9 Dec, Haiti Benefit: Mangrove Nine, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jimmy Haynes and more!
A Benefit for Haiti
How the Mangrove 9 Won
Altheia Jones Lecointe, Ian Macdonald QC
Linton Kwesi Johnson & The Burru Players, Jimmy Senya Haynes
Friday 9 December, 6pm
Trinity United Reform Church, Buck St, London NW1 8NJ
A gathering to hear from participants at the heart of the historic trial of the Mangrove 9, which was a landmark in the anti-racist movement in Britain.
In August 1970, over 150 Black people marched against long-term police harassment in Ladbroke Grove, West London. Hundreds of police turned out, leading to nine arrests and twenty-nine charges including affray, incitement to riot and assault on a policeman.
The high-profile case at the Old Bailey ended with the complete acquittal of five defendants, and only minor charges for others. It was the first judicial acknowledgement of racism within the Metropolitan police.
Tickets: £5 unwaged/low waged; £10+ high waged; more if you can
No one turned away for lack of funds.
This historic gathering will also be a
All money received will go to Haiti Emergency Relief Fund (HERF) to benefit grassroots people in Haiti directly. Hurricane Matthew killed over 1,000 people and hundreds of thousands are without shelter or food. The cities of Les Cayes, Jeremie, and many villages in the south western part of the country have been devastated, crops and livestock destroyed, reversing gains in food production made by women’s agricultural co-operatives and other local farmers. Massive flooding has brought a deadly spike in water-borne diseases, particularly cholera (brought to Haiti by UN troops), which has already reached epidemic proportions.
While the situation in Haiti has mostly faded from the world media, the catastrophic conditions faced by the people have only got worse. This latest destruction is on top of the 2010 earthquake. Haiti hardly benefitted from the millions that the Red Cross and other NGOs collected on behalf of victims of the quake – six years later, 60,000 were still living in camps.
We will never forget that Haiti was first to overthrow slavery and imperialism (1804: see CLR James’ The Black Jacobins). They have paid a heavy price for their “revolutionary impertinence”. Haiti’s revolution paved the way to ending slavery in the Americas. Yet it is rarely on the agenda of anti-racists and anti-imperialists. We must change that.
This fundraiser is in the spirit of solidarity and self-help, and part of the debt we all owe Haitians. Give generously to HERF which takes no admin costs.
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