Groundation Grenada Action Collective was developed by Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe and Richie Maitland sharing the vision that Grenadian Society is fertile for positive change, requiring simply the necessary seeds and by extension the seed sowers. Being properly nourished these seeds will eventually bear the fruit of individual and national consciousness and autonomy. This blog represents the nexus of the sowers and the society; a meeting of the minds where ideas are not only sewn and nurtured but also realized through positive collective action; hence Action Collective.
Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe is a socially conscious visual artist whose passion for social justice goes hand in hand with her desire to capture and express struggle, conflict and aspiration using photography and video.
She has a Bachelors Degree in Studio Art with a concentration in Visual Anthropology from Smith College and spent two years teaching in Harlem before moving back to the Caribbean. She is a certified vinyasa yoga instructor & co-founded Spice Harmony Yoga Studio in Grenada. Malaika is currently working on her Master’s thesis in Cultural studies through the University of the West Indies. The focus of her thesis is memory and the Grenada Revolution (1979-1983) & US military action (1983).
Never far from the open pages of a book, Richie Maitland is a lyricist and literary at heart. Using his inherently creative approach he tackles issues of social empowerment and justice as a matter of course.
He attended T.A. Marryshow Community College in Grenada then taught a Presentation Brothers College before completing his Bachelor of Laws Degree at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill, Barbados. Richie is a member of the Hugh Wooding Law School class of 2012.
Groundation Grenada is open to any person wishing to contribute to the positive conscious paradigm shift of our island, region and the world as a whole. The only prerequisites being a social conscience and consciousness, an acceptance of the ideals of the manifesto, a willingness to act and the dedication to stay committed.
Groundation Grenada is a movement of the people, all people, who share the ideals of the organization. A movement firmly planted in the grassroots.
Grenada is ripe to foster a broader culture of socio-political awareness and more importantly a culture of action inspired by that awareness.