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BIRTHING JUSTICE: Without Firing an Arm, We Created a Revolution

By Beverly Bell

April 9, 2012


Welcome to Birthing Justice: Women Creating Economic and Social Alternatives. The series features twelve alternative social and economic models which expand the possibilities for justice, equity, and strong community. They are based in the US, Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Some are national-level, some global-level. Some are propelled by people’s movements, some forced or adopted into government policy.…


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Fighting Fire in Haiti


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"When it rains, we will grow again": Haitian Women Observe International Women's Day

March 14, 2012

By Alexis Erkert, Photos by Ben Depp

"As activists, we commemorate this as a day of struggle, a day to make our voices heard until someone pays attention and helps provide solutions to our problems." Facing the Haitian parliament with a throng of banner-waving and singing women at her back, Rachelle Fondechaine of Women Fighting for the Development of Haiti continued, "Today is March 8th! It's a day when women workers in New York…


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“The Super Bowl of Disasters”: Profiting from crisis in post-earthquake Haiti

February 16, 2012

by Deepa Panchang, Beverly Bell, and Tory Field

As Americans were gearing up for last week’s Super Bowl championship, Haiti’s president Michel Martelly was on a plane to the World Economic Forum to recruit players interested in what one businessman dubbed “the Super Bowl of Disasters” – Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake.[1] The…


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"Best practices" and "exemplar communities": Ivory tower housing solutions for Haiti

By Deepa Panchang

February 2, 2012

In a 2011 Forum on the Crisis of Housing in Haiti, a group of camp residents and advocates asked “grassroots organizations and all other…


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Two Years after the Earthquake in Haiti: "Housing is Our Battle"

On the second anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, a protestor's sign reads, "If there is land for factories, there should be land for housing." Photo by Ben Depp.

By Alexis Erkert

January 19,…


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Home: From Displacement Camps to Community in Haiti

By Alexis Erkert and Beverly Bell

January 4, 2012

As 2012 begins, a growing movement of displaced people and their allies in Haiti is actively claiming the right to housing, which is recognized by both the Haitian constitution and international treaties to which Haiti is signatory.

Haitians displaced by the earthquake two years ago…


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“Haitian Peasant Women as Poto Mitan, Central Pillar”: An interview with Iderle Brénus Gerbier

Interview by Alexis Erkert, Other Worlds

December 20, 2011

Iderle Brénus Gerbier has worked with many peasant organizations in support of women's rights and food sovereignty. She is a member of the Haitian National Network for Food Security and Sovereignty (RENHASSA), campaign coordinator for Food Sovereignty in Haiti, advisor of the National Confederation of Peasant Women (KONAFAP), and organizer for the Haitian Social Forum for Food…


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“MINUSTAH: Keeping the peace, or conspiring against it?”

October 12, 2011

By Deepa Panchang, Another Haiti Is Possible Co-Coordinator, Other Worlds

Nou dwe sèl mèt bout tè sa a: We should be the only owners of this land.

This was Haitian protesters’ message at a demonstration last month against the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti, known by its French acronym, MINUSTAH. October marks an upswing in press coverage and anti-MINUSTAH activity in Haiti in anticipation of Friday’s UN Security Council meeting, during which…

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“We Are Tired of Living under Tents”

By Alexis Erkert, Another Haiti is Possible Co-Coordinator, Other Worlds

October 6, 2011

On Monday morning, October 3, ten women stood across the street from the Ministry of Social Affairs, waving their arms, wailing and chanting. They were calling on Osany, of the pantheon of vodou lwa, or spirits, for assistance. The lyrics of their chant, repeated over and again, were patently simple:

Stop stealing this country’s money

This country’s money belongs to… Continue

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Take Action to Support Haitians Facing Forced Evictions from Tent Camps

For a year and a half, Haitians, under the scarce protection of makeshift plastic shelter, have battled storms and sun, physical assault and food insecurity. Moreover, they’ve had to fight for their shelter itself – for the right to remain in the camps they’ve been obliged…

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"Until the Day I Die": Gerta Louisama on Haitian Women Winning Their Rights

By Beverly Bell

August 2, 2011

Gerta Louisama is a member of the Executive Committee and the National Women’s Committee of Tèt Kole Ti Peyizan Ayisyen, Heads Together Small Producers of Haiti, Haiti’s largest and oldest peasant group. She is also head of the local Tèt Kole Women’s Committee in her village of Savanette. Here she speaks about the Tèt Kole’s efforts to win recognition, social equality, and economic rights for rural Haitians, especially women.…


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Monsanto in Haiti

By Beverly Bell, based on reporting from Haiti-based Haiti Grassroots Watch and AlterPresse

HINCHE, Haiti, June 27 – Last week, thousands of farmers and supporters of Haitian peasant agriculture marched for hours under the hot Caribbean… Continue

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“Internationalism between Peoples”: Learning and Constructing with Haitians

By Beverly Bell


Jose Luis Patrola is a history professor, farmer, and member of the Brazilian land reform group, the Rural Landless Workers’ Movement, or MST. He has lived in Haiti for three years. There, he coordinates the MST’s program, an exchange of agricultural and technical cooperation between Haitians and Brazilians. In a departure…


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In Haiti, “Homes and Land are the Source of Life”: International Forum on the Crisis of Housing

May 31, 2011

Below are excerpts from the International Forum on the Crisis of Housing, held in Port-au-Prince May 19-21, 2011. During the forum, hundreds of Haitians, plus allies from around the Americas, developed strategies to force a solution to Haiti’s…


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Haitian Mayor's Office Vows to Destroy All Refugee Camps, Launches Violent Campaign

May 27, 2011

By Beverly Bell


On May 23 and 25, police in the Delmas district of Port-au-Prince destroyed camps which sheltered people who were otherwise homeless since the earthquake. Police and other municipal workers beat and arrested residents, and physically threatened the lives of a human rights lawyer and an advocate who had come to…


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Haitian Renaissance: Youth Paint a New Country

By Beverly Bell

First published on February 10, 2011


“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 Health (APROSIFA).



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