FitH Fri-babies are NOT crybabies,
...because we sent $200 to Grassroots International to restore the Creole pig. Willow Katz sent me some even more heartbreaking background on how they were destroyed in Haiti:
In today's issue of the Huffington Post, Laura Flynn, writer, activist and Board Member of the Aristide Foundation for Democracy, writes:
"In the 1980s, when the armed forces of Jean-Claude Duvalier's regime set about exterminating "Haiti's Creole pigs", they would come to Haiti's rural villages, seize all of the "pigs", pile them up, one on top of the other, in large pits and set fire to them, burning them alive.
A Haitian friend recounted this story to me this week. It was an image that she could not get out of her head since Jean-Claude Duvalier returned to Haiti. Because that's what it was like for her, to watch Duvalier be greeted like a dignitary at the Port-au-Prince airport, and then escorted to his hotel by UN military forces -- like being burned alive."
READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE: In Haiti, Reliving Duvalier, Waiting for Aristide
This Friday, if this glorious weather holds, we'll be back outside at 4:00 and staying there until dark or 6:00, whichever comes first.
Our hearts this week are with Egypt, as the Food Bin sign says. To show your support you can sign a petition from Avaaz to express your solidarity - already signed by over half a million people. With money, however, things are trickier since the government is already claiming that this revolution is instigated and funded by foreigners. The Egyptian revolution is also the most hopeful thing that's happened to Palestinians in decades. Their success could result in the opening of the Rafah crossing so that Palestinians could work, go to college, export goods, and buy food and materials to rebuild.
Our Valentine funds this week will go to Anera, a Middle-Eastern relief organization that operates in Gaza, because our hearts are always with the Palestinians.
To help you NOT buy slave-trade chocolate we'll be featuring fair-trade truffles and pink heart cookies for your sweetie or your sweet tooth. A new documentary called The Dark Side of Chocolate is available to borrow.