Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Half Hour a Week for Haiti

Half Hour a Week for Haiti
A. Action Alerts

November 11, 2009: Stand Up for Democracy in Honduras Today!September 30, 2009: Vote for Pierre Labossiere, Human Rights Hero!

August 12, 2009: Half-Hour for Haiti: Remember Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine

August 6, 2009: Ask Bill Clinton to Help Free Political Prisoners in Haiti Too!

May 12, 2009: The Big Push on TPS for Haitians Now!

April 29, 2009: Call The White House Today to Urge Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians Now!

March 10, 2009: Be the Final Piece of the Puzzle- Stop Haitian Deportation

February 24, 2009: One More Day to Ask Congress to Cancel Haiti’s Debt

February 12, 2009: Ask Congress to Cancel Haiti’s Debt

February 4, 2008, Tell President Obama to Stop Deporting Haitians

January 25, 2009: Watch a Matt Damon Video

January 14, 2009: Free Ronald Dauphin for the New Year

December 10, 2008: Invest in Hope and Justice in Haiti

November 28, 2008: Change We Can Work For

October 1, 2008: Temporary Protected Status for Haitians!

September 9, 2008: Hurricane Response: What Can We Do?

July 2, 2008: Celebrate Independence for Fr. Gerry!

June 18, 2008: Raboteau Massacre Victims Challenge You to Match Their Investment in Justice in Haiti

May 13, 2008: Keep Fighting for Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine

April 22, 2008: Jubilee Act Halfway There!

April 15, 2008: Jubilee Act Getting Better for Haiti

April 10, 2008: We Can Do Something About Hunger in Haiti

March 25, 2008: How Are We Doing?

February 25, 2008: International Day of Solidarity With the Haitian People

February 12, 2008: Keep $1 Million per week in Haiti

January 26, 2008: Keep Fighting For Lovinsky’s Return!

December 19, 2007: Haiti Human Rights Updates

November 29, 2007: Justice for Haiti in New York City

November 15, 2007: Support IJDH in a Critical Moment for Haiti’s Democracy

November 1, 2007: Help Get Haiti Debt Cancellation Its Day on Capitol Hill

October 16, 2007: Help Save Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine

October 2, 2007, Join the Big Push for Debt Relief for Haiti

August 17, 2007

August 3, 2007: Cancel Haiti’s Debt This Summer

July 19, 2007: Free Political Prisoners Too

July 3, 2007: Celebrate Freedom Thoughtfully

June 19, 2007: Call Wednesday to Close the School of the Americas

June 6, 2007, Haiti’s Forgotten Political Prisoners

May 17, 2007: Call Congress on May 18. Join the Fight For Haiti’s Economic Independence

May 9, 2007: Equal Treatment for Haitians in U.S.

May 4, 2007: Justice for Slain Journalists?

April 26: Celebrate, then Laugh

April 19, 2007: Half-Hour for Haiti: Celebrate then Write

April 12, 2007: Fairness for Haitians in the U.S.

April 5, 2007: Pictures Worth Thousands of Words

March 28, 2009: Make a Call Worth $138 million for Haiti

March 20,  2007:   Half-Hour for Haiti:  How Are We Doing?

March 15, 2007, Ask Congress to Break Haiti’s Chains of Debt

March 8, 2007: Support Women Victims of Political Persecution

February 22, 2007: Read Interview With President Aristide

February 14, 2007: Tell The Times to Tell the Whole Story

February 6, 2007: Join the Biggest Haiti Solidarity Event Yet

January 31, 2007: Organize a Haiti Solidarity Event

January 25, 2007: Fairness for Haitians in the U.S.

January 17, 2007: Support the TRUTH Act

January 10, 2007, Follow-Up on MINUSTAH Raid in Cité Soleil

January 4, 2007: Count our Blessings, and Our Accomplishments

December 26, 2006: Deadly MINUSTAH Raid in Cité Soleil

December 19, 2006: What Should A Billionaire Give, What Should You?

December 12: Where is Rene Civil’s File?

December 7, 2006: Ask Louise Arbour to Apply Human Rights in Haiti Without Distinction

November 30, 2006: Support IJDH

November 16, 2006, Help Fr. Jean-Juste Return to the Pulpit

November 8, 2006: Grassroots Activists In Legal Limbo

October 25, 2006: 950 Nights in Jail is Enough

October 18, 2006: Read Paul Farmer’s Never Again

October 10, 2006: Read IJDH’s Annual Report

September 26, 2006: Justice for Grande Ravine (again)

September 19, 2006: Only 20 Co-Sponsors Needed for Haiti Debt Relief Act

September 13, 2006: Urge Fair Coverage of Haiti in the UK Media

August 9, 2006: Demand Fairness for Amanus Mayette

August 31, 2006: Demand Fairness for René Civil

August 23, 2006: Voting for Hope in Haiti

August 15, 2006: Annette Auguste Released

August 8, 2006: Demand a Fair Trial for Annette Auguste and Co-Defendants

August 1, 2006: Message from Yvon Neptune

July 24, 2006: Call the U.S. Congress- Break the Chains of Haiti’s Debt

July 18, 2006: Ask President Preval to Ensure Justice for Political Prisoners

July 11, 2006
Half-Hour for Haiti: Sign-On Letter for Political Prisoners

June 27, 2006
Half-Hour for Haiti: Break the Chains of Haiti’s Debt!

June 20, 2006 Half-Hour for Haiti: Constitutional Authorities Should Do Better

June 13, 2006
Half-Hour for Haiti: Grassroots Activists Persecuted By Justice System

June 6, 2006
Half-Hour For Haiti: One Step Forward, Help Make it Two

May 31, 2006
Half-Hour For Haiti: René Civil Freed

May 23, 2006: Tell the Political Prisoners You Care

May 16, 2006: Political Prisoner René Civil

May 9, 2006: US Funding of Labor Organizations in Haiti, Venezuela and Iraq.

May 2, 2006: Insist on a Fair Appeal in the La Scierie Case.

April 25, 2006 Half-Hour For Haiti:
Bob Moliere is free, let’s make Annette Auguste, “So Ann” the next.

April 18, 2006 Half-Hour For Haiti: Celebrate the Liberation of Three Political Prisoners, Support BAI and IJDH

April 11, 2006, Free Grassroots Activist Bob Moliere

April 4, 2006: Debt Relief for Haiti

March 29, 2006: Help Improve IJDH’s Website

March 21, 2006: Free Political Prisoners By Constitution Day

March 14, 2006: Alleged Killers Go Free While Political Prisoners Remain in Jail

March 7, 2006: Ask The Nation to Cover Haiti Fairly

February 28, 2006: New Prosecutor Should Free Political Prisoners

February 22, 2006: Urge Fairness From The NY Times

February 14, 2006: Count All the Votes!

February 7, 2006: Haitian Press Association

Half-Hour for Haiti: Thank You!

January 24, 2006, Release Fr. Gerry for Treatment

January 17, 2006: Free Annette Auguste, “So Ann”

January 10, 2006: Stop “Collateral Damage” in Cite Soleil

January 3, 2006: Don’t Let Prison Be A Death Sentence For Father Gerry

December 27, 2005: Count Our Blessings

December 20, 2005: Firing of Supreme Court Justices

December 13, 2005: Fr. Jean-Juste Medical Emergency

December 6, 2005: How Are We Doing?

November 29, 2005: MINUSTAH Attacks in Cite Soleil

November 22, 2005: Urge U.S. Catholic Bishops to Support Fr. Jean-Juste

November 15: Protest Illegal Arrest By UN Police


November 1, 2005: Help Commemorate Haiti’s Liberation Day

October 25, 2005: Half-Hour for Haiti: Organize

October 18, 2005:Half-Hour for Haiti: Write to Judge Holding Three Grassroots Activists

October 11, 2005: Support the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti

October 4, 2005: Protect Journalists From Attack

September 27, 2005: Join the Worldwide Demonstrations of Solidarity for Haiti on September 30

September 20, 2005: Target Another Judicial Official Involved in Persecution

September 13: Target Judicial Officials Involved in Persecution

September 6, 2005: Plan for Worldwide Solidarity Protests on September 30

August 30: Join the U.S./UN Out of Haiti Campaign

August 23: Ask the UN to Investigate and Prevent Summary Executions

August 21:Destruction in Police/Civilian Attack in Grande Ravine

August 16-Half-Hour for Haiti: Stop Police Killings in Poor Neighborhoods

August 9:Time for Congress to Stand Up for Justice in Hait i

August 2: Sign the International Declaration of Support for the Haitian People

July 26: Half-Hour for Haiti: Release Political Prisoner and Democracy Activist Fr. Gérard Jean-Juste (Again)

July 19: Stop Harassment of Fr. Gérard Jean-Juste, Catholic Priest and Democracy Activist (Again)

July 12: Stop UN Killing of Civilians in Cite Soleil (Haiti Action Committee).

July 06: Urge the OAS to Apply Its Own Principles in Haiti

June 28: Release the MINUSTAH Prison Massacre Report

June 21:  Justice for Political Prisoner Jacques Mathelier

June 14: Read the Haiti Human Rights Report Presented to the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, by Professor William Quigley

June 7: Read the International Crisis Group Report, Spoiling Security in Haiti

May 31:
Keep the Pressure on to Save Yvon Neptune

May 24:Protect the Rights of Human Rights Observers

May 17:  Urge UN Troops to Protect Peaceful Demonstrators on May 18

May 10 : Support Grandmother/Political Prisoner Annette Auguste “So Anne” on Mothers Day

May 3: Save A Political Prisoner’s Life

April 26: Speak Up For Labor Leaders Harassed By PoliceApril 19: Association Haitienne de Presse

April 12, 2005: Sign the Porto Alegre Declaration on Haiti

April 5, 2005: Urge the UN Security Council To Listen To Haiti’s Silenced Majority

April 8, 2005 Sign-On Letter to UNSC





Be Part of the Solution for Haiti:
Make a Difference in Half an Hour a Week

Haitians often invoke the proverb “men anpil, chay pa lou”: many hands make the load light. Haiti’s human rights problems are severe, but experience shows that collective efforts by Americans and others in powerful countries can make a real difference. Our grassroots mobilizations have pried open prison doors for several political prisoners, including Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste in January 2005, and four others in April 2006. A mobilization in July 2005 led the UN to admit civilian deaths had occurred during its operations and to promise an investigation. Knowing that people in powerful countries support them provides hope to political prisoners and confidence to grassroots organizers in Haiti. They appreciate sustained involvement, because they know from experience that change will not come from the Herculean efforts of a few, but from more modest but persistent efforts of many.
The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) invites you to join many other hands each week to support justice in Haiti through its Half-Hour for Haiti program. Each Tuesday an action that can have a concrete impact on human rights in Haiti is distributed to our email list and posted on our website.  The actions can usually be done anytime over the next week, and in less than 30 minutes. Some actions are from IJDH, some from other organizations.  The actions include telephone, email and letter-writing campaigns, petitions, and occasionally reading especially informative reports or articles.
We understand that finding time for one more activity in busy schedules is a challenge, so we try to make it as easy as possible, by providing relevant background information, as well as form letters, advocacy suggestions and talking points.
To sign up for the email alerts, send an email to, or sign up for IJDH’s email list on our website,
Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti
P.O. Box 745
Joseph, Oregon, 97846



Activist Resources

Friends’ Committee on National Legislation Grassroots Toolkit:

Eight Tips for a Successful
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Contacting members of Congress
Writing letters to CongressLobbying by phone

Meeting with members of Congress

NY Times Letter Writing Suggestions

Contact IJDH

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Boston, MA

Telephone: (617) 652-0876
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