In Defence of UWI, its Vice Chancellor, and its Reparations Campaign – CLS Statement

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Caribbean Labour Solidarity notes the publication of the Report of the UWI Chancellor’s Commission on Governance of the UWI. In particular we note the proposals:
• To abolish the principal locations of democracy within the university such as the financial and general purposes committee.
• The creation of a university executive committee council, which will take charge of the administrative and executive work of the university. The new committee would be headed by the Chancellor of the university, which would mean that the Chancellor would assume the roles of both chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
• To install six advisory committees, to deal with critical issues relating to the university. The body of these … Read on ...

In Defence of UWI, its Vice Chancellor, and its Reparations Campaign

CLS Public zoom meeting Sunday 4th April

David Comissiong, Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM
Another chance to watch the video

Our esteemed colleague David Commissiong, Barbados’ ambassador to CARICOM, will speak on reparations, and current issues affecting the University of the West Indies (UWI).

In solidarity with our colleagues at the University of the West Indies (UWI), we are putting on this event, to discuss the recent failure by the UWI Council, to offer immediate reappointment of current Vice-Chancellor; Professor Sir Hillary Beckles, who is also Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC),.

One of the catalysts for the conversation on UWI, was the previous report from the university, on its governance strategy, to which our colleagues and comrades at … Read on ...

The unacceptable defaming of our UWI

Letter from Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM, David Comissiong to Kaieteur News and other newspapers

Dear Editor,

Kaieteur News – Alumni of the University of the West Indies (UWI) – like myself – are still trying to make sense of the peculiar editorial that appeared in Barbados’ Nation Newspaper of March 11, 2021 under the headline “Time for Change,” and that constituted such a grossly exaggerated, unctuous and farfetched attack on our University, that some of us feel duty bound to respond in writing.

Also adding to the “strange” nature of the editorial was that it actually featured a portrait type photograph of the personality that the editorial writer outdid himself in portraying as a “white knight in shining armour” who … Read on ...

IS PROF. BECKLES BEING ‘PUSHED OUT’ OF UWI DUE TO STANCE ON REPARATIONS?

Letter to Robert Bermudez, Chancellor, University of the West Indies from Global African Congress

Sir, I am writing to you at this point to share with you concerns that have been shared with me, which can be found in the public domain via the Trinidadian Express in an article by Selwyn Cudoe, titled ‘Black and Brown People Beware’.

First, my organization and I have been informed, that the UWI’s leadership has expressed serious concerns about the Vice Chancellor’s principled, consistent scholarly, tireless and brilliant international leadership, to get the former European colonial powers and enslavers, to fully pay for their criminal accumulation of wealth from the most horrific and criminal institutions of chattel slavery in human history.

Furthermore, we in … Read on ...