Hundreds bid farewell to women’s activist Andaiye

first_imgAs rain drops sprinkled over the Arthur Chung Conference Centre, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown on Saturday, scores gathered to pay their last respects to the late Andaiye, a founder of women’s group Red Thread and Executive Member of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA).A packed auditorium of persons showed up to remember AndaiyeAndaiye breathed her last on May 31 aged 77. She had spent the last 15 days of her life in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a private hospital.Her inconsolable niece, Alissa Trotz shared a piece composed by the writer on her deathbed: “On International Women’s Day 1989, I was diagnosed with cancer. Later, I learnt it was stage four B Lymphoma, an aggressive form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Treated with Chemotherapy by the early 1990s, I was in remission, but towards the end of 2011, I was told by one of the doctors that the protocol they used had been found to produce late effects, chief among which were three illnesses I was now suspected of having. A secondary cancer, congested heart failure and severe fix obstructive lung disease. I also had peripheral neuropathy. To quote the main character in a play called “Wit” by Margret Edson, my treatment had imperilled my health”.Meanwhile, over 10 other speakers reflected on the gem the late activist was. Her former colleague, Tacuma Ogunseye from the WPA told the almost-filled auditorium that the party would continue to carry on her legacy.“Sister Andaiye, you have made tremendous sacrifices; you have fought a good fight for over 30 years against cancer; we know you are tired, so rest in peace… the women of Guyana and children of Guyana and the women of the Caribbean and the world have the greatest ownership of the legacy of Andaiye. … but we (the WPA) want to say that we do believe that we are entitled to part of that legacy … and we will fight to support what we understood our sister wants to achieve in the country,” he said.Help and Shelter member Denise Dias reminded that the late activist played a vital role in establishing the group.“Andaiye was a founder-member of the WPA, Red Thread and the Cancer Society, but few knew or remembered that she was also the founder-member of Help and Shelter…. Andaiye’s passion and knowledge on justice for women and children was never more needed during our early days at setting up Help and Shelter. Her commitment, advice, and simple straightforward manner of relating her views is part of the reason that after 25 years, Help and Shelter has become a leader in the fight against violence in Guyana,” Dias remarked.Karen de Souza, a close friend of Andaiye, was last to share her tribute: “The first time I met Andaiye, she was 36 years old and I eventually discovered that along with Walter Rodney and Rupert Roopnaraine – these three were close in age…. I start with her age to say that young people working together with elders like Moses Bhagwan were leading a movement that rocked the established order and many assumptions of the day. What a contrast of today! Young people being largely absent from the decision-making spaces.”In a more personal tribute, Andaiye’s goddaughter, Vikki Jackson, recalled that as a child, she was always kind and loving towards her. She explained how distraught she was to hear of the passing of the late activist, who had been the one supporting her when her mother died some time ago.An organisation will be set up in memory of Andaiye.She was also a founder of the Cancer Survivors Action Group, and worked with the Women and Development Unit of the University of the West Indies (WAND) from 1987 to 1992, and with Caricom from 1987 to 1996. In 1997, she was awarded the Golden Arrow of Achievement, the fourth highest national award.The activist will long be remembered as a black power proponent, who saw the movement towards black pride and dignity as a necessary step in our independence journey. She changed her name from Sandra Williams to Andaiye, which meant “daughter who has returned” and wore her hair in an Afro, a style she would never change.She often spoke of how she was never able to visit her ancestors’ homeland, Africa. As such, her ashes will be taken to Africa.last_img read more

Women’s Basketball Overcomes Slow Start To Push Past Bradley, 76-64

first_img Box Score (PDF) Live Stats ESPN 1350 The Valley On ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live PEORIA, Ill. – Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) poured in a game-high 25 points and sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) scored 20 as the Drake University women’s basketball overcame a slow start to push past the Bradley Braves, 76-64, on Friday night at Renaissance Coliseum. Drake (13-6, 6-2 MVC), who trailed by 11 points late in the first quarter, chipped away at the deficit to start the second period before an 8-0 scoring run going into halftime giving the Bulldogs a 35-27 advantage. Dean had the final five points in the scoring run, including a clutch three with 1:18 remaining to give the Bulldogs their first lead at 33-31 since Wendell opened the contest with a layup. “Tonight we didn’t have the energy at the beginning and credit to Bradley because they came out with it and put us in a hole in that first quarter,” said Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk. “But I’m proud of our team for overcoming that slow start and the better effort in the second quarter especially going into halftime. Lizzy, Maddy and Paige (Greiner) (Williamsburg, Iowa) did an excellent job of sparking us. Lizzy and Maddy both had some big baskets, and Paige made some great hustle plays getting on the floor going after the basketball.” At the 5:10 mark in the third quarter, junior Cortni Rush (Mason City, Iowa) had a huge rebound and putback to make the score 44-35, Drake’s largest lead of the game at that point. Later, freshman Sara Rhine’s (Eldon, Mo.) layup with 2:15 left in the quarter pushed Drake’s advantage to 18, but the Braves ended the quarter on an 8-2 run to make it 56-44 after three periods. Bradley battled back to pull within five points with just over three minutes to go in the game, but Dean quickly answered with a three and Wendell added a layup to get the lead back to 10 as Drake pulled away for the road win. Drake battled poor shooting and turnovers in the opening quarter falling behind by as many as 11 points before closing the period on an 8-0 run to trail just 17-14 after one. Rhine, who had 10 points and nine rebounds on the night, led Drake with six points in the first period. Bradley answered the Drake run with its own 7-0 run to open the second quarter but the Bulldogs regrouped behind Wendell who had in 10 points and Dean who had the final five points as part of a closing 8-0 run to give Drake a 35-31 halftime lead. Wendell moved into 13th all-time in career scoring with her 25 points, going in front of former standout Tammi Blackstone (1996-2000), who had 1,581 career points. Wendell has 1,596 career points and only needs 10 points to jump up to 11th all-time in school history. Junior Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) battled foul trouble all game, but still finished with seven points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals. Freshman Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) added six points off the bench. Fellow freshman Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) helped spark the Bulldogs on the glass with seven as the team outrebounded Bradley, 46-36. Drake closes its Illinois road trip with a Sunday matinee at Loyola with tip-off against the Ramblers set for 2 p.m.  Print Friendly Version Box Score (HMTL) Story Links Full Schedule Roster Preview at Loyola 1/31/2016 – 2:00 PM Next Game:last_img read more