Friday, January 15, 2010

Bill Quigley: Ten Things the US Should Do for Haiti, Huge Sacramento Rally,

Again, a strong recommendation to listen to Democracy Now,
particularly the brilliant, spontaneous analysis of Randall Robinson.
It reminds me of not only his great leadership of the anti-apartheid
movement here, but how much he is missed here, since his self-exile
in St. Kitts. He starts slowly, then really delivers.
for stations schedule or the interview itself. -Ed

Sent: Thursday, January 14, 2010 12:25 PM

Ten Things the US Can and Should Do for Haiti

By Bill Quigley
Bill Quigley's ZSpace Page: Jan 14, 2010

One. Allow all Haitians in the US to work. The number one source of money
for poor people in Haiti is the money sent from family and workers in the US
back home. Haitians will continue to help themselves if given a chance.
Haitians in the US will continue to help when the world community moves on
to other problems.

Two. Do not allow US military in Haiti to point their guns at Haitians.
Hungry Haitians are not the enemy. Decisions have already been made which
will militarize the humanitarian relief - but do not allow the victims to be
cast as criminals. Do not demonize the people.

Three. Give Haiti grants as help, not loans. Haiti does not need any more
debt. Make sure that the relief given helps Haiti rebuild its public sector
so the country can provide its own citizens with basic public services.

Four. Prioritize humanitarian aid to help women, children and the elderly.
They are always moved to the back of the line. If they are moved to the
back of the line, start at the back.

Five. President Obama can enact Temporary Protected Status for Haitians
with the stroke of a pen. Do it. The US has already done it for El
Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Sudan and Somalia. President Obama should do
it on Martin Luther King Day.

Six. Respect Human Rights from Day One. The UN has enacted Guiding
Principles for Internally Displaced People. Make them required reading for
every official and non-governmental person and organization. Non
governmental organizations like charities and international aid groups are
extremely powerful in Haiti - they too must respect the human dignity and
human rights of all people.

Seven. Apologize to the Haitian people everywhere for Pat Robertson and
Rush Limbaugh.

Eight. Release all Haitians in US jails who are not accused of any crimes.
Thirty thousand people are facing deportations. No one will be deported to
Haiti for years to come. Release them on Martin Luther King day.

Nine. Require that all the non-governmental organizations which raise money
in the US be transparent about what they raise, where the money goes, and
insist that they be legally accountable to the people of Haiti.

Ten. Treat all Haitians as we ourselves would want to be treated.

Bill Quigley ( is Legal Director at the Center for
Constitutional Rights and a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans.
He is a Katrina survivor and has been active in human rights in Haiti for
years with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti.

From: Z Net - The Spirit Of Resistance Lives


From: Justin Ruben,

The news coming out of Haiti is almost too terrible to imagine.

Three million people have been affected by Tuesday's earthquake, and the Red
Cross estimates as many as 50,000 may be dead. Survivors are digging through
the rubble with their hands in a desperate attempt to rescue those who are

With water and medical supplies in short supply, and the Haitian government
paralyzed, international aid efforts in the next few days will be critical
to prevent more human suffering.

These three charities, and many others, are providing care. If you can
contribute to help fund their emergency efforts, please do.

a.. Doctors Without Borders:

a.. Oxfam America:

a.. Yéle Haiti:

Thanks for all you do.


California OneCare
From: California OneCare
Sent: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 2:38 PM

Daily Kos Features Huge Rally for Single Payer in Sacramento

Dear Ed,

The campaign for single payer health care reform in California got a "shot
in the arm" in Sacramento Monday and a report about it became the top
recommended blog on Daily Kos. Busloads of California Health Professional
Student Alliance members--medical, nursing, public health and allied health
students--marched to the Capitol steps and joined a crowd of about a
thousand supporters for a raucous rally for single payer. Blogger
"Shockwave" attended the rally and posted his report about it on Daily Kos
yesterday morning. It quickly become the #1 recommended blog on the
influential progressive website. Read his report on Daily Kos, "Shockwave"
is a Health Care for All-California member and a California OneCare

The video featured in the blog was created by California OneCare Campaign
Co-Chair, Don Schroeder. The video is available on YouTube.

Featured speaker at the rally was Senator Mark Leno, principle author of SB
810, the California Universal Health Care Act that will begin its way
through the legislature later this month. The bill, dubbed California
OneCare, has passed twice before, only to be vetoed by Governor
Schwarzenegger. It is expected to pass again by late summer. One goal of the
California OneCare Campaign is to make sure the governor signs it this time.
If he doesn't, the goal is to override a veto with a two-thirds "healthy
majority" in the legislature next year.

The event organizer and MC was JB Fenix, California Physicians' Alliance
Fellow, who was joined at the podium by Chris Scannell from the USC Medical
School, and Lea Rosemurgy from the UCSF School of Nursing. Additional
speakers at the rally included Deborah Burger, RN, Co-President of the
California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, James
Kahn, MD, President of the California Physicians' Alliance, Allan Clark,
Alliance President of the California School Employees Association, Nan
Brasmer, President, California Alliance of Retired Americans, and Andrew
McGuire, Executive Director of Health Care for All-Calfifornia and the
California OneCare Campaign.

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