New Opportunity Posted: City Artist Corps Grants 6/13/21
Apply now for the City Artist Corps Grants, a recovery initiative announced by Mayor de Blasio and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) earlier this year. The program will offer three grant cycles, and will distribute one‐time $5,000 grants to more than 3,000 artists who will engage the public with arts activities across New York City starting in July.
Grants are intended to support NYC-based working artists who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Applications for Cycle 1 close on Tuesday, June 22nd at 10:00 AM. Head to NYFA’s website for more information on grant cycle dates and guidelines.
Happy Juneteenth! 6/20/21
Juneteenth officially became the country's 11th federally‐recognized holiday when President Joe Biden signed into law legislation that Congress passed earlier in the week.
What Does Juneteenth Commemorate?
On June 19, 1865 Major General Gordon Granger arrived with Union soldiers in Galveston, Texas and announced, “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” This was more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation abolishing slavery at the end of the Civil War.
Juneteenth is known as Emancipation Day, or Juneteenth Independence Day. The holiday has been celebrated in Galveston and across the country since 1866 with food, festivals, and song.
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As more climate migrants cross borders seeking refuge, laws will need to adapt by Katharine M. Donato, Amanda Carrico and Jonathan M. Gilligan for the Conversation, 6/13/21
Climate change is upending people’s lives around the world, but when droughts, floods or sea level rise force them to leave their countries, people often find closed borders and little assistance.
Part of the problem is that today’s laws, regulations and international agreements about migrants, asylum‐seekers and refugees offer few, if any, special protection to those forced to leave because of climate conditions.
National laws focus primarily on violence and conflict as drivers of forced migration and rarely consider environmental stress. In fact, no nation’s immigration system currently has environmental criteria for admission. International agreements such as the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the Global Compact for Refugees mention the impacts of natural disasters and environmental degradation, but they are not legally binding.
What‘s next for Israel and Palestine? By Pip Cook, 6/6/2021
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Prompted by the 11‐day war between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas in Gaza this month, the United Nations Human Rights Council voted on Thursday to launch an investigation into possible war crimes and alleged abuses committed in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.
The resolution passed on Thursday, brought by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Palestinian delegation to the UN, calls for the creation of a commission of inquiry to monitor reports of violations of human rights and humanitarian law in Israel, Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
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