The least glamorous work is often the most important. Six years on, I am honored to find myself still invited to facilitate community gatherings of Barbudans. This time in the Bronx, a hub of the diaspora, for a discussion about how their communal land rights were stripped in a disaster capitalist land grab, and what can be done about it.
Barbuda is the only Caribbean island where the formerly enslaved people were, post-emancipation, given ownership of the land they had worked: “All land in Barbuda is owned in common by the people of Barbuda.” True reparations, an important example, and the foundation of the island’s culture. And — for now — those rights have been taken away by a legal change rushed through by the Govt. of Antigua & Barbuda in the wake of Hurricane Irma, to open the island to massive international development.
Thanks to @nick.fitzhugh @redfitz for the beautiful and provocative documentary short film that sparked this gathering. You can watch it here: http://watch.redfitz.com/hurricane/
This incredible island forever has a piece of my heart. It was an honor work there with @waittinstitute and it’s an honor to continue to stand with the community. 💙 #Barbuda #diaspora #land #HurricaneIrma #disastercapitalism #reparations #BlueHalo #BarbudaStrong #community