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“…The great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do.” James Baldwin

 

A New Study Shows Cervical Cancer Virus Harder To Clear In Black Women

Provocative new research might help explain why black women are so much more likely than whites to develop and die from cervical cancer: They seem to have more trouble clearing HPV, the virus that causes the disease.

Doctors have long thought that less access to screening and follow-up health care were the reasons black women are 40 percent more likely to develop cervical cancer and twice as likely to die from it.

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Cervical cancer harder to clear in Black women

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Black Women Twice As Likely To Die From Cervical Cancer

Provocative new research might help explain why black women are so much more likely than whites to develop and die from cervical cancer: They seem to have more trouble clearing HPV, the virus that causes the disease.

Doctors have long thought that less access to screening and follow-up health care were the reasons black women are 40 percent more likely to develop cervical cancer and twice as likely to die from it. The new study involving young college women suggests there might be a biological explanation for the racial disparity, too.

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Autism Up Among Kids of Color

Federal officials announced Thursday that autism cases are on the rise again. The rate of U.S. cases of autism and related disorders has risen to about 1 in 88 children, up from the previous estimate of 1 in 110, the Washington Post reports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report containing the data showed that the largest increases over time were among Hispanic and Black children.

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Autism Up amoung kids of color

Autism Up amoung kids of color

 

Cesar Chavez Day: Honoring The Latino Civil Rights Leader By Continuing The Fight For Justice

When Barack Obama campaigned to be the nation’s 44th president, he used the simple mantra, “Yes We Can” — a translation of civil rights leader Cesar Chavez’s chant, “Si se puede.”

Now, nearly four years after the presidential election, Obama’s paying homage to the man whose words helped him win office, decreeing Saturday, March 31st of 2012, the 85th anniversary of the civil rights icon’s birthday, Cesar Chavez Day.

The civil rights leader, who fought for fair wages and humane treatment for California’s farm workers, also championed principles of nonviolence through boycotts, fasts, and marches. In conjunction with Dolores Huerta, Chavez founded the United Farm Workers of America, an organization devoted to defending the rights of farmhands and field workers across the country.

Earlier this week, the White House honored ten local leaders who “exemplify Cesar Chavez’s core values,” inviting the activists, farmworkers, and professors to speak at a panel called “Champions of Change.” Read more here.

Cesar Chavez, civil rights leader and organizer of the United Farmworkers

Cesar Chavez, civil rights leader and organizer of the United Farm Workers of America

 

Detroit Students Suspended After Demanding ‘An Education’

About 50 students were suspended Thursday from the all-boys Frederick Douglass Academy in Detroit, Mich. for walking out of classes in protest, demanding “an education.”

Among their complaints: a lack of consistent teachers, the reassignment of the school principal, educators who abuse sick time and a shortage of textbooks.

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High school students protest for education reform

 

For Our Daughters

The documentary For Our Daughters is a cinematic collage of interviews with 17 African American women from different backgrounds with varying opinions and unique perspectives. Together, these women share stories of resilience, wisdom and a deep rooted concern for Black girls and young Black women of today who are faced with the task of growing up Black and Female in a sexist and racially challenged society.

Black women are rarely portrayed in a thoughtful, complex or balanced light. For Our Daughters, at it’s essence, offers that representation. Relationships, money, sexism, racism, color-ism within black community, child molestation, history and identity, social capital, teen pregnancy, STD’s- HIV/AIDS… All of these topics and more are discussed in this documentary.

To read more about the film or to purchase it, click on http://www.4ods.com/

Mother and Daughter

Mother and Daughter

 

Lawsuit alleges NYPD violated civil rights by entering private buildings

Suit filed on behalf of 13 black and Latino New Yorkers says stop-and-frisk extension program has left them living in fear.

March against NYC's Stop and Frisk Law used within residences

The NYPD has been under harsh criticism in the Bronx after the shooting death of teenager Ramarley Graham, who was killed by police in his grandmother's bathroom after officers entered without a warrant. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

The New York City police department is facing a federal class action lawsuit over the expansion of its controversial stop-and-frisk program into residential buildings largely populated by African Americans and Latinos.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/28/nypd-lawsuit-civil-rights-bronx

 

Rep. Gwen Moore recounts her own rape in defense of the Violence Against Women Act

Rep. Gwen Moore recounts her own rape in defense of Violence Against Women Act

Gwen Moore speaks out

As part of her floor speech pushing to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) on Wednesday, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) told the story of her own history of being sexually assaulted during her childhood and then raped as a young woman.

“Violence against women is as American as apple pie,” she told colleagues. “I know, not only as a legislator, but from personal experience. Domestic violence has been a thread throughout my personal life, up to and including being a child repeatedly sexually assaulted, up to and including being an adult who’s been raped.”

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Alabama Civil Rights Museum Promotes Lesbian Awareness

Founded to teach about human rights and the fight for equality during the days of racial segregation, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is introducing a new topic: Lesbian awareness in the South.

Civil Rights Museum's New Exhibit

The museum opens a new exhibit Friday night featuring photographs of lesbian couples and families living in the Deep South. Some women are depicted arm-in-arm or embracing with their faces fully visible. Others who weren’t comfortable being identified publicly are pictured with their backs to the camera.  Read more about the exhibit here.

 

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