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A benefit for Haiti

Friday 9 December. A gathering to hear from participants at the heart of the historic trial of the Mangrove 9, which was a landmark in the anti-racist movement in Britain.  Althea Jones Lecointe, Ian Macdonald QC  & Linton Kwesi Johnson, plus drummers The Burru Players.


Haití 3 pixabay In August 1970, over 150 Black people held a march against long-term police harassment in Ladbroke Grove, West London. Hundreds of police turned out, leading to nine arrests and twenty-nine charges including affray, incitement to riot and assault on a policeman.

The high-profile case at the Old Bailey ran for two months, ending with the complete acquittal of five defendants, and only minor charges for others. It was the first judicial acknowledgement of racism within the Metropolitan police.

This historic gathering will also be a Fundraiser For Haiti in response to the destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew.

All money received will go to Haiti Emergency Relief Fund (HERF) to benefit grassroots people in Haiti directly.

Hurricane Matthew killed over 1,000 people and hundreds of thousands are without shelter or food.

The cities of Les Cayes, Jeremie, and many villages in the southwestern part of the country have been devastated, crops and livestock destroyed, reversing the gains in food production made by women’s agricultural co-operatives and other local farmers.

Massive flooding has brought a deadly spike in water-borne diseases, particularly cholera (brought to Haiti by UN troops), which has already reached epidemic proportions.

Haití 2Haiti – Hurricane Matthew 2016

While the situation in Haiti has mostly faded from the world media, the catastrophic conditions faced by the people have only got worse. This latest destruction is on top of the 2010 earthquake.

Haiti hardly benefitted from the millions that the Red Cross and other NGOs collected on behalf of victims of the quake – six years later, 60,000 were still living in camps.

We will never forget that Haiti was first to overthrow slavery and imperialism (1804: see CLR James’ The Black Jacobins). They have paid a heavy price for their “revolutionary impertinence”.

Haiti’s revolution paved the way to ending slavery in the Americas. Yet it is rarely on the agenda of anti-racists and anti-imperialists. We must change that.

This fundraiser is organized in the spirit of solidarity and self-help, and as part of the debt we all owe Haitians. We ask friends of Haiti to give generously to Haiti Emergency Relief Fund which takes no admin costs from donations.

Haití 5 pixabayThe face book event with details for Benefit is here.  Caribbean Labour Solidarity is co-sponsoring this historic benefit — contact us if you would like to add your support.

Friday 9 December,   6:00 pm. Tickets:  £5 low waged; £10+ high waged, more if you can.

For more information contact: Global Women’s Strike   &   Women of Colour GWS. Tel: 020 7482 2496

(Photos: Pixabay)

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