Afro-Caribbean

Fired Guards Sue Delco Prison Over Grooming Rules

July 31, 2010

Author: Mari A. Schaefer

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/20100731_Fired_guards_sue_Delco_prison_over_grooming_rules.html

Three former prison guards have sued the Delaware County prison, alleging religious, sexual, and racial discrimination after they were fired for not cutting their hair, which they say their religion forbids.

Nigel LeBlanc, Eugene Briggs...

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48 Va. Inmates In Segregation Over Grooming Policy

June 30, 2010

Source: Belief Net

Wire Service: AP

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2010/06/48-va-inmates-in-segregation-o.php

Nearly 50 Virginia prisoners are being held in perpetual isolation because they refuse to cut their hair, several for religious reasons.

The Associated Press reported in May that 10 Rastafarian inmates had been in segregation for more than 10 years for refusing to comply with the state's grooming policy,...

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Pagans to Pray for Earth's Healing From Oil Spill

June 18, 2010

Author: Nicole Neroulias

Source: Beliefnet/Religion News Service

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2010/06/pagans-to-pray-for-earths-heal.php

Bonfires, drum circles, dancing, candlelit meditation and other ceremonial rituals help usher in the summer solstice at the annual Pagan Spirit Gathering, now in its 30th year in the United States.

Along with celebrating the longest day of the year on Monday (June 21), this...

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Hindus Urge Brazil to End Reported Discrimination Against Afro-Brazilian Religions

June 13, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Merinews

http://www.merinews.com/article/hindus-urge-brazil-to-end-reported-discrimination-against-afro-brazilian-religions/15823013.shtml

Hindus have urged Brazil to look deeply into the reported discrimination against practitioners of Afro-Brazilian religions like Candomblé, Umbanda, etc., and come up with a plan to eradicate it....

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Rasta Inmates Spend 10 Years In Isolation for Hair

May 7, 2010

Author: Dena Potter

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/07/AR2010050703559.html

Kendall Gibson would seem to be one of Virginia's most dangerous prisoners.

For more than 10 years he has lived in segregation at the Greensville Correctional Center, spending at least 23 hours every day in a cell the size of a...

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As Unity Unravels, a Battle for Haitian Souls Is Stirring

April 18, 2010

Author: Jacqueline Charles and Trenton Daniel

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/04/12/1576546/as-unity-unravels-a-battle-for.html

At first Haitians of all faiths turned inward, transforming their bedsheet camps into all-night religious revivals as they clung to faith and resilience, crying and praising Jezi.

But in the three months after the earthquake, the relationship among...

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Ansonia Santeria Shop Rises From Ashes

April 5, 2010

Author: Patricia Villers

Source: New Haven Register

http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2010/04/05/news/valley/b2-mon-reopening.txt

A shop that sells items for followers of the Santeria religion has reopened after a December fire destroyed its stock.

Botanica Okalanque is open at 150 Wakelee Ave., at the corner of Hall Street.

Marie Rodriguez of Ansonia, who owns the shop with her husband, Jose...

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Voodoo Religion's Role In Helping Haiti's Quake Victims

February 21, 2010

Author: Henri Astier

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8517070.stm

A month before Haiti's devastating earthquake, prominent musician Theodore "Lolo" Beaubrun and a few friends were summoned by spirits who tried to warn them about the impending cataclysm.

"They told us to pray for Haiti because many people would die," says Mr Beaubrun -the frontman of the group Boukman Eksperyans.

"I thought it was about politics. I...

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Myths Obscure Voodoo, Source Of Comfort In Haiti

February 19, 2010

Author: Samuel G. Freedman

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/20/world/americas/20religion.html

Barely 18 hours after an earthquake devastated Haiti on Jan. 12, the Rev. Pat Robertson supplied a televised discourse on the nation’s history, theology and destiny. Haiti has suffered, he explained, because its rebellious slaves “swore a pact with the devil” to overthrow...

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EEOC Settles Claim Between UPS, Rastafarian

February 19, 2010

Author: Kimberlee Hauss

Source: Beliefnet/Religion News Service

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2010/02/eeoc-settles-claim-between-ups.php

Shipping giant UPS will pay $46,000 in damages to a Rastafarian employee who was fired after he refused to cut his hair or trim his beard, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Wednesday (Feb. 17).

According to the EEOC, the Harrisburg, Pa., branch of UPS Freight fired...

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Tension Among Haiti's Religions Grows After Quake

February 12, 2010

Author: Paisley Dodds

Source: Google News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5idZiVQhHcyG1gpBjzXaAmmk4_OtAD9DQV1680

Christian and Voodoo leaders put aside their differences for a moment Friday, joining hands under a canopy of tropical trees as some earthquake survivors on crutches and in wheelchairs mourned the more than 200,000 Haitians killed by an...

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Haiti Calls On Voodoo Priests to Help Battered Nation Heal

February 10, 2010

Author: Brian MacQuarrie

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/world/latinamerica/articles/2010/02/10/haiti_calls_upon_voodoo_priests_for_help?mode=PF

To the outside world, their faith has long been shrouded in mystery, ministering as much to the dead as the living, and associated with images of animal sacrifices and human skulls.

But in postquake Haiti, the...

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