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Kumera Genet
Kumera Genet works in the field of youth employment, and immigrant family support. He is based in Washington, D.C.

Entries by Kumera Genet

Vital Collaboration in Lebanon, Part Two: An Interview With Farah Salka of the Anti-Racism Movement (ARM)

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 5:47 PM

Note: This is the second in a two part interview (click here to read the first part) with Farah to share more about the Migrant Community Center, and Anti-Racism efforts in Lebanon.

The attack and subsequent suicide in 2012 of Alem Dechasa-Desisa--an Ethiopian Domestic worker in Lebanon--was a...

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Vital Collaboration in Lebanon, Part One: An Interview With Farah Salka of the Anti-Racism Movement (ARM)

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 9:33 AM

The attack and subsequent suicide in 2012 of Alem Dechasa-Desisa, an Ethiopian migrant domestic worker in Lebanon, was a turning point in the consciousness of the Ethiopian and African Diaspora. The video of Ali Mafuz -- Alem's employer -- beating her in front of the Ethiopian Consulate in Beirut was...

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Rebel Music: Youth Led Social Movements and Their Sounds

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 11:28 AM

Hisham Aidi's book, Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture, newly released on paperback, is an exploration of the diverse ways that Muslim youth around the world search for what he terms a "non-racist utopia". This cultural search often takes political, social and musical forms....

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The Dominican Government Is Cementing the Foundations of Apartheid

(8) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 10:18 PM

It is over a year since the highest court in the Dominican Republic issued Resolution TC 0168/13, a ruling that stripped the citizenship of up to 250,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent. Since this ruling, the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the Dominican government of have used numerous...

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Pam Oliver, Indifference, and the Disrespecting of Black Women

(33) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 5:08 PM

For four quarters of the NFL NFC Championship game on Sunday, January 18, Pam Oliver was the person who was dehumanized on social media. Richard Sherman was later criticized for his words; Pam Oliver was mocked for her appearance. There have been hundreds of articles and probably millions of individual...

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Telling New African Stories: Afaan Publications

(3) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 12:07 PM

A shared concern among many immigrant groups is how to preserve their culture across generations. For many parents, passing on language and customs to their children is a huge concern. Like many first generation children, I remember my parents setting aside time for me to learn their languages, and my...

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Beyond Outrage: How the African Diaspora Can Support Migrant Worker Rights in the Middle East

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2013 | 4:55 PM

In the past weeks, Ethiopians have protested at Saudi Embassies around the world because of recently posted videos documenting wanton violence against Ethiopian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia. This occurred during a Saudi crackdown on unregistered foreign workers in the Kingdom, which followed a seven month...

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Human Rights and Tourism: Why I Will Not Visit the Dominican Republic

(12) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 1:22 PM

The Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic recently revoked the citizenship of one of the most influential Dominican politicians of the 20th century. Dr. José Francisco Peña Gómez was a long serving mayor of Santo Domingo, and ran for the presidency numerous times, including the contested election of...

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Silently Shouting: Strengthening the Voice of the African Diaspora

(9) Comments | Posted December 30, 2012 | 9:58 PM

After the death of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in late-August, the comments sections of articles discussing his 21 years in office became a digital shouting match between Ethiopians who had different views of his legacy, and the current political situation in Ethiopia. One interesting comment was presumably from a...

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A Policy of Dignity: Honoring the Rights of Israel's African Refugees

(151) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 5:31 PM

Can we call it xenophobia yet? Many Israelis feel that the growing number of African migrants is a threat to Israeli sovereignty at worst or at least a drain on public resources. The rising anti-African sentiment has exploded recently with refugee shelters being fire-bombed and riots in which Africans, including...

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Maid in Lebanon: Ethiopian and Lebanese Reactions to the Death of Alem, and Slavery in Lebanon

(1) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 3:22 PM

This piece is a memorialized discussion between two activists -- one Ethiopian and one Lebanese -- brought together by the recent suicide of Alem Dechesa-Desisa. Kumera Genet is an Ethiopian American from Austin, while Khaled Beydoun is an attorney from Detroit, Michigan -- home of the United States most concentrated...

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