Unequal Treatment Under the Law: Women in the Criminal Justice System

Mar. 8, 2011 - 7:30 am

The 14th Annual International Women's Day Breakfast
Unequal Treatment Under the Law: Women in the Criminal Justice System
Tuesday, March 8
Event: 7:30a.m. - 9:30a.m.
Simmons College
300 The Fenway, Boston Linda K. Paresky Conference Center Read more

"Rebuilding Health and Education in Haiti: How can Students get Involved?

Apr. 9, 2011 - 8:00 am

10th Annual Haitian Leadership & Health Career Conference
"Rebuilding Health and Education in Haiti: How can Students get Involved?"
Saturday, April 9
Event: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Boston University School of Medicine
Hiebert Lounge
72 East Concord Street
Boston, MA 02118 Read more

“Lessons about Hope: Resilience in the Face of Disaster”

Mar. 6, 2011 - 2:00 pm

“Lessons about Hope: Resilience in the Face of Disaster”
Sunday, March 6
Event: 2 pm
Montserrat Aspirers Hall
364 Washington St. in Dorchester, MA Read more

International Women’s Day (Jounen Entènasyonal Fanm)

Mar. 5, 2011 - 9:00 am

International Women’s Day (Jounen Entènasyonal Fanm)
Haitian Women’s Health (Sante Fanm Ayisyen)
Saturday, March 5
Event: 9:00 AM -11:00 AM
Church of the Holy Spirit
525 River Street
Mattapan, MA 02126

Special Guests/ Envite Espesyal: Marie-André Pierre-Victor, LICSW, Marie Louise Jean-Baptiste, MD, Derline Fevrius, Singer. Refreshments will be served. For more information please call Carline AFAB at 617-287-0096.

Women, Action, & The Media Film Festival

Mar. 26, 2011 - 1:00 pm

Saturday, March 26
Event: 1-10
MIT Stata Center

Join Women, Action, & the Media Boston for the WAM! Film Festival 2011, full of thought-provoking films and discussion. Poto Mitan, a documentary about brave women activists in Haiti will be one of many being shown. Many of the filmmakers will be in attendance for Q&A following their films. This event is FREE/suggested donation of $5 per screening, and everyone is welcome!

8th Annual Urban Walk for Haiti

Apr. 2, 2011 - 12:00 pm

8th Annual Urban Walk for Haiti
Saturday, April 2
Event: 12-3:00 pm
St. Paul Parish Church
29 Mt. Auburn St. in Harvard Sq. Cambridge Read more

When Our Brushes Shook

Mar. 17, 2011 - 4:30 pm

When Our Brushes Shook
Thursday, March 17
Event: 4:30-7:30 pm
Atrium Gallery, University Hall
1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
Lesley University
A reception at Lesly University as well as an exhibit. A Multi-Site Collaborative Art Exhibition in Memory of Haiti’s Earthquake Victims
in collaboration with The Haitian Artists’ Assembly of Massachusetts and in support of visual artists of Jacmel, Haiti
Part of an ongoing event at different locations from March 1—April 15.

V-Day Boston Spotlight Teach-In: Violence Against Women and Girls of Haiti

Mar. 18, 2011 - 6:00 pm

V-Day Boston Spotlight Teach-In:
Violence Against Women and Girls of Haiti
Friday, March 18
Event: 6:00 pm
Amenities Room at Suffolk University
73 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108

Join us for an expert panel discussion and a presentation to raise awareness concerning critical issues for women and girls of Haiti. Read more

Haiti Earthquake Relief One-Year Report

Mar. 23, 2011 - 12:00 pm

Haiti Earthquake Relief One-Year Report
Wednesday, March 23
Event: 12-1:30 pm
Regional Headquarters, Board Room, 5th Floor
139 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142

American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts invites you to join us for a one-year update on the Haiti Earthquake. Guest Speaker JUDITH ST. FORT, National Director, American Red Cross Haiti Assistance Program Washington, D.C.. RSVP: Please respond to Danielle Foley at 617-274-5242 or foleyda@usa.redcross.org by March 16, 2011 as capacity is limited.

"When Disaster Strikes: Reporting and Responding"

Apr. 14, 2011 - 8:30 am

"When Disaster Strikes: Reporting and Responding"
Thursday, April 14
Event: 8:30-5 pm
Boston University
Photonics Center
8 Saint Mary's St.
Boston, MA 02215 Read more

Our women continue to make history

Régine Michelle Jean-CharlesRégine Michelle Jean-CharlesWhen International Women’s Day was first celebrated 100 years ago, it began as a day to honor the contributions of women to the various areas of life—historic, social, economic, literary, and development. Today it should also serve as a reminder for the impediments to progress that still exist for women all over the world especially because studies in international development consistently link the advance of a nation to the education and economic progress of women.

As the global struggle for gender equality continues the day we celebrate women and honor their legacy should also be a day to sound the alarm in the name of human rights and international development both of which are significantly hampered by gender inequality. Read more

Ertha Pascal-Trouillot: Unsung heroine of democracy

1990 meeting: President Ertha Pascal-Trouillot, left, meets with former U.S President Jimmy Carter on Saturday, Dec. 15, 1990 at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince. Carter came to Haiti as an observer for the Dec. 16 national elections. AP Photo/Scott Apple1990 meeting: President Ertha Pascal-Trouillot, left, meets with former U.S President Jimmy Carter on Saturday, Dec. 15, 1990 at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince. Carter came to Haiti as an observer for the Dec. 16 national elections. AP Photo/Scott Apple

It is not ironic that a country like Haiti, historically mired in strong-man culture, may have had its only moment of structured rationality and governance under the leadership of a woman.

In fact, in the years following the ouster of the Duvalier regime, one can say that the death of Haiti’s nascent democracy commenced precisely at the moment of the illegal and authoritarian arrest of Ertha Pascal-Trouillot, provisional President and Supreme Court Judge, by Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Read more

Election is Haiti's best hope to resolving the current impasse

The second round of Haiti's presidential election is in full swing. The candidates, Mirlande Manigat and Michel Martelly, are both drawing large crowds at their rallies. The blogosphere is abuzz about which candidate deserves to win and several key political figures and organizations have endorsed their favorite candidate.

Despite the election’s steady progress, several local and international organizations, including Fanmi Lavalas, insist that the elections scheduled for March 20 are illegal. These groups are lobbying for an annulment of the November election results. They demand that Haiti hold new elections that would include the Fanmi Lavalas party. Read more

Grandmother-in-Chief? Manigat makes case in final stretch

Mirlande Manigat: Photo by Allyn GaestelMirlande Manigat: Photo by Allyn Gaestel“Don’t let anyone tell you a diploma is not important,” Professor Mirlande Hyppolite Manigat told a crowd in Carrefour. “Politics is not a joke.”

Mirlande Manigat is a serious woman, highly educated and respected. She hopes to be the next president of Haiti. If she wins she will be the first woman ever elected to that position. That would be no minor accomplishment in this oft-termed chauvinist country.

But Sabine Manigat, Mirlande’s stepdaughter, thinks Mirlande has the personal strength to do so.

“She has evolved in milieu that are often male dominated,” and she commands respect, Manigat says. “She doesn’t get angry…but she can be sharp,” Sabine noted.

Powerful men, including senators Youri Latortue and Evaliere Beauplan are helping direct the campaign. But Manigat’s cousin, Nesmy Manigat says she holds her own. Read more

Kerry files bill to grant humanitarian parole to 35,000 Haitians

Sen. John KerrySen. John KerrySenator John Kerry (D-MA) introduced legislation today that— if enacted— will allow 35,000 Haitians who have been approved to join family members in the U.S. to come here and work legally until they become eligible for permanent residency. The HELP Act— short for "Haitian Emeregency Life Protection Act of 2011"— would temporarily expand the V nonimmigrant visa category to include Haitians whose petition for a family-sponsored immigrant visa was approved on or before Jan. 12, 2010— the date of last year's catastrophic earthquake.

In a statement issued this afternoon, Sen. Kerry said, “I’ve heard tragic stories from many Haitians in Massachusetts who haven’t seen or heard from their loved ones for months and if bureaucracy is the only thing standing in the way then we need to fix it, end of story. Our legislation creates a commonsense process to reunite families as quickly as possible.” Read more

Revolution: A Great Intellectual Moment

It’s hard when researching Haitian history as a Black American to not focus on the seminal moment of the revolution for independence. As I searched for a link between this month’s celebration of Black History and the history of Haiti, it’s easy to focus on the point at which slaves overthrew their masters.

As someone who had dedicated his life to the importance of ideas over violence – a legacy left by the two generations before me – I became more interested in the more powerful moment.

When did the Haitian people become free? By which I mean how did the slaves, indigenous people, freed people of color and mixed race inhabitants of the island of Hispaniola dare to let their hunger for freedom overcome their fear of their oppressors?

A culminating moment of freedom we see today in the streets of Egypt and spreading like wildfire of freedom across the Arab world. Read more

Town Hall Meeting with USAID at Burke High

Mar. 4, 2011 - 6:00 pm

The City of Boston along with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) will host a town hall meeting to review reconstruction efforts in Haiti on Friday, March 4 at the Jeremiah Burke High School, 60 Washington Street in Dorchester from 6-8:30 p.m. The forum will provide the latest updates on US foreign policies and resources for community involvement. Special guests include Thomas Adams the special Haiti coordinator from the State Department, Major Joseph Bernadel from the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC) and Paul Weisenfeld from USAID.

Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama

Feb. 23, 2011 - 6:00 pm

Wednesday, February 23
Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama
Cambridge Public Library
Lecture Hall, 449 Broadway
Cambridge, MA
Event: 6-8 p.m Read more

National Teaching Hospital takes shape in Mirebalais

Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Boston-based Partners in Health, talks about the long-awaited construction of a new teaching hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti in this video posted by PIH. The state-of-the-art, 320 bed facility has been planned in partnership with the Haitian Ministry of Health, according to Farmer, and will include a women’s outpatient facility that will be completed in the coming months. The hospital is scheduled to open in early 2012. Read more

Central Square Theatre hosts “Ti-Jean and His Brothers”

TI-JEAN & HIS BROTHERS: From Left: Cedric Lilly (Mi Jean), Kervin George Germain (Ti-Jean), and Hampton Sterling Fluker (Gros Jean).TI-JEAN & HIS BROTHERS: From Left: Cedric Lilly (Mi Jean), Kervin George Germain (Ti-Jean), and Hampton Sterling Fluker (Gros Jean).Mattapan resident Kervin George Germain has the title role in Derek Walcott’s “Ti-Jean and His Brothers,” a musical drama that has been in continuous production around the world since it was written in 1957 and now is being revived in Boston to celebrate, among other things, Black History Month.

Through March 13, Central Square Theater marks the 30th anniversary of Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott’s founding of Boston Playwrights’ Theatre at Boston University and commemorates the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti with this local production of the Saint Lucian playwright’s powerful folk parable. Read more

Boston saw rise in Haitian students last year

Boston Public Schools didn’t get additional funds from the federal government to help handle an influx of Haitian students after last year’s earthquake, but they’ve been able to accommodate most of the students, school officials said. Students were placed at the Kenny Elementary School in Dorchester, the Taylor Elementary School in Mattapan, the Community Academy of Science and Health in Hyde Park, and the West Roxbury Education Complex. Read more

BrandHaiti Symposium

Feb. 12, 2011 - 10:00 am

Saturday, February 12th
BrandHaiti symposium
Cabot Auditorium of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Tufts University
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
Event: 10-2:30 p.m Read more

Displaced families fight new threat: Evictions

One our cover: Devalon Beatrice, 27, holds her daughter inside a tent in Champ de Mars, Port-au-Prince. Photo by Allyn GaestelOne our cover: Devalon Beatrice, 27, holds her daughter inside a tent in Champ de Mars, Port-au-Prince. Photo by Allyn GaestelTucked next to a gated office building off Delmas 60 in Port-au-Prince, staggered tents and makeshift shelters are packed in tiers cascading over twin hillsides. Along a path scattered with ti machans (small-scale vendors) and men playing cards beside hand-painted Michel Martelly campaign signs, live Natasha Seraphin and Cesar Emanuele Junior, a young married couple with their baby Charles.

Their shelter, like so many others filling formerly open terrain throughout the city, is meticulously designed as a tiny house. The entryway leads to a thin sitting area, with a television, powered by electricity pirated from lines along the two main thoroughfares nearby. In the corner, shelves hold dishes and utensils, and Natasha washes plates and clothes in a two-foot-wide hallway. Clothes hang along the walls, and in the back is a cramped cooking area. A bedroom packed with a makeshift bed and the rest of their belongings, closed off by tarpaulin walls and a curtained doorway, fills most of the space.

More than one year after last January’s deadly earthquake, Natasha and Junior are among the 800,000 displaced people still living in a tent camp.

But, this is not the couple’s first tent camp experience. Read more

US double standard continues in treatment of Haitians

At a January 31 State House Haiti remembrance event with Governor Deval Patrick, Representative Linda Dorcena Forry eloquently urged President Obama to instruct Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Napolitano to promptly “parole” into the U.S. at least 55,000 beneficiaries of DHS-approved immigrant visa petitions who senselessly must wait in Haiti up to11 more years before getting their green cards.

As we wrote in “Pressure needed to get equal treatment for Haitians” (BHR, January edition), DHS-approved Cuban beneficiaries may wait in the U.S. for their green cards, a double standard decried by the Miami Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times editorial boards, among others. The Boston Globe urges the Haitians’ prompt parole as the “most effective way” to show U.S. leadership, which President Obama promised two days after the quake, by insuring an increased flow of remittances. Read more

Editorial: US diplomacy not ‘good enough’

LSecretary Clinton with Mirlande ManigatSecretary Clinton with Mirlande Manigatast year, the United States spent an estimated $14 million to stage national elections in Haiti – even though over 45 members of Congress, led by the Congressional Black Caucus, strongly advised against it. They argued forcefully that the devastated country was not adequately prepared to run a free and fair election. They were right. The Nov. 28 elections were an embarrassment and the efforts to “clean-up” the mess that followed has been exacerbated by poor leadership across the board — both from Haitians and international actors.

The Organization of American States (OAS) - which officially observed the elections - submitted a report that contradicted the initial findings of Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP). They recommended that the March 20 election runoff should be between Mirlande Manigat and Michel “Sweet Micky”Martelly – and that the government-backed candidate Jude Celestin should be eliminated from contention. Read more