Welcoming Dr. Maryse Narcisse of Fanmi Lavalas to the Bay Area

The Center for Political Education is excited to welcome Dr. Maryse Narcisse of Fanmi Lavalas to the Bay Area on April 23rd.  We believe her visit is a important opportunity to be in solidarity with the struggles of the Haitian people.  We are very grateful to Haiti Action Committee for organizing this powerful event.

In anticipation of Dr. Narcisse’s visit we offer the following interview with our friend Pierre Labossiere  of the Haiti Action Committee on the significance of Dr. Narcisses’s visit. We also offer a study guide we hope can be helpful understanding Haiti and its people’s fight for freedom–past, present, and future.  Please check out and share these resources, and please join us in welcome Dr. Dr. Maryse Narcisse to the Bay Area on April 23rd!

Pierre Labossiere on Dr. Maryse Narcisse and the Ongoing Struggle of Fanmi Lavalas

Dr. Maryse Narcisse Event Study Materials

Introductory Materials:

We Will Not Forget: The Achievements of Lavalas by Haiti Action Committee

“The Haitian Revolution: A Past Forever Present”, speech by Mildred Trouillot Aristide (March 31, 2017)

Democracy Now interview with Jean-Bertrand Aristide

Haiti 2017: From Demonstration Election to Electoral Coup, by Charlie Hinton (Haiti Action Committee)

Materials For Further Study:

Eyes of the Heart: Seeking a Path for the Poor in the Age of Globalization by Jean-Bertrand Aristide

Video of Jean-Bertrand Aristide speaking about Eyes of the Heart (April 8, 2000)

”Joyous Victory in a Bitter Time” by Robert Roth

“Haiti, 1986-1994: Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?” by William Blum (from Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions since World War II)

Hidden From the Headlines: The U.S. War Against Haiti by Haiti Action Committee

Deep Dive Materials:

In the Parish of the Poor: Writings from Haiti by Jean-Bertrand Aristide

The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution by CLR James

The Uses of Haiti by Paul Farmer

An Unbroken Agony: Haiti from Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President by Randall Robinson

Film: Bitter Cane

Additional Study Guides:

Teaching about Haiti by Teaching for Change

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