Check out the 10th Annual New African Films Festival!

Check out the 10th Annual New African Films Festival!

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).

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Frank Mugisha from Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) Shares Priorities for Action

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).

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Human Rights Organizations Applaud Court’s Decision to Reinstate Human Rights Crimes against Jean-Claude Duvalier

Human Rights Organizations Applaud Court’s Decision to Reinstate Human Rights Crimes against Jean-Claude Duvalier

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.

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Afrophobia in the European Union

Afrophobia in the European Union

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.

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Afro-Latinos in Washington Announce Panelists and Award Recipients

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! 

Register here

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President Museveni of Uganda: Reject the Anti-Homosexuality Bill

President Museveni of Uganda: Reject the Anti-Homosexuality Bill

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.

Read more to find out how you can take action!

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Colombian Trade Unionist Assassinated

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.

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TransAfrica Calls for Swift and Definitive US Response to Nigerian Anti-Homosexuality Legislation

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.

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Letter to Apparel Brands and Retailers Sourcing from Haiti

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.

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Press Release: End Wage Theft in Haiti’s Assembly Factories

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.

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Artists & Writers in Solidarity with Garment Workers in Haiti: Raise the Minimum Wage!

Artists & Writers in Solidarity with Garment Workers in Haiti: Raise the Minimum Wage!

Artists show their support for garment workers in Haiti and help bring attention to the poor working conditions they cope with in the factories. Many factory employees work long hard days, but do not receive wages they deserve.

“We start work at six o’clock. We finish at five. We don’t have time to eat because we cannot meet the quota. The pants, the T-shirts—we are the ones producing them. We labor hard, and we don’t get paid.”
– Manuel (Union of Textile & Apparel Workers – Batay Ouvriye).

courtesy of Batay Ouvriye and Rapid Response Network

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