Social activist Michael Abrahams organized a march on Sunday, May 17 in Kingston. I was not there – but I was there in spirit. I wanted to share with you some photographs of the event, shamelessly filched from others’ Facebook pages (well, I did warn them!) The aim is sincere. It is important to galvanize and … More For The Children: A March Last Sunday
The Sexual Offences Act 2009 is under review by a Joint Select Committee of Parliament, and there is much to be considered and discussed. J-FLAG partnered with Mary Seacole Hall at the University of the West Indies (UWI) to host its second Tertiary Debate to highlight issues related to the legislation and to air and … More Protecting the Rights of Every Citizen: Debating the Sexual Offences Act
I often get the sense in Jamaica that things are repeating themselves, over and over. It’s a bit like a revolving door: People (and problems) come in, stay for a little while and then go back out through the door, only to come straight back in again just when you thought they had gone. It’s … More Revolving Issues, Costly Matters and a Fraudster Out of Jail: Thursday, January 22, 2015
Tomorrow at the University of the West Indies’ Regional Headquarters on the Mona, Kingston, campus a Great Debate will take place on the topic: “The Role of Leadership in Responding to Vulnerable Populations.” The debate, to include students of the University of Technology and The Mico University will start at 2:30 p.m. and it is … More Quality of Citizenship Jamaica: Offering Support for a Neglected Community
It’s hard to be upbeat today, but I will try. A naughty Cockney English singer, the late Ian Dury had a great song called “Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3” (by the way, his band the Blockheads were so funky). So I will seek his inspiration… I don’t regularly comment on opinion columns. They are … More Reasons to Be Cheerful: Sunday, March 2, 2014
J-FLAG Celebrates Milestone for LGBT Rights 15th Anniversary Statement December 10, 2013 Jamaica has a long and complex history of LGBT human rights advocacy from the 1970s with the Gay Freedom Movement. Back then, there were more pockets of tolerance and gay social spaces in Jamaica; visible gay clubs such as NS, Marshalls, The Closet, and … More Happy 15th Birthday, J-FLAG!
December 10 marks the 20th Anniversary of the establishment for the mandate of the UN HighCommissioner for Human Rights. Caribbean Development Activists & Women’s Network in partnership with Quality of CitizenshipJamaica, Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition and Jamaicans for Justice is organizing a stand on human rights day with other NGOs, youth leaders, students, and interested … More Taking a Stand: Human Rights Day, December 10, 2013