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Monday, April 25, 2016

Heading home from work

West Virginia workers heading home after a day on the job. Photo from 1910.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

North Carolina Travel -- one option

The annual gathering is slated for North Carolina, and what some are going to do.

<a href="http://www.suusi.org/index.php/home1/latest-news/485-director-responds-to-hb2">http://www.suusi.org/index.php/home1/latest-news/485-director-responds-to-hb2</a>

What is SUUSI doing about HB2?

Many people in our SUUSI community and in the larger Unitarian Universalist world have expressed concern about the recent passage of HB2, a North Carolina law that mandates discriminatory practices towards transgender and gender-non-conforming people, overturns local non-discrimination laws across North Carolina enacted to protect LGBT people, and effectively repeals state-level non-discrimination laws altogether.

The SUUSI Board has issued a strong statement condemning HB2. And yet we understand that a statement is not enough. Given that SUUSI’s new home is in North Carolina, we find ourselves called to respond forcefully to this law and to join the work of getting it repealed and/or overturned. We are convinced that our presence in North Carolina as religious people opposed to the types of discrimination that HB2 represents can be a positive force for justice in North Carolina and throughout the Southeast.

As the SUUSI director, I thought it would be wise to update all who are concerned about HB2 as to what SUUSI is doing and working on.

First, we have been in contact with our new hosts at Western Carolina University to ensure that SUUSI participants, no matter their gender identity or expression, will be safe and welcome on campus.  Our hosts have been gracious and kind, and have expressed their commitment to working with SUUSI to ensure that HB2 does not affect our participants negatively. The Conferences Director at WCU assured us this:  “This legislation is by no means a reflection of most of the people of the state of North Carolina.  It certainly is not a reflection of how anyone will be treated on the campus of Western Carolina University. Western Carolina University will continue to welcome all groups and treat everyone with the utmost respect and dignity.”

Next, we are reaching out to local organizations to offer our assistance and our voices in their work on behalf of LGBT people in Western North Carolina.  We have offered our willingness to engage in public religious witness against HB2, but will not plan any such witness if transgender people in the Cullowhee community feel that it would make them less safe.  We have offered also to help raise funds for their work.  A list of organizations to which you might consider making donations is at the end of this letter.

We have also pledged to join the fight against HB2 in the courts.  It is clear to many legal experts that the first part of HB2, regarding transgender people and bathrooms, is blatantly in conflict with Federal law, and is probably unconstitutional.  A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on a case involving a law in Virginia backs up this opinion.  At its most recent meeting, the SUUSI Board pledged $2000 from SUUSI 2016 to the Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice’s fund for legal expenses in challenging HB2.

We are trying our best to reduce the economic benefit of SUUSI to North Carolina, and to let NC government officials know that their state is losing revenue because of HB2.  Toward that end, SUUSI Core Staff traveling to Western NC for our June meeting will fly in and out of Atlanta, Georgia.  We will rent cars there and fill them up on the Georgia side of the GA-NC border, where we will also stock up on supplies and snacks.  We are compiling resources for SUUSI participants to help them spend less money in North Carolina, and we will collect receipts at SUUSI to show NC officials the money that could have been spent in their state.  As we understand that many people’s travel necessitates long routes through NC, we are trying to compile a list of businesses that have explicitly opposed HB2, so that we might funnel our travel dollars to them.  We expect that this will also include a list of businesses that have declared their bathrooms open to all.

Finally, we are in conversation with UUA staff about making SUUSI a key place to disseminate resources for people to fight transphobic and anti-LGBT legislation in their home states.  As you know, NC’s HB2 is the first of what could be many such laws in the Southeast, and we would like to leverage SUUSI’s regional attendance to make sure that such bills can be stopped wherever they are proposed.

SUUSI takes seriously our role as a religious entity newly located in North Carolina, and we take HB2 seriously as well. While we have committed to holding our conference in North Carolina, we have also committed to engaging in opposition to this odious law. We hope that you will join us in gathering on the side of love this July.

Yours in Faith,

Rev. Dr. Michael Tino, Director


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Steph Curry, Tar Heel State, All-Star Game in 2017, and piece of mind

In 2016, the NBA All-Star Game visited Wilburn's home town, Toronto. In 2017, the game moves to North Carolina. Yep, that North Carolina. Some are not so happy to travel to there with the new legislation and wish to make a statement. https://www.thenation.com/article/steph-curry-on-north-carolinas-hb-2-no-one-should-be-discriminated-against/

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Slavery of blacks in the Western Hemisphere was in every colony settled by Europeans. Thus, all the nations in the west were slave holding at some point in their history. The table gives the year in which slavery was abolished.

Western Hemisphere Countries
Abolishment of Slavery

Western Hemisphere Countries
Abolishment of Slavery

1813 (continued 1853)







1871/1885/1888 (North Island 1883 – Dutch)


Before 1811 by Spain, no recorded date


Puerto Rico



1863 – Southern Half
Danish West Indies (US Virgin Islands)




United States
     All New England
1784 (Gradually)



African American Registry.   Costa Rica abolishes Slavery http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/costa-rica-abolishes-slavery
African Studies Centre. Leiden. Dutch involvement in the transatlantic slave trade and abolition
Afropedea. Afro-Salvadoran. http://www.afropedea.org/afro-salvadoran
Brazlian History: Abolition of Slavery. http://histclo.com/country/other/bra/hist/bh-abol.html  
Caribya. Slavery: Caribbean and Cuba. http://caribya.com/caribbean/history/
Creoles of Nicaragua - History and Cultural Relations.
Fremaux, Lily. Guatemala Slavery. http://turn-up-for-curry.weebly.com/slavery.html 
Free the Slaves. Slavery in History.                                               http://www.freetheslaves.net/about-slavery/slavery-in-history/
               Herrera, Robinson A. (October 2000). 'Por que no sabemos firmar': Black Slaves in Early Guatemala. The Americas, 57-2.  The African Experience in Early Spanish America (Oct., 2000), pp. 247-267. Published by: Cambridge University Press. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1008205?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents or http://www.jstor.org.ezproxy.library.yorku.ca/stable/pdf/1008205.pdf?_=1459103012507  
History of Belize. The history of Belize mirrors that of many places in the Caribbean
               International Business Time.                                                                                           http://www.ibtimes.com/blackout-how-argentina-eliminated-africans-its-history-conscience-1289381
               Open Veins: Life, Politics and Friendship in Bolivia. March 31, 2007. Slavery's Andean legacy
               Paraguay. The Afro-Latino Presence in The Americas. South America. https://kathmanduk2.wordpress.com/2008/10/22/the-afro-latino-presence-in-the-americas/
Santa Fe College. Slavery in Latin America: a Chronology
Slavery in the Dominican Republic.
Surinamese Colonial History: Slavery. http://histclo.com/country/la/sa/sur/hist/col/shc-sla.html
The Flow of History. The American Republic : 1760 – 1870. http://www.flowofhistory.org/themes/american_republic/abolition_timeline.php
The Real Histories. Featured Topic - Slavery in Columbia and Latin America
The Silver People Heritage. Black Ethnicity Day Celebration in Panama. April 29, 2009. https://thesilverpeopleheritage.wordpress.com/2009/04/29/black-ethnicity-day-celebration-in-panama/#more-247
               Uruguay: A Brief History. http://www.blackpast.org/perspectives/afro-uruguay-brief-history
W-Green Bay: Course Blog. Haitian Free Blacks and Slavery. March 1, 2015. http://blog.uwgb.edu/revolutions/free-blacks-and-slavery/
Winston McGowan. (August 1, 2002). Slavery and abolition in Guyana. Stabroek News