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Haiti: What we need to do

This is not a call for money.  This is a call for digital advocacy like never seen before.

Haiti’s recent disaster came at the unfortunate media timing of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.  Perhaps this is why you might be caught unawares that 500,000 lives are at a unique risk of ending prematurely in the next 24-72 hours.  Only an immediate concerted force of individual digital action can hope to steer media attention, political leadership, and economic resources to save human life.  

Hurricane Gustav and Tropical Storm Hanna have flooded the city of Gonaives Haiti.  You probably have not seen pictures of the devastation because the city has been made completely inaccessible from dry land by these storm waters.  Gonaives is now an epicenter for violent deaths of dehydration, malaria, typhoid, tuberculosis, and starvation.  The only reason you have not read about the certainly thousands of people who have already died is because no one is there to count the bodies except those lucky enough to escape to rooftops and treetops.  Thousands more are certain to perish if an international effort is not made to evacuate the city, feed the hungry, and give medical care to the sick.

The 2004 Tsunami and the earthquakes in Pakistan and China have taught us that if we use the already available resources to rescue those trapped and bring care to those who are unable to be rescued we can save hundreds of thousands of lives from the fatal lingering impacts of severe devastation.  There is no longer a question of “Are we able?”  The only relevant is “Are we willing?”  We have to be willing. 

Where there is a will there is a way.  Because the national political community has yet to respond to the immediacy of this human emergency we must act within the next 24-72 hours to make them do so.  Our way is the digital media.  We need the crisis in Haiti to go viral in more ways than infectious disease.  We need you to  Vlog, iReport on CNN, write front page Blog posts, email letters to your editor and, put Haiti on your twitter and as always, flood your elected representatives with demands for restoring the human right of life to our Haitian brothers and sisters. 

Points of Information

  1. -Haiti has been hit by three tropical cyclones in as many weeks
  2. -Over 500,000 people are at immediate risk of death
  3. -There must be immediate delivery of foreign aid in the form of money and food
  4. -There must be immediate transport of refugees from the floodwaters
  5. 1 minute video and article  

If there has ever been a test of the power of good in the digital age it is upon us.  If we are able to shape political agendas, to effect the distribution of resources, and to guide the eyes of the media then we are able to end human suffering, restore human dignity, and prove, with certainty, that the relevancy of digital media is paramount in shaping modern human discourse. 

As the poor remain stuck on the rooftops and in the treetops of Gonaives watching dead bodies float by, as farmers survey their stripped land and decide which members of their family will get to eat this month, as Hurricane Ike threatens to deliver a knock out blow to the population of Haiti in a matter of days let us be loud, let us be unyielding, and let us succeed in proving we are the change we have been waiting for.

We control digital content, so lets do it.

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