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Another Haiti is Possible

"Homelessness, Displacement, Evictions . . . This Sounds Familiar": New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center

Cross-posted from the New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center.
Posted on 05. Jul, 2012 by

By Hannah Adams, Guest Contributor

There are a number of obvious parallels between housing needs in New Orleans after the 2005 hurricanes and housing needs in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

In both disasters, large regions lost the majority of their affordable housing stock, resulting in massive spikes in homelessness and displacement.  UNITY of Greater New Orleans reports that homelessness rates effectively doubled in the city from January 2005 to January 2009. [1] The Greater New Orleans Community Data Center adds that New Orleans experienced a population loss of over 140,000 according to the 2010 census, and that poor New Orleanians and families with children under eighteen were among those less likely to return. [2] Meanwhile, the Under Tents Campaign reports that 400,000 Haitians remain homeless in displacement camps where they face gender-based violence, disease, unsanitary living conditions, and flooding.

"Baseball in the Time of Cholera" Film Now Available Online!

Check out this announcement from RYOT Fims and see their campaign here: www.undeny.org!

Baseball in The Time of Cholera is a powerful insight into the tragedy and scandal of Haiti's Cholera epidemic through the eyes of a young baseball player

If a foreign military dumped their raw sewage into the Mississippi river and it caused the deaths of over 7000 Americans would we remain silent?


That very scenario is playing out in Haiti right now!  UN peacekeeping forces from Nepal dumped their sewage into Haiti's largest river and the ensuing cholera outbreak has resulted in over 500,000 Haitians infected and over 7000 deaths (and counting). 

“Under Tents”: International Campaign Launch for Housing in Haiti

"The quantity of people who are homeless in Port-au-Prince today is not acceptable. We need the support of other governments, like the US, to demand that the Haitian Government create a social housing plan. We are looking for allies to help our advocacy. We are asking simply for quality homes where people can live." - Jackson Doliscar of the grassroots group Force for Reflection and Action on Housing (FRAKKA).

Social Movements' Letter to UNASUR Demands Withdrawal of MINUSTAH Troops from Haiti

Last week, Latin American social movements sent the following letter to defense ministers of UNASUR member states, demanding accountability from the UN and withdrawal of MINUSTAH troops from Haiti. Distributed by our friends at Jubilee South.

Dear Sirs:

We commend the Ministers of Defense and the High Representatives for Foreign Relations of UNASUR

URGENT ACTION: HAITIAN FAMILIES AGAIN FACING FORCED EVICTION

URGENT ACTION: HAITIAN FAMILIES AGAIN FACING FORCED EVICTION
Update from Amnesty International on the families in Grace Village
June 15, 2012

Hundreds of Haitian families are facing forcible eviction from a refugee camp where they have been living since the January 2010 earthquake. Representatives of the landowner, and local police officers, have been threatening and harassing them.

URGENT ACTION: Risk OF forced eviction for families in haiti

Human rights defenders in Haiti are concerned with a recent upsurge in violence against displaced people. One camp was arsoned over the weekend and others face imminent, illegal eviction. Over the course of the past week, Amnesty International, who has been working closely with the Haitian right to housing movement, has released two urgent action alerts regarding camp evictions. Take a moment to read and respond to the alert below.