Haiti Earthquake Response

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Below is the University's initial response to the earthquake in Haiti. For more information on the University's response, how to donate funds, items, volunteer or other information, please click the links to the right.

To: Members of the University Community
From: Kimberly Goff-Crews, Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students in the University
Re: Haiti earthquake response
January 15, 2010

Each day the scope of the disaster in Haiti and the enormity of suffering become more apparent. Our hearts go out to all those touched by this calamity and those who await word on loved ones.

In a special way, our thoughts are with members of the University community who may have family, friends or colleagues in Haiti. Since news of the earthquake first broke, staff members in my office have been working with colleagues across the University, as well as government officials and private citizens, to locate members of our community who may have been in Haiti at the time of the earthquake and to ascertain their well-being. So far the news has been good, but because communications are so limited, we do not know when we will be able to answer that question definitively. In addition, we are offering support to students, staff or faculty who have family members in Haiti affected by the disaster.

Many of you want to help the people of Haiti. The University Community Service Center has assembled a web page with guidance and links to international relief organizations: https://blogs.uchicago.edu/chicagostudies/2010/01/disaster_in_haiti.html. That page, as well as the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at omsa.uchicago.edu, have information on a student-led fundraising, clothing and toiletries drive, with drop-off sites at the Reynolds Club and at OMSA's office at 5710 S. Woodlawn. As other new efforts arise, we will make note of them on the University's website.

A special space has been set aside in Rockefeller Chapel for those who want to pray or grieve or leave remembrances of those affected by the earthquake. Members of the University's many faith communities will remember the people of Haiti at their regular gatherings, and special prayers will be included in Sunday morning worship at Rockefeller at 11 a.m. An interfaith act of remembrance will take place at the Chapel on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 5 p.m., a week after the time of the earthquake.

If you have questions or suggestions about the University's response to the disaster in Haiti, please e-mail ucsc@uchicago.edu. Please write to that address with any new relief efforts or observances at the University, as well, so that we can share them with the broader community.


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James T. Struck said:

Illinois uses guardianship to take away rights of persons with disability under guardians more than any other state. When Haitian, Chinese, Indonesian, Kobe, Oakland, Pakistani, Armenian or other earthquake victims suffer injury or illness,based on my experiences with U.S. guardianship, victims may suffer loss of rights similar to slavery under guardians. A request for reimbursement of food bills paid by credit card may be responded to with confinement, arm twisting, jail threats and being pushed from buildings like the Daley Center. Cook County Guardian, for example, denies rights of family and my mother, who spent time in earthquake prone France, Italy and Haiti in the 1950's and 1960's. Cook County Guardian/health care facilities and Illinois courts deny visitation, fresh air away from second hand smoke associated with over 500,000 deaths per year, phone use, religious services, dental services, location, consent, what chemicals are used on people, reimbursement of dental, food, optical, transportation, prescription, clothes bills paid by credit card, mail, museums,
zoos. Earthquake victims and other people with injury or disease should be aware that guardianship may mean treatment similar to slavery, even though slavery is illegal in U.S. and international law. Let's keep on searching for possible living victims in Haiti, and then after search and rescue efforts end, let's try to respect the legal rights of person's who have suffered injury, disability, incapacity, earthquake and natural disaster trauma by not taking away rights of family and victims under guardianships.

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James T. Struck said:

There have been several bad earthquakes before in Haiti. Port au prince appears to be on a bad fault line 1770 and before. One interesting thing is French assistance as France has not been in control of Haiti for over 200 years. Du Bois and Du Sable and my mom spent time there in 50's, so there has been a long history of Haiti Chicago interaction not just DuSable and recently.

James T. Struck said:

Skyscrapers and tall buildings, as we saw in Haiti, do present a collapse and rescue risk. Chicago, for example, has hundred story high buildings over 62 miles of tracks that are 40 feet underground. Some of these buildings are risks collapse into the tunnels 40 feet underground. We need to limit building skyscrapers in the central City of Chicago area, so as to not increase load on the underground tunnels. Haiti's earthquake may have saved lives here as we can learn to decrease extensive building of skyscrapers.

James T. Struck
A French American Museum of Chicago

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James T. Struck said:

I fear there may still be some residual debris in the Reg area from Chicago Pile 1 as DOE studies talk about some residual in the sewer water which can spill over in times of heavey rain. It is interesting to ask if the mansueto people found any radiation during construction?

Steve said:

Yes this was a terrible tragedy. Hopefully people continue to do what they can to alleviate the suffering down there. Many resources have misappropriated in the past year...

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