Sonia Sanchez: “Middle Passage”
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[I]t has to be a massive slap in the face of the Burnhams, Jagans and other Guyanese who railed against the colonialists as exploiters of the working class, imperialists and inimical to the interests of colonized descendants of slaves and indentured servants, now that Guyanese are fleeing to live in countries being run by the same ‘white people’ who were castigated in the worst ways possible as no good for Guyana.
So, instead of celebrating our 45th year of political independence, we should engage in solemn introspection to find out where we went wrong and what we now need to do to change direction. Thankfully, this independence anniversary year is also an election year, and if we are convinced that we screwed up ourselves in the last 45 years, then this election year is an opportunity for us as a people to finally take away the keys of government and become the masters of our own destiny.
Happy Mother’s Day weekend to all moms out there — mothers, daughters, sons, fathers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, brothers, and anyone else who has had the honor of serving in the role as “mother.”
My mother was 19 when she emigrated from Guyana to Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, with me, 9 months old, on Pan-American airlines. My siblings and I are indebted to her for all the sacrifices and hardships endured in order to clothe us, shelter us, feed us, educate us, empower us, and expose us to opportunity. She is also the best cook to have ever graced the planet, with her mean Christmas morning pepperpot and other West Indian delicacies/treats.
Happy Mother’s Day, mom.
I am a New York State licensed attorney with a multidisciplinary background in U.S. civil rights law, international human rights law, non-profit management, public policy, economics and international development.
My litigation experience has centered on civil rights claims brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (prohibiting race and gender discrimination, as well as retaliation), Title VI (prohibiting discrimination by beneficiary institutions in receipt of federal funds), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 (originally enacted to eliminate the vestiges of slavery, it prohibits intentional race discrimination), Section 1983 of the Civil Rights Act of 1871 (originally enacted to protect southern blacks from the Ku Klux Klan, it prohibits the denial of constitutional rights by municipal actors; for example, it creates a cause of action for individuals claiming police brutality based on excessive force), and the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL).
I am a graduate of CUNY School of Law and had the distinct honor of working with Rhonda Copelon while she was at the helm of the International Women’s Human Right’s Clinic.
As a social justice activist, my goal is to combine my experience and knowledge in policy, law, and community organizing/mass-mobilization in an holistic manner.
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