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This is a formal invitation to our Black History Month Event, sponsored by the Pan African Student Organization (PASO).This year's event will be held in the Heritage room on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 7pm. The keynote speakers include Marcellus Davis, Kenneth Turner, and Alexander Hines. In celebration of Black History Month the keynote speakers will be targeting the evolution of the N-word. The event is focused on tracing the roots of the N-word as well as illustrating to an audience how much this word has evolved over time. In addition, to educating others about the usage of the word. 

 

KWANZAA

12/02/2012

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This is an invitation to the annual kwanzaa celebration sponsored by the Pan-Afrikan Student Organization (PASO). Kwanzaa is a festive, non-religious celebration, founded in 1966 by Dr.Maulana Karenga, during which African Americans celebrate and reflect upon their rich heritage. It begins Dec. 26 and lasts for seven days. Each day focuses on one of seven principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. This year Kwanzaa will be celebrated in Alumni Hall on Thursday, December 6, 2012 5:30 - 7:30pm. We will celebrate this event this year with a keynote speech, musical performance and a buffet. The keynote speaker is Dr. El-Kati, professor emeritus of the history department at Macalester College. The keynote speech will be focused on the following:
-the origin of Kwanzaa
-its founding characteristics and principles
-how individuals can incorporate the principles of Kwanzaa for self-development and as a step towards making the world a better place and also as tools to fight social injustice.
 
 
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The security forces of the country of Nigeria have been recently accused of “serious human rights abuses in their efforts to crack down on the militant Islamist group Boko Haram” (Laura Smith-Park). Boko Haram is a  jihadist militant organization based in the northeast of Nigeria. An Islamist movement that strictly opposes the ideas of man made laws and modern science. The rising within the walls of Northeast Nigeria are that the Boko Haram which literally means “western education is forbidden” are fighting in order to impose the Sharia Law in the Northern region of the country. The Sharia Law is the moral code and religious law of Islam, however it has been interpreted as the strictest law of Islam culture.

While the Amnesty International condemns that acts that are committed by the Boko Haram, they still place blame on the militant security forces because they have “perpetuated serious human rights violations” (Park) in response to the Boko Haram. It has been stated that “hundreds of people accused of links to Boko Haram have been arbitrarily detained without charge or trail; others have been extrajudicially executed to enforced disappearance” (Park). This posse’s a great threat to the civilians and the people who are caught in between. Witnesses have also come forward in citing several accounts of militant security forces accusing people on no forms of evidence. For example witnesses describe “seeing people who were clearly no threat to life---unarmed, lying down or with their hands over their head or cooperating---shot at close range by security forces “(Park). 

This raises great concern because citizens who are caught between these two militant groups are blaming the government for their lack of training and equiping people.

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In recent news there have been talks within Malawi government about suspended anti-gay laws. President Joyce Banda agreed to review Malawi homosexuality laws earlier this year. This will be a bold move on behalf of Malawi, “in a continent that mostly criminalizes such relationships” (Faith Karmil). Same sex in Southern African nations have been declared illegal resulting in a sentence of 12 years in prison if caught. With that said Malawi made headlines in 2010 when they arrested two men on charges of same sex relations, however the received pardon. Although there have not been many talks upon this topic within the continent of Africa, Malawi is taking a great initiative in doing so. In addition, most foreign powers have declared that the will “threatened to withhold aid from nations violating gay rights” (Karmil). 


 
 
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In recent news there have been talks within Malawi government about suspended anti-gay laws. President Joyce Banda agreed to review Malawi homosexuality laws earlier this year. This will be a bold move on behalf of Malawi, “in a continent that mostly criminalizes such relationships” (Faith Karmil). Same sex in Southern African nations have been declared illegal resulting in a sentence of 12 years in prison if caught. With that said Malawi made headlines in 2010 when they arrested two men on charges of same sex relations, however the received pardon. Although there have not been many talks upon this topic within the continent of Africa, Malawi is taking a great initiative in doing so. In addition, most foreign powers have declared that the will “threatened to withhold aid from nations violating gay rights” (Karmil). 


 
 
Meet Evans Wadongo, a 23-year-old graduate from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya. Evans Wadongo has brought light to over 10,000 homes in rural communities through his invention of the solar-powered LED lantern. Wadongo grew up in a rural community in Kenya to a family, which stressed the importance of education. Families who were unable to afford electricity relied on the use kerosene and firewood for lighting and cooking. In addition kerosene was essential for students in order to complete their homework assignments due to the lack of electricity.

As a result of the constant use of kerosene, must students would develop eye problems, including Evans himself. With the invention of the Solar-Powered LED Latern families would be provided with a constant source of light without the hazardous damages that kerosene imposed on their health. Furthermore, Evans and his project, Use Solar, Save Lives have distributed the lanterns to many families who are unable to afford electricity free of charge. With that said Evans stated “The amount of money that every household uses to buy kerosene every day -- if they can just save that money, they can be able to buy food”.

Evans saw that with this invention he could bring happiness and faith to many communities within Kenya. He is quoted as saying “I want to reach out to as many rural communities as possible. The impact is saving lives.”