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'All hands on deck'

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

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WHILE some Jamaica Observer online readers do not believe the churches' decision to have men march in Kingston over the next few weeks as a means of reaching out to 'men at risk' in order to tackle social ills and criminality, as mentioned in yesterday's front page story 'Shunned', there are those who have welcomed the churches' initiative, lauding it as a good idea. Here are some of the responses from online readers:


Big move... a most-worthwhile effort, on the part of Reverend Miller, Bishop Owens and others, to address the crime problem... the part men play in the dilemma and the attitude of many men who abandon their responsibility of leadership in their homes and role models for our up-and-coming generation.

speak it like it is

These people are time wasters that's all I can say. I've seen these attention-seeking stunts all of my life. And none of it helps anything or changes anything.


Let's hope this is one of the attention-seeking schemes that can possibly create a difference... some how... Even if it is to spread positivism and not so much of an action plan like most of us would rather to see...


Prayer without work is dead, James 2:14-26


All hands on deck, every shoulder to the wheel to save this sinking ship. Fulldorsing the effort.

Chapter 1

It is a good idea but... it is the women only who can flush out criminals... Get the ladies on board and ensure that something is in it for them. Think Bangladesh and how the micro loans project put women in charge of the man thing for it to succeed.


Women have their part to play, too, yes, but the men are the problem on the ground. They doing the killing. Men must create the environment for change.


Yes, the men are the ones doing majority of the killings, but the women are their confidants, aiders and abettors and harbourers of wanted fugitives. Without that undying support, the male doing the killings and remaining on the lam, wouldn't be half successful otherwise. I call that equal culpability, meaning the women are just as guilty, whether they pull the trigger or not.


While I have serious issues with the Jamaican church, every mikkle mek a mukkle. I wish them luck and only hope for success.

Jim Kelly

The communities, the residents know who the gunmen are but see and blind, hear and deaf culture prevails. It is not the affluent society that is killing off each other, it is the have not who are killing each other. So it is obvious where the group should march.

Lindel McCormack

I want to believe the gunmen are tired, people have been marching for years and nothing changes. But there are ways the church can help to make a lasting difference. Here are some practical ways they can help try and identify all at-risk kids from as early as possible to work with them, provide counselling and mentoring for both young men and women in family planning, education and business. A church with credible leadership with a very strong outreach programme will not have any difficuilty raising funds for their outreach. The church needs to get out of their four walls and begin to impact the various communities in practical ways.


Try what you must, every organisation needs to be out there; however, our Government needs to look at other governmental models who had similar issues and overcame. See what we can learn from them and what we can place in our home as a potential process to affect change. My preference is the Singapore model.

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