Friday, February 29, 2008

Thursday, February 28, 2008

February 29th - International Day of Solidarity with the Haitian People

Flyer handed out in Haiti's streets warning that the people would never accept a coup d'etat again. However, on February 29, 2004 a coup d'etat forced democratically elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and 7,000 elected officials from office. To read about the 2004 coup d'etat, it's impact on democracy and conditions in Haiti and continued injustices, see the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti website at

Current list of 56 actions in 47 cities on 4 continents in solidarity with Haiti - as part of 2-29-08 global day of action for Haiti

Growing list of cities participating in actions on or around Feb. 29, 2008, in solidarity with the Haitian people, on the 4th anniversary of the Feb. 29, 2004 coup d'etat in Haiti. Updated as of Feb. 27, 2008 - 5 p.m. Pacific time Here is a list 47 cities - so far - that have informed us that they are participating in the Feb. 29th Day of Solidarity with the Haitian People. A total of 56 actions are planned in the 47 cities on 4 continents, in support of the Haitian people's demand for self-determination, democracy and justice. New York City (2 activities)Durban, South Africa - the Abahlali Shack Dwellers MovementMontreal, QuebecBerkeley, California (2 activities)Los Angeles, CaliforniaGeorgetown, GuyanaNotre Dame, Indiana (2 activities)Toronto, Ontario, CanadaSan Rafael, CaliforniaLondon, England (2 activities)San Jose, CaliforniaRoanoke, VirginiaDublin, IrelandSault Sainte Marie, Ontario, CanadaAtlanta, GeorgiaRichmond, CaliforniaMinneapolis/St Paul, Minn. (2 events in the Twin Cities)Huddleston, VirginiaKigali, RwandaFremont, California Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (3 activities)Rochester, New YorkOakland, CaliforniaVancouver, BC, Canada (2 activities)Boston, Mass. Detroit, MichiganSan Diego, CaliforniaAuckland Park, Johannesburg, South AfricaWashington, DCOttawa, CanadaPittsburgh, Penna.Miami, FloridaCalgary, AlbertaBrooklyn, New YorkSan Francisco, CaliforniaPrince George, BC, CanadaMacon, GeorgiaJacksonville, FloridaNew Orleans, LouisianaSanta Cruz, CaliforniaNorth Minneapolis, Minn.Enterprise, OregonSonoma, California (2 activities)Many cities and towns in Haiti (4 confirmed so far) For more info, see Haiti Action Committee at or or

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Democratic Debate in Cleveland - New York Times

Damon Winter/The New York Times

Our Legacy of Shame in Haiti

Our Legacy of Shame in Haiti

Island is worse off without Aristide, and Canada shares blame.

View full article and comments here http:///Books/2008/02/26/Haiti/

By Claude Adams (on website)

From this article: ...Why did Aristide have to go? It's simple, says Peter Hallward, the author of a dense and meticulously researched new book called Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide and the Politics of Containment. Aristide had to go because "the movement he led (Lavalas, the Creole word for 'flood,') posed an intolerable threat to Haiti's comfortable ruling class."

Manny Vega and His ‘Hip Hop Byzantine’ Art - The New York Times

Librado Romero/The New York Times

“I liked painting,” the artist Manny Vega said. “But paint fades.” His mosaic at a subway station at 110th Street and Lexington is a tableau of glimmering color that picks up light and movement.

In Mosaics, an Artist’s Lasting Impression

Published: February 25, 2008
There is life in the hands of Manny Vega. With nothing more than a pair of pliers, thick fingers and boundless patience, he transforms thousands of stubby tiles of stone and glass into glimmering mosaic portraits of poets, drummers, mothers and sons. By the end of the workday, he has to plunge his numb, dust-covered hands into hot water to revive them...

In Mosaics, an Artist’s Lasting Impression - New York Times

In Mosaics, an Artist’s Lasting Impression - New York Times

View multimedia show of Manny Vega's murals and listen him to talk about his art

Saturday Night Live Takes On Drug Ads - Well - Tara Parker-Pope - Health - New York Times Blog

Saturday Night Live Takes On Drug Ads - Well - Tara Parker-Pope - Health - New York Times Blog