Half-Hour for Haiti: Join Friday’s Solidarity March to “Stop the War against the People of Haiti”
Thank you to everyone who wrote last week to Judge Peres, urging him to respect the rights of Haiti’s political prisoners. We have not heard any response so far, but will keep you posted.
Welcome to everyone who has recently joined this list, especially those who signed up at Saturday’s anti-war demonstration in Washington DC. Other recent Washington events were the successful International Tribunal on Haiti on September 23, and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s panel, “ Haiti: The Time For Action Is Now” ( IJDH’s presentation, focussed on elections and human rights).
This week’s action may take longer than 30 minutes, but will be worth it. On Friday, Haitian democracy supporters will take to the streets of Port-au-Prince and regional capitols to commemorate the anniversary of the 1991 coup d’etat, as they have done every September 30 since 1996. This time there will almost certainly be trouble: the interim government has outlawed all demonstrations until October 2. The government claims the measure is needed to maintain security for the elections (scheduled for November 20), but it is as unconstitutional in Haiti as it would be in the U.S. and most other countries. Haiti’s constitution protects the right to assemble in public, and requires only reasonable notification to the police. March organizers will comply with the law and provide notice, and they expect that the police in turn will try to violently and illegally repress them.
The Haitian activists are risking their lives for democracy, and they will need all the support they can get. An impressive mobilization is shaping up: 38 cities in 14 countries are definitely hosting events as of 9/26, and more confirmations arrive every day. A list of confirmed events is below. If there is not one listed near you, check our website later this week, or better yet, organize your own event. For more information, contact the organizing committee at email@example.com / 510-847-8657.
38 cities say: “Stop the War against the People of Haiti”
The following places in 14 countries will have demonstrations or other Haiti solidarity events on or around September 30, 2005, as part of an international campaign in solidarity with the Haitian people. This includes three countries in Africa, two in Europe, two in North America and seven countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
1. San Francisco — Rally & picket at Federal Bldg, 450 Golden Gate,SF — Friday 9/30 at 8:00 a.m.
2. Miami — Demonstration 9/30 at 11 a.m. at the Brazilian consulate, 80 SW 8th St. [Note: the brutal UN military force in Haiti, responsible for July 6th massacre in Cite Soleil, is commanded by a Brazilian general.]
3. Durban, South Africa
4. Sao Paulo, Brazil
5. Kinshasa, Congo
6. Santiago, Chile
7. Montreal — Demonstration at US consulate on 9/30 from Noon to 3 pm. Also, on Saturday, Oct 1st, at 7 pm, showing of the Katherine Kean film “Rezistans” at 2651 Cremazie Est (corner 2nd ave)
8. Washington, DC — Demonstration and photo exhibit in front of Haitian embassy on Massachusetts Ave,
from 10 am to 1 pm on 9/30
9. New York City — Patizan Jezikri will hold a mass starting at 9 am on Saturday, Oct 1st at Holy Innocent Church in Brooklyn (Beverly Rd & East 17th). Following the mass there will be a march sponsored by Committee against Genocide in Haiti, from 11am to3 pm. The march will take Beverly Rd to Flatbush ave to Church ave, down Nostrand to rally at Nostrand and Foster Avenues.
11. Benin, West Africa
12. Dominican Republic
13. Dublin, Ireland — Demonstration at 6 pm on 9/30
14. Vancouver — Demonstration from 5 to 6 pm on 9/30 at Main Library, 350 W.Georgia St, downtown Vancouver
Also at 8:45pm on 9/30, there will be a showing of the Nicolas Rossier film “Aristide and the Endless Revolution” at Granville 5 cinema, Granville Street, as part of the Vancouver Intl Film Festival.
15. Brasilia, Brazil
16. San Jose, Costa Rica
17. Boston — Picket at the Haitian Consulate, 545 Boylston St., Copley Sq., 6-7:30 pm on 9/30.
18. Newark, NJ – “Speak Out for Haiti” at Federal Building, 970 Broad St., Noon-1 pm on 9/30.
19. Paris, France
20. Los Angeles — Rally & picket at the Brazilian consulate, 8484 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills — 9/30 at noon
21. Ottawa, Canada
23. San Jose, Calif. — Two protests on 9/30. Lunchtime protest 1130am-1 pm at French Consulate, 2nd Street & Santa Clara, to protest the French role in the 2004 coup…Afternoon protest 4:30-6 pm at Federal Bldg, 2nd Street near San Carlos.
24. Toronto — Public meeting and film showing on 9/30….Haiti workshop at Youth Action Conference on 9/30
27. Northampton, Mass.
28. Minneapolis/St. Paul
29. Charlottetown, Canada — Public meeting on Sept 29 at 2:30 pm, UPEI, Irving Theatre
30. Hayward, California
31. Portland, Oregon — Film showing of Kevin Pina film “Haiti: Harvest of Hope” at People’s Food Cooperative,
3029 SE 21st Avenue, on Sept. 28 at 7 pm….On 9/30 Portland Haiti activists will conduct a “call-in”, “fax blast” and “email blast” to contact US officials, MINUSTAH (UN) and Haitian government officials — “calling for a end to political persecution, the return of Haiti’s legitimate elected officials, release of all political prisoners, and for an end to the UN’s role in supporting the illegal Interim Government. These things must happen before elections can take place.”
32. Enterprise, Oregon
33. Fredericton (New Brunswick, Canada) — Public meeting on Sept 27, at 7 pm, Tilley Hall, UNB
34. Halifax (Nova Scotia) — Public meeting on 9/30 at 7 pm, Dalhousie University, Weldon Law Bldg
35. Tatamagouche (Nova Scotia) — Screening of Kevin Pina film, “Haiti: the Untold Story” on Oct. 2, at 3:30 pm.
36. New Glasgow (Nova Scotia) — Public meeting at New Glasgow library, Oct. 3 at noon
37. Antigonish (Nova Scotia) — Public meeting at the Coady Institute on Oct. 3 at 7 pm
38. Detroit — On 9/30, Haiti solidarity activists will conduct an all-day “call-a-thon” demanding an end to the persecution of pro-democracy activists in Haiti and freedom for all political prisoners, as well as for an independent investigation into ongoing human rights violations by the coup regime and its backers. At Wayne State University on 9/30 students will collect donations to send to women in the popular neighborhoods who have been victims of sexual or physical assault since the 2004 coup.
For more information, or to add your city or town to this mobilization, email the Sept 30th Organizing Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-847-8657.
PLEASE SEND DETAILS OF THE ACTION IN YOUR CITY. (Too much detail is better than not enough.)
- Stop the Massacres of the Poor by UN troops, Haitian National Police and paramilitary mercenaries under police control
- Restore the Democratically Elected Government of President Aristide
- Free Father Jean-Juste and all the more than 1000 Political Prisoners in Haiti’s jails
- End the Brutal US/UN Occupation – Restore Haiti’s Sovereignty
- Open an independent inquiry into the February 29, 2004 coup and forced removal of President Aristide — including the role of the US, France and Canada.
For more information about the Half-Hour For Haiti Program, the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti or human rights in Haiti, see www.ijdh.org.