Struggling To Help Haiti

The Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia have secured a jumbo jet, but need $100,000 to get it off the ground.

By Gerald Johnson
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They insist, though, that providing help to Haiti should be a moral imperative not just for the Haitian diaspora, but for all Americans.

“When you look at W.E.B. Dubois and a number of different activists in the black community, those leaders were talking to Saint L’Ouverture in Haiti, they were talking to Dessalines,” says Momperousse. “They were inspired by the fact that this country, Haiti, had the first successful slave rebellion. Haiti’s example was really the impetus for freedom here in the United States.”

In the back office of Vivant Art Collection, a drowsy Morisset summons the energy to pour through more than 500 emails that she and HPP have received since the crisis. A particular message catches her eye—and her ire. It’s an online article from the New York Times.

“I would like to see ‘First Black Republic Suffers Earthquake’ instead of the New York Times reading ‘Quake Ignores Class Divisions of a Poor Land,’” she says.

She says that Haiti does not need pity—it needs relief, the kind that HPP is working on a daily basis to provide.

When she speaks of Haiti's possibilities, her eyes light up; no longer are they the heavy windows to a tired soul that has been working 16-hour days. “This is an opportunity to rebuild,” she says, invoking classic Haitian resilience. “This is an opportunity for rebirth.”

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1. Peas & Rice said... on Jan 20, 2010 at 11:33AM

“Haitians helping Haitins...I like it.”

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2. DJ tRIO tRE' said... on Jan 21, 2010 at 05:44PM

“WPEB gave shouts last Sat, 16JAN2010 at 2pm on our Hazel for Haitians awareness show...we are looking to re-broadcast...hit us up 215.472.0881 or 541B S.52nd St (@ Hazel ) at West Philly's only community radio station.

Good luck....come through DJ Rod Bell's thuRsday gig at Blue Martini...he was guest DJ along side Valentino from 45th & Baltimore!


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3. DJ tRIO tRE' said... on Jan 24, 2010 at 12:30AM

“CORRECTION - DJ Rod Bell spins Mondays & Fridays, not thuRsdays at Blue Marini downtown, philly... ooops. ThuRsdays are at!”


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