Saturday, March 31, 2007

If we fail to act by Paul Farmer, M.D.

If we fail to act by Paul Farmer, M.D.

(Union Medal Acceptance Speech, December 6, 2006) Notre Dame Magazine, August 2006

As a physician who has battled infectious diseases in Haiti, Rwanda and elsewhere, I know we are in the midst of a staggering wave of killing, one that brings to question all notions of moral values. The numbers alone are telling. Even if we consider only the big three infectious killers -- AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria -- we are faced with tens of millions of preventable deaths slated to occur during our lifetimes. A recent document from the United Nations suggests, for example, that more than 80 million Africans might die from AIDS alone by 2025. A similar toll will be taken, on that continent, by tuberculosis and malaria. Adding other infectious killers to the list, the butcher's bill totals hundreds of millions of deaths over the next few decades...Read article at
Paul Farmer is founding director of Partners In Health, an international charity organization that provides direct health-care services and undertakes research and advocacy on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. He is also a professor of medical anthropology at Harvard Medical School and an attending physician at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston. Photo by Michelle Karshan, copyright 2002. International Conference on Health and Human Rights held at Zanmi Lasante hospital and health center in Haiti's Central Plateau, organized by Partners in Health and Paul Farmer, M.D.

Twenty Minutes of Cold Screen Time by Laura Flynn

Poignant piece by my friend Laura Flynn who has been visiting an Ethiopian woman immigrant in jail in the Twin Cities (Minnesota) over the past ten months.
Investigations { Visiting Hours

Twenty Minutes of Cold Screen Time (theRake, Secrets of the City)
by Laura Flynn - April 2007

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Riva Precil - Jazz Vocalist

Riva Precil - Jazz Vocalist (Alto)

English - French - Haitian Creole

Criminal Deportee in Haiti - Between Two Worlds

Harry Desire - Between Two Worlds

Photo by Michelle Karshan, Copyright 2006
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Funds go to support work of Alternative Chance/Chans Altenativ

Haitian Art for sale

Erzulie as Madonna by Maxon

"The L Train" performed at LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts at the 2007 Rising Stars Gala

Riva Precil, Taleah Prince, and Michael Sacks perform "The L Train" written by Taleah Prince
Performed at LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts' 2007 Rising Stars Gala