FIFTH ASSEMBLY OF CARIBBEAN PEOPLES – CALL TO THE ASSEMBLY: Barbados, 3rd – 8th August, 2010

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David Comissiong - Member of the Barbados Organizing Committee (clementpaynechambers@gmail.com)

Now that the fraudulence of the international oligarchy and its inhuman system of subordinating people and nations to the narrow interests of financiers and elites has become manifestly clear, the time has come for the Caribbean people to assert themselves and to boldly step forward and take firm control of the future agenda of our Caribbean region!

We, the ‘Regional Executive Committee’ of the Fifth Assembly of Caribbean Peoples are therefore issuing a CALL to the Caribbean’s social movements of farmers, workers, women, artistes, students, intellectuals and youth, and to the people centred political parties, trade unions, non-governmental organisations, cooperatives, credit unions and community based institutions of our region to SEIZE THE MOMENT and come together in a mighty PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY dedicated to the singular purpose of clarifying and agreeing upon an immediate, concrete and practical programme of action for solving the many critical existential and developmental problems of the Caribbean people.

Against the background of four previous Assemblies of Caribbean Peoples – Trinidad (1994); Dominican Republic (2001); Haiti (2003); Cuba (2008) – in which considerable intellectual work was done in analysing the predicament and development challenges of the Caribbean, we now take great pride and pleasure in sending out an INVITATION to all authentic Caribbean organisations and to the patriotic sons and daughters of our region to attend and participate in the historic FIFTH ASSEMBLY OF CARIBBEAN PEOPLES, which will be held in the Island of BARBADOS between the 3rd and the 8th of August 2010.

The Fifth Assembly Of Caribbean Peoples will constitute a coming together of activists and popular organisations from across the Spanish, English, French and Dutch speaking regions of the Caribbean focussed on designing Caribbean solutions to such challenges as:-

  • the international financial, economic and debt crisis that is threatening to devastate the Caribbean;
  • the prevailing balkanisation, fragmentation and colonial domination in the Caribbean;
  • our persistent failure to harness the resources of the Caribbean for our own collective industrialisation and development;
  • the many severe environmental challenges that threaten the long term survival of the Caribbean and its people;
  • our lack of food security and the manifestly unsustainable food import burden that the region is bearing;
  • the many substantial health and educational defects that continue to retard the development of the Caribbean;
  • the terrible scourges of crime, illegal drugs and racial disharmony that bedevil several Caribbean countries;
  • the many cultural and political factors that continue to retard the development of our identity as a Caribbean people belonging to a unique Caribbean Civilization.

The historic FIFTH ASSEMBLY OF CARIBBEAN PEOPLES will consciously and deliberately endeavour to include in our convocation specialists who have carried out relevant research into the targeted subject areas, as well as regional policy-makers who, now more than ever, need to sit down and reason with popular and grass-roots activists.

There will also be caucuses of what are perhaps the three most important segments of the population of the Caribbean – our women-folk, our youth and our farmers. Indeed, we, the Regional Executive Committee, have determined that the unique ideas and perspectives of these three critical, but often marginalized, segments of our population, must be accorded a place of pre-eminence in the several deeply considered solutions that will emerge from our Fifth Assembly.

The Caribbean people should rest assured that the Fifth Assembly of Caribbean Peoples has been consciously designed to produce solutions to the problems of the Caribbean! We, the Regional Executive Committee, are not interested in staging yet another academic conference that is full of long, learned academic papers, but short on concrete solutions and mechanisms for follow-up action. We assure you – the Caribbean people – that the constant watch words of this Assembly will be – “solutions, solutions, solutions”!

We now look forward to our gathering at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies in Barbados, from the 3rd to the 8th of August 2010, as we come together in powerful formation to SEIZE THE TIME.

PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME

V Asamblea de los Pueblos del Caribe

V Assemblee du peuple Caribbean

V Assemblee van het Caraibisch volk

BARBADOS, AUGUST 3 – AUGUST 8, 2010

CARIBBEAN PEOPLE, SEIZE THE TIME!

Tuesday, August 3

– Arrival of delegates, transport to the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies and Opening Ceremony
10:00 – 18:00 hours Registration

12:00 – 14:00 hours Lunch

18:00 – 19:00 hours Dinner

20:00 – 22:00 hours Opening Ceremony

Wednesday, August 4

– Commencement of the official programme and working sessions on thematic agenda
07:00 – 09:00 hours Breakfast

09:30 – 12:00 hours Plenary discussion on Topic No.1 – “The International Economic & Debt Crisis

12:00 – 13:30 hours Lunch

13:30 – 16:00 hours Workshops A, B & C on Topic No. 1 – “The International Economic & Debt Crisis

Workshop D on Topic No. 7 – “The Environment
16:00 – 16:30 hours Break

16:30 – 17:30 hours Plenary Resolution Exercise on Topics No. 1 & No. 7

18:00 – 20:00 hours Dinner

20:30 – 22:30 hours Artistic Performances

Thursday, August 5

– Working sessions on the thematic agenda
07:00 – 09:00 hours Breakfast

09:30 – 12:00 hours Workshop A on Topic No. 2 – “Colonialism, Militarisation & the Blockade against Cuba

Workshop B on Topic No. 4 – “Integration, Political Union & Governance

Workshop C on Topic No. 8 – “Intra Caribbean Migration

Farmers’ Caucus

12:00 – 13:30 hours Lunch

13:30 – 16:00 hours Continuance of Workshop A on Topic No. 2

Continuance of Workshop B on Topic No. 4

Continuance of Farmers Caucus

16:00 – 16:39 hours Break

16:30 – 18:00 hours Plenary Resolution Exercise on Topics No. 2, 4 and 8, and also on the Farmers’ Caucus

18:00 – 20:00 hours Dinner

20:30 – 22:30 hours Artistic Performances

Friday, August 6

– Working sessions on the thematic agenda
07:00 – 09:00 hours Breakfast

09:30 – 12:00 hours Workshop A on Topic No. 5 – “Industrial Development, Trade & Transportation

Workshop B on Topic No. 3 – “Agriculture, Agrarian Reform & Food Sovereignty

Youth Caucus

12:00 – 13:00 hours Lunch

13:30 – 16:00 hours Continuance of Workshop A on Topic No. 5

Continuance of Workshop B on Topic No. 3

Continuance of Youth Caucus

16:00 – 16:30 hours Break

16:30 – 18:00 hours Plenary Resolution Exercise on Topics No. 5 and 3, and also on the Youth Caucus

18:30 – 22:00 hours Visit to Oistins Fish Market for Dinner

Saturday, August 7

– Working sessions on the thematic agenda, and conclusion of the Assembly
07:00 – 09:00 hours Breakfast

09:30 – 12:00 hours Workshop A on Topic No. 6 – “Drugs, Crime, Culture degeneration & Racism”

Workshop B on Topic No. 9 – “Education”

Workshop C on Topic No. 9 – “Health”

12:00 – 13:30 hours Lunch

13:30 – 16:00 hours Continuance of Workshop A on Topic No. 6

Continuance of Workshop B on Topic No. 9 – Education

Continuance of Workshop C on Topic No. 9 – Health

Women’s Caucus

16:00 – 16:30 hours Break

16:30 – 18:00 hours Closing Plenary

18:00 – 24:00 hours Dinner and Open Air Party

Sunday, August 8

– Departure of Delegates throughout the day and Island Tour
07:00 – 09:00 hours Breakfast

09:00 – 12:00 hours Island Tour

12:00 – 13:00 hours Lunch

18:00 – 20:00 hours Dinner

THEMATIC AGENDA

Topic No. 1 – International Economic & Debt Crisis
How are the Third World debt crisis and the international financial and economic crises impacting on the Caribbean, and how should the Caribbean respond?

Topic No. 2 – Colonialism, Militarisation & the Blockade against Cuba

What are the components of a comprehensive strategy to achieve the total de-colonisation of the Caribbean and to defeat the ongoing efforts of the United States to militarise the Caribbean and to blockade Cuba?

Topic No. 3 – Agriculture, Agrarian Reform & Food Sovereignty

What does the Caribbean need to do in order to reform the rural sector, develop agriculture and achieve “food sovereignty”?

Topic No. 4 – Integration, Political Union & Governance

What would be the components of new and more appropriate people centred models of governance for Caribbean states, and how could the nations of the Caribbean utilise all of the available options and opportunities for integration and political union?

Topic No. 5

– Industrial Development, Trade & Transportation
How can the Caribbean so harness, organise, combine, process and exchange its own resources that new industries are developed and existing industries are taken to higher levels of output and productivity?

Topic No. 6 – Drugs, Crime, Cultural degeneration & Racism

What measures can the Caribbean take to address the socio-cultural defects of illegal drugs, crime, racism and moral and cultural degeneration that continue to blight so many Caribbean societies?

Topic No. 7 – The Environment

What practical programme of cooperation can Caribbean nations put in place to address such urgent environmental issues as global warming, climate change, and the destructiveness of hurricanes and volcanoes?

Topic No. 8 – Intra-Caribbean Migration

What would be the components of a new and more appropriate human rights centred model for the treatment of migrants within the Caribbean?

Topic No. 9 – Education and Health

What are the ‘best practises’ that exist in the Caribbean in the fields of health and education? And how can we bring together and further develop these ‘best practises’, and also ensure that they are extended to all Caribbean societies?

For further information please contact Robert ‘Bobby’ Clarke at bobbyclarke@live.com or David Comissiong at clementpaynechambers@gmail.com.

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