Comrade Minister of National Mobilisation Cde. Selwyn
Comrade Members of the People’s Revolutionary
Friends from around the world
Comrades, in the name of our Party, the New Jewel
in the name of the People’s Revolutionary Government [PRG], and in the
the people, the workers, the youth, the women and the farmers of free
revolutionary Grenada, I join comrades in extending to you our
esteemed guests from all continents of the globe, a most warm and
We are extremely happy to host you here on our soil,
pledge to ensure that your stay here is both productive and enjoyable.
The importance of this historic Conference on
Solidarity with Grenada cannot be overstated.
In the first place this Conference manifests our
strict adherence to international principles.
We have always scrupulously avoided viewing our
revolutionary process, from a narrow nationalist perspective.
We have long understood that the world revolutionary
struggles of oppressed mankind everywhere is one and indivisible.
Thus, this International Solidarity Conference holds
importance as it bears testimony to our commitment to the noble concept
This Conference derives additional importance from the
your presence here will indicate to imperialism in a clear and forceful
that Grenada is not alone.
It will tell the imperialists in the boldest terms that
schemes, their machinations, their manoeuvres to isolate the Grenada
have all failed miserably - as the Grenada Revolution enjoys broad
support not only at the national level but also internationally.
Thirdly, for us this Solidarity Conference is a
occasion, as we understand very clearly that the force and weight of
international public opinion cannot be dismissed and constitutes,
significant factor in the struggles of the people.
MARCH 13 - A BRIGHT NEW DAWN
Comrades, March 13th 1979 was a bright new dawn for the
Grenada and the working people of the Caribbean.
That dawn marked the end of the long, dark night of
the beginning of a new day.
Our heroic people - the anti–Gairy masses - rose to the
of history and, in the words of the Caribbean poet, Edward Brathwaite -
. . . shattered the
door and entered that morning, fully
aware of the future to come, there’s no turning back.
As it has been said so often before, when a conscious,
people rises as a united body and cries “enough”
injustice, tyranny and exploitation are doomed . . . and thus begins a
glorious chapter in the history of man: the construction of a just and
society by the poor, for the poor and with the poor.
The people’s struggle through time for the realization
dream is the long march of history.
From the very inception of our Party, the New Jewel
have been guided by the clear understanding that the struggle against
dictatorship was not an end in itself but a necessary precondition for
infinitely larger struggle of building that new and just society.
Building the new society involved a long and difficult
Twenty–five  years of Gairyism had devastated the
economic fabric of our society.
It had destroyed our country’s international standing -
was reduced to the laughing–stock of the international community, land
tin–pot dictator lost in extra–terrestrial dreams, pre–occupied with
obsessed with his divinity but brutal and ruthless in the exercise of
Fifty  percent of the labour force of our country
Our infrastructure was totally dilapidated.
Our tourist industry was one which brought little
benefit to the
Despite our fertile soil, and with Gairy’s political
in the development of agriculture, the production of our main export
Food crop production had declined, and our food import
approximately 40% of total imports.
Due to the dependent status of our economy and with a
of ineffective price controls and monopoly profiteering by merchants,
rates were very high.
Financial mismanagement over many years had reached
proportions, and left the national treasury in debt to local commercial
and in considerable arrears to local, regional and international
Our People’s Revolution was therefore face with the
twin task of economic reconstruction and democratisation of the society.
WHAT OBJECTIVES DID WE SET OURSELVES IN THOSE EARLY
Our fundamental objective has always been, as detailed
1973 Manifesto of our Party [see full text 1970s Appendix], the
a new life and new Society.
In June 1974, we issued a ten–point statement of
document reads -
We stand for:
Participation, People’s Politics, People’s Democracy
Co–operatives for the collective development of the people.
based on need
development of the people’s talents, abilities and culture
as a people, of our national resources
standard of living for every family
expression and religion
of black and oppressed people throughout the world
10) A United People
. . . A New Society . . . A Just
These principles and objectives were as valid at the
dawn of our
revolution as they were five  years before when they were
formulated, and as
they are today - almost three  years after that first morning of our
Already we have begun to implement these aims, although
addition there were certain initial priorities that we set ourselves
taking power, based on an assessment of the most pressing needs of the
jobs for the thousands of unemployed, health care, the improvement of
infrastructure, mass education, and above all, the process which would
facilitate all other developments, the democratisation of the society.
Yet our progress has been hampered by certain objective
difficulties which have prevented us from moving as rapidly as we would
towards the attainment of our goals.
STRUGGLING AGAINST ODDS ON THE ECONOMIC FRONT
Like our sister Caribbean islands, we continue to be
Each year since the Revolution, hurricanes, high winds
rains have caused considerable damage to our agriculture and
In 1979, we suffered US$6 million worth of damage - in
total destruction of 27% of our nutmeg crops, 40% of the banana and 19%
cocoa, amounting to some US$20 million. In 1981, damage to crops, roads
bridges totaled US$5 million.
With an open, dependent economy ties to the economies
capitalist world, we have suffered and are suffering from the ongoing
crisis in the capitalist world.
Demand for our principal commodity exports has dropped.
World market prices for nutmegs, cocoa and bananas,
for 97% of visible exports earnings, fell by 22% in 1980 over 1979.
To compound a difficult economic situation, tourism
most important industry) declined by 8.8% in 1980.
This problem which is also experienced by our Caribbean
neighbours, led to reduction in foreign exchange earnings, employment,
generation and some stagnation in economic activity.
The decline of stay–over visits to Grenada fell not
of the worldwide economic recession but also because of active
destabilisation by US imperialism.
This year our tourist industry, poised for recovery
house bookings at all the main hotels, was dealt a major blow with the
destruction by fire [28 October 1981] of undetermined origin of a
part of our largest hotel - the Holiday Inn.
Revenue losses such as these serve to aggravate an
unfair, unjust and unequal balance of trade.
Although the total volume of Grenada’s imports remained
the total cost of these imports between 1979 and 1980 rose from US$50
due largely to steep increases in freight rates and fuel, as well as
inflation from the Western industrial countries.
IMPERIALISM - TRYING TO STRANGLE US
Another economic difficulty facing us at this moment,
is the US
US imperialism has embarked on a co–ordinated campaign
economic strangulation of our country designed to deprive us of access
financial resources from the bi–lateral regional and international
These unprincipled tactics include attempted sabotage
of an EEC
sponsored co–financing conference to raise US$30 million desperately
ensure completion of our International Airport.
The determination of US imperialism to squash this
evident in its vulgar and direct interference on the executive board of
and the World Bank to block loans required for vital capital investment
At the insistence of the US, Grenada was recently
receiving financial assistance from the Windward Islands Banana Growers
Association [WINBAN] from funds provided by USAID for banana
Confronted with the belligerence of US imperialism, and
the vicious legacy of 25 years of “Hurricane
Gairy” to recover from, how has our Revolution responded to the
tasks of national reconstruction?
NATIONAL RECONSTRUCTION WITHIN THE REVOLUTION
In agriculture - the pillar of our economy - our main
tactic has been one of diversification.
Diversification of agricultural export production to
range of agricultural commodities which can earn foreign exchange;
diversification of agricultural export markets with the objective of
penetrating new markets and lessening our dependence on any one buyer;
diversification and expansion of domestic agricultural production for
substitution, as a basis for agro–industrial development, and the
the domestic agricultural sector with the tourist sector.
Since the Revolution, 50 times more money has been
the national budget for agricultural development.
In the building of the New Tourism, we have also been
diversifying our tourist markets through increased promotion in Western
the Caribbean and Latin American market, while nonetheless attempting
maintain and indeed to achieve diversification in our traditional North
With a 50% increase in our energy costs, energy
measures have been put into effect, resulting in a decrease in
private motorists but a 20% increase in state consumption (mainly in
operation of equipment) on account of increased developmental activity.
Several major infrastructural improvements have been
a new International Airport, highway development of the East Coast, the
construction and opening up of 67 miles of agricultural feeder roads,
improvement of electricity services, vastly increased water supply,
of telephone service, forestry development and conservation.
These efforts at national reconstruction and towards
of the main difficulties faced by our economy are the consistent and
application of the basic programme of our Party as we set out in our
Manifesto for People’s Power [see full text 1970s Appendix] and the
of genuine national independence.
states - and I quote:-
NJM has always stood
for real independence, genuine
independence, meaningful independence.
At our People’s
Convention on Independence on 6th May,
1973 at Seamoon where 10,000 of our supporters were present, our two
speeches were called Meaningful Vs.
Meaningless Independence and New
Direction for Genuine Independence.
This Manifesto of
ours sketches the things we must do as
a people under new leadership to achieve real independence.
For we believe
independence must mean better housing for
our people, better clothing, better food, better health, better
education . . .
more jobs . . . in short, a higher standard of living for workers and
The seizure of state power on March 13, 1979 by the
by its vanguard Party, the NJM, has opened up revolutionary
the implementation of that programme.
CONCRETE BENEFITS TO THE WORKING PEOPLE
The Revolution, with the active participation of our
brought concrete benefits to our working people.
Unemployment has been reduced from 50% of the working
to less than 30% by the expansion of the co–operative and state sectors.
The People’s Budget has removed the burden of income
tax from the
backs of the 30% of the lowest paid workers.
Financial assistance to the tune of 14 million has been
to the poorest sectors of the population for house repair and a
Housing with responsibility for a National Housing Programme has been
Conditions of life in the villages are being
improved by the construction of Community Centres, bath and laundry
and Post Offices by the voluntary labour of our people in their
In education, the Revolution has made important gains:
establishment of a national literacy and adult education programme, the
for Popular Education [CPE], the institution of free secondary
300% increase in the number of university level scholarships; the
creation of a
National In–service Teacher Training Programme [NISTEP] for the
professionalisation of all our primary school teachers.
The Revolution has placed emphasis on the expansion of
educational opportunity because our Party has always recognized the
link between education, the process of national development and the
construction of a participatory democracy.
As in the vital areas of housing, jobs and education,
Revolution has brought concrete benefits to the masses in the field of
A national milk distribution programme has distributed
of milk to the elderly, to our youth and to expectant mothers since
Free health care made possible by increases in medical
and the expansion of services particularly in the rural areas has
the pattern of health.
THE FRUITS OF MARCH 13 MANIFEST THE BASIC PROGRAMME OF
The transformation of the national economy, begun since
People’s Revolution, has been guided by the same basic conception of an
at the service of the working people and freed from external domination
control, which we proposed since 1973.
It is worthy of note, that the vast majority of the new
programmes and bold initiatives embarked upon by the Revolution are not
ideas spontaneously conceived in some moment of inspiration, but the
collective discussion and analysis within our Party and among the broad
of our people, of needs, problems and long term goals.
On the economic front, new institutions, new programmes
at the strengthening of the national economy and the laying down of a
material basis for future development are being built.
The Grenada Farms Corporation - a state enterprise -
established to coordinate the operations of all Government farms.
These farms, scandalously mismanaged and their produce
shamelessly misappropriated during the Gairy Era, are now the centres
of a new
thrust forward for our agriculture.
More importantly, agricultural workers - the producers
green gold of our country - as these State farms are learning
and more and more are taking on the responsibility for increasing
On these farms, the arithmetic of exploitation has been
with a new language of workers’ participation in the establishment of
productive targets, profit sharing and the teaching of the real history
struggle of our working people.
The establishment of an agro–industrial plant now
possible for us to make full use of local crops which in the past were
Mangoes, tamarinds, soursops, guavas, to name a few,
valuable cash crops because of the demand [unclear] by this
Spice Island Products now embrace a proud range of
and canned local fruit and vegetables.
Likewise, the Marketing and National Importing Board
reduced the high cost of living and broken the backs of the monopolists
sugar, rice and cement.
This body now has the responsibility to import
commodities from the cheapest sources and ensure internal distribution
cheaper prices than obtained previously.
Like the Grenada Farms Corporation, the Grenada Resort
Corporation was set up to merge government hotels and other tourist
enterprises, and has been achieving modest successes!
At the same time, the organisation of a National
the establishment of a Fishing School and a fish processing plant are
together serving to build an integrated and sound fishing industry.
Other critical measures and economic programmes set up
- A coffee processing plant,
to process local coffee for domestic consumption and export.
- Construction of 3 biogas plants and the carrying out
detailed studies of our hydro power, hydro carbon and geothermal
potential as a
possible means of alternative energy.
- The introduction of scientifically evaluated system
planning in Government departments and Ministries to ensure productive
government finances and as a basis for budgetary allocations.
- The setting up of a People’s Bank - the National
Bank - which after just 2 years is already the second largest bank in
All of these, comrades, represent some of the
in our attempt to place our national economy on a sound footing.
We have always given priority to this task because it
is a strong
national economy that will guarantee the social and material well–being
We have a slogan, comrades, by which the masses
simply this logic “You can only take out
what you put in.”
PEOPLE’S PARTICIPATION, THE MOTOR OF OUR PROCESS
But more important, comrades, more significant than all
achievements of the Grenada Revolution, because it is the means whereby
achieve all other benefits and will move to achieve even more social
economic benefits as this process unfolds, is the outstanding success
Grenada Revolution in the task of the democratization of our society.
One of the earliest acts of the Revolution was the
repeal of all
anti–worker laws and the enactment of democratic, progressive labour
as the Trade Union Recognition Act which guarantees the right of
form and participate in trade unions of their choice.
As a result, there are nearly 10,000 workers organized
unions today and most of these unions are developing programmes of
participation and education for their workers.
The Revolution has also taken several steps to
stimulate and make
possible the participation of women in the development of our nation.
There can be no talk of real democracy if half of a
population is either disqualified from participation or can only
a very limited sense.
And there can be no talk of women’s participation if
conditions for this participation do not exist.
Our sisters cannot participate fully unless the society
encourages their participation.
And in Grenada, in barely 2½ years of the Revolution,
we have a
proud record of measures taken to bring the women of our country fully
Consistent with our slogan, “Idle
Lands and Idle Hands - an End to Unemployment:” in year 2 of the
Revolution, we moved to set up a National Land Reform Commission, with
reference to identify existing idle lands, (Unemployed youth willing to
such lands co–operatively) and make recommendations for their
In like manner, the preparation of our National Budget
the Revolution, involved the participation of trade union
this year the process of deciding how our resources will be used for
national development will involve an even wider participation.
This year the budget discussion is being taken to the
our National Budget will be debated and shaped not by a handful of men
in an exclusive “Parliament”, but by
our organized people in their thousands, in their community groups,
their Zonal Councils, their Parish
DEMOCRACY - A DAILY EXPRESSION OF OUR PEOPLE ORGANIZED
And the mention of these structures, comrades, brings
us to the
fact of the spectacular growth of mass organizations in our country in
years of the Revolution.
Our National Youth Organization [NYO], National Women’s
Organization [NWO], both founded by the New Jewel Movement and our NJM
Pioneers are mobilizing increasing numbers of our youth, our women and
The youth organization (NYO) is close to a target for
of organizing one third of the country’s young people.
Our sisters in the NWO have passed the 6,000 mark and
approaching their target of 7,000 (or nearly one–third of the women of
country) organized for action, participation and community development.
The Revolution has fostered the formation of Student
every secondary school, linked into the National Students’ Council.
In the villages, you will find Community Work Brigades,
fact, determine priority needs and spearhead work on community
cleaning and maintenance projects.
Three  weeks ago the Progressive Farmers Union
[PFU], one of
the most unique organizations that the Revolution has produced, held
Annual General meeting with its full membership of just over 1,000
medium farmers in militant attendance.
In addition to the many organizations and action groups
at community, parish and national level, our people meet regularly with
leadership of the country in Parish and Zonal Councils and in Workers’
Councils where the twin principles of the accountability and
the leadership to the people become a reality for the first time in the
The leadership is accountable because in its
meetings with the people, it must report on the achievements and the
difficulties of particular Ministries and state bodies, it must answer
questions of the people on those issues which effect their lives.
The leadership is responsible to the people because it
action where the people indicate that action is required.
In Grenada, the people do not only listen passively to
leaders, they talk back.
They do not only glimpse their so–called “representatives”
now and then in the press, they meet them
regularly, they rub shoulders with them.
In Grenada, structures have grown up and are developing
ensure the real participation of people, a continuous, day–by–day
a seasonal exercise which changes nothing.
Our democratic process is our strongest weapon for
development, for the improvement of life in our country.
WHY SOLIDARITY WITH GRENADA IS IMPORTANT
There are many reasons why your solidarity with Grenada
There are many reasons why you must not only feel
the Grenada Revolution but you must also express this solidarity loud
First of all, our Revolution is an attempt to build a
socio–economic development model.
It is an attempt to solve our problems by new methods.
It is the boldest attempt, in the history of the
Caribbean, to tackle the dire problems of underdevelopment which so
affect the lives of the mass of people in our region, the problem of
illiteracy and poor education, sub–standard nutrition, unemployment and
It is an approach which rejects some of the manifestly
strategies which the ruling classes in most of our sister islands are
clinging to, because these strategies are guaranteed to safeguard their
position and to yield nothing but the barest minimum of political power
material benefits to the majority of the people.
Therefore, comrades, when you show your support for our
Revolution, you are asserting with us the right of a small and poor,
courageous and determined people, to build their own process, to solve
problems in their own way, without threatening the sovereignty of any
people, nor compromising with their own proud and unshakable principles.
PEACE AND SELF–DETERMINATION
Our people, led by our Party the NJM, are demanding the
build this new society in peace. We desire peace.
We know that peace is a precondition for the
realization of the
people’s wish for a better and more just existence.
But this wish for peace, this insistence on our right
self–determination is being denied us.
Daily we are threatened by the aggressiveness and the
of a power thousands of times our size, thousands of times richer in
Daily our process is the object of threats both veiled
undisguised, coming from the mighty United States and its string of
and yardgirls in the region.
Once again, comrades, we assert that we are the masters
own house, we stand upright, with dignity, ready to defend this land,
THE HISTORICAL STRUGGLE OF CARIBBEAN MASSES BEARING
We need your solidarity, comrades, because this
increasingly a light, a beacon of hope to the poor and exploited masses
The aims, objectives and achievements of this
Revolution are a
crystallization of the most profound human aspirations of Caribbean
towards a better life.
For 400 years, the exploited masses of the region have
with dignity for bread, jobs, justice and peace.
Today in Grenada, today in Free and Revolutionary
struggle at last, is beginning to bear fruit.
And this fruit is not for us alone. Just as our
struggle has been
a part of the broader struggle of the working people of the Caribbean
world, so now, our Revolution is an integral part of the forward
working people regionally and internationally.
We need your solidarity, comrades, because we are
these responsibilities not only to ourselves but to oppressed and
That is why in every forum, at every opportunity, we
resolutely condemned apartheid, Zionism and racism, we have
accused and unmasked imperialism, and we have added our voice to the
condemnation of exploitation, injustice and inhumanity in all its forms
You shall find us marching in your ranks, our voice
shall not be
And this important role of the Grenada Revolution is
recognized by the working people of the region.
For whatever the volume and bitterness of the attacks
us by the decrepit leadership of the region and its decadent press,
often the voice of Washington is mindlessly echoed by its agents in the
the real people have again and again demonstrated their confidence in,
support for, this process which they see as theirs too.
Behind the smoke–screen of misinformation, they somehow
the real issues, that his Revolution is a unique process in which new
are being brought to the people, and a popular process in which the
participate more and more each day.
The Caribbean people refuse to be misinformed about our
The Caribbean people understand the undemocratic and
position of he regional press.
This is borne out by the the survey recently conducted
Jamaican Daily Gleaner, itself a
major organ of anti–Grenada propaganda and a tool of international
survey which revealed that the majority of people are not affected by
negative propaganda put out against our Revolution.
There is also the recent example of the strong protest
workers of the Trinidad Express, (another
regional rag in the service of U.S. imperialism).
These workers came out in protest against what they
identified as a vulgar concerted anti–Grenada press campaign, they came
demanded the right of the Caribbean people to undistorted information
There is the evidence of the Trade Union Conference
that we have
just hosted and which turned out to be the biggest it its 3 year
It was the largest ever gathering of representatives of
Caribbean working class.
The hosting of this Conference has been for us both a
duty and a
This Conference has been held at a time when the
of the Caribbean are beginning to feel the full weight of the
economic crisis, and when the regional ruling classes have agreed on
solutions, which can only mean harsher conditions, austerity, more and
hardship and increased exploitation of the poor.
THIS CONFERENCE IS THE HIGHEST EXPRESSION OF
One of the highest expressions of international
the Grenada Revolution is precisely today’s Conference.
For the first time since our Revolution, people like
who have been consistent friends and allies of our struggle, are
You come as friends, as comrades–in–arms, as firm
defender of the truth of this Revolution.
The presence of comrades from all continents is not
indication of the support of the international community for our
but is also a testimony to the oneness of our struggle against a common
and to the unity of our aspirations.
Another living example of the regional support that our
Revolution has attracted is the presence among us of internationalist
from the Caribbean region as well as from other parts of the world.
In all the key sections of our development, these
internationalists are co–workers, facing with us the historic challenge
creating the new and just society.
IMPERIALISM DOES NOT REST
Comrades, one of our most important reasons for calling
support is the threat we face from U.S. imperialism.
From the earliest days of the Revolution, we have been
threats and attempts by U.S. imperialism to undermine and destroy our
The strategy of imperialism has been to fight us on all
political pressure, propaganda destabilization, economic warfare, and
imminently, the military solution.
From the very morning of our Revolution, pressure was
bear upon us by the U.S. in an attempt to dictate the character and
our political process.
We were warned, for example, that relations with Cuba
The propaganda campaign also began very early with an
plan to use the local media to wage war upon the Revolution from the
like a worm surreptitiously eating away at the heart of a healthy fruit.
The lesson that imperialism learned from that early
that this Revolution must be respected: and every subsequent attempt,
the recent action of a group of counter–revolutionary planters,
professionals has been firmly dealt with.
The Revolution, having silenced the local mouthpieces
imperialism, faces increased propaganda aggression from outside.
This campaign was taken to a new level with the prime
in the U.S. national television network, feeing to the people of the
States of America the most vulgar distortions of Grenadian reality.
On the economic front, we have been faced with
recurrent acts of
sabotage; the vulgar abuse by the U.S. of its dominant position in
international institutions like the IMF and the World Bank to stifle
legitimate rights to assistance of small, developing states in the
Grenada and Nicaragua.
NEUTRON WARLORDS ARE RATTLING THEIR SABRES
Today the assumption of power by a fascist clique in
and the failure of imperialism’s attempts to destroy our process have
our Revolution face to face with the ugliest side of imperialism -
In the last two months alone there have been two 
manoeuvres carried out upon Caribbean land and sea by the warlords of
north: Ocean Venture ’81, Operation Amber
and the Amberines, Red X 183, have been shameless rehearsals for
invasions of Cuba, Nicaragua and Grenada and/or preparation for an
into El Salvador on the side of the fascist Junta!
But it is not only here in our Caribbean that the
peace have been rattling their sabres.
These neutron war–mongers have been seeking military
confrontation on several continents.
The shooting down of 2 Libyan planes, the military
code–named Bright Star, the South
African invasion of Angola, the open attack by Zionist Israel on Iraq,
Southern Lebanon and the Palestinian people and the tons of lies being
today against the revolutionary peoples and governments of Cuba and
in preparation for an armed invasion, the role of the U.S. in El
all examples of this trend.
The peoples of the world, however, including the people
United States, conscious of the grave danger of mankind posed by these
adventurist actions and policies are standing up for peace.
INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC OPINION IS A FORCE FOR PEACE
Comrades, world public opinion is increasingly a force
The voice of the working masses can no longer be
We saw the part it played in the Vietnam War.
International public opinion has become more and more
recent times when the balance of forces has been shifting towards
anti–imperialism and national self–determination.
Again and again, we have seen world public opinion
indignantly to acts of military aggression against small, weal nations,
and again we have seen world opinion condemn and curb the attempts of
imperialism to intervene and turn back popular processes.
And this, comrades, is another reason why your
solidarity is so
important to the continued forward movement of the Grenada Revolution.
But it is important that international public opinion
mobilized not only against the military subversion of popular processes.
It is important that we recognize the equally
of the other forms of aggression.
International public opinion must treat with equal
attempt to block aid to countries like Grenada, the financing of
counter–Revolutionary journalism and other propaganda destabilization,
landing of Marines on the soil of other countries.
For all of these have the same aim of overthrowing our
Revolution, all of these are acts of aggression against our people.
HOW CAN FRIENDS HELP OUR PROCESS?
So how can you, the friends of the Grenada Revolution,
to help us build and consolidate this process? How can your solidarity
safeguard and promote our Revolution?
Comrades, solidarity meetings such as this are a vital
galvanising world public opinion.
Educating and informing the people of the world about
of this Revolution is a necessity.
This task by itself is part of the general struggle of
for the right to information.
It is part of the broad struggle against the
monopoly control of the media and for a New World Information Order
As a poor, underdeveloped country, our efforts to break
vicious cycle of poverty and exploitation, the programmes of the
designed to improve the social and economic well–being of our people
a large extent on the material assistance that we receive.
And we are, therefore, always very appreciative of the
internationalist assistance which we receive from so many different
Friends of our Revolution, you can help us by
Friendship Associations in your country.
Providing a framework for organized and ongoing
providing a framework within which peace forces, friends and other
can be drawn into concrete political, educational and fund–raising
Alongside the formation of Friendship Associations is
organization of tours to Grenada.
The most often reiterated position of the Revolution in
to the absurd lies and distortions has been to “come and
see for yourself.”
Our revolutionary process is one guided by principles
and integrity, our revolutionary process is one defended and made by
We say to our friend “come,
share our experiences”, we say to the doubting Thomases “come
see for yourself.”
By coming and seeing for yourself, and by encouraging
others to do
likewise, you not only dispel the falsehoods of imperialist, but you
our economy, by contribution to the New Tourism.
So here you are among us, brothers and sisters, to
yourselves the evolution of what we aspire to build into a New
What is new about our model, which is different about
The answer to this can be assisted by a whole series of
which might be posed by any visitor to our shores who is struck by the
that something is afoot here which does not quite fall into the pattern
in most of the rest of the Caribbean.
Some of the questions that are most usually asked are
- Why did we, as one of the
priorities of the Revolution, send volunteers into the field to find
many of our people were illiterate, and then move decisively into
national programme of adult education?
- Why have we stretched our
human and financial resources to set up a training programme for all
and junior secondary teachers, instead of continuing the traditional
College model of training 50 select teachers per year?
- Why are we instituting
primary health care?
- Why do we hold so many
- Why do we hold so many
solidarity rallies and events with so many National Liberation
friendly governments around the world?
- Why are we working so hare
dot expand the NYO, and NWO and other mass organizations?
- Why are we the only
country in the English–speaking Caribbean that has decided to arm our
and create a People’s Revolutionary Militia? What has inspired this
- Why are ordinary,
grassroots men, women and youth being exposed to leadership training
political science courses?
- Why are we developing so
many new organizations, and popular democratic organizations such as
Parish Councils, Youth and Women’s Parish Councils and Community Zonal
within every parish?
- Why is the distribution of
milk in every community carried out voluntarily by the organized
- Why have we established
Work Brigades to involve our people in the task of rebuilding our
country on a
voluntary patriotic and unpaid basis?
- Why are our community
organizations able to set up and run day care centres and kindergartens
only minimal inputs from the Government?
- Why, in the face of
serious transportation problems, in the face of ongoing attempts to
the confidence of the people in their Revolution, in the face of
ongoing objective problems, why, in the face of all this, were we able
to Seamoon yesterday a crowd far, far bigger, and far more militant,
conscious than the 10,000 who came out to the N.J.M.’s first People’s
held on that same spot around 8 years ago.
- Why is the anti–Grenada
lobby becoming so strident and hysterical?
- Why does the newspaper of
our Revolution, the Free West Indian,
encounter so many obstacles to its distribution in the other Caribbean
while their newspapers sell freely on our streets, notwithstanding the
the distortions which they print about Grenada?
- Why is there no propaganda
campaign, no accusations of human rights violations, no calls for
policy of isolation, no economic blockades nor any threat of military
intervention against a country like Haiti, where people are literally
into the sea every day to escape the unbearable conditions under which
We invite you to explore out country, examine our
our Revolution, and assess for yourselves the new directions that we
Comrades, beloved friends, once again we reiterate our
in having here with us, one hundred and twenty  delegates from so
countries form all continents is a definite statement of militant
that “Grenada is Not Alone.”
Comrades, we urge you to enjoy your stay in our country
that whatever our modest hospitality lacks will be more than made up
for by the
warmth and friendliness of our people.
We assure you of our total support in your struggles
injustice, exploitation and war–mongering and for peace, social
LONG LIVE SOLIDARITY, FRIENDSHIP AND CO–OPERATION AMONG
LONG LIVE THE ANTI–IMPERIALIST AND ANTI–FASCIST UNITY
AND PROGRESSIVE FORCES WORLDWIDE!
LONG LIVE THE FORCE AND WEIGHT OF INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC
LONG LIVE INTERNATIONALISM?
LONG LIVE THE GRENADA REVOLUTION!
FORWARD EVER, BACKWARD NEVER!