URGENT! Support Haitian Earthquake Relief Coordinated by Solidarity Organizations
The January 12th 7.0 earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti is a disaster of unimaginable proportions that has likely left tens of thousands dead and many more without adequate medical care, homes, electricity, potable water and other basic necessities of life. This nation--site of the world's only successful slave rebellion in the early 19th Century--has been devastated by imperialist-engendered extreme poverty that has been made worse by a series of disasters including last year's hurricanes from which it never recovered. Twice, in 1991 and 2004, the U.S. engineered coups against the democratically-elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Haiti is a case study in imperialist domination and racism. After this earthquake, the people there need immediate help and solidarity from the left and working class movements like never before.
Below is information taken from the websites of School of the Americas Watch (SOAW) and Upside Down World which contain links to solidarity and progressive organizations that are coordinating relief efforts.
From SOAW: "SOA Watch is joining other Latin America and Caribbean Solidarity and human rights groups in raising funds for food and water, health and shelter relief for those affected by the earthquake and for community re-building efforts."
The article from Upside Down World "Support Victims of the Earthquake in Haiti" contains links to organizations coordinating relief in Haiti including Partners in Health, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Haiti Action, Grassroots International, and OXFAM.
Readers of this webzine should consider organizing their own local fundraisers to help with this emergency effort.