- Category: News & Analysis
- Created on Wednesday, 27 January 2010 09:00
- Written by Greensboro Loves Haiti
As you all know Haiti recently suffered from a 7.0 earthquake which resulted in horrific damage to their country. The last statement from the Haitian government I heard estimated 50,000 deaths, but some commentators are estimating up to 100,000.
The event is a benefit dinner for disaster relief in Haiti. We're asking for a $5 dollar suggested donation per plate. But, don't let that discourage you from coming. Bring whatever you can, especially a sense of solidarity
The event will include an open mic for speakers/poetry. People planning to attend are encouraged to bring their own poetry, rhymes, as well as statements and commentary. A jazz group from Guilford College will be playing music during the segment of dinner not allocated for the open mic session.
The event officially starts at 5pm but folks are welcome to come and go whenever they please.
Food will be cooked by Food Not Bombs and provided by them as well as some individual donors.
Haiti is a country with one of the highest numbers of NGOs compared to population in the world. Taking this into consideration, all money raised will be given only to groups who are or work directly with indigenous Haitian organizations in order to strengthen their collective bargaining power, sovereignty, and autonomy. We'd like to act in solidarity rather than charity. Although disasters are natural, it's the response that determines whether they become a crisis.
Information about Haiti's history will be provided at the event. If anyone has any further questions please message an administrator or comment on this event and we will be happy to reply.