“Everything Connects”: A Visit to Claude McKay High School With Lasco REAP


On January 23, we were trying to find a Jamaican poet; or rather, a school named in his honor, in the place where he grew up. However, we were lost…in May Pen, as soon as we turned off the highway. It’s a town we don’t know well, and Google Maps sadly let us down. Our … More “Everything Connects”: A Visit to Claude McKay High School With Lasco REAP

The AG Wants to Curb Our Rights, Alpha Girl Recovering, and Farewell to JEEP: Jamaica, July 9, 2016


Another trying week. On CVM Television’s Live at Seven last night, my fellow panelists (Raymond Pryce and Shelly-Ann Curran) and I tried our best to put a lighter spin on the week’s news with host Simon Crosskill, but we barely succeeded. It was impossible to avoid the news of murder, violence and anger, both at home and … More The AG Wants to Curb Our Rights, Alpha Girl Recovering, and Farewell to JEEP: Jamaica, July 9, 2016

Upcoming Events at the Clarendon Youth Information Centre: Empowering Youth


The Youth Information Centres in parishes across the island perform a vital function (often on a shoestring budget), providing training, resources and offering activities that help to empower our young people in rural areas  I just received a note from Chevelle Campbell at the Clarendon Youth Information Centre in May Pen, and thought I would … More Upcoming Events at the Clarendon Youth Information Centre: Empowering Youth

Keep Children Safe! A Series of UNICEF Public Forums in Jamaica


Many of us are disturbed and sad at the way Jamaican children are treated – in communities, homes and often by the state itself. The month of May is Child Month in Jamaica, when there is a heightened focus on children’s rights. As a precursor to this, UNICEF Jamaica has partnered with several organizations (the … More Keep Children Safe! A Series of UNICEF Public Forums in Jamaica

#RuralWomenTalk: The 51% Coalition Goes on the Road


The 51% Coalition has been busy. With funding from UN Women and with the partnership of Fi Wi Jamaica, the Jamaica Network of Rural Women Producers and others, the Coalition has traveled to several corners of the island for discussions with women on their issues, their concerns – and solutions. Each session also included presentations on human rights and … More #RuralWomenTalk: The 51% Coalition Goes on the Road

Clarendon Youth Need a Little Help for Their “Heads Up” This Summer


It is a difficult time for our young people. The long summer stretches ahead and it is especially hard for youth in the more economically challenged communities around the island to find activities that will offer them new, uplifting educational opportunities (and also fun and relaxation) . The Clarendon Youth Information Centre (CIYC) organized a great … More Clarendon Youth Need a Little Help for Their “Heads Up” This Summer

Dreaming at the Boot Camp: UCC’s Vibrant Open Day


I wish I could have stayed longer, but this week I did drop by the University College of the Caribbean’s first “Boot Camp” – a noisy, energetic exercise, designed to offer study and career options to high school students. No, not a physical boot camp – rather, an inspirational and informative Open Day highlighting UCC’s … More Dreaming at the Boot Camp: UCC’s Vibrant Open Day