Sunday, July 29, 2007
Posted on July 24th, 2007 by Saulo Araujo
Much of the sweat that goes into cutting cane for sugar to eat and increasingly as a primary ingredient for ethanol comes from low-wage and slave (bonded) labor. This month, the Brazilian government freed 1,108 sugar cane cutters in the state of Pará in the Amazon region. In the western state of Mato Grosso, 14 farm workers from an ethanol producing plant were incarcerated for protesting the delay in payment of their salaries. The average salary of a sugar cane cutter is less than $ 300.00 per month. See http://www.grassrootsonline.org/blog/sugar-slaves-1-108-freed-14-jail
Illegal Immigrants: Uncle Sam Wants You
Latino teenagers, including illegal immigrants are being recruited into the military with false promises.
By Deborah Davis
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Andy Palacio and the Garifuna Collective bring the Afro-Caribbean soul of Belize to Stern Grove. The all-star, multigenerational lineup of Garifuna musicians captivates audiences with their enchanting rhythms and powerful melodies.
Singing both in French and Haitian Creole, reigning Queen of Haitian song Emeline Michel captivates audiences with her blend of traditional rhythms and inspirational lyrics.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Democracy Now! Interview of Randall Robinson on his new book An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, From Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President
Read, hear or see entire interview at : http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/07/23/141241
4th IAS Conference On HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention
July 22-25, 2007
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Sunday, July 22, 2007
Irish guy celebrating St. Patrick's Day at the rooftop restaurant club Guess Who in Petionville, Haiti. Who is this guy and what year was this? I think he was working for an Irish NGO at the time... I left early but it was really getting crowded by time I left.
While living in Haiti I would go to the florist every St. Patrick's Day and get a green ribbon to wear in honor of the day. Being part Irish I always thought it important for my children to at least see me celebrating the holiday even if it only meant wearing a green ribbon or hanging out at a restaurant with other folks celebrating the day. In honor of the day, I used to buy bags of candy and cookies and set up a table outside the door to my office in the National Palace for my co-workers to enjoy.
EVERY Sunday I will try to post another photo from Haiti from the mid-90s to 2004
The New Yorker, Personal History, Marie Micheline, A life in Haiti by Edwidge Danticat, June 11, 2007
"Marie Micheline went to live with my uncle Joseph and aunt Denise for the same reason that my brother and I did: our parents had disappeared. They had not abandoned us. Nor had they been imprisoned or killed by the henchmen of the dictatorship that had come to power in Haiti in 1957, when Marie Micheline was five years old and my parents had not yet met. They had simply, as my uncle explained first to her and then to us, gone elsewhere..."
"Konpatriyòt, ARISTIDE MUST COME BACK! TITID DWE TOUNEN! Li fè 2 zè 15 minit e 15 segond dimaten lè mkòmanse ekri bilten sa a soti samdi swa rive dimanchmaten 15 jiyè 2007. Mwen an reta nèt. Aprè plizyèaktivite òganize pou jistis alega ansyen PrezidanJean-Bertrand Aristide, mwen esoufle, bouke menm. Kòm nou te anonse pwogram yo nan Konpatriyòt #26,bò pa nou nan Ti Ayiti Miami, pwogram lan respekte.Konferans pou laprès te reyalize. Sou panèl la (tabkonferans lan) te gen Atis Farah Juste, reprezantanFanmiy Lavalas; Jack Lieberman (li bè mann),reprezantan Haiti Solidarity; Lavarice Gaudin,Pòtpawòl Veye-Yo; E mwenmenm sèvitè nou, NJera NJeriJan-Jis, Kire Sent Klè an konje maladi. Chak panelissa yo te devlope yon pwen patikilye konsènan retouPrezidan Titid. Farah esplike divès fason Branch Fanmi Lavalas nanMiami ap pote kole. Jack adrese sipò gwoup pwogresismeriken ka bay. Lavarice pale kijan Veye-Yo antannmennen demach pou arive a Retou Titid nan tan kanpayelektoral sa a Ozetazini. Mwen adrese kote solidariteak Pèp demokrat Sidafriken yo..."
Several popular organizations warn that Preval/Alexis government going forward too aggressively towards privatization of public enterprises
(IN CREOLE at http://www.alterpresse.org/spip.php?article6193)
Sunday, July 15, 2007
- HIP - Flashpoints/KPFA on the Pacifica radio network, will devote most of its program on Monday, July 16 at 5 PM PDT, to Haiti. Host Dennis Bernstein and filmmaker and journaliist Kevin Pina, will interview former civil rights activist and founder of TransAfrica Forum, Randall Robinson from his home in St. Kitts in the Caribbean. Robinson has released a new book entitled "An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, From Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President. "
"My challenge as the illustrator is to dig deep into the author’s story for it’s message or glue that drives a book on for 32 pages. Even mundane manuscripts reveal layers of wisdom. Breaking a manuscript down through the process of thumbnails, storyboards, and dummies becomes alchemical. Treasured findings, golden philosophies are the underlying layers translated into a tapestry of bright lollipop colors and cinematic inspired compositions. Through the process, secondary stories counterpoint the main theme which can be told silently, adding flavor to the mix.
"In “Down in the Subway” I discovered the Island Lady to be Mother Nature. She offers the hot riders a few examples of her never-ending powers of transformation. Her bag posesses the four elements. Air,Water, Earth and Fire: the breeze, the sea, the food, the creative musicians."
"I've talked about working on a film on the Haitian revolution for the last 20 years. That is a project which has taken many roads. It has been a very arduous journey. The story is, as the esteemed scholars would say, so large that it's almost unimaginable. We've all learned about the American Revolution, we all learned about the French Revolution, but so few people know of, or are aware of, the Haitian Revolution. So the attempt to use a film as the medium of education must have an enormous support system to reeducate people who've been miseducated. So a film is only a very small part of the process. The work that we have to do before, beyond the film and after the film. The work we have to do in creating the kind of teacher, the educational materials, is daunting. We have to break through this wall, this veil, this presumptuous attitude that people have about people of color, and specifically of people of Haitian descent.
"Art saves lives, it is that simple. Rush Philanthropic believes that if you give young people the opportunity to practice and appreciate art -- whether poetry, music, dance, or the visual arts -- then you will see lives transformed as young people learn to value their own unique voices and visions."
How to Destroy an African American City in Thirty-Three Steps - Lessons from Katrina by Bill Quigley
"My subject is Haiti, the Black Republic; the only self-made Black Republic in the world. I am to speak to you of her character, her history, her importance and her struggle from slavery to freedom and to statehood. I am to speak to you of her progress in the line of civilization; of her relation with the United States; of her past and present; of her probable destiny; and of the bearing of her example as a free and independent Republic, upon what may be the destiny of the African race in our own country and elsewhere..." read the full speech at http://blog.ijdh.org/haiti_justiceblog/2007/07/half-hour-for-h.html#more