Beverly Bell

Beverly Bell

Beverly Bell is the founder of Other Worlds and more than a dozen international organizations and networks, Beverly is also an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. Beverly has worked for more than three decades as an organizer, advocate, and writer in collaboration with social movements in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and the U.S.   She is the author of the book Walking on Fire: Haitian Women's Stories of Survival and Resistance.

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Sunday, March 07, 2010
Non-Random Acts of Kindness
My 85-year-old mother left a message on my phone right after the earthquake. "I've found 44 baskets around the house and wonder if you can help get them to Haiti. They're so pretty, and I think they would be good for people to keep their belongings in."
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Tuesday, March 02, 2010
A Future for Agriculture, A Future for Haiti
We plant but we can't produce or market. We plant but we have no food to eat. We want agriculture to improve so our country can live and so we peasants can live, too. - Rilo Petit-homme, peasant organizer from St. Marc, Haiti
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Friday, February 26, 2010
'Post Disaster Needs Assessment' - Whose Needs? Whose Assessment?
The Haitian government has been largely silent since the January 12 earthquake. Publicly, that is. Who knows what officials are saying behind closed doors to international governments and other donors? Citizens don’t. They have heard from President René Préval about his personal losses from the quake – his shirts, his palace - but about little else, least of all about the substance of governmental plans for reconstruction.
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Raising Up Another Haiti
As Haiti moves forward from the current point of devastation of its population, capitol city, and economy, what could a different nation look like? Who knows better than the Haitian majority? Why not ask them what they need and want?
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Magalie Marcelin
"A loss for the whole nation." That is how one of Magalie Marcelin's friends described the death of this women's rights leader in Haiti's earthquake January 12.
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Sunday, February 14, 2010
Beyond Disaster Aid to Solidarity
People have all kinds of things to say about where Haiti should go from here, and how it should get there. It's an old story, that of being sure what's best for the Haitian people, trying to remake Haiti in one's own image.
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Thursday, February 11, 2010
Fighting Like Hell
The pioneering labor organizer Mother Jones said, "Pray for the dead, and fight like hell for the living." That pretty much sums up the priorities for Haiti today.
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