The Safe House Project 2009 for Displaced & Homeless MSM/Transgender reviewed & more


In response to numerous requests for more information on the defunct Safe House Pilot Project that was to address the growing numbers of displaced and homeless LGBTQ Youth in New Kingston in 2007/8/9, a review of the relevance of the project as a solution, the possible avoidance of present issues with some of its previous residents if it were kept open.
Recorded June 12, 2013; also see from the former Executive Director named in the podcast more background on the project: HERE also see the beginning of the issues from the closure of the project: The Quietus ……… The Safe House Project Closes and The Ultimatum on December 30, 2009

Monday, July 28, 2014

New Kingston Cop Proposes Shelter for Shoemaker Gully LGBT Homeless Population

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Superintendent Murdock

The same cop who has factored in so many run-ins with the youngsters in the Shoemaker Gully (often described as a sewer by some activists) has delivered on a promise of his powerpoint presentation on a solution to the issue in New Kingston, problem is it is the same folks who abandoned the men (their predecessors) from the powerful cogs of LGBT/HIV that are in earshot of his plan. 

This ugly business of LGBTQ homelessness and displacements or self imposed exile by persons has had several solutions put forth, problem is the non state actors in particular do not want to get their hands dirty as the more combative and political issues to do with buggery's decriminalization or repeal have risen to the level of importance more so than this. Let us also remember this is like the umpteenth meeting with the cops, some of the LGBT homeless persons and the advocacy structure.

Remember JFLAG's exclusion of the group from that IDAHO symposium on LGBT homelessess? See HERE, how can we ask the same people who only want to academise and editorialise the issue to also try to address their own when they do not want to get their hands dirty but publish wonderful reports as was done earlier this month, see HERE: (re)Presenting and Redressing LGBT Homelessness in Jamaica: Towards a Multifaceted Approach to Addressing Anti-Gay Related Displacement  also LGBT homelessness has always been with us from the records of Gay Freedom Movement(1974) to present but the current issues  started from 2009, see: The Quietus ……… The Safe House Project Closes and The Ultimatum on December 30, 2009 as carried on this blog.

The last time we saw Superintendent Murdock in action with the population was in December 2013, SEE HERE and attempts have been made to address the group via Dwayne's House (Yvonne McCallah Sobers) who also propose a shelter but to no avail as yet. Also the public crackdown in October 2013, See HERE

Pity that it had to take so much years of grief and some international attention (that seems to be the only thing that moves some folks) to get the same organizations linked to Jamaica AIDS Support who ditched the homeless LGBT youth in the previous Safe House Pilot some five years ago and thus the issues since then to now to listen, but who wants to actually get their hands dirty? my podcast from a year ago on the government providing shelter still stands:



The previous Executive Director of Jamaica AIDS Support who piloted the Safe House Project and understands the issues or myself or other stake holders who have far more intimate knowledge of the situation were NOT made aware of this meeting until it was published in the papers. Another indication of how this issue is being controlled by some.

The Jamaica Observer carried this:


A senior police officer has proposed the establishment of a shelter where homeless gay men in New Kingston can access medication, psychological evaluation, counselling and skills training.

Commanding officer for the New Kingston Police, Deputy Superintendent Christopher Murdock, made the suggestion at a meeting last Thursday attended by residents of communities in New Kingston, some of the homeless young men, business operators in the financial district, and representatives of interest groups, including the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA).

The meeting, arranged by Government parliamentarian Julian Robinson, whose constituency includes the affected area, was called in an effort to address problems being experienced by residents and business owners in relation to the behaviour of the homeless gay men.

Police say they have received reports of murder, wounding, robbery, car break-ins, house break-ins, malicious destruction of property, one case of shooting, simple larceny, and assault occasioning bodily harm, most of which they have attributed to the young men who live in the Shoemaker gully on Trafalgar Road.

"The fact that you are homosexuals doesn't mean that the behaviour has to be bad," Murdock told the homeless men attending the meeting.

But one woman suggested to Murdock that he needed to accept the fact that because the young men are thrown out of their homes, "they learn street culture".

Until that reality is recognised and accepted, "we are going to always have this problem of finding the solution, because they are going to develop the behaviour to survive on the streets", she said.

But Murdock, in his defence, said that other homeless men are not indulging in acts of criminality.

"Whilst we are mindful of the sexual orientation and the issues surrounding that, we don't want to come to the meeting with that because we have other street boys and they do not give us the problem that we are having with these ones," he said.

However, Murdock's shelter proposal was questioned by Jermaine Burton, founder of the group Colour Pink.

"You have come up with the idea of a shelter, but how have you reached a shelter, because you guys have been on the issue of the shelter... that is like reinventing the wheel from how long," he said.

"The culture itself doesn't create an enabling environment to really go and get a shelter as well. If you put up a shelter and people know that this is a shelter [for homosexuals]... it is more problems," Burton said.

But Robinson quickly clarified the purpose of the shelter, saying that it would be a place for sustainable development.

"It's not a home for you to carry on your activities," said the MP. "So when you think of a shelter, don't think of a shelter for persons to carry on homosexual activities. The shelter we're looking at is a centre where persons can get home training and skills training.

"There are quite a number of persons living there (in the gully) now who don't even have a birth certificate, who have no form of identification, no skills training, no educational qualifications. The centre is to create that, not an area where you are going to say okay, this is where you are going to be carrying on with your sexual activities and carrying on with your lewd behaviour, which is associated with the group where they come out onto the streets, they strip themselves, they gyrate... that's not what we're about," he stated.

Burton, however, asked: "Is this what the community wants? You don't ask the community what they want, yet still you put up that they want a shelter?"

However, Superintendent of Police Fitz Bailey quickly interjected, saying that for years people have been fed up with the behaviour of the young men, and the shelter was the solution.

"All of us are here because we are frustrated and we want a solution, so I have devoted more time than others in sessions trying to come up with a solution, and that would be the ideal thing," Bailey said.

One resident, who expressed frustration with the behaviour of the homeless men, said education would be one of the first steps to finding a remedy.

"First and foremost, we need to educate the persons and their families about their lifestyle. In Jamaica every family has at least one person who is gay. I have gay family members and for years we did not know," she said, adding that when they found out, they did not put them out on the streets.

"I agree with the approach to create a centre and educate these people to let them know if you want to be accepted into society, don't go about behaving like this, as you're only making the situation worse by putting yourselves out there. Your behaviour should be confined to your bedroom and your private quarters, nobody has to know," she said.

The health risks associated with the young men living in the gully were also raised at the meeting which heard that they cook, eat and defecate there.

As the meeting progressed, the idea of the shelter seemed to have gained a bit of support, but even then the question of who would be responsible for getting it established was raised.

"If we could convince members of the civic coalition and those who are spending millions on security to help, we could go a far way," said Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-sexuals and Gays President Dane Lewis.

"We have to have land, pay people who are going to come and look after health care and other benefits. We've had enough of these sessions; we need to come to a solution," Lewis added.

A female participant felt it was the Government's responsibility.

"The Government has to lead on this. We have had donors give us money and we cannot get the support from communities in society to do this. We have had to give back a $9-million grant because we couldn't find a place. If the Government leads, we will be willing to support in whatever way using our own resources such as representatives from the Ministry of Health and from among those working with the group for quite some time," she said.

Robinson said that he would help to source the land for the shelter, while Murdock asked for a small group to be committed to leading the charge.

A representative from the NCDA and one from the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition gave their commitment to assist, once proper funding was in place and the Government decided to lead the charge beyond providing land.

ENDS

from December 2013


2012 Television discussion with Supt Murdock and MP Julian Robinson

Shoemaker Gully prior to the population explosion

the Cargill Avenue Eviction by cops in 2012 on television

JFLAG shelter document as presented at a Nov 7 2012 townhall meeting, no further explanations as to why it never materialized


Safe house logo
former Jamaica AIDS Support/JFLAG office site and Safe House Pilot space that was closed and both agencies evicted as the relationship between the LGBT persons and the agencies deteriorated


member of parliament Julian Robinson and board member of Dwayne' House at a meeting in 2013

Identified space by previous JLP administration left unimproved since 2009

Dwayne's House feeding program earlier this year

Millsborough Avenue house that was captured by the older populations last year

Millsborough Avenue house demolition last year where some of the men illegally captured, more HERE

Take note that it is the same Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition CVCC that was involved in the JFJ sex education fiasco and the Programs Manager is the Chair of JFLAG yet with all those linkages a viable solution cannot come forth after some five years since the Safe House pilot closure and the population explosion. See: Why did CVCC & JFJ not Fund a Project/Home for Homeless LGBT Youth in New Kingston instead of the Children’s Home Fiasco that now obtains?
video
 Flashback to the origin of the Homeless MSM explosion causation and why to date we have the numbers in Kingston especially.

Let us see where all this goes, great idea by the Superintendent but it will only go down as many others have as another meeting and no real solution and just a formal exercise.

also see from 2012:  Homeless impatient with agencies over slow progress of promised shelter and THE PROBLEMATIC “BATTYMAN ENTITLEMENT” PHENOM, HOMELESSNESS & LGBT SAFE SPACES


2014 - Funny And Framed - 'Mother' Of New Kingston Gays Says They Are Not To Be Blamed For Increase In Crime

Police Hunt Murder Suspect in Homeless MSM/Trans Population in New Kingston

Yet another documentary and no improvement follows, watch if you can, at least this one is the most realistic one yet in the line of them:



Peace and tolerance

H

Sunday, July 27, 2014

War Over The Buggery Law

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The following is an excerpt from the Gleaner's In Focus, see the full article here


Ian Boyne, Columnist

The struggle between Christians and gay-rights activists over the buggery law is more political than practical. Its repeal or retention is more symbolic than salutary.

Gay people are freely engaging in anal sex and are not worried in the least about police knocking down their doors to arrest them. Nobody is going to report them to the police if they buy their condoms or lubricants. And this argument that gay men are effectively denied health services and hence are vulnerable to HIV infection because of the buggery law seems transparently absurd to me. It is not the existence of the buggery law that prevents gay men from visiting clinics. If any gay man is intimidated to reveal his status, that reluctance has more to do with stigmatisation, prejudice and discrimination - which would remain even if the buggery law were repealed. Once our culture remains heavily influenced by fundamentalist Christianity, that stigma towards homosexuality will remain, whatever happens legally.

Changing the buggery law would be a political victory for gays, yes, and would signal some softening of attitudes towards homosexuality in 'society circles', but on the ground, once you can't eradicate conservative religious ideas about homosexuality, you are going to have stigma, exclusion and non-acceptance. Apartheid was law in South Africa but despised by the black masses of South Africa, just as slavery was law in the British West Indies but revolted against by the enslaved. We know from our history as black people that laws don't equate to popular acceptance. So the repeal of the buggery law would be political and symbolic. That's all.

On the other hand, Christian arguments for the retention of the buggery law are largely political, not philosophical or principled. Christians don't argue on the basis of the merits of the buggery law per se. Their arguments represent either slippery slope reasoning ('this will lead to that') or fear ('This will strengthen the gay lobby agenda', clearly giving them a political victory en route to full legalisation). They can't argue the virtue of the buggery law in itself. Something is just wrong with that philosophically.

Retaining the buggery law can't be justified simply because its repeal could possibly lead to certain consequences. Veronica Evelyn, writing inIn Focus on July 13 in an article titled, revealingly, 'Connect the dots: same-sex marriage and the decriminalisation of buggery', says: "The decriminalisation of buggery is a necessary condition for the legalisation of same-sex marriage. The call for the decriminalisation of buggery does not exist in a vacuum. It is but Step 1 in a downward spiral characterised by a series of decriminalisation, enactment and amendment of laws relating to sexual behaviour."

You can't argue for the retention of the buggery law on such philosophically shaky grounds. Plus, it ignores the fact that there are jurisdictions which have decriminalised buggery and that have actually amended their constitutions to specifically outlaw same-sex marriage. Christians must be honest in their debate on this issue and not obfuscate. The decriminalisation of homosexuality does not have to lead to the legalisation or normalisation of homosexuality. No more than adultery is normalised in law, though it is not criminalised.

MUDDLED REASONING

Repealing the buggery law does not necessarily lead to same-sex marriage. We must not create hysteria by muddled reasoning. That is tantamount to lying, which is forbidden in Scripture. Attorney-at-law Shirley Richards, who has quite correctly and courageously exercised her rights as a citizen to staunchly oppose homosexuality, writes in that same July 13 issue of In Focus: "Repeal of the buggery law places us on this road which, in other countries, has resulted in minority homosexual rights taking precedence over the fundamental human rights of the majority."

Make no mistake: The legalisation of homosexuality threatens civil liberties and the rights of those of us who oppose homosexuality on religious grounds. It takes away our options of exercising personal conscience once homosexuality is normalised in law and if same-sex marriage is legalised. That has been the practice and experience so far.

But it is not true to say that the repeal of the buggery law inexorably leads us down that road. Shirley is not right that "repeal of the (buggery) law will also effectively remove the philosophy that protects true marriage". As a lawyer, she should know of those states which have decriminalised homosexuality and yet have constitutional provisions protecting man-woman marriage. Why ignore that evidence? Because we are in a propaganda war?

Dr Wayne West has been another brave and outspoken soul exercising his democratic right to lobby against homosexuality. Wayne has always sought to be reasoned - whatever you think about his efforts. But his reasoning is vulnerable to serious criticism. Wayne has trotted out a lot of incontestable statistics about the dangers of male homosexuality. The truth is - and the way Wayne speaks you would not know this - gay-rights activists accept that men who have sex with men have a higher prevalence of HIV/AIDS. They accept that anal sex is a more effective means of transmitting AIDS. In fact, that is why they are (misguidedly in my view) pushing for the repeal of buggery laws to free up gays getting treatment. (I don't know of health practitioners reporting gay men who see them.)

Gay activists are saying it is because of the culture of discrimination and stigmatisation why gay men don't get treatment. Using the argument that unprotected anal sex is highly risky can't be the most potent argument against homosexuality, Wayne. Gay men can solve that problem easily by simply using a condom! So what? If gay men start using condoms regularly and the rate of infections among them goes down, would your case against homosexuality collapse?

Health reasons are not what the Bible proffers why homosexuality is morally unacceptable, Wayne. That argument leaves out lesbians. The buggery law is completely silent about lesbians. In fact, in our culture, some of the most ardent and virulent opponents of homosexuality fantasise about and some engage in threesome with women. But the Bible condemns both male and female homosexuality. The conservative Christian opposition seems more cultural than Christian and more political than philosophical. The Christians need to engage a thorough-going and rigorous apologetics against homosexuality and not engage in scattershot, slippery-slope arguments.

IMPORTANT STATEMENT

Some Christians say while it is true that the buggery law does nothing to stop people actually engaging in anal sex, at least it makes an important statement about what the society abhors. It gave Christians a basis for orchestrating the collapse of the Carolyn Gomes-founded Jamaicans for Justice (Gomes was a main agitator against Professor Bain. God, the Christians say, has brought swift judgement against her and her legacy, Jamaicans for Justice).

Christians say, let's keep this law for when buggery is illegal. Gays can't slip material into our schools, children's homes and in our media. But we could still repeal the buggery law and not have homosexuality taught as normal in our schools and public institutions.

Besides, the buggery law does not forbid homosexuality, but only anal sex - which heterosexuals can and do engage in. Our buggery law - unlike in some other jurisdictions - does not punish lesbians. So Christians are supporting a law that falls short of biblical law. Better some of it than none, some would say. But this is not a theocracy, and if adulterers and fornicators are not penalised, nor should homosexuals. It is not fair. You say that's like saying, if you can't catch all criminals, we should not catch some. No, I am saying that in a democratic society, everyone must be equal under the law and laws must be just.

The buggery law is being used as a political weapon against gay people in this culture war. Saying, "Well, adulterers and fornicators don't want to impose their views on us and take away our rights like homosexuals" is another admission that the law is being used as a weapon. A law must be inherently just. We have to do better in our argumentation against homosexuality, brethren.

Ian Boyne is a veteran journalist working with the Jamaica Information Service. Email feedback to columns@gleanerjm.com and ianboyne1@yahoo.com.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Father beats son on suspicion of being a homosexual

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An irate father accused of cruelly disciplining his son for what he claims were homosexual tendencies had his bail extended when he appeared before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

The accused, who was charged with cruelty to a child, said that he witnessed his seven-year-old son in the street playing with a number of other children.

It is alleged that the accused accosted his son, scolding him that he is always in the street 'with man'. It is believed that Brown ushered his son away from the roadside to their home where he sought to discipline him by stripping him of his clothes, allegedly using a wire to whip him repeatedly.

The court heard that after enduring a whipping, the seven-year-old fled from the house running breathlessly to a nearby police station in the nude. Brown was subsequently arrested and charged.

However, Brown maintained that his son exhibited homosexual tendencies as he played with other children of similar age. As a result, he sought to discipline his child as he says other parents were not taking the necessary action to prevent a re-occurrence.

"They are feeling on each other's penis and whining on each other and these parents are not doing anything about it," said a seemingly distressed Brown.

"It is called experimentation. It's a normal part of growing up where they play nurse and doctor," remarked Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey. "What you need to do is talk to your child and explain to him what is appropriate behaviour. Beating them is not the answer. Teaching them is the answer. Now the way in which you beat him, that is what you are charged for,"

Subsequently, the accused was ordered to return to court on September 9 for a mention hearing.




Sadly there are so many other cases like this that go unreported or unheard of and teens and young adults suffer in silence unable to be themselves or get validation for who they actually are. The lack of sex and sexuality in schools' curriculum also is a factor as played out in the recent issues shows us why a beating also such as this repeatedly occur.

I hope the case leads to some sense and sensibility into this father who thinks the only way to address this and that some counseling be brought to bear not to supposed restore the youth as it were for the minds of some to heterosexuality but to repair the broken relations between the father and son. 

Reconnecting should be the ultimate goal here than just stopping the beatings and the court case, I hope this young man also does not end up becoming another displaced or homeless statistic as we also have so many of those to speak of.

There was an incident several years ago where a father allegedly handed his gay son to students at his school to be beaten but was rescued by compassionate ancillary staff who took several blows to shield him and called for police intervention.

Jamaica Observer article 19/02/04: Father encourages students to maul 'gay' son

"According to students and teachers at the school, the boy's father apparently found pictures of nude men in the boy's school bag.
Infuriated, he turned up at the school yesterday with the pictures and encouraged the mob to turn on his son. As students began to maul his son, the man is reported to have driven away."

In notoriously homophobic Jamaica gay men can hardly expect protection even from their parents - as was made very clear yesterday.
A father, concerned that his son might be gay, turned up at the Dunoon Park Technical High School in east Kingston and apparently encouraged other students to beat the boy, an eleventh grader.

"Them bruck up desk and bench and beat him up badly," one Dunoon student told the Observer. "Him get nuff lick, box, kick and thump from boy and girl."
The boy's name was withheld by school officials and the extent of his injuries was not immediately known. But whatever they were, it would have been worse were it not for the intervention of ancillary staff.
According to students and teachers at the school, the boy's father apparently found pictures of nude men in the boy's school bag.

Infuriated, he turned up at the school yesterday with the pictures and encouraged the mob to turn on his son. As students began to maul his son, the man is reported to have driven away.
In the frenzy, students hurled stones at police who were called to the school to restore order, in the process damaging police cars and motorbikes. The police eventually were able to rescue the youngster from the other students, most of whom wore uniforms, and whisked him off the campus.
According to a teacher at the school, people from outside the school joined in the fracas.

"They were intent on killing him," this teacher said. "They were like a pack of wild animals who had smelled blood and if it wasn't for a staff member who jumped on top of him, you would be reporting on a mob killing."
The teacher described the behaviour of the student's father as "careless".
"A me save him," an ancillary staff member told the Observer. "Me have to jump on him and shield him cause them was going to kill him. Me get a whole heap of licks, but me push him in the office and lock him in."
School authorities were forced to call the Elletson Road police to escort the boy off the compound when the angry mob became uncontrollable.

But the cops were also attacked, leaving some with minor injuries. After calm was restored, at least a dozen Dunoon students were taken to the Elletson Road police station where they were given a stern warning by officers from the station's Criminal Investigation Bureau before being released.
"We went to the school to calm down a situation and protect the students and they turn around and fling stones on us," an Elletson Road police office complained. "What has the society come to?"
The parent who has been accused of ordering the students to maul his son, reportedly drove away from the school as soon as the fracas started.

Read more:
also see from sister blog GLBTQJA 2009: Insensitive Parents & Displaced MSM and Part 2 HERE

Peace and tolerance

H


Friday, July 25, 2014

Alkaline Comes Under More Pressure for his Controversial Lyrics & Image

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also see:

Alkaline (Rimming DJ) gets a homophobic response from newcomer Dwayno's track "Mr Faggoty"

"Rimming" promoting DJ gets blamed for freaky singjay's ostracism & death threats


In the latest war of words with younger DJs on the scene even as more established ones also feud anti gay remarks have been thrown though not reported here towards Alkaline due to his controversial lyrics supposedly promoting anal/oral sex with females.



The latest was reported in today's star news while on social media and on Youtube the exchanges persist.


The camp of upcoming dancehall artiste Gage has responded to a recent interview done by deejay Alkaline by describing him as a copycat and fraud.

Alkaline in a recent television interview had said that he did not know who Gage was and he (Alkaline) is the only relevant dancehall artiste, except Mavado and I Octane.

However, Gage's manager, Neil Daley, who spoke on his behalf, had some strong words for Alkaline when contacted by THE WEEKEND STAR recently.

"Time will tell, he will know who Gage is. He stole Gage's song called Queng Dem and he stole Vybz Kartel's songs and style. Alkaline is nothing but a copycat, he walks and bite Vybz Kartel, you are the youngest and the foolest," Daley said.

want a clash

He continued; "Who are you? You not even reach Tommy Lee level yet and yu a try style him in interview. If you want a clash to prove your worth then step up, bring it on."

The manager in bashing Alkaline's recent performance at Sumfest, described it as a flop.

"Him nuh get nuh forward at Sumfest. But mi like how him stand up and pretend that he was getting forward. Him contacts nearly drop out of him eyes when him a kill out himself onstage and the people dem nah respond," Davis said while poking fun at Alkaline's record Touch You which speaks about anal stimulation in sex.

When THE WEEKEND STAR contacted Alkaline's publicist, Kymona Bartley, for a comment, she said she was not prepared to speak on the situation and that Alkaline is still googling 'what is a Gage'.

Alkaline is presently promoting his singles How It Feel, Queng Dem and Never End, while Gage has released new singles Thief Di Queng, Levels To This and Jah Jah.

ENDS

Earlier in the year another upcoming DJ Rime Minista also threw homophobic lyrics at the popular DJ, despite his unique looks and lyrics he has a large following even with his taboo subjected songs sometimes.

here are those two dissing tracks:



Frankly some of these youngings in the business need to take a chill pill and just do what they are doing holding their audiences, artists such as Gage is already on the rise with his own crowd what would dissing Alkaline (even if he said he was a copycat prior) do now for his career, I am sort of on the fence now with him after seeing this news.

Sad that as soon as someone talks about anal sexual play (non penetratively) he is assumed to be a homosexual, how shallow?

Peace and tolerance

H

Restorative Therapy Advocate & Anti Gay Voice on Trial for Perverting the Course of Justice

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Also see: REVEREND AL MILLER’S OWN MORAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST & ANTI GAY CAMPAIGN

Leading member of the newly formed anti gay group Jamaica CAUSE who had the June 29 rally, Pastor of Fellowship Tabernacle and a strong proponent of restorative therapy Rev Al Miller is on trial for aiding a fugitive. Sadly this is the voice that has been at it for over a decade trying to block LGBT rights of any sort even at the Charter of Rights level where he and Lawyers' Christian Fellowship founder Shirley Richards got removed the only small protection from discrimination due to sexual orientation in the 1999 draft when JFLAG made their parliamentary submission, sadly the J did not adjust their call from a full repeal of buggery to decriminalization so we have had to live with the grief all these years hence the strong opposition since.


The case has been carried by various media, here is an excerpt from the Gleaner's take:



A police sergeant yesterday testified that minutes before the 2010 capture of then fugitive Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, the Reverend Merrick 'Al' Miller led police on a high-speed chase in St Catherine after twice ignoring their attempts to stop his vehicle.

Det Sgt Winston Radcliffe gave evidence that at one point in the chase, his police service vehicle was travelling at 130mph, but still could not keep pace with the popular pastor's "heavily tinted" sport utility vehicle (SUV) with Coke on-board.

Radcliffe said when police finally used their vehicle to force the SUV to stop on the soft shoulder along Mandela Highway and ordered the occupants out, Dudus emerged wearing a black and green peak cap, clear eyeglasses and a black curly wig.

The evidence came as Miller's long-delayed trial for attempting to pervert the course of justice got under way in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

Miller, through his attorneys, has insisted that the police were, at all times, aware that he was taking Coke to surrender to authorities.

Radcliffe's testimony provided a behind-the-scenes look into how the islandwide manhunt ended for the former Tivoli Gardens strongman and convicted drug kingpin, who is now serving a 23-year prison sentence in the United States.

The police sergeant told the court that on June 22, 2010, he got information that led him and a team of three constables to position their police car near the entrance to the Bog Walk gorge in St Catherine. He said a short time later, Miller's RAV4 exited the gorge travelling with a Subaru Impreza motor car.

Radcliffe said his team began trailing the two vehicles before requesting assistance from police control and other units that were in the Spanish Town area at the time.

He testified that another police vehicle, which joined the trail after he requested assistance, was used to block the path of the Subaru, while his vehicle was positioned "about one car length" behind the RAV4, bringing both vehicles to a halt.

"The RAV4 SUV pulled out from behind the Impreza and continued towards the [Highway 2000] toll road. I activated the emergency equipment [the flashing lights] on my vehicle and gave chase," said Radcliffe, as Clerk of the Courts Larona Montague-Williams led him through his evidence.

He said he caught up with the SUV a short time later and used his police vehicle to block its path, forcing the driver to stop.

"Myself and my team alighted from our vehicle and moved towards the RAV4 when I observed the front driver window rolled down and the driver identified himself as 'Al Miller'," the sergeant testified.

He said Miller then rolled the window back up, "pulled away from the service vehicle, drove past it, and headed to the toll plaza".

"We drove on to the highway eastbound towards Kingston in an effort to catch up with the RAV4 that was travelling at a very high speed," the sergeant said, noting that his vehicle was travelling at 130mph, but was still about half a mile behind the SUV.

However, Miller's lead attorney, Jacqueline Samuels-Brown, challenged this claim, suggesting to Radcliffe that there was no second stop.

While conceding that he did not record the second stop in his notebook, the police sergeant insisted that it took place, triggering an exchange with the attorney.

"You know the importance of preserving your notebook for the purpose of a trial, right?" Samuels-Brown questioned.

"I don't know about preserving it for trial. I know about having them for reference," the sergeant responded.

"Where is that notebook?" the defence attorney pressed.

"I have absolutely no idea," the policeman responded.

He testified that a team from the St Catherine South Police, which was part of the chase, later used their vehicle to force the SUV to a stop on the soft shoulder near the "cane cart crossing" along Mandela Highway.

Radcliffe said Coke was handcuffed and placed in a police car, while Miller remained in the driver's seat of the SUV.

The sergeant said he approached Miller and asked why he did not stop when he was signalled to and the clergyman told him "he was taking Coke to the US Embassy as officers were there waiting for him".

The trial continues today.

ENDS


Old Clovis cartoon with outgoing Commissioner 

Lasmay's take at the time

Sadly this is the man who we must fear or wants to stop LGBT rights or recognition from progressing and even labeling us as "aliens" as he did at the Jamaica CAUSE rally meeting as carried on CVM TV
video

I hope they find him guilty as he obviously was aiding a fugitive escape the law of the land and his arrogance and refusal to step aside at the time from the church and other leadership positions was even more so troubling to show the lack of integrity he has and seems more interested in power and image more than dignity and truth which are supposed to be God centered principles eh.



The Observer's take: Lawyer accuses cop of lying as trial of Al Miller starts

UPDATE July 26 2014

LAWYERS FOR THE Reverend Merrick 'Al' Miller yesterday questioned a retired police superintendent about a public plea the popular pastor made to then fugitive Christopher 'Dudus' Coke to turn himself in on the condition that he had the "commitment of the authorities" that they would ensure his safety.

The questions by Miller's lead attorney, Jacqueline Samuels-Brown, were in reference to a public letter the clergyman wrote in June 2010, which was published by this newspaper during the time of the islandwide manhunt for the former Tivoli Gardens strongman and convicted drug kingpin.

"Are you aware that there was an open letter published in one of our national newspapers in which Reverend Miller wrote 'be assured that I and others will do everything to ensure your safety and we have the commitment of the authorities'?" Samuels-Brown asked retired Superintendent Wrenford Robinson during cross-examination.

"I did not see that appeal," Robinson replied.

Coke was found in Miller's sport utility vehicle along Mandela Highway in St Catherine on June 22, 2010, but the popular pastor has maintained that the police top brass were, at all times, aware that he was taking him to surrender to authorities.

Robinson is the third witness to give evidence in Miller's trial for attempting to pervert the course of justice, which got under way in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate Court on Thursday. The trial has been adjourned until September 10.

ENDS
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Jamaican Council for Human Rights Wants Probe Into Case Of Innocent Man Jailed For Nine Years for Steve Harvey's Murder

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Chairperson of the Jamaican Council for Human Rights, Arlene Harrison Henry, is calling for the Police High Command to order a probe into the case of a man held in police custody for almost nine years for a crime he did not commit.

Ryan Wilson was freed of murder last week in the Home Circuit Court after it was revealed that he was in custody at the Constant Spring Police station at the time of the alleged crime.




Steve Harvey in good times

Wilson was jointly charged with four others in relation with the 2005 murder of HIV/AIDS activist Lenford 'Steve' Harvey. 



Harrison Henry says what happened to Wilson is indicative of the dereliction of duty by agents of the State.

She further says having someone in custody almost nine years for a crime he did not commit is a gross violation of his Constitutional rights.

She says it’s not enough for the State to compensate him for the terrible ordeal, but those who did not do their jobs must be held accountable.

Attorney-at-law Ernest Davis, who is representing Wilson, says his client will be filing a lawsuit seeking damages against the Government.

You may recall for those who knew him and who follow this blog one of my original posts: On the evening of November 30, 2005, at approximately 1:00am, Harvey and his roommates were robbed at gunpoint in their home, his roommates were bound, and Harvey was abducted. A gunman reportedly yelled "We hear that you are gay" to the trio. Harvey's body was found two hours later, early the next morning, a few miles in the hills overlooking Kingston, with gunshot wounds in his head and back.

Steve Harvey's killing has resulted in a far-reaching public outcry against the government of Jamaica, which has been accused of ignoring violence against homosexuals.
Several organizations, including the United Nations have demanded a thorough investigation of the homicide.

In March 2006, four people were charged with the killing.
It was in that same year he was selected as LACCASO's (Latin America and Caribbean Council of AIDS Service Organizations) project coordinator for Jamaica and was about to launch into bigger an better things.

A Life cut short.

His work with the MSM population was EXEMPLARY (yet to be duplicated) I had the pleasure of working with him while he was a member of the GLABCOM, gay lesbian, bisexual community steering committee arm of Jamaica AIDS Support for Life, JASL in the late nineties through to his death.
The pic above depicting a happier moment of him, "BIG NOSE" as some would tease him, he never liked it lol.

He lived for politics and current affairs, always debating with someone about his favourite political party and if he never agreed with you his face made it very clear lol.
We Miss You Boi!!!

October 14, 2011 Update As for the political saga that ensued he would have lived for it and also the upcoming elections constitutionally due in 2012 he would have sided with his favourite party the Peoples National Party PNP who are now in administration and who also still enjoy most of the LGBT support despite siding with government on the invented gay marriage debate as a side bar to the Charter of Rights Debate in 2008/9.


I know he would have enjoyed the "working, working working" mantra Mrs Simpson Miller has taken on these days in her public utterances although the results are entirely different matter one could argue and that we have prior to his murder on many occasions.

Another one of our strong voices taken out unjustly.


Hope this case of this innocent man will open up more information needed to solve this one that has been languishing in our court system for far too long and then we wonder why we can't feel real justice.

Peace and tolerance

H

Blakka Ellis on "Jamaica a christian country?"

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Every time I hear or read someone describing Jamaica as a 'Christian country' or suggesting that Jamaicans are homogeneously a 'God-fearing people', I want to puke.

Where dem get dat from? Christian country mi back foot! Is full time now wi stop lying to the world and fooling ourselves with that declaration. Firstly, Christianity isn't the only religion practised by Jamaicans. And secondly, many who claim Christian beliefs don't give a damn about God most of the time.

Yeah, we know that Jamaica has more churches per square mile than any other place in the world, but so what? For every congregant genuflecting quietly in the pews or screaming loudly in the spirit in those houses of worship [whether genuinely devout or pretending lout], you have two or three dog-hearted people outside who nuh inna nuh God ting, and are, in fact, ready and willing to desecrate that space to 'eat a food'. So dem people deh a wha, Jamaicans too, or aliens?

And for every church cathedral or tabernacle, we probably have two or three rum bars, drinking saloons or beer joints [and don't even mention strip clubs] full of people deeply enraptured, drowning in some different kinds of spirit. But yeah, Jamaica is a Christian country full of God-fearing people, right? And dem people who under dem liquor and probably telling God to go to hell aren't Jamaicans, they're visitors flown in on 'satanic airlines' to test the faith of the children of God.

I witnessed and experienced serious atrocities in the 70s and 80s as a youth raised in an evolving garrison, and nothing about my life felt like one was in a Christian country among God-fearing people. I drive around Kingston nowadays and observe so much anger, hate and irrationality that I have to fight hard to hold on to a positive light. Where are the Christians? Just yesterday, a motorist cut in front of me dangerously, and when I protested [quite pleasantly at that], he proceeded to suggest ungodly things I should do to my mother, and threatened me with such intense anger you'd think I was the reason he clearly got no sex the night before.

I contemplated passing him, stopping in the middle of the road and blocking him and the entire line of traffic just to rush over to give him a nice brotherly hug, [maybe even throw in a reassuring kiss] and loudly remind him, and all the other drivers who would now be tracing me off like a flock of skettels at the standpipe, that Jamaica is Christian country, and we are all blessed, God-fearing people. But then I said to myself, no yah sah, my face allergic to thump and kick, and I'd rather die of old age. So I just laughed at my imagined scenario, and went my merry way.

But is this a Christian country? How so, when I have lived to see nice, matronly looking, rural women on national television passionately defending lotto scammers and framing the robbery inflicted on elderly Americans as a kind of reparation? So, dem lady deh now, dem a children of the Lord or satan's 'jacket'? Maybe dem nuh realise it yet, so unnu better hurry up and tell them and the thieves they're defending, that Jamaica is a Christian country. And while you're at it, link up those twisted beings who are raping and killing our children and violating our women daily, and deport them, because they're clearly not citizens of our God-blessed, God-fearing Christian country.

A fundamental tenet of Christianity is in that command based on words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount that also has parallel in Mosaic law commandment, which says 'do unto other as you would have them do unto you'. 

But how many Jamaicans really practice that?

Interestingly, the shrill assertion that we are a Christian country full of God-fearing people is usually spouted most stridently by people who are condemning homosexuality, because, apparently, that's the only thing that threatens to rip and rend the sacred fabric of our Godly holy nation. But are we really a Christian nation, or just a nation of hypocrites?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Member of Parliament Lloyd B Smith on Of Buggery & Rationality

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The following appeared in the Jamaica Observer today bearing in mind Mr Smith is a now sitting member of parliament and publisher of the Western Mirror paper and that JFLAG's change from a full repeal of buggery to decriminalization still seems to have gotten some notice as indicated in second to last paragraph although his take on crisis communication and indeed homophobic versus non homophobic murders is way off base, I do not think though if a conscience vote be called tomorrow we could rely upon Mr Smith to vote in the affirmative of removing or amending the law as he seems too fickle to me but you decide as politicians are nervous these days given the hysterics of some religious voices and antigay groups.

Lloyd B Smith

Jamaica CAUSE antigay rally in Half Way Tree June 29 2014

"Every dog have him day, every puss him twelve o'clock." — Jamaican proverb.

Homosexuality is not a crime in Jamaica. Anal sex, described by statute as buggery is a criminal act that can attract a maximum sentence of 10 years. Case in point, some time ago, a Montegonian resident was arrested and charged by the police after he was caught in a romantic embrace kissing another man. When the matter was brought to court, the accused was freed as the presiding judge declared that there was no legal basis or precedent on which the accused could be convicted.

Jamaica being a Christian country sees many of its citizens using the Bible as their reference point in terms of expressing their abhorrence of buggery, which is condemned as an abnormal act deserving of death. Interestingly, the Bible also condemns fornication and adultery — both of which attract similar punishment but do not attract a similar level of violent rejection by modern-day Christians.

What is also conveniently ignored is that anal sex is practised among heterosexuals; meaning that men commit buggery on women. In the meantime, Jamaican law puts buggery in the same category as bestiality. It is common for donkeys, goats and cows to be singled out for such an act. Indeed, a female goat in Jamaica is oftentimes referred to as "dem boy gal"; thus the ram goat is the much preferred meat to be curried and eaten by many sceptical Jamaicans.

The Bain/UWI saga has opened up a can of worms, as it is felt by concerned churchgoers that the 'Gay Agenda' is becoming too much in their face. The introduction of seemingly provocative and unsuitable sex education material in a number of private children's homes by a Jamaicans For Justice-led effort has added more fuel to the fire. And so, on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Half-Way-Tree Jamaicans from all walks of life and various religious persuasions took off the gloves and came out punching, insisting that the buggery law should be kept as is, and that marriage should continue to be a union between a male and a female. The reported rape (buggering) of a male jogger by two alleged thugs also got the nation into a frenzy fuelled by the national media that have sought to over-sensationalise this issue.

There is nothing wrong with the Church taking such a stance. What would be wrong is if hatred, bigotry, intolerance, and violence are the weapons used by these followers of Christ to fight the Gay Agenda. To a large extent, some sections of the gay community had become too barefaced and so were seen as wanting to overpower the heterosexual community. But this gay issue is a far more complex one than is being imagined.

To begin with, Jamaica is not a homophobic society as has been posited over these many years based on the many violent deaths that have befallen gay men— some of them high-profile and well known individuals. A careful analysis of many of these murders will reveal that the majority of the victims were killed by someone close to them; either a lover or someone who is being used and then refused. Young men who have sex with men for money also can become very violent if they are "outed" by their seducers. There are also cases where promises are made and not kept in terms of financial rewards or expensive gifts. Then there is the tragic incidence in which an individual is infected with HIV on the 'down low' and ends up giving his girlfriend or wife. All these scenarios, and other such vexing situations, can lead to a bloody end and, indeed, crimes of passion.

In the meantime, we have to be careful as a nation that we do not take extremist positions. There has to be a middle ground to be found because, as renowned philosopher Bertrand Russell once said with respect to world peace, it is either co-existence or no existence.

Jamaica or the World is not going to wake up one morning and find no homosexuals around. Like the poor, they will always be with us. Which church choir does not have at least one gay soul singing his or her heart out praising the Lord alongside his/her straight brothers and sisters? So what is needed is to establish some ground rules based on appropriate education, tolerance, and a respect for citizens' human rights as guaranteed in the Jamaican Constitution.

In this context, I am of the view that every generation and succeeding ones to come must deal with issues of sexual lifestyle and morality in a timely and rational manner. In this vein, I do not think that Jamaica, at this time, is ready to accept same-sex marriages. But I do believe that decriminalising buggery should not be seen in the narrow way as those who object to it are doing. In that the State ought not to interfere with what goes on in the private space of consenting adults. Is it that doors should be kicked down to catch persons in the act?

In the final analysis, we all need to take a deep breath and then debate this controversial matter in a way that does not make us descend into barbarism or, even worse, neo-fascism. Lest we forget, Hitler started to persecute homosexuals before turning on the Jews, who he sought to annihilate.

Finally, it ought to be posited that not all homosexuals seduce little boys in the same way that not all heterosexuals seduce little girls. Even more intriguing is that research has shown that not all gay men indulge in anal sex and not all gay men behave like a "bitch" or lesbians like a "butch". And those who help to perpetuate this myth are indeed homophobic, no doubt unsure of their own sexuality. As Bob Marley has sung, for some who scream the most, we would be amazed if their night should turn to day.

George Weinberg, PhD, clinical psychologist and author of Society and the healthy homosexual" (in which he coined the term homophobia), proposed that those who harbour prejudice against homosexuals, and not homosexuals themselves, are suffering from a psychological malady, an irrational state of mind. Weinberg, though supposedly heterosexual himself, became a leader in the ultimately successful struggle to have homosexuality removed as a diagnostic category from the DSM — the professional therapeutic handbook. Indeed, he has argued that genuinely straight men do not oftentimes react violently to homosexuals; it is those who suffer from sexual insecurity.

The bottom line is — no pun intended — that, while most Jamaicans from all indications are against same-sex marriage, a stance which should be respected and upheld by them is that it is imperative that the rights of minority groups, which include gays, should be respected and upheld as well. Let he that is without sin cast the first stone.

Lloyd B Smith is a mmember of Parliament and deputy speaker of the House of Representatives. The views expressed are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the People's National Party or the Government of Jamaica. Comments: lloydbsmith@hotmail.com

Monday, July 21, 2014

Jamaicans For Justice Crumbles - Osborne Latest To Resign Amid Sex-Ed Controversy

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The headline that blared in the Gleaner today and as the noble institutions unfolds right before us the silence from the funder of the sex education course Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition, CVCC and JFLAG allies are silent as a lamb when the bigger principle of bypassing the Child Development Agency which is the legally constituted authority that was to have been consulted seems lost in all this. Like them or not it is what it is and just as how the CVCC was quick to point out the conflict of interest on the part of Professor Bain and the expert witness testimony in Belize going against the greater imperative of HIV prevention in MSM in the Caribbean so too must the fault be accepted here in some respect by all concerned bearing in mind that Mrs Gomes former head and founder of JFJ is now Executive Director of CVCC, how coincidental?

So much effort was spent to get this sex education course into children's homes while bypassing the CDA and indeed the CDA should have picked up on it with its internal monitoring of the homes (one wonders if they lied to the public of knowledge of the activity) when so many homeless MSM/Transgender need assistance and programs but does the CVCC and others care, it would seem that they do not.

The Gleaner carried this:


Kay Osborne

The leadership of Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) continued to collapse, yesterday as the human- rights lobby's Executive Director Kay Osborne resigned with immediate effect after less than five months into the job.

Osborne's resignation came less than two days after JFJ Chairman Lisa Lakhan-Chen indicated she would be resigning, following the controversial sex-education programme that was delivered in six privately run children's homes.

Osborne stressed in her resignation letter to Lakhan-Chen that JFJ's review of the controversial 'Healthy Sexual Growth and Development in Marginalised Youth: Rights, Responsibilities and Life Skills' course implemented in the homes had explicitly exonerated her from having knowledge or oversight of the programme.

"The board of directors having clarified that the children's home programme was a HIV/AIDS-prevention intervention has led to my decision that I cannot work as executive director of a human-rights advocacy organisation that does not advise me that it is implementing a programme in children's homes to decrease the spread of HIV/AIDS," her resignation letter read.

Osborne has maintained that she was unaware of the programme, tellingThe Gleaner/ Power106 News Centre less than two weeks ago that she would not have taken the job if she had been aware of the sex-education course.

"I was unaware that JFJ was engaged in a sex-education programme. It never came up in the interview and it did not come up in any part of the interview process and confirmation of my appointment," she had said on July 7.

However, Dr Carolyn Gomes, the former executive director of JFJ, under whose tenure the project was initiated, has argued that Osborne was aware of the project and even spoke about it on television and in a press release.

Specific details

In that episode of CVM TV's 'Live @ 7' current affairs programme, which aired in early June, Osborne gave specific details of a programme dealing with sexuality being delivered by JFJ in children's homes.

"We just completed 75 and will complete 100 workshops in children's homes where we are helping children learn more healthy ways of engaging with their own bodies, learning about their sexuality, about self-esteem and so on, helping them to become better citizens," she said on the programme, which aired days before the controversy over the sex-education course and its content first came to national attention.

She added: "We are at fault in that we have not tooted our horn as much as we could."

In a response to Gomes' claim that this was further proof that she was aware of the programme, Osborne yesterday asserted that during that interview she thought the initiative she was speaking of was more in line with JFJ's other programmes.

Expectation

"I mentioned the programme during my 'Live @ 7' interview and in my press release to the Honourable Lisa Hanna, minister of youth and culture, as being among JFJ's ongoing projects. Like Jamaicans everywhere, my expectation was that the children's home programme was similar to one of the different types of human-rights advocacy programmes JFJ is well known for engaging in over many years," Osborne said.

The sex-education programme is now the subject of an investigation by the police, Child Development Agency and the Attorney General's Department, as it is said to have exposed children to inappropriate material.

Lakhan-Chen said JFJ has since sought legal advice in light of the investigations and has conducted its own internal review.

In addition to Osborne and Lakhan-Chen, Gomes recently resigned as a board member of JFJ.

After Gomes' departure, JFJ directors Susan Goffe and Rodje Malcolm also resigned. The Reverend Sean Major-Campbell, deputy chairman of the lobby, is also expected to tender his resignation soon.


See Jamaica Observer's take HERE and their take on 

Dr Carolyn Gomes misrepresenting me, says Osborne


ENDS

My opinions remain the same as espoused in my podcast on the matter when it first broke:





The principles on which JFJ was founded has since been forgotten it seems hence this fallout as exampled with other NGOs that of transparency, accountability and leadership yet JFJ seemed through Mrs Gomes even as she reported on the course's activity did not go further to point out same to a new board albeit they too are at fault in not reviewing the materials they have been presented.

Sad to watch this go down like this, why did JFJ take on folks in the first place that were clearly incompetent to begin with and why didn't the old guard be more scrupulous in such appointments are even bigger questions, meanwhile Outgoing chairman of Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ), Lisa Lakhan Chen, says it has sought legal advice in the wake of at least two investigations into the explicit sex education programme it implemented in six private children’s homes this year.
The JFJ chairman told The Gleaner-Power 106 News Centre that to date she has not received any official notice from the police to participate in any probe.

However, Lakhan Chen says in the best interest of the organisation, JFJ has sought advice from its attorneys.

The controversial programme created a firestorm over the sexual details it provided to children as young as 13 years old and an internal review conducted by JFJ concluded, among other things, that children may have been exposed to content that might not have been appropriate for their age.

In addition to a probe by the police, Youth Minister Lisa Hanna has asked the Attorney General’s office to review the contents of the programme to determine if they violated any laws.


here is an older interview from the 18th on Nationwide radio:



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In a shocking move JFLAG decided not to invite or include homeless MSM in their IDAHO activity for 2013 thus leaving many in wonderment as to the reason for their existence or if the symposium was for "experts" only while offering mere tokenism to homeless persons in the reported feeding program. LISTEN TO THE AUDIO ENTRY HERE sad that the activity was also named in honour of one of JFLAG's founders who joined the event via Skype only to realise the issue he held so dear in his time was treated with such disrespect and dishonour. Have LGBT NGOs lost their way and are so mainstream they have forgotten their true calling?

also see a flashback to some of the issues with the populations and the descending relationships between JASL, JFLAG and the displaced/homeless LGBT youth in New Kingston: Rowdy Gays Strike - J-FLAG Abandons Raucous Homosexuals Misbehaving In New Kingston

also see all the posts in chronological order by date from Gay Jamaica Watch HERE and GLBTQ Jamaica HERE

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Gender Identity/Transgederism Radio discussion Jamaica March 2014





Radio program Everywoman on Nationwide Radio 90FM March 20th 2014 with Dr Karen Carpenter as stand-in host with a transgender activist and co-founder of Aphrodite's P.R.I.D.E Jamaica and a gender non conforming/lesbian guest as well on the matters of identity, sex reassignment surgery and transexuality.

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Newstalk 93FM's Issues On Fire: Polygamy Should Be Legalized In Jamaica 08.04.14



debate by hosts and UWI students on the weekly program Issues on Fire on legalizing polygamy with Jamaica's multiple partner cultural norms this debate is timely.

Also with recent public discourse on polyamorous relationships, threesomes (FAME FM Uncensored) and on social.


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When Arrested and taken to a Police Station you have the right to:

a. Make a phone call: to a lawyer or relative or anyone
b. Ask to see a lawyer immediately: if you don’t have the money ask for a Duty Council
c. A Duty Council is a lawyer provided by the state
d. Talk to a lawyer before you talk to the police
e. Tell your lawyer if anyone hits you and identify who did so by name and number
f. Give no explanations excuses or stories: you can make your defense later in court based on what you and your lawyer decided
g. Ask the sub officer in charge of the station to grant bail once you are charged with an offence
h. Ask to be taken before a justice of The Peace immediately if the sub officer refuses you bail
i. Demand to be brought before a Resident Magistrate and have your lawyer ask the judge for bail
j. Ask that any property taken from you be listed and sealed in your presence
Cases of Assault:An assault is an apprehension that someone is about to hit you

The following may apply:
1) Call 119 or go to the station or the police arrives depending on the severity of the injuries

2) The report must be about the incident as it happened, once the report is admitted as evidence it becomes the basis for the trial

3) Critical evidence must be gathered as to the injuries received which may include a Doctor’s report of the injuries.

4) The description must be clearly stated; describing injuries directly and identifying them clearly, show the doctor the injuries clearly upon the visit it must be able to stand up under cross examination in court.

5) Misguided evidence threatens the credibility of the witness during a trial; avoid the questioning of the witnesses credibility, the tribunal of fact must be able to rely on the witness’s word in presenting evidence

6) The court is guided by credible evidence on which it will make it’s finding of facts

7) Bolster the credibility of a case by a report from an independent disinterested party.

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