Cabral/Truth Circle: Haiti: Tropical Storm Isaac in the Midst of Housing and Cholera Crises

The Cabral/Truth Circle Film/Book Discussion on Africa and the African Diaspora 

Haiti: Tropical Storm Isaac in the Midst of Housing and Cholera Crises  

Tuesday September 25th, 2012, 6:00-8:00pm

Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th Street, NW (5th and K) Washington DC 20001

 

“If we are going to forge a 21st century movement for peace and justice, we must first understand the plight of our brethren around the world. The Cabral/Truth Circles are designed to educate and then motivate our community to take action against tyranny, racism, and all forms of war.”

                                                                              --Nicole Lee

                                                                                President, TransAfrica 

 

The Cabral/Truth Circle is a combination of a great film festival and an exciting book club that focuses on the history and political movements of Africa and the African Diaspora. The Circle, named after Amilcar Cabral and Sojourner Truth, focuses on the history and political movements of Africa and the African Diaspora through a film screening and highlighting of a complementary book.  Every other month, TransAfrica shows a short documentary and hosts a discussion linking history and current affairs, and encouraging individual and collective activism.

The Cabral/Truth Circle on September 10th will focus on the housing and cholera crises in Haiti.  January 12, 2013 will mark three years since Haiti experienced the devastating earthquake which claimed more than 230,000 lives.  Housing for those who lost their homes that day is still a critical problem—over 400,000 people are still living in tents.  To further exacerbate this condition, the island was severely hit in late August by Tropical Storm Isaac, causing flooding and further loss of life.  Tropical Storm Isaac also posed concern on the possibility of the cholera epidemic expanding.    In October 2010 Haitian citizens began being infected by cholera—an epidemic never before recorded in Haiti. The source of the disease was suspected to be from a United Nations (UN) base (the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti [Minustah] base) and was later linked to the negligent dumping of sewage into a nearby river by UN peacekeeping soldiers. Human rights groups have filed claims with the UN on behalf of over 5,000 Haitians who have fallen victim to the cholera outbreak; $100,000 is being asked for the families of victims who died and $50,000 for those who contracted the illness and recovered.  Thus the Cabral/Truth Circle on September 10th will have an update on the lawsuit against the UN and action that is being taken to solve the housing crisis.

Film: Baseball in The Time of Cholera by David Darg & Bryn Mooser. Description from official trailer site: A powerful insight into the tragedy of Haiti's Cholera Epidemic through the eyes of a young baseball player. As the Cholera epidemic rages in Haiti, the UN still denies responsibility for introducing the disease despite glaring evidence. This is the story of Joseph, a young baseball player, and a Haitian Lawyer fighting for compensation for the victims. As the epidemic spreads, the two stories intersect in the struggle for survival and justice. (Source: http://vimeo.com/37219100)

The Cabral/Truth Circle is named in honor of Amilcar Cabral and Sojourner Truth. Amilcar Cabral was one of Africa's most successful and thoughtful leaders. He led the anti-colonialism movement in Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau. Sojourner Truth petitioned the government and won back her five-year-old son who had been sold illegally. She spent the rest of her days traveling throughout the country encouraging the debate to end slavery and the creation of a peaceful society.

The venue is Busboys and Poets, one of the most exciting establishments in the Washington area. Busboys and Poets is a restaurant, bookstore and gathering place for people who believe that social justice and peace are attainable goals. Admission is free, but space is limited. We encourage you to have dinner with us and change the world.

For more information: 202.223.1960 ext. 137 or email info@transafrica.org.