Important call to participate in politics beyond the confined space and limited possibilities of mainstream parties.
The Time to Start is now! Most importantly though, is the approach to be adopted to fashion a political organisation, culture, and mobilization strategy distinct from the bases upon which the tribal monoliths of the present were formed, and now function.
A new report released recently by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) is reporting that as a result of COVID-19, almost half a million Caribbean tourism workers now face the prospect of decent work deficits in the form of job losses, reductions in working hours, and loss of incomes.
TransAtlantic Slavery featured a unique system called Chattel Slavery that legally reduced Africans to private property after capture, which (property) was then insured for the risky passage across the Atlantic, sold by auction on arrival and forced to slave on estates for the rest of their lives. It is because of the particularly brutal nature of TransAtlantic slavery that the United Nations has designated it as ‘The Worst Crime Against Humanity’ in the history of humankind; and it is because the beginning of its end started in Haiti that UNESCO chose August 23 as the remembrance date. In this new age of growing enlightenment, CARICOM governments, while pursuing Reparations from Britain, should also now seriously consider when and how they’ll start treating Emancipation Day for what it really was and give appropriate recognition to August 23.
Does it matter to the democratic process if the electorate go out in large numbers or not? Is governance any different when it is apparently endorsed by landslide victories or through small margins? Is democracy, as it is presented on paper, served according to the vaunted place it holds as a societal ideal? What does the term democracy that is thrown around so freely in the western political process mean? Should we be rethinking the concept and moving towards making government work for us?
In the absence of a plausible explanation from authorities, the Barbados Union of Teachers president described the ministry’s decision to bypass the unions and speak directly to their members, as an underhanded attempt to “divide and rule”. On Monday, the BUT, along with the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU), and the Association of Public Primary School Principals (APPSP) held fast to their belief that Government’s “unilateral” decisions were “disrespectful”.
The marches served as an important educational and sensitization tool. The population was engaged on issues relating to justice in order to stimulate efforts to address the social ills which beset the population. As a result of the activities of this group, the entire island was put in revolutionary mode.
During the late 1960s a group of recent high school graduates and other concerned individuals employed a different strategy to bring about change on the island which gave expression to Tobago’s Black Power movement. This column is the first of a two part series on this movement in Tobago.