The Government of Jamaica will “celebrate” the 75th anniversary of the departure of the Empire Windrush from Jamaica, carrying over 1,000 hopeful Caribbean people, in June 1948. But what is there to celebrate? Back in the UK, racist immigration policies persist, and there are many personal stories of grief and injustice. … More The Jamaican Government “celebrates” the 75th anniversary of the Windrush
The Natural History Museum of Jamaica’s Earth Day competition awards ceremony took place at the Institute of Jamaica recently, with lots of cheers, photo ops, prizes and an inspirational talk from youth climate activist Mario Galbert. … More “Dear Future Earth…” Jamaican students reflect at the Institute of Jamaica
As Jamaica’s Constitutional Reform Committee begins its work, concerns are being raised by the Advocates Network and others regarding the public’s participation in the process. Will public consultations take place, and if so, when? … More The Jamaican people must be involved in the Constitutional Reform process, says civil society
Jamaica Environment Trust responds to the Jamaican Government’s remarks on deep sea mining negotiations. JET and collaborators want the Government to go further and call for a moratorium on this proposed new extractive industry. … More Civil society groups urge Jamaican Government to join the call for a moratorium on deep sea mining
The international non-governmental organisation Climate Tracker is on the hunt for 15 Caribbean Climate Justice Fellows for 2023. Could you be one of them? … More Climate Tracker is looking for 15 Caribbean Climate Justice Fellows! Journalists, apply now!
Now, many Jamaicans seem to feel that fires start all by themselves; unless, that is, it’s a building that is on fire, in which case there is always the possibility of it being deliberately set. Truth be told, many fires are started by us humans, whether vengefully or not. … More The burning hills and the Kingston chain saw massacre
The Book Industry Association of Jamaica is about to present its inaugural Literacy Hero Awards to a sustainable community library project in Rose Town, a social media reading campaign led by a mother and son duo, a Pan-African mobile bookstore, and a foundation for children with intellectual disabilities to honour the memory of a beloved “bookworm” sister. APPLAUSE! … More Meet the Book Industry Association of Jamaica’s inaugural Literacy Heroes
I hope the eastern side of Portland will eventually recover. Six years ago, I wrote an article about the “slow decay” in the parish of Portland, on the eastern end of the island. The eastern side of the parish is regularly described as green, lush, peaceful, off the beaten track, etc. Back in the 1980s … More Why is Portland, Jamaica, in such a mess?
Global Voices often focuses on our uncertain, fragile world. This letter from a journalist in Turkey, reeling from the social and political aftershocks of the earthquakes, may resonate for Jamaica in more ways than one… … More Exhausted, but no longer silent: A letter from Istanbul, Turkey
The ambitious event organised by a group of collaborators to highlight the issue of deep sea mining was highly successful. On a warm and very breezy lunchtime on Thursday, January 26 at the University of the West Indies Mona campus in Kingston, there was a full house audience consisting of university students, high school students, … More “Deep Sea Matters”: Young Jamaican activists take a dive into the issue of deep sea mining