Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Luta Continua Vitoria e Certa

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality"  - Desmond Tutu

There comes a time in a person's life when it becomes necessary to stand up against their government when it is clear that the ideals on which our nation was founded, the beliefs that we professed when we gained independence from Britain, are being shredded by the people we have elected to manage our affairs, for the benefit of a few at the expense of all. We have a government that dispenses injustice every day of the year and a populace that sits in awe at the spectacle, seemingly transfixed at the scale of this abuse. The country is sitting on the sidelines waiting for a select few to deliver us from this evil. This has got to stop.

This Thursday we have an opportunity to speak loudly and collectively. The March on Roseau should be a pivotal moment in the course of Dominica's history. We cannot continue to sit idly by while admiring the manner in which Roosevelt Skerrit and his gang continue to rape our country of its resources while we live from hand to mouth. We must stand up for ourselves; no one else can do that.

Martin Luther King Jr once said; "An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law". We agree.
Minister Rayburn Blackmoore
The government of Roosevelt Skerrit, in particular Rayburn Blackmoore, has threatened us with severe penalties should we protest "unlawfully". What does protesting "unlawfully" mean? Is Mr. Blackmoore saying that we must adhere to the rules of the oppressor should we, the oppressed, consider resisting our oppressors efforts at oppressing us? Prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it was legal to discriminate against anyone based on race, colour, sex, religion and national origin in the United States. Had Mr. Blackmoore been an advisor to Martin Luther King Jr., would he have told him to shut his mouth, obey the laws, and cancel all protests against them? Mr. Blackmoore is a fool and is obviously devoid of any sense of history. The right to protest against our government is enshrined in our Constitution; Mr. Blackmoore is in desperate need of a refresher course.

"Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty" - Henry David Thoreau

It is time that we Dominicans adopt a new strategy to defeat this criminal enterprise that continues to subject us to unprecedented acts of abuse never seen before in our lives. We have been attempting to slay this monster mainly through talk; talk has gotten us nowhere and we have been fools to believe that mere conversations with or expressions of anger at our oppressors would exorcise this beast from our midst. That was never going to work from the start; it's time to employ different strategies.

We at MiTC encourage everyone to begin this process tomorrow Thursday July 28th. We need you to join in this march and to demonstrate to Roosevelt Skerrit that this can go on no more. We're hoping that you will stop peeping from behind your curtains and windows and step out, raise your hand, and be counted. You cannot continue to be complacent while the Skerrit government continues to abuse you. Join in, let your voice, our voices, shout out in unison.

"To spend one's life being angry, and in the process doing nothing to change it, is to me ridiculous. I could be mad all day long, but if I'm not doing a damn thing, what difference does it make?" - Charles Fuller

A Luta Continua Vitoria e Certa
The Struggle Continues and Victory is Certain

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