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Another Haiti is Possible

Another Haiti is Possible

Throughout the constancy of Haiti’s oppression and suffering runs a lesser-known and awe-inspiring constant. That is of a highly organized grassroots movement continuing the battle its enslaved ancestors began more than 200 years ago, when they revolted to create the first independent Black republic in the world. The movement is composed of organized women, peasants,, workers, and others. Organizing, protests, and advocacy have brought down dictators, blocked transnational companies from exploiting the land, and staved off some of the worst economic policies.

Because of our staff’s decades of work in Haiti, when the devastating earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, Haitians began contacting us to ask for our help. We were able to step up to support grassroots movements in their work for useful aid and a just and rights-based reconstruction.

Our Haiti program objectives are to: strengthen the Haitian grassroots’ struggle to defend their lands; promote Haitian citizens’ democratic ability to engage in planning their country’s reconstruction and future; and create a better international understanding of Haiti and what’s at stake.

We are planning international support to Haitians who have lost – or are under threat of losing – their homes, agriculture, and livelihood due to land grabs by Haitian elite and multinational corporations. In the climate of “Haiti Is Open for Business” (a key slogans of the government), massive grabs are in the works from mining companies, tourism programs, free trade zones, the landed elite, and foreign agribusiness. We aim to help the  movement increase its strength so that farmers can guard their lands, as steps to advance food sovereignty.  

To read original articles that we’ve written about the struggle for justice in Haiti, or see news updates that we’ve reposted from other players in the movement, check below. For more information on how to get engaged in the movement, check out our “Join the Movement” page, where we have Haiti-specific resources.



Shut-down MINUSTAH and end all occupation of Haiti!

Demilitarize our America!

Reposted from the Haiti No MINUSTAH Solidarity Campaign

Originally posted on May 29, 2016


Please join the Haitian diaspora in demanding action against this initiative: As part of its “Stocks for Food” program, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to ship 500 metric tons of peanuts to Haitian schools, which could destroy Haiti’s peanut market and the livelihood and income of 150,000 peanut farmers and their families. This is the latest in a long history of U.S.-sponsored programs which have destabilized Haiti’s agricultural sector, further impoverishing the nation and increasing its dependence on foreign aid. President Clinton had to apologize for one such misguided prog

What You Probably Don't Know About Hillary Clinton's Record

Hillary Clinton on a trip to Haiti in 2011. "Hand Washing" by Kendra Helmer/USAID is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Missing from the discussion of Hillary Rodham Clinton's record has been her work in Haiti, where she blatantly manipulated and threatened Haitian government officials to control electoral outcomes. In that country, too, she and her husband have led the way in promoting a sweatshop-led development model.

Other Worlds has compiled a list of articles that take a closer look into Clinton's work in Haiti and what her Presidency could portend for other nations. 

Women Farmers and Land Grabs in Haiti: An interview with Iderle Brénus

Involved in all levels of food production, Haitian women need control over land and protection from today's wave of expropriation. Photo: Salena Tramel, for Grassroots International.

From an interview by Beverly Bell

In Haiti, the majority of the people working the land are women. Not only are they there during planting, weeding and harvesting, but they also play a role in transforming and marketing food products. They’re involved in the entire agricultural production process. This is why we call women the poto mitan, central pillar, of the country.

As Cholera Resurges in Haiti, The UN's Commitment to Prevent It Fails

Street displays of photos featuring Haitians affected by cholera were recently mounted in Port-au-Prince, the capital, above, and near the United Nations in New York and Geneva. The occasion? The fifth anniversary of cholera being inadvertently brought to Haiti by UN peacekeepers. Photo courtesy of INSIDE OUT.

HINCHE, Haiti — We were driving back from watching a soccer game here in central Haiti when my friend instinctively rolled up his window. It can get dusty on Haitian country roads, so I rolled up mine, too, even though I didn’t see anything in the air.

Haitian Cholera Victims Tells UN to "Face Justice" in New Campaign

Face Justice Haiti Cholera Campaign Portraits

GENEVA, NEW YORK, PORT-AU-PRINCE, October 13, 2015—On the morning of October 14, activists will be erecting large portraits of cholera victims outside the United Nations (UN) offices in New York, Geneva and Port-au-Prince to commemorate the 9,000 lives lost from cholera brought to Haiti by UN peacekeepers five years ago.  The portraits are a part of a new campaign, Face Justice, which calls on the UN to hear victims’ calls for justice.  The campaign demands that the UN accept responsibility for causing the epidemic through faulty waste management, provide reparations, and invest in water and sanitation to eliminate cholera.