by Judith de los Santos
Panelists: Ezili Danto, Kambale Musavuli, Adaner Usmani and Beverly Bell
Moderator: Judith de los Santos
The disasters, which mirror the devastation caused by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, have generated a complicated and fractured terrain on which human rights and economic justice are seriously compromised.
Displaced people, scattered communities, devastated homes and grieving families combine with acute shortages of food, health care and other resources. In the wake of such life disruptions, neo-liberal policies and conservative political formations take root, penetrating the political-economic cracks and simultaneously the collective consciousness of a people.
In solidarity with the people, how do we consider, organize with and fight for justice. What structures of accountability can we generate when economies of the wealthy few are tied to the devastation of the disenfranchised many?
Bay View readers will welcome this opportunity to see and hear two outstanding and internationally renowned advocates, Ezili Danto and Kambale Musavuli, whose writing the Bay View has been proud to publish. Ezili (longtime readers will remember her as Marguerite Laurent) emphasizes the economic disparity in Haiti: Half of 1 percent of Haitians own 98 percent of the wealth.
Judith de los Santos is a New York-based writer and activist around issues of struggle and resistance within the African Diaspora and Central Africa. She can be reached at email@example.com. Ezili Danto, attorney, playwright and performance poet, heads the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network (HLLN). Visit her at www.ezilidanto.com, www.margueritelaurent.com or www.open.salon.com/blog/ezili_danto. Kambale Musavuli is spokesperson and student coordinator for Friends of the Congo. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.