40th ANNIVERSARY OF THE GRENADA REVOLUTION IN MARCH 1979
You can have a look at the videos of the evening here…
CELEBRATE THE STRUGGLES AND ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE REVOLUTION’S NATIONAL WOMEN’S ORGANISATION &
TRIBUTE TO SISTER PHYLLIS COARD
Friday 1 March 2019
The Grenada NWO was led by Phyllis Coard who was tasked by Maurice Bishop, the leader of the Grenada Revolution, to build the organisation from scratch. Led by a team of outstanding women, over one-third of all Grenadian women joined more than one hundred NWO groups throughout the country.
In the short 4½ years of the Revo’ the NWO achieved huge gains for women including equal pay, maternity leave, free milk, day care facilities, free school meals, books and uniforms, abolition of school fees, expansion of free secondary school and university places, housing for poorer families and the expansion of employment. Advances made during the Revo’ are still in place today.
Phyllis was the only woman among the “Grenada 17” (mostly members of the Revolutionary Government) who were captured by the invading US troops in October 1983 when the Revo’ tragically collapsed. The CIA mounted a COINTELPRO campaign most heavily targeted against her. Following a US organised show trial – condemned by Amnesty International – at the end of which 14 of the 17 were sentenced to death, she was kept in total isolation for over seven years, during which she was beaten, tortured and globally vilified. She was in prison for a total of 17 years in terrible conditions. The G17 were all finally released after a massive international campaign. Phyllis returned to her native Jamaica.eventbrite
This event is part of the International 40th anniversary of the Revo’ and International Women’s Day celebrations and will pay tribute to Phyllis Coard for her heroic work in the struggle for women’s rights and her survival of all the US could throw against her.
Phyl is in very poor health currently, and for this reason is unable to make the trip. Instead, recordings made by her sister from “Unchained”, her soon to be published prison memoirs, will be played at the event and pre-orders for the book will be taken. Speakers include Bro Selwyn Strachan, Minister for Mobilisation in the revolutionary government and one of the Grenada 17. Also a bookstall, music and a slideshow of the Revo’.
COME AND JOIN US, AND IF YOU CAN, MAKE A CONTRIBUTION
TO ENABLE THIS EVENT TO TAKE PLACE
Please make donations to: BJM Law (IWD Event)
sort code: 09-01-27, Account No: 7651 9871.