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Jah remember thy children in Haiti
« on: January 14, 2010, 05:41:02 AM »

take action now and find a way to aid the suffering children in Haiti.  

remember the souls of thy servants o Lord
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Re: Jah remember thy children in Haiti
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2010, 11:31:33 AM »


January 12, 2009 the island nation of Haiti, was hit with a magnitude 7.0 earthquake, its most severe in decades. The epicenter of the quake was approximately 10 miles south of Port-au-Prince, the country's capital and home to almost 2 million people. The city, including communications and transport infrastructure, is said to have suffered "massive damage." According to Associated Press, the capital is largely destroyed, with widespread loss of life predicted.


the Red Cross has set up a system where a cell phone user can text "Haiti" to the number 90999. The text message will result in a $10 donation to the Red Cross. So far, the campaign has been a massive hit. According to Mashable, the texting option has already raised over $800,000

Another popular option for cell phone users eager to help: Text "Yele" to 501501. Doing so will result in a $5 donation to Yéle Haiti, a grassroots organization started by singer and Haiti native Wyclef Jean. Over the course of the day, Web searches on Wyclef and his organization have soared to record highs.

a. Partners in Health. Donate online at: www.pih.org/inforesources/news/Haiti_Earthquake.html or send your contribution to Partners In Health, P.O. Box 845578, Boston, MA 02284-5578


b. Doctors Without Borders. Donate online at www.doctorswithoutborders.org, or toll-free at 1-888-392-0392. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. USA Headquarters 333 7th Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001-5004.

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TransAfrica Forum is the leading U.S. advocacy organization for Africa and the African Diaspora in U.S. foreign policy. TransAfrica Forum helped lead the world protest against apartheid in South Africa and today works for human and economic justice for African people on the continent of Africa, in Latin America and in the Caribbean.
contact us: TransAfrica Forum, 1629 K Street, N.W., Suite 1100, Washington, D.C., 2006, 202-223-1960, www.transafricaforum.org.

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Re: Jah remember thy children in Haiti
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2010, 12:13:50 AM »

thanks for the information on aid.  bumping this up, help is needed. 
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Re: Jah remember thy children in Haiti
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2010, 11:47:55 AM »

The week in review; 
This is a thought I had this morning, to write a topic like this.  I will set it here for now.  I received a e-mail from Ras Ravin-I, forwarded which was on the topic of Haiti.  It was an apology to the Island for our complacency and blamed us ( the world) for the devastation.  I took this in and had some thoughts and wanted to share them here.

  With the world connected as it is with the use of the WWNet, yes, monies are made available and aid is set in motion almost immediately following a natural disaster of this type.  It is the one time we see Humanity come together while images of the effects flash daily into out heads.  I even looked into going over to help, but was told that volunteers were not being accepted.  Huh, imagine that?.  That was the red cross. 
  On NPR ( National Public Radio) the story inevitably turn to the lawlessness of the situation and the reporting of the inability of aid to reach the ones that need it most as the temps increase and the situation decreases into a state the imagination can not relate to, nor does it want to.  Still there is a need for help.

  I chose the route of supporting Wycleff Jean.  Hatian born and directly involved, I did not want to promote bureaucracy by having only "part" of a dollar go to the Island , as it does with the Red Cross. 
  The tone of the forwarded e-mail was one of the worlds complacency,  but I began to think of how much we must EACH stand and fight in the corners of the world we represent.  Our own communities, and states.  How a people MUST come to be represented by a government of the people, FOR the people.  We must take what we have learned  and transfom this broken structure of The few governing the many.

The box is jumping and I cant see what I am typing.  so sorry, more 2 come.
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Re: Jah remember thy children in Haiti
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2010, 07:05:04 PM »

drumming this thread.  more help is needed if you can swing it.  Hygiene kits are something you can do at home & give time, and good to do with the youth. If you don't have postage, bring it by a local assembly that can handle the distribution.

Here's some music, one for Nyah, Cymande, from the 70s, self described as "Nyah-Rock", Rasta, sometimes they speak about Hippy, reminded me of you:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yz3Ds0JABsM
 
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Re: Jah remember thy children in Haiti
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2010, 01:11:52 PM »

InI keep the beat, Drumming Itinues till all are dancing.
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Re: Jah remember thy children in Haiti
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2010, 04:33:14 PM »

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What Haitians Want from Americans (and What They Don't Want)

by Beverly Bell

We asked Haitians in civil society organizations, on the streets, in buses, "What do you want from the U.S.? What help can Americans give Haiti?" Here are some of their answers.

Roseanne Auguste, community health worker with the Association for the Promotion of Integrated Family Health:

The U.S. people don't know us enough. The first thing that Haitians need from the American people is for them to know our history better. They just see us as boat people. Especially Black Americans, we need them to know the other parts of our history, like that we defeated Napoleon. This would let them know that we're the same people.

By contrast, Haitians know what they like in the U.S. They don't agree with American policies, but they have no problem with the American people. Rap music, Haitians appreciate it a lot: Tupac, Akon, Wyclef - even though he's originally from Haiti.  The Haitian people feel strongly about Michael Jordan, a Black man who beat up on the other players. On the back of taptaps [painted buses] you see Michael Jackson, the Obamas. It doesn't matter that Obama is a machine of the establishment; the fact that he's a Black American, they identify with him.

There have to be more exchanges between grassroots organizations in the U.S. and Haiti. If the American people knew more about Haitians, if they had a chance to meet more often people-to-people, they'd see we have lots to share. We could build another world together.

Marie Berthine Bonheur, community organizer:

Do the U.S. soldiers come to bulldoze? No way. We have a people who are traumatized. Is that a situation that you respond to with arms and batons? We're not at war with anyone.  They would do better to come help us get rid of this crumbled cement everywhere. We need equipment to help us demolish these building. Help us have schools and hospitals. We need engineers who can help us rebuild, and psychologists and doctors.

We don't need soldiers.  They just increase our suffering, our pain, our worries.

Adelaire Bernave Prioché, geologist and teacher:

This country has a problem with skilled people, like all Third World countries. Once people get trained, they go to other countries.

This country needs youth to be trained in all domains. First, the Americans could help with this, for example with geologists. We lost so many teachers, we need people to teach.  Second, we need massive investment to create employment to let people stay in Haiti.

Christophe Denis, law student:

The way the U.S. is distributing aid... a line of people waiting for rice and then across the street, a line of street merchants who can't sell their food. Are they sacrificing a class of people in the framework of aid?

Instead of supporting international trade to come in and crush us, reinforce our capacity for production and reinforce our self-sufficiency.  The international commerce is just helping a small percentage.  All that's produced in Haiti, it has to be strengthened.

Jesila Casseus, street vendor:

We want partnerships, people putting their hands with ours in the cassava pot to reconstruct our country.  We don't want orders. We won't accept another slavery. We don't want dominion over us, we don't want to be turned into a protectorate.

Partnerships, okay.  But NGOs are coming and sucking the country. They're taking our money and sending it back to where they came from.  They're taking our riches and making us poorer.

Judith Simeon, organizer with peasant organizations and grassroots women's groups:

The American policy towards Haiti: none of the Haitian people want it.  It's no good.  The peasant economy was destroyed with the killing of Creole pigs [in the early 1980s, when USAID and other international agencies killed the entire pig population, allegedly in response to an outbreak of African Swine Fever]. That was the biggest crime of the American government. After that, the free market, neoliberalism - without thinking about the consequences - has crushed peasant agriculture and the rest of the economy even more. As for the rice that's coming in as international aid, what happens to the people in [the rice-growing area of] the Artibonite?  Their production is destroyed.

If you're helping someone, you have to respect that person first. I can't tell you how it felt to watch the American soldiers distributing aid by throwing rice and water on the ground and having people run after it, like we saw on TV. That's not how you respect someone.

I can't suggest what else the US people should do.  If you don't respect the dignity of a people, you can't help them. All this racist sentiment and action, we don't need that.

Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, director of the Peasant Movement of Papay:

When we speak of American imperialists, we make a distinction between government and people.  We believe that a lot of people are conscious of what has happened to Haiti and don't want the imperialist project of the American government.  There are a lot of things that we can do together.  There are people here thinking seriously about alternative development in Haiti. There are many ways that progressive American people can help with that.

We need people in the US to tell the American government that what they are giving is not what we need.  Why do we need 20,000 U.S. soldiers?  We don't. In Clinton's plan, there are free trade zones. We don't want that. We don't need them sending in American firms to reconstruct Port-au-Prince, either, which will just lead to its returning as the center of everything in the country. Rural areas could start producing construction materials that we need to rebuild. We need fruit plantations, we need irrigation systems, we need local agriculture industry.

American progressives could lead delegations to come see the country, so that when they return, they could help us reject the imperialist plan. Go out to the countryside, see that people have hope that they can change their lives. In the chain of solidarity, instead of sending food, send organic seeds, send tools, help with the management of water. A group in the U.S. can work with a group in Haiti and help it build a cistern, dig a well, reforest, build silos to create seed banks of local seeds. Support groups that are reconstructing rural Haiti, that are creating work in the mountains. Help us establish rural universities. Help people who have left [earthquake-hit areas and gone to the country] be able to sustain themselves.

We need American people to say, "we stand with the popular project for the rebuilding of Haiti." We need it to be permanent, for Americans to continue to accompany the Haitian people, because the reconstruction of a Haiti is something that will take years.

This is the time to thank many groups for showing how much they are with the Haitian people, for doing all they can, for collecting medical supplies. There's been an extraordinary demonstration of solidarity.

Rony Joseph, policeman:

We need help reconstructing: roads, infrastructure, schools. We need a country that is modern. If you look at the world, you see globalization happening.  Everyone has things that Haiti doesn't have.

You know, foreign countries are helping us a lot today, but I think they have an interest in it, too.  When we have a problem in Haiti, the U.S. and Canada get very concerned and start helping. Otherwise we might end up on their doorstep.

 Beverly Bell has worked with Haitian social movements for over 30 years.  She is also author of the book Walking on Fire: Haitian Women's Stories of Survival and Resistance.  She coordinates Other Worlds, www.otherworldsarepossible.org, which promotes social and economic alternatives. She is also associate fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies
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