Tomorrow: JFJ Hosts Virtual Training in Working With Victims of Gender-based Violence


I am quickly sharing this information, as this opportunity is actually tomorrow. Please contact Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) if you are interested in participating. Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) and the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Equal Rightsand Justice for All Project – with support from the European Union – will stage a free virtualtraining … More Tomorrow: JFJ Hosts Virtual Training in Working With Victims of Gender-based Violence

Black Lives Matter: BirdsCaribbean Stands in Solidarity


Dear Members of the BirdsCaribbean Community, Recent, tragic events serve as a stark reminder that racism and racial injustices continue to tear apart and divide communities around the world. Direct and indirect violence, discrimination, and oppression against black people cannot be tolerated. Our hearts go out to those that have been—and continue to be—hurt and … More Black Lives Matter: BirdsCaribbean Stands in Solidarity

COVID-19 Reflections While Staying Home: The Housework


I have been writing some rather serious pieces lately about COVID-19 – including an ongoing series on my small blog, which is tucked away on the Jamaica Gleaner website. I have written about COVID and environmental pollution, COVID and water issues, COVID and vulnerable Jamaicans (starting with those living with HIV/AIDS). There is more to come. This … More COVID-19 Reflections While Staying Home: The Housework

Plastic Bottles Aplenty, but JET is Disappointed at Delay in Deposit Refund Scheme


“Plastic bans” are clearly not a quick or simple fix for our island’s overwhelming garbage problem. It only sounds simple (to the know-alls on social media, for example). There are obstacles to overcome. We know that plastic bottles are the most ubiquitous item, but we are not ready yet, it seems, to take them on. … More Plastic Bottles Aplenty, but JET is Disappointed at Delay in Deposit Refund Scheme

The Poui Tree Still Lives, but Got Lost in Translation


Here is the good news: The poui tree that we were grieving over still lives. It is much smaller, but has not been completely cut down, after all. “Chopped down” can mean lots of things, and in this case, the phrase got completely lost in translation and misunderstanding – for which I humbly apologize to … More The Poui Tree Still Lives, but Got Lost in Translation

Bellevue Hospital Receives Over US$5,000 from Diaspora in USA


I spent a few hours at Bellevue Hospital in Kingston this week, for the launch of the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ Mental Health Campaign. Despite the heat and humidity, it was a cheerful experience. I had harbored an image of Bellevue (despite its pretty name) as a glowering, Victorian-style edifice. Later, I got the … More Bellevue Hospital Receives Over US$5,000 from Diaspora in USA

Is This Really “Development”?


This letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness from a group of Neighborhood Associations in Kingston (we are residents and members of one) outlines the dilemma of long-established residential areas such as ours. It was published in the Jamaica Observer here. I also wrote about our important community planning meeting last year on my Gleaner blog page. Thanks … More Is This Really “Development”?

Clarendon Farmers Fight Climate Change by Diversifying Their Crops


The parish of Clarendon is one of those that is perhaps especially affected by climate change issues – and seeking to do something about it. The Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ), for example, has provided a number of grants valued at millions of Jamaican Dollars to community-based agricultural projects in the parish. I will be … More Clarendon Farmers Fight Climate Change by Diversifying Their Crops

Jamaicans for Justice Concerned Over Latest Fire in a Children’s Home


I had a déjà vu feeling last week on hearing the news of another fire at a children’s home. Fortunately, no lives were lost but the The human rights lobby group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) – currently celebrating its twentieth anniversary – has consistently lobbied on behalf of Jamaican citizens in state care, including children … More Jamaicans for Justice Concerned Over Latest Fire in a Children’s Home