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
Originally posted on Jamaica Woman Tongue:
The Speaker of the House, Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert, is no pussycat. She’s in the posse of the most ferocious felines: lion, tiger, leopard, cougar, cheetah, lynx etc. The power of the Speaker’s office enables Dalrymple-Philibert to put her foot down with great authority. She steps boldly and loudly. No pussyfooting,…
I am calling on citizens of Montego Bay and environs to attend the Public Consultation on Wednesday, April 26 in person (albeit at short notice). Make your voices heard! (I would still like to know: Why the hurry? Can we take our time, please! … More For heaven’s sake, please attend the Public Consultation on constitutional reform TOMORROW – and in person!
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
“A FI WI REPUBLIC”! Prime Minister Andrew Holness has declared that “it is time that Jamaica becomes a republic” and a Constitutional Reform Committee is in place. Advocates Network is challenging Jamaicans to consider, and join an online/community discussion. … More “A Fi Wi Republic” campaign kicks off this month
In my last post, I wrote about the protests at Blue Lagoon in Portland today; the dust-laden chaos that prevails over the area due to road works; and most importantly, about the lack of information on the Blue Lagoon’s fate, since its closure last August. As it was declared a National Monument in 2018, this … More JNHT working towards reopening Blue Lagoon in shortest possible time
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?
This time, it’s got to work. Our oceans are facing an unbelievable array of challenges, and I think we know them by now: pollution, over-fishing, the many manifestations of climate change, and now the threat of deep sea mining. It’s urgent. So, the final negotiations for a UN Ocean Treaty resumed on Monday, February 20, 2023 in … More We need an Ocean Treaty – like, yesterday
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
Yes, the economy is important, and the Holness administration is patting itself on the back, understandably, at the latest report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – which points out that Jamaica has struck “the right balance” in responding to challenges and what they call external shocks. Attention must be paid to climate change vulnerabilities … More PSOJ is concerned, but: What is the real reason for Jamaica’s postponement of local government elections?