Another Haiti is Possible

Haiti’s displaced – How long must they clamour until they are heard?

October 22, 2013

Cross-posted from Amnesty International 

8 October 2013

By Chiara Liguori, researcher for the Caribbean at Amnesty International

Justine had her life torn apart when the January 2010 earthquake struck Haiti.

URGENT ACTION: Hundreds face violent forced eviction

October 22, 2013

Cross-posted from Amnesty International

Hundreds of people left homeless after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti are the victims of an ongoing violent campaign involving police officers to forcibly evict them from their makeshift shelters.

Residents of the Lanmè Frape area of Canaan, an informal settlement in the municipality of Cabaret, on the northern outskirts of the capital, Port-au-Prince, have had their simple dwellings repeatedly destroyed by police officers accompanied by armed men. The residents told Amnesty International that they have been the victims of attacks on more than 10 occasions over the last 18 months and several of them have also been arrested on unfounded charges for periods of up to a month. Two hundred families  currently remain in the Lanmè Frape area, although as many as 600 lived there before the forced evictions began.

GROWING STRENGTH TO GROW FOOD: HAITIAN FARMERS WIN ANNUAL U.S. FOOD SOVEREIGNTY ALLIANCE PRIZE

October 14, 2013

 

By Beverly Bell, Other Worlds

Small farmers' rice harvests sat unsold in warehouses for three months after the 2010 earthquake, because they could not compete with U.S. food aid.  Photo: Beverly Bell
 

The US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA) works to end poverty, rebuild local food economies, and assert democratic control over the food system. As a US-based alliance of food justice, anti-hunger, labor, environmental, faith-based, and food producer groups, the USFSA upholds the right to food as a basic human right and works to connect US struggles to the international movement for food sovereignty.

“Internationalism between Peoples”: Dessalines Brigade Wins the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance Award

October 14, 2013

Interview by Beverly Bell, Other Worlds

Brazilian and Haitian farmers are together constructing 1,200 cisterns in rural Haiti.
Photo: Federico Matias.

 

Jose Luis Patrola is a history professor, farmer, and member of the Brazilian land reform group, the Rural Landless Workers’ Movement, or MST. He lived in Haiti for three years as part of the Dessalines Brigade, an exchange of agricultural and technical cooperation between Haitians and Brazilians.  In a departure from many international programs of “teaching” and “aiding” Haitians, Patrola speaks here about mutual learning and respect.

 

We are here in Haiti in an educational solidarity exchange program. We’re not here to teach. We’re here to learn.

 

In our work, there’s great respect for Haitian farmers and movements. That’s something that has been greatly lacking: respect.  Not only from foreigners, but from Haitian elites who don’t acknowledge their own people.

Washington, D.C. Book Launch for Fault Lines: Views Across Haiti’s Divide

October 14, 2013

Friends in DC: Please join Other Worlds founder Bev Bell for a book launch this Sunday!

Washington, D.C. Book Launch for Fault Lines: Views Across Haiti’s Divide

With author Beverly Bell

Open to the Public

Sunday, October 20th at 5:30 pm

The Coupe
3415 11th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20010

Too High a Price for Courage

October 3, 2013

The Honduran government should stop repressing indigenous leaders like Berta Cáceres.

By Beverly Bell

Berta Cáceres, an internationally respected leader of the movement for indigenous rights, is now living as a fugitive. The Honduran government ordered this soft-spoken dynamo imprisoned on September 20.

From her undisclosed location, she emailed me and a few others. “We’re standing firm against the pressure, the criminalization, the abuse, and the manipulations,” she said.

Berta Caceres speaks at a press conference. Photo by Beverly Bell.

Berta Cáceres speaks at a press conference. Photo by Beverly Bell.

A Glittering Industrial Park in Haiti Falls Short

September 18, 2013

Cross-posted from Al Jazeera 

By Jonathan M. Katz

CARACOL, Haiti — The young men playing dominoes in this tin-roofed fishing village used to have high hopes for the industrial park being built up the road. They had heard of the U.S. government's plans to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in a part of Haiti where most people are barely scraping by, and promises from a South Korean garment manufacturer to create tens of thousands of jobs.

Human Rights Groups Petition Inter-American Commission to Protect Threatened Haitian Lawyer

September 15, 2013

Cross-posted from IJDH

(PORT-AU-PRINCE September 12, 2013)— Two human rights groups—the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Haiti and U.S.-based Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH)—today asked the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) for “precautionary measures” against the Haitian government on behalf of human rights lawyer Patrice Florvilus.  Attorney Florvilus, who heads the Defenseurs des Opprimes (Defenders of the Oppressed) in Haiti, has faced threats, intimidation, and harassment from police and judicial officials in retaliation for his legal representation of police brutality victims. 

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