Friday, April 16, 2010

NYC, 4/18-4/25: Haiti and Mexico Solidarity Events

1) The Immigration & New Sanctuary and Adult Education Committees Invite You to a Special Discussion . . .

"HAITI AND US: How Do U.S. People of Faith Support Haiti and Haitians?"

Haiti’s devastating earthquake has put the western hemisphere’s poorest country in the headlines for the first time in years. During those years, U.S. people of faith have worked quietly behind the scenes to provide aid and support Haitian people-to-people projects, including First Presbyterian Church’s 2009 Mission Service Trip to Cap-Haïtien. How have these efforts been effective, and how not? How does Temporary Protected Status for Haitian immigrants affect rebuilding efforts in Haiti as well as communities here in New York? What responsibility do we bear regarding the role of U.S. foreign policy in Haiti’s continuing poverty?

Please join the Immigration & New Sanctuary Committee and the Adult Education Committee for a special forum. Speakers will include Haitian community and labor activist Christian Lemoine, solidarity writer and activist Carl Lindskoog, and a Haitian-American faith community representative. The panel will be moderated by Richard Korchak of FPC’s Mission Service Committee, who will also present an update on the Cap-Haïtien project.

Sunday, April 18th
12:30-2:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church
12 West 12th Street, Manhattan

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2) Haiti Sunday Social

APRIL 18, 2010 from 3 to 7 p.m.
at St. Francis Xavier Lyceum
752 President Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn

(near 6th Avenue, 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza, F/G to 7th Avenue at 9th St, M/R to Union St, Q to 7th Ave-Flatbush Ave))

Fundraiser for Haiti. Entrance fee: $10 Adults/$5 Child.
Potluck supper. Entertainment. Raffle.
Haiti Update from the St. Augustine Haiti Support Group.

Want to buy a book of raffle tickets to benefit Haiti? Contact Jean at
Book of 6 tickets for $5
First prize: $300; Second prize: $200; First prize: $100
Drawing on April 18th. Not necessary to be present.

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3) "Mexico 1810-1910-2010--Will the Revolution Come Again?"

Thursday, April 22, 7 pm
King Juan Carlos Center Auditorium
53 Washington Square South, Manhattan
(A/C/E, B/D/F/V to West 4th Street, R/W to 8th Street-NYU)

With John Ross, Mexico City-based author, poet and rebel journalist.


4) "Mexico and the U.S.: Social movements, neoliberalism and state violence"

Friday, April 23, 2010, 6:30-8:30 pm
Sixth Street Community Center
638 East 6th Street, Manhattan
(between Avenues B & C, F/V to 2nd Avenue, 6 to Astor Place

Join Friends of Brad Will for a public talk, discussion, video screening and photo exhibit with:

John Ross, Mexico City-based author, poet and rebel journalist. John will discuss the manipulation of the case of Brad Will in U.S.- Mexico relations, the broader attacks against journalists in Mexico, and the lethal U.S. 'drug war' aid package to Mexico known as Plan Mexico.

Mark Read, from Friends of Brad Will. Mark will discuss his March trip to Oaxaca, where he met with Juan Manuel Martínez Moreno, the Oaxacan activist falsely charged for the murder of Brad Will, and will screen footage of his interview with him.

Hinrich Schultze, Hamburg, Germany-based photographer with the Ya Basta Zapatista Solidarity Network and Cafe Libertad. Hinrich was with Brad in Oaxaca in 2006 and will be displaying photos of the 2006 protests and street art. The photo exhibit will be opening Tuesday, April 20 at 8pm and run through Friday evening of April 23.

Brad Will was an Indymedia journalist killed by government paramilitaries in the Mexican state of Oaxaca in 2006, while documenting a teachers' strike and popular uprising against corruption and impunity and for democratic change.

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5) Reading: John Ross "El Monstruo" & "Iraqigirl"

Sunday, April 25th @ 7PM
Bluestockings Books
172 Allen St, Manhattan

(at Stanton Street, 1 bk S of Houston, F to 2nd Ave).

Join John Ross for a reading and discussion his book "El Monstruo: Dread and Redemption in Mexico City" and the book "IraqiGirl: Diary of a Teenage Girl in Iraq," which he edited. "El Monstruo" provides impassioned tales from America's most complex, boisterous and corrupt city. Ross is a long-time peace activist and first broke the story of the Zapatista rebellion in 1993.
Free. Info: 212-777- 6028, &

Contact John Ross at 206-419-7957, to set up other readings during his NYC visit.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Brooklyn, 4/15: Forum on Haiti

Discuss how the progressive community can express solidarity with the Haitian people.

Thursday, April 15th, 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
53 Prospect Park West at 2nd Street
Park Slope, Brooklyn

(#2 or #3 train to Grand Army Plaza)
Contributions appreciated

"Images of the Earthquake"
Tequila Minsky, photo-journalist who was in Port-au-Prince when the earthquake struck

"The Latin American Response"
Dr. Luther Castillo, Honduran graduate of the Latin America Medical School in Havana who is in the coordination of the Cuban medical team in Haiti

"The U.S. Response"
David L. Wilson, co-editor of Weekly News Update on the Americas and co-author of The Politics of Immigration

"The Haitian Response"
Bazelais Jean-Baptiste, Seeds for Haiti and Mouvman Peyizan Papay (Papaye Peasant Movement), and
Marie Yoleine Gateau of NEGES Foundation, a community project to rebuild Léogane, the epicenter of the earthquake

Organized by the Latin America Committee of Brooklyn For Peace
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