The Grassroots in Haiti and the US: the struggles for the return of Aristide and against the Child Welfare Industry

Workshop Information
Event Date: 
Fri, 06/25/2010 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Event Location: 
Cobo Hall: O2-40
Full Description: 

An international panel from Haiti, Canada, the English-speaking Caribbean and the US will discuss: the situation in Haiti now; the history that has led to the impoverishment of the world’s first Black Republic; the 2004 US coup that removed President Jean Bertrand Aristide, elected with over 90% of the vote; the role of the left, the aid industry, and NGO’s; the six-year UN occupation which has targeted the movement/party led by President Aristide -- Fanmi Lavalas -- killing thousands and banning Lavalas from elections; the disappearance of beloved human rights activist Lovinsky Pierre Antoine; similarities with the coup in Honduras; the militarization and theft of post-earthquake “aid”; the contributions of Cuba and Venezuela; how the Haitian grassroots have organized themselves before and since the earthquake, and their call for Aristide to return for the reconstruction; and what we can do to support their movement, including earthquake relief. Film clips will be shown.

Organizer Name: 
Margaret Prescod
First Sponsoring Organization Name: 
Women of Color Global Women's Strike
Endless War: militarization, criminalization and human rights
International Solidarity and Responsibility: building a unified response to global crises
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