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Deport Them

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I came across an article in today’s New York Times about a Haitian young man who is a  low level drug offender (possession of a joint) and the grim consequences that he faced after pleading guilty and paying his $100 fine for the misdemeanor. Try 3 plus years in a federal lockup in Texas, including 10 months in solitary confinement while waiting deportation to Haiti, a place he hasn’t seen in over 25 years. This case highlights the complexities in governmental interpretations of immigration laws as they pertain to drug offenses. Read the article here…

Deport Them

PS my friend and fellow Haitian filmmaker Greg Jesus is exploring this topic and more in his documentary “Lost In Haiti”. Check out his trailer here…

Lost In Haiti

Gede Greg C.

Art Imitates Life

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The aftermath of the Haitian earthquake has given artists in Port Au Prince and the surrounding areas a new lease on life. The ruin and rubble generated by the quake has taken on a quasi-positive role; serving as the fresh paint and canvas and providing affected artisans the raw materials and themes to get catharsis from the disaster  through their new works. Take a look into the Haitian phenomenon called “quake art” …….

Art Imitates Life

Gede Greg C.

Danny Glover Visits Haiti

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Actor and noted friend of Haiti recently visited the island to survey the the destruction and rebuilding efforts after the earthquake. See the video at cnn.com .

Danny Glover Visits Haiti

Gede Greg C.

Carnegie Hall Helps Haiti

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Check out this piece in the New York Times detailing the monies raised by  a recent benefit concert in NYC concert venue Carnegie Hall. Apparently there is some suspicion as to how much money was actually raised and how it was raised. To top things off, Wyclef Jean performed at the benefit. Interesting….

Carnegie Hall Helps Haiti

Gede Greg C.

Lawrence Harrison Speaks

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I came across this vid by Lawrence Harrison the Director of the Cultural Change Institute who talks about Haitian history and events that may have led to Haiti’s vulnerable state pre-earthquake. He’s a controversial figure for sure, but some interesting points are raised. Your thoughts.

Lawrence Harrison Speaks

Gede Greg C.

Dirty Handshakes

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I have absolutely no words for the actions of this idiot George W. Bush with his international hand wiping incident. If it wasn’t clear in the past what this former President and the whole Right wing feels about Haitians and most coloreds around the world, the proof is right here. I don’t want to hear anything about it being a split second reaction or the fact that the Haitian person’s hand may have been sweaty or dirty. As the former President of the world’s foremost superpower, there is simply no room for a political faux pas of this scale. I wonder what Barack Hussein Obama thinks about this or what the official spin coming out of the GOP’s media war room will be. I also wonder where Obama wiped his hand after meeting Haitian President Renee Preval.  I’m interested in seeing what you all out there think about this.

Dirty Handshakes

Gede Greg C.

Caribbean NY’ers Still Giving To Haiti

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A feel good story from today’s NY Daily News regarding the output of aid to Haiti from NY based Caribbean groups and individuals.

Caribbean NY’ers Keep On Helping Haiti

Gede Greg C.