KINGSTON, Jamaica – Even in the mad explosion of fan euphoria that engulfed this year’s Boys and Girls Championships here fans still acknowledged Usain Bolt’s National Stadium entrance on April 1.
Marleine Bastien has been an activist for social justice and human rights most of her life. In her native Haiti as a teenager, she fought for the right to access education, risking possible backlash from the then oppressive Duvalier regime. Bastien knew then what her life's work would be.
The first Haitian-American to serve as Miami-Dade County Commissioner, Jean Monestime represents a culturally diverse community that encompasses parts of the City of Miami, North Miami Beach, Opa-locka, Hialeah, and unincorporated areas of Liberty City, Biscayne Gardens, and North Dade Central. So heterogenous is his constituency, Monestime refers to his district as “the United Nations of communities”. Indeed, the members that make up his locality are almost equal parts Haitian-American, African-America, Caucasian, Asian.
“You’re acting like a child.” That statement will usually make any adult continue acting like a child. What is being referred to in such an allegation? It means we are acting out our emotions rather than verbalizing them. In so doing we are harming others or even ourselves. This is a major distinction between the mature and immature – emotionally act out or verbalize.
“You don’t know Haiti until you’ve seen it, smelled it, and touched it.” These were the words spoken to our mission team the night before embarking on a girls’ trip to “the unknown” with Food for the Poor in November 2016. With these daunting words looming over our heads, it was difficult to fathom exactly what we would encounter in Haiti over the next few days. 
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