By Our Own Hands – A People’s History of the Grenadian Revolution

A new pamphlet from CLS by
Steve Cushion and Dennis Bartholomew

Between 1979 and 1983, the people of the Caribbean nation of Grenada made a courageous attempt to overcome the legacy of slavery, British colonialism and a viciously corrupt post-colonial dictatorship.

The tragic last few days of the Revolution have obscured the remarkable achievements of the Grenadian people during the previous four years. In the face of the unceasing hostility of the United States government and its continual destabilisation campaign, the people of Grenada rebuilt their economy with an emphasis on social justice and economic stability rather than mere profit for, mainly foreign, capitalists; they established a remarkable education system and improved their health service; they started a house-building and housing repair programme that addressed the needs of the poorest members of society.… Read on ...

China and the Caribbean – Lesson from History?

Developing Answers Through Dialogue

The Peoples Republic China (PRC) has over the last decade steadily increased its economic involvement across the globe and in the Caribbean region. Caribbean Labour Solidarity asks whether this a positive or a negative development or is it colonialism or imperialism in a new guise. CLS feels that there is a need to start a discussion on these developments.

Participants are asked to contribute to the discussion in order to develop answers through dialogue.

On this short paper I will examine the background to China’s new found role in international development; the part it plays in the economic structures of the Caribbean; examples of what it has done; criticism and critiques of China and the regional governments; China’s response to local and international criticism; and the role of CLS in this discussion.… Read on ...

16 days in 16 ways

As part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, Luke Daniels, President of CLS and Author of “Pulling the Punches, Defeating Domestic Violence” and “Defeating Domestic Violence in the Americas – Mens’ Work” will lead a discussion on the issue.

CLS Meeting, Sunday 3rd December  at 12 noon till 2pm

Islington Pensioners Forum
1A Providence Court,
Providence Place,
London N1 0RN

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Richard Hart Centenary Lecture

Curry and Roti [£5] available from 12:30

Please register so that we have some idea of numbers.
Register via Eventbright here…

Saturday 25 November from 12:30 to 4:00pm
UNITE the UNION
33-37 Moreland Street, London EC1V 8BB
(nearest tube Angel)

Programme starts 1.00pm promptly
Welcome by CLS President Luke Daniels
Keynote address: Selma James
“Aiming for Caribbean Federation: a personal reminiscence”

Launch of new CLS Pamphlet: By Our Own Hands: A People’s History of the Grenadian Revolution
by authors Steve Cushion and Dennis Bartholomew

Artistic performance: Kaiso by Alexander D Great

download a leaflet…

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Cutlass issue 10

Issue number 10 of Cutlass, the bulletin of Caribbean Labour Solidarity is now available to download from here…

Articles on:

  • Bauxite mining in the Cockpit Country
  • Zones of Special Operations in Jamaica
  • The colonial status of Puerto Rico
  • Climate change, imperialism and justice for the Caribbean
  • The UWI Centre for Reparation Research
  • Domestic violence in the Americas

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China and the Caribbean

A Lesson from History?
China has been steadily increasing its economic involvement in the Caribbean region. Is this a positive or a negative development? Is this imperialism? We feel that there is a need to start a discussion on these developments. Dennis Bartholomew will start that discussion at the meeting, but we shall welcome your views.

CLS Meeting, Sunday November 5th at 12 noon till 2pm

Islington Pensioners Forum
1A Providence Court,
Providence Place,
London N1 0RN
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No justice, no peace – will ZOSO have any long-term effect?

In a 2016 update, INDECOM boss, Terrence Williams, usefully invokes Peter Tosh – “I don’t want no peace; I want equal rights and justice” . Rather than an ephemeral “peace” that comes from oppressive and arbitrary state agents, the solution to crime must be justice, says Williams. But what hope when ‘the Ministry of Justice has for 2016-17 been allocated just over $6 billion. The Ministry of National Security received almost 10 times that amount’.

ZOSO may lead temporarily to more a peaceful Mount Salem in St. James as the guns move elsewhere, but the root of the problem will remain, that is injustice in its wider social and economic (not just legal) sense.… Read on ...

STOP BAUXITE MINING IN THE COCKPIT COUNTRY!

Jamaica’s Cockpit Country is under immediate threat from bauxite mining, which would remove forest cover, block and pollute waterways, displace residents, threaten agricultural livelihoods, compromise air quality and threaten the health and well-being of thousands of Jamaican citizens.

The Cockpit Country is an irreplaceable region of limestone forest supporting a unique flora and fauna. In addition, and importantly, it is the major aquifer for rivers rising and flowing both to the north and southern coasts of the island. These rivers are associated with extensive cave systems which would also be lost or damaged by the proposed mining activities. In many cases knowledge of the underground connections of these river caves is fragmentary, thus making the impacts of mining activities on regional water supplies problematic.… Read on ...

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Needs Help, but not like Haiti in 2010
Haiti Support Group Chair Antony Stewart has written an article on why Haiti 2010 is not the intervention model you want for Puerto Rico.
read it here…
and
200 Academics Speak Out for Puerto Rico
The destruction brought by Hurricane Maria has exposed the profound colonial condition of Puerto Rico
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and
Stand with Puerto Rico – Not the Banks
As a humanitarian crisis unfolds in America, we must finally begin to put people before profit.
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‘1.5°C to stay alive’: climate change, imperialism and justice for the Caribbean

In the wake of the two recent hurricanes that have devastated parts of the Caribbean, Leon Sealey-Huggins of Warwick University has published an excellent article in Third World Quarterly. In the wake of the two recent hurricanes that have devastated parts of the Caribbean, Leon Sealey-Huggins of Warwick University has published an excellent article in Third World Quarterly. “What has happened this year has been terrible to watch,” says Dr Sealey-Huggins, “and what is of immediate concern now is the clear-up operation. There is a need for fast and direct help and support from the world. But it is also crucial that we take time now to set this in a wider historical and political context and listen to the Caribbean region – otherwise these kind of events will just keep happening in same, or worse, pattern of repeats,” he states.… Read on ...