Thursday, January 14, 2010

Boots Riley's Family Alive in Haiti

Family thought missing after Monday's devastating earthquake.

By Rachel Swan
Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Yesterday at 5 p.m., Oakland hip-hop emcee Boots Riley sent out a tweet to announce that his father Walter Riley is alive and well, and presumably still carrying out mission work in Port-au-Prince. Riley had gone missing in Haiti in the wake of a devastating 7.0 earthquake which hit the region on Monday. He is there with his wife, Barbara Rhine and stepdaughter Selena, according to a Faceook note posted by OaklandSeen. The family is currently working with an organization called Haiti Action.

Riley is an activist and lawyer for the Oakland Post newspaper. Rhine, also a lawyer, has represented the United Farmworkers' Union and taught law at San Francisco's Golden Gate University. Their family also includes ABC News reporter Denise James.

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