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

Brain Before Bible: An Interview With a Strong Jamaican Ally


Originally posted on 76 CRIMES:
The Rev. Sean Major-Campbell (left) and Juleus Ghunta. (Photo courtesy of Juleus Ghunta) “People’s lives and mental health are being destroyed by pastors who do not understand,” says the Rev. Sean Major-Campbell, a Jamaican priest and LGBTI rights supporter, in an interview with author/social advocate Juleus Ghunta. Brain before Bible By Juleus…

Barriers Behind Bars: Stand Up for Jamaica Highlights the Plight of HIV Positive Inmates


Social workers love to use the term “vulnerable populations” to describe those Jamaican citizens, whom we tend to sideline, ignore, dismiss and even forget about altogether. I am not sure I like the word “vulnerable” much, but these Jamaicans are indeed “in harm’s way” because of their position in society – their invisibility. We cannot … More Barriers Behind Bars: Stand Up for Jamaica Highlights the Plight of HIV Positive Inmates

Reflections on the Sexual Abuse of Our Children: 3 – A Letter from WE-Change on #SayTheirNames


A note re: the logo on the home page: The Tambourine Army, created by the leader of WE-Change, is seeking recruits. It describes itself as “a radical movement. It is going to be one of the largest coalitions of organisations and individuals in Jamaica working to remove the scourge of sexual abuse, rape and all … More Reflections on the Sexual Abuse of Our Children: 3 – A Letter from WE-Change on #SayTheirNames

#AtoZChallengeJamaica P is for Potpourri of Problems


Originally posted on Jamaica: Political Economy:
Let me lay out some issues to consider. Prisoners & payments: Vybz Karkel, musician–in Jamaican jail for murder. Buju Banton, musician–in US jail for drugs offence. Vybz is busy releasing new music, and ‘ruling dance hall’. (He’s following in the well-trodden path of the late Tupac Shakur.) Buju just gained a master’s degree in music…

High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS: Civil Society Calls UN Declaration “A Globally Sanctioned Death Warrant for Key Populations”


The High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS opened today at the United Nations in New York. However, many global civil society organizations – including the Kingston-based Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) – are not happy with the 2016 Political Declaration, which they say does not include key at-risk populations. Here is their press release, dated today. … More High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS: Civil Society Calls UN Declaration “A Globally Sanctioned Death Warrant for Key Populations”

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?