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Jahajee Sisters Of Indo-Caribbean Descent: March Is Women’s History Month

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REMEMBERED: Kowsilla

NEW YORK — As March commemorates Women’s History Month, Jahajee Sisters celebrate the legacy of our ancestors on March 31, a legacy built upon resistance and resilience.

They also commemorate the Indo-Caribbean women of our time, including activists, organizers, and changemakers who continue to contribute to our legacy; one such woman being the braveheart Kowsilla.

Indo-Caribbeans are Caribbean people with roots in India or the Indian subcontinent. Brought by the British, the Dutch and the French during colonial times, Indo-Caribbeans are mostly descendants of the original indentured workers.



Kowsilla (also known as Alice) of Leonora, was killed on March 6, 1964, during the great Sugar Strike of 1964. Her body split in two when a sugar estate scab, Felix Ross, drove a tractor through her; the man was later acquitted of any crime.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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