1st Annual Boston Haitian Honors

May. 12, 2011 - 11:30 am

Boston Haitian Honors
Thursday, May 12
Event: 11:30-1:30 p.m
Seaport Hotel
1Seaport Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 0221 Read more

POTO MITAN: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy

Apr. 26, 2011 - 6:30 pm

Neoliberal Globalization and the International Aid System Affects on Issues of Gender in Haiti
Tuesday, April 26
Event: 6:30pm
Starr Auditorium, Belfer Building, Harvard Kennedy School
79 JFK St.
Cambridge, MA

Professor Mark Schuller from CUNY will screen his documentary film, Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy.
Joining the filmmaker for discussion will be: Brian Concannon, Director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti Read more

An Evening with Haitian-American Writer & Novelist

Apr. 29, 2011 - 7:30 pm

The Abbot Academy Association and the English Department present:
An Evening with Haitian-American Writer & Novelist
Friday, April 29
Event: 7:30 p.m.
Cochran Chapel
5 Chapel Ave.
Andover, Mass.

Cultural event raising hope and support for Haiti. Proceeds will be donated to the Li-Li-Li reading-out-loud program for children displaced by the 2010 earthquake and to Partner's In Health. This a free and open event to the public. Suggested donation: Adults, $10; Students, $5

Hitting the streets for Haiti's health

Walk for Haiti 2011Walk for Haiti 2011The 8th annual Urban Walk for Haiti
was held on Saturday, April 2 at St. Paul’s Church Courtyard in Cambridge. The annual fundraiser benefits Partners In Health’s work in Haiti. Festivities included a special performance by Afro-diaspora female group Zili Misik. Read more

Martelly's election: Shades of populism and authoritarian rule

Patrick SylvainPatrick SylvainOne could consider Michel Joseph Martelly’s recent election a sequel to Graham Greene’s The Comedians.

It seems as though everything in Haiti is either a comedy or tragedy; the political emergence of a popular singer known for his superficial and sexually explicit lyrics is more than anything, akin to a stage comedy, a momentous farce. Michel Martelly, despite his lack of political experience and training/education, is now expected to serve as Haiti’s Head of State, and lead a nation in a perpetual state of crisis, lacking institutions and qualified civil servants.

BHR 4-11BHR 4-11For the past few decades, the derision of ethics, justice, education, and national character could only produce a political candidate that mirrors the ideals of the society at large. Martelly’s ascension to power is a by-product of the society’s ills and entrenched crises, but it is also the repudiation of Préval’s failed presidency and politics of silence that displeased and alienated the already disenfranchised population.

Leading up to the election, much of the population, at least those who voted, carried pictures of Aristide while simultaneously sporting the number “8” (to symbolize Martelly). In any logical realm, those two figures would be incompatible (despite their populist driven campaigns).

As a matter of fact, Aristide and Martelly represent politically antithetical points of view. After all, Martelly openly supported Aristide’s ouster from power in both 1991 and 2004. Also, he is a strong supporter of the re-establishment of the military that Aristide banned from operation. The intersecting point between these two charismatic figures however, is the fact that populism resides strongly in the realm of Haitian popular representative democracy. Read more

"Gerthys Roots"

Apr. 18, 2011 - 1:00 pm

"Gerthys Roots"
Monday April 18th
Event: 1:00PM
Loews Cineplex /AMC
175 Tremont Street in Boston, Massachusetts Read more

Visions for Haiti: Perspectives from the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and UMass Boston

Apr. 19, 2011 - 2:30 pm

Visions for Haiti: Perspectives from the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and UMass Boston
Tuesday, April 19
Event: 2:30 pm
Umass Boston Campus Center Alumni Lounge

A community forum at the University of Massachusetts Boston. University alumnus and Clinton Bush Haiti Fund Senior Advisor Patrick Gaston will make a presentation on the fund’s work. Alix Cantave will discuss the university’s efforts, in collaboration with an international consortium of colleges and universities, to rebuild higher education in Haiti.

Miami Herald: Martelly is winner by 3-1 margin

The Miami Herald reports today that Michel Martelly will be the next president of Haiti. Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles says sources tell her that Martelly has defeated rival candidate Mirlande Manigat by a 3-1 margin. Developing story.

Money, Power, Respect: Economic Development in the Caribbean Region & Community

Apr. 1, 2011 - 9:00 am

Money, Power, Respect: Economic Development in the Caribbean Region & Community
Friday, April 1
Event: 9-4:30 pm
Harvard Law School

Featuring speakers from the UK, Dominica, Jamaica, Barbados, St. Vincent and more! Featuring Homemade Rum Cakes and Live Steel Pan Entertainment!! FREE and Open to the Public! REGISTER NOW at http://hlsorgs.com/hcla/conference/conference-registration/

9am-12pm: Registration, Hauser 103
9:30am-10:30am: Continental Breakfast, Hauser 105
10:30am-11:45am: "Political Stability and Interactions with the United States", Hauser 105 Read more

"Rebuilding Health & Education in Haiti: How Can Students Get Involved?"

Apr. 9, 2011 - 8:00 am

"Rebuilding Health & Education in Haiti: How Can Students Get Involved?"
Saturday, April 9
8:00AM-4:00 PM
Boston University School of Medicine
Hiebert Lounge
72 East Concord Street
Boston, MA 02118 Read more

Partners In Development Annual Celebration

Apr. 3, 2011 - 2:00 pm

Partners In Development Annual Celebration
Sunday, April 3
Event 2-4:00p
Ascension Memorial Church
31 County Street
Ipswich, MA Read more

Harpoon Helps Haiti

Apr. 7, 2011 - 5:30 pm

Harpoon Helps Haiti
Thursday, April 7
The Harpoon Brewery
306 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA

Drink Harpoon; Help Haiti. The St. Boniface Haiti Foundation is hosting a private tasting. Price is $10 for admission. All proceeds go to benefit SBHF and their work in Haiti. Admission price includes all-you-can-taste beer, entry into a Harpoon raffle for cases of beer, t-shirts and other prizes. Plenty of parking is available at the brewery. E-mail amueller@sbhfhaiti.org for more information.

Dartmouth Men's Soccer Team vs. Haitian National Soccer Team

Apr. 8, 2011 - 7:00 pm

The Dartmouth men's soccer team host the Men's National Team of Haiti
Friday, April 8
Event: 7 p.m.
Hanover New Hampshire
Burnham Field
South Park St
Hanover, NH 03755

This event is to benefit Partners in Health relief efforts in Haiti. The Haiti National Team is traveling to Dartmouth, New Hampshire. Read more

Harvard Men's Soccer vs. Haiti National Team

Apr. 10, 2011 - 3:00 pm

Harvard Men's Soccer Host Haitian National Team
Sunday, April 10
Event: 5-8:00 pm
Harvard Stadium
65 N Harvard St
Allston, MA 02134

Fundraiser for Haiti Earthquake Relief. Free BBQ starts before 3 pm. Free T-shirts for the first 400 attendees. Other Promotions and free stuff all for a great Cause. Tickets: $10 for general public, free for Harvard undergraduates, but donations will be accepted. Proceeds from the game will be going to Partners in Health for relief efforts in Haiti. For more information go to: GoCrimson.com on the event.

Medford Caribbean Festival

Mar. 26, 2011 - 5:00 pm

Medford Caribbean Festival
Saturday, March 26
Event: 5-8 p.m.
McGlynn Elementary School
off Riverside Ave. on Freedom Way Medford, MA Read more

One Year After The Earthquake

Mar. 29, 2011 - 7:00 pm

One Year After The Earthquake
Tuesday, March 29
Event: 7-9 pm
Union Hall
First Religious Society
27 School Street
Carlisle, MA Read more

Hurry up and wait: Presidential results due on March 31

PORT-AU-PRINCE— Haitians wearied by long years of poverty, corruption and natural disasters are settling in for a wait to find out who they have elected to lead efforts to rebuild the earthquake-devastated capital, improve education and create some optimism for the future.

The choice faced by voters in the presidential election Sunday was between Mirlande Manigat, a longtime political fixture as a former first lady and senator, and Michel ``Sweet Micky'' Martelly, a popular singer who has never held public office.

Preliminary results are not expected until March 31. Read more

Wyclef shot in Haiti as polls open for election

Wyclef Jean was shot while campaigning for Michel Martelly in Haiti today, according to a report from Al Jazerra. The report says that Wyclef was injured in the hand during an early morning incident in Port-au-Prince and is in stable condition. Today in election day in Haiti. Developing story. Read more

Aristide lands in Haiti to cheers

Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand AristideFormer Haitian President Jean-Bertrand AristidePORT-AU-PRINCE —Former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is getting celebrity treatment following his arrival in Haiti after seven years in exile. A small crowd of journalists, dignitaries, airport workers and former members of his security team mobbed Aristide as soon as he descended the steps of the small plane that carried him from South Africa on Friday.

He waved and blew a kiss to the crowd, but made no statement before entering a VIP lounge inside the airport terminal. His wife, Mildred, wept. Hundreds of people gathered outside the airport waving flags and photos of Aristide.

Aristide arrived with a small entourage that included actor and activist Danny Glover. Democracy Now! reporter Amy Goodman was also aboard the small plane and has been covering Aristide's route from South Africa. Read more

Trailblazing Women

This month we celebrate the legacy of International Women's day and Women's History Month by featuring remarkable women in the Haitian community. From Rep. Linda Dorcena Forrry and Carline Desire, a domestic violence advocate to Natasha Archer, a young doctor, Karen Keating Ansara philanthropist and Carla Prophete, an emerging high school star, these women embody the indomitable spirit of their fore-mothers in their own unique way. Read more

Carline Desire’s passion: Empowering Haitian women

Carline DesireCarline DesireCarline Desire is the executive director of the Association of Haitian Women in Boston (AFAB), a non-profit organization based in Dorchester.

BHR: Tell me about the early years, what significant events in your life as a young woman inspired you to do this work?
Carline Desire: I attended Cathedral High School. My parents took second jobs to send me to a parochial school. With all the events with busing at the time, they wanted to ensure I went to a good school. That’s where I was first introduced to the Apartheid movement – through a feminist who spoke to my class. She shared about women’s rights and what’s going on around the world, specifically with Apartheid. I joined a local group that raised awareness for Africa and Apartheid.
Then I went to Boston University, where I studied international relations. I joined a group of students who were involved in Haiti called Massachusetts Haitian Student Associations (AUAM). We invited people like Mel King and Byron Rushing – [who] were always involved in raising awareness about Haiti. We organized conferences and rallies. Back in the 80’s we formed an inter-collegiate committee to raise awareness about Haiti, and we tutored high school students at English High School. It was [around] that time we had massive influx of the ‘boat people’. Read more

A young doctor fights for quality health care in Haiti

Dr. Natasha ArcherDr. Natasha ArcherDr. Natasha Archer is a resident in the Global Healthy Equity program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is also enrolled in the Harvard Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency training program. She works mostly in Haiti, as a volunteer with Partners In Health (PIH).

Archer first wanted to be a doctor at the tender age of 6. She remembers playing doctor in elementary school skits.

“Both my parents were laboratory technologists and it was easy for me to put on my mom or dad’s lab coat and pretend to be a doctor,” Archer explains. “I remember one skit in particular, I put skittles in a tic tac box and pretended it was medicine. Then I gave it to my friend who was pretending to be sick and she came back to life after I gave her the skittles.” Read more

Karen Ansara strives to create holistic solutions

Karen Keating AnsaraKaren Keating AnsaraKaren Keating Ansara has become one of the leading philanthropists and activists in New England on behalf of the Haitian people. Ansara and her husband Jim created the Haiti Fund through the Boston Foundation last year and travel frequently to Haiti to assist in rebuilding efforts. She has also started an informative blog chronicling her interests in Haitian issues.

BHR: Walk us through the early part of your career.
Karen Keating Ansara: I went to Wellesley College. I was a Political Science major and essentially created an international development concentration. I went to work for Michael Ansara who was the founder of Mass Fair Share, which did political organizing to fight for economic reform on tax rates. I met my husband working there. Read more

Life in a Whirlwind: Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry juggles official duties, motherhood

Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry with daughter MadelineRep. Linda Dorcena Forry with daughter MadelineOn July 13, 2010, state Representative Linda Dorcena Forry started the day at her office in the Massachusetts State House and gave birth to Madeline Casey Forry - her third child and first daughter - that same afternoon.

Eight days later she was back on Beacon Hill for a House vote in formal session. The days and weeks leading up to the end of a legislative session on the last day of July are crucial, as hundreds of bills get funneled through the House and Senate and onto the governor’s desk.

In the two weeks after the baby’s birth, Forry was in and out of the State House five times. During the maternity leave that followed, she held regular meetings at home with Robert Cahill, her chief of staff, to review constituent requests and catch up on legislation and community meetings. She also remained actively involved in advocating for support of the survivors of the earthquake in Haiti and services for the local Haitian community.

Forry credits her work ethic and commitment to service to her parents Annie and Andre Dorcena of Dorchester, who are Haitian immigrants. Her mother is a retired health aide for seniors and her father worked in housekeeping for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Children’s Hospital. Read more

Special Mental Health First Aid for the Haitian Community

Apr. 2, 2011 - 9:00 am

Special Mental Health First Aid for the Haitian Community
Saturday, March 26
Event: 9-3:00 pm
CHA School of Nursing Building
125 Lowell St, Somerville, MA 02143. Read more