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  1. 1. Ronald K. Brown MORE ON PAGE 5 February 17 - February 23, 2014 Vol. 41 No. 8 • The Journal For Community News, Business & The Arts • insightnews.com Dr. Umar Johnson on the business of saving Black children: Schools miseducate, mistreat and mislabel By Harry Colbert, Jr. Contributing Writer Noted child therapist and PanAfricanist, Dr. Umar Johnson was scheduled to talk at 6 p.m. at the Minneapolis Urban League, but his lecture did not begin until about 6:45 p.m. The late start was not Johnson’s fault. The room inside the lower level of the Urban League was set to seat maybe 150 people – an impressive number – yet double that showed up. Once the organizers were able to accommodate the overflow crowd Johnson got down to business … the business of saving African-American children from what he said are racist policies in America’s schools designed to miseducate, mistreat, misdiagnose and mislabel children of color. “I’m not a member of the Black bourgeoisie so I’m not going to explain away racism, Harry Colbert, Jr. Dr. Umar Johnson JOHNSON TURN TO 10 Economic justice is unfinished agenda By Harry Colbert, Jr. Contributing Writer Economic empowerment is the next phase of the Civil Rights Movement, according to the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., who hosted the 17th annual Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project Economic Summit Feb. 11 – 13 in New York. The summit, “50 Years After the Civil Rights Act: The Unfinished Agenda for Economic Justice,” focused on the decline in Black-owned businesses, home foreclosures and unemployment. The summit brought the nation’s political, corporate, entrepreneurial and industry leaders to Wall Street to discuss the economic concerns distinctive to African-Americans and Latino communities. Jackson said though outwardly it may appear that African-Americans have made great strides, economically, as a whole, the community is struggling and fair business practice laws are having little effect. “An unenforced law is not a law at all,” said Jackson, saying that companies such as Google, Apple and other giant corporations are not contracting with their share of minority firms. “Look at the Super Bowl. In 48 years of the Super Bowl, only one ad campaign was created by a Black firm. We’ve been locked out and we’re not JACKSON TURN TO 10 Jesse Jackson, Sr. Carter G. Woodson Champion of African American History: Carter G. Woodson By Valerie Jarrett Ed. Note: This is cross-posted from the Huffington Post In the fall of 1870, a handful of students made their way through the northwest quadrant of the nation’s capital, and through the doors of D.C.’s “Preparatory High School for Colored Youth,” the country’s first public high school for African American children. There, in the shadow of the American Civil War, and dawned with the spark of reconstruction, a converted basement-turned-classroom in the lower floor of Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church bore the WOODSON TURN TO 10 AfroDescendientes Developing digital agendas and strategies for the Decade of Afrodescendants and beyond By Amilcar Priestley In December 2013, the United Nations declared 2015-2024 as the International Decade of Afrodescendants.1 Despite human rights by using digital tools to preserve the culture and history of Afrodescendants, increase our visibility, and improve our access as citizens no matter where we reside. Afrodescendant communities will benefit greatly if we integrate the growing recognition of our importance as citizens in our respective countries, Afrolatin@s continue to battle for inclusion, autonomy, rights and justice. The Afrolatin@ Project (ALP) will continue to champion the Afrodescendant struggle for information and communications technology (ICT) more successfully into our agendas and strategies. Today’s research shows that web-based and digital AFRO TURN TO 2 Desarrollando agendas y estrategias digitales para la Década de Afrodescendientes y más allá Por Amilcar Priestley En diciembre del 2013, las Naciones Unidas declaró 20152024 como la Década Internacional de los Adoption DHS, Council on Black Minnesotans and partners promote adoption PAGE 2 continuará defendiendo la lucha de los afrodescendientes por derechos humanos mediante el uso de herramientas digitales para preservar la cultura y la historia de los afrodescendientes, aumentar nuestra visibilidad y mejorar nuestro acceso como ciudadanos Afrodescendientes.1 A pesar del creciente reconocimiento de nuestra importancia como ciudadanos en nuestros respectivos países, Afrolatin@s continúan luchando por inclusión, autonomía, derechos y justicia. El Proyecto Afrolatin@ (ALP) sin importar donde residamos. Las comunidades afrodescendientes se beneficiarán en gran medida si integramos con mas éxito las tecnologías de AFRO A SU VEZ A 4 Business UCare Insight 2 Health A how-to checklist: Returning to work? Patricia Ball, Jamie Carsello, and Jeri Peters named to UCare vice president positions CVS move to stop tobacco sales is good news for people of color PAGE 3 PAGE 10 PAGE 11
  2. 2. insightnews.com Insight News • February 17 - February 23, 2014 • Page 2 DHS, Council on Black Minnesotans and partners promote adoption During Black History Month, February, the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the Council on Black Minnesotans, and several nonprofit and community organizations are working together to encourage families to adopt children waiting in the foster care system, particularly African-American children who are disproportionately represented in the child welfare system. Throughout February adoption-specific events include: The Minnesota Heart Gallery is featuring foster children in need of adoptive families in its large lobby display at the East Side Neighborhood Services Building, 1700 Second St. NE, Minneapolis. The Heart Gallery is a community outreach program of Ampersand Families, which raises awareness about older youth waiting in the foster care system and helps recruit adoptive families for these youth. Hennepin County, HOPE Adoption and Family Services, and MN ADOPT adoption experts will present on foster care and adoption, and staff an information table Feb. 22 at the Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church’s Empowerment through Education’s Ninth Annual African Heritage Month Observance in Minneapolis. More information is on the church’s website. The MN ADOPT website is featuring African-American youth and sibling groups waiting for adoptive families. MN ADOPT, an adoption service array provided by the Minnesota Adoption Resource Network under grant contract with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, manages the State Adoption Exchange and information on Minnesota’s waiting children. It also supports and sustains families who adopt these children by providing resources and referrals. MN ADOPT is also working with the Star Tribune on its monthly “waiting child” feature, especially the disproportionate number of African-American children. The greatest historical remembrance an AfricanAmerican child, or any child, can have is one that is highlighted by the love and care of a family.” The Council on Black Minnesotans, said McDonald, encourages people throughout the state to learn more about African-American culture and accomplishments at these Black History Month events listed on the council’s website: · “History HiJinx: Black History Month,” Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Feb. 1 to 23 select dates · “The Ballad of Emmett Till,” Penumbra Theatre, Minneapolis, Feb. 6 to March 2 select dates · “The Racial Divide during the Harlem Renaissance,” Open Book, Minneapolis, Feb. 18 · “Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance” reading and adopted immediately are African American. Only 95 18 percent of the 524 children adopted from the foster care system in 2012 were African American. “All children need safe, stable, loving homes to thrive,” said Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. “During Black History Month, we are celebrating the African-American families who have adopted and encouraging other families to consider adoption. We, along with our community partners, are here to provide support before, during and after adoption.” Added Edward McDonald, executive director of the Council on Black Minnesotans, “As we celebrate the rich history of African-Americans during the month of February, let us also use the month to begin doubling our efforts for the remainder of the year encouraging more AfricanAmerican families to adopt and provide foster care for children who are wards of the state, Edward McDonald with KSTP-TV on its “Thursday’s Child” weekly feature and with KMOJ radio to promoteadoption of children from the foster care system The Minnesota Department of Human Services is contacting county social service directors to urge them to engage communities in focusing on adoption during Black History Month. As of Jan. 1, 2014, 140 approximately 30 percent of the 467 children in the foster care system waiting to be book signing by Carla Kaplan, Common Good Books, St. Paul, Feb. 19 · “Renewing Hope in the Promise of Minnesota’s Youth,” Youthprise, Minneapolis, Feb. 26 to 27 For more information about adopting: Call the county social service agency or one of the licensed, private adoption agencies under contract with the state to provide adoption services: Ampersand Families, Bethany Christian Services, Children’s Home Society of Minnesota, Family Focus, HOPE Adoption and Family Services International, Kindred Family Services, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and North Homes. Counties and private adoption agencies under contract with DHS do not charge fees to parents adopting children under state guardianship. Visit the MN ADOPT website at www.mnadopt.org. What will (y)our legacy look like? hairdressers, shopkeepers, brick masons, carpenters, café owners, mechanics, painters, printers, shoe shine and repairmen. The tailors, grocers, ice, coal and wood deliverymen.... All the folks whose toils paved the way for us, paid the tuition to Howard, Morehouse, Johnson C. Smith, Fisk, Xavier, Dillard and all the “A&M’s” across the south! After nearly fifty years of successfully aspiring to “good jobs,” we are witnessing a boom in the numbers of Black Americans returning to our roots as entrepreneurs and business owners, and this boom couldn’t have come at a better time. When it’s clear that government solutions to income inequality fail to factor for or include us; when Black un- and underemployment threaten the nutritional health and educational opportunities for our children; when globalization of markets consigns our participation to the role of consumers... that’s when it should become clear the key role that Black business plays in our communities. As America begins the annual ritual of “celebrating” the countless achievements of African Americans during the February observance of Black History Month, I think it makes sense to remind each other that the things we do every day will be the historical recollections for future generations. There is no question of the value of recounting the daring exploits, the against-all-odds battles won, or of revisiting the horrors and brutalities that marked our journey through this country’s history. I just don’t believe that enough of us approach our daily commitments with an eye on how our actions (or inactions) will impact the lives of Black Americans in the future. I could fill this space with the names of prodigious Black inventors, from Jan Matzeliger to Norbert Rilleaux, Garrett Morgan to Dr. Mark Dean. We all know the contributions of Samuel Afro From 1 tools alongside social media, can complement social action and provide new and unique strategies for communication. ICT cannot replace the political and civic obligations that governments have to defend, affirm and promote the rights of Afrodescendants as full citizens. Nor are we suggesting that grassroots organizations simply replace existing programs with technology. We must also be careful to not reproduce existing inequalities (often referred to as the “digital divide”) when we use technology, Technology will not cure all social injustices but ICT has proven beneficial to underserved communities globally. It is important that Afrolatin@s consider its possibilities in our efforts to achieve full equality and enjoyment of our rights as citizens. . Ethno-Education, the Census, and ICT Many of today’s Afrodescendant youth have grown up with technology of some kind. They stand to benefit most from a Ron Busby, Sr. Cornish and John Russwurm and their Freedom’s Journal, the Sengstackes, Murphys, Vanns and Scotts, the John H. Johnson and Earl G. Graves and their heroic struggles to make sure our stories were told - accurately. We know of Madame C.J. Walker and A.G. Gaston and Alonzo Herndon and Oprah and Bob Johnson and Herman Russell and the empire builders of the business world. But today I want to give a Black History “shout out” to the millions of nameless, faceless business women and men who rose before dawn and got home long after everyone was asleep. The barbers, movement that recognizes the positive potential of technology. To address the absence of “ethnoeducation” for and about our communities we should consider using mobile phones to engage young people at all levels of literacy. Due to their wide-spread use, mobile phones can deliver educational content about our culture and history from primary school to the university. Mobile phones make it possible for us to educate and learn without having to wait for official government action. Although teachers may be limited in what they are able to do, their input and participation in developing content should be included where possible. Community organizations working with youth should also incorporate the use of mobile phones into their existing work. The outcomes and benefits are numerous: 1) encouraging technology-connected youth to create digital resources on their own histories and cultures by using their mobile devices; 2) making digital content on Afrodescendants available to formal education and research centers through open access platforms; and 3) encouraging the development of traditional educational and digital literacy The U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) is acutely aware of the battle that African Americans face in the marketplace today. When online purchases of clothing eclipses the purchases made inside actual stores, the opportunities for Black retailers practically disappears. Despite the obvious love affair Black folks have with hats, suits, shoes and boots, it is Nordstrom, Macy’s, Neiman’s and local designer boutiques that get their share of our income inequality, not Black-owned clothes sellers. We struggle to find a Blackowned grocery chain, even though African Americans spend a disproportionate share of their disposable income on food. Black-owned restaurants are an increasingly endangered species, even as national chains pad their bottom lines with the lion’s share of our discretionary spending on food...including sushi! Black automobile dealers fare a little better, though the 80s and 90s wreaked havoc on the number of franchised dealerships owned by African Americans. Without question, we continue to provide the comfortable profit cushion, particularly for luxury brand automobiles. (Remember, every dollar earned without advertising/marketing effort to earn that dollar is FREE MONEY!) Telecom companies, high-end electronics, “luxury” liquors, condo sellers and jewelers all positively salivate when their coffers fill up with Black dollars. Among the goals of the USBC, Entrepreneur Development is the loftiest, and most elusive, but we believe if we are successful at reigniting our passion for business ownership, we have the best opportunity to solve the challenges faced by Black America. The historical record of our ability to build colleges, insurance companies and hospitals proves that when necessary we can achieve monumental “wins” through collective entrepreneurial activity. And -- in today’s terminology - joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions provide the context for our next collective steps in business growth. So, we at the USBC and our affiliates across the country encourage you to be more mindful, and more intentional as you pursue your dreams. Understand that 20, 50, 100 years from now someone will read the record of your contribution to life as they know it, and the fact that you made a lot of money won’t be enough to get your name in the record book. Business ownership opens doors of opportunity, not just for you and your family, but the families of your employees, associates, customers/clients, vendors and suppliers. That improved quality of life affords access to opportunities for education, earning, travel and the new worlds they discover will create future generations of inventors and history makers. Black History is made and celebrated every day... make sure that your everyday actions pave the way. competencies among Afrolatin@ youth using relevant content and technological tools. Mobile phones can also assist in our consciousness raising efforts ahead of the next round of national Censuses in Latin America, the Caribbean and the U.S. We know that a key element limiting Afrodescendant visibility in most countries is inaccurate census polling. The way different groups/communities are counted in the census is linked to public policies and funding for strategic resources such as education, employment, and social services. Mobile phones can be used to develop effective demographic questions or to send out notifications on the importance of Census participation. It should also be used to gauge the accuracy and transparency of the official government Census counts conducted over the next ten years. By Ron Busby, Sr. related intolerance.” One year earlier, heads of state from Latin America and the Caribbean met in the city of Florianopolis, Brazil and drafted the Declaration of Florianopolis. This Declaration called for governments to focus on developing the technology skills of their citizens. Most significantly, it repeatedly called for the use of ICT to address regional socioeconomic inequality, a persistent issue affecting Afrodescendants. In the last 13+ years, regional governments in Latin America and the Caribbean have developed multi-year national digital action plans. Regional governments and civil society (i.e., Colombia, Panama, Brazil, Bolivia, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Haiti) also have launched ICT-focused initiatives using mobile technology to address the everyday challenges of the underserved. In October 2013, the Secretariat General of Ibero-America, who recently launched their “Citizenship 2.0” and “AfroXXI” initiatives, held a conference in Panama City, Panama urging heads of state to pay greater attention to how technology can encourage transparency and support the underserved. There is little doubt that since the Durban conference, we have made progress in raising the visibility of our goals. In recent years, digital and Web 2.0 tools have helped improve organizational capacity, increase the exchange and flow of information, and strengthened social activism. There is still work to be done. Discussions in several Afrodescendant conferences2 have raised the need for Afrolatin@ communities to include ICT skills in their agendas. They also have recommended we build alliances with our counterparts throughout continental Africa. The Afrolatin@ Project believes it is critical that Afrodescendants combine these two concepts and gain knowledge from the examples set by the growth in the number of projects in continental Africa and other developing regions that use ICT to address the needs of the marginalized and disenfranchised. and education on how to leverage global technology to address local issues. Only by integrating ICT tools into the agendas and strategies of Afrodescendants and by developing ICT-centered initiatives will Afrolatin@s will not be left behind in the digital era. Digital Strategies & Millennium Development Goals The Declaration of Durban, from the 2001 World Conference Against Racism, Discrimination and Xenophobia in South Africa, affirmed that “the use of new technologies…can contribute to the eradication of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and Conclusion The Afrolatin@ Project will continue to expand its use of information and communication technology and Web 2.0 tools to preserve the culture and history of Afrolatin@s and to increase our access and visibility. Our goal is to support other organizations and Afrolatin@ communities through training 761 7 767 716 767 722 767 760 767 724 716 723 Help us shape the future of Metro Transit bus service! 801 790 705 767 742 755 777 721 755 758 19 Ayúdenos a forjar el futuro del servicio de autobuses de Metro Transit 791 22 717 756 762 32 22 22 761 716 764 5 22 716 790 Naga caawi ka qaybqaadashada dhisidda mustaqbalka adeegga baska Metro Transit 716 717 717 764 756 791 791 790 793 777 14 32 Pab peb npaj Metro Transit txoj kev muab tsheb thauj neeg mus los rau yav tom ntej 741 740 741 19 19 758 32 14 705 705 metrotransit.org/sip 651-602-1500 758 14 19 755 777 32 742 5 14 772 705 5 19 14 755 756 7 721 14 755 795 771 19 758 705 741 19 758 755 791 7 755 793 7 32 Ron Busby is President of the US Black Chambers, Inc. Amilcar Priestley is Director of the AfroLatin@ Project (www. afrolatinoproject.org). The Project was initially founded in 2005 by the late Dr. George Priestley, under a Ford Foundation grant. In our new phase we are advocates for the digital preservation of Afrolatino cultural heritage and the use of ICT to advance the development of Afrolatinos in Latin America, the Caribbean and the U.S. Priestley is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Brooklyn Law School. Footnote 1: For purposes of this piece, ALP uses Afrolatin@s and Afrodescendants interchangeably to describe people of African descent from Latin America, the Caribbean and their Diasporas. Footnote 2: Lagos, Nigeria (2009), Dakar, Senegal (2011), La Ceiba, Honduras (2011), Panama City, Panama (2012), Cali and Cartagena, Colombia (2013)
  3. 3. Page 4 • February 17 - February 23, 2014 • Insight News insightnews.com Lawmakers advance CBM bills Surplus Communities, Criminal Justice Disparities Eradication, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Violence Prevention Initiative bills; Representative Clark has agreed to author the Urban Fresh Food Access & Food Desert Eradication Initiative, the Urban Agriculture Land Use Planning Initiative, Healthcare Disparities Eradication bills; Representative Kahn has agreed to author the African Heritage Arts & Culture Preservation & Growth bills. He said Senator Champion has agreed to author Senate versions of the Martin Luther King Jr. Violence Prevention Initiative legislation; and Senator Dziedzic has agreed to author the Criminal Justice Disparities Eradication legislation, and has expressed serious interest in the Rochester Destination Medical Center Equal Access & Opportunity Planning bill. Mohamed said, “Our meeting was successful because of the continued support of community. As we continue to hit milestones, the road ahead requires even more participation. We already have over two dozen volunteer leaders identified who will lead us in tracking and supporting our legislation throughout the process. The process ahead for each of our bills requires all hands on deck, so we are still looking for even more folks to volunteer. It can’t be emphasized enough: community feedback and engagement is an essential element to this important process.” 2001 contra el Racismo, la Discriminación y la Xenofobia en Sudáfrica, afirmó que “ el uso de las nuevas tecnologías... puede contribuir a la erradicación del racismo, la discriminación racial, la xenofobia y las formas conexas de intolerancia. “ El año anterior, jefes de Estado de América Latina y el Caribe se reunieron en la ciudad de Florianópolis, Brasil y redactaron la Declaración de Florianópolis. Esta Declaración hace llamado a los gobiernos a enfocarse en desarrollar las habilidades tecnológicas de sus ciudadanos. Lo más significante, Florianópolis pidió repetidamente el uso de las TIC para enfrentar las desigualdades socio- económicas de la región, un problema persistente para los afrodescendientes. Desde la conferencia , el mundo ha sido testigo de una intensificación en cómo los grupos y comunidades en todo el mundo utilizan las herramientas digitales y la Web 2.0 para mejorar la capacidad de organización , aumentar el intercambio y la circulación de información, y el fortalecimiento de activismo social. En los últimos 13+ años, los gobiernos regionales en América Latina y el Caribe, han desarrollado planes de acción nacional en materia digital de varios años. Los gobiernos regionales y la sociedad civil (por ejemplo, Colombia, Panamá, Brasil, Bolivia, Jamaica, Trinidad y Tobago y Haití) también han puesto en marcha iniciativas enfocadas en las TIC usando tecnología móvil para enfrentar los desafíos cotidianos de la población necesitada. En octubre del 2013, la Secretaría General de Ibero-America, que recientemente puso en marcha sus iniciativas “Afro XXI” y ”Ciudadanía 2.0”, celebró una conferencia en la Ciudad de Panamá, Republica de Panamá instando a los jefes de Estado a prestar mayor atención a cómo la tecnología puede fomentar la transparencia y apoyar a los más necesitados. No cabe duda que desde la conferencia de Durban, nosotros hemos progresado realizando la visibilidad de nuestros objetivos. En los anos recientes, las herramientas digitales y la Web 2.0 han ayudado en mejorar la capacidad de organización, aumentar el intercambio y la circulación de información, y fortalecido el activismo social. Tenemos que seguir estos pasos. Varias conferencias de afrodescendientes2 han planteado la necesidad de que las comunidades Afrolatin@ desarrollen las competencias en TIC a sus agendas. También han recomendado que construyamos alianzas con nuestras contrapartes en toda África continental. El Proyecto Afrolatin@ cree que es crítico que los afrodescendientes combinen estos dos conceptos y adquieran el conocimiento de los ejemplos establecidos en el crecimiento y el número de proyectos en África continental y otras regiones en desarrollo que utilizan las TIC para enfrentar a las necesidades de los marginados y desposeídos. Over 60 community members attended the recent Council on Black Minnesotans (CBM) Community Meeting with Legislators. State Representatives Karen Clark, Raymond Dehn, and Phyllis Kahn, and Senators Bobby Jo Champion, and Kari Dziedzic addressed a packed room of active community members. CBM chair, Patwin Lawrence, moderated the lively discussion with elected officials. Elected officials present committed to supporting and authoring our CBM legislative proposals, said CBM blogger Mohamed Mohamed. Mohamed said Representative Rep. Rena Moran (65-A) Rep. Raymond Dehn (59-B) Sen. Bobby Joe Champion (59) Rena Moran has agreed to author Educational Achievement Disparities Eradication, Higher Education Access Disparities Eradication, Healthcare Disparities Eradication and the Expansion of Council Duties bills; Representative Dehn has agreed to author the Full Employment Initiative in Labor Afro Etno-Educación, el Censo y las TIC Desde 1 Muchos de los jóvenes Afrodescendietnes de hoy han crecido con alguna clase de tecnología. Ellos son los que mas se beneficiarán de un movimiento que reconoce el potencial positivo de las TIC. Para abordar la ausencia de la “etnoeducación” sobre y para nuestras comunidades debemos considerar el uso de teléfonos móviles para comprometer a los jóvenes en todos los niveles de alfabetización. Debido a su extenso uso, los teléfonos móviles pueden ofrecer contenidos educativos sobre nuestra cultura e historia o “etnoeducación” a todos los niveles educativos desde primaria hasta la universidad. Los teléfonos móviles hacen posible que podamos educar sin tener que esperar la acción oficial del gobierno. Aunque los maestros/as puedan tener limitaciones en lo que puedan hacer, su aporte y participación en el desarrollo de contenido deben ser incluidos donde sea posible. Las organizaciones comunitarias que trabajan con jóvenes también deben incorporar el uso de teléfonos móviles en su trabajo actual. Los resultados y las ventajas son numerosas: 1 ) animar a la juventud digitalmente conectada a crear recursos digitales acerca de sus propias historias y culturas mediante el uso de sus dispositivos móviles , 2) haciendo los contenidos digitales sobre afrodescendientes disponibles a la educación formal y los centros de investigación a través de las plataformas de acceso abierto , y 3 ) animando el desarrollo de las competencias de alfabetización educativa tradicional y digital entre la juventud Afrolatin@ utilizando contenido relevante y herramientas tecnológicas. Los teléfonos móviles también pueden ayudar en nuestros esfuerzos de concientización antes de la próxima ronda de censos nacionales de América Latina, el Caribe y los EE.UU. Se sabe que un elemento clave que limita la visibilidad de los afrodescendientes en la mayoría de los países es la inexactitud de los sondeos del censo. La forma de contar los distintos grupos en el censo está vinculado a las políticas públicas y la financiación de los recursos estratégicos , como la educación , el empleo y los servicios sociales. Los teléfonos móviles pueden ser utilizados para desarrollar preguntas demográficas eficaces o para enviar notificaciones sobre la importancia de la participación en el Censo. También se debería utilizar para medir la precisión de los recuentos del censo oficial del gobierno realizados durante los próximos diez años. información y comunicaciones (TIC) a nuestras agendas y estrategias. Las investigaciones actuales muestran que las herramientas digitales y de Internet, junto con las redes sociales, pueden complementar la acción social y ofrecer estrategias nuevas y únicas para la comunicación. Las TIC no puede sustituir las obligaciones políticas y cívicas que tienen los gobiernos de defender, afirmar y promover los derechos de los afrodescendientes como ciudadanos de pleno derecho. Tampoco estamos sugiriendo que las organizaciones de base simplemente reemplazan los programas que existen con la tecnología. También tenemos que estar pendientes de no reproducir las desigualdades que existen (a menudo referida como la “brecha digital”) en el uso y el acceso a la tecnología. La tecnología no curara todas las injusticias sociales, pero las TIC, especialmente teléfonos móviles, han demostrado ser beneficiosos para las comunidades marginadas en todo el mundo. Es importante que los Afrolatin@s consideren sus posibilidades en nuestros esfuerzos para lograr la plena igualdad y el disfrute de nuestros derechos como ciudadanos. . Estrategias Digitales y Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio La Declaración de Durban, de la Conferencia Mundial del Conclusión El Proyecto Afrolatin@ seguirá ampliando su uso de la tecnología de información y comunicación y las herramientas Web 2.0 para preservar la cultura y la historia de Afrolatin@s y para aumentar nuestro acceso y visibilidad. Nuestro objetivo es apoyar a otras organizaciones y comunidades Afrolatin @ por medio de capacitación y educación sobre formas de aprovechar la tecnología mundial para enfrentar los problemas locales. Sólo integrando herramientas de las TIC en las agendas y estrategias de los afrodescendientes y mediante el desarrollo de iniciativas centradas in las TIC podremos estar seguros de que los Afrolatin@s no se quedarán atrás en esta época digital. 1 Para los fines de este ensayo, ALP usa Afrolatin@ y Afrodescendiente intercambiablemente para describir personas de descendencia Africana de America Latina, el Caribe y sus Diásporas. 2 Lagos, Nigeria (2009), Dakar, Senegal (2011), La Ceiba, Honduras (2011), Panama City, Panama (2012), Cali and Cartagena, Colombia (2013) Next session starts March 15 .

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