Half Hour for Haiti Action Alert: Sign a Petition to State Department Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills to Demand that the U.S. Listen to the Haitian People and Support New Elections!
January 11, 2011
Be Part of the Solution for Haiti: Make a Difference in Half an Hour a Month
Urgent Action Required
Wednesday marks the one year anniversary of the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti. Despite record pledges for humanitarian relief and the rebuilding effort, the situation in Haiti today has not improved. And, with the cholera epidemic that has already claimed well over 3,000 lives, it may even be worse.
The United States plays an essential, game-changing role in Haitian politics and in the direction of the recovery efforts. For this reason, we in the U.S. have a particular obligation to push our government to protect human rights, respect democracy and put an end to the historically destructive role the U.S. has played in Haiti. Please take action today to urge the U.S. to change its course in Haiti.
Join IJDH, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and other partners by signing a petition to State Department Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills to demand that the U.S. listen to the Haitian people and support new elections instead of further financing an illegitimate election process in Haiti.
The U.S. provided about half of the total budget for the November 28, 2010 elections in Haiti, which were boycotted by over 75 percent of Haitian voters and many political parties. In advance of the actual voting, human rights groups in Haiti and internationally and a group of U.S. Congress members protested that the stacking of the electoral council and the exclusion of political parties—such as Fanmi Lavalas, Haiti’s most popular party—would spoil the election. Now Haitians are protesting almost daily and demanding new elections for a legitimate, representative government to lead the rebuilding process. Without new elections, the recovery process will be seriously undermined.
Please keep Haiti in your thoughts and, more importantly, in your actions this year. You can start by signing our petition today. Thank you.
For more information about the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) or human rights in Haiti, see our website, http://www.ijdh.org. To receive Half-Hour for Haiti Action Alerts (monthly), subscribe here. To keep us fighting on the front lines for justice in Haiti, donate here.