News of the massive earthquake in Haiti last month caught the attention of the world. Though many stories of struggle and relief have flooded media outlets, here are two more you may have yet to read...
NOA Member Horace Small with United Minority Neighborhoods (Jamaica Plain, MA) shares that their youth organizer Jenny Ulysee is currently stranded in Haiti. Jenny was inside her stepmother's hair salon in Mariani, Haiti, when the January 12 earthquake caused a nearby building to buckle and collapse onto the roof of her family's business. Hours later, the 19-year-old Hyde Park (Boston) resident and youth worker - who was visiting family with her twin brother Jerry, also of Hyde Park - was pulled from a stone pile, her left ankle swollen larger than a mango. After absorbing the physical and mental suffering dealt by the natural disaster - her stepmother and other relatives were killed, and an infant was suddenly left in her care - Ulysee walked and hitchhiked approximately 30 miles to the American embassy in Port-au-Prince. It was there that she received yet another blow: she was told that, as a permanent resident but non-citizen of the US, she would not be able to return home to Boston.
Jenny Ulysse is a legal permanent resident of the US. She needs medical attention. For more details or to help, email umnunity-at-gmail.com. Or contact Union of Minority Neighborhoods 891 Centre Street | Jamaica Plain | MA | 02130 617-522-3349
NOA Member Ricardo Levins Morales is distributing this beautiful poster for Haiti solidarity through his art studio. This poster is sold signed with half the proceeds going to support earthquake relief via Partners in Health. Partners in Health is the grassroots aid group started in Haiti by Dr. Paul Farmer. It is led by Haitian community people and provides direct assistance without the costs of an administrative bureaucracy.
"I created it the night of the earthquake and it has been spread around by people forwarding it, putting on their web pages, profiles, e-newsletters and so forth. Please help it reach even farther by doing the same! Thank you so much!
In solidarity, Ricardo"
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