Citizen Organizing & Politics

“When it rains, we will grow again”: Haitian women observe International Women’s Day

March 14, 2012


by Alexis Erkert, photos by Ben Depp

March 14, 2012

“As activists, we commemorate this as a day of struggle, a day to make our voices heard until someone pays attention and helps provide solutions to our problems." Facing the Haitian parliament with a throng of banner-waving and singing women at her back, Rachelle Fondechaine of Women Fighting for the Development of Haiti continued, "Today is March 8th! It's a day when women workers in New York first took to the streets in to demand their rights in 1857. This day is marked in our memories, and as women in Haiti, we have no support, we are left in the street, our children don't have access to school...”

New Survey Shows Residents of Haiti’s Capital Have Negative View of UN Troops and Feel They Should Compensate Victims of Cholera

March 6, 2012

February 15, 2012
Contact: Mark Schuller,

A newly published survey indicates that a majority of residents of Haiti’s capital have a negative opinion of UN troops stationed in Haiti. The survey of over 800 households throughout Port-au-Prince shows that less than a quarter of respondents considered that the presence of the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti (or MINUSTAH) is a “good thing” while a majority feel that the troops aren’t providing adequate security.  A large percentage (43.9%) of respondents believed that MINUSTAH agents are or have been engaged in criminal activities such as violence, theft and rape.

Open Letter for the Prosecution of Jean-Claude Duvalier

January 26, 2012

Before the end of the month, a Haitian judge will decide whether or not "Baby Doc" Jean-Claude Duvalier will face trial for the crimes against humanity committed during his 15-year dictatorship. Charges include corruption, embezzlement, murder, torture, exile, arbitrary detention and destruction of private property. Duvalier, who for 15 years succeeded his father "Papa Doc" Duvalier's brutal regime, returned to Haiti in January 2011 and was charged three days later.

A coalition of Haitian human rights organizations and individuals have written an open letter urging President Martelly to take the Duvalier case seriously.

Haiti’s New Industrial Park Hailed by Officials, Condemned by Local Activists

January 25, 2012

From NotiCen
January 20, 2012

As government officials, diplomats, and representatives of international finance institutions celebrated at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new industrial park in the north of the country, Haitian grassroots media organizations have published a report that casts serious doubt on the wisdom of the project.

New Book & Upcoming Events: "Tectonic Shifts: Impacts of Haiti’s Earthquake"

January 11, 2012


We’d like to introduce a new book, Tectonic Shifts: Impacts of Haiti's Earthquake (Mark Schuller and Pablo Morales, Eds., Kumarian Press), an anthology in which two Other Worlds staff have chapters. In Tectonic Shifts, Haitian and international activists, journalists, and scholars lay out the politics of aid and disaster capitalism, and civil society efforts to reshape reconstruction in a way that prioritizes human rights and Haitian leadership.

Home: From Displacement Camps to Community in Haiti

January 4, 2012

By Alexis Erkert and Beverly Bell

As 2012 begins, a growing movement of displaced people and their allies in Haiti is actively claiming the right to housing, which is recognized by both the Haitian constitution and international treaties to which Haiti is signatory.

Haitians displaced by the earthquake two years ago face many crises, but perhaps none worse than ongoing homelessness. One of the 520,000 people still living in displacement camps, [i] Dieula Croissey describes conditions where she lives in Cité Soleil: “We’re living in insecurity, our lives are threatened, our daughters are used.” In addition to insecurity and violence, especially against women, people living in camps face deteriorating shelter materials – shredding plastic tarps and tattered tents – hunger, and lack of adequate water or toilets. Despite Haiti’s declining rates of cholera infection,[ii] the dearth of sanitation options leaves real risk for contracting the disease. 

Reading Dangerously the Writings of Beverly Bell & Edwidge Danticat to End Violence Against #Haitian Women

December 22, 2011

By Karen Ansara

Originally posted here by the Ansara Family Fund at the Boston Foundation.

I am a “blan” and will always be a “blan.”  As a white woman of privilege I have to work at absorbing the souls, the laments, and the cries of triumph of my Haitian sisters.  Unless I do, I know that my meager gestures of solidarity will always be off the mark.  This past weekend which coupled Thanksgiving and the International Day to End Violence Against Women, I was grateful for the soul-witnessing of Haitian emigre Edwidge Danticat and “Blan” Beverly Bell, who is indeed Haitian in her soul after a lifetime of living and struggling on behalf of her people of Haiti.

Jubilee South: Indignation at the renewal of the MINUSTAH in Haiti, Press Release

October 17, 2011

Dialogue 2000 - Jubilee South

PRESS RELEASE by Jubilee South

Indignation at the renewal of the MINUSTAH in Haiti – Groups Call on Latin American and South governments to withdraw their troops

Buenos Aires, October 14, 2011 – Argentine Nobel Peace Prize LaureateAdolfo Perez Esquivel expressed indignation at the vote today to renewthe mandate of the UN Mission for Stabilization in Haiti (MINUSTAH)for another year, a decision he indicates that fails to take intoaccount the urgency of a profound transformation of internationalpolicies towards Haiti.

“MINUSTAH: Keeping the peace, or conspiring against it?”

October 12, 2011

By Deepa Panchang, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Other Worlds

Nou dwe sèl mèt bout tè sa a: We should be the only owners of this land.

This was Haitian protesters’ message at a demonstration last month against the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti, known by its French acronym, MINUSTAH. October marks an upswing in press coverage and anti-MINUSTAH activity in Haiti in anticipation of Friday’s UN Security Council meeting, during which officials will vote on renewing the mission’s term for another year. Protests against the 7-year-old force have intensified since fall 2010, with heightened mobilization by grassroots groups calling for the withdrawal of the foreign troops from Haiti. Meanwhile, Brazil’s foreign minister, representing the country that contributes the largest troop contingent to MINUSTAH, has publicly announced a reduction in the number of troops amid mounting discussion in diplomatic circles about downsizing the force.

“We Are Tired of Living under Tents”

October 6, 2011

By Alexis Erkert, Another Haiti Is Possible Co-Coordinator, Other Worlds

On Monday morning, October 3, ten women stood across the street from the Ministry of Social Affairs, waving their arms, wailing and chanting. They were calling on Osany, of the pantheon of vodou lwa, or spirits, for assistance. The lyrics of their chant, repeated over and again, were patently simple:

Stop stealing this country’s money
This country’s money belongs to the poor.


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