Isaac and Rudy join Shalini Puri, author of The Grenada Revolution in the Caribbean Present: Operation Urgent Memory and the companion website urgentmemory.com, for a discussion on the Grenadian Revolution and its legacies in both the island itself and the wider Caribbean. We cover the Revolution’s accomplishments as well as some of its pitfalls, the contradictions and mutual strengthening of Marxism and regional liberation movements, and the Revolution’s collapse. We then discuss the concepts of volcanic and stone memory, and how memories of the Revolution remain alive in the Caribbean today.
From a recent review by Christina Heatherton of David Roediger’s new book Class, Race, and Marxism, words worth remembering:
Roediger’s book reminds us that we need not only struggle against capitalism, we also need to exceed the limitations of its epistemology. Continue reading
“El problema con la recordación es que favorece a los muertos. Quizás ahora sea el momento de recordar y agradecer a los vivos.” [“The problem with memorialization is that it favors the dead. Perhaps it is time to remember and thank the living.”] — Shalini Puri http://www.temas.cult.cu/node/1999
“My great fear is that we are all suffering from amnesia. I wrote to recover the memory of the human rainbow, which is in danger of being mutilated.”
This March while I was in Grenada to launch my book, I went as usual to see the planes that still lie at the old airport at Pearls from the time of the Revolution. A young boy walking by also began to contemplate them, circling around them, peering in, looking up at the wings. Continue reading
On March 12, 2015 there was a commemoration of the Grenada Revolution in the village of Tivoli, St. Andrews, in the north of the island. Prompting the March 12 event was the sense that Tivoli’s role in and contribution to the Grenada Revolution still has not been adequately recognized. Continue reading
Below, a mischievous addition to the graffiti on the wall at Tempe that thanks the US and Caribbean heroes of freedom for intervening in October 1983. Continue reading
In June 2014, a posthumously published memoir appeared by Teddy Victor, founding member of the NJM who was later imprisoned by the Revolution but who actively campaigned to free the Grenada 17 from prison. Deception on Conception: What Happened in Grenada 1962-1990 by Teddy Victor is available from Amazon.
Twenty-five years after the US invasion, on October 25, 2013, this small headstone was unveiled. It is the first memorial in Grenada to Grenadians killed in the US invasion. Continue reading