Monday, March 1, 2010

Tues, March 2: Haiti Forum Organizing Meeting

The crisis in Haiti is overwhelming, following the massive earthquake and dozens of aftershocks that have flattened Haiti’s capital, Port au Prince. Officials are now estimating that over 200,000 people have been killed, but the death toll will mount as a result of severe deprivation of water and food.

We have already seen that the food, water and medical aid that has been flooding in to Haiti, due to the empathy and horror that ordinary people around the world have felt towards the people of Haiti, has been sitting undistributed in the airport because the UN occupying troops and US marines have preoccupied themselves with “security needs”. The argument coming from the US is that the Haitian people will inevitably loot, riot and descend into violence and chaos in crisis situations. This distorted argument has been used to justify asserting the power of the U.S. military instead of distributing aid to the suffering people.

The dominant story in the media has been that Haiti, its government and people are somehow prone to natural disasters of this sort. The reality is that US imperialism created social conditions that have transformed earthquakes and hurricanes into mass killers. What was the role of the US in creating this crisis,and what are the goals of their intervention? What grassroots humanitarian work is being done for Hatians by Hatians? What demands should we make to rebuild Haiti, debt-free and independent of international corporate interests?

Join us in organizing a forum on Haiti with a new perspective.

Tuesday, March 2, 7PM

Doyle's Cafe
3484 Washington Street
Jamaica Plain, MA