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"We have to be absolutely clear that this tragedy-which is part natural, part unnatural-must,under no circumstances, be used to, one, further indebt Haiti and, two, to push through unpopular corporatist policies in the interest of our corporations.
This is not conspiracy theory. They have done it again and again."
"This is a disaster of historic proportions”. - U.S. Government official Janet Napolitano
More than 50,000 people killed, the number possibly closer to 100,000
"50 percent of buildings in the worst-hit areas damaged or destroyed." - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Many of the capital's 3 million people without access to food, water, shelter and electricity
Dump trucks are carrying loads of unidentified bodies and dumping them in unmarked mass graves
-Above data from Rights Action release
The humanitarian situation in Haiti following the devastating earth quake is dire. While with good reason the focus of the international community is on supporting disaster relief, it is important to maintain a critical eye on the allocation of corporate, governmental, and ngo funds and resources.
US troops are moving to the island next week (see the Yanks are Coming) and will augment the presence of the Brazilian troops on a UN "peace keeping" mission. Will the natural disaster be used as an excuse to further entrench the military occupation of Haiti?
*Action: Ask Obama what his intentions are in Haiti. Let him know you oppose further militarization of the island.
2. Labor Notes critique the corporate PR spin and for a look at how labor is rallying for Hait: Haiti: Give Here
PARTNERS IN HEALTH: http://www.pih.org/home.html. Mission: To provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. Partners In Health (PIH) works to bring modern medical care to poor communities in Haiti and 8 other countries around the world. The work of PIH has three goals: to care for our patients, to alleviate the root causes of disease in their communities, and to share lessons learned around the world.
To donate to a Haitian radical workers' organization, Batay Ouvriye, Miami Autonomy is collecting funds via paypal. Or mail checks written to Miami Workers Center with a note “for: MAS/BO”
Miami Workers Center 6127 Northwest 7th Avenue Miami, FL 33127-1111
Newsand Analysis: Focus on Haiti
While the 7.0 earthquake is the immediate cause of Haiti’s’ disaster, the main cause of death and despair are the historic conditions of poverty, exploitation, injustice and vulnerability of a majority of Haiti’s 9,000,000 people.These historic conditions of poverty, exploitation and vulnerability are caused by internal factors, and more importantly by foreign military, economic and political interventions, mainly by the United States, France and Canada. While the short-term focus continues to be on search and rescue, search and body recovery, and on providing emergency support (food, water, shelter, medical attention to the injured, and disease prevention), critical attention must turn to openly and honestly debate the underlying historic national and international causes of Haiti’s endemic misery and injustice, so that a different and just Haiti can be built and constructed.
PCASC meets next on Wednesday, Jan. 20th from 7-9pm at 2249 E Burnside. New volunteer orientation precedes meeting at 6pm. Please RSVP to orientation by emailing email@example.com.
PCASC Coffee offer: Café Solidaridad
As an ongoing fundraiser for PCASC in collaboration with Just Coffee, we are carrying 12oz bags of whole bean or ground fair trade coffee from a LaFem women's cooperative in Nicaragua. For just $12 dollars a bag you can support PCASC, Just Coffee (a union shop), and organizing in Nicaragua. Click for more info.
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