The Government of Jamaica will “celebrate” the 75th anniversary of the departure of the Empire Windrush from Jamaica, carrying over 1,000 hopeful Caribbean people, in June 1948. But what is there to celebrate? Back in the UK, racist immigration policies persist, and there are many personal stories of grief and injustice. … More The Jamaican Government “celebrates” the 75th anniversary of the Windrush
Originally posted on Jamaica Woman Tongue:
The Speaker of the House, Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert, is no pussycat. She’s in the posse of the most ferocious felines: lion, tiger, leopard, cougar, cheetah, lynx etc. The power of the Speaker’s office enables Dalrymple-Philibert to put her foot down with great authority. She steps boldly and loudly. No pussyfooting,…
The political rhetoric on crime has “turned up” since the recent CARICOM meeting. The current administration seems to have found its “silver bullet” so to speak – mandatory minimum sentences. But for minors, also? Do we really believe that “the children are our future”? Stand Up for Jamaica is very concerned. … More It’s killing hope: Stand Up for Jamaica is alarmed at planned minimum mandatory sentence for minors
I am calling on citizens of Montego Bay and environs to attend the Public Consultation on Wednesday, April 26 in person (albeit at short notice). Make your voices heard! (I would still like to know: Why the hurry? Can we take our time, please! … More For heaven’s sake, please attend the Public Consultation on constitutional reform TOMORROW – and in person!
As Jamaica’s Constitutional Reform Committee begins its work, concerns are being raised by the Advocates Network and others regarding the public’s participation in the process. Will public consultations take place, and if so, when? … More The Jamaican people must be involved in the Constitutional Reform process, says civil society
Jamaica Environment Trust responds to the Jamaican Government’s remarks on deep sea mining negotiations. JET and collaborators want the Government to go further and call for a moratorium on this proposed new extractive industry. … More Civil society groups urge Jamaican Government to join the call for a moratorium on deep sea mining
“A FI WI REPUBLIC”! Prime Minister Andrew Holness has declared that “it is time that Jamaica becomes a republic” and a Constitutional Reform Committee is in place. Advocates Network is challenging Jamaicans to consider, and join an online/community discussion. … More “A Fi Wi Republic” campaign kicks off this month
Is the attitude of the Jamaican and other Caribbean governments “Let’s keep fingers crossed”? We are forging ahead with infrastructure development, but we need to build our defences and ensure accountability. … More Building resilient Caribbean infrastructure: What about earthquakes, asks Jamaica’s Advocates Network?
Yes, the economy is important, and the Holness administration is patting itself on the back, understandably, at the latest report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – which points out that Jamaica has struck “the right balance” in responding to challenges and what they call external shocks. Attention must be paid to climate change vulnerabilities … More PSOJ is concerned, but: What is the real reason for Jamaica’s postponement of local government elections?
I have never understood why anyone would think Jamaica was a backwater, where nothing ever happens. The past week has been as full of dramatic news (59 guns found at Montego Bay seaport!), arguments, storms in teacups, and indeed sadness, as ever. When a huge debate about whether taxi drivers should put child seats in … More “Tek serious ting mek laugh”… a Jamaican habit that makes life bearable, and birds can join in