Introducing Hope Outreach Productions

Allow me to introduce Hope Outreach Productions (HOP) to you.

http://hopeoutreachproductions.com (official page)

https://hopeoutreachproductions.wordpress.com (blog page)

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About

Hope Outreach Productions is an interdisciplinary, transnational, and a multilingual publishing company that publishes both academic and non academic works, fiction and non-fiction books. We are committed to enhancing the life of the mind and promoting constructive learning and understanding  through the production of good books, and through dynamic interaction  between the author, the text, and the reader. We emphasize quality production, and uphold the dignity of our authors and readers. We believe that producing quality and enduring texts involve collaborative partnership with our authors.

Subjects of particular interest include history, philosophy, religion, literature, theology, anthropology, sociology, psychology, biography, economics, gender, minority and ethnic studies, etc. HOP is currently soliciting original manuscripts for publication in the fields of  Pan Africanism, Black Diaspora Studies, Caribbean Studies, and Africana Studies. However,  book ideas from  other disciplines that could potentially contribute to human flourishing, cosmopolitanism,   transcultural dialogue,  and cross-ethnic and interracial  understanding   are strongly encouraged. We welcome manuscripts in English, French, Spanish, Creole, etc.

Our Vision and Philosophy

Hope Outreach Productions exists to respond to the dire needs to publish the works of writers, scholars, and thinkers from the Majority World, the so-called “Third World,” and to give them an intellectual venue to articulate their ideas about their world, their vision about the global world, and their assessment of the human condition through the written Word.
HOP prioritizes scholarly and non-scholarly writings that are transnational, multicultural, multilingual, and emancipative in content—from the pen of those individuals who promote and defend human dignity, and the human rights of those who live in the margins of society.
HOP affirms the value of producing quality books that could potentially be used instrumentally to foster cross-cultural collaboration and international alliance between people of different worlds, and beyond the geographical border of nationalism and the politics of culture, ethnicity, gender, and race.

The motto of Hope Outreach Productions is  articulated in this sentence: “HOP is committed to enhancing the life of the mind and the human condition through the production of good books.”

If you share our philosophy and vision of publishing, we invite you to join the journey with us by submitting your book proposal to our editor.

For all inquiries, please contact us at this email: hopeoutreachproductions@gmail.com

Submission Guidelines

Instructions on how to submit a book proposal to HOP:

1. Send a Cover letter with a working title, intended audience, and any relevant information that you think would help us in evaluating your work; for example, compare your book to similar titles, and highlight how your book will contribute distinctively to the advancement of human knowledge in your discipline or in cognate fields of study.

2. Submit Two Sample Chapters and Table of Contents, if available.

3. Provide a summary of each chapter to be included in the book.

4. Provide your Curriculum vitae and a brief summary of your qualification: previous publication (s), teaching or other experience, affiliations.

* Please do not send complete manuscript unless requested. Due to the number of proposals received, HOP will not return materials to authors. Please allow 6-8 weeks for a response.

You may email your proposal to us at hopeoutreachproductions@gmail.com (Subject: Book Proposal) or send it to our contract address below:

Hope Outreach Productions (HOP)

Attention: Editor

P. O. Box 7747

Port Saint Lucie, Fl  34985-7747

Thank you for considering HOP as your publisher.

Rethinking Haiti and the Haitian People in the Twenty-first Century

Video Presentation: “Rethinking Haiti and the Haitian People in the Twenty-first Century”

Summary:

As I continue to observe the political situation in Haiti, and the current presidential election crisis in the country, and the reaction of the Haitian people and their discontent about their living condition, I am more compelled today as I were decades ago that my old belief and assessment about the Haitian condition are correct. Haitian instability, the inhumane living condition of the Haitian people, and the country’s development crisis are due chiefly to both internal and external forces. In this brief essay, I reflect on both contributing factors of Haiti’s woes, the relationship between the Haitian politician or public servant to the Haitian state. Finally, I propose a way forward to improve both the Haitian political society and civil society, and the living condition of the Haitian people.

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Rethinking Haiti and the Haitian People in the Twenty-first Century

Rethinking Haiti and the Haitian People in the Twenty-first Century

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As I continue to observe the political situation in Haiti, and the current presidential election crisis in the country, and the reaction of the Haitian people and their discontent about their living condition, I am more compelled today as I were decades ago that my old belief and assessment about the Haitian condition are correct. Haitian instability, the inhumane living condition of the Haitian people, and the country’s development crisis are due chiefly to both internal and external forces. In this brief essay, I reflect on both contributing factors of Haiti’s woes, the relationship between the Haitian politician or public servant to the Haitian state. Finally, I propose a way forward to improve both the Haitian political society and civil society, and the living condition of the Haitian people.

The Internal Causes

The internal causes are directly linked to the country’s heritage of political maladroit, political charlatans and demons, bad governance, and the people’s untamed anger and disastrous ideologies. You can’t build (Haiti was never built before. So we cannot speak of “Haiti’s reconstruction”) a country when you continue to destroy the little that you already have in place. For example, what would any people in their right mind continue to destroy public schools and other public and private institutions that provide public services to the masses, and which were created to respond to their every day needs. The Haitian people MUST respect people’s businesses or property, and say NO to violence. What would the Haitian people burn someone’s vehicle or home when the owner has no political affiliation or contributes to the deadly living condition of the masses?
As a people and nation, for years, we have cultivated a collective mentality to destroy not to build, to deform not to reform, to regress not to progress. This collective attitude is certainly not the most effective strategy to foster social change and the collective emancipation of the Haitian people. It is certainly not contributing to Haiti’s development nor is it leading to human flourishing and human solidarity in Haiti.

As a people and nation, instead of destroying property, public institutions, people’s homes and eventually people’s lives, we should think about other liberative alternatives and human-flourishing methods that will contribute to the (re-) construction of this country, protect what’s already in place, and preserve life. We should come together and think together so we could find ways to improve Haiti’s’ mass illiteracy, food crisis, security problem, and political and civil societies dilemma.

The External Causes

It is not breaking news in the twenty-first century to affirm that Haiti and the Haitian people have been subject to years of American damaging cultural and political imperialism, and destructive interventions by Western countries. It is certainly not breaking news in the twenty-first century that Haitian politics and the electoral process have always been under the radar of the international community (i.e. United States, Canada, France, Germany, etc.). These countries have no respect for the general will of the Haitian people and are relentlessly demeaning the freedom, sovereignty, and democratic ideals and values of Haiti and the Haitian people. Interestingly, they claim to be the protagonists of these very principles they deny to other countries and peoples.
While the creation of the Haitian nation-state and the independence and freedom of the Haitian people, who were once enslaved by Western powers, the continuous existence of Haiti as a nation is seen by many political allies in the West as a challenge to the unholy trinity of the modern world: slavery, white supremacy, and racism. The country of Haiti is a symbolic reminder to many that it is possible to eradicate these three existential demons in the world today.

How now shall the Haitian people live?

a) To Haitian Politicians and Public Servants

1. Haitian politicians need to cultivate unconditional love for Haiti and unqualified love for the Haitian people. They also need to develop patriotic zeal so that they and the Haitian people would be rightly conceived as the guardian of Haiti’s sovereignty, freedom, and independence in the twenty-first century.

2. The Haitian politician or public officer is first a public servant. Being in politics or occupy a public post in the government is a privilege not a right. It is an opportunity to serve your country and your people.
3. The public office is not the access to abuse or exploit the Haitian people in order to achieve selfish political ambitions.
4. When elected to a public office, the best interest of the people come first, and the people and the people alone should be the sole focus of the politician’s political agenda.
5. The patriotic Haitian politician or public servant should sympathize with the Haitian people in their struggle and walk actively in solidarity with the Haitian masses, the poor, the needy, and the oppressed—toward the improvement of their economic condition, and the contribution to their total emancipation in every aspect of life.
6. Haitian politicians need to realize that the love of money and the pursuit of political power to control the country’s resources and to advance one’s dreadful political agendas would ultimately lead to the imprisonment of the people and the regress of Haiti.
7. Haitian politicians or public servants should not be allies of any internal or external power whose decisive aim is to subjugate the Haitian people, and exploit their resources.
8. To the Haitian politicians and public servants: Building a strong and effective economy in Haiti would entail the rejection of the charm and ruse of the global economic capitalism of the West and the East, as well as the refusal of enticing promises of public prominence, wealth, and future opportunities to excel in one’s political career—by the international community.

b) To the Haitian People

1. The Haitian people need to work collaboratively to develop new emancipative narratives for the betterment of Haiti, the enhancement of the Haitian life, and to the value of those who yet to be born.
2. Building a holistic and effective democratic system in Haiti and functioning Haitian civil society is the responsibility of every Haitian citizen.
3. Haitian solidarity means serving one another and the opportunity to uplift your Haitian brother or sister in moments of crisis.
4. Haitian patriotic love means the total rejection of the “Kraze brize” and “koupe tet boule kay” mentality and the total renouncement of the ideology of the destruction of the country’s public institutions, and the private facilities that provide services to the Haitian people. We must say NO to political violence and all kinds of human-orchestrated violence and oppression in the twenty-first century Haitian society.
5. Respect for someone’s property or business is another way to express Haitian patriotic love and human solidarity.
6. The Haitian people must reject the ruse of charlatan politicians whose aim is not the best interest of the Haitian masses but the preservation of their political power and the control of the people.
7. The Haitian people must also reject the ruse and false promises of imperial powers that come only to steal, exploit, and destroy. They are not our friend; they are our enemy.
8. The Haitian people need to support humanitarian causes whose aim is not exploit the Haitian people or their resources but to make constructive contributions to Haiti’s development and enhance the human condition in the country.
9. The Haitian people must say NO to the Haitian bourgeoisie capitalists and the elite-minority, who collaborate with the imperialists and support economic capitalism, who have no interest in improving the living condition of the Haitian people.
10. The Haitian people must work together, support one another, and serve sacrificially, and give unconditionally to improve people’s lives in Haiti.

Conclusion

The Haitian bourgeoisie and elite-minority in Haiti, and those with resources and skills in the Haitian Diaspora must invest in Haiti by working together. They should also work together to create new job opportunities and small businesses, and boost Haiti’s agricultural resources and productions. Secondly, Haitians of all social classes and those with economic resources ought to collaborate and find meaningful ways to effectively use their talents and skills to change Haiti’s education system and improve existing schools and create effective learning centers and universities that will foster hope, social transformation, and engender a new society in the Caribbean nation.

Haiti’s political and civil societies, in their current state, are not contributing to human flourishing and improving lives in Haiti. Thirdly, genuine collaborative partnership between Haitians in the Diaspora and those with financial and intellectual resources in Haiti are desperately needed in the formation of a new class of Haitian entrepreneurs, leaders, professionals, educators in the Haitian society. Such partnership will also help alleviate poverty, prostitution, and reduce child pregnancy in the country. Invest in Haiti’s education is to invest in Haiti’s future and to create a new optimistic life for the younger and future generations of Haitians. Collaboratively, we will improve the overall living and spiritual conditions of the people of Haiti.

Finally, to vote for the best candidate who will work for the people, walk in solidarity with the Haitian passes and the poor, and represent their best interest in the political arena, should not be taken for granted. Haiti as a sovereign and independent nation-state is entitled to have free and democratic elections, and the Haitian people have the right to voice their concerns, and discontent because they know what is best for them and certainly affirm what is best for Haiti. Let the will of the Haitian people triumph!

The future of Haiti is the hands of the Haitian people, and not foreigners or Western imperialists. Our salvation is not coming from an external power; it is coming from us. Our redemption is not coming from above but from below. We have the solution to Haiti’s problems. We are Haiti!

My New Book Has Arrived!

My new book has arrived today. It is so good to finally hold it in my hands.

Radical Humanism and Generous Tolerance: Soyinka on Religion and Human Solidarity (2016) by Celucien L. Joseph

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20 Simple Truths Everybody Should Learn about God, Life, and People

20 Simple Truths Everybody Should Learn about God,  Life,  and People

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  1. Love is more important than freedom.
  2. God is love.
  3. God loves the poor.
  4. You give life meaning when you love and serve those who can’t love nor serve you in return.
  5. Justice and love are inseparable.
  6. Don’t follow religion, follow God.
  7. Life is a journey not a destiny.
  8. Show kindness and compassion to strangers and  the poor.
  9. Friendship with the poor and the disadvantaged is worth pursuing.
  10.  Give food to those who are hungry, and a cup of water to the thirsty.
  11. Justice and compassion will never fade.
  12. Many people suffer in the world because of a simple act of injustice.
  13. Always do good to others!
  14. Love your enemy!
  15. Love your family!
  16. Love sacrificially and serve unconditionally!
  17. Do not pursue money in this life; rather, cultivate genuine relationship with people that will last because people matter more than money or wealth.
  18. Invest your time in what is eternal and life-transforming.
  19. Pursue what is honorable, just, and beautiful in life.
  20. Love God, love your neighbor, and walk in solidarity with the poor, the needy, and the powerless.

In America, Some Lives Matter, and Some Do Not!

In America, Some Lives Matter, and Some Do Not!

 In the United States of America, not all lives equally matter to some people. There are individuals in this country who have the power and resources to ruin, destroy, and protect (some) lives. While some American citizens can boldly sing America, others struggle to even understand what it means to be an American citizen in “this land where life is cold and joy is wrong.”

The (intentional) poisoning of the public water supply or reservoir–not the preservation of life–in the city of Flint, Michigan, is the most transparent example of the American life characterized by social evil, social alienation, and (intentional) mass social death.  For some people, it would be an exaggeration to call this historic act in Flint  water supply terrorism?

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We are thirsty for true justice, equal citizenship, and genuine equality in “Our Land.” In the United States, some lives matter, and others do not. This is not a new issue. Since its foundation, the United States government, (in fact, every subsequent administration) has struggled to promote the dignity of all people and protect all lives. Every administration has failed on this account.  One of the pivotal issues in America in the twenty-first century is/remains the question and meaning of citizenship and equality for all.  It is in fact an old question. Please, allow me to close this brief reflection with a poem by Langston Hughes, in which the poet envisions a new American life characterized by compassionate love, kindness, brotherhood, happiness, and collective destiny.

“Our Land” by Langston Hughes

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We should have a land of sun,
Of gorgeous sun,
And a land of fragrant water
Where the twilight
Is a soft bandanna handkerchief
Of rose and gold,
And not this land where life is cold.

We should have a land of trees,
Of tall thick trees
Bowed down with chattering parrots
Brilliant as the day,
And not this land where birds are grey.

Ah, we should have a land of joy,
Of love and joy and wine and song,
And not this land where joy is wrong.

Oh, sweet away!
Ah, my beloved one, away!