[News] Day of Solidarity - Stand with Haiti March 18th

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Stand with Haiti March 18th Day of Solidarity—March 18th
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  *Stand with Haiti*
  *March 18, 2021*



March 18, 2011: Thousands of Haitians welcome home President 
Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Mrs. Mildred Aristide on their return from 7 
years of forced exile.

      Ten years ago on March 18, 2011, former president Jean-Bertrand
      Aristide, his wife and colleague, Mildred Trouillot Aristide, and
      their two children, returned from forced exile in South Africa.
      Tens of thousands of people lined the streets of Port-au-Prince
      and poured into the courtyard of their home to greet them, seeing
      in their return a renewal of hope for a democratic and just Haiti.

      In honor of that day and to demonstrate our resolve to support the
      people’s movement in Haiti, we the undersigned organizations join
      with Haiti Action Committee to call for a */Day of Solidarity With
      Haiti/ on March 18, 2021*.

      Over the last month, hundreds of thousands of Haitians have put
      their lives on the line to demand an end to the dictatorship of
      Jovenel Moise. The demonstrations have involved the breadth of
      Haitian society, from residents of the poorest neighborhoods to
      students, women’s organizations, nurses, doctors and lawyers—all
      of whom have experienced the terror unleashed by the Moise regime.
      The popular movement in Haiti is calling for a transition
      government, a government of public safety (/Sali Piblik/) that
      promotes the security and welfare of the Haitian people, that ends
      the repression against popular organizations, and that moves the
      country peacefully towards genuine free and fair elections.

      Moise and his right-wing PHTK party have been ruling by decree for
      over a year, and are pushing to enact illegitimate constitutional
      reforms that would give him even more authority. Even though his
      official term of office ended on February 7th, he has announced
      his intention to remain in power for one more year.

      The Moise regime represents a continuation of the
      U.S.-orchestrated 2004 /coup/ that ousted the government of
      President Aristide, Haiti’s first democratically elected
      president. The /coup/ aimed at restoring the power of the tiny
      Haitian elite that was threatened by Aristide’s progressive
      policies and his attempt to bring about a new Haiti—one in which
      the majority would rise from “misery to poverty with dignity,” and
      in which the phrase “/Tout Moun Se Moun/” (Every person is a human
      being) would become a reality.

       From the very beginning, the Moise regime has been illegitimate.
      He first came to power through a U.S.-U.N. organized fraudulent
      election that was annulled only after widespread protests. The
      next round was also replete with fraud and voter suppression and
      was denounced widely in Haiti as an “electoral coup.” In protest,
      Haitians staged over 60 straight days of massive demonstrations
      and mounted legal challenges that were cut short by occupation
      authorities. In the end, the U.S., U.N. and the OAS imposed Moise
      as president, leading to the crisis in Haiti today.

      In November, 2018, as Moise consolidated his power, Fanmi Lavalas
      Political Organization, the party founded by Aristide that has
      long represented the interests of Haiti’s poor majority, issued a
      statement titled /Crisis And Resolution/, demanding an end to the
      dictatorship. It read, in part:

      *“The population is rejecting the usurpers who have derived their
      power from the fraudulent elections and who have discredited
      themselves with multiple scandals involving corruption and
      impunity. Our people are facing savage repression that continues
      to create victims among the disadvantaged masses, and that is
      heightening the insecurity that is poisoning daily life for the
      majority. Fanmi Lavalas Political Organization continues to stand
      firmly with the Haitian people to “/chavire chodyè a/” (overturn
      the cauldron). No cosmetic solution will bring an effective and
      lasting solution to the crisis in which we are plunged. This
      system has run its course. It cannot be patched up. It must be

Feb. 14, 2021 over 100,000 denounce Jovenel Moise dictatorship in 

      These words ring even more true today. Moise’s rule reminds
      Haitians of the terrible days of the Duvalier dictatorships. It
      has been marred by repeated acts of blatant corruption and
      repression. Billions of dollars in funds designated for social
      programs and infrastructure development, provided through
      Venezuela’s Petrocaribe program, instead went into the pockets of
      government officials. U.S. and U.N.-trained Haitian police and
      affiliated gangs or death squads have carried out massacres in one
      opposition neighborhood after another, with the backing of high
      government officials.

      Community residents protesting the lack of basic services have
      seen their homes burned to the ground, as happened in the
      Port-au-Prince neighborhoods of Lasalin, Tokyo, Site Vensan, and
      Bele among others. Kidnappings and gang rapes have become the
      order of the day, as government-affiliated gangs prey on the
      population. No one is safe, including street vendors and market
      women with little to no funds.

      While the country descends into state-sponsored terror, impunity
      remains the order of the day. Well-known perpetrators with arrest
      warrants such as G-9 death squad leader Jimmy “Barbecue”
      Cherizier, wanted in connection with the massacre at Lasalin
      <https://haitisolidarity.us18.list-manage.com/track/click?u=408fb0e219b2e620647bbeade&id=2220430b5a&e=a915ae0b79> in
      2018, go about freely and even receive police protection. In a
      disgraceful statement, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on
      October 20, 2020 credited the G-9 with reducing homicides -- while
      the G-9 was murdering residents of Bele and burning their homes --
      thus giving a U.N. seal of approval to these crimes.

      Without the support of the U.N., U.S., E.U. and the OAS -- the
      so-called Core Group that exercises control over Haiti -- the
      Moise government would fall. That is why the first action of the
      Biden Administration in relation to Haiti was so appalling. State
      Department spokesperson Ned Price announced in February that the
      U.S. government would support Moise remaining in power until
      February 7th, 2022, giving Moise another year to attempt to
      dismantle all opposition. Millions of US dollars have already been
      provided to the Moise dictatorship to fund his murderous security
      forces, as he ratchets up repression in his efforts to keep his
      PHTK party in power.

      As Haitians rise up once again to demand democratic governance,
      security and economic and social justice, we echo their call.

      *Please continue emails, tweets and phone calls to U.S.
      representatives, demanding:*

 1. *End U.S. recognition and support for the dictatorship of Jovenel
    Moise *
 2. *End U.S. funding of the criminal Haitian police and security forces*
 3. *End the U.N./U.S. occupation of Haiti*

 4. *Support the Haitian people’s movement for democracy and

*Direct these demands to the following officials and to your
Congressional Representative and Senators:*
*US Representative Gregory W. Meeks, Senior Member, House Foreign 
Relations Committee: tweet @RepGregoryMeeks; ph: 202-225-3461

*Secretary of State Antony Blinken: *tweet @SecBlinken; ph: 
202-647-4000; email https://register.state.gov/contactus/contactusform 

*President Joseph Biden: *tweet at POTUS; email 

#SolidaritywithHaiti #StandwithHaiti #SupportdemocracyinHaiti 
#humanrights #Blacklivesmatter #Haitianlivesmatter #Aristide #Lavalas 
#stopmassacresinHaiti #USstopfundingdictatorshipinHaiti 

Initiated by Haiti Action Committee


Advancing the Research
Afrikan Children’s Advanced Learning Center
All-African People's Revolutionary Party
ANSWER-Act Now to Stop War & End Racism-Bay Area
Arab Resource and Organizing Center
Avotcja & Modúpue
Bay Area Alliance for a Sustainable Puerto Rico
Bay Area Youth Arts
Caminante Cultural Foundation
Center for Political Education
Chiapas Support Committee (Los Angeles – College Students)
Chiapas Support Committee Oakland
Code Pink
Comité en Pro del Pueblo de Chiapas
Communist Workers League
Destiny Muhammad Project
EastSide Arts Alliance Collective
East Bay Sanctuary Covenant
Ecumenical Peace Institute/Clergy and Laity Concerned
End Solitary Santa Cruz County [California, USA]
Freedom Archives
Global Exchange
Haiti Emergency Relief Fund
Hastings-to-Haiti Partnership
Human Agenda
International Action Center
International Committee of the National Lawyers Guild
International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity
International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
John George Democratic Club
Justice Vanguard
Kemet Foundation
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Marcus BookStores
National Boricua Human Rights Network
National Lawyers Guild
National Lawyers Guild–SF Bay Area
New Afrikan People's Organization
Nicaragua Center for Community Action
Pan-African Peoples’ Organization
Pax Christi Northern California
Peninsula Peace and Justice Center
Phavia Kujichagulia N Maat
The Puerto Rican Cultural Center
San Francisco Bayview National Black Newspaper
San Jose Peace and Justice Center
Sisters of St. Francis, Alameda, CA
Students for Haiti Solidarity
Task Force on the Americas
Veterans for Peace Chapter 69–San Francisco
Western States Legal Foundation
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom US
Workers World Party

For more information, please contact: *Haiti Action Committee* at 

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