Immigration from Africa to Europe is not a new phenomenon. In fact, people of African descent have been living in Europe for centuries, pre-dating the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Yet, as economies worsen throughout the world and the livelihoods of impoverished individuals continue to deteriorate, waves of Africans have migrated to Europe in search of better lives and opportunities. Of all European Union member states, Spain, arguably, has the most liberal immigration policies, allowing thousands of African immigrants into the country each year. That being said, the migration management system Spain has adopted for the many people who make the treacherous journey between Africa and Europe by boat casts doubt on its seemingly lenient immigration policies. These people often find themselves detained or deported after reaching the shores of Spain rather than having repatriation options.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on May 25, 2013
In the United States – whether we are aware of it or not – domestic workers play a huge role in most of our lives. Some of us had nannies growing up, have relatives that work as in-home caretakers for elderly people, or babysat our way through college. Furthermore, 47 percent of Americans have used or would consider using household cleaning help. In any case, we know that these types of jobs require the employer to put the people and things they care about the most into the hands of another person. And yet, until recently, domestic workers had very few rights. While they work tirelessly to maintain homes and care for loved ones, they struggle to support their own families – living on low wages and often no health care. How is it possible that the basic rights of a group – totaling 1.8 million in the United States – could be disregarded for so many years?
Posted by Progressive Pupil on May 23, 2013
Our Social Media Education and Outreach program is a big part of how we make Black studies for everybody. Rarely seen pieces by beloved artists, thrilling performances and fascinating facts about Black history are consistently featured on our Facebook page andTwitter feed. There is also inspiring information about the work of grassroots organizations that are currently solving problems such as violence, lack of educational access and police misconduct in Black communities around the world. “Like,” “Follow” and Click to make Black studies and progressive change a part of your everyday life. It’s an easy way to be part of the solution.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on May 21, 2013
Mountains that Take Wing is an intimate portrait of two revolutionary lives. The documentary follows activists Angela Davis and Yuri Kochiyama in a series of dialogues which trace their lifelong struggles against racism, oppression and violence. Topics range from the legacies of Japanese internment and Jim Crow segregation to their contemporary efforts to end prisons, poverty and imperialism.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on May 18, 2013
Most of us are familiar with Detective Shakima Greggs and her work in Baltimore from the hit HBO series The Wire. Few of us are as familiar with Sonja Sohn, the actress who played Kima Greggs, and her continued work in youth development and community empowerment.
After The Wire ended in 2008, Sonja Sohn couldn’t leave Baltimore behind. Having spent years of her life in a city where the leading cause of death for African American males ages 15 to 35 was homicide, Sohn was anxious to use her experience on the show to help. She was especially inspired by the impact the cast of the show had on a voter empowerment tour of Virginia and North Carolina with the National Urban League. She used this experience to launch ReWired for Change, an organization that empowers at risk youth, families and communities living in under-served areas through educational programming, community building support and media and social advocacy.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on May 16, 2013
On the anniversary of Ghana’s independence, we wrote a blog piece about Former Ghanaian President Kwame Nkrumah‘s Pan-African ideology and how important it is to be aware of neocolonialism — the use of economic, political, and cultural pressures to influence other countries. While the definition of neocolonialism generally refers to the exploitation of former colonies, China’s recent economic boom has led to an increased investment in the many resources that makes Africa a literal and figurative goldmine.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on May 11, 2013
At the age of 96, Chinese American grassroots activist, organizer, philosopher and author Grace Lee Boggs has more than seven decades of experience in Civil Rights activism, the Black Power movement, feminism, labor rights, Asian American rights, and environmental and food justice. Boggs, along with her husband and fellow activist, James Boggs, founded Detroit Summer – a multiracial, inter-generational collective based in Detroit. This collective has been working to transform communities through youth leadership, creativity and collective action for over 20 years.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on May 9, 2013
Take a moment and imagine yourself at your dream college or university. You have worked extremely hard to get yourself to where you stand and are about to graduate. Your adviser, parents, close family and friends all commend you on your successes but there is one dilemma. You will have earned this degree with excellent grades and exceptional knowledge but you are undocumented, which will prevent you from joining the workforce.
Thousands of undocumented students graduate from high schools and colleges every year with hopes of a decent future. Their ineligibility to legally work and receive financial aid stalls, diverts and derails their educational and economic trajectories, often bringing their dreams, successes and ambitions to a screeching halt. Perhaps even more terrifying, these youth are fearful that they will be deported at any time to an unfamiliar country that most of them left when they were infants.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on May 7, 2013
Kris Kross performs Jump on the Arsenio Hall Show.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on May 4, 2013