A Call to Action in Solidarity with Haiti
September 12, 2005
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A Call to Action in Solidarity with Haiti

A Call to Action in Solidarity with Haiti

Coordinated International Protests in Many Cities

on September 30, 2005

Dear Activists for Haiti,

The coup regime in Haiti - backed to the hilt by the US, the UN, France and Canada - continues its bloody assault on the poor majority, targeting especially leaders and supporters of the Lavalas grassroots democracy movement.

Now Fondasyon Trant Septanm, a Haitian organization supporting victims of the repression in Haiti, has issued a call for renewed protests in many cities of the world on September 30, the anniversary of the first US-sponsored coup that ousted President Aristide in 1991.* Haiti will be demonstrating on that day - so should we!

We need to act now in solidarity with our Haitian sisters and brothers, whose unbreakable spirit, in the face of this genocide, just won't stop. Let us take up this call from Haiti, and make September 30th an international day of outrage against the US-inspired massacres and the trampling of Haiti's sovereignty.

Building on the success of the July 21st coordinated demonstrations

The July 6th massacre by UN troops in Cite Soleil sparked an international campaign, culminating in a day of solidarity actions in 15 cities and five countries on July 21st. The campaign succeeded in breaking through the media blockade, exposing the massacres, and putting US and UN officials on the defensive. It also brought into being an international network of committed people ready to spring into action in a coordinated way. [See "Wave of Protest" report, sent separately.] Now we need to activate and expand our network - to more cities and countries.

Our call is for each city to organize its own Haiti solidarity activity on or around Friday 9/30 -- to be coordinated as a single worldwide mobilization to support Haiti's struggle for sovereignty, democracy and a just society.

It could be a march, rally, public meeting, vigil, house meeting or civil disobedience - whatever you are able to do -- in support of the following demands:

Stop the Serial Killings and Massacres of the Poor, in one popular neighborhood after another, by UN troops, Haitian National Police and paramilitary mercenaries under police control. Restore the Democratically Elected Government of President Aristide Free Fr. Jean-Juste, So' Anne, Prime Minister Neptune - and ALL the Political Prisoners End the Brutal US/UN Occupation - Restore Haiti's Sovereignty - Respect the Will of the Haitian People

Please join us in this important mobilization. Let us know by phone or email what solidarity activity you are planning for September 30th, so we can build the campaign. Use your contacts in other cities and countries to spread this movement.

For the September 30th 2005 International Day of Solidarity with the People of Haiti,

Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine, Fondasyon Trant Septanm (September 30th Foundation)

Lavarice Gaudin, Veye Yo

Dave Welsh, Organizer, US Labor/Human Rights Delegation to Haiti (June-July 2005)

Sister Maureen Duignan, Director, East Bay Sanctuary Covenant

Contact the Sept. 30th Organizing Committee at 510-847-8657 or sub@sonic.net

* The Fondasyon Trant Septanm statement, calling for an international day of solidarity with the Haitian people on September 30, 2005, can be found in French and Kreyol at www.hayti.net The statement calls for demonstrations in major world cities on that day "to denounce and condemn the dictatorship and the US/UN repression against the poor in Haiti." You should already have received an English version of the Foundation statement by email.

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