On World Changing and Social Justice

Posted on Jun 29, 2020

“GEORGE FLOYD – DADDY CHANGED THE WORLD” at CHOP, Seattle WA, June 26th 2020

The world is in a state of transformation. We all feel it: something is different this time. There have been too many killings of people of color. We have finally reached a tipping point where we’ve seen one too many examples of oppressive violence by law enforcement. Quite simply put we’ve had enough. There is a sense that we aren’t standing for it this time and are pushing back hard across the world. Our friends in Haiti reflect this position to us in the conversations we’ve had. Racism isn’t a problem restricted to the United States, and what happens here is at the very least felt elsewhere if not lived firsthand.

One Hundred For Haiti was founded in part by inspiration from protest movements throughout history.  The Stonewall Riots (which happened today, just over fifty years ago), the American Indian Movement, the Black Panthers, the Civil Rights Movement, MOVE, and although it doesn’t factor into our work directly in Haiti, direct action animal liberationists.  In each of these cases, individuals came together inspired by a cause and were willing to go beyond what the status quo offered in order to transform a world out of balance into one that was more just and equitable. They took immense risks. They pushed beyond the rules because the rules, and those who made, upheld, and enforced them, didn’t serve what they needed. 

The local people we work with in Haiti have similar inspiration even if not from those exact historical sources. They are dissatisfied with waiting for the government to save them. They are unhappy with the status quo, one which will never change on its own in any substantial way. These are people who want more, who want dignity and meaning, and who want liberation from what capitalism and racism has left behind.

We answer to their needs and support them however we can with the resources we have. The changes we help with are small scale in comparison to the immense revolutionary movements of the past – or of the present – but the inspiration is still there: take the world into one’s own hands and with a sense of responsibility for your community, do what can be done to transform it for the better.  

We have been working on a larger scale race and social justice based initiative which we hope to make public in the next few months. We are in search of a Haitian or Haitian-American based historian with a knowledge of Haitian revolutionary  history and US history who can help refine the project. We want to be a more active part of the transformation happening in the world, and to tie in the opinions on race and society which our friends in Haiti have shared with us as concerns into something which can help build stronger bonds between the USA and Haiti. 

We are most certainly all in this together and are inspired by the energy and passion of those who have come before and the friends who are echoing those voices today. 

Benefit record for One Hundred For Haiti announced!

Posted on May 27, 2020

BYSTANDER and OLD GHOSTS are teaming up to release an extremely limited split LP with all proceeds benefiting humanitarian non-profit organization One Hundred For Haiti.

This LP with be limited to 100 copies in the USA on State of Mind Recordings (http://www.stateofmindrecordings.com/) and 100 copies in Europe on Goodwill Records (https://goodwillrecords.net/).

A cassette version, limited to 50 copies, will be available through Ugly and Proud Records (http://uglyandproudrecords.net/).

Full track listing is available online. This record features unreleased and live songs from Bystander and all new songs from Old Ghosts.

The LP is $20, with a limited number of test pressings available for $50 each. All proceeds will directly support human rights initiatives in Haiti over the next few months.

OLD GHOSTS TRACK TITLES:
1. PREY
2. NO ONE GETS FREE
3. MORTALS
4. IN DUST
5. LOST AT SEA
 
BYSTANDER TRACK TITLES:
1. BYSTANDER (LIVE AT FLUFF FEST 2019)
2. WHERE DID WE GO WRONG? (LIVE AT FLUFF FEST 2019)
3. BROKEN NO MORE (LIVE AT FLUFF FEST 2019)
4. SOMEWHERE TO CALL OUR OWN (LIVE AT FLUFF FEST 2019)
5. GO WITHOUT
6. THIS TIME

7. IN YOUR FACE (7 SECONDS COVER)

 

Seventy Families Fed As Part of Coronavirus Response

Posted on May 21, 2020

You fed these people. Seventy families in the Ranquitte region each received seven pounds of beans, seven pounds of rice, and a bottle of cooking oil this week thanks to your recent donations.
 
This is another Haitian initiative. We asked what was needed most during Covid response. Our Haitian contacts told us that there are marginalized people in their community who were having a more difficult time accessing food during the pandemic.
 
Desperate times call for new tactics. We focus on development rather than relief, but when the world falls apart we are only as strong as those who would otherwise be left behind. This amount of food only keeps a family going for a little under a week, but its a step in the right direction, and it is what we could afford.
 
One Hundred For Haiti supports how we can, when we can, with the resources we have. We do that with your help. Seventy families thank you.
 
(Photos taken and used with permission)

One Hundred Hand Washing Stations Built in Ranquitte

Posted on May 16, 2020

Over a hundred of these hands-free, hand washing stations have been built throughout Ranquitte Haiti over the last two weeks to help with Coronavirus protection.
 
This is an entirely Haitian initiative. We had collectively come up together with an idea for 28 hand washing stations with a particular style (as our previous post described). Our Haitian friends suggested they could do over 100 of them if they just changed the approach and used readily available local materials. Done.
 
You step on the stick, and it tilts the water jug forward to spill water on your hands as you wash them, preventing people from having to handle the same water tap.
 
One Hundred For Haiti supports how we can, when we can, with the resources we have. We won’t change the country forever, but the efforts you make possible absolutely affect individual and community lives for the better every day.

COVID-19 Response in Haiti: Keeping hands clean and families fed

Posted on Apr 22, 2020

One Hundred for Haiti has teamed with our friends at Haitihelpers to set up hand washing stations in twenty-eight rural villages to fight Coronavirus in the area we serve in Haiti. Every hand station will be monitored by a single person who is responsible for turning the water tap on and off, both to conserve water so that water doesn’t flow continually during hand washing, and also so that this person only – with methodically washed hands – is the one who touches the spigot.

In addition, One Hundred For Haiti is providing beans, rice, and cooking oil directly to the 71 poorest families in the region. We are providing enough food for those families to eat for about a week.

We want this to be an ongoing project and we need your help. A donation of $20 per month feeds an entire family for close to a week (depending on family size).  Consider being a monthly donor and you will make a direct impact for people in need.

Brenda from Haitihelpers said, “It just breaks my heart that these people are having to stay in their homes to keep from spreading this virus and do not have access to food.” 

Thanks to your help we are making a difference.

New video with information in Kreyol for friends in Haiti

Posted on Apr 3, 2020

Zanmi’m yo! Silvouplè gade ti videyo sa a sou Kowonaviris poun ka gen plis enfòmasyon sou kijan poun pwoteje tèt nou ak lòt moun

Haitian friends! Please watch this video in Kreyol about coronavirus for information about how to help protect yourself and others

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hhCQ0MQoVYE

Ranquitte Haiti leads the way in Coronavirus response!

Posted on Mar 28, 2020

Our friends in Ranquitte Haiti are proactive about the Coronovirus on a level that far surpasses the early federal response in the USA!

There are eight confirmed cases of coronavirus officially registered in the country as of today (though no cases or suspected cases specifically in Ranquiite). Regardless, municipal authorities in the area are taking Coronavirus seriously. The mayor and other  leaders met yesterday with doctors, local delegates, and medical officials to define a strategy to raise awareness in the community towards prevention.

Information in Kreyol will be distributed about social distancing (culturally a challenge) and hand washing techniques. A sound truck will drive through communities this weekend and beyond broadcasting clear information about the virus on a loudspeaker. This is a common way to distribute information in Haiti. The goal is to help people understand what is the virus is, what rumors are currently circulating about it, and how people can help prevent transmission.

Hand washing stations with soap and water are going up in the streets of Ranquitte as well. Well done, friends!

 

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