Opposition Leader of Jamaica and Delegation Diaspora Tour New York, Jamaica’s 60th Year of Independence

Jamaica’s Opposition leader Mark Jefferson Golding ended his Jamaica 60TH diaspora tour of the USA in New York.

The opposition leader led a delegation of MPs and opposition party officials throughout the USA, starting in Florida then moving up towards the NE, through Georgia, Washington DC culminating in the diversity rich New York City.

Traveling by the grassroots mode of transportation, train, from Washington DC to Penn Station, the Opposition leader along with the delegation arrived at Penn Station Manhattan at high noon, Wednesday 20th. The delegation was greeted on arrival by the PNP’s Region 5 international and diaspora affairs commission chairman Duncan Buchanan. A hearty welcome speech was delivered by Jamaican-American Actress Marsha-Ann Hay to the Opposition Leader Honourable Mark Golding MP, Mrs. Sandra Golding, Lisa Hanna MP, Angela Brown-Burke MP, Dahlia Walker-Huntington chairman of the Opposition leader’s diaspora tour, Dayton Campbell General Secretary of the opposition party, Kisha Anderson Treasurer of the opposition party and several other dignitaries.

Mark Golding and Duncan Buchanan

Jamaican-American Actress Marsha-Ann Hay welcoming Mark Golding

From arrival to departure, the opposition leader was kept busy. Within the hour of arriving Mark Golding MP and members of the delegation gave an interview to popular radio station

Then it was off to Freeport Long Island where the delegation made a courtesy call at the Mayor’s Office in Freeport Village Hall, Freeport being one of the largest village in New York with a population of over 43,000. There the Opposition leader and the delegation were presented with honourable citations by Deputy Mayor Ron Ellerbe in the presence of Dep Atty Rob Mclaughlin, Judge Stephen Drummond Esq, Dep Chief of Police Williams, Officers Herring, Haslam and Shim.

With no time to rest the delegation advanced to a private dinner hosted by Dawn and Dennis Warren. On arrival at the Platinum Cuisine, a newly renovated lounge in Freeport village, the Opposition leader was greeted by approximately 200 Jamaicans eagerly waiting to meet Jamaica’s opposition party delegation. After prayers, speeches by Mark Golding, Angela Brown-Burke, Lisa Hanna, Dayton Campbell and Kisha Anderson, the delegation were treated to delicacies prepared for royalty. An atmosphere of love and harmony the Jamaican way could be felt pulsating the venue as the leader of opposition, his wife Sandra and team intermingled with fellow Jamaicans laughing and chatting the night away.

Thursday morning, the Opposition leader and delegation paid a courtesy call on Jamaica’s Consul General Alsion Roach Wilson. Thursday afternoon, Opposition leader Mark Golding and Lisa Hanna MP along with the delegation were given a warm Jamaican welcome at the Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. There they were greeted on arrival by the dynamic Hon. Una S.T. Clarke, the first Caribbean-born woman elected to the New York City’s legislature. Honourable Una Clarke in giving her welcome speech to the delegation was in high spirits, reminiscing of her childhood days growing up in Jamaica, her Maroon heritage, her family lineage, making sure to acknowledge the communities of Thornton, Lacovia and Accompong.

Mark Golding, Lisa Hanna and Una Clarke

Duncan Buchanan, Actress Marsha-Ann Hay, Mrs Sandra Golding and Opposition Leader Mark Golding

After an excellent performance from cultural group Braata, Mark Golding and Lisa Hanna gave superb speeches, keeping the audience listening intently. Lisa Hanna emphasized the need for focus to be given to the next generation in order for Jamaica to maintain the progressive advancement that has taken place during the 60 years of Jamaica’s Independence. The Member of Parliament for SE St Ann stressed the need for focus on agriculture as a means for Jamaica’s greater development moving forward. Watch Lisa Hanna’s speech here

Mark Golding was no less strident, recalling that it was his party that rescued Jamaica from major challenges with an IMF program. Opposition leader Golding detailed ways in which the Jamaican government could ease the economic burden being faced by the most vulnerable Jamaicans, one such initiative being slowing the pace of the debt reduction in order to free up $40 Billion to aid Jamaicans. Golding lectured about the role of Jamaicans throughout the history of the USA, highlighting Marcus Garvey and many migrants to the US. Watch Mark Golding’s speech here

The Soiree at Brooklyn Commons Flatbush Ave, was a “yaadman ting”. The Opposition leader chatted, laughed, shared stories with Jamaicans and listened to stories of Jamaicans.

Mark Golding interacting with Richard Hamilton, Kwame Tyndale, Gregory Brown and other members of the diaspora

On Friday before departing JFK to Jamaica, the Leader of the Opposition visited Jamaican owned local businesses in Queens NY.

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