Strategic plan aligns with JFJ work
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I thank Kay Osborne for her correction of a factual error in my article of Sunday, August 10. Carolyn Gomes attended the Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) board workshop that informed the organisation's strategic plan, but was one of two directors who missed a subsequent board meeting that signed off on the plan.
What Ms Osborne does not confirm, and which is correctly stated in my article, is the fact that Susan Goffe was one of the 10 directors who attended that second meeting and signed off on the plan.
Against that background, I note Ms Osborne's claim that Susan Goffe then "promptly started a campaign to discredit the strategic plan".
That seems very odd, indeed. The plan which I have read sets out a priority portfolio of issues that JFJ has already, for many years, been addressing, either independently or in collaboration with other groups such as the Jamaica Civil Society Coalition (JCSC), of which JFJ is a founding member.
Under the leadership of Carolyn Gomes, Susan Goffe, other directors, staff and members, JFJ, for example:
From 2006-2013 implemented an economic and social rights programme in which it carried out research and supported members of 16 communities, urban and rural, in understanding and pursuing these rights.
Has advocated for the rights of the child, focusing especially on children in state care and in conflict with the law. JFJ has respected the work of, and collaborated with, rather than attempted to duplicate, other children's advocacy groups and individuals taking on other aspects of child welfare.
Advocated on issues of corruption and good governance (including fiscal responsibility, participatory budgeting, etc.) being signatory to public positions and submissions of JCSC, National Integrity Action, and others.
Has attempted to persuade decision-makers on matters of citizen security through its direct representation on and/or written submissions to countless numbers of task forces, national committees, joint select committees of Parliament, and international commissions.
Many do not know enough about the breadth of work that JFJ has been doing over the years, most of it without fanfare and all aimed at a better quality of life for all Jamaicans.