I assume that many of you, like me, are caught up with the daily drama of the election that is right around the corner. On top of that, we keep hearing how we are headed to a financial collapse.
These are exciting, interesting, maddening, scary and weird times.
However, there are things happening beyond our fair shores. Haiti–where Three Stone Steps will be heading right after the election–is still suffering the aftereffects of a terrible hurricane season. Should you wish to help, the organizations below would appreciate it. (Please note: Three Stone Steps has no connection to any of these organization, and inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement by Three Stone Steps.)
Campaign for Labor Rights (CLR): Haitian Workers Hurricane Relief Fund
1247 E St SE
Washington, DC20003CLR is collecting funds for the Confédéderation des Travailleurs Haitiens to distribute to union sisters and brothers and their families for hurricane relief. The CTH has been rebuilding since a US-sponsored coup in 2004 overthrew Haiti‘s elected government. According to the CLR, the coup was led by groups funded and trained by the International Republican Institute, whose Board is chaired by John McCain. CTH members were targeted because of their support for Haitian democracy and opposition to foreign intervention.
Haiti KONPAY – Emergency Hurricane Relief Fund
7 Wall St.
Focusing on Haitian solutions to environmental, social and economic problems and providing training and funding to grassroots and community-based projects. KONPAY is supporting Haitian-led efforts to reforest Haiti and protect the environment.
PO Box 5206
Supporting the growing Kofaviv movement of women demanding an end to violence and rape; establishing the development of a reforestation program, including satellite nurseries; advocating an end to unjust and undemocratic foreign intervention in Haitian democracy and economy; countering the destructive myth of Haitians as helpless victims by highlightingHaiti‘s proud history and giving voice to today’s brightest leaders.
MADRE (Emergency & Disaster Relief Fund)
121 West 27th Street #301
New York, NY10001
A New York-based human rights group demanding human rights for women and families throughout the world, and also working on disaster relief with one of its sister organizations in Haiti.
Partners In Health
641 Huntington Avenue
Their mission is both medical and moral, based on solidarity, rather than charity alone. When a person in rural Haiti falls ill, PIH uses all of the means at their disposal to make them well-from pressuring drug manufacturers, to lobbying policy makers, to providing medical care and social services.
Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL)
124 Church Rd
dedicated to empowering communities, building the soil and nourishing the grassroots. SOIL protects soil resources and transforms wastes into resources. SOIL promotes integrated approaches to the problems of poverty, poor public health, agricultural productivity, and environmental destruction.
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