Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Day 2 in Port-au-Prince: "Young Men with Crowbars"

by David L. Wilson

[The author was in Port-au-Prince with a delegation when the January 12 earthquake struck the city. Because of limited electricity and internet connection, he was unable to send this report out until he got back to New York the morning of January 18. For an earlier report, see "Singing and Praying at Night in Port-au-Prince."]

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Jan. 15 -- I finally saw uniformed Haitian police on the street here at about 9 am two days ago, on Wednesday, more than 16 hours after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake destroyed much of the Haitian capital.

I'd gone out with photojournalist Tequila Minsky to survey damaged neighborhoods and the wrecked National Palace, and we'd just gone a few blocks back towards our hotel when Tequila spotted the agents. Four were sitting on chairs in front of a small building; another seemed to be getting something out of a patrol car.

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Thursday, Jan. 21: NYC Area Haiti Teach-In

We Are Haiti: A Teach In on the Crisis
Thursday, January 21, 2010
7:30pm - 10:00pm
The Brecht Forum
451 West Street (Between Bank and Bethune)

Ray Laforest, a Haitian American labor leader
Christian Lemoine, a Haitian American activist
David L. Wilson, a US based activist who was present during the Haiti earthquake

While the earthquake in Haiti has revealed the faultlines of United
States intervention in the country since its founding in 1804, the
relief efforts led by grassroots activists and organizations have
opened up new political space for a lasting international solidarity
with the Haitian people at their time of need.

Join us for an emergency teach in on the Haitian crisis as we hear
first hand accounts of the earthquake, relief efforts, US policy and
the prospects for a new solidarity movement with the people of Haiti.


1 comment:

Mary Hopkins said...

Your "young men with crowbars" remind me of one of the sparks of hope that I hold on to as I read about this horror.

In 1985 I was living near Mexico City when the big quake hit. A group of "young men with crowbars" organized themselves into a neighborhood rescue team that was so effective that it was taken into other neighborhoods to mentor the rescue volunteers. They became local celebrities, and the press dubbed them "los topos de Tlatelolco," the Tlatelolco Moles, for their neighborhood. The group is still working today, 24 years later, and I've recently read that some of them are in Haiti the last few days.

I hope & pray that some equivalent of "los Topos de Tlatelolco" will come out of this terrible situation. *Many* equivalents!

Thank you for the reporting David. Stay safe.