News: Hip Hop Caucus Answers Haiti's Relief Call W/ David Banner & MC Lyte

Monday, Jan 18, 2010 4:55PM

Written by Biz Jones

The Hip Hop Caucus, known for fusing rap and politics, has responded to Haiti's plea for relief following last week's massive earthquake.

The network has decided to launch an interactive website which focuses on informing the public of relief procedures and will team with artists like David Banner for a national call.

The Hip Hop Caucus today announced the launch of HipHopHelpHaiti.org, an online network designed to educate the public on how they can become more involved in relief efforts related to the devastating earthquake in Haiti. The Hip Hop Caucus will also host a national conference call on Tuesday, January 19th at 9:00 p.m. (EST) with members of President Obama's administration, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Haiti experts, and celebrities such as David Banner, MC Lyte and others." (Press Release)

Caucus CEO Reverend Lennox Yearwood has also addressed the site launch.

"We are all deeply saddened by the destruction and tragic deaths that have resulted from the earthquake in Haiti. The Hip Hop Caucus is committed to encouraging the public to support the Haitian people by donating to the relief effort," he said in a statement. "Our goal with the national conference call, and launch of 'HipHopHelpHaiti.org', is to pull together an infrastructure for the Hip Hop community to stay supportive, engaged, and organized around what will be a long struggle for the Haitian people to recover." (Statement)

The network has also decided to take a more grass roots approach with a fundraiser concert Monday (January 18) night.

To raise much-needed financial support for earthquake-ravaged Haiti, D.C.'s rap frontrunner Wale and friends are storming 9:30 Club's stage this Monday. Featuring a speech from Rev Yearwood, Hip Hop Caucus President, and performances from D.C. Don Juan, Tabi Bonney, Phil Ade, XO, Kingpen Slim, K-Beta, Que (formerly of Day26), and hosted by Chris Cole of BET's College Hill South Beach, this concert delivers the goods while delivering aid to those who most need it. Organized by DMV Helps Haiti, all ticket sales will be donated to YĆ©le Haiti, founded by Wyclef Jean and Partners in Health. (Hip Hop Help Haiti)

Outside of Haiti, the Caucus has worked with artists like Diddy to help generate an interest in youth voting and during 2005's Hurricane Katrina disaster.

The Hip Hop Caucus was founded on September 11, 2004. Over a five-year period, we have developed a 700,000 member national database, and created field teams in 48 cities across 30 states. A cursory overview of our past work includes three award-winning national campaigns - on Katrina, ending the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Getting out the Vote - and work in diverse coalitions and social movements. The mission of the Hip Hop Caucus is to organize young people in urban communities to be active in elections, policy-making, and service projects, as a means to address and end urban poverty for future generations. (Hip Hop Caucus)

Check out Diddy speaking on Haiti's earthquake down below:

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