They have inspired others To the Editor
Guyana Chronicle
February 1, 2002

I REFER to Maxine Browne’s letter in the Chronicle of January 30, 2002 captioned “Where have all the Mothers in Black gone.”

Ms. Browne apparently does not understand or deliberately chooses to ignore what people in Guyana are aware of, that it is primarily as a result of the efforts of Mothers-in-Black that the proposed Traffic Law reforms are slated to go before Parliament. Their positions in relation to the chaos on the roads and the remedies that are required have been enunciated time and time again. They do not need to be restated by a statement in support of the police in its present dispute with mini bus operators over the boom box nuisance. Does she or they know what methods the police will chose to use?

To even suggest that Mothers-in-Black might silently be supporting the culture of lawlessness that has pervaded the mini bus industry is: to attempt to undermine the sincerity of the concerns of all of those women who lost loved ones through the recklessness of some drivers; and to ignore the struggle they have waged, virtually single handedly, to make the roads in Guyana a safer place for all users. The suggestion is as stupid as it is ridiculous and must have originated from a sick mind.

Those people, including Ms Brown, who believe that the campaign against boom boxes is justified and should be supported, must find the means to throw their support behind the efforts of the people. A good way to do this is to join with Mothers-in-Black every Friday as they continue their quest to return sanity to Guyana’s roads. Their efforts have served to inspire others in Guyana to action. Do your research Ms. Brown.
Desmond Trotman