Updates: Candlelight Vigil To Support Pathways

March 13, 2016

[Updating] The “We Support a Pathway to Bermuda Status” group is holding candlelight vigil at the Cabinet Grounds this evening [March 13], having asked people to come out and “reflect and support one another.”

The event announcement said, “In light of all the recent events ‘We Support a Pathway to Bermuda Status’ will be having a peaceful candlelight vigil at the Cabinet Grounds on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm.

“We would appreciate if all who are in favour of this pathway could come with a candle, chair and a blanket to reflect and support one another at this harmonious event. We hope to see you there.”

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  1. Work permit people have more rights says:

    The OBA doesn’t want civil unrest. The whole island will suffer so they all need to sit down and resolve this like rational men and women. Civil unrest will only open up the wound more. As a gay Bermudian male you’re allowing my rights to be resolved by a referendum but when it involves work permit holders being granted long term residents forever……… I have no say in the matter. How is this fair. As far as I’m concerned this vote should be decided by referendum and not the other way around.

    • smh says:

      Wow look at the demographics. Really is two Bermudas.

      • hmmm says:

        Lots of different people from all walks of life.

        • smh says:

          lol, now you’re trying to dispute what people can clearly see with their own eyes.

        • suspicious says:

          where?? I see a lot of “new faces” atleast a few I know! How do they qualify? This is funny.

          • Jamelia says:

            You don’t have to ‘Qualify’ to have a view. So a 15 year resident should just shut up?

            Its a big world you know, except in your head.

          • Sabrina says:

            What are “new faces”?

          • Welcome back UBP 100% says:

            Hey Fahy can you tell us why these people never show up at CUPMATCH? Next candle light Fahy may have a booth set up giving out Bermuda passports like free thanksgiving turkeys for the rich.

            • Come Correct says:

              So that new face nobody can seem to identify at cup match this year was a figment of your imagination?

            • ... says:

              I don’t know what you’re talking about! But I am out for Cupmatch every year and I was there tonight! Don’t be so ignorant!

            • Cmkbda says:

              Just because you’ve never been to cupmatch, doesn’t mean you aren’t Bermudian. I am not the slightest bit interested in cricket, and enjoy spending the holiday hanging out at the beach or at someone’s pool, where the fridge is fully stocked. I’m a Bermudian born and bred, and love the cupmatch holiday, just choose to celebrate in my own way.

            • Izzypop says:

              I can answer as one of “those people”. I hv no desire to go to cup match. I prefer to be out on the water where I hv tranquility and enjoy the beauty that surrounds me

      • Sickofantz says:

        I see people who all just want whats best for Bermuda. Lets unite and create a great diverse excitement. lets get people back to work and help our poorest.

      • Jamelia says:

        The silent majority.

        • Serious Though says:

          pictures from Friday and today tell a tale of a million words…

          • Nanny Pat says:

            Agree, tonight was a lesson in having a little class.

      • Uh says:

        Could say the same about the protesters on Friday. Hmm. Many of these people are Bermudian. No matter the color!

    • angry says:

      Nobody ask if you we’re gay, tho…..

    • hmmm says:

      You stated that you are a gay Bermudian male. Why have you not contributed to any of the SSM blogs in the past? I just checked, you were silent. SO many people supporting, but you were not one of them.

      • Come Correct says:

        Funny, I checked too. I can confirm.

        • The Original Truth™ says:

          You two have just nominated yourselves honorary bernews trolls. Did you and hmmm really check ALL of them? You do realize you can change your screen name as many times as you like when you post don’t you? Are using your magic troll powers to see through the internet portals?

          Time to back under the bridge trolls.

      • OBA DEVILS says:

        Wonder if you checked and saw that the pathway petition was signed by 70% of people who are on work permits = can’t vote

        We need a referendum. The oBa is going to destroy Bermuda. We will make Worldwide media news. Later all the xpats they fought so hard to please to give status will move back home with all their money. LOL at Bermuda and her beautiful people.

        • Realitycheck says:

          LOL you are delusional if you think we will make global news outlets for this. There are bigger issues in the world then updating outdated immigration policies. In some magical world if we did make the news for this, this would make me ashamed to be bermudian, not because the OBA ruined the island but that we are all so close minded.

          • Ian says:

            You really think that changes that fact what is on the horizon is something to be very, very concerned about?

        • Now Ya Nice says:

          @OBA DEVILS:

          Wow and you know 70% of the people that signed the petition!! You must get around!

        • Triangle Drifter says:

          Trump could pass gas in front of an open mike & it would be bigger news than anything that happens here.

        • 32n64w says:

          Prove your selatious remark regarding the nationality of those who signed the Pathways petition. Bet you can’t and are just repeating the spoon fed disinformation you’ve been fed.

        • jasmine says:

          one reason why expat would not spend so much of their money here is because,there is no guarantee or security of your stay or job in Bermuda. would spend it all here when anytime you can be sent home?

    • 32n64w says:

      “Work permit people have more rights”. This is a total fabrication being repeated through a campaign of sustained disinformation. Don’t limit your understanding of the issues. Get the facts. Please.

  2. Just saying says:

    Candlelight vigil in broad daylight eh?

    • Because night never follows day now does it.

    • thetruth says:

      Is that a bit like a “hunger strike” where you consume protein shakes and smoothies?

      • Bluwater says:

        Can I ask you how you know this? I’ve red this in comments here and there.

      • Verly says:

        Did you actually see this, or did somebody tell you?

    • Irritated says:

      Just sayin, you really aren’t sayin much….

    • Tolerate says:

      “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool….” Well, you know the rest.
      Also note, to day is the first day of Daylight Savings. Darkness will soon come.

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      That there is an example of a very small mind.

    • Navin Pooty Tang Johnson says:

      You will never find a PLP demonstration in the evening unless people can skip work…or a weekend for that matter

    • ignorance says:

      Want to know what makes no sense? Having all of these ridiculous marches. Not going to work, not educating our children. BERMUDIANS are the main reason the country is going down hill.

  3. Bermie babe says:

    Unfortunately, I can’t be there tonight, but I fully support this cause.
    It’s the right thing to do for those that have contributed to our island for many years, or to those born here to non Bermudian parents, but have lived their lives here.
    What if England didn’t welcome the many Bermudians to their country like they have? I’m sure you’d have many protesting that. Kind of the same thing, don’t you think?
    Those against the pathway to status, please just think out side of the box for a minute. Put yourself in their shoes. What would your thoughts be then?

    Good luck with the peaceful candlelight vigil.

    • Coffee says:

      There are far more English people , black and white in Bermuda , then Bermudians in England !

      • Cmkbda says:

        I think you’re underestimating just how many Bermudian students choose to study in the UK. Easily into the thousands. I’d say it’s pretty comparable numbers.

  4. Brech says:

    setting up getting ready

  5. Mobylette says:

    4,126 supporters on line petition as of a moment ago. This is good news.

  6. Same group that are fighting for same sex unions, so what does that show you, if you really want peace, you would stand with those who are fighting on behalf of the rights of real born Bermudians, anything less don’t ask for peace because you wont get it.

    • What?? says:

      “don’t ask for peace because you wont get it”

      I sure that’s not a threat either.

    • Sunfish says:

      Santucci you are truly clueless!

    • 32n64w says:

      What “rights” of “real born Bermudians” are being usurped? List them in detail. You’ll quickly find out the answer is none.

      Furthermore, please define exactly what you consider to be a “real born Bermudian”? Paula Cox wasn’t born here, does that mean she isn’t a real Bermudian? Or is this a coded way of saying something else? Please answer the question.

    • Ed Case says:

      This comment is even more ignorant than your usual drivel.

    • Strike fund says:

      It shows that they aren’t haters.

    • ‘Real born Bermudians’? And where did your ancestors come from, when did they arrive, when were they granted their status? You may have been born here but make no misake, you are no more Bermudian than anyone else because we all started just like these folk. Somewhere else.

    • Stephen Thomson says:

      I am a “real born Bermudian” and I was there and support “pathways”.
      However, I prefer just to refer to myself as a Bermudian.
      Every single Bermudian’s family originally came from somewhere.
      How shallow to think that somehow we are superior because we were born here.
      By the massive showing of support tonight, the people have clearly spoken.
      The polls concur 70% in support.
      The petitions concur also almost 4000 in support compared to 1200 or so for the opposing petition.
      The people have clearly spoken.

  7. Concern says:

    Stand up for what’s right press on!

  8. Cup Of Tea Anyone? says:

    Good stuff! wish I could be there. you have my full support!

    take some tea with you, might get chilly :)

  9. Good guy says:

    Wow look at these faces…sadly we have a serious race issue in Bermuda that needs to be addressed…all our issues are strictly always divided along racial lines :(

    Or is it Privilege vs the non privileged? One thing you may not know if you have privilege or you may know that you do but you surely know when you don’t have it.

    • Sickofantz says:

      I see people from all walks of life, being peaceful and getting along.

    • Sickofantz says:

      We are ALL privileged because we live on this safe beautiful island.

    • Come Correct says:

      Na we have a people issue. Some people are just ignorant.

  10. Hollis says:

    As a born and raised Bermudian studying abroad, I only wish I could be home to be present to show my support for pathways. Bermuda became the country we adore at the hands of foreigners; We were all foreigners at one point. So quite simply, view these folks who want so badly not to be second-class citizens as yourselves – the only difference is we got a head start.

    • mmm says:

      As a born and raised Bermudian studying abroad, I only wish I could be home to be present to show my disapproval for pathways. The ‘we were all foreigners at one point’ argument doesn’t work in any other country and it doesn’t work here. There’s still a difference between where someone was born and raised and where someone CHOOSES to go and work. They are not second class citizens because they are not citizens here.

      • Here we go says:

        Ya well as a born and raised Bermudian maybe you don’t understand the issue at hand, the fact that these people are helping by contributing to Bermuda’s economy rather than ruining it like the PLP/BIU and peoples campaign supporters, at least Pathways supporters can protest on their own time instead of their employers

      • Hollis says:

        It’s not much of an argument as it is a fact – We just happen to be a few generations down the line. And if you don’t view zero job security, with you and your children’s lives at the mercy of whether or not your permit gets approved; then by all means – they are not second class citizens.

      • Bermyman says:

        Wow! You’re pretty lucky to be a foreigner allowed to Study abroad. That British passport you clearly do not deserve really counts for something hey!

      • ignorance says:

        It’s sad that you think like that.

      • Blind Sheep says:

        Coming from a person who chose to go away to another country and use their immigration policy for personal gain, while disliking others using immigration policies. Hope your school finds out who you are and send you back to bermuda for being a complete morion.

        • Chateau le Roof says:

          what’s a “morion”?

        • Martin W says:

          As another young Bermudian who has been abroad to study, your comment is beyond ignorant. Bermuda has no 4 year institution so we are forced to persure higher education overseas. I have also worked at my institution and will have you know that the comment written by the other young Bermudian would be supported by any institution.

      • Catherine Dalziel says:

        But their children were born and raised here and are not working and did not choose it.

      • BCC says:

        Boy does ur school know how stupid u r? This is exactly about children who were born here, raised here but are not Bermudian. Just like someone in your family once was.

      • Build a Better Bermuda says:

        Perhaps you should study more, look up what is required for you to become a citizen where you are studying. Are you able to study up on understanding what it is like to have a home somewhere and have not rights there, not be able to get a job or to have a say in the issues that impact you??

    • We the People (1st!!) says:

      Sorry, what you said was rubbish. You should think about writing something more believable.

  11. Just saying says:

    Two Bermudas

    • Sickofantz says:

      But there doesn’t have to be. Why can’t we all be more accepting of each other, love our diversity and work together to make Bermuda successful again.

  12. Rhonnda Oliver says:

    There in heart if not in body.

  13. Mobylette says:

    1,499 supporters IRAG petition a moment ago.

    • mmm says:

      And the Pathways petition was signed by a bunch of people who can’t vote! LET’S TAKE IT TO A REFERENDUM!!!

      • Come Correct says:

        You saw them do it? All 4000? Na, just saying nonsense as usual. Your tone would be different if it were in your favor.

        • Ian says:

          Dont play dumb. You know its true… God you guys are delusional!

          And Dunkley was actually conniving enough to make reference to that poll in his press conference as if people are too stupid to realize TONS AND TONS of foreigners were the ones chiming in on it.

          The OBA cannot be trusted. They real power center of the OBA govern through the same deceitful, manipulative practices as their forefathers and those of their supporters.

      • Bermudagirl says:

        I signed the petition and am a bermudian, as did many of my other bermudian friends….

      • Jamelia says:

        You do know Bermudian UK residents can vote in the UK.

        Bermuda is one if very few countries that doesn’t allow all long term residents to vote.

        • Serious Though says:

          So this is about voting..hmmmm thanks

          • Jamelia says:

            Er, hang on. The PLP/unions have politicised this. It isn’t about American hunger strikers, its about one party hanging onto something emotive to force their way back into power.

            Basically it is bullying.

          • rich says:

            It’s about many things. But yes… why shouldn’t someone who has been here for years and yeas not have the right to have a say in the affairs of the community?

          • Come Correct says:

            That’s what everyone who opposes this believes, right? I mean it’s in all the statements on the news. Even though the amount of people eligible for status couldn’t possibly sway the voting population of Bermuda unless they cloned themselves like 6 times.

      • Rocky Noggin says:

        Most if not all were Bermy you troll

    • Really Really BETTTY says:

      That does not include hand signed signatures. This picture above truly reflects a divided Bermuda. I never seem such division in Bermuda deeper under this OBA government.

      • Rhonnda Oliver says:

        That’s because you’re only interested in one segment of Bermuda so it was easy for you to ignore the others as unimportant.

        • Ian says:

          And youre only interested in an already-privileged segment of Bermuda. That said I can assure you the misguidance and injustice isnt coming from our end.

      • Sickofantz says:

        No it shows people of all ages, races, backgrounds and wealth getting along peacefully.

      • Liars says:

        because of you, we all go abroad enough to know not to be ignorant like you all.

        • Serious Though says:

          The world is struggling with immigration… we are part of it ..and it’s not as easy way out…

      • 32n64w says:

        The combined opposition is the driving force behind any efforts to divide Bermuda. Just like your Trump namesake in the U.S. No wonder you chose that moniker.

      • Tolerate says:

        Ya, it STARTED under the OBA government.
        What are you two?????

      • Hair says:

        Really Betty???

      • Sabrina says:

        You must not have been in Bermuda during Dr Brown’s reign – now that was true division.

  14. Kangoocar says:

    Nice to see for a change people that actually fight for a cause on their OWN time!!! The usual plp rent a crowds only show up when it is during working hours?? Do I really need to say more???

    • We the People (1st!!) says:

      No, please do not say anymore. Historically, you have shown that you have no clue what you’re talking about.

    • Verly says:

      How do you know it was their own time? I guess in your world, nobody works on a Sunday evening right?

  15. Bermuda Jake says:

    I find the pictures of the kids saying born in Bermuda to be moving.

    These are all our kids.

    • ricozihastu says:

      Wake up family…Peace and Love

    • steve says:

      I wonder if the classmates of these kids could vote what the outcome would be? I think I already know. Shame on us grown ups

    • Coffee says:

      Yes and it moves me to wonder why did the parents of these poor kids make such a horrible mistake , knowing the lawful consequences .

  16. Cmkbda says:

    Thanks to Bernews for covering this event! As a Bermudian overseas, I wish I could have been there for this, but I’m so grateful to still have been able to watch and feel like I was there with the coverage.

    • moonbeam says:

      BerNews always does a superb job of covering all events.

      Thank you !

    • Stressed says:

      Yes, thank you Bernews.

    • steve says:

      I second or third it…nice job Bernews. thanks

  17. Serious Though says:

    Making Bermuda Great Again

    • Cmkbda says:

      Oh God…please don’t use something so similar to Drumpf to refer to the OBA. I fully support the OBA and the fact that they are making Bermuda a better place, but no…don’t compare to that moron.

    • Ian says:

      For non-Bermudians

      • Coffee says:

        Please keep up , you do know that slogan by Trump is being interpreted by the American masses as to mean ‘ MAKING AMERICA WHITE AGAIN .’

  18. Tom Cooke says:

    And meanwhile. . In the morning. . The same tired old people will be out protesting. … on my/your/there time … about which.. most have no knowledge. .. who is going to pay there..or my pension…

    • Here we go says:

      Yup! I couldn’t agree more, I sat and talked with a Bermudian who is NOT in favour of pathways to status and all the facts he stated were SO wrong, he thought that by putting pathways in place this means anybody from outside Bermuda is welcome, which is clearly not the case here, unfortunately those who do not support pathways lack education on the matter and are NOT willing to listen as shown by their protests

  19. Blind Sheep says:

    Calm before the storm

  20. We the People (1st!!) says:

    I didn’t really believe it before because I don’t play the political games but now I know.

    Yup this is ALL ABOUT VOTES and RACE!!

    • Earth watch police says:

      You are right plpbiu want it that way .

      • We the People (1st!!) says:

        Look at the crowd. It has nothing to do with the PLP. It has to do with facts.

        You need to stop lying to yourself and the public.

    • Serious Though says:

      OBA thought everybody will drink their kool aid..and say yes see you 2017

    • 32n64w says:

      Yes, votes and race are exactly what the combined opposition are concerned with, unlike those who attended tonight.

  21. Unusual Suspect says:

    As an expat, I felt I should not attend this so I stayed at home. Sincere thanks to the very many kind-hearted Bermudians from all walks of life who gave up their personal time this evening to attend the vigil. It is a welcome relief from the events of Friday.

    • Sickofantz says:

      I agree this was about Bermudians coming out. Well done bermuda.

  22. justkeepsgoing says:

    And there we have it. Pathways to status will be passed! No need to strike tomorrow people

  23. drunken ursula says:

    please show up at Bermuda DAY ITS EVERY YEAR MAY 24TH..

    • Verly says:

      They won’t do that. Would rather go out on their boats, or hit the beach, before they would mingle with real Bermudians.

      • Really? says:

        Maybe because “they” actually work hard and want to rest and have no energy to sit in the heat or line up for a place in the side walk and get waisted! Plus who said that being at the parade is what makes you Bermudian? Bermudians show up to work not just to the party!

        • Disbelief says:

          Wow there you have it folks. That says it all!!!! Can’t even help themselves.

        • Ian says:

          Spoken like a typical arrogant foreigner if not “status holder”… And you wonder why real Bermudians hate you. Your the bad apple that spoils it for the bunch.

        • Verly says:

          Wasted, loser, not waisted!!!

        • Verly says:

          Wasted, loser, not waisted!!

      • rock says:

        God forbid people go to the beach in Bermuda ey?

      • BCC says:

        Real Bermudians have the Democratic right to do whatever the hell they want! Are you a communist?

      • Cup Of Tea Anyone? says:

        I’m Bermudian and I’ve only been to the parade maybe twice. going to the parade is not a prerequisite to being Bermudian. please try again

      • Cmkbda says:

        I’m a real Bermudian, and have never in my life been to the parade. Why? Because I’d rather spend my holiday relaxing with my family than sitting out in the hot sun watching a parade. Going to parades does not a Bermudian make.

      • 32n64w says:

        Who are “real Bermudians”? Is that code for something?

      • Voter (original) says:

        I am a real Bermudian and in neither have a boat nor go to the parade

      • Chaos Theory says:

        So how are you defining “real Bermudians” ? I know lots of real Bermudians who don’t go to the parade.

      • Build a Better Bermuda says:

        What’s a ‘real’ Bermudian look like so I can know if I’m around us???

    • Come Correct says:

      Where? Is there a pre – determined locations for Bermuda day, or are you just drunk?

  24. Noncents says:

    Thats what thousands of people looks like.

  25. Serious Though says:

    In USA it the opposite … Laughable Humans

  26. drunken ursula says:

    please you all show up and support Bermuda Day its May 24th every year.

    • lol.. says:

      Sorry that’s a good one! Make that any Bermudians event, grief what about a football game or cricket match!

    • Proud Bermudian says:

      I do attend thanks! And I enjoy it throughly with my Bermudian husband and self along with my children.

      Peace and love drunken Ursula

    • Sickofantz says:

      Yes I normally run the half marathon what about you?

    • Sabrina says:

      Everyone celebrates Bermuda Day. Just because everyone does not attend the parade – does not mean its not being celebrated.

    • Earth watch police says:

      I’m usually so tired from working outside I just want to sleep all day .

  27. jim hill says:

    This is how you let the government know what you think, not by throwing a tantrum & threatening to shut the island down.

    • Liars says:

      actually they are shutting the island down

      • jim hill says:

        Sorry, who? Are you saying those at the candlelight vigil are shutting the island down? Please elucidate.

        • Sabrina says:

          I believe what Liar was referring to was your statement:

          “not by throwing a tantrum & threatening to shut the island down.”

          It was not a threat – they did shut it down on Friday.

          • jim h says:

            They may have tried to, but the majority of Bermudians paid the ignorant, arrogant, bullying rabble no mind and managed to get to work, where they spent the day contributing to our country, rather than trying to tear it down.

  28. Mobylette says:

    Share this petition

    4,164 supporters

    836 needed to reach 5,000 a moment ago

  29. Kevin says:

    and imagine i was there and guess what no one told me to be there …and you wanna know some more i actually understand why i was there …and would be tomorrow and whenever because it is the right thing to do

  30. jahstice says:

    Wow, what a great turnout!

  31. M.C. Beauchamp says:

    Just great to see sane Bermudians for Pathways. Really wonderful. No threats. No anger. No dramatic hunger games. No preachers with unresolved issues. No name calling, and no race baiting. That’s what our future must look like.

  32. Serious Though says:

    OBA need to come out of the bubble they are living in.. Time to bring the people together on this issue, Cannot imagine PRC holder living here with this kind of division being perpetuated by both sides.

  33. Serious Though says:

    According to Fahy .. couple of thousand showed up.. Did I miss anything.. Where is the rest of the people..?

  34. moonbeam says:

    Thanks for the wonderful coverage BerNews — excellent as always, and much appreciated.

  35. Cheryl-Ann Griffin says:

    Everyone has the right to express their opinion. What is most striking and most upsetting is the demographics of the two groups who supposedly disagree.It cannot be ignored. At the same time there is much in common with the two groups.Commonalities that we could have worked together with. But rather we have what looks like White against Black. Friday may have looked like Black against white. All unnecessary because both groups agree with immigration reform. Both groups have always welcomed foreigners. Both groups agree that we are willing to work towards a thriving economy. The differences, however are glaring: this group for some reason is worth listening to. This group is worth mingling with. This group are fully employed. This group evidently have nothing to worry about…not theirs or their children’s future.This group is represented and protected. To this group, the Friday group are invisible.

    Mr. Dunkley, Mr. Fahy and Company, this was never about race but you have certainly caused a bigger racial chasm in Bermuda.I guess it is shocking to see it so blatently.
    And none of this was necessary, the issue could have been resolved so easily with a collaborative, comprehensive approach to immigration reform. It’s a Shame.

    • Bba says:

      “Mr. Dunkley, Mr. Fahy and Company, this was never about race but you have certainly caused a bigger racial chasm in Bermuda…”

      Stop playing the victim card…the PLP is mostly responsible for the incitement and misinformation.

      I don’t care for either political parties, but if you cannot see this is a great deal about politriks, you’re blind.

    • Sabrina says:

      Fridays group was fully employed also – that is why we did not have buses, ferries, dumps closed, some teachers out, etc, etc.

    • Serious Though says:

      Thank you!Fahy and Dunkley have made their decision, and they have made them quite clear, The only people they will listen to are OBA supporter and they have the same views too. so what’s next?…

  36. Dean says:

    peaceful, quiet, respectful and NON DISRUPTIVE yet very forceful and no shouting, drums, marching and dis respect WOW what a difference

  37. Jen says:

    God help us and turn back to you!!!

  38. Coffee says:

    I will never leave the comforts of my country to beg status in another ! I don’t think any intelligent human alive does that … But having lived long enough , I do understand now that there are actually very gifted individuals who have absolutely no shame in doing so .