Far from hapless victims, Haitians have a vibrant history of resistance. On January 1st, 1804 Haiti won its independence and was the first to defeat the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. As Grassroots celebrates this movement and the victories it won, this history remains relevant for organizing around the world today.
Hurricane Matthew made a direct hit on Haiti on October 4, pounding the island nation with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph. The first Category 4 storm to hit Haiti in more than 50 years, the cyclone assaulted the precarious infrastructure and flooded the denuded countryside. As Rosnel Jean Baptiste from Tet Kole explains: "Haiti is a very vulnerable country -- and because of our vulnerability hurricanes do not pass by without doing terrible damage."