The George Padmore Institute Condemns Police Attack on Peaceful Protesters

GPI statement on police response to peaceful protest outside Trinidad & Tobago Parliament in December 2009.

The George Padmore Institute  (GPI) condemns in the strongest possible terms the actions taken by the police against peaceful protestors on Friday 18th December, 2009, outside the Trinidad & Tobago Parliament during the Property Tax Debate. The GPI further condemns the arrest of David Abdulah, General Secretary of the Oilfields Workers Trade Union (OWTU) and the attempts by the police to intimidate law abiding citizens staging a legal and peaceful protest.  

The OWTU condemns threat to democracy

Friends Please see attached information on the arrest of David Abdullah - General Secretary of the OWTU and leader of FITUN - and other protesters on the Peoples Democracy demonstration against the introduction of Property Tax in Trinidad and Tobago. We have worked with David over many years on many international campaigns. The George Padmore Institute has invited David to give the inaugural "John La Rose Annual Memorial Lecture series" on 20th March at Logan hall University of London.


23 DECEMBER, 2009

The OWTU condemns threat to democracy

Building Britannia - life experience with Britain published 28 Dec 2009

New from NEW BEACON BOOKS and George Padmore institute. Building Britannia is now available from New Beacon Books and all good booksellers.

In 1999 the GPI held a very successful series of talks and converations entitled 'Life Experience With Britain'.  Building Britannia contains the text of these seven thought provoking and informative talks and conversations and the discussions that arose around them.

Dennis Bovell describes his development into a pioneering musician and producer in reggae and popular music.

Ngugi wa Thiong'o event Sunday 1st November at the GPI

Ngugi will be reading from and discussing his latest novel 'Wizard of the Crow' (2006). Set in the fictional Free Republic of Aburiria, 'Wizard of the Crow' dramatises with searing humour and piercing observation a battle for control of the souls of the Aburirian people. Fashioning the stories of the powerful and the ordinary into a dazzling mosaic, Ngugi reveals humanity in all its surprising intricacy.

A Reading and Talk by Olive Senior

Jamaican born Olive Senior is the prize-winning author of four books of poetry, three books of fiction and four non-fiction books on Caribbean culture including the Encyclopaedia of Jamaica Heritage and Working Miracles: Women’s Lives in the English Speaking Caribbean.  Her short story collections include Summer Lightning (winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize), Arrival of the Snake-Woman and Discerner of Hearts. Her poetry books include Talking of Trees, Gardening in the Tropics (winner of the F.J.

'Writing as Craft' with Olive Senior

'Sable' presents this one-day writing workshop with Olive Senior. Fee £20

Olive Senior conducts writing workshops internationally and is on the faculty of the Humber School for Writers, Humber College, Toronto.  She has also been writer in residence at many venues including Bermuda’s Department of Community and Cultural Affairs and the University of Adelaide in 2009.


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