[News] Call to Action - 3rd International Day in Solidarity with the People of Haiti!

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Call to Action - 3rd International Day in Solidarity with the People of Haiti!

Four years after the Feb. 29, 2004 coup d’etat 
that overthrew the democratically-elected government of President Aristide

Four years after US Special Forces kidnapped the 
President at gunpoint from his home, late at 
night, and flew him on a military plane to exile in Africa

Four years after US Marines seized control of 
Haiti’s capital and installed a US-appointed coup regime


Haiti is still under foreign military occupation, 
by a UN force that replaced the Marines in June 
2004. It is an occupation marked by rapes and 
wanton killings of the poor. Haiti faces 
hunger
unemployment
lack of public services. The 
situation, imposed by IMF/World Bank policies, 
has steadily worsened since the coup and occupation.

Haiti’s jails are still filled with political 
prisoners. The poor majority still face political 
persecution, while the coup plotters & 
paramilitary death squads enjoy impunity.

Dear Sisters and Brothers, Friends of Haiti:

  The United Nations forces in Haiti (MINUSTAH) 
and Haiti’s tiny elite – backed to the hilt by 
the US, France and Canada – continue their 
repression of the poor majority, targeting 
especially supporters of the Lavalas grassroots 
democracy movement. Although a new President Rene 
Preval was elected in 2006, most functionaries 
from the US-installed coup regime of 2004-06 
remain in office today. And the reins of power 
remain effectively in the hands of the US Embassy 
and other foreign occupation forces.

Let us not forget that 200 years before the 2004 
coup, Haitians rose up and overthrew both slavery 
and colonial rule. The Haitian Revolution was an 
earth-shattering development in the struggle for 
the emancipation of labor all over the world, and remains our shining example.

Now, when the enemies of freedom and sovereignty 
are attempting to re-colonize and re-enslave 
Haiti, we need to act in solidarity with our 
Haitian brothers and sisters, in the spirit of their resistance.

Call to Action – for each city to organize its 
own Haiti solidarity activity on or around 
Friday, February 29, 2008 – to be coordinated as 
a SINGLE WORLDWIDE MOBILIZATION. It could be a 
march, rally, public meeting, film showing, 
vigil, house meeting or civil disobedience in 
your town – whatever you are able to do – in 
support of the following demands.

We Demand:

End the US/UN Occupation – Respect Haiti’s sovereignty
Free the political prisoners – No more illegal 
arrests or prolonged detention without charges
No more killings and sexual abuse of the poor by 
UN troops, police and paramilitaries under police control
President Aristide must be free to return to 
Haiti – Respect the Haitian Constitution
No more ‘disappearances’ – Work for the rule of 
law and the safe return of kidnapped Haitian 
human rights advocate Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine
Launch an independent inquiry into the February 
29, 2004 coup and forced removal of President Aristide
Perpetrators of the coup and massacres of the 
poor must be brought to justice – Reparations for the victims

With your participation, we know we can make the 
Third Haiti Solidarity Day a success. This year’s 
call is being initiated by the Haiti Action 
Committee. Last year, on February 7th, the 2nd 
International Day in Solidarity with Haiti saw 75 
actions in 62 cities on 5 continents – from South 
Africa, the Philippines, South America, to the 
Caribbean, Europe and North America, to Haiti, 
where nearly 200,000 took to the streets in 10 
cities, demanding that Haiti’s sovereignty and 
democracy be respected. Let us make February 29th, 2008 even bigger.

Please tell us what activity you are planning for 
Friday, February 29, 2008 [or that weekend] in 
support of the people of Haiti, as part of 
Coordinated International Protests on the 4th 
anniversary of the 2004 coup in Haiti.

In Solidarity,
The February 29th Organizing Committee

Contact the Feb. 29th Organizing Committee at 
510-847-8657  <mailto:feb29 at sonic.net>feb29 at sonic.net

Contact us if you would like to receive a DVD 
about Haiti under US/UN Occupation – including 
footage of UN massacres in Cite Soleil.
Contact us if you would like to order some ‘3rd 
International Day in Solidarity with the Haitian 
People’ buttons (2-inch round).

For more information, and for complete 
city-by-city reports on the 1st and 2nd 
International Days in Solidarity with the Haitian 
People on September 30, 2005 and February 7, 
2007, go to the website of the Haiti Action 
Committee at 
<http://www.haitisolidarity.net/>www.haitisolidarity.net 
. More Haiti news and information can be found at 
<http://www.haitiaction.net/>www.haitiaction.net .

Here are some of the cities that answered the 
Call for the 1st & 2nd International Days in 
Solidarity with Haiti, September 2005 and 
February 2007: Durban, South Africa
Rio de 
Janeiro, Brazil
Montreal, Quebec
Port-au-Prince, 
Haiti
San Francisco, Calif
Manila, 
Philippines
Mexico City
Miami, 
Florida
Georgetown, Guyana
Dublin, Ireland
Los 
Angeles, CA
Cap Haitien, Haiti
Boston, 
Mass
Cordoba & Buenos Aires in Argentina
 
Johannesburg, South Africa
New York City
Santo 
Domingo, Dominican Republic
 Tuscon, 
Arizona
Vancouver, BC
Washington, DC
Puerto 
Cabello, Venezuela
 Central Florida
Cochabamba, 
Bolivia
Detroit, Michigan
Calgary and Edmonton, 
Alberta
Lima, Peru
Jacksonville, Fla
London, 
England
Milwaukee, Wis
Atlanta, Ga
Point-a-Pitre, 
Guadeloupe
Fort de France, 
Martinique
Trinidad
Philadelphia, Pa
Ottawa, 
Canada
 Minneapolis/St.Paul
Sacramento, 
Calif
Santiago, Chile
Tampa, Fla
Houston, Texas
 
Kinshasa, Congo
Sao Paulo and Brasilia in 
Brazil
Benin, West Africa
Les Cayes, Hinche and 
St. Marc in Haiti
Oslo, Norway
San Jose, Costa 
Rica
Newark, NJ
Joint statement of Haiti 
committees in France, Belgium and 
Switzerland
Dominica
Toronto and Windsor in 
Ontario
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, 
Canada
Portland, Oregon
Sydney, Tatamagouche, New 
Glasgow and Antigonish in Nova Scotia
San Diego, 
San Rafael, Richmond and San Jose in 
California
Portland, Maine
Huddleston, 
Virginia
Amherst and Greenfield, Mass
Gonaives 
and Port-de-Paix in Haiti
Columbus, 
Indiana
Columbia, Maryland
Fredericton, New 
Brunswick
 Enterprise, Oregon
 Halifax, Nova 
Scotia
 Miragoane, Leogane and Jacmel in Haiti
 Ekurhuleni in South Africa.

Add your city’s name to this growing circle of 
solidarity, by joining this 3rd International Day 
in Solidarity with the Haitian People on February 29, 2008.






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