With the incumbent People's National Movement [PNM] and Progressive Patriotic Democrats [PDP] deadlocked at 6 constituencies each after Monday's Tobago House of Assembly elections the people of the island remain as bystanders watching the politicians decide the direction of the country over the next four years. Tobago Writers Guild member Victor Laptiste in his poem shares his observations of the elections landscape.
by Godfrey Vincent In the 1986 general election, the PNM’s thirty-year political rule came to a dramatic end with a 33-3 seats landslide victory by the NAR, a coalition of opposition parties that comprised the Democratic Action Congress (DAC), the United Labor Front (ULF- Panday Faction), the Organization for National Reconstruction, and TAPIA. This party … Continue reading Everything for Sale: Privatization in Trinidad and Tobago [Part Two]
OVER 100 staff of Jaxx restaurant at MovieTowne, Port of Spain have been temporarily laid off within the last six months. Frustrated workers met with representatives of the [National Union of Government and Federated workers Union] NUFGW on Wednesday and are seeking compensation, saying they are now on the breadline. They are calling on the … Continue reading Workers Discuss Resistance to Ongoing Covid-19 Layoffs
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.
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.