Saint Lucia’s Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement plans to hold s series of town hall meetings throughout the country, spokesman Peter ‘Ras Ipa’ Isaac says.
Isaac announced plans to hold meetings in Choiseul on July 14 at the Choiseul Secondary School, Laborie on July 16 at the Laborie Primary School and in Soufriere.
He said the date for the Soufriere gathering is tentatively set for July 18.
According to Isaac, Micoud, Babonneau and Castries are also on the list of venues.
He explained that the purpose of the meetings is to sensitise people regarding the BLM movement, black consciousness, social justice and economic empowerment – among other issues.
Isaac said the series of meetings will culminate in a ‘grand affair’ on August 1, which is observed annually as Emancipation Day.
“This Black Lives Matter is not going to stop now – it’s a great awakening and it’s not something that is going to happen for one little moment, one little rally. I think it is a serious organisation that’s needed in Saint Lucia,” he told St Lucia Times.
Isaac observed that there are local groups dealing with women and children, the justice system, human rights and gender relations, while the BLM movement will be looking at African awareness and consciousness and going back to one’s roots.
“The whole question of systematic prejudices in our society, the whole question of economic empowerment and social justice – these are the areas we think we need to give prominence to in the society,” he explained.
According to Isaac, things like poor working conditions and housing, land ownership problems are legacies of slavery and colonialism.
“The standard of living our people have inherited is all a legacy of slavery,” he declared.