What is the Problem With Implementing the Disabilities Act?

September 21st, 2017

Yesterday I attended a lunchtime information session at the offices of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Jamaica. Executive Director of the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) in Jamaica, Dr. Carolyn Gomes and Rodje Malcolm of Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) gave us a succinct presentation on the state of human rights on the island. It […]

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We Need More Than a “False Peace”

August 28th, 2017

Today is the 54th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s famous March on Washington and his iconic I Have a Dream speech. His words never fail to move people – even many who have no connection with the U.S. or with the African American experience. Browsing through Twitter this morning, I noted some comments from Dr. […]

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Voices From the Inside: JFJ Explores the Humanity of Jamaicans Behind Bars

November 3rd, 2015

Jamaicans have been talking a lot about prisons, in recent weeks. Many have moved on now to talking about hospitals; but the many issues surrounding our prisons remain, even if we put aside the brouhaha surrounding British Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent visit. A few weeks ago, I attended a public forum organized by Jamaicans […]

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And What is Your Agenda? In Defence of NGOs

August 11th, 2014

What’s on the agenda? I notice that in the past year or so this word has crept into our public discourse. For some commentators it seems to have sinister connotations. As well as certain politically incorrect individuals, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) apparently have “agendas.” Clearly, an organisation that takes up a particular cause or focuses on […]

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