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Mario Deane Is Only A Statistic, But What An Awful Statistic It Is!

Originally posted on Under the Saltire Flag:


The case of Mario Deane represents a very human and tragic story — a story that should make us all angry. As the cliche goes, he should not be reduced to a statistic. And yet, those statistics tell an important story, one that shouldn’t lessen our anger but should focus it. Here are those statistics:


In the last 20 years in Jamaica, at least 200 people have been killed each year by police. This is not an average. 200 is the lowest number killed in any given year. In some years the figure is actually much higher than that.

To put this into another statistical context, let us consider the UK – a country with a population 23 times higher than Jamaica’s. The UK does not report police killings 23 times more than Jamaica’s. Over the last 20 years a total of 1433 people have died after having had some manner of…

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Woman Hold Your Head And Cry

Originally posted on freedombyanymeans:

Woman Hold Your Head and Cry

Today was supposed to be Groundings #5. We’ve been good about sticking to our twice a month schedule and I had been able to convince Vidya to try a different location this time (High and Hadfield St- a corner close to my heart from People’s Parliament days), so I was looking forward to it.

I had to go to court in the morning, to support my trans friends who had been shot at one night while they were by the Cathedral (even though they got the license number of the vehicle involved, it took over a month and picketing the station for the police to ‘investigate’ and bring charges against the shooters). But Groundings wasn’t until 3pm, so my plan was to go to Court and do a little bit of marketing, then return home to unload and relax during the hottest, mid part…

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Reclaiming Self, Street, Society (for Tyra and Jada and all of us)

Originally posted on freedombyanymeans:

I recently wrote about an encounter I had with a man while I was walking down the street. He offered me a lift (on his squeaky bicycle); I politely declined, and he rode away. As a woman walking alone on the street, such encounters are a regular occurrence. The reason that particular encounter was noteworthy (besides the squeaky bicycle ;) was his calm and non-aggressive response after I declined; other men, more often than not, continue to harass long after disinterest has been made clear. Sometimes their attention turns abusive with rejection and sometimes I have to “play mad” and/or buse them before they leave me alone. So when a man takes ‘no’ quietly- well that is something to write home about. Sad, isn’t it? But that is where we are today as a society.

A couple days after I wrote about bicycle man, I read an article written by…

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Increasing understanding and reducing stigma around mental illness in Guyana

Originally posted on freedombyanymeans:

Increasing understanding and reducing stigma around mental illness in Guyana
Posted on August 1, 2014 In Daily, Features

Starting today, Stabroek News will publish a biweekly column by Sherlina Nageer on various wellness-related issues, including sexual, reproductive, women, and children’s health, nutrition, primary health care, alternative and traditional medicine, chronic diseases, as well as issues around training, monitoring and evaluation, health policy and education among other areas.


My grandmother Gulshan was sent to the ‘Berbice mad house’ not long after she gave birth to my father. For years, no one in my family mentioned her – she was, after all, ‘a mad woman’, and therefore persona non grata. Never mind that there is a valid medical condition called post-partum depression, which has been known to affect mothers in all societies around the world for centuries, and which has been recognised as a real illness by medical professionals for…

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Black Man nah guh know dem selves till dem back against the wall-Beyond the IMF and Geopolitical Economics

Originally posted on 1981:

plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”

“Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.” William Butler Yeats’s poem “The Second Coming,”

If yuh nah pay attention yuh probably wouldn’t notice seh Christine Lagard di IMF lady, just come a Jamaica come tell we fi mek sure we dollar devalue/”right value” ( reach $500 to 1 or more). She and the IMF seh weh we did a do before caan work so it need fi find it right value.

The Government of Jamaica has announced the visit of Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Ms. Christine Lagarde, and her delegation to Jamaica.

On Friday, June 27, 2014, Ms. Lagarde will meet with Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller; Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon…

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Afifa Aza: There’s More to Life Than Just Getting By

Originally posted on Petchary's Blog:

“People are leaving here, because it’s not livable. I want to make it livable.”

I often see Afifa Aza in our favorite café in Kingston, perched at a table with headphones on her ears. She has a self-deprecating smile and tufty hair. She is an artist – an artist who is also an activist. She wants to “guide ideas,” to help them grow. And to help Jamaica grow into a living, breathing, vibrant, inclusive society – so that people will not want to leave. She doesn’t want them to leave (and nor do I). So, we sat down and talked, recently, in our favorite café.

Afifa Aza says she is "grounded in an African/Rastafarian spirituality."

Afifa Aza is “grounded in an African/Rastafarian spirituality.”

Afifa is the co-founder (with feminist Georgia Love, who is an active member of Women’s Media Watch) of two alternative spaces – for art, learning, culture, growth, dialogue. One is SO((U))L HQ, in Stony Hill, just…

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No Science is Neutral : A long hard look at Bain’s Affidavit and the Aftermath  

Originally posted on Groundation Grenada:

 :: by Tonya Haynes & Angelique V. Nixon::

 “Expectations” from The Neighbourhood Report by Barbadian artist Ewan Atkinson

Since the announcement of the termination of Professor Bain’s short post-retirement contract with CHART (Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training Network), there has been a growing movement in protest over his termination. Most recently, the Jamaica Supreme Court has granted an injunction which prevents UWI from removing Bain from the post. And so the story continues to unfold and the issues at hand debated from a variety of perspectives. What is most intriguing, however, is the way in which the affidavit itself has been framed as neutral and an objective use of research.

Noted writers and scholars such as Carolyn Cooper and Kei Miller have argued that having read Professor Bain’s affidavit there was very little in it that was objectionable, that essentially he is a scientist reporting “facts.” Even though Kei Miller…

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