IT’S ALL ABOUT POWER PART 3: WASP VERSUS THE RISING MARGINALIZED

INTRODUCTION

IT’S ABOUT POWER, NOT ABOUT THE ECONOMY

It’s All About Power Part 3: WASP versus the Rising Marginalized is the most apt description of the current state of power as it is contested in the United States. The 116th Congress is younger, more female, more ethnically and racially diverse, broader in acknowledged sexual orientation, and has more recent migrants than any previously Congress in the history of the United States of America. Many of its members were elected to replace older males of the 115th Congress who were of WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) heritage, as the latter is defined in “It’s All About Power Part 1: The Metamorphosis of WASP in the United States”. The composition of the 116th Congress is consistent with the demographics described in “Its All about Power Part 2: The Demise of Patriarchy in the 21st Century”, written and posted before the results of the US election on November 6, 2018 began to be reported.

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SEEKING THE SUPPORT OF RELIGIOUS BODIES

Christian Denominations collectively have the longest association, the most granular contacts, the furthest reach, the most systematic communication and regular personal interaction with communities compared to any other type of organisations in Jamaica. The influence of the Christian Denominations collectively goes beyond their membership and regular visitors. Even Jamaicans who are not Christians, or who are nominal, have close personal relations, regular churchgoers. They are most likely to hear about aspects of Sunday and Saturday sermons, matters discussed at weekly Bible study and issues raised at prayer meetings. Further, many denominations are involved in community outreach activities, programs, and projects. As a consequence, the Electoral Advisory Committee, in its preparation for the General Elections of 2002, deliberately sought the support of Christian denominations. Continue reading

THE ELECTION CENTRE

COORDINATING AND MANAGING THE ELECTORAL PROCESS FROM NOMINATION DAY TO ELECTION DAY

THE ORIGINAL PROPOSAL

Currently, all stakeholders and actors in the electoral process operate with minimal or, at best, very modest interaction during the period between Nomination Day and Election Day. Accordingly, many matters that could be readily addressed are not dealt with leading to frustration on the part of those who perceive themselves to be aggrieved; the taking of unilateral action that aggravate and compound the situation; and the generation of anecdotes of electoral malpractices whose repetition undermine the integrity of the electoral process. While this lack of coordination may not be detrimental in circumstances in which there is a high degree of trust in the electoral process, between the stakeholders and actors, it represents a serious deficiency in circumstances where a high degree of trust is absent, as is currently the case in Jamaica. Continue reading

IN THE PROPHETIC TRADITION

 Errol Miller

January 18, 1996.

Advocates of different causes regularly criticise the Church in seeking to co-opt it to their cause. On many occasions, Church leaders are defensive in their responses to such criticism. At the 17th National Prayer Breakfast, the Rev. Sam Vassell gave an excellent demonstration of the Man of God operating in the prophetic tradition. Both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition in their comments had put their own brand of political spin on what the Church in Jamaica should be doing. Continue reading