PM Stuart holds reparations discussions

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (at head of table), listens attentively to CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, during the meeting. To Ambassador LaRocque’s right is Programme Manager for Culture and Community Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Hilary Brown. (Photo via RB/BGIS)
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (at head of table), listens attentively to CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, during the meeting. To Ambassador LaRocque’s right is Programme Manager for Culture and Community Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Hilary Brown. (Photo via RB/BGIS)

Strategies to further the region’s reparations agenda were the focus of discussion when Prime Minister Freundel Stuart met recently in Bridgetown, Barbados, with Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC), Professor Sir Hilary Beckles; and CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.

Mr. Stuart, who is the Chairman of the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on Reparations for Native Genocide and Slavery, received a progress report on the reparations efforts, and suggested several approaches to advancing the region’s agenda.

Ambassador LaRocque stated that some progress had been witnessed since the last Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee meeting, and noted that several of the National Committees established around the region were “mostly active and eager to move forward”.

 


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In emotional service, Jesuits and Georgetown repent for slave trading

“We express our solemn contrition for our participation in slavery, and the benefit our institution received. We cannot hide from this truth, bury this truth, ignore this truth. Slavery remains the original evil in our republic, an evil that our university was complicit in.” – President, Georgetown University, John DeGioia
(CNN) There is wide gulf, Frederick Douglass wrote in 1845, between Christianity proper and the “slaveholding religion of this land.” One is “good, pure and holy,” the other corrupt and wicked, the “climax of all misnomers, the boldest of all frauds.”

“We have men-stealers for ministers, women-whippers for missionaries and cradle-plunderers for church members,” Douglass wrote in “Life of an American Slave.”

For Douglass, as for other African-Americans, the sin of slavery was intolerable; the complicity of Christians unforgivable.

On both counts, the Jesuit order, one of the Catholic Church’s most powerful group of priests, (Pope Francis is a member) was guilty. In the United States and elsewhere, the Society of Jesus owned and sold slaves.

 

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New ACS Secretary General to deliver inaugural reparations lecture

Ambassador June Soomer
Ambassador Dr. June Soomer

Saint Lucia will take the reparations message to the rest of the Caribbean next week when one of its foremost scholars will deliver an inaugural lecture in an educational series to be launched here on Wednesday.

The new Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) Ambassador Dr June Soomer will deliver a live public lecture on the topic The Reparations Movement: ‘A Ragtag Collection of Racial Malcontents Matching to the Beat of Their Own Drum’.

A former Saint Lucia Ambassador to CARICOM and the OECS, Dr Soomer is expected to draw the link between Slavery and Emancipation, Garvey and his struggle for Repatriation. She is also expected to explain why it is important for Saint Lucians and Caribbean people to support and carry on the CARICOM quest for Reparations for Britain, France and other European states for Slavery and Native Genocide in the Caribbean.

Read more at: Saint Lucia News online

Reparations baton heads to Saint Lucia

The CARICOM Regional Reparations Baton will arrive in Saint Lucia next week, for a formal transfer of the travelling beacon of the regional reparations movement.

Sponsored by the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC), the wooden baton is being taken across the Caribbean Community to the nine National Reparations Committees (NRCs) established to help national governments pursue CARICOM’s quest for reparations from Britain and other European States that benefitted from slavery and native genocide.

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CARICOM Reparations Commission boosts online presence

  The CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) is becoming more accessible online as it seeks to boost its presence by rolling out a new website and new social media platforms via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The website address is www.caricomreparations.org. The Commission can also be found at the following social media addresses https://facebook.com/CARICOMReparations/https://twitter.com/CariReparations, and https://www.instagram.com/caricomreparations/.

 

The CRC’s website is a multimedia portal that aggregates a wide range of print, video, and photo content about the growing reparations movement in the Caribbean and around the world. It contains news reports as well as speeches, lectures and essays by CARICOM leaders, public intellectuals, academics and civil society activists in the Caribbean, North America, Europe and Africa.

 

The website’s scope expands beyond the Caribbean region to encompass content that reflects an emerging global movement for reparatory justice.

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