Another Haiti is Possible

“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. 

“Now They’re All Dead": Threats of Assassination to Human Rights Advocates in Haiti

August 21, 2013

Attorney Patrice Florvilus speaks at a press conference denouncing threats made against him and other Haitian human rights defenders.

 

By Mark Snyder and Other Worlds

August 21, 2013

 

"Those before you were strong. Now they’re all dead. Stop what you are doing, or the same will happen to you."

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