What has the People’s Parliament achieved?
By Abena Rockcliffe
Almost three weeks into the existence of the People’s Parliament, what has it achieved?
Faced with this question, active member of the People’s Parliament, Sherlina Nagar, responded in that with the aim being to converse with as many citizens possible to remind them that they have a voice and should ensure that their voices are heard, “our achievement has been, so far, significant.”
Nagar informed that the ‘People’s Parliament’ is a gathering of concerned individuals from different social, ethnic and financial backgrounds, with a range of knowledge, beliefs, and opinions who are working to create change in Guyana in spite of fear and state repression.
“We are here to reach out, and brain storm to see how we can make our input in solving various issues like corruption, police brutality, lack of freedom of speech, poverty and violence of all form,” stated Nagar.
The People’s Parliament has been in existence since Aug 15.
Nagar stated that Guyanese need to be made aware of the power they hold.
The woman said that the members of the People Parliament’s are engaged in introspection to examine how each can be a greater asset to society.
Further, “we will like to help people in society to figure out their own ability and how we can change their lives and communities then together to hold politicians accountable.”
Nagar asserted that there are lots of things that politicians are not doing “that they should be doing and they need to be held accountable.”
As she identified with the initial question asked, Nagar said that “transformation and changing people’s consciousness is not something that can happen over night or can be easily measured.”
However, so far “we have brought together Guyanese from all different backgrounds all different walks of life social class and races.
“We spend our entire day and night camping here, sharing our food as we engage in productive conversations.”
According to Nagar, few who are now involved knew each other before. “This is now a community formed; we didn’t know each other before. This is an organic spontaneous grouping of people that are trying to make a radical difference.”
Another ‘member of parliament’, Simon Duggan, said that while the parliament has been pushed into formation by the “Linden situation, it was in thought a long time now.”
When the President asked for us to go back to normal is what hit me. What is normal? Is normal the acceptance of violence and corruption in society?”
He opined that every aspect of society revolves around politics so much attention needs to be placed on it.
Reminded that Linden went back to “normal” and asked when they will close parliament, Nagar said that “we won’t see that as normal, we completely reject that. Three people are now dead and several were left injured just because they chose to stand up for their rights.
“We will continue this until a significant transformation has been met.”