The Latest on Haiti


Some people in Haiti are riding out the earthquake in decent shape. Any guesses who?

As we mentioned yesterday, Royal Carribbean Cruise Lines is still docking at Labadee, its privately-owned Haitian port. Yes, they’re delivering some relief supplies, but they’re also encouraging their passengers to party at Labadee as well. My question: does Carnival get a cut of what these vendors in Haiti earn by entertaining passengers?

The following are announcements I’ve picked up here and there about fundraisers. Not all will have links.

Via Facebook, if you’re in south Florida on Saturday, January 24 from 6-10 p.m., Murphy’s Law Irish Pub at the Seminole Hard Rock will be holding a fundraiser for Haiti Relief. Patrons will be charged a $5 cover and all drink proceeds from 6 – 10 p.m. will be donated to the cause. Bartenders from the pub, as well as from other Seminole Paradise clubs and Center Bar inside the Casino, will be donating their time and tips. Murphy’s Law has pledged to match that amount.

In New York, I am Ayiti is holding a fundraiser featuring performances by DJ Laylo on the 1s and 2s, Kalunga Neg Mawon, Tiga Jean-Baptiste & T’Chaka, and Jhon Clarke (formerly of Black Parents). Minimum donation of $10, and CCADI is also a drop-off point for relief supplies. Check the link for more details.

Also in New York, Drom is hosting “The World Stands with Haiti,” with all proceeds going to benefit Partners in Health. Music by Charanga Soleil with very special guests “Papo” Ortega – Pepito Gomez – Luisito Ayala – Eddy Zervigon – Ray Martinez – Richard Agustin – Cedric Brooks & many more surprise artists.

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Brian Spears is Senior Poetry Editor of The Rumpus and the author of A Witness in Exile (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011). His poem “Upon Reading That Andromeda Will One Day Devour Triangulum and Come For Us Next” was featured in Season 9 of Motion Poems. More from this author →