Friday, November 25, 2011

Tectonic Shifts: Haiti Since the Earthquake

In January 2012, Mark Schuller and Pablo Morales will be putting out Tectonic Shifts: Haiti Since the Earthquake - a critical and important review of what happened in Haiti outside of the mainstream media coverage. I was lucky enough to contribute on two chapters to the book.

Here is the description:

The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti’s capital on January 12, 2010 will be remembered as one of the world’s deadliest disasters. The earthquake was a tragedy that gripped the nation – and the world. But as a disaster it also magnified the social ills that have beset this island nation which sits squarely in the U.S.’s diplomatic and geopolitical shadow. Particularly, the quake exposed centuries of underdevelopment and recent economic policies and the rampant inequality and exclusion within Haiti.

Tectonic Shifts offers a diverse on-the-ground set of perspectives about Haiti’s cataclysmic earthquake and the aftermath that left more than 1.5 million individuals homeless. Following a critical analysis of Haiti’s heightened vulnerability as a result of centuries of foreign policy and most recently neo-liberal economic policies, this book addresses a range of contemporary realities, foreign impositions and political changes that occurred during the relief and reconstruction periods.

Analysis of these realities offers tools for engaged, principled reflection and action. Essays by scholars, journalists, and activists, Haitians still on the island and those in the diaspora, highlight the many struggles that the Haitian people face today, providing lessons not only for those impacted and involved in relief, but for people engaged in struggles for justice and transformation in other parts of the world.

Universal Human Rights Conference: 500th Anniversary of Antonio de Montesinos

UHR Human Rights 500 Poster[1](1)

On December 3rd I will be presenting on MINUSTAH's role in engaging in human rights in Haiti with Dr. Rishi Rattan @ George Mason University.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Coups, free trade and human rights

Public Forum

Coups, free trade and human rights

The changing face of Canadian foreign policy in Latin America and the Caribbean

Guest speakers:

BETTY MATAMOROS: A Honduran based social activist and representative of the Central American coordination of the Hemispheric Social Alliance, specifically as part of their campaign "Foreign Military Bases out of Latin America - We are a Region of Peace." She has been organizing with social movements regionally on trade and militarization issues for decades and has been key in building international solidarity with the non-violent resistance movement in Honduras that emerged following the coup d'état in June of 2009. She is the former international relations coordinator of the Honduras National Resistance Front, FNRP. She has traveled throughout the Americas and Europe speaking about the situation in Honduras since the coup with respect to human rights, political developments, trade, and militarization.

KEVIN EDMONDS: Is a U of T PhD student and freelance journalist who has also traveled to and reported on Haiti – including serving as a volunteer observer in Haiti’s last election with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti. He co-authored recently released report on the UN in Haiti called “MINUSTAH: Keeping the peace, or conspiring against it?” Published through the Harvard School of Public Health and is a review of the human rights record on the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti from 2010-2011. He will be exploring the tragic similarities of the recent foreign backed coup d’états in Haiti and Honduras, the critical role of unconstitutional, illegal, but "business friendly" regimes central to implementation of free trade deals with Canada, and the immense human cost to those involved in the popular resistance to 21st century imperialism.

Video - The Deadliest Place in the World for a Journalist - Mini-documentary on the Honduran journalists that have watched 15 colleagues assassinated in 19 months under the Lobo regime, a government Barack Obama praises for its "strong commitment to democracy" ~ by Jesse Freeston

Free Admission

Friday November 18

7:00 – 9:00pm

Beit Zatoun House

612 Markham Street, Toronto

Organized by: Common Frontiers, Toronto Haiti Action Committee and Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network

The Crimes of Canada’s and the World’s 1% Against the People of Haiti

The Crimes of Canada’s and the World’s 1% Against the People of Haiti

Where: St. James Park (Adelaide and Jarvis)

Toronto Haiti Action Committee thanks OccupyTO for the invitation to present a supportive message as part of OccupyTO Community Outreach Day this Sunday Nov. 6, between 2:00 and 5:00 pm.

Today I had the chance to briefly address the great people down at the OccupyTO site and discuss Canada's role in Haiti. I really enjoyed the conversation afterwards, and really thank the organizers, especially Linda for asking me to come down. I look forward to building a stronger relationship with OccupyTO and highlight what terrible things are being done in Haiti in the name of the Canadian people.