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Posted by: minruth


January 14, 2010
2295 Benjamin E. Mays Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30311

United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative:

So many governments and organizations are raising funds, mobilizing efforts and bringing real relief to the people of Haiti. But what is missing in the national dialog about the Haitian crisis is the moral imperative of relocating our brothers and sisters out of an environment that is not fit for human habitation. The challenge of communications and transportation is still very great in Haiti. My concern is that with temperatures in the nineties, no shelter, no clean water, rampant diarrhea and other diseases, human waste and dead bodies in the streets – are there discussions to begin rapidly transporting the Haitian population to neighboring countries – including the United States? The conditions threaten law and order, riots, overall desperation and these conditions are complicated by pre-existing conditions of significant disease, poverty and a deficient infrastructure.

I am the founder and directing manager of H.O.P.E. is Helping Our People Emerge, a charitable collaborative providing community solutions to community problems. Our goal was to partner with an organization that is indigenous so that they are very familiar with the island and that has a very low overhead so that the money gets to the people! HOPE is working with an organization that has spent over 54 years in Haiti – while many larger organizations are immobilized our partner is flying aid into the Dominican Republic and carrying it across the land into Haiti. We have 130 people on the ground who are working with NGO’s (non-government organizations) to reach the people without bureaucratic hindrances.

Please inform me of the efforts of the United States Government to begin a program of rapidly transporting the Haitian population to ours and other neighboring countries.


Sincerely,



Cory Ruth
Founder and Managing Director
H.O.P.E. Is Helping Our People Emerge
Category: Church
Posted by: epeay


I cannot imagine what it must have been like to stand on that platform, not knowing what would come of being made to stand docile while your body was searched, tested, inspected by hands you only knew to bring death. Not knowing, I am sure there was still much fearing, because the last three months on the boat packed full of humans, yet with each day losing humanity, proved just how much a man can feel less than. How much a woman can hate her womanhood, because of the extra injustice it seems to bring her. And how much a culture can vanish, though all around you are your sisters and brothers.

The slave auction block was a place were the degradation of humanity and the birth of American capitalism met. An account of that time describes a scene that every American, conscious human being, should be ashamed of.
Whether in a city slave market or on a plantation auction block, the “traffic in human flesh” was a grim scene recounted by many former slaves. They tell of being greased for display, stripped for meticulous examination, forced to dance to look healthy, rejected if too intelligent or too inclined to run away, beaten if they didn’t “induce the spectators to buy them,” and perhaps most painful, being separated forever from family .[1]
And while we stand on the retrospect side of the unfolding of the history of African American’s in the United States and of the capitalistic foundation of that country, we still can witness the lingering affects of when humanity and ideology collided. It seems humanity is still catching up. Capitalism has only been affirmed, at times, it seems, without question; even by those who can recount and feel what man can create with this tool. By the hands of sinful man, slavery and subsequent segregation has left the African American community searching to understand what it means to be made in God’s image, how to live (or, rather, often, merely cope) in a fallen world, what is the responsibility of the individual as an agent of change, and where is God amidst all of these wonderings and realities.

The Prosperity Gospel, also referred to as the Word of Faith movement, has sought, though primarily unintentionally, it seems, to answer these questions for the Black American Christian. This reality should seem unsurprising initially, for the Black church has always wrestled with what it means to be Black and Christian in America. But what is interesting is the pervasive materialistic element of this theology, the very element that aided in the oppression of the Black culture. To isolate this despairing truth as the whole truth concerning the Word of Faith movement in general, and in the black church specifically would be to unfairly caricature the movement and the people in it. This contextual theology provides many life-reaching, truthful answers to the questions that Blacks have asked in this country, mentioned previously. The prosperity gospel is all at once the realization and the retardation of Langston Hughes’ vision,

Tomorrow,
I’ll be at the table
When company comes,
Nobody’ll dare
say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”.....
I, too, am America .[2]

Before looking more closely at this contemporary freedom song of the Black church, it is important to understand some general truths concerning it.

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