We sympathize with women’s rights and human rights and their cause, but it is disappointing to know that, once again, the crucial concerns of our Grenadian women are been sacrificed. I refer to women like Cassandra Mitchell, Franka Bernadine, and Judy Benoit. We are buoyed by the courage and passion of these women who are breaking their silence and raising their voices about victimization by the New National Party government.
While Mitchell and his NNP government sit idly by and continue to tell lies and falsehood, it’s surreal. There are more conversations that need to be had; it’s not just these three women, it’s been happening all along and now everything is out in the open. The NDC supporters are held to a different standard in the country and are treated differently, because they did not support the NNP government of Keith Mitchell. We can no longer tolerate mistreatment and victimization of women and the covering up of perpetrators. Only removing the NNP government from office can we live down that shame.
Mitchell fails to realize that truth is a virtue, if you continue to lie to the Grenadian people, they may seriously question whether anything you say -- for example about job creation, about delivering on the promises he made, is not just another self-serving lie. And also, because leading Grenada through yet another long twilight struggle requires not just honest but clarity. Grenadians voted overwhelmingly for the Mitchell NNP government because they believed all the campaign lies and they had confidence in the NNP. So it’s in the government’s best interest to work to the best of their ability to represent the entire nation professionally.
While he comes up as delusional, Mitchell knew the media would line up against him, since much of Grenadians view him as scum. The media have more tentacles than a flotilla of octopi and interpret things differently. Seriously though, the people of Grenada will soon send a strong symbolic message, the NNP will be listening and no matter what they say afterward. They will hear the people.
There are many moments when it seems near impossible to believe as Dr Martin Luther King asked us to do August 28, 1963, that the bank of justice is not bankrupt or that there aren’t insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this country. In Grenada there are groups working with blatant disregard for the will of the people to chip away at our hard won liberties.
They are infecting Grenada’s legislatures and, virally weakening our freedom, workers rights and many other gains for which our forefathers have fought over the years. The Mitchell government is trying to dismantle the programs Cassandra has built to provide for the most vulnerable among us. Essentially the Mitchell administration is after everything that helps poor people, working people, women to move ahead and take care of their families.
One woman said, “I voted for the NNP and Keith Mitchell with great enthusiasm, holding my breath until the final results were in, making it crystal clear that the people of Grenada had magnificently come together to elect a government that promised to deliver. I believed Anthony Boatswain speech at the NNP rally, many of us thought, we believed that Mitchell had changed his attitude, and was a man ready to fight for us. We fervently believed heralded the dawn of a new age for our country.”
Our people aren’t treated with dignity especially in these times of mass unemployment and under-employment when everything is under attack when the disparity continues to grow between the one and the ninety-nine percent. We are taught that history is made by people in power -- as if Pharaohs built the pyramids, kings built the castles, popes built the cathedrals and CEOs build automobiles. Even today in the institutions where we work, hospital and nursing home and homecare administrators are spoken of as “healthcare providers” as if nurses’ aides, techs, and dietary workers are not the true caregivers to the sick, frail and disabled.
Cassandra Mitchell and Franka Bernadine have walked in our shoes and they feel our pain, they know exactly what it is to struggle to get by. They have always been strong advocates for the less fortunate, our women and children and we are proud to stand behind such women who share our values. These are women whose fundamental beliefs align with our Grenadian guiding principle that strong and vibrant Grenadian women don’t come from the top down, but from a stronger and vibrant middle class. We need to make sure that people know that they have a voice and they can get involved in politics and in their communities, we want them to know that.
Very sadly, this is turning into a dawn delayed. Keith Mitchell has embraced Peter David; he is the first Grenadian prime minister to pass legislation to challenge our freedom of speech.”I voted for the NNP because I believed all the lies they told at the various rallies. They told us that NDC would be disastrous for Grenada, they lied,” says a senior citizen.
The Mitchell administration doesn’t care about the Blacking, the Browning of Grenada as long as they can keep all the Green. I am writing to remind people that Grenada has a long way to go, and the NDC has some work to do, and how much they still have to do, they cannot go back to the same old politics of infighting, although former Prime Minister Tillman Thomas has gotten rid of the weeds among the wheat in his political party, a step in the right direction. Presently, those represented by the weeds are boasting, not weeping, but that is about to change soon.
Ali Dowden said, “The NDC political party is one big family, we work closely together. We just want to do what’s best for our people of the tri-island, as politicians we have wisdom and knowledge, we can make mature decisions and listen to the people and really engage in the process. We need to remember that our people are struggling. We need to stand up now and we’ll need to stand up in the future.”
All the Grenadian heroes who died for our freedom, all of that was wasted with the stroke of a pen and we need to remember that. In spite of everything that is happening in Grenada, I have refused to let them turn me into what they would have me be. I choose not to have because I know that somebody’s coming up the mountain to right what has been done wrong in Grenada.
We need a strong local economy, and corporate accountability. It’s a win-win situation for the people and NDC. We all must protest the NNP government’s attacks on social economic and political rights. Most important, we know the importance of sticking together and of united action.
Complicating the picture is the indebtedness of Mitchell NNP government, while they have profited greatly from land sales, the money made has not begun to cover yawning chasms of debt, this government is running up while the economic activities remains sluggish and employment growth is lagging. On the other hand, this reflects the characteristics of Grenada’s one-party dictatorship. On the other hand, it also reflects people believe that under the one party dictatorship, the NNP government corruption, bribery and abuse of power are a problem of the system and not unexpected. Mitchell made too many.
Grenada’s debt has reached 2.3 billion; the inability of the government to pay their loans will lead to the total collapse of Grenada’s economy. Although the government has been aware that the bubble would burst one day, so long as the bubble keeps swelling, nobody in the government wants to miss the last train to make money. Nobody is sure when the bubble in Grenada will burst, but everybody knows the country is facing many serious problems, just like a balloon with a thin wall in many spots, the balloon will burst as soon as the weakest spot fails to hold the pressure..