[News] Open Letter to Aristide
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Fri Mar 4 17:56:18 EST 2011
LETTER TO OUR BROTHER, PRESIDENT JEAN-BERTRAND ARISTIDE
As people of faith, we know that the road to
democracy and justice is not an easy one. These
years of enforced exile have been painful not
only for you and your family, but for the people
of Haiti. We join the call from all over the world for this exile to end.
The poor of Haiti, those you have represented
with such tenacity and dignity over all these
years, continue to demand your presence. We hear
their voices and we join their call.
In the strongest terms, we urge the United States
government to cease its opposition to your
return. There can be no democratic development
while a democratically elected leader is
banished. And there can be no true reconstruction
without the participation of the majority of Haitis people.
In the aftermath of the terrible earthquake of
2010, your return will provide hope and lift
spirits. Please know that when you get to Haiti, we will be there with you.
You are in our hearts and in our prayers.
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Archdiocese of Detroit
Rev. Phil Lawson, Interfaith Program Director, East Bay Housing Organizations
Rev. C.T. Vivian, Civil Rights Activist, Atlanta, GA
Rev. Sir John Alleyne, Church of England, UK
Dr. Amer Araim, Dar-ul-Islam Mosque, Concord CA
Father Roy Bourgeois, Founder, SOA Watch
Kathy Boylan, Catholic Worker, Washington, D.C.
Rev. Dr. Lorenzo Carlisle, Pastor, Faith Healing
Prayer Deliverance Christian Center, Oakland, California
Rabbi David J. Cooper & Rabbi Burt Jacobson,
Kehilla Community Synagogue*, Oakland California
Sister Maureen Duignan, OSF, Executive Director, East Bay Sanctuary Covenant
Father Renaud Francois, Montreal, Canada
Sister Stella Goodpasture, OP, Justice Promoter,
Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose
Dr. Jacqueline Grant, Womanist and Director of
Systematic Theology, Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, GA
Rev. Graylan Scott Hagler, Senior Pastor,
Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ,
Washington, D.C. and National President,
Ministers for Racial, Social and Economic Justice
of the United Church of Christ
Father Lawrence Lucas, Our Lady of Lourdes, R.C. Church, Harlem, NY
Rev. Dr. Carolyn McCrary, Womanist and Director
of Pastoral Care, Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, GA
Rev. Paul Nicolson, Chair, Zacchaeus 2000, UK
Dr. Itihari Ture, Director of Center for African
Biblical Studies, DeKalb County, GA
Mama Zogbe, Chief Priestess, Mami Wata Healers Society of North America
Mamissii Makena Zannu, Priestess, Mami Wata Healers Society
Reverend Doctor Nozomi Ikuta, Interfaith Prisoners of Conscience Project
*for identification purposes only
Haiti Action Committee
<http://www.haitisolidarity.net/>www.haitisolidarity.net and on FACEBOOK
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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