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Lecture: FIGHTING DIALECT PREJUDICE – By Dr. John R. Rickford -Toronto- October 12, 2017

Alumni Speaker Series 2017-18




Join us for our first lecture of this year’s series

SOCIAL JUSTICE (for Jeantel, Trayvon et al.):


Dr. John R. Rickford

When: Thursday, October 12, 2017 • 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Where: William Doo Auditorium, 45 Willcocks Street. Toronto. Ontario.

Entry to the event is free, but space is limited.  Email us now to save your spot!

The lecture flows directly from Dr. Rickford’s long-standing focus on sociolinguistics, especially his exploration of the relation between language, ethnicity, class and social structure. Demonstrating how language is inextricably woven into all domains of social life, including structures of justice and policing, he makes clear that we ignore the critical role of language in the everyday at our own peril.               Continue reading

It’s a Fact –The Government, Police and the People are as guilty as the perpetrator of the sadistic act – By Yvonne Sam

It’s a Fact –The Government, Police and the People are as guilty as the perpetrator of the sadistic act

By Yvonne Sam – Letter to Editor:

There is no way to take Sex out of Sexual Abuse, no matter how hard you try.

Firstly permit me to offer sincere condolences to the grieving parents and siblings of Leonard Archibald , the 13 year old who was subjected to sodomy until unconscious, only to be further dehumanized by having his body disposed of in the Berbice River in Guyana. As a parent I am still trying to rein my anger, as vivid images of retaliation, unworthy of being penned or verbally disclosed play havoc with my mental processes.   Continue reading

“Cash jet” pilot laundered US$7.5M in Guyana – U.S. Prosecutors

“Cash jet” pilot laundered US$7.5M in Guyana – U.S. Prosecutors

Khamraj Lall

A Guyana-born businessman dubbed the “cash jet” pilot, from Ringwood, New Jersey, has found himself in deeper trouble.

Yesterday, he appeared before a federal judge on charges that he brought several kilos of cocaine into New Jersey and New York, then laundered more than US$7.5M (G$1.5B) in proceeds back to Guyana.

Khamraj Lall, 50, was indicted by a federal grand jury on conspiracy charges following his July 2015 arrest in connection with what authorities said was a five-kilo load carried on his plane, according to a report by the North Passaic Daily Voice on the court case.  Continue reading

Money will always Talk—-even when a Black Life Matters – By Yvonne Sam

Money will always Talk—-even when a Black Life Matters

By Yvonne Sam

On July 27, Gemmel Moore a 26 -year –old Black gay sex worker was found dead in the Laurel Avenue, West Hollywood apartment of 63-year-old prominent Democratic political donor Ed Buck. The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office immediately ruled his death as an accidental methamphetamine overdose.

The silence surrounding the demise was astounding, based solely on who was the other party. Ed Buck is as his name implies— has plenty of bucks to pass around. He is a white man known for his successful promotion of a ban on the sale of fur garments and accessories in West Hollywood, and who over the years has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democratic causes and candidates.

Displayed proudly on his Facebook page is dozens of pictures of him with everyone from the who’s who to the who’s what – presidential candidate Hilary Clinton, Governor Jerry Brown, to Los Angeles County Democratic Party and California Democratic Party chairman Eric Bauman and even Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.       Continue reading

Guyana: Within the Criminal Act lies a Deeper Societal Fact – By Yvonne Sam

Within the Criminal Act lies a Deeper Societal Fact

By Yvonne Sam

Sad to say but as a people we are no nearer to understanding the frivolous explanations that precipitate deadly disputes. We are no longer a verbal nation preferring instead to be a homicidal aberration.  Why would two individuals who are known friends, and who would normally disagree and walk away from each other, lose control and kill especially if alcohol is factored in the equation. Most of the recent murders have occurred following drinking sessions, where mental control is diminished as alcohol flows to the cranial area.

I hold the firm belief that only the tip (if at all) of the iceberg has been touched regarding the nature of our crime problem. In politically correct terms, crime fighters, namely, the police are literally playing catch up. We are only able to Guy-analyze the reasons underlying the out- of-control crime rate, as we lack the resources seen in the developed world. In addition, very rarely are requests made or suggestions proffered from the Bench to have a psychoanalysis conducted on the perpetrators of certain crimes.    Continue reading

Law enforcement and the judiciary blamed for corruption in Guyana and Caribbean

Blame law enforcement, judiciary for corruption – says expert

Jul 28, 2017  Kaieteur News – featuring Dr. Perry Stanislas

To a large extent, law enforcement and the judiciary are to be blamed for the high levels of corruption in Guyana and the wider Caribbean. This is so because it will only take a few good examples to be made out of corrupt officials to send a message that the crime would not be tolerated.

That is the view held by a few international experts, particularly United Kingdom’s Dr. Perry Stanislas and Christopher Camponovo of Halcyon Law Group. This view was aired during the recent symposium that examined the relationship between corruption and oil.         Continue reading

The Story within the Story… When the tail wags the dog – By Leonard Gildarie

The Story within the Story… When the tail wags the dog

Leonard Gildarie

Jul 30, 2017  – By Leonard Gildarie

The last few weeks have been highly stressful for Guyanese, especially with the Camp Street prison fire and escapes dominating the news.

There are a few things that glared blatantly at us. For years now, we have been hearing of rackets being run inside the prisons, with the guards overseeing schemes – profitable ones – to take contraband to prisoners.

As we speak, we learnt of a search on Thursday at the New Amsterdam prisons that unearthed improvised weapons, sharpened spoons and a quantity of cell phones.    Continue reading

Guyana: Kudos to the Police

Guyana: Kudos to the Police

Jul 27, 2017  Editorial – Kaieteur News

For well over a decade, crime has been an affliction on our society. We continue to read about it almost daily. It has been a major problem for us as efforts by the last administration did not reduce it. In fact, there has never been the political will to end this scourge.

The pervasive nature of crime during that period dulled our senses, as it was essentially treated as just another news topic. Indeed, it was alleged that some high-ranking officials had in some ways contributed to the crime spree between 2002 and 2008 which led to the deaths of hundreds of youths through extra-judicial killings.      Continue reading

Guyana: 13 prisoners dig their way out of Lusignan jail – seven recaptured

 13 prisoners dig their way out of Lusignan jail

Some of the recaptured on their way back to jail

Police up to press time had recaptured seven of 13 prisoners who staged a daring, pre-dawn breakout yesterday from the Lusignan Prison holding area, after crawling to freedom through a five-foot long tunnel they had dug inside a makeshift latrine.

Odel Roberts, Rayon Jones and Jamal Forde were nabbed yesterday evening along the Agriculture Road, Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara, while Teshawn McKenzie and Winston Long were captured near the Route 44 bus park in Georgetown.

A few hours later, Jamal Joseph and Jason Howard were captured in North East La Penitence.       Continue reading

Guyana: Corruption is an evil that will sink the country – commentary


Most Guyanese by now have been convinced, by some revelation or other, that they are living in a corrupt society where most of the major institutions are woefully corrupt. There are some institutions that fare better than others in terms of corruption, but in the view of the man-in-the-street, the overwhelming consensus is that many individuals responsible for large financial undertakings are choking with the gains of corruption, which has become a norm in society.   Continue reading

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