HAITI ACTION COMMITTEE
Several years ago I established my own Haiti webpage on the Ecumenical Peace Institute website. It appeared to end with the plea for the release of Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste who was subsequently released, but passed away a few years ago. Perhaps it was the emergency passing and the situation feeling less urgent, and other concerns gathered my attention, but the webpage languished.
Then the earthquake struck, and I returned to it with some thoughts. I decided to renew the website to a contemporary purpose, but the previous page contains quite a history of that era of coups d’état and is well worth a visit: La démocratie est morte!
If you wish to simply get a bit up to speed regarding the History of Haiti, here is one that will give you a bit of a clue as to why France, Canada and the U.S. are so hell-bent on keeping the duly elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide from returning to Haiti: Reparations.
This website then went to a thought I had, a possible approach to the situation. I invite you to read: Haiti Pour Haiti.
WHAT CAN BE SAID ABOUT A COUNTRY WHERE LESS THAN HALF OF ITS CITIZENS WILL LIVE TO SEE FIFTY? The words famously spoken by Marie Antoinette, "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche" was, of course not really spoken by her nine-year-old-at-the-time self, but has survived through the ages as "Let them eat cake," the clueless words of a pampered pricess upon hearing that the peasants had no bread. Well, here's the Haitian version: "Let them eat mud.", Or you may be entertained by this amusing account, "Pattiecake, Pattiecake, Yum Yum Yum!
But that was then, and this is now.
That long-ago envisioned concert will come to pass. Here is a very rough draft, "O Haiti!"
And here's the audio equivalent to "& we've got art!" We've got mp3s! Here are three. The third is in the form of a "Hail Mary" (otherwise knows as Ave Maria), but it will be performed with, actually, the original lyrics, somewhat modified. It is called "Celebration".
Wish me luck!
Peace with Justice,
Daniel Zwickel ben Avrám MacJean