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.
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.
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.
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.