Some Jamaicans take to the streets to March: Nov 19th

The crime rate ( rape & kidnappings of women/children) continues to sore, yet many are hopeful that things will soon change. The following email came to me, just mins ago.

Greetings all:

Please see information below.  All support for this effort will be welcome.  So much of us have been talking on the phones, on verandas about what’s been happening in Jamaica these last three weeks. Here is an opportunity to do something more. Each of us need to stop being crippled by fear and do what we can to make a change.

Wear white for peace. Pass it on. Participate. Jamaica can be so incredibly beautiful, but its currently in crisis.

A group of us have gotten together to do something about this frightening situation that we find ourselves in as a country. With the support of my Lions club, the Lions Club of New Kingston, Blosson Anglin Brown and I have joined a group of women and men to begin to take responsibility for our country.

We have a diverse group who have met, including the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston, Hear the Children Cry, the former President of the JMA  and other individuals and have arranged for a MARCH on Wednesday NOV 19th, 2008 (4 pm) which is the International Day for Prevention of Child Abuse.

We will begin our MARCH from the POLICE OFFICER’S CLUB on Hope Road at 4.00pm.  We will go down Hope Road to Half Way Tree and then turn left on to Half Way Tree Road to Chelsea Ave then turn left on Chelsea Ave to Trafalgar Road, turning right on Trafalgar Road to Knutsford Bouleverd then turn right on to Knutsford Boulevard down to Emancipation Park.

Once in Emancipation Park we will join  the CHILD DEVELOPMENT AGENCY in their Candle Light Vigil which has been planned for this special Day.

Our march is not a public relations event nor is it intended to be a feel good event.It is also not a party political event.We will have no speeches. This is a serious attempt to bring attention to the  situation we are in as a country and to have citizens take personal responsibility for doing something about it. We believe this is just a start and will symbolize the forging of a social partnership where people from all walks of life can come together and take a stand.

We are calling on individual private citizens to  stop being crippled by fear and consider it our duty to do what he or she can to make Jamaica, once again a safe place to be.

Bring pictures of children and women who have been abducted and or killed to show on the march. We are not providing any tee shirts or other paraphernalia.  If you can’t join us a t the start of the march join us along the way. Allow your staff to leave work early so they can join us. Get your friend and neighbors to join us and share this email with others so they can choose to join us.

We pray fervently for God’s Spirit to be with us and to guide our footsteps.

Tribute to President Elect Obama by a Trinidadian Calypsonian

I have always been a great fan of Soca & Calypso music from my fellow Trinidadian people. So when I heard the following piece, I wanted to share it with the world.

Many Jamaican musicians are also signing songs to praise for President elect Barrack Obama.

Expat Observations Shared

As mentioned at earlier Post, my ongoing gathering of Expat stories continues daily in Jamaica. Each time I glance a new Expat in Kingston, I usually want to race over to them and tell them what I am up to, and ask them if they would like to be part of my work. Of course I never do, as I have no idea how I will be perceived or if they would be willing to share personal thoughts with a total stranger.

So what I have been doing, is asking Expats from the communities I belong to , to recruit Expat pals to share. I recently saw a reference to my work and blog address in a local chat room, read by outsiders where I was referenced “as this woman in Kingston who has been interviewing expats” I smiled as that comment sent traffic to my blog and more people are  now aware of my blog and my work as the Kingston based Transition Specialist.

The following piece is an exert from a longer document which was kindly and generously shared  with me, by an Canadian Expat woman who has been living in Falmouth Jamaica, for the last three and a half years.These are her insights as to how she sees Jamaica and how she has adapted to life in the sun.

Some observations about Jamaica:

My husband and I have been heavily involved in Christian churches most of our adult lives so I would say the decisions we made to originally move to Jamaica as well as our subsequent visits have been faith-based not romantically, economically or climate driven. This made a big
difference in how our challenges have been faced as well as our reactions to some hard facts
of life in Jamaica!

 Jamaica has a different spiritual, economical and social reality than where you are
moving from. There is an economic and racial class system that is now fading but is still a harsh
reality to many whether we like it or not. I’ve told everyone for years… Jamaica can be the best and the worst.

1.You will meet the absolutely best people in the world as well as rub shoulders with
murderers.
2.Wonderful sunny days to holiday in or scorch while trying to work.

3.Tasty, delightful foods, but foreign tastes and treats are priced for the rich or tourist
budgets.
4.Traffic: like a video game, which is a great adrenaline rush for the adventurous, or shear
horror.

5.Very friendly…. from a distance, suspicious of motives because everyone wants
something. Society is extremely transactional based.

6.Close commute to the US but a million miles away in opportunities.

7.Moral standards are continually challenged, sexually, financially, and lawfully. Erosion
to the lowest denominator is common unless fought for.

 Offshore Jamaicans adapt to their new environments but often when they return home
they also return to Jamaican mindsets so they seem to radically change from the day
they land ‘at home’.

Hired help is economical but quality is questionable; theft is always an issue because of dire needs.

 Security and safety must be addressed or property and health will be endangered.
Naiveté is rewarded with grief. This is not fear based just reality based. You makeyourself a target if you are the only place in the neighborhood without grills.

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