Since its inception in March 2004, the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund has given concrete aid to Haiti’s grassroots democratic movement as they attempted to survive the brutal coup and to rebuild shattered development projects. We urge you to contribute generously, not only for this immediate crisis, but in order to support the long-run development of human rights, sustainable agriculture and economic justice in Haiti.
During this period, if you or anyone you know are planning to make a donation to assist those in need, please consider the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund. Donations will be forwarded to our partners on the ground to help them rebuild what has been destroyed.
I donated to HERF in 2004 as a way to make some small amends for the coup the U.S. had just helped to carry out in Haiti, because I was confident they'd put the money to the best use. I'm sure they'll do the same now, both in terms of immediate disaster relief and in building the type of civil society that has a better chance of withstanding these kinds of catastrophes in the future.
If you're an American and want to understand why you and I share far more responsibility than other people for the ongoing devastation of Haiti—a centuries-long experiment in cruelty that President Irony has been more than happy to get behind—read this and this.