recently enacted Seeds and Plant Varieties Act of 2012, Part 2(8) on restrictions on sales of seeds of unindexed plant varieties. This new law introduced by the government has placed restrictions on the informal seed system, in a bid to ensure that all seeds sold or distributed in the country have been certified. 

 

Technically, the Kenyan Seed and Plant Varieties Act criminalizes the selling or sharing of indigenous seeds. Those found guilty risk a 6-month jail term or a fine of Sh20,000 or both. 

 

Reacting to the news, Kenyans have criticised the move with most (rightfully) viewing it as a tactic by the elite to weaponize food insecurity in Kenya. 

 

In neighbouring countries like Tanzania and Uganda, a farmer is free to sell or share seeds as they wish. How do some of these bills go through parliament without much debate? You might hear them give excuses about how we will use new advanced technologies in agriculture until you read the details and shock hits you. Just like the new legislation on data privacy that reads like an affirmation for free data mining by big tech firms like Safaricom. 

 

Bearing in mind that in the Monsanto, Bayer or Syngenta model you are not allowed to plant seeds from your last harvest. They sue you if you do. You must buy seeds every season. This law is written to create a market for seed companies.

 

 

 

Black Emergency Managers Association International

Washington, D.C.  20020


 

bEMA International

Cooperation, Collaboration, Communication, Coordination, Community engagement, and  Partnering (C5&P)

 

A 501 (c) 3 organization

 

 

 

 

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today.  We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.  In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late.  Procrastination is still the thief of time.  Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity. 

 

This may well be mankind’s last chance to choose between chaos or community.”

 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., ‘Where Are We Going From Here:  Chaos or Community’. 

 

 

 

 


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