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Monday, May 29, 2006
Dear Friends of Guyana,

I'm writing you on behalf of the Canada-Guyana Forum, which I am a member of, a non-partisan loose network of concerned Guyanese that has been in existence for over a decade. I am also a Guyanese professor at the University of Toronto.

In April this year we held a meeting to talk about crime, security and violence in Guyana, and had a wonderful turnout. It was a multi-racial, multi-generational audience, everyone wanting to express their concern for Guyana and to think about what we in the diaspora could contribute to the conversation. One of the things we realised was the divisions among Guyanese, which often prevents us from having conversations with each other, where we do not have to all agree, but where at least we can begin (again) to learn listening to and respecting each other.

With all the feedback, we are holding a follow up meeting, and are hoping to get the word out far and wide. We also want to encourage Guyanese organisations (there are so many!!) in Toronto to be represented at this meeting, where we can begin to explore what it means to talk about Guyana in ways that do not dissolve into accusation and counter-accusation, where we can disagree and retain respectful relations with each other.

Please pass the word out far and wide among your membership, and please turn up. If any of you has information for other Guyanese organisations, please send the name and e-mail contact for the executive to me, and please encourage your organisation to send some representatives. We want to continue the conversation we began last month, and to continue to find a way to speak across our differences respectfully. All best D. Alissa Trotz on behalf of the members of the Canada Guyana Forum

Give me a little freedom, different from this

Martin Carter, Poems of Affinity (1980)

THE CANADA-GUYANA FORUM

Invites Guyanese to an initial conversation on Guyana
Now in Crisis

DATE: SATURDAY JUNE 24, 2006

PLACE: Malvern Community Centre

30 Sewells Rd, Scarborough

Nielson & Sewells

416-396-4054

TIME: 4 P.M. 6 P.M.

For further information contact us at: canadaguyanaforum@yahoo.com

Or call

Sister Hazel Campayne (416-920-0132)

Jai Parasram (416-289-1346)

Ken Panaram (905-417-7825)

D. Alissa Trotz (416-978-8286

Oma Sewhdat (905-841-2575)

Driving Directions: 410 to Neilson, Go North on Neilson to Sewells Rd.

PLEASE PASS THE WORD ON!!!!!