Cognizant of the upsurge in criminal acts on the island over the past decade, where hope for change is the lifeline that keeps us afloat, the Saint Lucia National Youth Council is making a statement through our initiation of the “I Stand Against…” campaign.
The “I Stand Against…” campaign transcends race, class, party and social strata to appeal to the individual consciousness of our society and will be inaugurated on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, Orange Day, UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign (celebrated every 25th of the month).
It is our hope that we can teach our young people to value themselves and value others through the implementation of various community and national programmes.
The first of many initiatives will be an inaugural silent protest which will commence from the Derek Walcott Square on Laborie Street, Castries (the side facing the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception) from 3:30 pm.
Once contingents have been established, participants with placards in hand will leave the Derek Walcott Square at 3:54 pm to walk along Laborie Street, turn right onto Jeremie Street and we will stop in silence for 15 mins at the beginning of the John Compton Highway in front of the Meat Shop at the Castries Market.
We, the Saint Lucia National Youth Council, are issuing a call to all school students, attached and unattached youth, parents, civil servants, ministers of government, members of the opposition and the general public at large, to stand with us during our silent protest.
As the colours for that day of observation are orange and white we encourage everyone to come adorned in those colours and to walk with their placards. The placards (our only voice on that day) should read “I stand against….” And members of the public are encouraged to append to the inscription a social issue that adversely affects youth that they would love to see ameliorated.
We hope that our silence will resonate in the souls of our people louder than any cry.
Let us stand against injustice. Let us stand for our people, with our people. Let us be the difference we want to see.
Details on subsequent programming options for young people will be provided in a subsequent release.