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Marleine Bastien: On a mission for women

caines | 3/14/2013, 5:30 a.m.

Being right isnt always popular

Bastien, a divorced mother with three sons, 23, 19 and 16, says that every day is a challenge but she remains up to the challenge. In the mean time, she also has to be the voice of reason at home. She reminds her sons that often times popularity does not come with speaking out when things are unjust. Theres so much more work to be done, she said. Many have called me up angry at my criticism of President Obama. Others think I work too hard for the rights of women. The list goes on. But I know why I am on this earth there are tons of poor people who deserve equal rights, adequate health care, a safe place to live but there are few people who want to help them. I have tried to model myself after some others who have made a difference in the fight for justice: my parents, Philippe Bastien and Angelina Destinoble; Sojourner Truth, Marie Claire Heureuse Dessalines, Harriet Tubman, Carol Moseley-Braun, Shirley Chisholm, Toussaint L'Ouverture, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Katherine Dunham, Betty Friedan, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Mahatma Gandhi, Gloria Steinem, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King, Bob Marley and Marcus Garvey. On Saturday, March 23, FANM will host a seminar on breast, cervical and colorectal cancer and HIV/AIDS prevention at the Center for Haitian Studies, 8260 NE 2nd Ave. It is estimated by the University of Miami that 40 percent of women in Little Haiti have never had a mammogram. By D. Kevin McNeirkmcneir@miamitimesonline.com