Instead of rushing food, water and rescue teams to help the victims of Haiti's earthquake, the Obama administration has sent thousands of troops. A ring of U.S. warships now patrol Haiti's coast to stop desperate people from trying to flee to the U.S. With U.S. forces obstructing aid and beefing up "security" while Haitians die, it's hard to believe that the U.S. is motivated by humanitarianism. Meanwhile, the mainstream media have represented Haitians as, at best, incapable of helping themselves, and at worst, responsible for their plight. The coverage of the earthquake has brought back hard memories of the racist atmosphere whipped up after the Katrina disaster in New Orleans and has left out any mention of an older disaster--the long and bloody record of U.S. intervention. Come join the International Socialist Organization and Jesse Hagopian, an eyewitness and earthquake survivor to hear his story, voice your frustrations and discuss how to help the people of Haiti.
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