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Women's Voices of the Jamaican Diaspora: Our Children Matter

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Women’s Voices of the Jamaican Diaspora: Our Children Matter

By, MICHELLE D. BERNARD Sunday, July 05, 2015 On June 18, 2015, Michelle D. Bernard , president & CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy, delivered the following speech, “Women’s Voices of the Jamaican Diaspora: Our Children Matter,” before the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston on the occasion of their 25th anniversary. Coincidentally, Bernard’s speech was delivered on the final day of the6th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference which took place in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The following is an edited version of her June 18th remarks as delivered at the Jamaica Pegasus. These excerpts of Bernard’s speech were originally published on Sunday, July 5, 2015 in the Jamaica Observer.
I want to thank the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston Jamaica not only for this extraordinary opportunity to speak to you today as we celebrate the club’s 25th anniversary, but also, for bringing me back hom…

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We have previously expressed our position on a number of issues. Since many have resurfaced over the past weeks, we are offering brief comments on a number of them.
Gay Marriage  This ruling came as no surprise to the Mahogany Coconut Group (MCG). We have often expressed the view that denying individuals to choose their marital partners is a denial of their democratic rights. It is no different from denying a murderer the right to trial because we believe that taking a life is wrong. A society hiding behind religious and other positions, cannot seek to control the sexual behavior of consenting adults. Child Abuse  Once again we note the debate about child abuse is raging in Barbados because of the death of a child, who is alleged to have suffered abuse at the hands of his parents. Our correspondents in Bridgetown have informed us that there is now some confusion over the a…

Bajans Celebrate Day in Brooklyn

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The Caribbean Is One Nation. Bajans Celebrate Day in Brooklyn
By Michael Headley
 On Saturday, July 11, 108th Street and Seaview Avenue, in Brooklyn New York - some coincidence- was flooded with Bajans and honourary Bajans, who had gathered to celebrate the Annual Barbados Festival Day. Unlike the Sargassum seaweed, which, unfortunately, has invaded some of the Barbados' lovely beaches, this crowd had blanketed the grass in the Canarsie park with a positive vibe. No lingering threat of workers' strikes prevailed and the weather was typical of the hot Caribbean climate which required the constant intake of liquids to stay hydrated. They came by their hundreds, some in wheel chairs, others assisted by canes, on foot, in cars, public transportation and charted buses to enjoy this day and more so to showcase their pride and industry. There was loud laughter, handshakes, fist bumps, hugs and kisses as friends and fam…