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Title: Struggle official organ of the Workers Liberation League
Uniform Title: Struggle (Kingston, Jamaica)
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 41 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Workers' Liberation League (Jamaica)
Workers' Liberation League (Jamaica)
Workers Party of Jamaica
Publisher: The League
Place of Publication: Kingston
Kingston
Publication Date: February 9, 1977
Frequency: bimonthly[mar.-apr. 1986-]
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Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Jamaica   ( lcsh )
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Summary: Struggle was published first as a mimeographed newsletter in 1974 when the Workers Liberation League was formed. It was edited by Rupert Lewis and he continued as editor when Struggle became the organ of the Workers Party of Jamaica in 1978. In the 1980s editors included Elean Thomas, Elaine Wallace and Ben Brodie. The Workers Liberation League grew out of the political initiative of academics - Trevor Munroe, Rupert Lewis as well as Don Robotham, Derek Gordon who studied in the University of Chicago in the early 1970s and were connected to activists in the Black Panther Movement and African-American radicals in the Communist Party of the United States. The latter group formed the Paul Bogle League which brought together academics, working class and community activists who read and discussed Karl Marx’s Capital and Lenin’s political writings and sought to build on Jamaica’s radical traditions in the trade union movement and in the People’s National Party from the 1930s to the 1960s. The Paul Bogle League was also involved with the formation of the University and Allied Workers Union in the early 1970s and worked with the Independent Trade Union Action Council. Politically the Workers Liberation League gave critical support to Michael Manley’s democratic socialist program in the 1970s.
Issuing Body: Vols. for -1978 issued by Workers' Liberation League; 1979- by Workers' Party of Jamaica.
General Note: Description based on surrogate of: Issue no. 28 (June 16, 1977); title from caption.
General Note: Latest issue consulted: Apr.-May 1986 (surrogate).
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SSTH WORER I IL

OffICIAL ORGAN Of TIR WORKRS LIREt RA ION If AU


S PRICE TEN CENTS
Vo014 No27


II II LF Q i77


Political Position Of W.L.L.
ts itself in the following main develop- sion of a strong progressive element
ig resolution on the politi- ments: in the newly established Council
m was passed at a recent of Ministers, and the directive role
the Central Committe of the a) the massive defeat of the JLP under of the Council of Ministers over the
29-30, 1977. All comrades Seaga and the significant role play- Cabinet;


must careJfuly stuay this resolution c.
and apply it to their political work.

ON THE PRESENT SITUATION, THE COMING
PERIOD AND OUR IMMEDIATE TASKS

1. Since the September meeting of the
Central Committee, the acuteness of the
national economic crisis and the height-
ening of political consciousness in the
course of the election campaign sharpen-
ed the struggle between the main classes
and hastened decisions concerning the
course of the country's development. In
the course of the struggles during this
period, a shift has taken place in the
balance of political forces in the coun-
try towards democracy and against imper-
ialism and reaction. This shift reflec-


ed by the activity of the masses in
bringing about this defeat;

b) the rejection of pro-imperialist so-
lutions to the economic crisis by
the political leadership of the na-
tional movement, in particular the
rejection of the devaluation of the
Jamaican dollar and the declarations
in favour of the dominance of the
state sector as well as the develop-
ment of broad ties with the social-
ist community;
c) the strengthening of the left, demo-
cratic trend in the political direc-
torate, in particular Manley's app-
ointment of D.K. Duncan as Minister
of National Mobilisation, the inclu-


Loopholes in package
The tax of 25% on entertainment, home
E working people are being asked to allowance, etc., has a limit of
! up wage increases for six months $6,000. So all the leading capital-
to tighten their belts, loopholes ists, managers and civil servants
the wealthy continue to exist: earning over $20,000 with allowances
sometimes totalling more than $20,000
eople who have left or are leaving will only have $6,000 taxed.
he country can still get up to $4000
f the Minister of Finance allows it. Despite the wage freeze wage increa-
ses for the managers ana capitalists
etween now and April the same people are given by "promoting" individuals
an take out at least $1,000 in addi- to "positions" with a higher pay. Un-
ion. fortunately there is no such "promo-
tion" for the working class, who are
e so-called exceptions for "humani- being asked to give up their retroac-
an" reasons can become the rule un- tivity. Managerial positions must be
working people know these things clearly defined and known so that
speak up. In the case of the income trade union representatives can keep
he upper middle class and wealthy: an eye on this abuse.

Is this justice?


d) the incorporation of democratic,
anti-imperialist elements into im-
portant positions in the state appa-
ratus, in particular the appoint-
ments of Dr. Norman Girvan as Direc-
tor of National Planning and Dr.
George Beckford as Director of Agra-
rian Reform;
e) the impending state acquisition of
Radio Jamaica and official pressure
to isolate the Daily Gleaner, the
main media arm of the oligarchy;
f) the advancement of plans for a demo-
cratic constitutional reform, worker
participation and the creation of
popular organs including the organi-
sea involvement of the citizenry in
the discharge of the security func-
tions of the state through the Na-
tional Home Guard.

2. Nevertheless the balance of forces
has not shifted decisively in favour of
the forces of democracy and social pro-
gress. The bourgeois classes still re-
tain the upper hand in important sectors
of the state and unpatriotic elements
enjoy free rein over key institutions in
the government. CONT'D PAGE 3



Greenwich

Town Unites
ON February 3rd ov- established clear
er 300 people came aims.
out to witness the
launching of the In his opening
Greenwich Town You- speech President
th and Community Freddie Dalberry,
Organisation. This who is highly re-
marked a big step garded in the com-
forward since last munity said the
year when during main objectives of
the height of the the organisation
political violence were:
the people united
to defend themsel- 1. To promote more
ves. community awareness


Struggle, June 9,
1976, then carried
a feature article
entitled "Community
Defence in Greenwi-
ch Town". The ar-
ticle assisted and
encouraged other
communities to fol-
low this example.

Since then 112
founding members of
the Greenwich Town
Youth and Community
Organisation have
elected an execu-
tive, set up 8 com-
mittees to run com-
munity affairs and


among our citizens;

2. To mobilize and
harness all our re-
sources for the be-
nefit of the com-
munity;

3. To make our
community self-
sufficient through
self-help program-
mes such as co-ops,
e.g. fishing, vege-
table farms and
sports complex;

4. To support the
government in its


THE follow
cat situati;
meeting of
WLL, January


PART of the audience at the launching of the Greenwich Town Youth and Community
Organisation. At right is guest speaker, Dr. Trevor Munroe, WLL General Secretary.


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welico shoe co. CAPITALIST 2



MISMANAGEMENT
S the Prime Minister in wages came when By the end of 1976 $10 a week for bus He went on to ex-
THE name Welco demanding that gov- the minimum wage only $2,000 of the fare and lunch; af- plain that this is
may have meant no- ernment hold an in- law came into ef- overdraft was out- ter NIS, Housing the same thing
thing to most peo- stigation into fect; management- standing. Yet for Trust and union co- practised by the
a few months the operations of worker relations all their efforts ntributions is only multinational for-
ago, though many wa as very bad and not a red cent was $8.00 left". eign firms with
Jamaicans wear san- the company with a
dals and shoes, s- view to instituting management itself given to the work- headquarters in tl
dai and shpopes, some form of work- got worse until by ers as pay increase Eight dollars in US and branches in
ar HI-PALS" brand er control or work- the end of 1975 the for the part they fact can hardly buy Jamaica. Showing

made by the workers er participation in wat thee told played. In fact a pair of shoes, how imperialism is
at Well Shoe Co. order to keep the p was since 1976 they just capitalism
at Wllant running. in the red by some have been working Coming to the end practised on-a hi,


Ltd, a subsidiary
of R. Hanna and
Sons Ltd. of Port
Royal Street. This
is a dry-goods mer-
chant house with
some 28 trading
outlets scattered
all over Kingston.


On Friday, January
21st, instead of a
shut-down, a "phas-
ing out" process
started with 50 out
of the 78 workers
being laid off. An-
other letter was


On the 10th of Jan- sent to te rrlme
uary of this year Minister asking for
Wellco made the early action and
news when the daily inviting him to vi-
papers told the sit the plant.
public of a deci-
sion by the Wellco Bought Out
management to close
down the plant be- Wellco was origin-
cause of a lack of ally a US firm set
sufficient materia- up in the late fif-
ls and supplies, ties to take advan-
These supplies tage of Jamaican
chemicals, leather, export-encourage-
etc. are impor~te ment laws which al-
from the US and the lowed them among
public assumed that other things to im-
government import port raw materials
restrictions were duty free. They
responsible for took advantage of
this situation, the "tax holidays"


Not So
"Not so!" said the
workers at Wellco.
They were presented
with this horror
when they returned
from the customary
3 weeks Christmas
holidays and they
charge that the
management of the
factory is guilty
of gross mismanage-
ment and sabotage.

They immediately
sent a letter to


Following is a let-
ter from the Uni-
versity and Allied
Workers Union to
the Minister of
Agriculture.


Dear Minister,
I AM writing to you
concerning the ex-
tremely grave con-
dition facing fema-
le agricultural
workers on govern-
ment farms and, in
particular, the
terrible suffering
of women labourers
presently employed
at the Caenwood
Agricultural Sta-
tion in Portland.
At this Station
there are at pre-


and the very low
wages and produced
footwear mainly for
sale on the US mar-
ket. Around 1973
the company was
bought out by R.
Hanna and Sons Ltd.
It continued to ex-
port to the US but
focussed on the lo-
cal and CARICOM
markets. Since
that day no im-
provements were
made to the plant
and facilities. The
biggest improvement


sent 36 female wor-
kers engaged in
weeding, potting
of plants, tending
to the nursery and
other forms of
agricultural lab-
our. MANY OF THESE
WOMEN HAVE BEEN
DOING THIS WORK FOR
OVER TWENTY FIVE
YEARS. ALL OF THEM
HAVE CHILDREN TO
LOOK AFTER SOME
SEVEN AND EIGHT
CHILDREN HOMES TO
KEEP UP BY THEMSEL-
VES AND FAMILIES
TO MAINTAIN.

Their ages range
from twenty five to
over fifty years
old. YET, MR. MIN-


SOME of the workers outside WelZco Shoe Factory, 1 August
Town Road


$200,000, or at
least so it was
claimed.

New management was
brought in. One
Stallard, an expa-
triate, was hired
as consultant and
he managed to
sweet-talk the wor-
kers into joining
hands with the ca-
pitalist managers
in a common strug-
gle to make up for
past losses. The
workers sacrificed
wage increases, put
their shoulders to
the wheel and pro-
duced a good pro-
duct out of cheaper
and inferior mater-
ials.


without a contract.
It should also be
pointed out that
the wage scale at
Wellco is far below
what is paid 'in the
rest of the shoe
industry in Jamaica.
Whereas at Bata, a
stitcher would get
around $45 a week,
at Wellco he gets
$20. For sometime
the NWU, negotiat-
ing on behalf of
the workers, has
been holding out
for a 50% increase
and all that manag-
ement has offered
to date is a 25%
increase and in two
stages at that. As
one worker asked,
"What can $20 do?
After you have paid


ISTER, SUCCESSIVE ly with the philo-
GOVERNMENTS IN THE sophy of the pre-
COLONIAL PERIOD AND sent government but
AFTER INDEPENDENCE with any sense of
HAVE KEPT THESE WO- social justice
MEN WORKING ON A whatsoever. In
THREE-DAY A MONTH particular it runs
BASIS. AT PRESENT counter to genuine
RATES OF PAY, THIS concern for the up-
MEANS THAT THESE liftment of the
WOMEN WORKERS HAVE Jamalcan woman, es-
TO SUPPORT THEMSEL- pecially those from
VES, THEIR CHIL- the working-class
DREN, AND THEIR section of our soc-
FAMILIES ON LESS iety.
THAN $18.00 PER
MONTH WITH NO Ever since 1974 our
RIGHTS TO LEAVE AND Union has been mak-
OTHER BENEFITS. ing representations
concerning the
You will agree that plight of the fem-
this kind of explo- cont
itation is totally Ontd
at variance not on- page 3


of 1975 the politi-
cal situation in
the country began
to change rapidly
against the inter-
ests of the capita-
list class. It is
the belief of the
workers that sabo-
tage was effected
at Wellco Shoe Co.
Ltd. so that by the
end of 1976 a state
of total collapse
was reached. In
August last year a
3-day work week was
introduced for some
categories of work-
ers and very bad
shortages of sup-
plies set in, des-
pite the fact that
workers had inform-
ed management of
supply needs long
-h- d hed le


High Profits

One worker t
Struggle tha
accurate rec
were kept of
plant's spen
and income.
shoes are so
ow cost to W
Sales and Sej
Ltd., also bh
ing to Hanna
Hanna can cl<
ses at the f<
end, while r:
off high pro;
the distribul
end. In this


old
t no
ords
the
ding
The
Id bel-
ellco
rvice
along-
.So
aim lo-
actory
ipping
fits at
ting
s way


he can shift his
capital from one
enterprise to the
next, shutting down
those that are less
profitable whenever
he has already re-
covered his invest-
ment plus a good
profit.


U.A.W.U. Speaks out on

conditions of women


r------------- --


ger scale, he poin-
ted out that the US
imperialists ex-
ploit us in the
same way that Hanna
exploits the Wellco
workers.

Change

He pointed to ano-
ther example of hoa
the capitalists
benefit from the
system. Hanna wou
Id up the price of
a line of shoes by
some 120% with wag
es remaining the
same and the price
of raw materials
only going up by
20% or so.
He said the worked
were determined not
to return to the
old arrangement
working under Han-
na. They want to
change fundamental-
ly the nature of
their working con-
ditions and salar-
ies. The targets
are (1) full work-
er participation
and (2) wages on
par with what is
paid in the rest o:
the industry.

Real Control

As a result of the
latest action by
the management, tb
government has in-
tervened at the
workers' request.
Management has beeal
given 6 weeks from
Thursday,January 21
to get the plant
into full produc-
tion. If the com-
pany fails, JIDC is
expected to step il
and take over oper-
ations on behalf of
the workers. The
workers hope that
there will be real
worker control.
JIDC is currently
doing a feasibility
study in prepara-
tion for this. The
workers hope also
that success in
their struggle to
achieve worker con
trol and better wa-
ges will encourage
the other workers
in R. Hanna and
Sons' multitude of
enterprises to de-
mand a similar aC*
rangement.


i.













HAND IN HAND WITH FASCISTS
Gairy bribed voters, Garica Zamorro ar- Gairy for military lished close links The NJM delegation
RICE BISHOP, Uni- intimidated govern- rived in Grenada as training in and out with the reaction- told Struggle that
Whiteman and ment workers, banned Pinochet's personal of Grenada and eco- ary South Korean "Clancy", a man on
nard Coard, mem- public meetings, representative to nomic assistance, government, the FBI's 10 most
s of Grenada's banned the opposi- -fix up plans with Gairy also estab- wanted men list in
liamentary oppo- tion from using theeri doing
ion and officers radio station, as iwas doing
ion and officers radio station, as -, good business in
the New Jewel well as continued I Grenada and was a
ement, exposed the ban on the news- l | 'S- close friend of
reactionary sit- paper of the New I f Gairy.
i th_

ation n L
puntry on a visit
o Jamaica last week.
heir main objective
as to seek the dip-
amatic isolation of
the Gairy government
tich retained power
in the elections
last December by
fraudulent means.

Li the December ele-
dions, the People's
iliance (New Jewel
iAement, Grenada
itional Party, and
Edited People's Par-
t) gained 6 seats
b Gairy's Grenada
lited Labour Par-
ti's 9. Gairy's
prty won by only
280 votes.

In an interview with
Struggle Maurice Bi-
shop pointed out
that 20% of the nam-
es on the voters'
list were bogus nam-
es. In addition,
000-5000 of their
supporters were left
off the list.


Jewel -ovment.
PINOCHET
The People's Alli-
ance, in spite of
this, captured 87%
of the new vote and
48% of the overall
official count.

The People's Alli-
ance have taken le-
gal action in the
case of 3 seats
which were lost by
slim margins. If
the courts were to
rule in favour of
the opposition and
order bye-elec-
tions, the question
of who forms the
government would
again hang in the
balance.

So desperate has
Gairy been to hold
on to power that he
has established mi-
litary and economic
links with the fas-
cist government of
Pinochet in Chile.
Three weeks ago
Lieutenant-Colonel


3 The period into which we are enter-
tg is therefore a period of struggle to
event reversals, to consolidate the
slift A the-balance of forces towards
imocraty and to advance the realisation
a a state of socialist orientation. The
gecial complexity of the coming period
les in the fact that economic transfor-
E.tions have to be urgently carried
trough in a situation where popular
forces have not established firm control
oper the state apparatus.

4. Our immediate tasks:

L. Regarding the Economy: The Politic-
al Bureau of the WLL must ensure that
air League develop, as a matter of ur-
ncy, a policy concerning:

the existing and new branches of the
economy to be embraced within a dom-
inant state sector;
b) the branches of the economy to re-
main within the private sector and
the character of its interrelation
to the dominant state sector;
c) the branches of the economy to be
embraced within a cooperative or
people's sector;
Sthe forms and methods of extending
the rights and strengthening the
role of the working class and its
organisations in all sectors of the
economy.

L Regarding the Political Institutions
Sthe Country:


-un .nu vuA~~e iuiv Maurzce ~;shop, Unison Whiteman, and
Bernard Coarde, meet with Prime Minister Manley at Jamaica
House


Conditions of women


(FROM PAGE 2)
ale workers at this
and other agricult-
ural stations. Yet
nothing has been
done. The time has
come for action


We recognise
extremity of
present econ
crisis and
ited resour
ailable to t
Government.
therefore qo


the trouble of ma-
king the following
proposals as to how
the situation might
be eased in the
short run:


(ii) This money
can easily be earn-
ed by the govern-
ment by putting an
area of approximat-
ely 10-15 acres of
the station into


The NJM delegation
met with Prime Min-
ister Manley, the
Council for Human
Rights, local law-
yers, students, and
were extensively
covered by the
press.

They were guests of
the WLL.


with the feasibili-
ty and the humanity
of our proposal.

We are therefore
calling on you, co-
nsistent with the


(i) The extra cost food crops, viz. philosophy of demo-
Sthe to government for pumpkins, mellons, cratic socialism,
f the increasing the work peas, peanuts, car- to take immediate
nomic of the 36 women to rots, etc. action to relieve
the lim- three days a fort- the oppression of
ces av- night from three (iii) The women these women workers
he days a month is ap- are willing and ab- at Caenwood along
We are proximately $8,000 le to work and the the lines proposed
ino to annually. Farm Manager agrees above.



w.l.. position fom


I. The Political Bureau'of the WLL must
ensure that the League devote special
attention to building mass political or-
ganisations of the working people in the
various enterprises, communities and
professional bodies and, in order to ad-
vance this work, to show the greatest
alertness in winning the most advanced
elements to the WLL. In so doing
a) to ceaselessly engage in the politi-
cal education of the working people
concerning the national political
and economic situation utilising
public meetings, discussion groups,
community bodies, etc., where appro-
priate. In the course of this acti-
vity we need to wage a struggle ag-
ainst harmful petty-bourgeois trends
amongst.urban and industrial work-
ers, e.g the aesire of workers to
own factories.
b) to actively revive, strengthen and
provide leadership wherever a basis
exists, to the staff associations,
trade union sections and other bod-
ies of the working people on an ag-
gressively bi-partisan basis;
c) to bring together members in the same
area on the basis of Leninist stan-
dards, into embryonic branches to
more effectively develop the mass or-
ganisations as the main means of
building the embryo into a full-
fledged branch;
II. The Political Bureau of the WLL
must ensure that the League assists and
strengthens the efforts of progressive
forces within the PNP to develop the


democratic, anti-imperialist character
of that party in particular the strug-
gles:

a) to subordinate the bourgeoisie and
their political representatives
within the party to popular, demo-
cratic forces within the party;
b) to reduce and ultimately eliminate
the role of patronage, victimisation
and corruption within the life of
the party;
c) to reduce the "tribalistic" parti-
sanship and boasia- the approach to
political work of the local organs
of the party;
d) to extend the degree of inner-party
democracy, thereby enhancing the
role of regional and local organs
in the direction of the party;
e) to develop comprehensive and system-
atic programmes of political educa-
tion and ideological instruction
centering on anti-imperialism, in-
ternationalism and socialism at all
levels in the party;
f) to strengthen the democratic charac-
ter of the NWU and the TUC, enlarge-
ning in the process the role of the
workers in the party.

C. Regarding the Constitution: The
Political Bureau of the Central Committ-
ee must ensure, as a matter of urgency,
the development of proposals for a demo-
cratic constitutional reform basing
themselves on amending and extending the
existing statements in the League Pro-


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DOIIIRIAL


VIOLENCE IN


REMA
THE violence in Rema last week Wednesday
was more than a fight over the distribu-
tion of government housing or the way in
which the evictions were carried out.

Those who believe that housing was at
the root of the problem forget the poli-
tical violence of recent months and the
part played by the Tivoli and Rema areas
as strongholds for terrorists who fire
guns for imperialism and the CIA and
carry out reactionary violence even ag-
ainst citizens in these very communi-
ties.

For us to believe that Rema is only a
place in which innocent citizens live
like any other community in Kingston is
to be fooled by Seaga and the big men
who are taking advantage of every bad
move made by the democratic socialists
to regain a strong footing in the coun-
try so as to turn back the government
and make Jamaica a puppet of American
imperialism.
GRASSROOTS UNITY
The fact is that over the past months
grassroots people in both Rema and Con-
crete Jungle have been making efforts to
overcome divisions, to build bridges, to
isolate those gunmen who beat up inno-
cent citizens and who kill for money.

The WLL strongly supports these efforts
of the ordinary citizens to build grass-
roots unity of the people of whatever
party. We criticise any politician who
mashes down the efforts of the working
people to come together because continu-
ed division only helps imperialism, whi-
le the capitalists stand united as they
did in the 1976 elections.

Housing distribution and evictions like
last Wednesday's which give only PNP
people houses and leave out JLP people
make the poor people more divided and is
opposed to the socialist principle that
those with the greatest need must get
first.

In order for this principle to be appli-
ed distribution must be put in the hands
of broadbased community organisations
which include JLP as well as PNP people.
Neither partisan distribution of houses
nor evictions like Wednesday's help the
struggle against imperialism and the
move towards socialism.

Progressive people in the PNP must rea-
lise that whilst it is absolutely neces-
sary to dig out the CIA terrorists holed
up in Rema and Tivoli only Seaga and his
henchmen benefit from attacking ordinary
JLP citizens.

This is so because, as the events of
last week even more clearly show, such
attacks divide the poor, rally public
sympathy for the reactionaries, and un-
dermine the standing of progressive peo-
ple in the PNP.


Books on Socialism

at

Independence

bookshop


2wildman street


greenwich t


overall effort to
build a just socie-
ty;

5. To stand in so-
lidarity with all
progressive forces
in the fight again-
st imperialism, ca-
pitalism, apartheid
and any oppresswe
systems;

6. To build a com-
munity through un-
ity, love, self-
reliance and dedi-
cation free from
hunger, oppression
and exploitation.

Bro Dalberry expla-
ined the stand of
the organisation as
expressed in these
objectives.
militant
The first guest
speaker, Bro Trevor
Munroe, who was gi-
ven a warn welcome,


of the most revolu-
tionary youths in
the city lived
there. Reactionar-
ies failed in their
effort to beat them
down and break the
spirit of the com-
munity because of
its militant unity.

Somebody from the
audience shouted
"sleepless nights"
as Bro Munroe talk-
ed of the well or-
ganised patrol sys-
tem that was set
up. He said just
as how the Green-
wich community set
an example last
year they were ag-
ain setting another
example in founding
a broad community
organisation open
to everybody re-
gardless of politi-
cal party loyalty.


ani struggling,
can't buy food,
can't find house,
socialism is for
you. We cannot
continue to have
one set of poor
people divided ag-
ainst another while
the capitalist cla-
ss is united in ex-
ploiting the poorer
class of people."
education
Bro Munroe went on
to explain the
struggle against
imperialism to get
Manley not to de-
value the Jamaican
dollar and to re-
ject the IMF plans.

He said that comm-
unity leaders must
help keep in close
touch with the MP
so that the people
know what is happe-
ning. But even if
they know what is


Ms Portia Simpeq,
MP, who arrived U,
te because of wft
elsewhere in the
constituency, Wag
given a big welaoi
She congratulated
the community far
its work. Refet-
ring to the viol-
ence at Rema she
called on the new
media to report ac
curately and not
distort events.

She said she woull
struggle for more
houses, schools,
day-care centres
and clinics for aJ
and would not vice
timize anyone.

Solidarity message
were delivered by
SDC worker Sister,


noted that the "Socialism and the happening unless Berry, and repress
Greenwich Town com- struggle against the people unite at ntatives from JUDI
munity had made imperialism is not the community level SWSACA, PNP YO ar
history by being for one set of poor government couldn't Jackie Gray of their
the first to organ- people, not for one govern in a progre- Greenwich Socialis
ise self-defence, group, it is for ssive way. Organisation.
He said the reason all the poorer
for the violent at- class of people", Comrade Munroe pro- Music was provided
tacks on Greenwich Bro Munroe said. mised the help of by the Waltham Pad
Town was that some "Once you are poor WLL in the organi- Socialist band.


SUPPORT AFRICAN


LIBERATION STRUGGLES
SA NIGHT of culture expression, reason-
ing and solidarity with the African Lib
eration struggles will take place start
ing at 4.00 pm on February 21 at the Is
stitute of Jamaica.


Southern Africa


The talk on the South African struggles
will be given by a member of the Africa
liberation Solidarity Committee (ALSC),
sponsors of the function. The program
will also include a film show, dramatic
presentations and poetry readings.

The ALSC, which has as members youth
clubs, community groups and progressive
organisations and individuals, was fa'
ed 18 months ago. Their main aim is to
educate Jamaicans about the true facts
on the struggle of African people and tc
get support and solidarity for libera-
tion fighters. Offices of the Committe'
is situated at 53 Laws Street in Kingsat


on.

In Honour of those

who served


CN Sunday, February
13, the St Mary
Senior Members
Council, a repre-
sentative organisa-
tion of youth clubs
in the parish, will
hold a memorial
service for Mr Dou-
glas Clarke. The
service begins at
4.00 pm at the Sal-
em United Church,
Islington, St Mary.


Douglas Clarke, a
teacher, was active
in community work
among youths, and
was a Councillor in
the parish. He was
also active in
sports, especially
in the field of
athletics. An in-
vitation has been
issued by the Coun-
cil to all persons
who were connected


Printed by E.P. Printery, Hagley Park Road


to Mr Clarke in his
life and work.

The Council will
also hold a func-
tion in honour of
all youth and com-
munity leaders who
have contributed
positively to the
development of
youth in the par-
ish. This function
will take place on


Saturday, February
19, at St Mary Hig0
School in Highgato
beginning at 6.00
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