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Thank you to the members of the Jamaican American Association of Northern California, members of the National Naval Officers Association, The Jamaica Land We Love (JALAWELO) Organization, Friends and Family who over the years have supported me in my work with the Bois Content Primary School. Earlier this month, the school celebrated 60 years. Please see link to print media coverage. I was unable to attend the awards banquet but my mother Daisy McCalla accepted the award on my behalf.

JAANC partnered with JALAWELO beginning last summer and we fund raised enough funds to build a partition at the school and purchase a computer for the Principal’s office. The computers were delivered a few weeks ago. Next month JALAWELO will begin training of the teachers on how to use the computer and various software. JAANC members, Diana & Peter Harrison have also actively participated in this project providing their Information Technology (IT) expertise. On their own time and funding, Diana and Peter drove to Bois Content and completed a site visit in June that was very helpful in assessing the IT capabilities of staff and equipment.

Thank you all. “Together we can achieve the extraordinary”.

Denise J. McCallaCreary

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica, in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), launched the Mapping Jamaica’s Diaspora Project on Tuesday, 10th June 2014, in Kingston. Similar launches have taken place in the United Kingdom and Canada, with plans afoot to carry out launches throughout the United States of America and in other locations where it is feasible to do so. Latin America and the Caribbean are key targets in this effort.

The Project, which will take place over an eighteen (18) month period, will be facilitated by way of an online survey tool housed on the following website: Following the completion of the Project, a database of Jamaicans overseas, their location, skills and interests, will be created. It is hoped that the completion of the survey by members of the Jamaican Diaspora, will enable the Government of Jamaica to more effectively engage these members of the extended Jamaican family.

Please note that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has advised that as at 10th July 2014, there have been One Hundred and Fifty (150) respondents to the Project’s General Survey, with respondents hailing from Malawi, South Africa, Australia and Europe among other locations. There were a total of two (2) responses to the Group Survey as of the same date. The aim is to have at least 100,000 persons completing the survey by the end of the eighteen (18) month period which began in December 2013.

bpackIn an effort to prepare students in Jamaica for the new academic year, we’re happy to announce our Operation Backpack Drive. The Operation Backpack Drive is a charitable initiative where people donate backpacks and school supplies to needy Jamaican children. Since the backpack project was launched in 2010, we have distributed over 5,000 backpacks to children in Jamaica. This initiative seeks your help as we continue to make positive contributions to the educational development of the most vulnerable members of our communities, our children. We request financial support and in-kind donations to meet our goal.Backpacks and school supplies will be distributed to children in Jamaica on August 19, 2014. Locations will be selected and announced at a later date.

Checks or Money Orders Are Accepted: Make Payable To:

Professional Jamaicans for Jamaica, Inc.
25 Cartright Street, Suite 5D
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Jamaica Day is a flagship project of the Culture In Education Programme (CIEP), of the
Ministry of Education and enjoys Official Proclamation by the Governor General of
Jamaica. Read the Jamaica Day announcements at this link.

You are invited to attend:

13th Annual Jamaica Awareness Celebrity Golf Classic

Monday, March 10, 2014 from 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
The Jamaica Awareness Association of California brings you a day of golf for a good cause. For $250, a single player will enjoy a full day of golf, snacks and on-course beverages, an Awards Dinner, and a Gift Bag at the wonderful Mountain Gate Country Club. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with tee time at 11:00 a.m. and the Awards Banquet at 5:00 p.m.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Tournament Sponsor: 2 Golf Foursomes, Tournament Sponsor Recognition in all media and signage, Program Recognition, Logo prominently displayed on Tournament Banner, Special Appreciation Gift, Opportunity to place items in JAAC Gift Bag, Tee Signage at 2 Signature Holes, 4×5 Tournament Sponsor Banner, Awards Dinner for 8 golfers + 8 guests, Two Tickets to our 28th Annual Banquet, and a one-page add in the Banquet Program Book – $5,000

Executive Sponsor: 1 Golf Foursome, Recognition in all media and signage, Program Recognition, Logo on Tournament Banner, Special Appreciation Gift, Opportunity to place items in JAAC Gift Bag, Tee Box Signage, Awards Dinner for 4 golfers + 4 guests – $3,000

Platinum Sponsor: Includes 4 golfers, Tee signage, 4 additional dinners for spouses or Business Associates, Named on Tournament Banner, tournament advertising within the JAAC Program Recognition – $2,000

Gold Sponsor: Includes 3 golfers, Tee signage, Named on Tournament advertising within the JAAC Program Recognition – $1,500

Silver Sponsor: Includes 2 golfers, Tee signage, Named on Tournament advertising within the JAAC Program Recognition – $1,000

Optional Packages – Available to both Playing and Non-Playing Individuals & Companies

Dinner Sponsor: 3×5 separate banner, Logo on Tournament Banner, Program Recognition – $2,000

Trophy Sponsor: Logo on Tournament Banner, Program Recognition – $500

Beverage Sponsor: Logo on Tournament Banner, Program Recognition – $400

Tee Signage: Sign Recognition at one Tee Box, Program Recognition – $100

** Registration and payment information can also be sent to JAAC at P.O. Box 351769, Los Angeles, CA 90035**

Call for Volunteers -J2J 2014 MISSIONJourney to Jamaica during Education Week and help distribute over 10,000 books to children across Jamaica. Volunteers will serve as mentors, readers or team members as we go out into the community to read – recite – encourage a child. As a volunteer with the Literacy Project, you get the opportunity to impact someone’s life.

Applications are now being accepted for 4-day or 7-day volunteer service during Education Week, May 3-10, 2014. Download Application Form at this link.

For more information contact: Ja’nice Wisdom t: 301.672.4133 | e: or Cassandra Chase t: 310.893.0899 | e: |

expojaThe Jamaica Promotions limited (JAMPRO) has announced plans for Expo Jamaica 2014, to be held at the National Arena, in Kingston 3-6 April 2014. The Expo is a collaboration between JAMPRO and the Jamaica Exporters Association (JEA).

JAMPRO is seeking to recruit international and local buyers and link them with local suppliers/exhibitors in order to explore trade opportunities and ultimately secure sustainable business contracts.

The EXPO will also feature an upgraded buyer programe, anchored by an internet based buyer login. This system, along with new product displays and information sessions for buyers, makes the expo a notable one for buyers interested in unique authentic and high standard Jamaican products and services.

We believe that you would be interested in this exciting opportunity to expand trading engagements with Jamaica.

Further details on Expo Jamaica are available on the expo website: Other links to the expo include: ; and

JAMPRO has identified a Buyer Recruitment Coordinator, Ms Janene Hibbert at or tel. no. (876) 978-7755 for further information.

Colloquium | February 6 | 12-1:45 p.m. | Simon Hall, the Goldberg Roo, 297 Simon Hall

Speaker: Harry SCHEIBER, Director, Law of the Sea Institute, Berkeley Law, Berkeley Law

Sponsor: Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

The Thomas Garden Barnes Lecture. Presented n honor of the late Tom Barnes (History and Law), founder of the Canadian Studies Program at Berkeley. Colloquium lunch followed by talk at approximately 12:30. RSVP.

RSVP info: Call Rita Ross at 510-642-0531, or by emailing Rita Ross at

Global Speaker Series

January 23, 2014 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Stanford University
Cemex Auditorium, Knight Management Center
655 Knight Way
Stanford, CA 94305

Event is open to:
Stanford Community
Come hear Hon Portia Simpson-Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica, speak about her global leadership experiences.

The event is free to attend and registration is not required.

About the Speaker
Simpson-Miller is a Jamaican politician and leader of the People’s National Party. She’s also the seventh Prime Minister of Jamaica, currently serving since January 2012 and previously from March 2006 to September 2007.

Event Sponsors
This event is sponsored by the Center for Global Business and the Economy.

About the Global Speaker Series
The Global Speaker Series seeks to enrich the Stanford GSB community’s global perspective by inviting top executives, government leaders, and other distinguished guests to speak on globally relevant topics. Speakers share personal reflections on leading a global career and inspire students to develop as future leaders in their fields of choice.

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s Student Leaders® Program is accepting applications for the 2014 Student Leaders® program.

Since its inception in 2004, the Bank of America Student Leaders Program has recognized more than 2,000 exemplary high school juniors and seniors who have a passion for improving their communities. The program helps students gain a greater understanding of how nonprofits create impact in the community and helps develop them as the next generation of community leaders through two components:

  • A summer eight-week paid internship with a nonprofit organization selected by the bank. This internship is designed to provide opportunities for the students to develop and apply leadership skills through hands-on work experience, while raising their awareness of community issues addressed by their Host Organization.
  • The week-long, all-expense paid Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. from July 13-18, 2014. Conducted in partnership with the Close Up Foundation, the Summit introduces students to aspects of civic, social and business leadership and provides them with knowledge and skills they will use throughout their life to create positive community change.

The San Francisco and East Bay Student Leaders® program is open to high school juniors and seniors in the following counties: San Francisco, Marin, Alameda and Contra Costa.

Students can apply for the program by going to Please note the application deadline of January 31, 2014.

For more information on the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, please visit

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In 2009 deceased Dutch historian Dr Silvia W. de Groot, life honorary member of the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), has bequeathed a legacy to KITLV designed to provide financial support to students or young researchers from the Caribbean, preferably of Maroon descent, with the preparation of an academic publication in the field of Caribbean history or culture. It may for example involve travel and accommodation for the purpose of research, translation costs or publication subsidy. An annual amount of € 10,000 is available to be spread over one or several applicants.

Applications must include the following elements:
– An application for research support: a description of the research, including planning and budgeting which shows the portions and specific purpose for which the grant (if granted) would be spent (max. 2000 words).

– An application for publication and/or translation subsidy: budget and sending the relevant text.
– A brief c.v.
– A letter of recommendation from a scientist who supervises or has supervised the student.
– A letter of recommendation from a second expert.

Applicants are:
– Studying (MA or PhD phase) or a graduate or doctorate in the Humanities or Social Sciences.
– Born and / or raised in the Caribbean, preferably of Maroon descent.
– Not older than 45 years, or the last academic degree achieved no more than five years ago.

Deadline 2013:
The deadline for applications is December 16, 2013. Applications should be sent to Prof. G. J. Oostindie, Director of KITLV at, stating ‘Dr . Silvia W. de Groot Fund’

Website (in Dutch):

The Harker School is a coeducational, non-sectarian, college preparatory school serving grades Preschool through 12. Located in San Jose, Harker has four campuses located within minutes of each other. For over 100 years, Harker’s mission has remained constant: to create an environment that promotes academic excellence, inspires intellectual curiosity, expects personal accountability and forever instills a genuine passion for learning. For more information on The Harker School, please visit the website at

We are currently searching for a Assistant to work with the Athletic Directors for the Lower, Middle, and Upper School Athletic Department. This will be a full- time, non – exempt, 10-month position working Monday – Friday from 1:00pm – 5:30pm.

Prior to beginning work for The Harker School, and as a condition of employment, all employees must go through Live Scan Fingerprinting as well as provide a copy of a negative TB test.

Position Summary
The Assistant to the Athletic Directors is responsible for performing a variety of duties in support of the Athletic Directors. Maintains uniforms and equipment, conducts field/gym set-ups, provides game support and also performs coaching duties (substitute or seasonal) as needed.

• Must be at least 18-years of age
• Must hold current certification in both First Aid and CPR or have the ability to obtain within the first month of employment

Essential Functions, Duties and Responsibilities
• Assumes the responsibility for effectively maintaining, recording and reporting information to the Athletic Directors such as game results, field conditions, equipment needs, coaches’ and parent concerns, and student-athlete issues.
• Prepares fields and courts for practice play and coordinates with facilities on needs for those areas.
• Assists with maintaining inventory, equipment and uniform needs, grades 6-8.
• Provides set up and supervision at home games and on-site coverage for off-campus venues (ie: Hathaway Park, Starbird Park).
• Organizes seasonal awards and “Varsity A” t-shirt preparation and distribution.
• Provides home game management and support (scorekeeping, timekeeping) as needed in schedule coordinated through the Athletic Directors.
• Game day communication with and support for game officials.
• Coordination with coaches, BEST staff, dean, and classroom teachers regarding athletic issues, needs, facility use conflicts and schedule changes.
• Assist with transportation and team departures for away games and off-site practices.

Other Duties & Responsibilities
• Ensures work area, including Blackford equipment closet and storage areas are clean and well maintained.
• Stays informed regarding changes, weekly game schedules, developments
• Coach a sport as needed or desired, and substitute for absent coaches as needed.
• Completes miscellaneous tasks and duties as requested.
• Greet opponents and assists with changing room/locker room needs, team benches, etc.

Knowledge, Skill & Ability Requirements
• Understanding of reporting and recordkeeping
• Understanding of coaching responsibilities for a variety of sports
• Ability to communicate in effective English with administration, faculty, staff, vendors, etc. in person, via email and by telephone.
• Displayed proficiency in all related computer applications.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
• Superior organizational and management skills
• Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously.
• Strong attention to detail
• Skill managing sensitive and confidential information
• Ability to adapt to multiple situations and tasks

Working Conditions
• Must have valid driver’s license and transportation to travel to and from multiple campuses
• Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid and emergency responses.
• May be subject to extended periods of time standing or walking.

Interested candidates should send their resumes and reference “Assist. To Athletic Directors “in the subject line to

Application Filing Deadline: Resumes will be accepted until the position has been filled.

The Harker School will respond only to those candidates who meet the qualifications and requirements of the position. The Harker School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Presents
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross Premiering October 22 at 8 pm on PBS

New six-part, six-hour series takes viewers on an unprecedented journey through African-American history—from slavery to freedom, and from the plantation to the White House


On October 19, 1983, the 4-year-old Grenadian revolution, the only Black revolution in the English speaking Western world, was effectively halted by an internal coup followed six days later by an American military invasion.The United Nations General Assembly condemned the invasion.

The ostensible reason for the incursion carried out under President Ronald Reagan, was to stabilize the country and save American students studying at an American offshore medical school in Grenada. The Reagan administration had been hostile to the revolution from its inception. Reagan’s expressed fear was that Cuba (helping Grenada build a new international airport) was erecting missile bases in Grenada and supporting a socialist government in the country.

In spite of Grenada’s best efforts to normalize relations between the two countries, the United States government refused to meet with leaders of Grenada’s People’s Revolutionary Government.

OCTOBER 12, 2013 1-4 PM
LeConte Hall, Room 1
(Just East of the Campanile Esplanade)

Multimedia Presentation

Kathy Sloane, Free Lance Photographer
Kathy Sloane’s photographs are the only remaining archive of images made in Grenada during its revolutionary period. The rest were destroyed during the American invasion. Sloane worked in Grenada for UNICEF, and under the People’s Revolutionary Government for the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Agriculture and The Department of Tourism in 1982 and 1983.

Panel Discussion

Laurie Lambert, Assistant Professor African American and African Studies
University of California at Davis
Lambert is a native of Grenada. Her recent dissertation, Worlds Real and Invented: The Grenada Revolution and the Caribbean Literary Imaginary , traces the transnational scope of the Grenada Revolution, analyzing the ways in which literature and techniques of narration are used to amplify and concretize the impact of small island political culture on the entire Caribbean and African Diaspora.
Eugene “Gus” Newport, Mayor of Berkeley 1979-1986
Long time activist and currently national consultant in Community Development
Under Newport, Berkeley hosted Grenadian PRG Government ministers in Berkeley in 1982 and 1983.
In 1990, The Grenada Foundation sent him to Grenada as part of a delegation to observe the elections.
Don Rojas, Communications Director,The Praxis Project
During the Revolution (1979-1983) Rojas was the press secretary to Prime Minister of Grenada, Maurice Bishop. In the ensuing 30 years he has served as the first Communications Director of the NAACP, Media Manager for Oxfam America, Executive Editor of the New York Amsterdam News and General Manager of the Pacifica Radio station WBAI.

Sponsored by Dr. Hardy Frye and the African American Studies Department

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We regret to announce the passing of a former President of the Association, Ms. Norma Brown. Ms. Brown passed at her Vallejo residence on Sunday, September 8, 2013.

$20 each to include tax, shipping and handling.

For JAANC to offer this special price, lots of 18 must be ordered. Reserve your copy by completing the form below. A request for payment will be made when the lot quantity is reached.

The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) is managing the privatisation (via concession) of four (4) beachfront properties owned by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC).
The four properties are:

  1. Fort Clarence Beach in St. Catherine
  2. Bluefields Beach in Westmoreland
  3. Long Bay Beach 1 in Hanover/Westmoreland.
  4. Long Bay Beach 2 in Hanover/Westmoreland.

Documents for review;

  1. DBJ’s Letter dated  22 November 2012
  2. Preliminary Information Guide
  3. Advertisement Brocure

Further information may be obtained from:
Mrs. Stacey Galbraith
Manager, Privatisation Services
Development Bank of Jamaica
11A-15 Oxford Road
Kingston 5, Jamaica
Tel: (876) 920-4608; (876) 929-4000
Fax: (876) 960-2790

Honourable Marcus Mosiah Garvey
On this day 125 years ago, 17th August, 1887, the Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey was born. For 53 years Garvey sacrificed and served us in this life, on June 10th,1940 he elevated to the ancestral realm and continues to Live in the spirit, hearts and minds of Africans those at home and abroad. His legacy and vision continue to rise in the Whirlwind as he said he would with countless millions of ancestors. We can, we must, we will carry on the works into the 21st century to uplift Africans the world over to our traditional greatness.