Guyana's Working Peoples Alliance Essay

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In November 1974, the Working Peoples Alliance(WPA), a political organization, was formally launched in Guyana. Several independent Guyanese organizations including WPVP(Working Peoples Vanguard Party), IPRA( Indian Political Revolutionary Associates), RATOON, the ASCRIA( African Society for Cultural Relations with Independent Africa) , and independent people constituted the ‘alliance’. The founding statement, representing of the new politics, cited the stand against race based election politics, violent political repression, the worsening economic conditions of the masses, cancerous corruption and denial of academic and press freedom, as factors in its formation. The coalition that comprised WPA also addressed regional and international …show more content…
Globally, the “sixties’ typified by the symbolic ’1968’ was a watershed decade. It included the upsurge in the civil rights movement in America, political assassinations, the Cuban missile crisis, the Cold War, the Prague spring uprising in Czechoslovakia and the revolt against orthodox socialism, working class uprisings, the women’s liberation movement, black power movement, the Vietnam war and the Tet offensive, the rise of the progressive world, counter-culture, and other manifestations of world turbulence. In the Anglophone Caribbean 1968 was represented by the Walter Rodney riots in Jamaica, the 1968 congress of black writers in Montreal which one scholar deemed “the first major attempt to cohere Black Power transnationally” , together with the rise of the birth of new movements all made 1968 a signpost year of global unrest and reformulation of anti-systemic agendas and action.

According to M.J Heale, the sixties was an ‘era in which a politics rooted in class and economics was displaced by politics rooted in race and culture...and an era in which the personal became the political, dissolving the distinction between politics and culture..”

At the level of Anglophone Caribbean a distinct inclination in the direction of proto Pan-Africanism, the black power movement, and the new left and creative forms of political organization was visible. These

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