Cleveland, Haiti Express Brotherhood Through Sister Cities

by

comment

This is Haiti.
  • This is Haiti.

Back in February, a group of local good Samaritans shelled out $8,500 for Haiti earthquake relief at a Rock Hall fundraiser. Last week councilman Zack Reed flew to Washington, D.C., to hand over the donation and meet with Haitian Ambassador Raymond Alcide Joseph.

Turns out the ambassador was so impressed — $8,500 in Haiti buys you the politician of your choice — he proposed Cleveland become a sister city with a Haitian town.

Reed doesn’t know yet if we’ll be teaming with Port-Au-Prince or another burg in the crumbled Caribbean nation, but whoever ends up pledging fealty with us joins a close-knit inner circle that includes Alexandria, Egypt; Bangalore, India; and Volgograd, Russia.

Reed also extended an invite for Joseph to visit Cleveland.

“I’m hoping [the visit] will be next January or February,” Reed says. “That way we can hear the updates of where they’re at and hopefully do another round of donations.” — Kyle Swenson

Tags

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.