[News] Haiti 8 Years after the Coup - Sat, Mar 3rd - La Pena
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Haiti: 8 Years after the coup
*** Saturday, March 3, 2012: 4-6PM
*** La Pena Cultural Center: 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
Haiti Action Committee invites you to an afternoon of solidarity with
the Haitian people to mark the 8th anniversary of the February 29,
2004 coup d'etat.
*** Dedicated to the memory of Jean Ristil Jean-Baptiste.
Eight years ago the US, France, Canada and the Haitian ruling elite
overthrew Haiti's democratically elected President Aristide and
violently reversed Fanmi Lavalas' progressive social agenda. As a
result of the coup and subsequent U.N. occupation, thousands of
Haitians were killed, imprisoned, exiled or disappeared.
Last year, Haitian and international elites imposed on Haiti the
presidency of Duvalierist Michel Martelly, who plans to bring back
the Haitian Army which was notorious for repressing the poor. Still,
with the Aristide family's courageous return to Haiti last March,
Haiti's grassroots movements continue to organize and fight for
economic justice, an end to repression, and the return of democracy.
*** We would like to dedicate this gathering to the memory of our
dear friend Jean Ristil Jean-Baptiste, who passed away in Haiti last
week of natural causes at the age of 30. Jean Ristil will be
remembered for his courageous radio, video and print reporting on the
2004 coup and its aftermath. We honor his daily heroism, and his
great support for the children of Cite Soleil and the grassroots
movement in Haiti.
La Pena Cultural Center (wheelchair accessible)
3105 Shattuck Avenue
$5-$25 donation requested (no one turned away)
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Haiti Action Committee.
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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