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Sunday, April 23, 2006
Observations...
I justed wanted to discuss a few observations from the meeting yesterday which was extremely well-organized and helpful to many concerned Guyanese such as myself who want to know exactly what is occuring in Guyana during these difficult times. Of course, the event was marked by the tragic news of the assassination of Minister Satyadeow Sawh and his brother and sister which I believe led a certain level of urgency to the discussion.

I want to thank everyone who took time away from their busy schedules to attend what I believe is a most important event which will lay the foundation for what Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine described as "national reconciliation" and I know that most of the people who attended yesterday are ready to take some form of action to help out their brothers and sisters in Guyana who are subjected to incompetence, apathy, rampant corrupion and criminal activity on a daily basis. In addition, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the organizers of the meeting (Sr.Hazel Campayne, Jai Parasram, Alissa Trotz, Derek
Kowlessar and of course Dr. Roopnariane) who performed a tremendous service to us all by answering addressing all of our questions and concerns about what is happening in Guyana...

To begin with, Dr. Roopnaraine's sharp wit, firm grasp of the political structure within Guyana were extremely informative as I found him to be extremely articulate and sensitive to the needs of all Guyanese. It was not a meeting designed to discuss the flaws within the system but moreso, a forum which I believe helped us to find some common ground as we Guyanese abroad begin to organize assert our own pressence within the Diaspora...

To begin the process of reconcialation will no doubt be a difficult challenge especially since the powers that be in Guyana do not appear interested in coming to the table and working with all political parties for the collective good of the country... As a result, it is necessary that Guyanese abroad take action to put pressure on not only our local political officials but also, we must put aside our own differences (we are collectively a fractured entity comprised of several different sub-groups and cliques) and work together towards commmon or shared objectives...

To that end, I believe there needs to be ONE clear organization formed that must concenrate on some of the following:

1)We must talk to each newspaper work on an acceptable deal whereby we place an advertisement in ALL three media outlets condemning the recent violence and lingering apathy of current political administration... I believe that Guyanese abroad do have a great deal of political power when you consider the resources available to us and the fact that we are not forced to live under the same environment as our brothers and sisters in Guyana...

2)There must be efforts made to educate the youth in Guyana about the harm they are doing in voting along the same lines as their parents and grandparents as they are institionalizing racial politics and sealing their fate and the fate of their children... It was mentioned in the discussion that the youth of Guyana who hold the future of Guyana within their grasp, have not learned from archaic voting methods of previous generations...They must be educated and told their future and the future of Guyana is very much interwoven and as a result, they are only doing themselves harm by simply voting by race and not by issues such as education, employment and foreign investment...Currently, the Guyanese youth that I talk to on a regular basis are filled with a sense of hopelessness that pervades their lives like a dark cloud... We must take steps to remove this veil that hinders their vision...

3) We must apply presure through ads, letters, emails to reform the political system within Guyana... I am not intelligent enough to offer a blueprint that can used as a step-by-step method however, I will say that perhaps it is time to form a committee with the endorsement of all the political parties within Guyana that examines issues of constitutional reform... The fact that we are sitting on a potential time bomb with the dissolution of parliament (May ??)before the electorial process can begin (August) only reaffirms the idea that Guyana is still living in the past when it comes to such things...

4)We must put pressure in the form of ads, letters, emails ... for the current administration to seek outside help to solve the crime and drug problem within Guyana... I am by no means an expert on who are criminals or where they are located but, as discussed in the meeting, drug business appears to be flourishing while all other legit enterprises struggle to survive... We do not have the resources to stop or even put a serious dent into the narcotics business and so, we must swallow our pride and ask for foreign intervention of some kind... I am sure that people such as Bush would have more of a keen ear to listen to our problems when someone reminds him how close we are to Chavez...

I suppose that concludes my rant except that I am most grateful to all who attended the meeting and I must simply say, that the time for action is upon us if we want to save our Guyana which now appears teetering on the precipice...

My advice for immediate action against the dark forces that have arisen to display their power is for all of us to make a concerted effort to not only discuss ideas and strategies but to take an ad in all three papers renouncing such criminal activity and publicly calling out the government and political parties to seek outside intervention to deal with the situation before it becomes unsolvable...



jono