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COLA general meeting

Posted: Saturday, January 24, 2015. 5:55 pm CST.

COLA executive

COLA executive

Saturday, January 24, 2015. AARON HUMES Reporting: Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA) held its annual general meeting this afternoon in Belize City at the Bishop Sylvestre Memorial Hall.

The activist organization says it has defied the odds and survived the fierce opposition from those who wish it ill and believe it is standing in the way of national development.

COLA executive meeting

COLA executive meeting

During the meeting the executive presented reports on the organization’s many achievements since the last major meeting in 2013.

These included the successful initiation of a private prosecution against Elvin Penner for his action in the Kim Won Hong passport scandal; standing against Guatemalan aggression on the border, and lending its voice to critical issues of the day from crime and national security to the economy.

COLA general meeting

COLA general meeting

Elections were also held for the various positions on the executive of COLA.  Giovanni Brackett was re-elected president; Gilroy Usher, Jr. was returned as vice president; Alton Humes as secretary; Edward Young was re-elected Treasurer and Ismay Williams as one of two trustees.

The only new addition to the executive of COLA is Russel Roberts who is the new trustee.

The National Security Advisor is Nedal Jihad McLaren.  Harley Burn, also known as River of Fire is the special advisor for the arts.

COLA members

COLA members

This new executive of COLA will serve for two years. Guest speaker at this afternoon’s general meeting of COLA was Dr. Eugene Cleland.

He focussed his address on activism, leadership, education and the role of the Belizean people in making over their society.

Giovanni Brackett

Giovanni Brackett

In his main address, President Giovanni Brackett said that COLA will continue agitate on behalf of the Belizean people and promised that there will be trouble coming for the government if it continues to polarize and divide the people as it has already done with the cane farmers, the trade unions and other perceived opponents.

Members of the executive were unanimous in their belief that the organization is stronger than at any time in recent memory because of its dedicated and sustained presence on the national consciousness.

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