PRESS RELEASE – The commencement of the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) fourth anniversary celebration, which is scheduled to get underway at the Gros Islet Street Party this evening, perhaps marks the very first time in the history of the country that any political organisation has marketed itself at an event of this magnitude and in this manner.
With Saint Lucia’s changing demographics pointing to an increasingly youthful population with little or no attachment to the established political parties in the country (the Saint Lucia Labour Party and the United Workers Party), it is perhaps an opportune moment for the LPM to differentiate itself from these other parties.
Moreover, with very few indications of improvement in Saint Lucia’s economy, and an increasing sense of frustration and hopelessness among the island’s youth, the telling signs of the extent of their pain (even as they are out partying) cannot be any clearer.
Therefore, as a political organisation, the decision to meet with the young people of Saint Lucia on their own turf this evening, and in a setting other than the usual forum in which politicians feel comfortable dispensing diatribes and untruths to their most ardent followers, is demonstrative of a party that is in tune with the times.
Moreover, the LPM sees this as a real opportunity to rally the young people to seek meaningful change that will one day enable them to become stakeholders in the management of their own country.
Friday’s event is expected to be one with a marked difference. Under the theme “Going Green Friday,” the LPM plans to distribute thousands of green glow bracelets to local residents and visitors arriving at the Gros Islet Street Party.
The LPM also plans to show its support to the local business establishments in the town of Gros Islet by handing out a number of restaurant vouchers (among other non-food prizes, such as electronic items and books) to selected participants wearing green outfits which best symbolise the “Going Green Friday” theme.