Sometimes asking for the impossible is the only realistic path
Los Angeles, California,
- December 31
- Professor of Sociology
- Cal Poly Pomona
- Author of Globalization and the Demolition of Society; Co-Editor/Author of Impeach the President: the Case Against Bush and Cheney, World Can't Wait Steering Committee Member, co-author of "Crimes Are Crimes, No Matter Who Does Them" statement, dog and fruit tree lover. Published poet.
Winner of the Alfred R. Lindesmith Award, Project Censored Award and the Nation Magazine's Most Valuable Campaign Award.
Punahou and Harvard Honor Graduate. Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz.
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FEBRUARY 2, 2010 1:11PM
Haiti: A Letter on the Crisis
From Elaine Brower, World Can't Wait Steering Committee Member and mother of a US Marine.
I want to start an open dialogue about what is happening in Haiti. I am deeply disturbed by the reports I have been hearing. I thought, maybe naively, that by now things would have gotten better for the people who were injured and starving. But more and more reports are saying that people are now dying from starvation.
I posted on my blog a few days after the earthquake that my daughter's professor was asking friends to help him with medical supplies into haiti. He was going down as a reporter for Indymedia, and had an empty duffel bag to be filled. So we set out to fill it with medical supplies and food. He got it over into Haiti, and he was overwhelmed with gratitude by the people he handed it out to. We included feminine hygiene napkins in the supplies, and he said the women were in tears. They felt like someone really thought about them personally.
He will be posting his story soon, and I will forward it. However, this is just not enough. Over the weeks I have been asking people I meet who either are in the Haitian community, or others who either made trips there or were there when the earthquake struck, and the stories are horrendous. Just last night I called a group I met at a rally Friday night, Bed Stuy EMS, and spoke to one of the guys who is trying to put another trip together for doctors and nurses who are willing to go. He went on and on about how they were there 2 days after the quake, and the hospital doors were chained shut. They broke open the chains and set up an ER, and treated over 1,000 people. then after the military arrived, they were shut down. They had to scavage for medical supplies because they were not on the official "military manifest" to get anything that has been sitting on the tarmac being guarded.
He didn't want to condemn the military, he kept saying they were just doing their job. I told him so were the Nazis, and he agreed. These people need help. Not only because they are extremely vulnerable, they can't speak up for themselves, or if they do they will be squashed one way or another, and my professor friend told me and Tanya that the people in Haiti just feel like giving up. he said they want to be occupied, taken care of, because they are suffering.
We can't let this happen. I don't know everything that is happening there, but what I do know it isn't good. The professor also said that the military was hanging around the tarmac guarding the supplies, on their laptops or cell phones, lounging, while people were standing outside screaming for food and help. I believe him, because I have had this verified by others.
Haiti represents an opportunity for the US empire like no other opportunity. It's a representation of everything that is vulnerable, horrible and a complete opportunity for oppression to not only continue, but to deepen and become irreversible.
We must address this issue. Can we think outside the box on what we can do to advocate against US occupation? Maybe join in with other organizations who might be sending the same message?
Maybe even consider a trip to Haiti to speak out against what's happening.