Guyanese to hold massive rally in Brooklyn

Rickford Burke, president of the Brooklyn, New York-based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID), addressing hundreds of Guyanese at a rally in Brooklyn.
Photo by Nelson A. King

The Guyanese Organizations Against Racism (GOAR), which comprises 25 groups in the New York tristate area, says it will host a series of activities from Aug. 15 – 17, including a massive “Guyanese Organizations Against PPP Apartheid Governance, Racism & Injustice” march and rally on Sunday, Aug, 15, 2020, in Brooklyn.

“The events are to create awareness of the rapidly deteriorating political, social, economic situation in Guyana; pervasive racial injustice against African Guyanese and other non-PPP (incumbent People’s Progressive Party) supporters; the PPP misuse of the criminal justice system and Guyana Police Force as a vendetta hit squad against Black citizens,” Rickford Burke, co-chair of GOAR and president of the Brooklyn-based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID), a GOAR member, told Caribbean Life on Tuesday.

“The Diaspora conference will formulate a strategic plan to hold the PPP regime accountable at home and in the international community; expose PPP racism, bad governance and other atrocities; and establish a permanent campaign to disrupt and eliminate racist governance in Guyana,” he added.

Burke said the march assembly point is at Church and Flatbush avenues in Brooklyn, at noon on Aug. 15.

He said the march will proceed south on Flatbush Avenue to Grand Army Plaza (Flatbush Avenue & Eastern Parkway), where the grand rally will take place.

Burke said the rally will feature speeches, poetry and entertainment, with several Members of Parliament from Guyana, Guyanese Diaspora leaders, as well as US elected officials and civil rights leaders, slated to speak.

Burke said “GOAR, which was recently formed to combat PPP racism,” has among its membership CGID, Black Lives Matter USA, Black Lives Matter Brooklyn, Guyana Ex-Police Association, Ex-GDF Association, Guyana Unity Movement, Anything Guyanese First, APNU/AFC N.A. Support Group, AFC Brooklyn, NAR, NJ Central, Sisters On The Move, Bartica Diaspora United, Guyana Veterans Association, Guyanese For Guyana’s Development, Guyana Karaoke Fans, Guyanese DJs & Promoters, One Guyana USA, Progressive Guyanese American Organization (PGAO) and others.

GOAR will also host a Leaders’ Conference on Aug. 16, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and a town hall meeting the next day, at 6:30 pm – both at 138 Pennsylvania Ave., Brooklyn, Burke said.

“These activities mark the launch of a series of sustained activities to create awareness about PPP racist governance and ethnic dominance in Guyana,” he charged, adding that GOAR, among other things, will “aggressively campaign” against “the unjust, racist firing of over 1800 Black government employees on the basis of their race and the unlawful termination of government contracts from Black contractors.

“We will also mobilize the region and international community against the apartheid regime’s attempt to ban Haitians and Nigerians from traveling to Guyana, while welcoming Venezuelan, Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and other citizens who are not identified in Guyana as Black,” Burke continued.

He said GOAR is collaborating with churches, community organizations, BLM, sports, youth and music groups to mobilize attendance at the march and rally, and has urged Guyanese from all walks of life to attend the events.


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