The Crisis in Haiti: A Historical and Political Conversation
July 15, 2021 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Webinar: Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 7:00 PM. The crisis in Haiti is worsening. People are rebelling against a brutal regime headed by an illegitimate president, Juvenel Mosie. He is ruling by decree and is refusing to leave office. The current dictatorial regime is a product of long-lasting US imperialism and of the US/UN military occupation of Haiti for the past 17 years. Meanwhile, Haiti continues to be the poorest country in the Latin American/Caribbean region and among the poorest and most unequal countries in the world. Yet Haiti has a glorious history as the first country to defeat slavery and colonialism and become the first independent country in the Caribbean and Latin America. How is all of this connected?
The speakers will provide a historical context to the current crisis, going back to 1905, the first, and longest, US military occupation of Haiti; they will then focus on the significance of President Aristide, and the multiple coups against him, to Haitian and Latin American history.
Paul Christian Namphy is the Lead Organizer at the Family Action Network Movement (FANM) https://www.fanm.org/ and specializes in leading immigration-related advocacy at the organizational level. Namphy has close to 20 years of professional experience in Haiti and the United States, in fields that include community advocacy, rights, and activism in South Florida’s Haitian Community.
- Pierre Labossiere is a veteran labor and human rights activist. In 1991, Labossiere co-founded the Haiti Action Committee https://haitisolidarity.net/ in solidarity with the popular movement in Haiti struggling to restore democracy after the military coup against President Aristide. He is also a board member of the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund.
- Robert Roth is a co-founder of the Haiti Action Committee. https://haitisolidarity.net/ Roth was a high school history teacher in San Francisco for 30 years and is now an instructional coach for new teachers. A lifelong activist, he was part of the Central America solidarity movement in the 1980’s and 1990’s and has worked for years to free political prisoners in the U.S.
Sponsor: Massachusetts Peace Action