If you were not one of the lucky few to nab free tickets to the Clinton extravaganza this afternoon, have no fear: the Clog is here to paint you a metaphorical picture of the event. (And yes ladies and gents, he is that charismatic.)

First there were several introductions, (including introductions of the next introducer) and then the 42nd president took the stage. He seemed slightly red in the face but otherwise in the bloom of health as he spoke with an intriguing read more »

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Contrary to what Pat Robertson thinks (this, by the way, is a phrase you should model your life by), Haiti did not make a pact with the devil. In fact, Haiti is horribly impoverished and in need of our (anyone’s) help. You can and should donate to the Red Cross and various other organizations, but you might also want to know why this happened, so we can prevent it in the future.

Knowledge will be offered tonight, Feb. 4th, at a lecture entitled “Why is Haiti Poor? Politics, Disaster, and the Predatory State.” Mark Danner, a professor at the Graduate School of Journalism, will be speaking. He recently wrote read more »

A squadron of volunteers, including a liaison from the Berkeley born What If? Foundation, flew to Haiti this week bearing food, first aid and water. Since 2000, Margaret Trost’s foundation has supplied up to 1,500 meals per day to poverty-stricken Haitian kids via St. Clare’s Church in Port-au-Prince. This 7.0 magnitude devastation has called Trost and her fellow Berkeley coordinators to kick some serious relief aid butt, Paul Farmer style.

In related news, three UC Berkeley grad students (who had been in Haiti pre-earthquake working on various sustainable development projects) are safe, unharmed and have elected to stay and put some sweat equity into the relief effort.

After all, in the face of destroyed homes, a dilapidated presidential palace, and the need to raise billions of dollars to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure, sometimes a dixie cup of H20 and a few handfuls of non-perishable dry goods is all a person can think to ask for.

Image Source: Garrett Crawford under Creative Commons
Bay Area Haiti Help on the Way [NBC Bay Area]