Two of our four nominees were successful last night.
David Lammy MP - Politician of the Year
Amelia Gentleman - Journalist of the Year
Sincere congratulations to them both!
*Chair, Caribbean Politics.*
On Thu, 6 Sep 2018 at 07:36, Karen Hunte <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Dear all,
> Caribbean Politics is affiliated to the Political Studies Association
> (PSA). This year we made the following nominations (with our reasons for
> nominating them) to the annual PSA Awards.
> The PSA Annual Awards is a national event that recognises the individuals
> and organisations that shaped politics during the current year.
> Congratulations to our nominees and we wish them further success.
> *Karen Hunte,*
> *Chair, Caribbean Politics.*
> *David Lammy MP - **Politician of the Year and/or **Parliamentarian of
> the Year*
> In the midst of a post-Brexit anti-immigration climate, David Lammy’s
> ‘When you lie with dogs you catch flees’ speech ignited a national outrage
> which resulted in the resignation of a Home Secretary who was widely
> thought to be destined for PM; having already deputised for the PM. The
> speech also brought doubt of the tenability of the PM’s own position.
> Resulting concessions from the Prime Minister included Stephen Lawrence
> Day, Windrush Day and the immigration reform and exceptions for Windrush
> migrants. Lammy also led 140 MPs from six political parties urging the PM
> to take immediate action to address the Windrush scandal. Lammy’s fury of
> a speech was without any doubt the most effective and politically powerful
> this year.
> *Patrick Vernon OBE - **Campaign/Campaigner of the Year*
> For his formidable commitment and ongoing leadership regarding the
> Windrush scandal. Vernon is responsible for one of the fastest signed
> online parliamentary petitions, which called for an amnesty for Windrush
> generation minors. With many people claiming that they did not know what
> they could do to help until they received a link to his petition, Vernon’s
> link was formerly supported and circulated widely by journalists,
> politicians across political parties, leaders across church denominations
> and from the Jewish Council for Racial Equality to Mumsnet. His petition is
> currently the UK’s 7th most signed parliamentary petition and received
> signatures from every single one of the 650 UK parliamentary constituencies.
> In 2010 Vernon was the first to call for the national celebration of
> "Windrush Day" on 22 June, to recognise the Caribbean contribution to UK
> society. On being made an OBE in 2012, in recognition of his work to
> promote health equality, Vernon said: "I am dedicating this honour to my
> parents who were part of the Windrush Generation’. The government ceded to
> his Windrush Day idea this year and Vernon is still leading the campaign to
> ensure that the Windrush generation are adequately compensated. It is fair
> to say that Vernon’s work this year prevented a riot.
> *Amelia Gentleman - **Journalist of the Year*
> For her outstanding contribution to the best of journalism in highlighting
> the national Windrush scandal that would otherwise have remained hidden.
> An exemplary example of the dedicated and humbling role and power of an
> ethically driven journalist. Her catalyst was an awesome one unleashing
> shame, exposing deceit and revealing that British people still fiercely
> treasured decency and fairness and that integrity remained at their core.
> Gentlemen decided to use her evident talent to help others in need. The
> lives and circumstances of many have improved due to her tenacity
> commitment and resolve. There can simply be no one more worthy of this
> award this year. https://www.theguardian.com/profile/ameliagentleman
> *Lin-Manuel Miranda* - *Contribution to the Arts and Culture*
> – Composer/Lyricist/Book Writers/Playright/Performer of ‘Hamilton the
> Lin-Manuel Miranda has created one of the best ways to get people to
> enjoy, understand and appreciate politics and political history. Hamilton
> the Musical is about the political life of one the US Founding Fathers --
> Alexander Hamilton, who was born and raised in the Caribbean. The play is
> now studied in US school curriculums and the score has been performed to a
> Presidential audience in the White House.
> Hamilton immediately became an unprecedented sensation, with ticket prices
> hitting $10,000 on the US secondary market following consistent sell-outs.
> Literally millions of people have paid to see the performances which sells
> out months in advance upon release in both the US and Britain.
> The show earned the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the 2016 Grammy Award
> for Best Musical Theatre Album, and was nominated for a record-setting 16
> Tony Awards, of which it won 11, including Best Musical, Best Original
> Score and Best Book. For his performance in the lead role of Alexander
> Hamilton, Miranda was nominated for another Tony Award for Best Actor in a
> Musical. The Grammy-winning cast album was the fifth biggest-selling record
> in the US in 2016.
> The Hamilton cast recording spent ten weeks at the top of Billboard's Top
> Rap Albums chart in 2015, while The Hamilton Mixtape, an album of covers of
> songs from the musical, developed by and featuring Miranda, reached number
> one on the Billboard 200 upon release in December 2016.
> Among his numerous accolades, Miranda has won a Pulitzer Prize, three Tony
> Awards, three Grammys, an Emmy, two Olivier Awards, and has been nominated
> for an Academy Award. In 2015, he was the recipient of a "Genius Grant"
> from the MacArthur Fellows Program.
> In 2016, Time magazine included Miranda in its annual Time 100 as one of
> the "Most Influential People in the World". It was announced in June 2017
> that Miranda would be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in
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