CaribZone News Round Up

Immigration jitters among US-based Jamaicans

New York USA — Amidst uncertainty, panic, fear and confusion among undocumented Jamaicans here over United States President Donald Trump’s immigration policy, Jamaican immigration attorneys are urging calm and prodding those nationals who can to legalise their status.

“This is not a good time to be in the United States without proper documentation,” cautioned Joan Pinnock, a leading voice on immigration matters and head of the Jamaican American Bar Association.

In an interview with the Jamaica Observer, Pinnock said that while President Trump’s recent executive order did not include Jamaicans and other Caribbean nationals, they needed to be reminded that he had campaigned on deporting all illegal aliens from the country.

Pinnock said that legal residents (green card holders) who qualified should “take the next step and become citizens”. She sought to assure those who are sceptical that they would not lose their Jamaican nationality if they became US citizens and would instead enjoy dual citizenship.

According to Pinnock, those who are undocumented could legalise themselves through a petition by a relative such as an adult child. Warning that the current situation “is not a joke”, the attorney said that there were currently 500 Jamaicans in detention who had exhausted all legal channels and are to be deported soon.

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A New Look at Police Violence Against Black Women

Amid growing awareness of police violence, individual Black men—including Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, and Freddie Gray—have been the focus of most media-driven narratives. Yet black women, indigenous women, and other women of color also face daily police violence.

Invisible No More places the individual stories of women and girls such as Sandra Bland, Dajerria Becton, Mya Hall, and Rekia Boyd into broader contexts, centering women of color within conversations around the twin epidemics of police violence and mass incarceration.

Black, lesbian, immigrant, and police misconduct attorney Andrea Ritchie has penned a new book that documents the evolution of a movement for justice for women of color targeted by police that has been building for decades, largely in the shadows of mainstream campaigns for racial justice and police accountability. Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color (Beacon Press, July 2017) gives an eye-opening account of how black women, indigenous women, and other women of color are uniquely affected by racial profiling and police brutality.

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Jamaican Erna Brodber wins Yale University prize

Jamaican fiction author Erna Brodber is among eight writers who will each receive US$165,000 for winning the Windham-Campbell Prizes offered by Yale University in the United States.

The money is to be used to support the work of the authors.

Brodber, who hails from the community of Woodside in St Mary, has been writing for more than four decades.

Some of her notable works include Myal (1988) and Nothing’s Mat (2014), where she skilfully uses elements of Afro-Jamaican cultures to convey both the richness of diasporic traditions, as well as the danger of forgetting them.

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