[act-ma] HAITI: protest planning meeting! 10/19 at 6pm. Aid with dignity, 10 months later!

Deepa Panchang dpanchang at gmail.com
Sun Oct 17 10:18:36 PDT 2010


As of now, the US Congress has not released the $1.15 billion pledged to
Haiti.  1.7 million internally displaced people are living under tarps they
received nine months ago, braving the rain, heat, and frustration.
Persisting exclusion of Haitians from the decision-making for now and for
the future is leading to continued exploitation.  *
Join us for a meeting this Tuesday, October 19 at 6 pm to discuss strategies
for a PROTEST to be held November 12 (exactly 10 months after the Haiti
earthquake) to pressure our government to act responsibly.  Camps in
Port-au-Prince are protesting every 12th of the month; our action can draw
attention to their demands.*

November's protest and petition will demand the *release of aid money*, the
*provision of basic needs in camps, especially shelter,* and *Haitian
inclusion at all levels. *

*Planning meeting Tuesday at 6, pm: FXB G-13 of the Harvard School of Public
Health, 651 Huntington Ave*.  If you are interested in helping in other ways
(website, outreach, ideas, logistics) please let us know!  Creativity and
any level of time commitment are welcome.

Contact: Deepa Panchang, dpanchang at gmail.com, 832-876-7539

-Recent article from Haiti Liberte on the situation and mobilization by the
-AP on the withholding of aid money:

**Unity Ayiti* is a recently-formed group of Boston residents working to
support self-determination and human rights for the Haitian people.  We hope
to raise public awareness about the structural factors that have made Haiti
vulnerable, to hold foreign governments and the UN accountable for the
policies undertaken towards Haiti, and to support grassroots Haitian efforts
and their inclusion in all levels of earthquake response.  We also hope to
act as a connector for people interested in Haiti to learn about meaningful
ways to contribute and to act in solidarity. http://www.unity-ayity.info/ *
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