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Forgetting Is Not An Option! (Call for Submissions)

October 19, 2013
International Students' Day Rally, Queens Park, Nov. 17 1980

International Students’ Day Rally, Queens Park, Grenada Nov. 17 1980

 

It’s October 19th. On this day 30 years ago, our Prime Minister and 5 of his comrades were assassinated on Fort George in our capital, St. George’s. Many others were killed but the names of our central leaders assassinated on this day are Maurice Bishop, Jacqueline Creft, Unison Whiteman, Fitzroy Bain, Norris Bain and Vincent Noel. This day remains a sad, troubling and in some ways, forgotten, part of our history. However, the culmination of these events were part and parcel of a larger wave of educational, economic, social, political and cultural changes that shook Grenada, the Caribbean and the world.

From the implementation of free health care to increases in real wages for workers to education being treated as an inalienable right, Grenadians were witnessing important and material changes. Other changes included the creation of a national social insurance plan to the entrenchment of women’s rights and the implementation of national training and education programs for teachers and the general public. Despite one’s political take on the Revolution, it’s extremely hard to deny the real and material benefits that were gained. Not only were these changes led by the leadership of the People’s Revolutionary Government but from farmers to students to teachers, Grenadians remained critical to the decision making process.

Though some of us were not yet born, we are still very much interested and able to research into this important part of our history and its implications now.

We at Groundation Grenada invite you to share with us your thoughts on the Grenada Revolution (1979-1983). We invite you to be creative in your submissions. We look forward to a variety of submissions such as essays, poems, short films/videos, audio/radio style pieces, photography and drama.  Some questions to consider, though not limited to are: What do you think were some of the most significant contributions of the Revolution? Do you think you can have a say in the economic, social, political and cultural direction of Grenada? In what ways do you see the Revolution as being relevant, or not, in present day Grenada? What would Grenada look like today if the Revolution had continued or if you started up your own Revolution?

This is a long term process of gathering and sharing data but we thought that it would be critical to begin this project on a historic day such as October 19th. We will compile your submissions as they come in (Final Deadline 1st September 2014 midnight) and support your creative process with feedback, we will then launch a final project in time for March 13th 2014, another historic day in Grenadian history, The beginning of The Grenada Revolution.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at groundationgrenada@gmail.com. Also, please send in all submissions to that email address.

In Solidarity,
Groundation Grenada

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Groundation Grenada is a youth led social action collective, founded in 2009, which focuses on the use of creative media to assess the community’s needs, raise consciousness and act to create positive radical growth.  We pursue our mission online, through Groundationgrenada.com, and this year began expanding to live events and special projects in collaboration with local, regional and international artists and activists. Groundation Grenada’s website supports both local and diasporic voices, acting as an interface to connect youth who are hungry for innovative change.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. October 20, 2013 1:22 am

    Thank you for putting together something special to recognize that historical day that opened the floodgates to our potential as a people.

    • Groundation Grenada Action Collective permalink*
      October 23, 2013 12:30 am

      Kay, thanks sis. We look forward to your contribution if you have the time.

  2. October 21, 2013 12:06 pm

    This is a great initiative Groundation! I can’t wait to see the submissions! #ForwardEver

    • Groundation Grenada Action Collective permalink*
      October 23, 2013 12:31 am

      Thanks Didi. We will look out for an Equity original piece for this one! 😉

  3. Simon Green permalink
    October 21, 2013 8:45 pm

    This is a brilliant idea…this is how we begin the process of rewriting our history and reclaiming our voices… this is progress….LONG LIVE!

    • Groundation Grenada Action Collective permalink*
      October 21, 2013 8:46 pm

      Simon, blessings & love. thank you for your words of solidarity. We look forward to your submission then?! All of our voices are valid.

  4. Diana Swan-Lawrence permalink
    October 23, 2013 3:21 pm

    This is brilliant and will add to Caribbean history.

  5. Christine permalink
    October 25, 2013 1:12 pm

    Fantastic initiative, so much to share & learn from our past & future…thanks for creating this platform!

  6. paulinus noel permalink
    October 26, 2013 6:58 am

    Talk is cheap but facts are sacred….so keep them coming !

  7. October 29, 2013 8:28 am

    I was in the 82nd Airborne Division. I arrived after all the fighting was over.
    I have photos from November of 1983 posted at the following web address:
    http://historyarchives.org/ohlhous/grenada83/Default.htm
    My best to All in Grenada,
    Howard

    • Groundation Grenada Action Collective permalink*
      October 29, 2013 12:06 pm

      Thank you. We appreciate this very much.

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