Eyewitness Report from Haiti

Seattle ISO Member, Jesse Hagopian, was in Haiti During the eartquake.  Jesse and his family have been evacuated to the Domincan Republic and will return to Seattle last Monday evening 1/18/10. 

Since Jesse and his family are only just now getting back into the states, we are working to build a large Eyewitness from Haiti meeting next Wednesday 1/27 at UW. This Wednesday 1/20 we will hear a brief informal report from Jesse about his experiences in the 2nd part of our meeting, and we will spend a good chunk of time working to organize for the big meeting next wed. There will be a full agenda posted soon.  


Interview: Jesse Hagopian Witness to a nightmare
A Seattle activist and writer who was in Haiti when the earthquake hit talks about the desperate situation gripping the country, and how the U.S. made things worse. January 18, 2010

Interview: Olden Polynice We are a forgotten people
A former NBA player and longtime activist and advocate for his homeland talks about the post-earthquake calamity in Haiti. January 18, 2010

Analysis: Roger Annis Where is the aid in Haiti?
As the media report a massive international effort to deliver emergency aid, people in the shattered city are wondering when they will see help. January 15, 2010

A full list of articles from SW covering  Haiti

A more in depth reading packet (PDF to download) NATURAL AND UNNATURAL DISASTERS: How U.S. policy has impoverished and devastated Haiti

Thursday morning Jesse was interviewed on Democracy Now, in the video below he describes the devastation on the ground and what he's been able to do to help care for the injured and dying.

Other News Reports

Hal Bernton, Seattle Times

Quake-battered Haiti hotel offers refuge for all
Andrew Cawthorn

Want to help Haiti? 
Consider giving to the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund Since its inception in March 2004, the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund (run by the American solidarity organization Haiti Action) has given concrete aid to Haiti’s grassroots democratic movement – including labor unions, women’s groups, educators and human rights activists, support committees for prisoners, and agricultural cooperatives – as they attempted to survive the brutal coup and to rebuild shattered development projects.   Now they will attempt to funnel needed aid to those most hit by the earthquake.