Daily Archives: May 20, 2018

History: Black Churches in America – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

History: Black Churches in America – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

It is 1758 and a slave reports on the condition of Blacks. He says, ‘the white folks would come in when the colored people would have prayer meetings, and whip every one of them. Most of them thought that when colored people were praying it was against them.’ In 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina, a weapon that was deadlier than the whip was used and it brought tragic results.

Black churches were a cause of concern to the White establishment during and after slavery. A Black congregation was seen as a threat to White supremacy. The congregation was an example of faith, togetherness, and the ownership of property and this did not sit well with Whites.

When Whites in the South wanted excitement they would set fire to Black churches. The flames provided relief from boredom and sent a message to Blacks to mind their message and  manners.

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MOVIE: Echos from the Plantation – Pickering Ontario – June 2. 2018

Extreme Weather and the Climate Crisis: What You Need to Know – By Rosaliene Bacchus

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US 2017 Billion-Dollar Disaster Map - NOAA

U.S. 2017 Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters
Photo Credit: NOAA

Earlier this month, while the Trump administration quietly cancelled NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System (CMS), concentrations of carbon dioxide at the Mauna Loa Observatory averaged above 410 parts per million (ppm) throughout April. With such irresponsible action, we-the-people must prepare ourselves for more extreme weather.

Extreme Weather & the Climate Crisis: What You Need to Know, published by the Climate Reality Project (March 2018), helps us to understand the challenges we now face. As the captioned NOAA chart shows, climate-related and other natural disasters are costly. Total damages in 2017 left the U.S. with a bill of $306 billion. Families who were hit are still recovering from their loss. Families in poor communities may never recover.

Here’s what we need to know about our extreme weather and the climate crisis. Bear in mind that weather refers to short-term atmospheric…

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Post- Mother’s Day: The OTHER  “Daycare Mother”? – By Yvonne Sam

Post- Mother’s Day—The OTHER  Say?

By Yvonne Sam

What do we really celebrate on Mother’s Day– When what is considered motherhood is no longer a reality?

Mother’s Day recently went by with all and sundry celebrating, recalling, acknowledging and appreciating in all manner, shape and form the maternal sacrifices made—basically Mom being there. Sadly what we consider motherhood today is no longer a reality.

In Canada, Britain, the United States and even Australia motherhood means not being there. Plainly stated motherhood means dropping the kids off to someone, somewhere else but home on the way to work.  For millions of children, the person teaching them how to talk, how to walk, how to eat, how to learn, how to treat others, how to play and what to say– is the other—the daycare worker who clocks in at $14-$15 an hour in Quebec.      Continue reading