Half-Hour for Haiti, April 12, 2005
Thank you to everyone who responded to last week’s action alert. Over 200 individuals and 25 organizations signed the letter, which was presented directly to the UN Security Council on Friday, April 8. We do not yet know the Security Council’s itinerary in Hati, but will let you know next week whether the Mission spoke with women’s groups, grassroots organizations and representatives of victims of political violence as we urged it to.
This week we are asking everyone to sign the Declaration of Porto Alegre, which arose out of a workshop at January’s World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, titled “Haiti, the International Community’s Dictatorship.” Activists from North and South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe spent a few sweltering hours at the Forum discussing the human rights situation in Haiti, and what can be done about it. The Declaration describes Haiti’s current situation and its historical context, and makes recommendations for ending the repression, all in two pages. You can read and sign an English version of the Declaration at: http://www.haitiaction.net/News/FL/1_30_5.html. If it is easier, you can read the Declaration (in English, French, Portugese and Spanish), on the Half-Hour For Haiti section of www.ijdh.org, and email your name, postal address and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have a few volunteers for our Human Rights Konbit– individuals and organizations who commit to respond each week to the Half Hour For Haiti Alert, but we need more to have a respectable work crew. It’s not legally binding- you can pass if you don’t agree with the alert- but it is a good way to get into the habit of contributing to justice in Haiti each week.