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Combating the 'Tarzan effect' in Haiti

Nayaba Arinde | 4/12/2011, 5:32 p.m.

The December 12th Movement is calling on donations for Haiti to be sent to the CODE Foundation. For more information, call (718) 398-1766.

Chief Chika Onyeani, founder of the Celebrate Africa Foundation, told the AmNews, "This is a time for action. It is a time for Africans throughout the world to respond to this tragedy as the world has always responded to disasters in Africa. Under the leadership of the Celebrate Africa Foundation, Africans can respond generously to the people of Haiti. Arrangements have been made for Africans to contribute products needed to help the people of Haiti. You can donate canned goods [non-perishable products], bottled water, tents and shoes.

"While Celebrate Africa Foundation is not accepting any funds for the Haitian relief, they did donate $1,000 to Haitian disaster relief. We urgently call on all Africans to act immediately." For more information, call (212) 222-7444.

"First, question everything! I find the Haitian issue will uncover everyone's agenda," declared Edward Harris, filmmaker and documentarian. "The U.S. will militarize their help, for example. TV news clips will show soldiers with guns more than soldiers with supplies. Why aren't they at sites digging out survivors? What's in their hands? The African-American effort will reveal just how in little power and movement we have internationally without sanction. The aid coming into Haiti, if it were for purely humanitarian reasons, they would have been there before the disaster."

Harris questioned: "Who are the major property owners? What are the plans to rebuild? By the way, New Orleans is still messed up. CNN is running more and more shots of victims...is it to desensitize? Where are the churches? Why would Governor Rendell bring 53 orphans to Philadelphia, when he hasn't taken care of the Black children in his state since he was elected...i.e., North Philly?

"Our response to the CNN's historic view must be dynamic and scathing. The Black press"

Rudolph Muhammad said, "There are 44 members of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps in Haiti working at the general hospital in Port-au-Prince. There are 30 members waiting to go on Saturday. We are prepared to send volunteers every week until the job is done. We have Haitian members that are a part of the Vulcan Society [Black firefighters], NYPD, FDNY, Corrections Department, MTA, Sanitation, Board of Education, Yele Haiti [Wyclef Jean], etc."

Muhammad urged the general community to bring first aid, emergency supplies, and dried and canned food to the Bedford Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 727 Greene Avenue (at Marcus Garvey), Brooklyn.

Health activist Asantewaa Harris declared, "Attention 'healers': BSVAC has been active on this for eight days. Donate your healing skills: reiki, massage and tonics and natural holistic health. They need our love and care." For more information, log on to www.bsvac.org or call (212) 650-5008

For more information about how to donate or assist, contact www.Yele.org, www.konbitpe.org or www.doctorswithoutborders.org or call the Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees at (718) 735-4660. To donate money or hardware, go to www.sign-post.org or visit www.orthoworld