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.

We are not begging! CARICOM Official on Reparations

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We are not begging! That’s the word from Programme Manager, Culture and Community Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Dr. Hilary Brown in her remarks at a Reparations Rally held at the Derek Walcott Square in Castries Saint Lucia on Saturday. The event was preceded by a Reparations relay that was anchored by three time Olympian Levern Spencer.

We are not living in the past; we are claiming what is rightly ours that was lost or stolen from us.  And most of all what we lost was our right to culture and identity, to loving and appreciating who we are; it was the ideology of racism that we have inherited from centuries of oppression, which denigrates and devalues everything black and everything African, said Dr. Brown

According to Dr. Brown, the CARICOM Reparations Commission sees the persistent racial victimization of the descendants of slavery and genocide as the root cause of their suffering today and sees this history of slavery and colonialism as the primary cause of development failure in the Caribbean. She said this was the reason the Commission has outlined a Caribbean Reparatory Justice Ten Point Action Plan. She said the plan would address the deficiencies inherited from these periods of oppression.

A Ten point Action Plan to address the health and education crisis, the identity and self hatred crisis, the debt crisis, science and technology crisis and the persistent poverty of people of African descent and those of the indigenous people. A Ten point Action Plan to improve our knowledge and appreciation of our heritage and of the African continent and to facilitate repatriation of our people.  This is what Reparations is all about.

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Reparations being sought from developmental perspective – CARICOM official

Programme Manager, Culture and Community Development, CARICOM Secretariat – Dr Hilary Brown from Caribbean Community on Vimeo.

Programme Manager, Culture and Community Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Dr. Hilary Brown has sought to clarify that reparations for the Region are being sought more from a developmental perspective rather than to receive monetary compensation. (more…)

Everyone invited to join reparations events – NRC Chairman Saint Lucia

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St. Lucia NRC Chairman Earl Bousquet says everyone is invited to join the events being hosted this weekend on reparations. The events are being held to coincide with World Creole Day and St. Lucia Creole Heritage Month.

The first is a National Youth Forum at the Castries City Hall on Friday October 28. On Saturday October 29 a CARICOM Reparations Baton Relay which culminates in a Rally at the Dereck Walcott Square will be held. During the relay a special baton will be passed from Antigua and Barbuda to St. Lucia. Mr. Bousquet explained that the passing of the baton at the rally on Saturday would be significant since it was being passed to each Member State that had a National Reparations Commission. He was speaking at a press conference on Thursday  at the Office of the Prime Minister in St. Lucia.

Regional Youth Coordinator, Reparations, Richard Berwick also spoke at the press conference. He encouraged the youth to fully participate in the activities especially the youth forum. He said young people needed to get involved so that the work on reparations would continue into the future. He also explained that a number of preconceived notions about reparations would be addressed at the youth forum and posited that as another reason for persons to attend. According to Mr. Berwick reparations was not just a one time thing and dialogue and efforts would not stop Sunday after the events come to a close.

This is our fight, this is our war… we have to rewrite the history books he said.

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