Friday, March 4, 2011

Today's Issues Tackled by Umoja Club at Pt. Loma High

Tchaiko Kwayana, left, Amani Van Reed, Jamiela Winfield, Alara Bennett, Haiti TEACH-IN Presenter Pierre Labossiere, Uchechi Anigbogu, Alexis Ruiz, and Sharee Sweet.
A teach-in at Point Loma High School helped students explore Haiti with Pierre Labossiere, co-founder of the Haiti Action Committee.

Among the issues discussed: why is Haiti, the second-oldest republic in this hemisphere (1804) (after the USA) one of the world's poorest countries? The answer to that question changes emotion from pity to outrage when details of the history of Haiti are known. The Umoja Club, which will publish those findings in time, urges all to become well informed by becoming truth-seekers.

In 2009, the feature was Chimamanda Adichie's The Danger of a Single Story; last December, it was to present "the book of the century," Michele Alexander's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.

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