100 For Haiti is a grassroots campaign dedicated to raising awareness and financial assistance for the on-going relief efforts in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. My friend, Greg Bennick founded this organization after visiting the country just after the quake. His mission was to raise $100,000 for Dr. Jacques Denis who has been giving away medical care to those in need.
100 Shows for Haiti is a project that allows all of us the ability to help support the 100 For Haiti cause by contributing whatever skills we may have.
I originally learned about this project from a Facebook post from Greg. He was imploring all of his friends to contribute – to do what they do, for Haiti. I’m just a girl with a button machine. But I knew I had to get involved. Here’s why:
We, as citizens of the west, owe it to the Haitian people. The devastation in Haiti was a natural disaster, yes. But the utter lack of infrastructure, clean water, access to medical care, etc. is a direct result of the western world’s capitalistic agenda.
During the 1700′s, in the colony of Saint-Domingue, France brutally ruled over 500,000 African slaves producing sugar and coffee for export. The slaves revolted, overthrowing French rule, abolishing slavery, and establishing the nation of Haiti in 1804. -One of the only known successful slave uprising in history.
The US and much of the western world, not only refused to recognize the nation, but also imposed crippling trade embargoes. In 1825 France demanded reparations (150 million francs) to be paid to the former slave owners for lost income! To pay this obscene sum, Haiti was forced to take out loans from other western countries. Any funds that would have been used to create societal infrastructure, was instead used to pay former slave owners, and interest to global lending institutions.
As a condition for financing the IMF forced Haiti to lift it’s tariffs on imported rice. As a result heavily subsidized, unnaturally and unfairly cheap US rice and sugar entered the Haitian market, devastating the livelihood of Haitian farmers. -Effectively destroying the Haitian economy.
We in the west, have created perfect scenario for single natural event to completely devastate a nation. We owe it to Haiti. We owe them a lot more than 100 shows.
But, I’m just one girl. I have limited resources, I’m not in a band, but I do have a button machine! So I made up 100 magnets for Haiti and stuck them on a metal cash box at the coffee shop next door. People donate money and take a magnet. It’s only a little bit. But, if we all do our part we can help rebuild the great nation of Haiti.