Statement from “Operation Safe Space” on the Government Industrial School in Barbados

I started serving as the deputy chair of the Government Industrial School in Barbados (called the GIS), on the appointment of the Governor General and at the pleasure of the Minister responsible for reformatory schools on August 1, 2018. I must admit that although by that time I had been working with women and girls’ advocacy for just about 18 years I did not know much about the school. Every child who grows up in Barbados will get a threat or two about being sent to the school for being ‘own way’ but the truth is not many people who grow up in middle or upper class Barbados will ever interact with the institution.

The Government Industrial School was opened … Read on ...

Hands off British Virgin Islands

The British Governor of the British Virgin Islands (BVI)– one John Rankin — selected a British Judge — one Justice Gary Hickinbottom–to constitute the sole Commissioner of a Commission of Inquiry into alleged corruption and mismanagement by the elected indigenous Governing Administration of the BVI.

The British Judge has now issued a Report in which he is claiming that he found much evidence of corruption and maladministration being practiced by the elected governmental administration, and he has recommended that the Constitution of the BVI be suspended, its elected government dissolved, and that the territory be ruled from London for a period of time.

In other words, a disbanding of the existing electoral and democratic processes, and a return to full … Read on ...

Cape Coast Castle to Colston

The Arc from Kidnapping to Enslavement, Toppling, Renunciation and Reparations

Zoom meeting held on Sunday 8th May

On 7 June 2020, the people of Bristol came together and toppled the statue of the notorious kidnapper of Africans, Edward Colston, into the Avon River. This was after many years of campaigning for its removal from the city centre. The horror of this so-called “trade” is something that haunts the descendants whether in the Caribbean, the Americas or UK.

The deliberate torture of the process of enslavement began before the kidnapped were trafficked across the Atlantic. This resulted in the capture and killing of more than over 200 million Africans, a holocaust resulting in the economic and psychological damage to the descendants … Read on ...

Cutlass 20

The new edition of Cutlass is now out and can be downloaded here…

Articles on:

  • Against Bauxite Mining in Jamaica
  • High Time for ‘The Republic of Belize’
  • TUC LESE Reparations for Afrikan Enslavement Steering Group
  • Solidarity with the P&O seafarers
  • Death at the Frontier: Border Control, Migration and the Workers’ Movement
  • Sir Robert Geffrye and the Business of Slavery
  • Knife crime, stop and search
  • Report on Chile from Francisco Dominguez
  • Demonstration in Hackney over police strip-search of Black child
  • Exxon-Mobil and Guyana
  • On The March
  • ‘Bristol and Transatlantic Slavery: Origins, impact and legacy’ – book review
  • Decolonising Education
  • Trade union mobilisation in Trinidad

Sir Robert Geffrye and the Business of Slavery

Why the Museum of the Home must remove the statue of Robert Geffrye and make reparations
by Steve Cushion
published by Hackney Stand Up To Racism and Caribbean Labour Solidarity

Single copies: £4 plus £1.50 post and packing.
Email orders to publications@hackneysutr.org

The debate over the statue of Sir Robert Geffrye (1613–1703) outside the Museum of the Home in Hackney has opened a window onto the slave trade and its role in the creation of modern Britain. As a successful London businessman and politician, Geffrye’s life well illustrates the early development of capitalism in England and the relationship between the City of London and the origins of imperialism, particularly the importance of the whole business of slavery.

Diane Abbott MP, … Read on ...

Death at the Frontier – CLS

Border Control, Migration and the Workers’ Movement

A new booklet from Caribbean Labour Solidarity

£2 including p&p. Available from s.cushion23@gmail.com
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Our reply to the UK Government’s Nationalities and Borders Bill, by Luke Daniels, Nadine Finch and Steve Cushion

The present government’s Nationality and Borders Bill has reignited the discussion about border control and labour migration. The official discussion about immigration concentrates on the needs of the economy and the so-called labour market. In other words the matter is observed from the viewpoint of the employing class.
Caribbean Labour Solidarity, on the other hand, seeks to analyse the situation from a working class standpoint. This has led us to the conclusion … Read on ...

Against Bauxite Mining in Jamaica

Bauxite or ‘red dirt’, the raw material used in the production of aluminium, has been extracted in Jamaica by open-cast mining since 1952. In the 1960s Jamaica was the leading producer in the world and the industry expanded over the years to include four large refineries which process most of the raw bauxite into alumina before it is exported.
Although the bauxite/alumina industry has produced foreign exchange earnings and a number of jobs, it has always been an environmental disaster, removing forest cover, disturbing and polluting waterways, displacing residents, destroying agricultural livelihoods, compromising air and water quality and thus damaging the health and well-being of thousands of Jamaicans. Large areas of good farmland have been torn up, replaced after mining … Read on ...