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
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
Shelly-Ann Weeks and the HerFlow Foundation recently honoured eighteen women working in their communities to support women in the post-COVID period. HerFlow focuses on the issue of period poverty and is “committed to empowering Jamaican women and girls.” … More Jamaica’s HerFlow Foundation recognises “Unsung Sheroes” working in their communities: Celebrate Her!
“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
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
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
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
Anniversaries are happy occasions, and I wish I had been there to celebrate the Fifth Anniversary of the White River Fish Sanctuary (WRFS) in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on February 8. I heard it was a joyous affair, with the theme “Protect, Restore, Engage.” It was as much a celebration of the future as a … More White River, Jamaica: Protect, Restore, Engage
This was our recent Bloganuary post… How far back can you go in your family history? My father did a lot of delving into genealogy. He worked on it, painstakingly and diligently, without the benefit of a computer or the Internet. He dug up records and family documents and made phone calls and took copious … More How far back can you go? Some family trees have broken branches.