Mee Mouaâ€™s family came to the United States in 1978 after fleeing Laos four years earlier and relocating to a refugee camp in Thailand. Her father planned to bring his brother and father over as soon as he was economically secure, but he had trouble finding a steady job as a new immigrant. When he finally did get work, it was too late -- his brother and father had already passed away.
Now the president and executive director of Asian American Justice Center, Moua sees her family experience as similar to that of many Asian families today who are separated for years, sometimes decades, as a result of backlogs in family-based visa applications.
Mouaâ€™s interest in the fight for comprehensive immigration reform, she says, is personal:
â€œIt is for my family and my father and the people in my community because they are the ones who are directly affected,â€ said Moua, one of three speakers during an ethnic media telebriefing on immigration reform, organized by New America Media.
CORAL GABLES, FL (February 1, 2013) â€“ The University of Miamiâ€™s Department of Art & Art History and Africana Studies under the leadership of Dr. Edmund Abaka, present â€˜Africa in Cubaâ€™ , an art and film exhibition celebrating Black History Month. The show, curated by international Cultural Curator Ludlow Bailey, will run from February 1, 2013 thru March 5, 2013 at the Universityâ€™s College of Arts and Sciences Gallery, 1210 Stanford Drive in Coral Gables. The exhibition is free and open to the public. A special opening reception will be held on Sunday, February 17, 2013 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.
Marcus Garvey is Jamaica's 1st National hero, history's greatest Pan-Africanist and the founder of the largest mass movement in history, the UNIA (Universal Negro Improvement Association that claimed a membership of 4 million people with branches around the world), amongst many other seismic accomplishments. The title above might conjure up the rallying cry to have more access to education on the legendary man or more celebration of his accomplishments, words, vision and principles. That title might even bring forth a reminder that there is a need for much more adherence to his teachings of Pan-Africanism, black self-reliance, self-empowerment and other sustainable themes that he championed.
Thomasina Simpson smiled as she looked at a photograph of her late mother, Doris Ison. The picture seemed to conjure up proud memories of the Florida City visionary and activist.
Simpson is 86. Her recollection of her late motherâ€™s health care legacy comes and goes. But when it is there, she comes alive. â€œShe was never satisfied,â€ said Simpson.That dissatisfaction was warranted in the 1960s. Back then in the United States, African Americans living in the South, in places like Florida City and South Miami Dade, did not have access to local health care facilities.