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

Unfair and Unequal: New UNDP Report Sheds Light on Discontent in Latin America and the Caribbean


Well, not so much the Caribbean, you might think. However, in case we had not noticed, there have been rumblings in Dominica of late (politics and then some), and Haiti has seen a year of protests. As I noted in my previous post, “Poor People Fed Up”! There is a lot of discontent, in particular … More Unfair and Unequal: New UNDP Report Sheds Light on Discontent in Latin America and the Caribbean

Human Rights Day in Jamaica: Against a Background of the Arts, Much to Be Done


Human Rights Day this year was particularly significant for the world. We have to think “world” on Human Rights Day, and then get out our magnifying glasses and zoom in on a map of Jamaica and the Caribbean. For all of us, it was the 70th Anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of … More Human Rights Day in Jamaica: Against a Background of the Arts, Much to Be Done

Health Ministry Delivers Complaint Management System Manual, Toolkit


The issue of discrimination in our healthcare system, especially against vulnerable populations such as those living with HIV and the LGBT community, has been a major concern for as long as I can remember. I am really pleased to see that there is now a formal system in place to address this, with USAID funding. … More Health Ministry Delivers Complaint Management System Manual, Toolkit

Can We Leave “Political Tribalism” Behind? National Integrity Action Rejects Everald Warmington’s Remarks


In my commentary on the past week’s events in Jamaica, I noted: “Thumbs down to Everald Warmington, M.P., who made some very undemocratic remarks on the political hustings.” When are Jamaican politicians going to eschew political tribalism? When are they going to stop encouraging this mindset among their supporters?  Here is what National Integrity Action (NIA) … More Can We Leave “Political Tribalism” Behind? National Integrity Action Rejects Everald Warmington’s Remarks

Reader’s QA: What Truly Maketh A Man?


People get confused about transgender issues. There are a lot of misconceptions and misunderstandings – and hostility and discrimination, based on a lack of understanding. So, I am sharing this latest blog from a Jamaican transgender man, which I think would be helpful. You can also check out TransWave’s blog, which has an extremely useful … More Reader’s QA: What Truly Maketh A Man?

Remembering the Rwanda Genocide in Jamaica: The Dangers of Indifference and Silence


Yesterday evening, at Mary Seacole Hall on the University of the West Indies campus, these words resonated: The Rwanda Genocide…highlighted the danger of indifference and the consequences of inaction. The Rwanda genocide occurred not only because of the state-sanctioned culture of hate, but because of crimes of indifference and conspiracies of silence. Yesterday evening, a group … More Remembering the Rwanda Genocide in Jamaica: The Dangers of Indifference and Silence

51% Coalition and UN Women Partner to Build Women as a Political Constituency


These are difficult times in Jamaican politics. The traditional way of doing things is simply not working any more, despite the best efforts of politicians and their followers to cling to the “status quo.” Civil society has become better informed and more demanding. Social media is playing its part in raising awareness and political discourse. … More 51% Coalition and UN Women Partner to Build Women as a Political Constituency

ADVERSITY BUILT RYAN …aka How one Albino Teen’s Story Can Teach the World an Unforgettable Lesson in Optimism: An Interview


Young Leader. Artistic. Christian. Determined. Enthusiastic. Self-Motivated. Dedicated. Role Model. These are a few descriptors applied to the 19 year old overachiever Ryan Scott from his autobiographical article written for the Christian publication, Involve Magazine. Scott, the recent recipient of a scholarship to Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts now studies at…