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#WeMarch draws thousands on Majority Rule Day
By The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Jan 10, 2017 - 7:02:01 PM

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Photo: Rosemary Hanna

Nassau, Bahamas - As Bahamians turned out to celebrate the country's national holiday in honour of the 50th anniversary of Majority Rule with a march and supporting events going on throughout the day, thousands also turned out to support #WeMarch, founded by activist Ranard Henfield. 

#WeMarch was first held on Black Friday, November 25th, 2016.

A December 9th, 2016 statement announced that the following groups had formed a coalition with #WeMarch: Our Carmichael, HeadKnowles, Our Grand Bahama, Citizens for a Better Bahamas, We The People, ORG, Campaign for The Bahamas, Rock The Vote 242, ReEarth, Grand Bahama Human Rights Association, Save The Bays, Bahamians Awake, FOAM, RABL, Rise Bahamas, Trade Union Congress, Association of Bahamas Marinas, Mothers United For Peace, and the Bahamas International Film Festival.

Bahamian living legend, Ronnie Butler, seen seated center took part in #WeMarch (Photo: Rosemary Hanna)

Opposition leader, the Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis participated in #WeMarch and photos and videos were posted to his Facebook page. Entertainers like Fred Ferguson, and Ronnie Butler were also out as part of the front line. Ronnie Butler spoke at Pompey Square at the end of the march, as well as Ranard Henfield, Sam Duncombe, Dame Joan Sawyer and others.

Over 300 PHOTOS by Rosemary Hanna can be viewed here on Facebook.

The group's Facebook page explains the reasons for, and particulars of the march:
Our fight isn't with the PLP and don't let any FNM, DNA, UPM or PLP sell you that propaganda. Truth is, many old time PLPs are quite involved in We March.

Why we organize these marches:

We are fighting for a better Bahamas for all Bahamians. Every Bahamian should be able to afford the best for their family regardless of who's in power. Every Bahamian should be able to see where our tax dollars are going. Every Bahamian worker should, in a reasonably short time, receive every single entitlement due to them. Every Bahamian should be able to start a business and stay in business while seeing reasonable profits. Every foreign investor should be limited to leasing our land. Every Bahamian should be able to express themselves respectfully and peacefully.

Divided vs. United:

We March isn't about any one person, any one religious view, any one island, any one family name or any one level of social status. We March is the epitome of our national pledge... 'Forward, Upward, Onward ... Together'. Political parties have divided us as a people in the past. Anyone that is about division isn't about a better Bahamas. We must call them out for trying to divide us and demand that they unite us and set aside petty politics for the greater good. I expect the PM and members of his Cabinet to express their support of the people standing up to what we perceive to be oppression. I expect Fred Mitchell to issue a voice note encouraging Bahamians to support both events.

Who's Bahamas is this anyway:

This isn't a PLP Bahamas, a Sunshine Boys Bahamas, an FNM Bahamas or an Eastern Road Bahamas. This is, as of Black Friday, a Bahamas for all Bahamians that want to contribute to a better Bahamas for all.

On that note, it's time we all ask the Members of Parliament, the respective candidates for the 2017 elections, the business owners, the Church, the various Associations around the country, our senior citizens that brought about Majority Rule, civil servants and the many high ranking officials to BREAK RANK and stand with the Bahamian people on January 10th.

The Black Tuesday route:

Our march will not cross paths with the divisive Bradley-PLP march on Majority Rule Day. We won't bus constituents in. We won't rent a crowd and we won't offer anyone liquor to attend.

The dawn of a new era:

This movement is the spark of a new era. This movement represents a new direction. This is a movement of people united in love and service. A movement that proposes a shift in government focus from petty politics to people and community development.

Photo: Rosemary Hanna

Photo: Rosemary Hanna

Photo: Rosemary Hanna

Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis stands center in this FNM photo posted to his Facebook page.

Dame Joan Sawyer speaks at #WeMarch (Photo: Rosemary Hanna)

Activist Ranard Henfield speaks at Pompey Square.

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