Tuesday, 29 December 2009 20:32
The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase 'matunda ya kwanzaa', meaning first fruits of the harvest. The choice of Swahili, an East African language, reflects its status as a symbol of Pan-Africanism, especially in the 1960s. Kwanzaa celebrates what its founder called the seven principles of Kwanzaa, or Nguzo Saba (originally Nguzu Saba; the seven principles of blackness), which Karenga said "is a communitarian African philosophy," consisting of what Karenga called "the best of African...
Published in Old Events
Saturday, 12 December 2009 11:26
Published in Community Organizing
Wednesday, 09 December 2009 18:21
The Alpha Omicron Lambda Chapter, of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the Community Empowerment Association are in the midst of a battle over a building property in the Homewood neighborhood (see "CEA fights battle on two fronts" in the Dec. 2 issue). Both organizations issued proposals to buy the building currently being leased by the CEA, an organization working to reduce crime and violence across the city. However, the Homewood Brushton Hevitalization and Development Corp. that owns the...
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Friday, 04 December 2009 16:37
The G20 Summit of nations will meet in Pittsburgh, PA on September 24th and 25th following the London Summit of April 1st of this year, when it met in the context of the financial crisis, in an attempt to stabilize global financial markets. These Summits are closed-door meetings organized and attended by financial representatives from 19 of the richest and most influential nations and their decisions affect the economic trajectory of our world for generations to come. Sadly, nowhere in...
Published in International Affairs
Wednesday, 02 December 2009 14:44
The Community Empowerment Association, an organization working to strengthen the Homewood Brushton area through housing, education and family support programs, has experienced two serious setbacks in recent months. However, Rashad Byrdsong, the organization's founder, sees bdth obstacles as a chance to focus dialogue on issues important to the community CEA serves. CEA's trouble began when they learned the building they operate from would be sold to another organization. They received a...
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