On Jan. 12, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince, Haiti, leaving an estimated 3 million Haitians homeless and without access to basic needs. The island nation was rocked with a second 6.1 aftershock on Jan. 20.
The earthquakes come on the heels of a food crisis and the country’s attempt to reconstruct after four devastating hurricanes in 2008.
How to help
AFSCME International has donated an initial $25,000 in relief funds to the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center’s Earthquake Relief for Haitian Workers Fund. Additionally, the Council 75 Executive Board donated $1,000 on behalf of Oregon AFSCME on Jan. 16. The Solidarity Center is coordinating emergency efforts to support unions as they provide basic necessities to their members.
At the website donation link, please type in “AFSCME” when asked for your union affiliation.
The Solidarity Center is also working with CNUS, the Confederation of United Unions in the Dominican Republic, to establish a donation center with nonperishable goods that will be shipped to union counterparts in Haiti. Donations to the Solidarity Center’s Earthquake Relief for Haitian Workers Fund will be passed to partners there, and the Center will work with them to ensure that assistance reaches the neediest workers and their families.