‘Din­ner & De­bate’

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

Vice-pres­i­dent of the Ja­maica Chess Fed­er­a­tion and chair­man of the Endgame Chess Club, Peter My­ers (left), in­structs Rushawn Sang­ster and Aliea Mes­sam (right), while coun­cil­lor for the Stony Hill di­vi­sion, Tosha Sch­wapp, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Juliet Cuth­bert-Flynn and Jes­san John­son look on. JA­MAICA YOUTH will have an op­por­tu­nity to­mor­row evening to share in the cut and thrust of the first United States Pres­i­den­tial De­bate ahead of the 2016 elec­tions.

They have been in­vited to the ProComm build­ing at 2 Phoenix Av­enue in St An­drew, where they will par­tic­i­pate in the live view­ing of the de­bate ac­tion.

Mon­day’s view­ing is the first in the ‘Din­ner and a De­bate’ se­ries of the United States Em­bassy in Kingston, brought to the pub­lic through col­lab­o­ra­tion with the 51% Coali­tion, with Panos Caribbean as im­ple­ment­ing part­ner.

AD­VANCE UN­DER­STAND­ING

The se­ries forms a part of a larger ini­tia­tive to raise aware­ness and ad­vance un­der­stand­ing of the US elec­tion process, with an ex­am­i­na­tion of lessons and im­pli­ca­tions for Ja­maica and the Caribbean, in the in­ter­est of re­spon­si­ble and demo­cratic gov­er­nance.

“The United States and Ja­maica have been part­ners for cen­turies,” said coun­selor for pub­lic af­fairs at the US Em­bassy in Kingston, Joshua Po­lacheck.

“And with this his­toric elec­tion, we ap­proached the 51% Coali­tion to en­sure that the Ja­maican pub­lic has an op­por­tu­nity to un­der­stand the is­sues fac­ing the Amer­i­can voter. We’re even bring­ing of­fi­cials from the two ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties to ex­plain their re­spec­tive party plat­forms,” added Po­lacheck.

STAKE­HOLD­ERS

Three other de­bate view­ing events, which will tar­get a va­ri­ety of stake­hold­ers, and two pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion fora in­volv­ing speak­ers from the two US po­lit­i­cal par­ties are also a part of the suite of ac­tiv­i­ties un­der the ini­tia­tive.

“The ini­tia­tive rep­re­sents an op­por­tu­nity for all Ja­maicans to be en­gaged on a dy­namic and in­trigu­ing po­lit­i­cal process that is teem­ing with is­sues of rel­e­vance to the is­land and to the Caribbean as a whole,” said Pe­tre Wil­liamsRaynor, Panos Caribbean coun­try di­rec­tor.

“The 51% Coali­tion looks for­ward to the next few weeks, ea­ger for the shar­ing and learn­ing they will af­ford, and trust that our peo­ple – women and men, young and old – will sup­port the ef­fort,” added Wil­liams-Raynor.

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