Brooklyn’s Caribbean -American Community Responds To Disaster In Haiti


 CaribWorldNews, BROOKLYN, New York, Thurs. Jan. 21, 2010: Aimed at coordinating a united community effort in response to the destruction in Haiti, the West Indian American Day Carnival Association has put out a call for an outpouring of love, prayers and solidarity to salute the resilience of the Haitian People.

 `Haiti We Love You` is the theme of a massive solidarity march and rally that will take place on Saturday, January 30, 2010. Collaborating with several other community service organizations, local elected officials and Caribbean clergy, the West Indian American Day Carnival Association – the driving force behind the annual West Indian Carnival Parade – is hopeful that this visual outpouring of love will help bring healing to wounded hearts and broken spirits.

`In times of celebration and joy we come together as one people and salute our common heritage with revelry,` said Yolanda Lezama-Clark,  President of WIADCA and VP of the Carlos Lezama Archives & Caribbean Cultural Center (CLACC-C). `It is befitting that in this time of deep sorrow that the West Indian American Day Carnival Association is used as a vehicle to stage a united response from our community.`
Beginning at 11 on the morning of January 30th, a massive gathering of supporters will begin their march from the corner of Church and Rogers Avenues in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn and pass through the hub of  Haitian-American community. The procession will culminate with an information rally and cultural expressions at the Plaza of Medgar Evers College.
Organizers of the march recognize that the magnitude of this catastrophe is inconceivable and people are overwhelmed by the innumerable disaster relief initiatives. The `Haiti We Love You` rally will provide updates and connect people to local initiatives that are happening in the community.  With a visible response by people in the streets, `Haiti We Love You` provides the opportunity to convey to the Haitian people that they are not alone in their struggle to rebuild and our continued prayers and support go out to them.
Co-sponsoring organizations include — Mas & Steelbands Organizations, United States Steelband Association, Carlos Lezama Archives & Caribbean Cultural Center (CLACC-C), Caricom Consular Corps, House of the Lord Church, Medgar Evers College, (CUNY), Community Service Society (CSS), Trinidad & Tobago Alliance, J’ouvert City International, Inc., Savoir Faire, Bench Warmers Rhythm Section, Casanovas, Phagwa, Natural Expressions, Kutters, Trinidad & Tobago Ex-Police Association, Forgotten Children of Haiti, Foundation Evangelique for Development of Haiti, Nostrand Avenue Merchants Association, Grenada Nurses Association, International African-American Arts Festival, Halefo, Life for the World, Inc., Radio Soleil, Everybody’s Magazine, 1199,  Drums of Freedom, Spice Island, Hearts of Steel, Something Positive,  The Court of St. Michael Spiritual Baptist Church, Kings County Hospital Center, Abstract Entertainment (Panjazz), Anasta Boxing & Sports Club and Mount Hope Spiritual Baptist Church.
For further information, or telephone at (718) 467-1797.


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