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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ALBA issues Declaration on solidarity with Caribbean

Alba 2017 photo

The Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas (ALBA) grouping has come out in support of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on a number of matters including graduation, reparations, de-risking, and climate change.

The support came in the form of a Declaration of solidarity with the Caribbean that was issued at the conclusion of the Fifth Meeting of ALBA’s Political Council, held in Havana, Cuba on Monday 10 April. CARICOM Member States which are members of ALBA were represented at the Meeting.

Please see Declaration below:

We the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas – People Trade Treaty, at the 15th meeting of its Political Council in Havana:

Recognize the need to face together the challenges in order to achieve sustainable development, including our vulnerabilities as Caribbean countries and in particular as Small Island Developing States and countries in low lying coastal zones, especially in the economic and environmental areas, and to build more just and equitable societies; (more…)

St. Lucian Olympian Levern Spencer supports reparations movement

St. Lucian high jumper and three time Olympian Levern Spencer has given her support for the reparations movement. The champion athlete said she thought her country men and women needed to learn more about the movement. She spoke to the CARICOM team just before participating in a Reparations Relay held to coincide with Jounen Kweyol celebrations last weekend in St. Lucia.

Check out this video clip to hear her views on reparations and why she decided to participate in the relay.

Levern Spencer on Reparations from Caribbean Community on Vimeo.

Olympian Levern Spencer anchors reparations relay in Saint Lucia

 

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It was a scene of excitement in the streets of Castries Saint Lucia on Saturday afternoon when when the national athletes headed by three time Olympian Levern Spencer led the charge in a youth relay passing the reparations baton that culminated in a youth rally at the Derek Walcott Square. The relay began at the Vigie Field in Castries and continued to La Clery, Chaussee Road, Leslie Land , Riverside Road, Laborie Street and then into the Square. The anchor leg of the race was of course ran by three time Olympian High Jumper from St. Lucia Levern Spencer. Everyone who attended was in high spirits and the commitment to reparations displayed by the youth was indeed heartwarming. Stay tuned to this space tomorrow for a video clip from Levern on why she decided to participate in this event.