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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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March 8th, 2010

Haitian Women Mourn the Dead, Recommit to the Living: International Women's Day (Part I)

All over Haiti on March 8, International Women’s Day, women’s groups will meet to honor their dead and raise up their living. As for how to raise up the living, Myriam Merlet, a pioneering feminist who died in the earthquake once said this: “This society [must] get to a different ... continue reading

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March 5th, 2010

Non-Random Acts of Kindness

My 85-year-old mother left a message on my phone right after the earthquake. “I’ve found 44 baskets around the house and wonder if you can help get them to Haiti. They’re so pretty, and I think they would be good for people to keep their belongings in.” Expressions of kindness ... continue reading

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March 4th, 2010

The Clock Is Set at Zero

Chavannes Jean-Baptiste is the Executive Director of the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP by its Creole acronym) and the spokesperson for the National Peasant Movement of the Congress of Papay (MPNKP). He gave this interview last month in MPP’s training center in the rambling, fertile fields and gardens in the ... continue reading

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March 3rd, 2010

A Future for Agriculture, a Future for Haiti

We plant but we can’t produce or market. We plant but we have no food to eat. We want agriculture to improve so our country can live and so we peasants can live, too.– Rilo Petit-homme, peasant organizer from St. Marc, Haiti What would it take to transform Haiti’s economy ... continue reading

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February 27th, 2010

"Post-Disaster Needs Assessment" Whose Needs? Whose Assessment?

The Haitian government has been largely silent since the January 12 earthquake. Publicly, that is. Who knows what officials are saying behind closed doors to international governments and other donors? Citizens don’t. They have heard from President René Préval about his personal losses from the quake – his shirts, his ... continue reading

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February 26th, 2010

The Grasses of Ginen

The downtown, around Grand Rue in the old part of the city, looks like a modern-day variant of Pompei. Nothing but ruins. Here the tall buildings didn’t even pancake; they just crumbled. It’s ghostly, with no electricity or cars and few people. Those who are out move quietly and slowly. ... continue reading

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February 24th, 2010

Haiti: Country Hospitality

“Yon sèl dwèt pa manje kalalou,” says Christroi Petit-homme, a member of a peasant farmer organization. You can’t eat gumbo with one finger. Peasant groups throughout rural Haiti form the fingers of the hand, reaching out with humanitarian aid for those left bereft after the earthquake. U.S. Ambassador Ken Merten ... continue reading

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February 24th, 2010

Raising Up Another Haiti

As Haiti moves forward from the current point of devastation of its population, capitol city, and economy, what could a different nation look like?Who knows better than the Haitian majority? Why not ask them what they need and want?Their perspectives have been sorely lost from the post-earthquake plans of some ... continue reading

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February 23rd, 2010

Collapsed House, No Number

“Collapsed house, no number” is an old expression that Haitians uses to indicate that their flimsy homes of sticks-and-mud or shoddy cement blocks have finally fallen apart. Today that expression could serve as the motto for the capital city of Port-au-Prince. Take Helia Lajeunesse, an unemployed children’s rights activist. When ... continue reading

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February 18th, 2010

Survival Stories

Everyone in Haiti knows many amazing stories about those who survived the earthquake, and at least an equal number of horror stories about those who didn’t. Here are a few from those who survived. Bishop André Pierre starts our conversation this way: “How are you doing, Father André?” “Oh, fine. ... continue reading

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February 18th, 2010

Magalie Marcelin

“A loss for the whole nation.” That is how one of Magalie Marcelin’s friends described the death of this women’s rights leader in Haiti’s earthquake January 12. Magalie was at the forefront of the 1980s birth of the contemporary women’s movement in Haiti (‘contemporary’ because recorded actions for gender equity ... continue reading

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February 17th, 2010

Community and Popular Radio in Haiti Today

Sony Esteus is squeezed into an elementary school chair, the kind with the curved piece of wood in front, in a courtyard. Around him are chickens, a fly-swarmed pile of compost, a truck, and a tent. Sony runs his laptop off of an extension cord running out a window. The ... continue reading

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February 15th, 2010

Putting 'Humanitarian' Back in 'Humanitarian Aid'

One of the first things that Haitians now living in the streets want to talk about is their disgust over the international food aid program. In such places as the camps in the downtown parks on Boulevard Champs de Mars, residents report, food is given sporadically – last week not ... continue reading

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February 12th, 2010

Beyond Disaster Aid to Solidarity

People have all kinds of things to say about where Haiti should go from here, and how it should get there. It’s an old story, that of being sure what’s best for the Haitian people, trying to remake Haiti in one’s own image. In this case, we don’t have to ... continue reading

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February 11th, 2010

Fighting Like Hell

The pioneering labor organizer Mother Jones said, “Pray for the dead, and fight like hell for the living.” That pretty much sums up the priorities for Haiti today. The fighting like hell has always been fierce in the nation that was once called the “pearl of the Antilles,” the wealthiest ... continue reading

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February 8th, 2010

From New Orleans to Port-au-Prince

(New Orleans, Feb. 7, 5:00 p.m.) A bald man I just passed on the street sports temporary fleur-de-lis tattoos all over his pate. The streets are loud with “Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints? Who dat? Who dat?”, chanted in that special New Orleans syncopation. Over at Parasol’s, ... continue reading

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January 30th, 2010

7.0 on the Horror Scale

Following is the log of Beverly Bell during the first ten days after the earthquake in Haiti. January 12, 2010 4:12 p.m. 7.0 EARTHQUAKE ROCKS HAITI. I read this email subject line several times. My brain can’t make sense of it. I blast a note in Creole out to dozens ... continue reading

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