The response to last week’s action alert to save Yvon Neptune was overwhelming- by far the strongest Haiti solidarity mobilization I have seen in ten years. People from all walks of life from all over the world called, emailed and faxed the U.S., Canadian and French embassies, or signed the petition. All this work yielded some results: the UN Mission in Haiti, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and some U.S. State Department officials publicly deplored the injustice of Yvon Neptune’s persecution, and the pressure on Haiti’s interim government continues to mount. Unfortunately, the Haitian government continues to imprison Mr. Neptune, and although he was still conscious and lucid (as of Sunday evening), his health is deteriorating. Therefore, anyone who has not yet had a chance to call, email or write on the Neptune case, please look at last week’s action alert and join in as soon as possible.
This week, in honor of Mother’s Day and of the one-year anniversary of her illegal arrest, we are asking people to support Annette Auguste, “So Anne”, a folksinger, community activist and grandmother, who was arrested illegally on May 9, 2004, and has been held ever since. The Haiti Action Committee has prepared an impressive campaign endorsed by dozens of groups, including a sign-on petition and an action alert to contact decisionmakers at the UN and in the Haitian and U.S. governments: