Forward Ever, Backward Never - A Haitian Community Action Forum

Feb. 20, 2011 - 6:00 pm

Sunday, February 20
St. Katherine Drexel
175 Ruggles Street
Roxbury, MA
Event: 6-9:00 pm
Sponsor(s): Fanmi Lavalas of Boston; International Action Center Jwenn nou pou yon analiz sou sitiyasyon an Ayiti. {Join us for an analysis of the current situation in Haiti.} Poukisa Gen Anpil ONG? {Why are there so many NGOs?} Jwenn nou pou aksyon kontini! {Join Us for Direct Action!} For more information please contact: Telephone: 617.379.0127 Email: febn.haitianaction@gmail.com Website: http://febncommunityforum.weebly.com/

Amnesty International puts spotlight on Duvalier's alleged crimes

The human rights group Amnesty International has posted the video above to mark the 25th anniversary of ex-dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier’s departure from Haiti in February 1986. Duvalier abruptly and unexpectedly returned to Haiti last month and remains there as authorities investigate charges and plan a possible prosecution of the ex-president.

The video includes archived testimonies from victims of human rights abuses committed during Duvalier’s rule. The interviews — conducted in 1985— include Evans Paul, detained and tortured in 1980, Mark Roumain, unfairly detained for three years and Sylvio Claude, arbitrarily arrested and ill treated in several occasions. Read more

Preval remains in office for 3 more months

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Haitian President Rene Preval will stay in office for another three months as his country chooses a successor in a delayed election, his chief of staff said Monday.

Chief of Staff Fritz Longchamp confirmed Preval's exit date of May 14 in a phone interview with The Associated Press following uncertainty about the Haitian leader's plans. Read more

"Lawyering for Haiti'

Feb. 7, 2011 - 7:00 pm

Monday, February 7
Harvard Law School
Pound 102
Event: 7:00 p.m

Please join us for a panel discussion about the role of lawyers in humanitarian cases on the ground in Haiti and immigration issues for Haitian communities in the United States. The panel will feature Clinical Professor Deborah Anker of Harvard Law School, Regine Theodat of The Lamp for Haiti Foundation, and Rachel Bernard of the Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. Dinner will be served. Read more

V-day Bedford 2011 The Vagina Monologues

Feb. 25, 2011 - 8:00 pm

Friday, February 25
V-day Bedford 2011 The Vagina Monologues
First Church of Christ Congregational
Bedford, MA
Event: 8-10:00 p.m

Benefit performances of Eve Enseler's award winning play, The Vagina Monologues." Price is $15 for entrance. Proceeds go to the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Rape Crises Services of Greater Lowell and the V-Day Spotlight on Haiti Campaign. Sponsored by the Bedford Center for the Arts and the First Church, Congregational, Bedford. For more information contact: (781)- 275-5348

V-day Bedford 2011 The Vagina Monologues

Feb. 26, 2011 - 8:00 pm

Saturday, February 26
V-day Bedford 2011 The Vagina Monologues
First Church of Christ Congregational
Bedford, MA
Event: 8-10:00 p.m

Benefit performances of Eve Enseler's award winning play, The Vagina Monologues." Price is $15 for entrance. Proceeds go to the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Rape Crises Services of Greater Lowell and the V-Day Spotlight on Haiti Campaign. Sponsored by the Bedford Center for the Arts and the First Church, Congregational, Bedford. For more information contact: (781)- 275-5348

Lessons from the Year's Experience in Haiti

Feb. 15, 2011 - 12:00 pm

Tuesday, February 15
NEID Networking Luncheon: Lessons from the Year's Experience in Haiti
The Boston Foundation
75 Arlington St. 10th Floor, Boston, MA
Event: 12-2:00 p.m

Whether you are a Haiti funder or not, join other donors and grantmakers for an informal lunch, as we share the lessons we continue to glean from what may be the most complicated humanitarian response effort in our lifetimes. Authentic Haitian lunch will be provided by Sunrise Café.

Charity Date Auction and Speed Dating Event

Feb. 14, 2011 - 5:00 pm

Monday, February 14
Charity Date Auction and Speed Dating Event benefiting the Mezzi Foundation Inc
Onyx Hotel
Boston, MA
Event: 5:00 p.m

Mezzi Foundation and La Femme Chic will be hosting its second charity date auction and speed dating event.Please feel free to email us at reachmezzifoundation@gmail.com or kdessaint@lafemmechiconline.com Should you have any further questions or Call Cassandra Prophete @ 617-840-0749 or Katlyne 857-753-5639. All Proceeds go to the Mezzi Foundation for Haiti Please visit our website @ www.mezzifoundation.org

B-Minor Mass for Partners in Health

Feb. 13, 2011 - 7:00 pm

Sunday, February 13
B-Minor Mass for Partners in Health
Saint Catheral Church
Boston, MA 021
Event: 7-9:30 p.m

A Benefit Concert for Partners in Health featuring a performance of Bach's Mass in B Minor. Tickets cost $20 ($10 for students). part of the proceeds will go to Partners in Health in Haiti though additional donations are welcome. for more information go to www.lensemblemedical.com or contact (617) 482-5800

Amour Creole Model Castings

Feb. 12, 2011 (All day)

Saturday, February 12
Amour Creole Model Castings

We are casting ONE male and TWO female models for a small photo shoot for Amour Creole Magazine online. The photo shoot will take place on Saturday Feb 12. Models must be available for a Go See on Tuesday Feb 8. IF you fit the requirements, please send ONE FULL BODY PICTURE and your contact information. Please DO NOT SEND CELLPHONE pictures. For more information email info@amourcreole.com

MODEL REQUIREMENTS
Female: Height - 5"8 and taller Sizes - 0 to 6 OR Sizes 6 and up (Plus Size) Read more

Beyond Conflict to Compassion: “Finding Civility & Common Ground Among Our Faiths”

Feb. 10, 2011 - 6:00 pm

Thursday, February 10
CMM’s Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner Celebrating our 45 th Anniversary: Beyond Conflict to Compassion: “Finding Civility & Common Ground Among Our Faiths”
11 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA
Event: 6-9:00 p.m

Showcasing and honoring the work many from all backgrounds and diverse groups. Located at the corner of Mason & Garden Streets next to Sheraton Commander Hotel. (MBTA Red Line Harvard Square). For directions visit www.coopmet.org

Haitian Movies in Boston presents "I Love You 2"

Feb. 12, 2011 - 4:00 pm

Friday, February 11
Haitian Movies in Boston
Jazz Cafe Restaurant 4174 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02131
Event: 8:00 p.m

St. Fleur Entertainment will kick off the official "Haitian & Ethnic Movie in Boston" every weekend. Featuring "I Love You 2," a Nerline St. Fleur film. Go to www.jazzcafeandbar.com for more information. Ticket cost is $8 and for every ticket sold, $2 will go toward Eritaj Foundation and Color of Hope for their efforts in Haiti.

Haitian Movies in Boston

Feb. 11, 2011 - 8:00 pm

Friday, February 11
Haitian Movies in Boston
Jazz Cafe Restaurant 4174 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02131
Event: 8:00 p.m

St. Fleur Entertainment will kick off the official "Haitian & Ethnic Movie in Boston" every weekend. Featuring "I Love You 2," a Nerline St. Fleur film. Go to www.jazzcafeandbar.com for more information. For every ticket sold, $2 will go toward Eritaj Foundation and Color of Hope for their efforts in Haiti.

“Rebuilding the Birth Experience in Haiti: A Firsthand Account”

Feb. 3, 2011 - 7:00 pm

Thursday, February 3
“Rebuilding the Birth Experience in Haiti: A Firsthand Account”
Abbot Public Library
Marblehead, MA
Event: 7:00 p.m

Angela Ferrari is a Nurse-Midwife, she went to Haiti in April 2010, with Project HOPE. She spent 2 weeks in the area of Deschapelles, working with the nurses who are responsible for delivering babies at the Hôpital Albert Schweitzer. Come here her experience.

Gov't-backed candidate out of Haiti's election

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Haitian electoral officials dropped the government-backed candidate from the upcoming presidential runoff on Thursday, ending a standoff with the U.S. and other international powers over the results of a first-round of voting that was marred by fraud and disorganization.

The electoral commission said the March 20 runoff will match former first lady Mirlande Manigat against Michel Martelly, a carnival singer known as "Sweet Micky." The announcement, which came after dawn following more than 13 hours of deliberations, means government-backed candidate Jude Celestin is out of the race. Read more

Hillary Clinton visits Haiti, reassures US commitment to aid

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The United States has no plans to halt aid to earthquake-ravaged Haiti in spite of a crisis over who will be the nation's next leader but does insist that the president's chosen successor be dropped from the race, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday.

Clinton arrived Sunday in the impoverished Caribbean nation for a brief visit. She met with President Rene Preval and earlier met with each of the three candidates jockeying to replace him.

Only two candidates can go on to the delayed second round, now scheduled for March 20. The U.S. is backing an Organization of American States recommendation that the candidate from Preval's party, government construction official Jude Celestin, should be left out in favor of populist rival Michel Martelly.

The top U.S. official at the United Nations, Susan Rice, said recently that "sustained support" from the United States required the OAS recommendations be implemented. Many Haitian officials, including leaders of Preval's Unity party and Martelly, interpreted that to mean the U.S. was threatening an embargo and cutting off aid. Read more

Governor Patrick plans to dispatch National Guard unit to Haiti

Gov. Patrick to deploy National Guard unit to Haiti: The governor, left, made the announcement at a Jan. 30 ceremony. Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry is shown at right. Photo courtesy Governor's Office.Gov. Patrick to deploy National Guard unit to Haiti: The governor, left, made the announcement at a Jan. 30 ceremony. Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry is shown at right. Photo courtesy Governor's Office.

(Update 6:20 p.m.) — Governor Deval Patrick has ordered elements of the Massachusetts National Guard to prepare for an April deployment to Haiti. The 125th Quartermaster battalion out of Worcester, along with the 220th Quartermaster detachment from Bridgewater, will assist in humanitarian efforts, mainly water filtration. More than 100 service people from the Massachusetts National Guard will take part in the deployment. More details on the deployment are expected soon.

Patrick's surprise announcement came during a noontime event in the State House, where he issued a proclamation to establish a statewide Haiti remembrance month to commemorate the one year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. The governor was joined by State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry and other leaders from the Haitian community. Read more

Proposed Land Disposition and Rezoning in Dorchester and Mattapan for Urban Agriculture

Jan. 26, 2011 - 6:30 pm

Wednesday, January 26
Great Hall
Located at 6 norfolk Street, Dorchester, MA
Event: 6:30
The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and Department of Neighborhood Development ( DND) are jointly holding a community meeting on plans to make available certain city owned properties in Mattapan and Dorchester for Urban Agriculture. For more information contact Tad Read at 617-918-4264 or Andria Post-Ergun at 617-635-0205.

Haiti- A Year After The Earthquake: Reflections and Prayers

Jan. 31, 2011 - 12:00 pm

Haiti- A Year After The Earthquake: Reflections and Prayers

Monday, January 31, 2011
Event: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Located at State House, Grand Staircase

Join Governor Deval Patrick, State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry and leaders of the Haitian Community for:

To commemorate the one year anniversary of Haiti’s devastating earthquake, Governor Deval Patrick will present a special proclamation in solidarity with the Haitian community. Featuring artistic performances and reflections from elected officials and community leaders. Read more

Inadequate cholera response in Haiti largely because of failed aid structure

Haiti - The country is small and accessible and, following last January's earthquake, it hosts one of the largest and best-funded international aid deployments in the world. An estimated 12,000 non-governmental organizations are there. Why then, have over 4,000 people died of cholera, a disease that's easily treated and controlled?

I recently went to Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, and found my Doctors Without Borders (MSF) colleagues overwhelmed, having already treated more than 75,000 cholera cases. We and a brigade of Cuban doctors were doing our best to treat hundreds of patients every day, but few other agencies seemed to be implementing critical cholera control measures, such as chlorinated water distribution and waste management. In the year since the quake, little has been done to improve sanitation across the country, allowing cholera to spread at a dizzying pace. Read more

US revokes visas to pressure Preval on election

PORT-AU-PRINCE — The U.S. State Department said Friday it revoked the visas of about a dozen Haitian officials, increasing pressure on the government to drop its favored candidate from the presidential runoff in favor of a popular contender who is warning of renewed protests if he is not on the ballot.

Revoking visas that let prominent Haitians enter the United States is the latest step in an escalating effort to persuade Haiti's government to accept international monitors' finding that Michel Martelly rightfully belongs on the second-round ballot Read more

Lawyer: Haiti mum on Aristide passport request

Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide: Hopes to return to Haiti in "coming days" (AP photo)Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide: Hopes to return to Haiti in "coming days" (AP photo)A former lawyer for ex-Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide says the ousted leader has applied for a Haitian passport but has never heard back from his homeland's government. The head of the Boston-based Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti says Aristide has repeatedly requested a Haitian passport. Brian Concannon said that President Rene Preval's government ``simply refuses to respond'' to Aristide's requests.

Aristide's current Miami attorney Ira Kurzban says Aristide wants to come back to Haiti. In a statement issued through Kurzban on Thursday, Aristide said, "As far as I am concerned, I am ready. Once again I express my readiness to leave today, tomorrow, at any time. The purpose is very clear: To contribute to serving my Haitian sisters and brothers as a simple citizen in the field of education."

Aristide added that he hoped to "make that happen in the next coming days." Read more

Local reaction to Duvalier’s return largely negative

Jean-Claude Duvalier: Led away by Haitian police on Jan. 18. AP photo/Ramon EspinosaJean-Claude Duvalier: Led away by Haitian police on Jan. 18. AP photo/Ramon EspinosaJean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier’s return to Haiti last Sunday — after 25 years in exile — has prompted strong reactions from Boston’s Haitian community and their elected leaders. Many have called for his arrest and prosecution for the numerous crimes committed and millions in public funds stolen under his regime from 1971-1986.

Senator John Kerry (D-Massachusetts), the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, was not available to comment today personally, but offered comment through a spokesman.

“The Senator’s following the situation very closely and is deeply concerned that Duvalier’s return will aggravate the already-serious tensions, particularly at the moment that the electoral council reportedly has rejected the OAS’s proposed solution to the impasse over who will be in the runoff,” said Frederick Jones, a spokesman for Kerry’s office. “The situation is fluid and dangerous, and the Senator is working hard to support the Administration’s efforts to promote a fair political resolution and help Haiti get back to the task of national rebuilding.” Read more

'Baby Doc' accused of corruption, embezzlement

PORT-AU-PRINCE — A judge will decide whether former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier will be tried on charges that include corruption and embezzlement for allegedly pilfering the treasury before his 1986 ouster, a lawyer for the ex-strongman said Tuesday.

A judge questioned the former dictator known as "Baby Doc" in an hours-long, closed-door court session, defense attorney Gervais Charles said. The decision to move toward a trial makes clear that whatever Duvalier's reasons were for returning to Haiti on Sunday, the government is poised to take the opportunity to seek justice for his long-vanished regime, widely regarded as brutal and corrupt. Read more

'Baby Doc' Duvalier returns to Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, a once feared and reviled dictator who was ousted in a popular uprising nearly 25 years ago, has made a stunning return to Haiti, raising concerns he could complicate efforts to solve a political crisis and the stalled reconstruction from last year's devastating earthquake.

Duvalier's arrival at the airport Sunday was as mysterious as it was unexpected. He greeted a crowd of several hundred cheering supporters but did not say why he chose this tumultuous period to suddenly reappear from his exile in France — or what he intended to do while back in Haiti.

"I'm not here for politics," Duvalier told Radio Caraibes. "I'm here for the reconstruction of Haiti." Read more