Over thirty years ago the United States invaded Grenada, following the killing of the leader of the Revolution, Maurice Bishop and others. Their stated aim was to protect American students who were attending a private medical school in the country.
Their real objective was to ensure that the Revolution was quashed, following its collapse caused by the death of Bishop. To ensure that it did not return they placed the remaining leaders of the Revolution on trial for the murder of Bishop in a specially constituted court, with hired judges, a foreign prosecution team and existing judicial officials replaced by foreign hirelings.… Read on ...
Statement by Anne Hickling-Hudson, Noreen Scott, Jean Tate, Jacqueline McKenzie and Dennis Bartholomew
Phyllis Coard died in Jamaica on 6th September 2020 at the age of 76, just two months short of her 77th birthday on 2nd November 2020. She has been remembered as a champion of the rights of women and children for the work that she organised and collectively implemented in Grenada during the Grenada revolution (1979 – 1983) led by Maurice Bishop. Two reports in e-newspapers in Grenada and Barbados (‘The New Today’, September 6th 2020, and ‘Barbados Today’, September 6th 2020) commenting on her life and death, contain statements that need to be put in context so as to help readers avoid misunderstandings.… Read on ...
Many will know that Jeremy Corbyn has been a long-time fighter for racial equality in the United Kingdom and across the world. Many will also know the stalwart work he did in support of the Grenada Revolution.
Following its collapse in October 1983 he worked tirelessly to ensure that the remaining leaders of the Revolution were not executed on trumped up charges, brought by the invading US forces in a “kangaroo court”. Many will know how hard he worked to secure their release from their false imprisonment.
He was, and still remains, the President of the Committee For Human Rights In Grenada (UK), the organisation that led both campaigns, having been in this position since 1993.… Read on ...
A Summary Tribute by Sister Jacqueline Mckenzie
My friend Phyllis Coard, former Minister of Women’s Affairs during the Grenada Revolution, 1979 – 1983, and co founder of the National Women’s Organisation of Grenada has died today at her home in Jamaica aged 76.
Phyllis was one of 17 people and the only woman, convicted of the murder of Maurice Bishop, members of the People’s Revolutionary Government and civilians on October 19 1983 culminating in the illegal invasion of Grenada ordered by US president Ronald Reagan. The trial of the 17 was characterised by errors and widely criticised by legal jurists. She was sentenced to death but was released from prison on compassionate grounds in 2000.
“WE WANT WE LEADER”
Campaign to Recover the Remains of the Slain Grenadian Leaders
The remains of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and others were seized by the US forces and have not been returned to their families
Timeline – briefing document published
On the 25th October 2020 the Committee for Human Rights in Grenada – UK (CHRG-UK), supported by Grenada – Forward Ever and Caribbean Labour Solidarity, launched a campaign to recover the remains of the slain leaders of the Grenada Revolution. They were killed on Fort Rupert, St Georges, Grenada on the 19th of October 1983. Their bodies were recovered and retained by the US forces that invaded the country a few days later.
An Appeal from the Grenada High Commissioner
Following the COVID-19 lockdown of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique the Executive Committee of Grenada – Forward Ever contacted the Grenada High Commission to see in what was our organisation could help the people of the tri-state. Some of use are in a position to help those needing help and we encourage this.
Although we have not received a direct response from the GHC we have been supplied with the following message from Her Excellency Kisha A. Grant, High Commissioner of Grenada.
I bring you greetings from the High Commission of Grenada here in London.… Read on ...
It is with great sorrow that we have to inform followers of Grenada – Forward Ever of the recent passing of Ed Spring. He was an exceptional fighter in the cause of liberation for all people and one of the many dear friends of Grenada and its Revolution. It is with much sadness that we pay this tribute to such an outstanding figure.
“Comrade” Ed, as he was known to many, was a community organiser, a campaigner for social justice, an artist and a communist. Like many close friends we could not remember when we met Ed. Some had know him from his time in the Communist Party of Great Britain and others from his time as a leader of the Tottenham Community Project (TCP), located on the High Road, a short distance from the football club.… Read on ...
Economic Winds of Post COVID-19 Impact Being Felt in Grenada
By Michael Durn
An occasional correspondent for G-FE
Strategic economic decisions taken by successive governments have made the economy of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique heavily dependent on tourism. The most recent figures state that agriculture contributes 11% of GDP, with industry and services responsible for 20% and 69% respectively. The services element of the economy is made up, in large part, of tourism and associated services. Fifteen years ago the government illustrated its commitment to tourism as the foundation of Grenada’s economy by building a dedicated cruise terminal and integrated shopping centre in the capital St Georges.… Read on ...
Many are proposing COVID-19 solutions for the countries of the Caribbean region. Whilst a few wish to see business as usual for many citizens there has to be a “new normal”, which sees a radical move away from tourism and cruise ship visits. A debate is raging across Grenada about a return to agriculture, within a modern economic structure. Here Yao Atunwa, in an excellent article, argues persuasively in Now Grenada for a change from the old ways to the new normal.
“…I recall then-deputy Prime Minister, Bernard Coard, at the launching of Grenada Agro-Industries reminding attendees and the nation on a whole, that 400 years had elapsed and still the private sector did not seek to process the mangoes and guavas and other fruits rotting on the ground.… Read on ...