A citizenship question on 2020 census would cost some states their congressional seats by Dudley Poston for the Conversation 3/19/19

2020 Census

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A partisan battle is brewing over the 2020 census. In March 2018, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross instructed the U.S. Census Bureau to add a new question to the 2020 questionnaire, asking respondents whether they were citizens of the U.S.

This decision led to a host of legal challenges. Social scientists and many U.S. Census Bureau officials fear that the citizenship question could cause some immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants, not to fill out the questionnaire, out of they fear that the information could be used to arrest or deport them. A test run in Rhode Island suggests that this is likely.

The case has now reached the U.S. Supreme Court, which will decide by June whether the question may be added. A study I published on Feb. 25 with my former student, Amanda Baumle, now a professor of sociology at the University of Houston, found that adding the citizenship question will likely cause many million people to not respond to the census. That will reduce the official population of some states, leading to political and economic harm.

Jamaica leads in Richard Branson-backed plan for a Caribbean climate revolution by Masao Ashtine and Tom Rogers, 3/15/2019

Caribbean climate

Branson at a Climate-Smart Accelerator event. Photo Credit: Adrian Creary/Studiocraft, CC BY

After hurricanes Irma and Maria tore through the Caribbean in 2017, devastating dozens of islands – including billionaire Richard Branson’s private isle, Necker Island — Branson called for a “Caribbean Marshall Plan.”

He wanted world powers and global financial institutions to unite to protect the Caribbean against the effects of climate change. That hasn’t happened. So Branson and his government partners from 27 Caribbean countries hope that his celebrity, connections and billions will prod local politicians and the financial community to act.

In August 2018, at a star-studded event at the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica, Branson helped to launch the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator, a US$1 billion effort to kick start a green energy revolution in the region.


Women International Day

Today, 740 million women make their living in the informal economy with limited access to social protection, public services and infrastructure that could increase their productivity and income security. One in three women are likely to face violence in their lifetimes, yet public services, urban planning and transport systems are rarely planned with women’s safety and mobility in mind, reports UN Women.

This year’s International Women’s Day puts innovation by women and girls, for women and girls, at the heart of efforts to remove barriers to gender equality, accelerate progress for women’s empowerment and improve social protection systems, infrastructure and access to public services to meet the needs of women and girls.

Dr. Steeve Coupeau goes one-on-one with Janice Lawrence-Clarke Founder, Caribbean American Fashion Exchange 2/21/19

Caribbean Fashion

CAFE - Caribbean American Fashion Exchange™ was born in 1984/85 during the time that, then President Ronald Reagan, established the CBI 807 and Super 807 initiatives. The Caribbean Basin Initiatives (CBI) allowed manufacturing in the Caribbean with United States cut fabrics to receive favorable trade treatments with the aim of enhancing Caribbean economies.

CAFE - Caribbean American Fashion Exchange™ is an economic development program of JLC PRoductions, LLC, a fashion presentation company dedicated to the strengthening and development of the Caribbean’s fashion industry, through a series of targeted events that would position brands before several sales opportunities.

Can you identify the established and emerging designers who presented their work at NYFW?

This question is exhaustive, and beyond my scope at this time. Several Caribbean representative brands presented during NYFW 2019. Among established designers, we had: 1) Carly Cushnie, (Jamaican descent) with the brand CUSHNIE; 2) Narciso Rodriguez (Cuban descent) with the brand NARCISO RODRIGUEZ.

Among Emerging designers, we had 1) Milagros Batrista (Dominican Rep) with the BATISTA COLLECTION; 2) Edwin Bellevue (Trinidad and Tobago/Haiti) with the FREKAN, INC. collection; 3) Audra Gordon (St. Vincent - Hong Kong based) with BEAM BOLD; 4) Glenroy March (Jamaica) with D’MARSH COUTURE; 5) Jeffrey McLeod (Trinidad and Tobago descent); 6) iConiCreation with Fanny Oldfield (expat in The Bahamas) COUTURE DES ISLES and 7) Greta Wallace (Trinidad and Tobago) SIMPLY GRETA.


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