I am shamelessly copying and pasting from my friend Dr. Anne C. Bailey’s blog. You can find the link here. Anne blogs (and writes books, and teaches) about “race, slavery, refugees, diasporas, African American, Caribbean and African studies, human rights, history, and memory.” I always learn so much from her. Here is her latest post, … More Juneteenth, Freedom and Financial Bondage: From Dr. Anne C. Bailey’s Blog
State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (MFAFT) Senator Pearnel Charles Jr. is in the UK on a “diaspora trip.” As I am sure you know, the “diaspora” is that large, but often scattered community of people of Jamaican descent living overseas, whatever their citizenship status. There are several Jamaican Diaspora … More On Windrush Concerns, Texan Cages and a Racist Census: A Terrible World
There is much ado about the Jamaican diaspora this week, with the launch of the biennial Diaspora Conference tomorrow (April 4th) at the Office of the Prime Minister, Jamaica House. However, the Canadian Delegation (the Jamaican Diaspora Canada Foundation) has decided not to attend the Conference, because of the short notice and a change of date. … More The Diaspora Matters. But Should We Engage in a Different Way?
Motherly love is an extraordinary and almost indefinable thing, isn’t it? Whenever we humans encounter it – whether in our own kind or even among animals – we wonder at it. It embodies a fierce and steady passion, a consistency and fixity of purpose and a solid stoicism even in the face of obstacles. Some … More Christine Staple-Ebanks: A Mother’s Love, and Her Support System
It’s been an interesting week. Rain has fallen. There was a holiday in the middle of it (Ash Wednesday) when we took a little pause. The weather remains “cool” by Jamaican standards, and we can’t complain. Parliament officially reopened yesterday. The annual colonial-era parade of the two parties striding down Duke Street, while their little groups … More Hats or Not, Masks or Not, and Santoya’s Tragedy: Saturday, February 21, 2015
I reported in my previous blog on the increase in bus fares announced yesterday; the increases will take effect on Sunday. There have been numerous expressions of deep concern from several sectors of society, including the National Consumer League and some trade unions. The Bustamante Industrial Trade Union says the issue will impact public sector … More CCRP Protests Increase in Bus Fare for Seniors Commuting on JUTC Buses
Who, what and where is the Jamaican diaspora? It’s a funny word, that used to have a line underneath it when I typed it in a document, as if it wasn’t real. But the Jamaican diaspora, wherever it may find itself, is very real, indeed. Real people living real lives, working, raising families…and cherishing a … More The Jamaican Diaspora: Deepening Connections