Daily Archives: April 21, 2021

Surat Jakarta Batavia India Indonesia ASIA Copperplate Engraving Chatelain 1720 | eBay


Chatelain, Henri Abraham (1684-1743):

“Vue et Description de Surate et de Batavia.” – Surat Jakarta Batavia India Indonesia Asien

Amsterdam 1720.

Original Kupferstich von Henri Chatelain (1684-1743) von ca. 1720.

Chris Hayes: The Cost Of Right-Wing Media’s Covid Lies | All In | MSNBC


Published on Apr 15, 2021

“Murdoch can live in Australia—as if Covid basically doesn’t exist,” says Chris Hayes. “But the only reason that was possible is because of a government that was able to undertake the kinds of policies that Murdoch’s own network has been subverting and sabotaging from Day One.” Aired on 04/15/2021.

Legendary Activist Noam Chomsky On Biden’s Presidency And The Modern GOP | MSNBC


Published on Apr 19, 2021

When it comes to climate change, there is always more to be done. President Biden has signed an array of executive orders combating the crisis, but the modern GOP’s stance makes it difficult to get long-term legislation passed. Legendary political activist Noam Chomsky joins NBC’s Mehdi Hasan to discuss the threat this position will have on the future of our environment. Aired on 04/19/2021.

Beyond Babel: Translations of Blackness in Colonial Peru and New Granada (Afro-L atin America): Larissa Brewer-García

In seventeenth-century Spanish America, black linguistic interpreters and spiritual intermediaries played key roles in the production of writings about black men and women. Focusing on the African diaspora in Peru and the southern continental Caribbean, Larissa Brewer-García uncovers long-ignored or lost archival materials describing the experiences of black Christians in the transatlantic slave trade and the colonial societies where they arrived. Brewer-García’s analysis of these materials shows that black intermediaries bridged divisions among the populations implicated in the slave trade, exerting influence over colonial Spanish American writings and emerging racial hierarchies in the Atlantic world. The translated portrayals of blackness composed by these intermediaries stood in stark contrast to the pejorative stereotypes common in literary and legal texts of the period. Brewer-García reconstructs the context of those translations and traces the contours and consequences of their notions of blackness, which were characterized by physical beauty and spiritual virtue.


‘Just a generation ago, scholars acknowledged the first sightings of blacks in the Spanish American archives. By making Africans and their descendants legible and audible in ways that just recently were inconceivable, Beyond Babel transforms our historical imagination. Brewer-García’s foundational contribution to this dynamic field of study is remarkable.’ Herman L. Bennett, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

‘In this scrupulously researched and rigorously argued book, Brewer-García releases from archival obscurity and historiographical neglect the voice of Afro-Latin American men and women, demonstrating their role as vital thinkers and authors of the early modern era. Her close, historically grounded analysis of texts featuring black thought in colonial Lima and Cartagena offers a powerful revision of the definition and meaning of blackness in slavery-era South America, and the early modern world at large.’ Cécile Fromont, Yale University and author of The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo

‘Beyond Babel is a beautifully rendered account of black intermediaries who made Catholic conversion among enslaved peoples possible. Brewer-García reveals the multivalent meanings of religious virtue and black sainthood among enslaved Africans in the Americas as the religious mandate of the Catholic Kings assumed primacy in the legitimation of enslavement and settlement. Deeply researched and clearly written, Beyond Babel will influence the fields of race, religion, diaspora, and identity in the early modern world.’ Michelle McKinley, University of Oregon and author of Fractional Freedoms: Slavery, Intimacy, and Legal Mobilization in Colonial Lima

Book Description

Examines how black intermediaries in colonial Spanish America influenced written portrayals of virtuous and beautiful blackness.

About the Author

Larissa Brewer-García is an Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature at the University of Chicago.

  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 321 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1108493009
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1108493000
  • Item Weight : 1.37 pounds
  • Dimensions : 6 x 0.88 x 9 inches

Silent Earthrise – (Experiencing the “Overview Effect”) – a New Perspective on Life on Earth, the only Blue Planet in the known universe

Tim Weiskel – Apr 20, 2021

Until recently, only a limited few astronauts were able to view the “dark side” of the moon — the side which remains “hidden” to viewers from Earth. Recent moon-orbiting spacecraft launched by the Japanese, has now made it possible, however, to view the surface features of the “dark side” of the moon.

As a feature of circling the moon in that manner, it has now been possible to watch an “Earthrise” as it was captured by the cameras photographing the dark side of the moon’s surface.

In less than 4 minutes, this short video allows all of us to view life on Earth and our common humanity from a new perspective, never previously seen except by a few astronauts.

The importance of the perspective of these few astronauts has been highlighted by the life-long work of Frank White, — a former Rhodes Scholar who returned after his graduate work in Oxford to teach students and inspire fellow faculty for several decades through the Harvard University’s Extension School.

See, for example, his work entitled: “The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution: Frank White
The Overview Effect: Freethink@Harvard

A new scramble for Africa

CaspianReport – Feb 17, 2021

Three new trans-Mediterranean corridors are emerging that will glue #Europe​ and #Africa​. However, the routes will traverse North Africa’s gatekeepers.


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On Environmental Racism, Climate Change, and Pathways to Justice Tickets, Wed, Apr 28, 2021 at 7:00 PM

On Environmental Racism, Climate Change, and Pathways to Justice: A Live Online Conversation with Gopal Dayaneni and Carla Maria Pérez

About this Event

This event will be streamed live online with an interactive Q&A. Instructions on how to join will be emailed to registrants shortly before the event. This event will be recorded and available to watch on our YouTube channel and portions of the audio will be released on our podcast.

If you need to request accessibility accommodations, please email publicprograms at least one week prior to the event. For more information click here.

Racism permeates every aspect of society. The way environmental racism and climate change impact marginalized populations can be seen and heard in the broader media landscape, but the full extent of their effects on Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities are often not fully seen or addressed.

Environmental racism is a form of systemic racism in which people of color are disproportionately burdened with health hazards through policies and practices that force them to live in proximity to sources of toxic waste such as sewage works, mines, landfills, power stations, major roads, and emitters of airborne particulate matter. As a result, these communities suffer greater rates of health problems caused by hazardous pollutants.

From the recent news of environmental disasters across Texas, to the Flint water crisis and the Dakota Access Pipeline, environmental racism is deeply connected to our changing climate, and both must be addressed for equity, safety, and the betterment of everyone.

Join co-founder of Movement Generation: Justice and Ecology Project, Gopal Dayaneni and community organizer and environmental justice advocate Carla Maria Pérez for a powerful conversation exploring the connections between environmental racism and climate change and what we can do as individuals and communities to address and heal from the harms of both.

Gopal Dayaneni has been involved in fighting for social, economic, environmental, and racial justice through organizing, campaigning, teaching, writing, speaking, and direct action since the late 1980’s. He is a co-founder of Movement Generation: Justice and Ecology Project (MG), which inspires and engages in transformative action towards the liberation and restoration of land, labor, and culture. MG is rooted in vibrant social movements led by low-income communities and communities of color committed to a Just Transition away from profit and pollution and towards healthy, resilient and life-affirming local economies. MG is a founding member of the Climate Justice Alliance. Gopal has served on the staff-collective and is now a member of the Planning Committee.

Currently, Gopal supports movement building through his work with organizations including The Climate Justice Alliance, ETC group, and the Center for Story-based Strategy. He is also a Fellow with the Center for Economic Democracy. Gopal teaches in the Urban Sustainability program where he teaches Ecological Systems Thinking, in the undergraduate program at Antioch University in Los Angeles; and at San Francisco State University in the Race and Resistance Studies program.

Gopal is a trainer with The Ruckus Society and serves on the boards of The Center for Story-based Strategy, The Working World, and Occidental Arts and Ecology Center. He is also on the advisory boards of the Catalyst Project and The Sustainable Economies Law Center. Gopal works at the intersection of ecology, economy, and empire.

Gopal has been a campaigner for Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition on human rights and environmental justice in the high-tech industry and the Oil Campaigner for Project Underground, a human and environmental rights organization that supported communities resisting oil and mining exploitation around the world. He has been active in many people powered direct action movements, including the Global Justice/Anti-Globalization Movement, Direct Action to Stop the War, the Climate Justice movement, Take Back the Land, Occupy and as an ally with Black Lives Matter and Indigenous solidarity struggles.

Gopal was an elementary and early childhood educator, working formerly as a teacher and as the co-director of the Tenderloin Childcare Center, a community-based childcare center supporting children and families forced into homelessness. He has worked in teacher education and education organizing in the US and in India.

Most importantly, Gopal is the parent of two amazing young rabble-rousers. He lives in Oakland in an intentional, multi-generational social justice community of nine adults, eight children, and a bunch of chickens.

Carla Maria Pérez is a dedicated mother and community organizer of Native Mezo American and Spanish heritage residing in Oakland, California. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 1999 with a BS in Conservation & Resource Studies with an emphasis on Environmental Racism. She has worked on issues of environmental justice and sustainable agriculture with community groups from Yucatán, Mexico to Bay Area environmental justice communities such as Richmond, East Oakland and Bay View Hunters Point in San Francisco.

Prior to joining Movement Generation (MG) in 2007 as a co-founder of the Justice & Ecology Project, Carla spent eight years as staff at Communities for a Better Environment (CBE). She is certified in Popular Education Training and Indigenous Permaculture Design. Carla also actively organizes in her spiritual community.

Today, Carla continues to be a member of the MG collective in addition to being the founder & Lead Coordinator of the Healing Clinic Collective. She is dedicated to developing her healing and spiritual work including studying with her teachers around plant medicine, prayer, energy healing and the traditional Mexican temazcal.

Carla’s hard work is done in dedication to her parents, her daughters and to the Spirit of Creation.

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Labor Law, Immigration, and the Fight for Farmworkers’ Rights

Farmworkers are essential workers. Yet many laws and policies exclude them from the basic labor protections other workers receive. Hosted by the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, the next installment in Vermont Law School’s Embedded Racism in the Law Panel Series features attorneys and organizers who serve and advocate on behalf of farmworkers. Join us as we examine how the legacy of discriminatory Jim Crow-era policies persists in farmworkers’ intentional exclusion from labor protections, and discuss how farmworkers and their advocates are fighting to improve working conditions, immigration status, and access to justice.

Moderator: Laurie Beyranevand, Professor and Director, Center for Agriculture and Food Systems


– Iris Figueora, Director of Economic and Environmental Justice, Farmworker Justice

– Juan Perea, Curt and Linda Rodin Professor of Law and Social Justice, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

– Abel Luna, Migrant Justice

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GLOBALink | BFA: Former Italian official speaks highly of the Belt and Road Initiative

New China TV – Apr 19, 2021

Michele Geraci, former undersecretary of state at the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, shares his opinions on the Belt and Road Initiative at this year’s Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan, south China,

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