“They’ve left us to eat stones now:” The latest Vice News film on the impacts of bauxite mining in Jamaica

Last month, the U.S.-based Vice News posted a second video on the community response to bauxite mining in Jamaica. The Jamaica Environment Trust is reminding us to watch it; the YouTube link is here. The 20-minute report is a follow-up to their 2021 feature, which you can find here. As of May 2, the video … More “They’ve left us to eat stones now:” The latest Vice News film on the impacts of bauxite mining in Jamaica

Stand Up for Jamaica writes about the power of reintegration

Being a human rights activist in Jamaica is not an easy life. There is a persistent narrative that these dedicated and decent human beings “defend criminals.” In fact, certain categories of Jamaicans are deemed hardly eligible to apply, or be considered for such a thing as human rights. It’s different if one’s own rights have … More Stand Up for Jamaica writes about the power of reintegration

Dust upon dust: Jamaican rural dwellers continue to suffer from highway construction

We often use the words “justice” and “environment/climate change” (depending on the situation) together – not opposing each other, but closely linked. In my last blog post, I shared Professor Carolyn Cooper’s thoughts on the closure of a very popular beach near Kingston for the past two years. This is an environmental injustice. The quality … More Dust upon dust: Jamaican rural dwellers continue to suffer from highway construction

William’s ‘Sorrow’ a Sorry Excuse For an Apology

Originally posted on Jamaica Woman Tongue:
In 2002, Boris Johnson wrote a column for the Daily Telegraph in which he reported the following: “It is said that the Queen has come to love the Commonwealth, partly because it supplies her with regular cheering crowds of flag-waving piccaninnies.” Johnson’s use of the passive voice deliberately conceals…

60 Reasons for Apologies and Reparations from Britain and the Royal Family

I am sorry I did not attach the “60 Reasons” referred to in the Letter from the Advocates Network that I posted last night. Here they are. I have noted suggestions that there could have been a petition that members of the public could sign onto, and that would certainly have been an option. However, … More 60 Reasons for Apologies and Reparations from Britain and the Royal Family

Three Jamaican women who worked for women and the most vulnerable

International Women’s Day was a bit of a blur for me, as I was so busy. It was warmly embraced by many. Social media was swamped with memes, videos, and photo-ops. My bank gave me a lovely cup cake. WhatsApp was filled with empowering messages. There is certainly plenty about Jamaican women to recognize and … More Three Jamaican women who worked for women and the most vulnerable

Citizens’ Rights to the City: Community representatives request a meeting with Kingston’s Mayor

Parts of the city of Kingston – the once-leafy suburbs in particular – are undergoing a wave of “development.” I put this word in quotation marks because, nine times out of ten, “development” (or “investment”) is basically about making money. Nothing wrong with that, you might say – but it cannot be unchecked and unregulated; … More Citizens’ Rights to the City: Community representatives request a meeting with Kingston’s Mayor

The ruling on Nzinga King raises long-standing discrimination issues in Jamaica

It has not been a good week; not for the environment (permits were issued for the mining in Cockpit Country to go ahead) – or for human rights. On Wednesday, February 9, after a wait of around seven months, our Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn announced that she is recommending that no criminal … More The ruling on Nzinga King raises long-standing discrimination issues in Jamaica

Jamaica’s Advocates Network points to “troubling inequalities” after DPP ruling on partying politicians

Just as Jamaicans were sitting down to enjoy their Sunday lunch, two days ago, some disturbing, but unsurprising news filtered through. The Director of Public Prosecutions announced that she had recommended to the police that no charges should be proffered against former Agriculture Minister Floyd Green and colleagues, who were enjoying champagne toasts at a … More Jamaica’s Advocates Network points to “troubling inequalities” after DPP ruling on partying politicians