Haiti Action Committee invites you to an afternoon of solidarity with the Haitian people to mark the 8th anniversary of the Feb 29, 2004 coup d'etat:
HAITI EIGHT YEARS AFTER THE COUP
La Pena Community Center, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
March 3, 2012, 4-6PM
- Pierre Labossiere
- Nia Imara
- Marilyn Langlois
Eight years ago, the US, France, Canada, and the Haitian ruling elite overthrew Haitiís democratically elected President Aristide and violently reversed Fanmi Lavalasí progressive social agenda. As a result of the coup and subsequent United Nations occupation, thousands of Haitians were killed, imprisoned, exiled, or disappeared.
Last year, Haitian and international elites imposed on Haitians the presidency of Duvalierist Michel Martelly, who plans to bring back the Haitian Army, which was notorious for repressing the poor.
Still, with the Aristide familyís courageous return back to Haiti last March, Haitiís grassroots movements continue to organize and fight for economic justice, an end to repression, and the return of democracy to Haiti.
We dedicate this gathering to the memory of our dear friend Jean Ristil Jean-Baptiste, who passed away in Haiti last week of natural causes at the age of 30. Jean Ristil will be remembered for his courageous radio, video and print reporting on the 2004 coup and its aftermath. We honor his daily heroism, and his great support for the children of Cite Soleil and the grassroots movement in Haiti.
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For more information, contact Haiti Action Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org