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Barbara Lee Ľ Kevin Pina
with Pierre Labossiere and Dennis Bernstein
Wednesday - April 14, 2004 - 7 to 9:30 PM
1st Congregational Church - Oakland - Harrison & 27th St.
Congresswoman Barbara Lee calls for an indepedent investigation (H.R. 3919)of the Bush AdministrationŐs participation in the Coup dŐÈtat of President AristideCongresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), Congressional Black Caucus Haiti Task Force Co-Chair, last month introduced the T.R.U.T.H. (The Responsibility to Uncover the Truth about Haiti) Act which calls for an independent bipartisan commission to uncover the facts about the Bush AdministrationŐs involvement in the recent coup dŐÈtat in Haiti. The bill was co-sponsored by John Conyers and 23 other members od the CBC.
The T.R.U.T.H. Act calls for the commission to investigate the following:
Did the U.S. Government impede democracy and contribute to the overthrow of the Aristide government?Under what circumstances did President Jean-Bertrand Aristide resign, and what was the role of the United States Government in bringing about his departure?
To what extent did the U.S. impede efforts by the international community, particularly the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries, to prevent the overthrow of the democratically-elected Government of Haiti?
What was the role of the United States in influencing decisions regarding Haiti at the United Nations Security Council and in discussions between Haiti and other countries that were willing to assist in the preservation of the democratically-elected Government of Haiti by sending security forces to Haiti?
Was U.S. assistance provided or were U.S. personnel involved in supporting, directly or indirectly, the forces opposed to the government of President Aristide?
Was U.S. bilateral assistance channeled through nongovernmental organizations that were directly or indirectly associated with political groups actively involved in fomenting hostilities or violence toward the government of President Aristide?
Kevin Pina, the Flashpoints Radio correspondent in Haiti will comment on the importance of The T.R.U.T.H. Act and provide an update on the current situation in Haiti.DONATION requested to support the work of HAC
and the Haiti Information Project in Port au Prince, Haiti
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