Message to the Grass Roots: Haiti: The Return of President Aristide!

An episode of Message to the Grass Roots, a cable access talk show produced & hosted by Michael Zinzun from 1988-1998 at Pasadena Community Access Corporation, which is now Pasadena Media . This episode focuses on Haiti.

00:00Copy video clip URL Color bars. Title Screen: “Message to the Grass Roots with Michael Zinzun: Haiti: The Return of President Aristide!” Guests: Dr. Franz Delva and Ossie Davis. Footage of people listening to music in Haiti. People dancing and lighting candles. Voiceover describes the kind of music being played. Zinzun comments that Dr. Delva brought the exiled Haitian President to the Black community and mentions that the President visited Carver Middle School in South Los Angeles. Zinzun gives an overview of President Aristide’s exile. Delva begins by giving an update on the state of Haiti’s politics and government. Davis speaks a bit about the state of things in Haiti, and the parallels between struggles in Haiti and past struggles in the United States. He speaks about unity. Zinzun asks about the effect of the UN embargo on certain things in Haiti. 

25:10Copy video clip URL Clip of the struggle in Haiti, narrated by Davis. A brief history of Haiti. Commercial break. They speak about drug trafficking and the role of both the US government and Haitian government. They discuss whether it would be possible for Haiti to get justice, and what that justice might look like. Clip of a Haitian man speaking about what kind of justice Haiti could get. The three talk about supporting Haiti and their goals of justice and peace. They provide a phone number for people looking to help Haiti. Final remarks. Haitian man speaks briefly about the country. Credits. 

1:00:32Copy video clip URL Tape ends. 



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