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Blogger Profile: Other Worlds

Beverly Bell first went to Haiti as a teenager. Since then she has dedicated most of her life to working for democracy, women’s rights, and economic justice in that country. She founded or co-founded six organizations and networks dedicated exclusively to supporting the Haitian people, including the Lambi Fund of Haiti. She worked for both presidents Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Rene Preval and wrote Walking on Fire: Haitian Women’s Stories of Survival and Resistance (Cornell University Press, 2001). Today she is associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and runs the economic justice group Other Worlds.

Alexis Erkert and Deepa Panchang are co-coordinators of Other Worlds' Another Haiti is Possible program. You can access all of Other Worlds’ past articles regarding post-earthquake Haiti here.

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February 24th, 2011

In Haiti, "We Will Never Fall Asleep Forgetting"

At the Toussaint Louverture Airport in Port-au-Prince, I spot Ronal’s taptap, pick-up-turned-public-bus, painted to resemble an Argentine flag - a salute to his favored team in last year’s World Cup soccer match. Ronal’s first report is about his glee over last month’s return of Jean-Claude Duvalier. Duvalier’s ouster in 1986 ... continue reading

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February 10th, 2011

Haitian Renaissance: Youth Paint a New Country

“Everyone expects there to be a new problem daily in Haiti.  I can’t concentrate on problems each day,” said Roseanne Auguste, coordinator of a youth art program in the sprawling, under-resourced Port-au-Prince section of Carrefour-Feuilles. The program is run through the community clinic Association for the Promotion of Family Integrated ... continue reading

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Economic Justice

February 4th, 2011

The Right to Housing for Internally Displaced Haitians

While the eyes of the world are on Haiti’s illegitimate elections and the return of the deposed dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, about 1.5 million displaced earthquake survivors continue to live in sub-human conditions. In the absence of large-scale or systemic responses by the government, international community, or aid organizations, progressive civil ... continue reading

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Economic Justice

December 23rd, 2010

Dennis Brutus: A Small Tribute to a Giant Man

This week we depart from Haiti to visit the native son of another country with a deep history of oppression and resistance: South Africa. The luminary Dennis Brutus - freedom fighter, economic and environmental justice activist, professor, and poet - died last year on December 26. We republish this eulogy ... continue reading

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Economic Justice

December 14th, 2010

"Miami Rice": The Business of Disaster in Haiti

As we file this article, Port-au-Prince is thick with the smoke of burning tires and with gunfire. Towns throughout the country, along with the national airport, are shut down due to demonstrations. Many are angry over the government’s announcement on Tuesday night of which two presidential candidates made the run-offs: ... continue reading

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Economic Justice

December 13th, 2010

The Poor Always Pay: The Electoral Crisis in Haiti

The start of Haiti’s most recent crisis came with ample warning. Most Port-au-Prince residents scurried to their homes mid-afternoon last Tuesday, certain of the violence and chaos which would ensue once the electoral council announced which two presidential candidates would make it to the run-offs. The trouble-makers didn’t wait until ... continue reading

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Economic Justice

November 18th, 2010

"The People Must Be Agents of Change:" The Lambi Fund of Haiti

Josette Pérard is director of Fon Lanbi Haiti, the Haitian counterpart of the Lambi Fund. Fon Lanbi trains, builds capacity of, and gets grants to women’s and small farmer organizations in rural areas. Josette’s perspectives on community development follow.The idea of development is to provide everyone with the means to ... continue reading

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Economic Justice

November 12th, 2010

Amid Haitian Crisis, Opportunity

When people ask me, as they do all the time, “Is there any cause for hope in Haiti?” I answer yes.It’s more tempting to think that the situation is so hopeless that it can’t any worse, especially right now. Last week, Hurricane Tomas brought three days of heavy storms, causing ... continue reading

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Economic Justice

November 4th, 2010

Haitian Women and Elections: Presidents, Politics, and Power

Reconstructing Haiti is not about buildings, projects, or money. It’s about power, about who gets to control what the future Haiti looks like. Redistributing power, and creating a new society based on different theories and practices of it, are perhaps more important in the aftermath of the January 11 earthquake ... continue reading

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Economic Justice

October 21st, 2010

Surviving in Haiti

Haiti is a reminder of a lesson we in New Orleans got after Hurricane Katrina and the broken levees: the capacity of humanity to survive, sustain culture, and create joy – no matter the external circumstances - is without limit. That capacity is unsinkable, like trying to keep a cork ... continue reading

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Economic Justice

October 18th, 2010

Citizen Protests, Government Repression Mount in Haiti

“I came to protest so we can find a solution. Misery is killing me,” said Mascarie Sainte-Anne, 70, at the edge of a rally in front of Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive’s office on October 12. Haitians have been taking to the streets with increasing frequency since August in calls for ... continue reading

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October 14th, 2010

Beyond Wyclef: What Haitians Want From Elections

We asked dozens of Haitians from different social sectors how they felt about the November 28 elections, and what they want or expect from a new government. Here are some of their responses. Louisiane Nazaire defines herself as a peasant. She is a member of a local peasant farmer group ... continue reading

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October 7th, 2010

Haitian Farmers: Growing Strength to Grow Food

Rony Charles, a rice grower and member of the Agricultural Producer Cooperative of Verrettes, said, “Instead of foreigners sending us food, they should give us the chance to do our own agriculture so it can survive.”Giving domestic agriculture the chance to survive would address four critical needs:Creating employment for the ... continue reading

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September 30th, 2010

An Alternative Environmental Future for Haiti

Haiti is famous around the world primarily for its problems, one being advanced ecological destruction. However, as with its other problems, citizens – with international friends and the occasional help of the government – are working to turn this around and create a healthy environment. Aldrin Calixte tells of the ... continue reading

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September 23rd, 2010

Getting Their Reward on Earth: Haitian Social Movements and Reconstruction

“There needs to be a new vision for Haiti, and that vision needs to come from the people,” says Marc-Arthur Fils-Aimé, director of the Karl Leveque Cultural Institute (commonly known by its Creole acronym ICKL), a grassroots center which supports peasant and other popular organizations to help them develop their ... continue reading

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Economic Justice

September 16th, 2010

"Help Us Produce, Don't Give Us Food": Food Sovereignty in Haiti (Part IV)

Jonas Deronzil is a farmer from the village of Mogé in Haiti’s fertile Artibonite Valley, and one of about 2,000 members of a production and marketing cooperative. Here he analyzes the problems Haitian small producers face, notably U.S. food imports, and proposes alternatives.I am a peasant planter, that’s all I ... continue reading

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September 9th, 2010

"The Last Thing to Lose are Your Dignity and Hope": Haitian Refugee Camps Model Future Society (Part II)

If one positive thing has come from the earthquake of January 12, it is the greater inclusion of Haiti in the human family. True, the catastrophe has brought out of the woodwork many scoundrels – individuals, corporations, agencies, and governments – looking to gain wealth and power off of poverty ... continue reading

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Economic Justice

September 1st, 2010

"Even If We're Peasants, We Deserve to Live Too": Tèt Kole on the Needs of Haitian Farmers

Tèt Kole Ti Peyizan Ayisyen (Heads Together Small Producers of Haiti) is the oldest peasant group in Haiti, born covertly in 1970 during the Duvalier dictatorship. Today Tèt Kole is one of Haiti’s two national peasant farmer movements, with more than 55,000 members in all ten departments of the country. ... continue reading

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Economic Justice

August 26th, 2010

"Part of the Dream for National Reconstruction": Haitian Refugee Camps Model Future Society

While it should never be the case that a high percentage of the Haitian population remains living in refugee camps seven months after the earthquake, still camp residents have managed to create in a few of those camps a small-scale model of the type of future society that many would ... continue reading

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August 19th, 2010

For Partners in Health, Good Health Means Justice and Rights

With the motto “Providing a preferential option for the poor in health care,” Partners in Health offers an unusual model of health care provision. Its mission is both medical and moral.Partners in Health is widely recognized as changing the potential for health for low-income people and countries throughout the world. ... continue reading

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August 11th, 2010

"People Need a Normal, Stable Life" (The Urgency of Housing in Haiti, Part V)

Carine Exantus is a 22-year-old university student majoring in social communications. She lost her home, aunt, and cousin in the earthquake of January 12. In “You Need to Hear from the People: Communicating from Haiti’s Refugee Camps” (August 5, 2010),” Carine explains why she has been blogging from the internally ... continue reading

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Economic Justice

August 5th, 2010

"You Need to Hear From the People:" Communicating From Haiti's Refugee Camps

“We’re working to give speech to the most excluded, to democratize the means of communications in Haiti,” said Sony Esteus, director of the Society for Social Mobilization and Communication, or SAKS by its Creole acronym. Haitian community radio stations are gearing up broadcast the voices, perspectives, and issues of internally ... continue reading

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Economic Justice

July 30th, 2010

Citizen Mobilization for Housing in Haiti (The Urgency of Housing, Part IV)

“We’re mobilizing people in the camps and the shantytowns to let them know that getting housing is a right. Our vision is to make the problem of housing a focal point of people’s struggle,” said Reyneld Sanon of the Force for Reflection and Action on Housing (FRAKKA by its Creole ... continue reading

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Economic Justice

July 26th, 2010

The Right to Housing in Haiti (The Urgency of Housing Part III)

Colette Lespinasse is director of the Support Group for the Repatriated and Refugees (GARR, by its French acronym) in Port-au-Prince. Here are her thoughts on solutions to the crisis in which 1.9 million homeless people are still living in precarious tents and other makeshift structures, six months after the earthquake ... continue reading

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July 15th, 2010

"For a Better Life for the Peasants": Food Sovereignty and Land Reform in Haiti (Part II)

Tèt Kole Ti Peyizan Ayisyen (Heads Together Small Producers of Haiti) is one of Haiti’s two national peasant farmer movements. The oldest peasant group in Haiti, it was born in 1970 under the Duvalier dictatorship. Tèt Kole’s history is notable also because of the violence it has faced at the ... continue reading

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