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    How is "La Madre de la Patria" going to be: an ambitious co-production between Argentina and Nigeria to be shot in Córdoba

    The film about María Remedios del Valle, an Afro-Argentine woman who fought for independence alongside Manuel Belgrano, begins production in 2019.

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    Friday, December 28 2018 — 12:23

    One has to go back to the late 1700s and early 1800s to meet María Remedios del Valle, the daughter of an African slave bought in Río de la Plata, who ended up becoming "Madre de la Patria" ("Mother of the Nation") after fighting in the Army of the North commanded by Manuel Belgrano.

    Pablo César is the director of this ambitious project called La Madre de la Patria that is going to recover the historical figure of this Afro-Argentine woman, which will be shot 90 percent in Córdoba during 2019, under a budget of five million dollars from Mohammed Ahmed Hayatu's Nigerian production company. The remaining 10 percent will be shot in Nigeria.

    History of slavery

    María Remedios' mother belonged to the Yoruba, a very large ethnolinguistic group from West Africa that came to America enslaved and took on the names of its buyers.

    In Benin (on the border with Nigeria) there are still records of those violent times. From there the loaded ships departed, and, according to César, two key places in this story are still there: "the Tree of Forgetfulness", where they forced the men taken as slaves to make seven turns to make them forget their past, and "the Door of No Return", an arch through which they had to pass before boarding.

    "The story of the mother is fictionalized, taken from the story of a Nigerian slave on his journey to America. The story exists, but it is not precisely hers", he says.

    According to the historical reenacment, the mother became pregnant with Remedios after being raped by her master. "She escapes from the family, before the man could do the same with her, and participates in the defense of Buenos Aires during the British Invasions of 1806 and 1807", says César.

    The director, amazed by the history of the woman, assures that Remedios asked Belgrano to participate in the battles in the North and the first answer was "this is not women's work".

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    "María Remedios goes to the front lines regardless, and fights. Then she dedicates herself to nursing the wounded soldiers. During those battles she is eventually captured by the Spanish forces. Her story is chilling", says the director, who a few months ago filmed in Capilla del Monte El día del pez, with Boy Olmi as the protagonist.

    The story does not end there. Several years later, she is found near the Buenos Aires Cabildo by general Viamonte in a state of begging and abandonment. Juan Manuel de Rosas intercedes, she is granted a lifelong pension and regains the honorary position she had received decades ago.

    Recovering

    "The idea of the film is not to do something anti-Hispanic, something vengeful. We want to revalue an emblematic, important figure in Argentine history and recover our roots", says César.

    The co-production agreement was signed at the Argentine embassy in Nigeria on December 7, and pre-production and the casting process should begin by January.

    The production is ambitious, and the idea is to project it internationally. For that they will try to hire a black Hollywood actress for the main role, although it is still too early.

    "The budget is high because it is a period film and you will have to shoot with several cameras; there are battle scenes with 400 people, it cannot go wrong". The plan is to begin filming in September and finish between November and December.

    The definition of the casting must take into account that a double version will be made: one in English and one in Spanish, in addition to the scenes filmed in Yoruba.

    La Madre de la Patria is the upcoming project of César, who has had links with Africa for years. In addition, he decided to move to a house in Ascochinga where he will move his production company and the idea of a foundation for film preservation.

    He says they will try to get support from the National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts and the Audiovisual Hub of Córdoba for the project. "If we get it, good. If not, we are still going to give jobs to many people in Córdoba".

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    Afro-Bolivians open their radio station in Coroico

    One of the purposes of the station is to fight against racism and discrimination.

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    Afro-Bolivians at a ceremony in the city of La Paz. Photo: Archive

    Friday, December 21, 2018 — 13:34

    The Afro-Bolivian people will inaugurate tomorrow a radio station called "Radio Afrobolivia" on the 93.7 FM dial in Coroico, in the La Paz Department. According to former congressman Jorge Medina, representative of this sector, it is a station destined to inform, entertain and educate the population with values related to the fight against racism and all forms of discrimination.

    The station will operate only in the municipality of Coroico, but will also be available online through www.radioafrobolivia.com or the mobile app "Radio Afrobolivia", which can de downloaded for Android in the Play Store.

    "We, the Afro-Bolivian people, happily welcome the inauguration of a social and inclusive community radio, from which values and principles related to the fight against racism and all forms of discrimination will be promoted", said Medina, who draftef Law 045 of 2010 Against Racism and All Forms of Discrimination.

    It is the Afro-Bolivian Center for Integral and Community Development (Centro Afroboliviano para el Desarrollo Integral y Comunitario, CADIC) that organized this event that will take place tomorrow starting at 10:00 in Coroico, and that will have the participation of the Afro-Bolivian people, municipal authorities and other guests.

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    Afro-descendant movements of the Americas repudiate attack against Afro-tv

    Friday, December 14 2018 02:53 PM

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    TV channel AfroTv in Barlovento has equipment stolen and headquarters burned. Photo: AfroTv

    Those of us who participated in the events organized by the Bolivarian government of Venezuela in March and May of this year, the declaration of the Decade of Afro-descendants by President Maduro and the World Summit for Reparations, found a government willing to promote a decade from a progressive government point of view. As part of our agenda of activities we visited the Afro-TV studios in the Barlovento region and appreciated a unique experience of a community television with a political vision from within the Afro-descendant communites of Venezuela, and its vindication as an active participant in the permanent struggle for their rights.

    Today we are hit by the news that its studios were burned and most of its equipment looted by criminal hands in an incomprehensible act in our view. We repudiate this act of vandalism with the intention of hindering the praiseworthy work of a team made up of Afro-Venezuelan leaders, communicators and popular creators.

    We ask the authorities for an in-detpth investigation of the facts and we hope that the full weight of the law falls on those responsible: the perpetrators and mainly the planners of the attack.

    We reiterate our repudiation of such criminal act and express our solidarity to the Afro TV team.

    We urge the National Government, Regional Government and Local Authorities to provide all the support for the continuity of this noble community project and its material reconstruction in the immediate future.

    By the Regional Council of Africans in the Americas (RCAA);

    Mónica Rey Gutiérrez, CONAFRO (Bolivia);

    Miguel Ángel Pereira and Romero Rodríguez, MUNDO AFRO (Uruguay);

    Oswaldo Bilbao Lobaton, CEDET (Peru);

    Frederico Pita, DIAFAR (Argentina);

    Aiden Salgado, Jimmy Rivera and Efraín Viveros, PODER NEGRO (Colombia);

    Dário Solano, Plataforma Dominicana de Afrodescendientes (Dominican Republic);

    Melquisedec Blando Mena, Proceso de Comunidades Negras (Colombia);

    Ivette Modestin, RCAA (USA);

    Agustín Lao Montes, RCAA (Puerto Rico);

    Gilberto Leal, CONEN (Brazil);

    James Early, TransAfrica Forum (USA);

    John Sorrillo, RCAA (Trinidad and Tobago);

    Diógenes Díaz, RCAA (Venezuela)

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    These are the Afro-Colombians of the year

    National, December 25 2018 — 7:14 PM

    World champion athlete Caterine Ibargüen tops the list of Afro-Colombians of the year, which also includes actress Karent Hinestroza, environmentalist Francia Márquez, Tumaca scholar Ricardo Antonio Torres and journalist Eduardo López Hooker, among others. The distinction, which was created nine years ago, is an affirmative action to celebrate the contributions of the black population to the construction of the country.

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    There were 39 nominess in 13 categories, including Academia, Media and Journalism, Sports, Public Force and Health Sector. / Cristian Garavito — El Espectador

    Ricardo Antonio Torres, winner in the Academia category

    He is the most cited researcher in Latin America in water treatment with ultrasound, the subject to which he has dedicated his academic life. Born in Tumaco, Nariño, he is a chemist with a Master in chemistry from the University of Valle, a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Savoy in France and a post-doctorate in Chemical Engineering and applied chemistry from the University of Toronto. He spent two and a half years doing research on a scholarship from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.

    Being away from the country, he was often asked “You came to stay, right?” but he always replied: “No. I want to return to Colombia. There are many opportunities outside but the needs are here, there is much to be done”. It has been seven years since he returned, to the University of Antioquia, where he created the Research Group on Environmental Remediation and Biocatalysis, in which they study water treatment through electrochemical, photochemical and sonochemical methods, among others.

    When he was in school, he had a “crazy dream”, he says. “I want to win a Nobel Prize in Chemistry”. Today he is among the 10 most cited people worldwide in his line of research. “This was always the goal: to study at the highest level and then return to Colombia to contribute with my acquired knowledge”.

    Eduardo López Hooker, winner in the Media and Journalism category

    Hooker is a journalist at Noticias Uno and winner of the Simón Bolívar Journalism Award of 2018, a recognition he had already been given in 2000. A social communicator and journalist from INPAHU, he has worked in cities such as Santa Marta and Marizales and has lived in Bogotá since 1996.

    A Raizal and son of a sanandresana, the concern over the archipelago has always been present. “Unfortunately, what is affecting our people the most is crime; lack of health, education and corruption. You do not want to show what’s bad in your house, but you have to clean it and in order to do it, you have to make visible the dirt in your house. This generates greater impact at the national level”, he says.

    Throughout his career he has covered political and public order issues in media outlets such as El Nuevo Siglo, La Patria, Colprensa; Noticiero de las 7, Canal Capital and El Tiempo.

    Divania Vanesa Contreras, winner in the Youth category

    Born on the island of Tierra Bomba, Cartagena, she is the first naval officer of her community. At the age of 14, she joined the Puerto Bahía Foundation to work on the protection of adolescent rights, particularly by sensitizing young people to the issue of sexually transmitted diseases. She is currently part of the Pacific Naval Force, in the area of strategic communications as she is a social communicator and journalist.

    In 2017, the sea was destroying the houses in her community. As a form of protest, they closed the access channel to the bay so that no ships entered. She says that neither the mayor nor the government responded to the claims. The only organization that showed up was the Navy, followed by the Almirante Padilla Naval Academy of Cadets. Now she wants to be a captain and return to her community, Punta Arena, to serve in her role.

    Francia Elena Márquez, winner in the Social Sector Category

    She won the Goldman Prize in 2018, considered to be the ‘Green Nobel’, which gave her international recognition as an environmental leader. For more than a decade she has been fighting against illegal mining and extractivist projects that have a strong impact on her territory, in Suárez, Cauca.

    To denounce the consequences of mining in her community, she organized a mobilization in 2014 together with communities from the northern region of her department in which they marched to Bogotá demanding answers. For Márquez, defending the environment is a duty of all human beings, especially when “the planet is about to collapse”. The mechanism she proposes is mobilization for resistance.

    This struggle is a legacy of her elders, in the La Toma Community Council, in Suárez, who instilled in her respect for the harmony of the territory. She also won the National Human Rights Awards in 2015, and was invited to the Government-Farc negotiation table in Cuba, to talk about the impact of the armed conflict on Afro-descendant, indigenous and peasant women and communities.

    Javier Ferney Castillo, winner in the Science and Technology category

    Castillo is a professor at the University of Santiago de Cali, in charge of the Robotics area of the Electronic Engineering program. In 2018 he linked students and professionals to the field of rehabilitation robotics and assistive technology systems, achieving developments for alternative communication in people with cerebral palsy through low-cost systems.

    He has worked on topics associated with the development of Robotics for responsible pet ownership. In conjunction with a Chilean university, he advanced a system for the investigation of learning problems in children, with invisible research techniques, and he leads the development of robotic systems for cognitive and physical rehabilitation of children with disabilities in association with the University of Valle and the Federal University of Espírito Santo in Brazil.

    Born in Tumaco, Nariño, he is an electronic engineer with a master’s degree in Automation from the University of Valle, a magister in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in Rehabilitation Robotics from the Federal University of Espírito Santo in Brazil and a doctorate in Engineering from the University of Valle.

    Karent Hinestroza, winner in the Music and Arts category

    For the protagonist of Canal Caracol’s successful production La mamá del 10, her role as “Tina Manotas” represented the first time an actress from Chocó was a protagonist on national television. This role gave her the nomination for Best Leading Actress in the TV y Novelas Awards.

    He has developed a solid career in film and television. In 2009 he began his appearance on the big screen with the character Jazmín in the award-winning film El vuelco del cangrejo. She starred in her first movie in Chocó, receiving for this interpretation the award for Best Leading Actress from the Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences of Colombia, at the 2013 Macondo Awards.

    She co-starred in La Selección as Caridad Murillo, for which she received the India Catalina Prize of Colombian television for the 2014 Revelation Actress and the nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Born in Timbiquí, Cauca, she has a degree in Drama from the University of Valle with a solid humanistic, ethical and high sensitive quality training to develop artistic proposals.

    Maryluz Barragán González, winner in the Justice and Law category

    She was born in Cartagena and is the director in charge of the litigation area of the renowned Dejusticia studies center. She was a participant in the first pronouncement of the Constitutional Court, in 2018, which forced private companies to take action against harassment based on race.

    She has worked for the Third Section of the State Council in matters of non-contractual liability, as well as in the Legal Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic in matters of fiscal responsibility. She has given advice on matters of diversity policies in public employment to entities such as the Administrative Department of Public Service and the Program for Afro-Descendants and Indigenous People of USAID.

    She is a lawyer from the University of Cartagena, with a specialization in Administrative Law from the Pontifical Xavierian University and a Master's degree in Law from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

    Alcibíades Hinestroza, winner in the Private Sector category

    He is the technical assistance leader of the Research Center in Palm Oil of Fedepalma. He is at the forefront of the expansion strategy that allows support in technical assistance to more than 5,000 small producers who are mostly in regions hit by the conflict, such as Montes de María, Catatumbo or Tumaco.

    He firmly believes that palm oil is one of the few legal crops that can compete economically in the most remote regions of the country. Therefore, in addition to technical assistance, his work focuses on the commercial chain so that farmers can improve their quality of life.

    He was born in Alto Baudó, Chocó. He is an agronomist with a bachelor's degree in agricultural sciences and natural resources from the EARTH University, in Costa Rica, specializing in the economics of natural resources and economic evaluation of the environmental impact, and a master's degree in business management and administration.

    Priest Luis Armando Valencia, winner in the Education category

    He was born in Quibdó and is the provincial superior of the Claretian Missionaries in Colombia and Venezuela, which makes him the spiritual leader of 120 priests. He heads the Claretian schools in Cali and Bogotá, with 10,000 students, and Venezuela, with 2,000 students.

    He is the rector of the Uniclaretiana institution, founded 11 years ago in Quibdó, in whose construction process he participated. Uniclaretiana's goal is to contribute to access to education in the marginalized areas of the country. As head of the formation process of this community, he orients the work under the principle of liberating education.

    During the hardest moments of the armed conflict he was at the head of the parish of Riosucio, in Bajo Atrato, where he accompanied the citizen process of peaceful resistance through the consolidation of the Peace Community Nuestra Señora del Carmen.

    Érica María Meneses, winner in the Public Force category

    First sergeant of the National Army, she is one of the only two women to have received the outstanding military distinction as jumpmaster in the history of the institution. She has been a parachutist for nearly a decade and has made more than 200 operations.

    "Being a woman in a uniform is complicated, because it is a men's world. But even though we are very few we have earned our place", she says. Today she is the first non-commissioned officer of the Army who has all the air specialties and has the distinction of expert parachutist in the static line mode.

    Born in Amalfi, Antioquia, she spent her childhood and adolescent years in Medellín, until she joined the Army as a nursing assistant, a task she performed for more than 12 years during the most critical moments of the Colombian armed conflict. Now she is at the forefront of airborne operations, where she is responsible for guaranteeing the life of the paratroopers.

    Mauricio Rodríguez Pabón, winner in the Health Sector category

    Born in Pasto, he is the founder and president of the Society of Oncological Specialties of Nariño (SEON). He invented Samyt, a telemedicine robot that provides specialized medical services in marginalized regions such as Mocoa (Putumayo) and founded the Latin American Institute of Oncological Research.

    When he was in the sixth semester of medicine at the Cooperative University of Colombia, in Pasto, he realized that there was only one oncologist for the entire department of Nariño and he wanted to change that situation, aware that this department is one of those with the highest rates of cancer, particularly gastric cancer, in the country.

    To do this he had to go to Argentina to study a specialization in internal medicine at the University of Buenos Aires, a sub-specialization in oncology and a master's degree in clinical research at University Institute of the Italian Hospital in Buenos Aires. Today the outlook remains difficult. There are only three clinical oncologists in the department of Nariño, including him. "It's a gap that has to be closed, for example, through new technologies," he says.

    María Liliana Ararat, winner in the Public Sector category

    She is the first woman to be elected mayor by popular vote in Caloto, Cauca. She managed to raise her municipality from the sixth category to the fifth through a process of oversight, management and good administrative practices to raise income, a work that was recognized by the National Planning Department.

    She chaired the Association of Women of Caloto, from where she worked to increase the little participation of women in politics in this municipality. A business administrator and a specialist in social management, she arrived at the city administration in the 1990s and performed different tasks until becoming treasurer in 2010.

    As mayor of Caloto, she had to be in charge of the public order situation that crosses Northern Cauca, due to the confluence of armed groups in the territory.

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    Afro-descendants of the Americas support the independence and sovereignty of Venezuela

    By: The Regional Council of Africans in the Americas | Wednesday, January 9 2019 08:27 AM

    The changes and political transformations in the last two decades in the Americas are preceded by the struggles of the social movements against so-called globalization and the neoliberal economic policies that brought misery to the majority of our people.

    The Afro-descendants of the region were in the front lines of the struggle for our rights in the 1990s and faced racism, discrimination and social exclusion, instruments that sowed poverty.

    The progressive political processes of the Latin American left are the living expression of the the peoples' independence, sovereignty and self-determination to direct their own destinies. Afro-descendants, with our contributions to these radical changes, played a fundamental role in the installation of progressive governments.

    The initiative of the far-right and its lackeys of imperialism is trying today, in the so-called Lima Group, to encourage direct intervention in the internal affairs of the Bolivarian nation, violating its independence and sovereignty.

    We reject the shameful and humiliating declaration of the Lima Group that lashes out at the people of Venezuela and the government of President Nicolás Maduro, ignoring his legitimate election and encouraging direct military intervention, masked in humanitarian aid.

    We reaffirm our support and solidarity with the brotherly people of Venezuela and especially with the Afro-descendant communities, organizations and movements that today face an economic war, a media siege and a harassment campaign against their nation.

    The continental movement of people of African descent claims the right to independence, sovereignty and self-determination of our people. Today Venezuela has our unconditional support and tomorrow any nation that requests it will find an ally in our fighting spirit, learned through the rebelliousness of our history.

    By the Regional Council of Africans in the Americas (RCAA);

    Mónica Rey Gutiérrez, CONAFRO (Bolivia);

    Miguel Ángel Pereira and Romero Rodríguez, MUNDO AFRO (Uruguay);

    Oswaldo Bilbao Lobaton, Movimiento Afroperuano Chavelilla (Peru);

    Federico Pita, DIAFAR (Argentina);

    Aiden Salgado, Jimmy Rivera, Efraín Viveros, PODER NEGRO (Colombia);

    Darío Solano, Plataforma Dominicana de Afrodescendientes (Dominican Republic);

    Melquiceded Blando Mena, Proceso de Comunidades Negras (Colombia);

    Ivette Modestin, RCAA (USA);

    Agustín Lao Montes, RCAA (Puerto Rico);

    Gilberto Leal, CONEN (Brazil);

    James Early, Institute for Policy Studies (USA);

    Jhon Sorillo, RCAA (Trinidad and Tobago);

    Marcos Hernández, RCAA (Mexico);

    Diógenes Díaz, RCAA (Venezuela);

    José Chala, RCAA (Ecuador);

    Lucia Molina, Red Afroargentina de tronco Colonial. (Argentina);

    Roy Guevara, Centro para el Desarrollo Comunal CEDECO (Honduras);

    Juan Montaño, Escuela de Pensamiento Crítico "Juan García" (Ecuador);

    Juliana Goes, RCAA (Brazil-USA).

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    The Afro-Paraguayan community breaks cultural taboos to the rhythm of music

    JANUARY 3 2019

    Dressed in bright colored suits and dancing to the sound of drums, the Afro-descendant community in Paraguay opened on Thursday the Kamba Cua Festival, a music and dance spectacle in honor of San Baltasar that aims to make his group visible and break taboos about its culture.

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    Dancers of the Afro-Paraguayan community present a traditional dance in honor of San Baltazar, in Senatur. EFE

    The event was officially presented at the headquarters of the National Tourism Secretariat, in Asunción, to conclude on January 20, after an intense program of activities in which the religious and profane rites of the Afro-descendants will be revived.

    The climax of the festival will be held this Saturday in the city of Fernando de la Mora, in Greater Asunción, under the auspice of patron saint San Baltasar, the black member of the Three Kings.

    The festival's coordinator, Lourdes Díaz, told Efe the meeting is a way to "break the taboos" about this culture, as well as a way to increase the "sense of belonging" the younger members of the Afro-descendant community possess.

    "'Why do you play the drum?', 'I did not know there were black people in Paraguay'; these are things I have always heard", said Díaz, who is a sixth-generation member of Kamba Cua, one of the three groups of Afro-descendants scattered throughout Paraguay.

    Its origin goes back to the year 1820, when Uruguayan soldier José Gervasio Artigas went into exile in Paraguay with 400 black lancers, who were prevented from associating with the rest of the locals.

    Related: Afro-descendants seek to be recognized as an ethnic minority in Paraguay

    "Being forbidden to leave was good and bad at the same time. Because of it, the dances and traditions have been maintained until now, but they could not open up to other communities and improve their quality of life", said Díaz.

    In fact, one of the main demands of the Kamba Cua community is for the Paraguayan State to launch a public institution that carries out social policies at Afro-Paraguayans, one of the groups with the worst school attendance rates in the country.

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    Dressed in bright colored costumes and dancing to the sound of drums, the Paraguayan Afro-descendant community opened the Kamba Cua Festival. EFE

    According to the data offered by Díaz, there are currently about twenty young people from their community studying at college, a figure higher than previous years, but low in a group that consists of more than 300 families.

    Some of these proposals are embodied in a bill that Afro-Paraguayan communities have been discussing with the government for over a year and whose pillars are based on "recognition, development and justice".

    The norm responds to the indications of organizations such as the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which urged Paraguay in 2016 to adopt measures against the "systematic" discrimination to which the indigenous peoples and Afro-Paraguayans were subjected.

    All these demands will be present at the great festival dance event that will take place next Saturday at Fernando de la Mora.

    The celebration will involve more than 70 children and adolescents between 2 and 14 years of age, who will dance in a group and play the drum in honor of their ancestors.

    "It is very important because only in this way do we maintain the culture, the good thing is that there are children and young people to whom we can leave a legacy about what our roots are," said the president of the Traditional Group San Baltasar, Adolfo Guarín.

    Guarín has been leading this music and dance group for more than a decade, recovering the six types of traditional African dances that their ancestors brought to Paraguay.

    "The dances we make are offerings to our patron saint, San Baltasar, they are rites and they have a meaning," said the president of the group.

    One of their dances include the Kuarahy, a dance that venerates the Sun God, or the Pitiki Pitiki, a move that serves to make an appeal for inclusion.

    The event will be joined by different national groups, such as the Dance Ensemble of the Republic of La Chipa, the trio Sapukai Chamamecero, Los Basaldúa, Roscer Díaz, Herencia, Karai Tereré or the humorous duo Ka'i ha Pakú.

    Source: EFE

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    Ten years without Oliveira Silveira, the Black Consciousness poet

    A poet, teacher and Black Movement activist, Oliveira Silveira is responsible for literary works that still inspire cultural events, writers, youth and adults ten years after his death, completed on January 1

    By Bruno Teixeira | 01/12/2019 | 08:00

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    Poet Oliveira Silveira. Charles Guerra / Agencia RBS

    Why May 13, who signed this law and under what circumstance was it signed, and what happened to the black people who were freed?

    The question that today echoes through the voice of teacher Naiara Rodrigues Silveira Lacerda, 50, was the fuel for her father, poet Oliveira Silveira, to idealize, in 1971, the campaign that would turn November 20 into Black Consciousness Day.

    A poet, teacher and Black Movement activist, Oliveira Silveira is responsible for literary works that still inspire cultural events, writers, youth and adults ten years after his death, completed on January 1.

    In 1971, the corner between Andradas street and Borges de Medeiros Avenue was still not called Democrática, but it was already the meeting point of four young college students who were discussing issues concerning black people in Brazil. In one of these meetings, Oliveira Silveira, Vilmar Nunes, Ilmo da Silva e Antônio Carlos Côrtes began to question the legitimacy of May 13 (the day of the abolition of slavery) for black people.

    Côrtes, who had discovered the figure of Zumbi dos Palmares through research, presented the story of Quilombo dos Palmares to his friends, which led them to November 20, the day of Zumbi's death, in 1695. Thus Grupo Palmares was born, a cultural entity devoted to promoting historical studies on the contributions black people made to Brazil.

    "After these two meetings, first at Oliveira's house and then at my parents' house on Andradas street, the most open act was at the Marcílio Dias sailing club, where we did a brief historical tour of all that, where about 20 people participated. There is where the materialization of Grupo Palmares happened", says Côrtes.

    In the midst of AI-5, the creation of Grupo Palmares drew the attention of the military regime. First because of its name, which resembled the name of far left guerrilla organization VAR Palmares; second, according to Côrtes, because of fear of the emergence of an organization similar to the Black Panthers. Thus, Côrtes and Oliveira Silveira were eventually called to explain themselves to the censorship board.

    "We had to make a script of what we were going to present in Marcílio Dias to receive the stamp of approval. We did not know if on the day (of the meeting) there was someone infiltrated", remembers Côrtes.

    Although Grupo Palmares' campaign proposed reflecting on the role of black people in Brazil, Oliveira Silveira's poetry also carried another type of reflection: black people in Rio Grande do Sul. Born in the district of Touro do Passo, in Rosário do Sul, the poet told through several lines the life of the black gaúcho, especially the one from the State's countryside. For Ronald Augusto, 57, poet, friend and organizer of the anthology of Oliveira Silveira's work, even while presenting a scenario with local elements in his literary works, the artist and activist addresses gaúcho culture critically.

    "This is notorious in his poetry. This gaúcho trait in his poetry, in a positive way. Oswaldo de Camargo said this in the introduction of Oliveira Silveira's peniltumate book. He speaks of Oliveira Silveira's afro-gaúcha poetry. I think this is undeniable, but I think that regionalism in his poetry is analogous to Northeastern regionalism in the poetry of João Cabral de Melo Neto. In both cases, the traits appear in these poets, but not to the point of there having a closed regionalism", he explains.

    "Oliveira is a poet, as Osvaldo de Camargo says, who inaugurates an afro-gaúcha school of poetry, but he does not address it in a peaceful way. He is critical, he is not on board with the "may our prowess serve as a model for the whole world" part of the state anthem. Of course he is critical of Rio Grande do Sul's history with its black population", he says.

    The same Esquina Democrática that was the site of Grupo Palmares' first meetings was also the place where Oliveira clocked in to promote his poetry saraus.

    "I remember my father giving out invitations at Esquina Democrática, inviting people to go to the sarau at the market. Even with few people in the beginning, like five or six, he never gave up on doing it", says Naiara.

    The Roda de Poesia event served as one of the inspirations for a sarau in honor of Oliveira Silveira himself. In 2009, months after the poet's death, the Sopapo Poético sarau was born in Porto Alegre, always being held on the last Tuesday of every month from March to November.

    "It was very natural to pay homage to Oliveira Silveira and to emphasize poetry in this project of black protagonism. We do not have important spaces to expose poetry and literature so many poets and poetesses emerged from Sopapo. The intention was to create an audience for poetry and present new black authors", says Maria Cristina Santos, coordinator of the Sopapo Poético sarau and member of the Black Cultural Association of Porto Alegre.

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    ECLAC: extreme poverty increases in Latin America

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    Sixty-two million people live in extreme poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean. These figures represent 10.2% of the population. It is the highest poverty index in the continent since 2008.

    For its part, ECLAC estimates that 184 million people live in poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean, which represents 30.2% of the population. This was revealed by the last report of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, ECLAC, presented by its director general Alicia Bárcena.

    The report reveals profound differences in poverty among social sectors, since it is 20% higher in rural areas than in the cities, while children and young people, women, and especially indigenous populations are the most affected by this scourge.



    When analyzing the statistics, Bárcena said that the region made progress in the first fifteen years of the 21st century, but as of 2015 there has been a decline in social indicators. The return of right-wing governments with their neoliberal policies is causing an increase in poverty and destitution rates in the people of the continent.

    On this topic Bárcena found that the governments of the region should promote complementary public policies of social protection and labor inclusion and redistributive in terms of income that allow to reduce poverty and destitution.

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    Rio de Janeiro State Governor and Bolsonaro Ally Calls for Brazil to “Open Its Own Guantanamo”
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    Newly inaugurated Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro lives up to the label “Trump of the tropics” in many ways, including his misogynistic comments and a racist streak that surfaces in his disparaging treatment of minorities. But the similarity that is likely to have the broadest and most destructive effects is his disregard of the danger of planetary catastrophe through climate change. The presidency of Brazil is an especially important office in this regard because of its power over the fate of most of the Amazon rainforest.

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    Britain’s Foreign Policy Meddling in Venezuela, Supportive of Washington’s Aggressive Stance

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