News: Caribbean intellectuals draft a proclamation for essential “products”

Patrick Chamoiseau and Edouard Glissant were among the nine Caribbean intellectuals who drafted and co-signed a procamation–“Manifest pour les ‘produits’ de haute nécessité’–published in Le Monde (16 February 2009) expressing their support and defense of the legitimacy of the social movements taking place in Guadeloupe and Martinique and beginning to be felt in Guyana and Reunion. In the manifesto, the writers commend the organizers and participants for their success in rallying on common ground, presenting a solid base capable of bringing together struggles that have previously seemed disjointed and isolated.  They call attention to how the struggle to survive and to gain access to the bare necessities for day-to-day living goes beyond the simple quest for purchasing power or filling the grocery basket but rather goes hand-in-hand with the desire for other “essentials” that provide meaning to our existence.  They also stress that  behind the immediate needs for survival (the prosaic), lies the wish for a development of self and the nourishment provided by dignity, honor, music, song, sports, dance, reading, philosophy, spirituality, love, and free time to dedicate to our sense of accomplishment and intimate desires (the poetic).

For full text in French, see http://www.lemonde.fr/politique/article/2009/02/16/neuf-intellectuels-antillais-contre-les-archaismes-coloniaux_1156114_823448.html

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