The Executive consists of about 15-18 members. One or two of them were unable to attend on that day. They have formed several managerial posts such as president, vice president, treasurer, public relations personnel, research committee, and entertainment committee, etc.
To be honest, my perception is that the group is still in the process of taking shape and identifying it's most strategic goal. But one thing is certain, they want to do their best to make a positive change. I am of the opinion that the community is strongly discontented with the prevalent crime and that we as young people need to be that voice for the masses, and reinforce the idea that we deserve better.
One central aspect to the executive appears to be to raise funds to contribute towards the establishment of an operational DNA Lab at the Forensic Lab, in Ladyville. At the same time though, this became somewhat unclear when they mentioned that they want to do a survey to ask people if this is something worth pursuing. I believe that this is a noble initiative but believe that Government should fulfill this demand without reaching into the pockets of poor people. Yet, I hope it works out.
At the meeting, perhaps due to my own undiplomatic way of speaking, I was misunderstood, felt disappointed and decided to leave.They were very much on the defensive of my opinions. I was envisioning revolutionary changes and being mindful of the weakness and strengths of a movement based on my theoretical understandings and interest to drive change. I liked Ms. Ocheata comment which allowed me to better understand their defensiveness. She asked if I was a friend of Suzanne to which I replied no. She then said that the group of young people in the executive were her friends and that in a way are still grieving, they want to see this pull through. But bygones being bygones, I have encouraged the young people to push on through.
Carmita, president of the executive expressed her desire to invite me to an executive meeting but I feel that it’s in the best interest of the group for them to proceed to strengthen their committee and allow it to take some shape.
I hope that they can capture the common interest of people and lead them to believe that they have the power to make change.
Most young people in our society don’t really care about crime or any social issues. Also, there are only a few genuine politicians who have Belizean interest at heart. Therefore, they are many challenges ahead, but with determination they are all surmountable.
Always be mindful that our realities depend on our inaction and ACTIONS.
Here are some clips of the meeting. Please forgive the quality, I was taking notes as I recorded.
by Rolando Cocom