July102014
July92014

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

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…

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July72014

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

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…

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July22014
So it was never about truth all along. Or science. Or freedom of speech. Or the children. It was and is about being able to publicly express bigoted anti-homosexual views without social censure or professional repercussions. Stirring up hate while professing Christian love.
From No Science is Neutral: A Long Hard Look at the Bain Affidavit and the Aftermath

So it was never about truth all along. Or science. Or freedom of speech. Or the children. It was and is about being able to publicly express bigoted anti-homosexual views without social censure or professional repercussions. Stirring up hate while professing Christian love.

From No Science is Neutral: A Long Hard Look at the Bain Affidavit and the Aftermath

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

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 terminationof 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…

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July12014

Queens Igniting Fires to End Violence Against Women in the Virgin Islands!

Queens Igniting Fires to End Violence Against Women in the Virgin Islands!

Originally posted on In BOLD Rebirth Consulting:

” Queen Mary, oh where you gon’ go burn?
Queen Mary oh where you gon’ go burn?
Don’t ask me nothin’ at all. Just give me the match and oil.
Bassin Jailhouse, ah there the money there.
Don’t ask me nothin’ at all. Just give me the match and trash.
We gon’ burn Bassin come down,
And…

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June302014

Pride Mubarak

Guest post by Lina Free

So does Ramadan mean no sex for the whole month? Hello- I’m not that kind of Muslim! Ha ha, I just troubling u girl; I kno the thing- my father was Muslim. Eh heh? Yes, Salahuddin was his name. But is only me outta my brothers and sisters get that name. How come? He was always drunk, never had time for us. But I was the last chile; my mother said he felt sorry by then.…

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June252014

Calling Caribbean Feminist Bloggers!

It will take you less than a min to join the #CatchAFyah Caribbean Feminist Online hub & share your blogging with a pan-Caribbean community of activists, artists, feminist and social justice workers from the region & diaspora!

Sign on! Re-blog! Share!  This is our space!

http://redforgender.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/catchafyah-caribbean-feminist-network-needs-you/

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May182014

Break Your Silence - Speech Delivered at the Award Ceremony of the Inaugural Walter Rodney Foundation Creative Writing Competition

Break Your Silence – Speech Delivered at the Award Ceremony of the Inaugural Walter Rodney Foundation Creative Writing Competition

Originally posted on The Guyanese Experience:

In the company of very few, I delivered the following address at the Award Ceremony of the Inaugural Walter Rodney Foundation Creative Writing Competition. Minister of Culture Frank Anthony sat alongside UG’s Dr. Mark Tumbridge in an otherwise empty front row . Guyana Prize winner Ruel Johnson sat with two or three others in the back row. And when…

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May112014

Mama’s Day Poetry Playlist

Mama’s Day Poetry Playlist

If mothering is the kind of work that makes all other kinds of work possible why are mothers and grandmothers turning to the media as a last resort to plead for jobs and housing for themselves and their families? Why have we not figured out a way to nourish and support mothers in the work that they do? Why is motherhood often impoverishing? Why do women as group earn less than men as a group…

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May102014

New Fence

divineanddemonic:

no angels here
just girls with problems
lying
crying rape
running
from their
fenced in freedom

new fence
guvment money spent


is not a prison
more like school
inmates run free
too free
if you ask me
and fass

new fence
guvment money spent


Bring proof
official report
truth
facts
that can stand up on their own

dem gal en no saint
not one file official complaint

new fence
guvment money spent
and dey running
from their freedom

poem found in the words of a callous politician

copyright Tonya Haynes 2014

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Practical, Tactical Tech with Tonya Haynes

ICT and Social Media workshop for activists in Barbados. Will take place during the Crop Over season.

Practical, Tactical Tech with Tonya Haynes

ICT and Social Media workshop for activists in Barbados. Will take place during the Crop Over season.

April242014

Caribbean Leaders are No Angels, They are Politicians with Problems

Caribbean Leaders are No Angels, They are Politicians with Problems

Vile and Oblivious Politicians Support State Violence Against Children

At least three recent stories in Caribbean media have highlighted the systemic rape of boys and girls in state care and the horror houses known as children’s homes.  Getting raped while literally under the care and protection of the state is a reprehensible violation and denial of bodily autonomy.  Fleeing sexual abuse is what…

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April232014

hijabirevolution:

Women Welcome in St Vincent Mosque (Caribbean).

A recent trip to the Caribbean island of St Vincent brought me to a beautiful Musalla (an open space outside of a Mosque used for praying) in the city of Belair. Unlike my visits to Grenada and Antigua, this building was a bit harder to find since it’s information isn’t online. Thankfully, an old friend of my father’s took me into the mountains where this humble and colourful place of worship is located. 

I was happy to see that men and women enter through the same door and share equal prayer areas. The women’s section is a bit elevated and separated by a large window and beautiful latice doorway. Through discussion with Brother Qudamah I learned that the island’s small Muslim community (about 100 people) is made up of local people and university students from countries like Nigeria and Kashmir. And not only are women welcome here, but the musalla is the bottom floor of a Muslim woman’s home. Pretty amazing.

One of the best parts was speaking with Brother Qudamah about mosque politics. He couldn’t understand why many mosques in Barbados don’t make room for women. I realized I wasn’t alone in my outrage, but I was also encouraged to see one more Caribbean island where some Muslims are practicing Islam that values and welcomes women’s presence in prayer spaces. Rather than praying in the designated women’s section Brother Qudamah didn’t think twice to say we should pray together.

It’s been an eye-opening and emotional journey visiting these Mosques and Musalla’s in the Caribbean. I realize that I am not alone in my beliefs, both political and religious, and it’s been a wonderful experience to pray in such beautiful settings.  

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