BLP to resume People’s Assemblies
Following its recent public march to parliament, which has been generally regarded as a success, the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) is to resume its People’s Assemblies tomorrow.
General Secretary Senator Dr Jerome Walcott gave this indication last weekend after the party staged a “white march” to Government Headquarters on July 24. That protest, which was called to put pressure on the Freundel Stuart administration to repeal the Municipal Solid Waste Tax, attracted a large crowd in excess of 3,000.
A release from the BLP today made no mention of the municipal tax, which remains in effect, but it announced that the party, which began holding regular town hall-styled meetings last year, would be running the second series of People’s Assemblies until the end of October.
“The People’s Assemblies are intended to provide an independent platform for persons to speak to issues of national concern,” the Press statement said.
“The first in this second series on Wednesday will be at 7 p.m. at the Plantation Garden Theatre will be entitled Barbados needs us all -whether residents at home or abroad.”
Panellists include economist Ryan Straughn, former Consul General to Toronto and ambassador to Geneva Kaye McConney, Dean of IT at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida Dr Dale Husbands and Henderson Griffith, a returning national.
The chairperson will be former Consul General to New York, Jessica Odle-Baril.