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Protest for Paslow Plaza Name to be Changed #537429
07/24/19 05:53 AM
07/24/19 05:53 AM
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Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP

Paslow Pilloried

Last night you saw the crowd from the UBAD Educational Foundation and the Image Factory lead a procession through the city streets - commemorating the centenary of the ex-servicemen's riot - which happened in Belize Town on July 22 and 23rd, 1919.

So, while the ex-servicemen and thousands more rioted for two days, the UEF and IF crew honoree that spirit by agitating for social change for the past two days.

Yesterday, it was demanding recognition for the historical importance of the ex-servicemen's riot, and, today, it was declaring that the new building planned for the foot of the Swing Bridge CANNOT be named after former slaveowner Thomas Paslow.

It's the location called "Ground Zero" - and the building that used to be there - until it burned down in 2002 - was the Paslow building, honoring Paslow as a prominent figure of the colonial era.

But, like we said, also a slave owner, and, a particularly brutal one at that. Today, the UEF's Yaya Marin raged against his legacy:..

Yaya Marin Coleman, Activist and Agitator
"We have a mind-set that wants to create a colonial architecture and then have Paslow Building. Thomas Paslow was a white man who owned and enslaved African people and then killed them. As a matter of fact, his woman was named Clarissa. You have a place in Cayo name Clarissa Falls. When you don't know your history you repeatedly say the name of people who killed your ancestors. I know they just killed your best friend Allyson Major, now you think you would ever name one of your children after the person who killed your cousin? Never you would do that, brother. That is what we are doing. We want to name building after the man who killed our black ancestors, Thomas Paslow. This from the archives, these are the African people who the man owned. See their names here."

"Anyways, the point I am making is when people don't know their story, they are bound to repeat the atrocities of the past. today we will launch a petition and that petition will be online and we are going throughout the whole county and talk about their stories and we will ask for people to sign if you agree that this place should not be called Paslow Plaza. It wasn't us that came up with the name 1919, in having the conversation on Facebook, somebody recommended that they called it 1919 Plaza."

But Yaya's rage wasn't only for Paslow, it was also for us, the media. She says we downplayed ignored her in our coverage of yesterday's event:

Yaya Marin Coleman, Activist and Agitator
"I come out from Amandala, Kremandala, behind the zinc fence. I am the chairperson of the UBAD Educational Foundation. UBAD is an original home-grown African black consciousness organization. Now, I believe I put in the work and I come on the shoulders of people ahead of me. So we have a black people story."

"Only one black organizer is out here and it's me and I am a woman. It's not me you all came for; you all came for Yasser Musa. You all don't come for Delmar Tzib, the Mayan brother. You all came for Yasser Musa. So you all have to look at the attitude and the consciousness and you know how I go. I don't pull no punches, because I will keep it real - From KREM TV. If I am a true teller, I must be a true teller. It's our attitude of our people. It the mind-set of our people. I have to call you all out."

Going back to the Paslow building, a new building will be rented at the site under the Taiwanese funded Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project. A release has only said, quote, "a new ferroconcrete buildingwill be constructed at the site once occupied by the Paslow Building." End quote.

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Re: Protest for Paslow Plaza Name to be Changed [Re: Marty] #537465
07/26/19 06:06 AM
07/26/19 06:06 AM
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Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP

Getting Past Paslow

As we told you last night, the new public building at the corner of Queen and North Front Streets, on the property called Ground Zero will NOT be named after Thomas Paslow.

But what will it be named? Well, now,, you can decide that. As we told you lats night, there will be a public competition to name the new building to be constructed under the Downtown Rejuvenation Project.

After the UBAD Educational Foundation and The Image Factory raised an uproar over the project invoking Thomas Paslow's name just to name the site - it was announced today that there will be a competition, quote, "to name the location once occupied by the Paslow Building".

The project's community liaison officer told us that they knew from early that the Paslow name was a no-go after an online poll earlier this year resoundingly rejected that option:...

Albert Avila
"Of course the name Paslow is like a lightning rod. Now we put that out there and everybody has something to say about it and that's what exactly happened this week and last week. So we just want the public to know that the name is going to be changed and how we are going to do is we are going to put it back out there in the public domain through a competition. Actually we already posted it out. So people can start to submit their names as of today. We are going to get all these names, we are going to put a committee together and we are going to shortlist the names. They are going to decide what the name is going to be and to make it more transparent, to get the public more involved in the decision making, we are going to put in on an online poll, where everybody can go and they can see the names and they can choose which one they like the best and whichever one is the best, the person who submitted it will receive $800. Second place will be $600 and third place will be $400."

"What will be the composition of that selection committee in terms of will it be a cross section of people with perspective wide enough to entertain a non-traditional name? Will that group have that broadness of perspective or will it just be people who work for the government - people who like the UDP, that sort of thing?"

Albert Avila
"We haven't finalize who will be on that committee, but it will definitely be a cross section of people that are involved in history, people that are involved in going out there and talking to the media and all of that. So that group of people has to be decided on and we haven't done that yet, but it will definitely be a wide cross section of people to get inputs from various areas of the country."

"You may have those who is say history is not really a popular thing and Mr. Paslow, historically he may have legacy as a slave owner and as a slave abuser maybe repugnant, but history tells us that in that famous town meeting he played a very important role amongst those who choose to stay. So the name Thomas Paslow has a historical significance which can't be erased. Is this a hard thing you have to juggle with when you're dealing with the prickly issue of Belize's colonial legacy?"

Albert Avila
"Our mandate is preservation of our heritage and that heritage is linked to our colonialism past and it's hard to really separate yourself from that to try and preserve it without going back into it or bringing up the name. I think at some point in time we have to try and understand that this is legacy and it's not that our project or the ministry or the government we are trying to glorify colonialism, but it will be forever linked to our heritage and our legacy."

So, here's how you can submit your proposed name - either bye email or postal service.

Send an email to [email protected] with the Proposed Site Name, along with a short text explaining the merits of that name. Or you can mail your submission to 106 South Street, in Belize City,. IF more than one persons select the same winning name, the one who submitted first will get the prize. And, again, those prizes are, for 1st: $800.00, for second: $600.00 and for third place, $400.00.

The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project is currently working on five structures and eight sites in Belize City.

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