Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, August, 22, 2017 – Montego Bay – Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the Government is moving to clear National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Marcus Garvey, of all criminal charges that were laid against him in Jamaica.Addressing a civic ceremony to commemorate the 130th birthday of Jamaica’s first National Hero, held at Lawrence Park, St. Ann, on August 17, the Minister said a Bill is being finalised that is aimed at absolving a number of iconic Jamaicans, including Mr. Garvey, of what she described as “acts of liberation”. The Bill will be presented to Parliament.“We continue to argue that Garvey’s actions were not criminal, but were acts of liberation with moral justification. The Bill should be brought to the House in October to absolve National Heroes, including Garvey, and other freedom fighters of criminal liabilities arising from their acts of liberation and connected matters. By including Garvey in this Bill, we are moving to ensure that his record will be totally cleared,” the Minister said.Ms. Grange said despite several failed attempts to get Marcus Garvey’s name cleared of criminal charges in the United States, the Government remains unrelenting in efforts to achieve that goal.“As a country, we have done a number of things to honour this great son of Jamaica and to remove the blots against his name… . We cannot give up this fight to clear his name,” the Minister emphasised.Meanwhile, Ms. Grange said in bad and good times, Jamaicans can take courage from the work of the National Hero as well as the statue which stands tall in Lawrence Park, St. Ann’s Bay.“Garvey’s statue looms large, and is a reminder of his influence on the world stage, a reminder of his determination, not just to uplift black people but to help us understand our innate power. In true Jamaican style, Garvey showed that nothing is impossible, despite opposition,” the Minister added.She praised Marcus Garvey for the role he played in influencing world leaders and power brokers to stop and take a look, not only at him and his work but at Jamaica, the country of his birth.The Minister said that the government of Namibia has advised the Jamaican Government that the main street in that country’s capital, Windhoek, will be renamed in honour of Marcus Garvey, with the ceremony set for later this year.
KUSI Newsroom January 11, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar attended a round-table discussion on U.S.-Mexico border security at the White House today. Gaspar and several sheriffs from border communities in Texas highlighted violent acts committed by immigrants living in the country illegally.Gaspar noted that San Diego County relies heavily on inter-border commerce but also told the panel of San Diego’s issues with drug and sex trafficking, claiming illegal immigration exacerbates both industries.According to Gaspar, sex trafficking in San Diego County — an $800 million industry — is a direct result of “insecurity at our border.”“Twenty-two hundred miles from Washington, D.C., representatives like me are held accountable by these families and these victims each and every day while a standoff continues here,” Gaspar said at the discussion. “And so, I challenge our congressional members to meet with these families, to meet with these victims, to look them in the eye and tell them that this is not a crisis.”Gaspar’s office did not respond to a request for comment on her attendance at the round-table.At the roundtable, President Donald Trump backed off his previous threats to declare a national emergency to fully build his signature wall on the country’s southern border.A Thursday NBC report also detailed that the White House has considered diverting Army Corps of Engineers disaster relief funding originally meant to help Puerto Rico and California toward funding the wall.The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to take steps to support immigrants such as asylum seekers in San Diego, including directing the chief administration office to find properties in which to shelter asylum-seeking migrants.Gaspar and fellow Supervisor Dianne Jacob voted against the board’s proposal to find places to shelter asylum seekers. KUSI Newsroom, San Diego County Supervisor Gaspar discusses border security at the White House Posted: January 11, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter