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Martelly’s Presidential Candidate Seized Land from Peasants

Jovenel Moïse, the alleged presidential frontrunner in Haiti’s fraud-filled elections, is widely known as “the Banana Man” for his work with an exporter called Agritrans before he joined the race. Interviews with peasants living in the area where Agritrans is located reveal that the Banana Man didn’t have the positive impact that he claims. Many of these peasants have been kicked off the land by Agritrans and lost their livelihoods. Some remain homeless and without the jobs that Agritrans promised it would create. Many fear that if Moïse becomes president, the situation for peasants will get even worse. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti’s Fraudulent Presidential Frontrunner Seizes Land for His Own Banana Republic Beverly Bell, Other Worlds January 21, 2016 The only man running in Haiti’s fraudulent presidential election run-offs on January 24, […]

Threats to Peasants’ Land Rights in Haiti

Below is the second piece in Other Worlds’ Haitian land rights series, featuring an interview with Ricot Jean-Pierre. Jean-Pierre discusses how inequitable control of land has devastated the vast majority throughout Haitian history, from enslavement to today. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. The Blood of the Earth: Agriculture, Land Rights, and Haitian History Beverly Bell, Other Worlds January 13, 2016 Yesterday, January 12, on the sixth anniversary of the 7.0 earthquake, Haitians mourned the countless lives lost. Among the many aftershocks they face is disaster capitalism, in which the Haitian elite and foreign corporations – backed by the US  government, World Bank, and Inter-American Development Bank – are grabbing lands for extraction and mega-development projects. Ricot Jean-Pierre, social worker and program director of the Platform to Advocate Alternative Development in Haiti (PAPDA), tells how inequitable control of […]

Land Exploitation and the Resistance to It in Haiti

As an impoverished nation so close to U.S. shores, Haiti is at particular risk of becoming a target for business and extraction interests that may not align with respect for Haitian rights, especially land rights. This article outlines the ways businesses may take advantage of Haitians, and what is being done to resist these efforts. It is part of a new series on land rights and food sovereignty in Haiti. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. “The Struggle for Land Justice Knows No Borders”: Corporate Pillaging in Haiti Natalie Miller, Other Worlds December 22, 2015 Since the earthquake of January, 2010, Haiti has increasingly become a target of extraction and private business development by Haitian and foreign investors. Income and trade – if the wages are livable and the trade is fair – would, of course, be helpful […]

Other Worlds Seeks “Another Haiti is Possible Coordinator”

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: ANOTHER HAITI IS POSSIBLE COORDINATOR April 8, 2015 Organizational Description: Other Worlds is a women-driven education and movement-support collaborative. We inspire hope and knowledge that other worlds are possible, and also help build them. We compile and bring to light just alternatives that are flourishing throughout the world, and open up new pathways for the public to adapt and integrate them. Globally, we support the movements that are propelling the alternatives. In the U.S., we seek to draw in new participants and strengthen existent efforts for economic, social, and gender justice; environmentally sound systems; and participatory democracy. Job Description: The Another Haiti Is Possible Coordinator advances Other Worlds’ political and programmatic objectives in Haiti. These include: (a) strengthening struggles of movements there, in ways they themselves identify, for democracy, land security, food sovereignty, gender justice, and human rights; […]

Unsafe Situation for Human Rights Defenders in Haiti

In Haiti, those who stand up for the marginalized are often harassed and become victims themselves. This article features an interview with one such human rights defender, who has been threatened and harassed for his work on housing rights. In the interview, he chronicles many recent cases of human rights defenders being threatened, arrested, or even killed for their work. The more we speak out about these cases, the more we can prevent. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. The Attack on Human Rights Defenders in Haiti An Interview with Jackson Doliscar, Part II Beverly Bell, Other Worlds January 28, 2015 Community organizer and rights defender Jackson Doliscar speaks to efforts of the Haitian government to silence advocates of human rights and land and housing rights, (See part I of Doliscar’s interview.) The attacks are part of the […]

“Now They’re All Dead”: Threats of Assassination to Human Rights Advocates In Haiti

Mark Snyder and Other Worlds, Other Worlds August 21, 2013 Attorney Patrice Florvilus speaks at a press conference denouncing threats made against him and other Haitian human rights defenders. “Those before you were strong. Now they’re all dead. Stop what you are doing, or the same will happen to you.” Those were the words delivered to Frena Florvilus, Director of Education and Advocacy of the Haitian human rights organization Defenders of the Oppressed (DOP), early on the morning of August 11 by one of four unidentified men who attempted to enter DOP’s office. The threat echoed numerous others that have been leveled against the DOP office and its staff since they took on the case of a young man who died in police custody within hours of his April 15 arrest, his body left covered with bruises and wounds inflicted by […]

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