We talk about how women are coping with an escalation of government-sponsored violence in Haiti, and a political crisis we hear little about but which has been going on for over a year. Judith Mirkinson, president of the SF Bay Chapter of the National Lawyers’ Guild and the Comfort Women Justice Coalition and Leslie Mullin, long-time member of the Haiti Action Committee, talk about what they learned on recent trips to Haiti. Haitians have been in the streets for almost a year protesting government theft of millions of dollars. In November, paramilitaries associated with the Haitian army and police massacred dozens of civilians in the neighborhood of LaSaline, as UN troops did nothing to protect the people.
We’ll also speak with the director of the film, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, which is playing now at Landmark theaters in San Francisco and Oakland. Director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders has been friends with Morrison for over 35 years, and has created an intimate portrait of one of the most important writers of the last fifty years. It’s a rare glimpse into the life of a very private author.