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The Two Radical Actions That Panmen and Panwomen Can Take In 2014 To RECLAIM EARNED RESPECT.

We have always been told that "respect is earned". No one doubts that the thousands of members of the steelbands have earned their respect, but like the "Pan Is Beautiful" prize moneys, the requests for financial audits, and the allowing of spoil brats to fete on top of your biggest event, these steelband members await compensation for respect earned. 

After almost all measures have been attempted, it becomes more convincing that the only way for panmen and panwomen to get their earned respect in Trinidad and Tobago, is to play them by their own game. What does that mean? Well, if they exclude you from the profits, exclude them from your profits. If they exclude you from playing in their fetes, then, exclude yourself from their fetes. It really comes down to two actions the steelbands of Trinidad and Tobago should take, in getting (back) their earned respect. They are:

  1. Boycott Panorama and all Pan Trinbago events. (That's been said before; I know.)
  2. Boycott ALL Carnival activities, and hold your own fetes, limes, whatever...Stop supporting those who do not support you, Mr. Panman and Ms. Panwoman. Shot down their entire Carnival, and show them that besides being "panmen" and "panwomen", you are consumers with BUYING POWER. (How many of you spend your money with these people who do not support you?)

Before some of you go off on me; I understand that such a "radical" move will not happen. I already know that.to many steelband members, that is a sacrifice they are not willing to make, for whatever reasons. Finally, I admit that I have no idea of the outcome, but I do know that in leveraging our "buying power", those who continue to exploit the steelbands will not be making the millions of dollars of which they have grown accustomed, and those who shun us, will also be shunned by us. Reclaim your earned respect.

Ghost. Same philosophy; different attitude.

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LET BANDS COME TOGETHER AND HOLD "BLOCKOS".

PLAY THE MUSIC THEY LOVE FOR THOSE WHO LOVE IT.

RUN THEIR OWN BARS AND CONCESSION STALLS. 

HAVE SPECIAL  VIP SECTIONS WITH AN ENTRANCE FEE FOR THOSE WHO SO DESIRE CLOSE TO THEIR BANDS.

USE OUR SPACE TO ENJOY AND PROFIT FROM OUR MUSIC..

PAN MEN CAN HELP EACH OTHER, WITH RESPECT AND COMMON SENSE.  

ACT NOW....PANTRINBAGO IS BOO WHEN IT COME TO SELLING PAN LOCALLY OR INTERNATIONALLY........

Well said MrO'Neal.

I am in support of such a move 100%. we did it in "79" under a great leader, but like you said who is willing to take such a radical stand.

Also, a number of Pan Trinbago executive hold key positions in some bands so they definitely wont be in support of any boycott.

We could continue posting from now until whenever, no real change would be accomplish if people are not willing to make sacrifice.  

Pan is carnival, Panorama is a major revenue earner for pan and by extension the country.  Sacrifice + determination = Change.   

Believe you me Mr Mark Roberts,,No Pan No Panorama,,no generation of Thousands or Millions of Dollars,,,its just sacrifice that is needed to be made.and a serious  message being  sent  ,,,trust me,,this is Guarenteed, some may name us as radicals,,,the truth is what matters.,,,respect.

Phan"tum  I do believe that the forum is being sensored thus we the members of WST that do agree for a boycott,, would be deemed as radicals,,but let me  make a short reference ,if our kids were or are in certain Steelbands and they are not renumerated for their dire efforts and sacrifice  would you allow them to continue ,,,Fcts ,,a Boycott Now and everyone would knpw the seriousness,,Steelband  Leaders  need to  syncronise themselves NOW and LET THE PANS  REMAIN WHERE THEY ARE,,SIMPLE,,,OLD  PEOPLE  SEH YUH  GA  FUH  CUT  YUH  NOSE  FUH  SPOIL  YUH  FACE,,?????  ,,members of WST   are invited to share  or disclose the meaning of this Carribbean Parable,,for the benefit of those who does not   understand this creolese term,,,lastly I would emphatically state that all of us  members of WST that just sit back , remaining silent and are  not being TRUE to ourselves  for the love of the PAN  ,put something in writing  on this forum if even its against  your principle or likeness.,,,In  closing ,,we   the members of WST    that do Love the Steeelpan and do RESPECT  THOSE STEELPAN  MEN  AND  WOMEN,,THAT CANNOT  VOICE THEIR OPINION,,DUE TO  STAGNANCY,,NOT BEING PAID  THEIR DUES,, possibly discriminated ,etc,,, we must indefinitely support them ,,,,THE  PEN IS  MIGHTIER THAN THE  SWORD.,,,IT S  TIME TO  MOVE  FORWARD AND STOP  SITTING ON OUR LAURELS..with respect to all WST  members.God Bless.

A boycott is not necessary, just a better structured rival organisation, to offer some competetion.

Mr. Corbin, would you care to explain further? What would you consider a "better structured rival organization", and exactly how will that benefit the panmen and panwomen of Trinidad and Tobago? What are they going to be "better" at, and how long will this take to manifest itself? What "competition" are they going to offer? And if all elase fails, do you view civil disobedience (protests, boycotts, etc.) as an option? In the environment of tyranny, where democracy does not work, and all legal measures fail, what do you do when the "ruler-ship" is not handed over to your "better structured rival organization"? Do you continue working, after you have not been paid, or stop working and wait until the change in leadership takes place?

Are you telling panmen and panwomen to continue slaving for Pan Trinbago, and continue supporting Carnival fetes that do not hire steelbands, while they wait for a "better structured organization"? Please elaborate further, and articulate your idea. BTW - There is no "right" or "wrong" answer; we are ALL entitled to our opinion. In order for "democracy" to work, every opinion must be considered, and I would love to hear how you would go about having the steelbands "regain earned respect". (Which is what this topic is all about.)

Finally, what are your views on those who are discriminated against, using their "buying power", to leverage themselves against those who discriminate against them? As for me, there are certain establishments that I do not support, because of their "track record". (If you don't like me, then you certainly wouldn't like my money.) Anyway, thanks for the comment. Ghost.

If you have only one shop selling a product, that shop can sell you any shoddy, crappy goods

at any price and you might have to put up with it simply because you have no choice.

However if you introduce some competition and offer a better quality product, venue etc

the paying customer will come to you. Everyone can identify 'value'.

You still didn't answer the questions, brother. How does the change in master, benefit the slave, even if the sugar being produced is of "better quality"? What is the "value" of the slave, and does the master have ANY worth without the slave's input? Again, not discussing improvements on the product; rather improvements on the "working conditions" and compensation. Ghost.

By taking control, the 'slave' becomes the master. In the master/slave relationship

the slaves gains power by combining or uniting, and this puts them in a powerful

position, as nothing can happen without them ie no wealth can be created. The

slavers are the creators of wealth, not the masters; they only use tricks and

brutality to usurp power.

How about dismantling the oppressive system that creates a "master-slave" relationship. I agree with the Brazilian priest, Paulo Freire (Pedagogy of the Oppressed) on this issue. Having the slave become the master, simply reverses the roles, while the system perpetuates. We should aim for (true) "freedom", not role reversal. That's my take. Ghost.

My two sense, apart from Mr. Corbin's thoughts, is that dynamics for real change not exchange suggests PanTrinbago needs a NewVision to steer it in a new direction. An independent Trade Union for Pan People to represent them in negotiating with those making decisions whilst controlling the purse-strings would best benefit all stake-holders and due respect.

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