Another Haiti is Possible

Behind Haiti's Hunger

October 23, 2013

Cross-Posted from Haiti Grassroots Watch

 Port-au-Prince, HAITI, 10 October 2013 – During the past year or so in Haiti, as humanitarian actors raised a cry of alarm about hunger, Haiti Grassroots Watch (HGW) journalists kept hearing complaints and rumors about the misuse, abuse, or negative effects of food aid.

Haiti’s Imported Disaster

October 22, 2013

Cross-posted from the New York Times

Haiti’s cholera epidemic, now entering its fourth year, has killed more than 8,300 people and sickened more than 650,000. It is a calamity, though one fundamentally different from the earthquake, hurricanes and floods that have beset the fragile country since 2010.

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

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