On the eve of the Virgin Islands’ Emancipation in commemoration of July 3, 1848 and the United States’ Independence Day in recognition of July 4, 1776, many injustices and oppressive actions that American natives, residents, visitors and others are experiencing in 2010 is not in accordance with the treaties, declarations and rights of people of the Americas and the world. Hence the question that arises from many is: Whose independence and emancipation are we celebrating, commemorating and supporting on July 4th and July 3rd of every year? What are the VI executive, legislative and judiciary branches of government doing in alliance with and respect to The People of these beloved Virgin Islands to institute and practice the principles associated with the freedom, liberty, justice, human and civil rights being celebrated during these holidays of VI Emancipation and US Independence?
In the 1770’s, taxation without representation caused wars and revolutions from The People. In the 1800’s, chattel slavery was ended on paper while mental slavery continued prolifically with more dehumanization and institutional oppression than ever recorded in contemporary history against The People. In the 1900’s, wars, movements, protests, laws and more were mobilized and organized by The People along with various governments arranging planned assassinations, coup d’états and more for liberty, justice, freedom and independence to be denied to The People. In the opening of the first decade of the 21st century, guns, technology, germs, wars and biological/health inequities are rampant against The People.
Criminals are prosecuted and persecuted when found guilty of a crime. Who prosecutes and persecutes those guilty of crimes against The People? Even after 20th century global mandates for the end of colonialism and genocide, there still exists man-induced environmental “emergencies and tragedies”, neocolonialism and treacherous inhumane traditions that rule through the actions and institutions of economic “decepticons” and masters that have little or no regard for the self-engaged, internal and true governance of the common man and woman locally, nationally and internationally.
As the US House Mandates the USVI Constitutional Convention to reconvene to change what they "believe" is unconstitutional, why has the US failed to comply with UN Mandates of the Human Rights Charter of the 20th century and other pro-humanitarian legal UN and International World Court mandates? What are we doing and willing to sacrifice to resurrect healthy environments (land, air, sea +), reduce criminality from the top down, restore healthy lifestyles, provide affordable education, housing & social services, and heal our communities, nations and humanity?
This is the time for The People of the World Court to convene and demand justice. Enough is enough. The People of the Virgin Islands, from the grassroots and beyond, need to mandate and demand that our voices be heard and enacted upon with viable resources for their implementation from the same US Administration and its’ agencies that speak of being a living and global example of democracy. President Obama’s Administration and the hidden administration that governs this land of “liberty, freedom and justice for all” are to be accountable to The People. The trained and stellar legal minds within, associated with and supportive of the Obama Administration have a responsibility and ancestral duty to change the hands of time and implement the principles of genuine independence by doing what is right, just and true to end colonialism, neo-colonialism, fascism and terminate the colonial stronghold that the US has on the social existence, economic, ancestral, indigenous and inalienable rights of the Virgin Islands and beyond.
It is time for independence, emancipation and justice to be served to The People.