The 10th Annual New African Films Festival is still happening this week at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, MD. TransAfrica and afrikafé are happy to collaborate with AFI Silver for this amazing program. Below see photos from the event so far and check out a video of the fantastic Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who spoke after the screening of the film based on her book, "Half of a Yellow Sun." All photos and video courtesy of Lawrence Green (@TimeTravelMedia, @TheCosmicEdge).Read More
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On this page you'll find updates from TransAfrica, analysis of U.S. foreign policy and trending topics in the African World, campaigns you can join and more!
On Friday, February 28, 2014, TransAfrica was pleased to host a luncheon for our partner and prominent human rights defender, Dr. Frank Mugisha. Frank is the Director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and visited Washington, DC the same week that President Museveni signed the highly controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda (see TransAfrica's statement on the AHB here).Read More
National Black Justice Coalition
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Washington, DC -- The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s leading Black LGBT civil rights organization, strongly condemns the so-called “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” signed into law by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.Read More
Press Release from the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti
Two human rights groups—the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Haiti and the U.S.-based Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH)— applaud an Appellate Court ruling yesterday to reinstate criminal charges against former dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier for political violence committed under his reign.Read More
This post is based on the discussions at "Afrophobia in the EU" a Greens/European Free Alliance hearing that took place Thursday at the European parliament in Brussels
Black Europeans in various countries may face atrocities such as being taunted with “monkey chants” as they walk down the street, attending parties where people dress in a “slave theme” and enact being sold, or seeing advertisements where marketers exploit the color of their skin, portraying them as exotic or animal-like, in order to sell their products.Read More
TransAfrica congratulates our partners Gimena Sanchez- Garzoli, WOLA, Senior Associate for Columbia, and Zakiya Johnson-Carr, Senior Advisor, Race Ethnicity Inclusion Unit, Western Hemisphere on receiving Afro-Latinos in Washington Recognition Awards this February.
The awards ceremony, taking place tonight, February 19, is free and open to the public. Attend the event and support these great Afro-Latino advocates!
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TransAfrica adds its voice to amplify the outrage of Ugandan and international human rights defenders in response to the most recent attack on the rights of LGBT people in Africa. We demand that President Yoweri Museveni reject the Anti-Homosexuality Bill (AHB) passed by Uganda’s Parliament in December 2013.
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It was only a week ago, this past Saturday February 8, that Daniel Dorsinvil and his wife, Girldy Lareche were shot and killed in Canapévert, Haiti, a business district of the capital, Port-au-Prince.Read More
There are many situations worth paying attention to in African communities across the Atlantic lately. One country in particular –South Sudan – is facing a grave humanitarian crisis. Here’s a brief summary of everything that has happened since fighting broke out on December 15, 2013, in the capital city, Juba.Read More
House of Representatives member, Keith Ellison, released a statement this week to Colombian President, Juan Santos, calling for an investigation into the killing of trade unionist, Ever Luis Marin Rolong.
Violence against trade unionists are on the rise in Colombia, with 26 unionists killed in 2013, a 15 percent increase from the previous year, according to the Escuela Nacional Sindical figures.Read More
New Law Criminalizes Already Vulnerable Population and Threatens All Nigerians
January 20, 2014, Washington, DC: TransAfrica is deeply concerned about a recently approved law in Nigeria that broadly criminalizes the lives of Nigeria’s LGBTQ population while directly violating fundamental human rights such as the rights to privacy, expression, and non-discrimination, and the freedom of assembly and association. The Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, signed by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on January 7, 2014, is an attack on civil rights that presents a danger to all Nigerians.Read More
WASHINGTON—Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed House Resolution 434, a bipartisan resolution authored by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) to honor the life of the late South African President Nelson Mandela, who passed away on Dec. 5.Read More
Brought to you by a partnership of TransAfrica, APRI, CBTU, Black Leadership Forum Inc., Rainbow Push Coalition
The following letter to brands and retailers sourcing from factories in Haiti includes nearly 100 organization signatures calling for North American apparel companies to require supplier factories to adhere to minimum wage laws and fully compensate their workers.Read More
US Civil, Human and Labor Rights Groups Call on North American Corporations to Respect Haiti’s Legal Minimum Wage
Washington, DC: Civil, human and worker rights organizations expressed their deep concern about systematic wage theft in Haiti’s garment assembly factories today. In a letter addressed to North American apparel companies Hanes, Kohl’s, Levi’s, Russell, Target, VF and Walmart, the organizations called for respect of Haiti’s legal minimum wage – less than $7/day – and back pay for workers who have been denied their legally earned wages.Read More