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#1 - Canada Haiti Action Network-Haifax,
May 18, 2005 events
Endorsers so far include the
Halifax Peace Coalition, the Nova Local of
the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, the Halifax/Dartmouth District
Council, Students Taking Action in Chiapas Halifax (STAC), the
Coalition Against War (SCAW), and the Halifax Central Education
AND MARCH IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE OF HAITI
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 @ 5:30
VICTORIA PARK (CORNER OF SOUTH PARK AND SPRING GARDEN)
On May 18th, 2005 a worldwide coalition of grassroots organizations
will hold protests, teach-ins, petition drives, pickets, vigils,
showings, and other events in solidarity with the people of Haiti,
who are once
again struggling against a brutal foreign occupation of the world's
black republic. The call for this day of solidarity has been taken
hundreds of grassroots organizations worldwide, including the
Congress, who are calling on the global African community to respond
the plight of Haitians.
In Canada, events are planned in several cities, including Vancouver,
Montreal, Ottawa, and Charlottetown. Here in Halifax, a rally
will be held on Wednesday, May 18 th at 5:30 PM beginning at Victoria
(the corner of Spring Garden and South Park).
This event is being organized by the Canada Haiti Action
Network-Halifax and the Halifax Peace Coalition. It has also been
endorsed by the Halifax local of the Canadian Union of Postal
Workers, and the Halifax Central Area
The Canadian military and government, like the governments of
United States and France, were deeply complicit in the brutal
coup on February
29th of 2004 against democratically elected Haitian President
Bertrand-Aristide. Canadian Joint Task Force 2 Troops were observed
Associated Press reporters securing the airport from which Aristide
flown from the country, after he was abducted from his home at
by US Marines.
In addition, the Haitian National Police are being provided
support, logistics, and training by the RCMP. Numerous human rights
groups, ranging from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch
Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti have reported that
the HNP is
currently engaged in a calculated campaign of summary executions,
massacres, and imprisonment of poor Haitians associated with the
Lavalas party of the
deposed government of Aristide. Considering the close involvement
the Canadian government, Canadian Forces, and the RCMP in Haiti,
is long overdue for Canadians to speak out against our government's
verifiably brutal role in Haiti.
In accordance with calls from the Haitian people themselves, we
- A restoration of the Haitian Constitution and the
reinstatement of Haiti's democratically-elected government
- An end to illegal arrests and killings by the HNP
- An end to the participation of RCMP and Canadian Forces with
- A parliamentary investigation into Canada's role in the
- The freedom of all political prisoners in Haiti's prisons,
including elected Prime Minister Yvon Neptune.
- The elimination of Haiti's odious debt to Canada, the World
Bank and the "international community." An end to "disaster
Haiti by Canadian corporations.
For More Information:
Stuart Neatby, 446-8875, email@example.com
#2 - Black Youth United Toronto-Canada
May 18, 2005 events
Join Black Youth United, the
Global Afrikan Congress, Young Left and other
community groups as we plan to show express solidarity with the
people of Haiti
May 18, 2005
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH HAITI Toronto, Ontario
4:00pm - Demonstration Against Canada's role in the occupation--Meeting
spot Bloor & College
$5 Dinner Provided by Radical Roots Cafe
5:30pm - Workshops: -Canada's current role in Haiti
-For Haitians Living in Canada: What can we Do?
-Haiti & Reparations: Pan African Perspectives
7:00pm - Closing Session: BUILDING A CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT HAITI
(416) 925-9120 / (905) 717-6172
1. Demand the return of constitutional rule to Haiti by restoring
officials of all parties to their offices throughout the country
until the end
of their mandates and another election is held, as mandated by
2. Condemn the killings, illegal imprisonment and confiscation
of the property
of supporters of Haiti's constitutional government and insist
illegitimate "interim government" immediately cease
its persecution and put a stop to persecution by the thugs and
murderers from sectors in their police force, from the paramilitaries,
gangs and former soldiers;
3. Insist on the immediate release of all political prisoners
in Haitian jails,
including Prime Minister Yvon Neptune, Interior Minister Privert
constitutional government officials and folksinger-activist So
4. Insist on the disarmament of the thugs, death squad leaders
and convicted human rights violators and their prosecution for
all crimes committed during the attack on Haiti's elected government
and support the rebuilding ofHaiti's police force, ensuring that
it excludes anyone who helped to overthrow the democratically
elected government or who participated in other human rights violations;
5. Stop the indefinite detention and automatic repatriation of
and immediately grant Temporary Protected Status to all Haitian
presently in the United States until democracy is restored to
6. Support the calls by the OAS, CARICOM and the African Union
investigation into the circumstances of President Aristide's removal.
the enactment of Congresswoman Barbara Lee's T.R.U.T.H Act, which
calls for U.S. Congressional investigation of the forcible removal
of the democratically
elected President and government of Haiti.
Suggestions are welcome on forms of protest in your local areas
(UN, Embassies etc) and other social programs in an effort to
heighten our concerns about the worsening situation in Haiti .
WHY MAY 18?
The University of Guyana African Culture & Development Association
(UGACDA) in association with the Global Afrikan Congress (GAC)
Guyana is proposing that Africans all over the world sponsor an
'International Day of Solidarity with Haiti' . The date chosen
is May 18 th 2005, Haiti Flag Day.
- Build a campaign to challenge Canda's role in Haiti
- Test our effectiveness as a Global African Community to respond
- Raise the pressure on the US, France and others who are responsible
situation in Haiti .
- Build the resolve of Haitians by letting them know they are
group solid with Haiti
Thursday, May 19th 2005
Photo: University of Guyana African Cultural Development Association
Chairperson Safiya Varswyck (second from right) and Secretary
of UGACDA Shabikie Fernandes (right) along with students of COLACO
(Centre of Learning and Afro-Centric Organisation) picketing out
The University of Guyana African Cultural & Development Association
(UGACDA) yesterday took part in the International Day of solidarity
By way of a press release UGACDA said that in association with
the Global Afrikan Congress (GAC) Guyana, it had sponsored an
International Day of solidarity with Haiti on May 18.
The group, mobilised support from UGACDA, Red Thread, women from
Sophia, Buxton, and various villages along the East Coast of Demerara
to stage a picketing exercise in front of the United Nations Building
on Brickdam yesterday. One of UGACDA's organisers Maxie Fox told
Stabroek News, "we see ourselves as a part of the struggle
the Haitian people are enduring."
The day according to a UGACDA press release was endorsed by the
Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network and co-sponsored by a network
of university students, human rights activists, Haiti solidarity
organizations, progressive radio and press outlets, reparation
organisations and the global African community from the Caribbean,
U.S., Canada, France, Latin America and Africa.
The picket was organised to support the "Haitian Lawyers'
leadership Haiti Resolution that demands a return of constitutional
rule to Haiti by restoring all elected officials of all parties
to their offices throughout the country until the end of their
mandates and until another election is held.
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