Message to the St. Lucia Reparations Event from Don Rojas

Your Excellencies,
Members of the diplomatic Corps,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Sisters and Brothers of St. Lucia.

Please accept my apologies for not being present at this important event but currently I’m on my way to Canada for a family funeral. However, I wish to congratulate the National Reparations Commission of St. Lucia for organizing this function and allow […]

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Two hundred years after emancipation, ‘Are we there yet?’

By Christopher Famous

Are we there yet?

This is a question frequently asked by persons on a journey to a place not yet known to them.

In 1834, England declared that all enslaved persons throughout the British Empire were to be set free of slavery. August 1st was to be their emancipation day.

Ah, at long last, the elusive […]

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Don’t forget Emancipation Day, says Comissiong

As thousands of Barbadians take to the streets today for Kadooment Day celebrations, Pan-Africanist David Comissiong reminded them of the significance of the observance of Emancipation Day on August 1st.

Addressing a rally at Bussa’s Statue at Haggat Hall, St Michael to mark the occasion, Comissiong suggested that Kadooment Day is overshadowing Emancipation Day celebrations and […]

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Kambon Calls for Reparations

By COREY CONNELLY (Sunday Express, July 31 2016)

Emancipation observances reache its crescendo, tomorrow, with the traditional Kambule procession through the streets of Portof- Spain and, later, the grand cultural show at the Lidj Yasu Omowale Village, Queen’s Park Savannah.

And while many African descendants would have participated fully in the various events leading up to tomorrow’s […]

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Jamaica Emancipation Vigils Keep Celebratory Atmosphere of Abolition Alive

With 176 years since slavery was officially abolished in Jamaica, the celebratory atmosphere that existed, in the hours leading up to Emancipation Day (August 1) is still kept alive through the yearly staging of Emancipation anniversary vigils island-wide.
Normally held on the 31st of July, starting at approximately 9:00 p.m. in major town capitals throughout the […]

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Establishment of The Bahamas National Reparations Committee

The following is a press statement by Fred Mitchell, Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration made on March 24th, 2014:

At the Thirty-First Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Regular Meeting held 23 July 2013, the Heads agreed on an action plan on the matter of reparations for native genocide and slavery, […]

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Jamaica Calculates Its Reparations Money

By Bert Wilkinson

As governments and the civil society movement prepare for a major conference on reparations in idyllic Antigua next month, the Jamaicans have not surprisingly fired the first salvo in the battle over the amount that nations such as Britain would have to pay for their role in the brutal trans­Atlantic slave trade.

Jamaica’s […]

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Cuba Supports Caribbean Reparations

Cites Haitian Revolution as “forerunner” of liberation movements in Latin America and Caribbean

NEW YORK, United States, Monday September 29, 2014, CMC – Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla has called for “profound reform” of the United Nations, starting with the 15­member Security Council, saying that the Secretary­General should be “an advocator and guarantor of international […]

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Barbados Prime Minister Explains Unemployment Through Caribbean Slave History

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday June 9, 2014, CMC – Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has cited traditional high Caribbean unemployment as a reason for current challenges to the National
Insurance Service (NIS) fund that pays relief benefits to workers who lose their jobs.

Derek Osbourne, an actuary at the Bahamian company, Horizonnow Consultants, who conducted an actuarial review […]

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We Must not Apologize for Reparations Demands

By Renwick Rose

I remain unapologetic in my support for, and advocacy on, the issue of reparations for the victims of genocide of the indigenous people of the Caribbean and the inhuman trade in African people. It is my fervent hope that the vast majority of the people of the Caribbean, here and in the diaspora, […]

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