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Monthly Archives: April 2005

New Yorkers – Free film showing

The New York Film and Video Festival is running in After 200 years of Independence, Thompson The Great (Amboise Thompson), an octogenarian believes that he can talk to Jean Jacques Dessalines, The father of the Nation. This film is about life in a poor country with 200 years of Independence.

Wiki Wiki Everywhere

There’s been quite a bit of The good folks at Gadgetopia noticed a couple of interesting things taking shape at Wikipedia.

PERFORMERS, ECOLOGISTS, HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATES LAUNCH CAMPAIGN FOR HAITI

Carnegie Hall Concert June 10th Begins Reforestation Effort “We should not forget that the freedom you and I enjoy today; the freedom that has come to the colored race the world over, is largely due to the brave stand taken by the black sons of Haiti…” Frederick Douglass, January 2, 1893, Chicago World’s Fair Sustainable development linked with democratic values promote human rights, social justice and equity, including the balance of power between women and men” Wangari Mathaai (2004 Nobel Peace Prize) April 19, 2005, NYC: In a year when the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to a Kenyan woman who has shown that planting trees is directly related to peace and democracy, and has brought a spotlight to Africa and the Diaspora; a group of artists, ecologists, human rights advocates, are joining to launch REPLANT HAITI, a reforestation project for the small Caribbean country whose people have been endlessly battered by political and economic turmoil, outside intervention and a devastating rage of storms and floods. * On June 10, 2005 at Carnegie Hall in New York City*, the Haitian cultural project Mapou Productions, will present, RePlant Haiti: The Concert featuring a stunning group of Haitian musicians, joined by actor and Haiti advocate Danny Glover, human rights attorney (Guantanamo) Michael Ratner and Essence Magazine’s Founder and Publisher Susan L. Taylor to officially launch RePlant Haiti, in conjunction with American Jewish World Services, led by former NYC Council woman Ruth Messinger, MADRE, the 21 year old women’s human rights organization, endorsed by Haitian musician Wyclef Jean, Oscar Winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme, actor Susan Sarandon, filmmaker Spike Lee with support from Forest City Ratner…. *Through concerts, multi-media presentations, public service announcements and other media campaigns, RePlant Haiti will offer information to people in the U.S. and throughout the world on the drastic environmental situation in Haiti as a result of deforestation, promote the use of alternative energy sources, and raise funds for reforestation efforts. According to Jean Jean-Pierre, Haitian journalist, composer, musician, co-founder and director of Mapou Productions and RePlant Haiti: “We are doing the essential, a campaign to bring back trees and green to that beautiful island (where I grew up).... We are following Prof. Wangari’s lead, doing the most beautiful, life affirming, pragmatic deed: planting trees.” * *Performing at REPLANT HAITI: THE CONCERT are: “Kiskeya: The Haitian Orchestra of Jean Jean-Pierre”, Tabou Combo, Erna Letemps, Jean-Claude Eugène, Léon Dimanche, Emmanuel, Myriam Barthellus, Michel Lemorin, Hadiyha, Carole Alexis, Poet Kathy Engel, and Nènè Letemps.

More from Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger

Larry Sanger was originally hired to develop Nupedia, the precursor to Wikipedia.

Growing bit by bit

I continue to update the List of Websites on the wiki. This section seems see the most changes… perhaps because it’s easier to add a link than to write a new article, but progress is progress.

The Haiti Show

The Haiti Show broadcasts every Wednesday night from 11:00 to 11:30 from KPFT, 90.1 FM in Galveston, TX. Don’t live in Texas? Not to worry! You can stream the show over the Internet.

Haitian Studies Association annual conference to be held in Boston in October

The Seventeenth Annual Conference of the Haitian Studies Association (H.S.A) October 13-15, 2005 • Campus Center • Ballroom A University of Massachusetts Boston Boston, Massachusetts 02125-3393 Theme: ‘HAITI CHÉRIE’: CREATING NEW PATHWAYS FOR TOMORROW The Seventeenth Annual Conference of the Haitian Studies association, to be held on October 13-15, 2005, at the University of Massachusetts Boston, will be devoted to the theme ‘Haiti Chérie’: Creating New Pathways for Tomorrow. As Haiti enters its third century, it has reached yet another crossroad at which it needs to reevaluate its past and set its course for the future. The 17th annual conference of the Haitian Studies Association will foster dialogues about the abundant richness of Haiti’s heritage, capture the creative spirit of its people, envision solutions to its present impasse, and trace new pathways for the future…. Among the topics that might be considered are Haiti’s distinguished historical, cultural, and political traditions that have shaped the creative spirit of its people. Creating new pathways for tomorrow is rooted in the conception of envisioned models that rely on fundamental choices between continuity with the past and change for the future…. Participants may focus on issues crossing multiple race/class/gender and population lines and covering topics from forced migration, life histories, immigration, environment, health, contemporary Haitian popular culture and arts are strongly encouraged.

Treatment of prisoners of war in Revolutionary times

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wrote a couple of weeks ago about the abuse of prisoners of war by American soldiers and CIA agents.

Monument to Haitians in the American Revolution moves closer to reality

From the Associated Press… SAVANNAH, Ga. – City planners approved a $500,000 monument Friday to Haitian soldiers who fought in the American Revolution’s bloody siege of Savannah, just as Haiti’s prime minister planned a weekend visit to help raise money for the project. Supporters hope to unveil the bronze monument in October, 226 years after more than 500 Haitian troops joined American colonists and French soldiers in an unsuccessful attempt to drive the British from Savannah. Read the full story at Herald.com. Also, see related stories at Google News.

Noted on the Haiti List

Some items of interest noted on Corbett’s Haiti List Pictures of a MIAMI BEACH SILENT AUCTION TO BENEFIT HAITIANS A local humanitarian organization dedicated to helping disabled Haitian children while promoting healthcare programs and start-up businesses for women in Haiti will sponsor a silent auction and fundraising gala at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Eden Roc Hotel, 4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. The event will benefit Foundation Hope for Haiti, a Florida-based community organization that funds several projects and programs in Haiti, including Foundation Espoir. Both humanitarian groups were founded by Florence Bellande Robertson, a Haitian-born philanthropist who has been actively working since 1987 to help the disadvantaged in her native country. The cost is $100 and includes dinner and dancing. For tickets and further information, call 954-439-6089.