Marcel is the director of the Peasant Movement of Gros Morne. Through this network of small-acre farmers, Marcel conducts sustainable agriculture trainings and spreads information about our reforestation efforts. Most importantly, Marcel serves as a liaison between the Quixote Center and our on-the-ground partners, ensuring an equal exchange of communication, ideas, and inspiration that define the equal relationships the Quixote Center seeks.… (Read the Rest)
This past Monday the Haiti Advocacy Working Group hosted a panel on the cholera epidemic, introduced to Haiti by United Nations peacekeepers, that has killed almost 8500 Haitians to date.
The panel included Jonathan Katz, the journalist who broke the story that the UN peacekeepers were likely responsible for the epidemic, Yale Law professor Muneer Ahmad, who supervised the Peacekeeping Without Accountability report, and Dr.… (Read the Rest)
The horrific disaster in the Philippines has rocked political boats around the world. This kind of devastation is predicted to become more frequent as the Earth’s climate continues changing. Even if the Conference on Climate Change takes drastic action (which no reasonable observers expect), the train has left the station on emissions levels, and many scientists now argue that we are barreling past tipping points in climate change.… (Read the Rest)
The Food Aid Reform is moving and shaking! Here at the Quixote Center we have been meeting and collaborating with other lobbyists to follow Congress’ movements as Food Aid Reform negotiations start. Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY), the senior Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote an op-ed that provides some great points on food aid reform, and even specifies Haiti.… (Read the Rest)
On Monday, November 11 the 19th “Conference of Parties” of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-19) began in Warsaw, Poland. Negotiators are working toward a draft agreement with mandatory emission targets scheduled to be signed in Paris during COP-21 in 2015. Also on the agenda is securing financial commitments for the Green Climate Fund to provide assistance to countries to finance reform.… (Read the Rest)
Last week the Workers Rights Consortium issued a report on garment factories in Haiti that sew for major U.S. brands. The report found:
…garment factory owners in Haiti routinely, and illegally, cheat workers of substantial portions of their pay, depriving them of any chance to free their families from lives of grueling poverty and frequent hunger.… (Read the Rest)
Are you tired of watching CSI and wondering what it would be like to solve a real crime?? HERE IS YOUR CHANCE!
The GrassRoots Investigation Project of the Quixote Center (GRIP), located in College Park, MD, is looking for the right person to volunteer to help investigate a case right here in Maryland. Our client was convicted in 1993 of causing the death of an elderly gentleman who he allegedly robbed an injured – those injuries led to the man’s death some weeks later. Our client has always maintained his absolute innocence. He has served 20 years of a Life Without Parole sentence and has doggedly sought help with his case.
GRIP coordinator, Claudia Whitman, a seasoned investigator on old cases of people claiming innocence, is searching for a person who would be trained and mentored by her and would do investigation on this case. The work would involve meeting with the client, familiarizing yourself with the case, meeting with former defense attorneys on the case, obtaining documents and searching for witnesses and regular phone and email meetings with Claudia. Schedule will be flexible depending on availability of volunteer(s), but we anticipate up to 10 hours a month.
Claudia has worked as a full time volunteer for the Quixote Center for nearly 20 years. This position offers you a chance to have a first hand experience with the criminal justice system, to see what it is like to investigate a real case, and, hopefully, to help a person who has been denied justice. We will provide reimbursement for travel costs related to the investigation.… (Read the Rest)
The Worker Rights Consortium has released a new report that shows Haitian garment factory workers are routinely denied the minimum wage guaranteed by law: Scott Nova, the consortium’s executive director, said in an interview: “What goes on here is not some occasional violations where most companies are in compliance and a few are not.… (Read the Rest)
This week a lawsuit on behalf of victims of the reintroduction of cholera to Haiti was filed in New York against the United Nations. The source of the infections has been traced to Nepalese peacekeepers whose camp sanitation facilities were inadequate. The camp bordered a tributary of the Arbonite river, Haiti’s largest, and waste from infected peacekeepers spread the disease downstream.… (Read the Rest)
Okay. Not really. However, Bill de Blasio, the Democratic candidate for mayor of New York City, did work at the Quixote Center in 1987-88. I’ve never met him (I did not start at the Center until 2001) but it is certainly interesting to see an alum from a place I cherish making headlines. Of course, the Quixote Center is not the same place it was in 1988, and de Blasio is not the same person – we all grow and change. Does this matter for New York City in 2013? The New York Times decided it was important, and well, that is certainly okay with us.… (Read the Rest)