CALL CONGRESS TO STOP PEANUT DUMPING IN HAITI BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE!
Please join the Haitian diaspora in demanding action against this initiative: As part of its “Stocks for Food” program, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to ship 500 metric tons of peanuts to Haitian schools, which could destroy Haiti’s peanut market and the livelihood and income of 150,000 peanut farmers and their families. This is the latest in a long history of U.S.-sponsored programs which have destabilized Haiti’s agricultural sector, further impoverishing the nation and increasing its dependence on foreign aid. President Clinton had to apologize for one such misguided program in the 1990’s.
Please call Congress today to ask your congressperson to urge the USDA to immediately cancel this plan to dump U.S. peanuts on Haiti despite the devastating consequences!
Take Action: Calling is easy!
- 1. Dial the Capitol Switchboard – 202-224-3121. Ask to be connected with your Representative’s office. (Click here to find your Representative by name or zip-code).
- 2. You will be connected with Your Representative’s receptionist. Ask to speak to the staff person who handles foreign affairs.
- 3. Whether you speak to that staffer in person, or just leave a message on their voicemail, here’s what you can say:
“My name is ___________ and I am a constituent from __(your city)___. I am calling to ask that Representative ___________ urge US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to immediately cancel USDA plans to ship 500 metric tons of peanuts to Haiti’s schools as part of its “Stocks for Food” program. Peanut production is key to the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of people (particularly women) in Haiti, creating wealth, activity, and income which the proposed program threatens to destroy, with devastating consequences for Haiti’s people and economy.”
Please use your own words if you prefer and keep it brief. You needn’t be prepared for a long discussion; the staff member will just take your message without asking for more details.
- 4. If for any reason the receptionist can’t connect you with the staff person who handles Haiti, simply ask the receptionist to take your message and relay it to both the staff person and to your Representative.
- 5. Be sure to thank everyone for their time.
Please call! This issue is very important to the Haitian diaspora and to development leaders. Please also tell your friends and family to call, and share this with others! Thank you!