Sunday, July 31, 2022

Proactive Emergency Management: Basic Sheltering. Watch "Facing Eviction (full documentary) | FRONTLINE" on YouTube

Thank you Rudy (Rudy Arredondo\latinofarmers)
 
……and Brandon, keep doing what you’re doing in the shelters in Montgomery County.


https://youtu.be/XBVshMTOF8 

 
  • Equity across the board for all citizens for basic necessities (shelter\housing, water, food).
  • Failures in each of the areas: 
    • Sheltering\housing (rising rental costs, property taxes, heating and cooling costs)
    • Water & Food insecurity (not affordable and lack of) for basic nutrition.
    • Emergency management must take into consideration the number of reported individuals and families in recovery\homeless in planning for sheltering during times of crisis.

 

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’.


 

 

 

 


USDA’s 5th Annual 2501 Program Symposium Sponsored by USDA Office of Partnership and Public Engagement

 




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

 

We must act as if we answer to, and only answer to, our ancestors, our children, and the unborn. — Amilcar Cabra

 


Those who advocate for 'EQUITY'. Bringing Civil Rights to the 'Last Plantation' - The Washington Post

[...Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Vernon Parker said he couldn't help but see the old man when he looked into the eyes of black farmers during a meeting several weeks ago in Mississippi. Black and other minority farmers have complained about discrimination in agriculture for nearly a century.

They were denied loans that white farmers got, illegally stripped of their land and shut out of the federal agriculture assistance system by a series of tactics

The number of black farmers has fallen dramatically, from nearly 1 million in 1920 to about 15,000 today.

As of December, the USDA has paid $634 million to nearly 13,000 black farmers as part of a discrimination settlement, according to the department's Web site. 

But the settlement represents only a fraction of the number of court complaints by minority farmers against the department.]...

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/2003/06/18/bringing-civil-rights-to-the-last-plantation/7a080e9f-4966-44e0-bb72-f622ea87f462/

 

 


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

 

“When children learn to devalue others, they can devalue anyone, including their parents.”

Those who advocate for 'EQUITY'. U.S. Labor Secretary Assures Black Delta Workers His Office Will Combat Racist Hiring Practices Used By White Farmers July 29, 2022

 

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U.S. Labor Secretary Assures Black Delta Workers His Office Will Combat Racist Hiring Practices Used By White Farmers

 

U.S. Labor Secretary Assures Black Delta Workers His Office Will Combat Racist Hiring Practices Used By White Farmers

U.S.Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh (6th from left) and U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson (second right) with Black farmers in the Delta involved in the Pitts Farm lawsuit, during a meeting at the Mississippi Center for Justice in Indianola, Thursday, June 30, 2022. Credit: Vickie D. King/Mississippi Today

By SARA DINATALE - MISSISSIPPI TODAY
Fri,07/01/22-11:34AM, 343 Reads 7,054 Statewide

https://www.enterprise-journal.com/politics-state/us-labor-secretary-assures-black-delta-workers-his-office-will-combat-racist-hiring-62bf21fc7cc37#sthash.GvXc4zLY.ErMfUW3m.dpbs

 


U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh told Black farm workers that his office would combat the racist wage and hiring practices by white farm owners during his first visit to the Mississippi Delta Thursday.

The Department of Labor head’s pledge to local workers comes after a Mississippi Today investigation uncovered a pattern of farm owners skirting federal regulations to underpay Black workers in addition to pushing them out of jobs in favor of foreign workers – mainly, white men from South Africa.

“I can’t promise you today that things are going to change overnight,” Walsh told local farm workers. “But l can promise you that it will not be 10 years from now, it will not be five years from now… it will not be one year from now. When I get back to my office in D.C. … we are working on this.”

Walsh met with seven men named in a lawsuit against Indianola’s Pitts Farms at the Mississippi Center for Justice office in Indianola. Also in attendance was U.S. Congressman Bennie Thompson.

“What I heard today in this meeting was discrimination. What I heard today in this meeting was racism,” Walsh said. “I don’t know where the senators of the state are. I don’t know where the governor of the state (is), and I certainly don’t know where the congressional delegation in the state is because you have workers in this state that are being taken advantage of and discriminated against.”

The Mississippi Center for Justice, which offers free legal services, has filed two lawsuits that accuse farm owners of not only paying Black workers less than their white counterparts, but also pushing them out of their jobs.

One of the attorneys, Sharkey County native Ty Pinkins, shared new details regarding alleged discrimination on Delta farms that had not previously been shared publicly. The examples mirrored the experiences many of the workers lived through during Jim Crow.

Pinkins said workers reported that while white South Africans were able to use indoor bathrooms, Black local workers were forced to relieve themselves outdoors. Pinkins shared another incident in which he said white South African workers were provided cold water while Black workers were told they needed to buy their own.

Mississippi Today’s investigation – “Exploited” – found at least five Delta farms that paid their local workers, who are mostly Black, less money per hour than foreign workers who came to work in Mississippi on agriculture visas through the H-2A program.

Walsh said his office is examining the program so it can no longer be misused by farms – especially by farms in regions, like the Delta, with high rates of unemployment. The H-2A program is intended to fill gaps in the workforce where enough local workers are not available.

U.S.Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, speaks to Black farmers, community leaders and politicians regarding the exploitation of Black farmers in the Delta, during a meeting at the Mississippi Center for Justice in Indianola, Thursday, June 30, 2022. Credit: Vickie D. King/Mississippi Today

“We’re going to make sure this program is run the way it’s supposed to run and that employers are actually doing their due diligence to make sure workers that worked (for farms) in previous seasons are offered their jobs back,” Walsh told Mississippi Today. 

The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division is responsible for investigating labor violations regarding pay and has regional offices across the country. In 2020 and 2021, Walsh said the division had 60 agricultural investigations that recovered $1 million in missing wages to workers. 

A Mississippi Today analysis of DOL data found that of the roughly 400 Mississippi farms investigated over 15 years, 81% were found to have violated wage regulations. That is about 10% higher than the national rate. 

“I’m no fool,” Walsh added. “I know that’s just the tip of the iceberg.”

Audrey Hall, the director of the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division in Jackson, said her agents are currently investigating several Delta farms though she declined to specify a number. She also said her office hired a new agent based in Greenwood. 

“At a state level we don’t have a Mississippi Department of Labor,” Thompson, the congressman, told the gathered crowd of Delta leaders. “That means if not for the federal government, these gentlemen we have here today would not have anyone to complain to.” 

Thompson thanked Walsh for coming to Mississippi, but also asked for follow through on labor policies to protect Black farm workers. 

Mississippi Today’s investigation found that while the DOL did audit Pitts Farms and others that underpaid Black workers, the audits only spanned two-year time frames. That means they did not cover the full span of time the farms were using H-2A workers. 

Pinkins and others have called for that standard two-year scope to be expanded. In addition, Pinkins and the Mississippi Center for Justice want broader audits done across the Delta to fully capture the extent of racist wage and hiring practices. 

Among the seven Pitts Farms workers at Thursday’s event were Andrew Johnson, brothers Richard and Gregory Strong, and Wesley Reed, all of whom were featured in Mississippi Today’s investigation. All seven men spoke one-on-one with Walsh Thursday morning. 

“It’s June 30, 2022, and this conversation I had in that room a minute ago could have been the same conversation that had happened 50 years ago,” Walsh said following their talk. 

Walsh continued his Mississippi visit by attending a roundtable discussion at Jackson State University. There, he met with Black women leading the state’s union and organizing efforts. 

Hall, the local DOL director, made a few comments before Walsh joined the panel. 

“Sec. Walsh has heard the cry of workers in Mississippi,” she said. 

The room applauded. 

Editor’s note: The Mississippi Center For Justice President and CEO Vangela Wade serves on Mississippi Today’s board of trustees.

-- Article credit to Sara DiNatale of Mississippi Today --

 




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

 


 

 

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Friday, July 29, 2022

Intro Course: Child Protection Minimum Standards. July 29, 2022

 

Child Protection Minimum Standards

 

This free introductory e-course is for anyone currently working with and for children in humanitarian settings, as well as all child protection workers who want to prepare themselves for a potential humanitarian crisis.

 

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Certificate Training: “Transitioning to Complex Risk Management and Resilient Urban Futures: Harnessing South-South Cooperation and Learning From COVID-19”,


We are pleased to share with you an online certificate training Transitioning to Complex Risk Management and Resilient Urban Futures: Harnessing South-South Cooperation and Learning From COVID-19”, jointly organized by the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), the World Health Organization (WHO) and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) from 23 August to 13 September.

This certificate training program provides an opportunity for local authorities and urban development practitioners to mutually learn and share experience in transitioning to managing complex risks and a resilient future.

Please find attached the concept note and the program poster for your kind reference. You could access more information about the training through this link - https://www.southsouth-galaxy.org/events/joint-certificate-training-on-transitioning-to-complex-risk-management-and-resilient-urban-futures/ or directly register via this link by 15 August - https://forms.office.com/r/F6gRV521wL.

Interested participants are encouraged to apply before 15 August as the registration may close earlier if the course has reached maximum number of participants.
Please feel free to reach out to us should you have any inquiries


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Thursday, July 21, 2022

Job opportunity with the CDPH Climate Change & Health Equity Section - Apply by August 8

CalBRACE Project Coordinator
Application Deadline: August 8, 2022

CCHES is seeking a Health Program Specialist (HPS I) to coordinate the California Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (CalBRACE) Project.

Salary and Benefits: The position pays $6,061 per month ($72,732 annually) for candidates new to State service, increasing to $7,587 per month ($91,044 annually) within five years upon satisfactory performance. Additional raises may be negotiated by the union. State benefits are excellent including a defined-benefit pension.


Job Opportunity: Program Associate, Nat Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters. July 2022

Please forward along to your networks for anyone that maybe interested in joining our team! Application details are included in the announcement.



Tuesday, July 19, 2022

11th Annual Building Resilience through Private-Public Partnerships Conference Washington, D.C. from July 28-29.

FEMA is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to host the 11th Annual Building Resilience Through Private-Public Partnerships Conference in Washington, D.C. from July 28-29. 

This year’s conference explores the need for readiness strategies and improving resilience while bringing together government, nonprofit and private sector leaders to drive effective resilience programing through greater collaboration across sectors.

FEMA Deputy Administrator Erik Hooks, Logistics Management Directorate Director Jeffrey Dorko, and Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Section Chief Camille Crain are among the confirmed speakers for the 11th annual event.

The conference features action-oriented roundtables, engaging breakout sessions, substantive discussions and networking opportunities, including a Resilience Network Reception.

Communities depend on the reliability of emergency management systems and institutions to perform under duress, disruptions and disasters. This dependency and system interdependency is often forgotten until a crisis occurs. To better prepare it is important to strengthen partnerships before the next crisis.

The conference is free to attend. To register and learn more, visit U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

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Saturday, July 16, 2022

Job Opportunity: Saint Michael's College. Director Public Safety & Emergency Operations, Public Safety Officer. Closing Date: 8/15/2022

  

Saint Michael’s College.  Colchester, Vermont

         Job Opportunity:  Director of Public Safety and Emergency Operations
         Organization Name: Saint Michael’s College'
         URL website of full job opportunities: 
            Position: Director of Public Safety and Emergency Operations
         Title: Director of Public Safety and Emergency Operations 
          Location: Colchester, VT
          Opening\Closing Date: 7/15/22-8/15/22 
         Salary Range: commensurate with skills and experience
Brief Description of Position: Saint Michael's College is accepting applications for Director of Public Safety and Emergency Operations. This leadership position requires the ability to oversee and manage a wide range of individuals often under stressful or emergency situations while helping to create an environment of learning about, valuing, encouraging, and supporting differences both for the Public Safety staff and the overall campus.

         Job Opportunity: Full-time Public Safety Officer
         Organization Name: Saint Michael’s College
         URL website of full job opportunities:
            Position: Public Safety Officer
         Title: Public Safety Officer
          Location: Colchester, VT
          Opening\Closing Date: 7/15/22-8/15/22
          Salary Range: commensurate with skills and experience
Brief Description of Position: The Department of Public Safety at Saint Michael’s College is inviting applications for a full-time Public Safety Officer. A successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a college environment seeking a balance between education and enforcement in performing duties.

 

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Friday, July 15, 2022

Mental Health issues in Minority Communities. July 25, 2020 11am PT.

Greetings.
 
July is 'Minority Mental Health Month' , bringing awareness to the ongoing stigma and the importance of talking about one's mental health struggles. 
 
The African Coalition and the FGM Taskforce invites you to an upcoming event at the end of this month. 
On July 25th, the FGM Taskforce of Greater Los Angeles is hosting a virtual discussion revolving around mental health issues in minority communities. 
 
To register, follow this link: https://forms.gle/1bQ84zLhJsVg8BbT8

You may also find the zoom info on our flyer provided below
 
We hope to see you there!



Thursday, July 14, 2022

Check out the free introductory course. Satellite communications, earth observation, spacecraft and launch.

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