[Marxism] current conditions in Haiti

gdunkel at mindspring.com gdunkel at mindspring.com
Mon May 3 13:06:18 MDT 2004


Since some people on this list live in the NYC area, the following announcement might be of interest.

If anyone outside of NY wants to ask for a speaker,  they should call.  I am also sure that a report will be up on 

http://iacenter.org

sooner than later.

/greg

GET A FRESH, EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF WHAT IS HAPPENING IN HAITI

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THE STRUGGLE OF HAITIANS WORKERS AFTER THE COUP

Tuesday, May 4,2004 at 7:PM At AFSCME District Council 1707,

A just returned Emergency Labor/Religious Delegation to Haiti will provide an eyewitness report on conditions in Haiti today. These union/community activists attended the Confederation of Haitian Workers National Congress, April 28 - 30, met with unionists and community activists in both Port-au-Prince and Cap Haitien, and joined in a militant May Day March in Port-au-Prince.

Conditions for working and poor people in Haiti are growing much worse since the U.S. coup on February 29th. Dozens of bodies are piling up in the morgues in Port-au-Prince, Gonaive, Cap Haitien. Gunfire is often heard after the 10 pm curfew. People are arrested and taken away in unmarked cars.

Beyond the political repression, wages --already desperately low-- have fallen by 30% since the overthrow and U.S. kidnapping of President Aristide. The price of gasoline, the price of transportation needed to get to work and the price of food have soared. Working people are on the edge and poor people are facing famine. Yet resistance to occupation continues.

Hear: 
*Dave Welsh, Delegation Coordinator, San Francisco Labor Council Delegate and Vice President of the Letter Carriers Union, Local 214. 
*Reverend Doctor Kwame Abayomi of Baltimore City Council and Senior Minister of Unity United Methodist Church in Baltimore 
*Johnnie Stevens, International Action Center Staff and a Co-founder of Labor for Reparations. 
*Sharon Black Ceci, Steward with United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 27 and Maryland ANSWER organizer

Also: 
*Thomas Griffin, a human rights and immigration lawyer will report on National Lawyer's Guild human rights delegation to Haiti, (March 29 to April 5,) 
*Omar Sierra of Venezuela Solidarity Committee will give an update on the NYC Saturday, May 8th Demonstration on Venezuela and Haiti (12 noon, Times Sq)

There will be special greetings from Brenda Stokely, President of DC 1707, and Ray Laforest, Organizer for DC 1707

Sponsored by: International Action Center, New York City Labor Against the War (NYCLAW), Haiti Solidarity Network, NY ANSWER 

For More Info: 39 West 14th St, #206, New York, NY, 10011, 212-633-6646, www.iacenter.org

Tuesday, MAY 4, 7:PM At AFSCME District Council 1707, 75 Varick Street, 14th Floor NW Corner of Varick & Canal.

You can take subways 1/9, A, C, E to Canal street.






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