Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Half-Hour for Haiti: How Are We Doing?

December 6, 2005

Half-Hour for Haiti: How Are We Doing?

Thanks to everyone who contacted UN officials about the killings in Cite Soleil last week, and signed the Petition asking the U.S. Catholic Bishops to support political prisoner and Catholic Priest, Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste. We are sending 430 signatures to the Bishop’s conference today, and many more are coming in from other sources. We are still collecting signatures through this weekend’s events for Fr. Jean-Juste, please mail any signature pages you have by early next week.

Upcoming events: On Saturday December 10 there will be a March for the Release of Fr. Jean-Juste at noon in Miami, and a Candlelight vigil in support of Father Gerard Jean-Juste in Berkeley California from 4-6 PM.

Suggested Reading: Good pieces out in the last week include: Pax Christi International Statement on Haiti, UN Official Deplores Political Prisoners in Haiti , Update on Fr. Jean-Juste , and IJDH’s analysis of the upcomingelections, on both and Counterpunch.

This week’s action : Tell us how we are doing . IJDH has been sending weekly Half-Hour for Haiti alerts for nine months now, so it is a good time to take stock. We’ve been part of some successes- political prisoners sprung, atrocities investigated, public officials going on record in support of human rights. The alerts go out to over 2,000 addresses, many of them distribution lists. But of course we need to do more, to get all the political prisoners out, and to make our own countries safe for democracy in Haiti.

So please take a few minutes to answer some of the questions below, to let us know how IJDH can help you better advocate for justice in Haiti.

  1. How often do you participate in Half-Hour Alerts? (Most weeks, twice/month, once/ month, less)


  1. What factors influence your decision to participate. Rank each from 1 (not important) to 5 (very important).

I think I can make a difference on this action: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

I am disturbed by the injustice: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

I care deeply about that particular issue: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


I feel a personal connection to the people involved: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

I like responding to that target: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

The alert is easy to fit into my busy schedule: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

I like the alert’s tone or approach to the issue: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

  1. What types of alerts do you think are most important (e.g. political prisoners, actions directed to the UN, to the US, background reading, demonstrations, etc.)?


  1. What types of actions should we do more of?


  1. In general, are the alerts easy to use? How could we make them easier?


  1. Do the alerts take too long to do?


  1. Which types of actions are you most likely to do (e.g. send an email, fax, telephone call, regular mail, attend an event).


  1. Do we provide enough information in the alerts? Please rank from 1-5, with 1 not enough information, 3 about right, 5 too much.


  1. What can we do better to build the Haiti solidarity movement?


  1. Any other suggestions for improvement?



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