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If you don’t hold elections, you can’t lose them. This maxim, which the Duvalierist dictatorships upheld for decades in Haiti with the full faith and connivance of the U.S. government, is being applied by the current government of President Michel Martelly....
At the initiative of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, on Oct. 20 heads of state from the Bolivarian Alliance for the People of Our Americas—Peoples’ Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP), along with health agencies and professionals, representatives of the United Nations, the Pan-American Health Organization and the Organization of East Caribbean States, met in Havana to chart an action plan to help confront the Ebola epidemic in Africa and prevent its expansion to other regions....
Human rights activists marched from the New York Times offices to the Empire State Building — which houses Human Rights Watch — to protest both institutions as tools of the CIA, specifically in their role attacking the Bolivarian government of Venezuela....
The United States supported repressive reactionaries in Haiti even before its independence in 1804. The first foreign aid granted by the U.S. — $750,000, a tremendous sum then — was sent to French slave masters in Haiti to put down the rebellion. This was done during slave-owning George Washington’s administration, under the direction of slave-owning Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson....
Imagine waking up to the news that the only country you have ever known has officially rejected you by a 9 to 2 vote. That is what will potentially happen to hundreds of thousands in the Dominican Republic in the coming year....
On Nov. 18, thousands of protesters came out into the streets throughout Haiti to say, “Down with Martelly!” They were commemorating the 210th anniversary of the battle of Vertières, when Jean-Jacques Dessalines led his forces to decisive victory in Haiti’s revolutionary war against its French slave masters....
Even though its responsibility for introducing and spreading cholera in Haiti has been irrefutably established, the United Nations has refused to take any responsibility for the 8,300 deaths and 650,000 cases due to cholera in Haiti since 2010....
Haiti and the huge problems facing its people have dropped out of the news recently. The Washington Post and the New York Times call the reason “donor fatigue.” However, that doesn’t mean the tremendous difficulties Haiti faced before the January 2010 earthquake, which were worsened by that disaster, have lessened. It only means the  big-business press have stopped talking about them....
Report from Continental Conference for the Withdrawal of Minustah Troops from Haiti ...
The International Action Center, including its chapters around the country, condemn in the strongest terms the heinous, brutal assassination of Georges Henri Honorat, a prominent editor of Haïti Progrès and secretary general of Haiti’s Popular National Party, on March 23. The 55-year-old Honorat was shot twice in a drive-by assault in front of his home in the Delmas section of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital. ...
Three years after the earthquake that killed 300,000 people on Jan. 12, 2010, reconstruction has barely begun in Haiti. Debris has been removed from the streets in Port-au-Prince, Léogane and Pétionville, but at least 500,000 people are still living in tents — ripped, torn and tattered by the storms and hurricanes that have hit this country in the last three years....
As famine lurks throughout Haiti and cholera daily kills the weak, the very young and the old, the response of the Haitian people has been growing militancy. In massive numbers they have taken to the streets to demand an end to the corrupt regime of President Michel Martelly....
International Women’s Day, commemorated on March 8, was founded in 1910 by European socialist women, to demonstrate solidarity with women worldwide. The special day honors struggles against inequality, oppression and war....
Judge Carvès Jean, basing his decision on the recommendation of Haiti’s state prosecutor, told the media on Jan. 30 that he had dropped all murder, torture and other charges against Jean-Claude Duvalier. The former Haitian dictator, who has had the support of both U.S. and French imperialism, will face only corruption charges....
More than 7,000 Haitians have died and over 500,000 have been sickened from the cholera the United Nations introduced to Haiti a little over a year ago. Haiti has the highest rate and greatest severity of cholera of any country in the world....
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On Sept. 5, hundreds of militant protesters — facing off police and tear gas in Port-Salut, Haiti — called for justice and reparations for a Haitian youth who has charged Minustah marines with gang rape. They also called for the U.N. occupation forces to leave their country....
On August 20, the African community of the world will register our condemnation of and resistance to the wars being made against our people and our freedom everywhere.We will oppose the heinous bombing of Libya and the violent attempt to overthrow that government....
The desperate situation of the Haitian people has given rise to political tensions in the country’s Parliament and anger among the people against the U.S.-backed regime. The only effective aid for combating the cholera epidemic has come from socialist Cuba....
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In the midst of the gravest foreign policy crisis since assuming her job — the mass uprising in Egypt — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton went to Haiti on Jan. 30....
Haiti has endured a year of unimaginable and profound suffering, under a government dedicated to greed and serving the interests of the imperialists. More than 1.5 million people are living in huts or under sheets and tarps throughout Port-au-Prince, still homeless since last January’s earthquake. There is an unemployment rate of 80 percent. More than 3,600 people have died and another 171,000 are infected from the cholera epidemic, imported by Minustah, the U.N.’s occupation force....
A mass movement of protest and anger has erupted in Haiti against the oppression, extreme poverty and desperation experienced by the vast majority of people. The militant struggle is challenging the so-called “constitutionally mandated” election of Nov. 28, claiming fraud and misconduct throughout the process....
Hundreds of thousands of Haitians still live under tarps and tents because their houses were destroyed in the Jan. 12 earthquake. Hundreds are dying every week from an epidemic of cholera caused by lack of access to clean water. Haiti is still occupied by Minustah, the U.N.’s armed force for the “stabilization” of this impoverished country....
Just a few months ago, on July 26, 2010, Lucius Walker, the head of the American organization Pastors for Peace, at an encounter with Cuban intellectuals and artists, asked me what the solution for Haiti’s problems would be....
For more than a week, mass protests against the U.N.’s occupation have broken out throughout Haiti, especially in Cap-Haïtien on its northern coast and Port-au-Prince, the country’s capital. Protests have also taken place in southern cities like Cayes and in the center of the country in Gonaïve....
On the rainy night of Nov. 5, hundreds of thousands of Haitians huddled under their tarps and tents while Hurricane Tomas passed. The government, which told them to flee, put only 15,000 people on trucks to go to higher ground....
From Dec. 3 to 5 in Tijuana, Mexico — just minutes from the San Diego, Calif., airport — a cross-section of workers from Latin America who are confronting the global crisis will meet with U.S. workers grappling with devastating challenges. Building on six previous conferences, the meeting’s aim is to grow the unity of the working class in the Americas and increase its influence — from the tip of Chile to Alaska — by sharing problems but also examining strategies to fight and win....
Cuban leaders of the Confederation of Cuban Worker s (CTC) will visit Tijuana, Mexico, a border city 15 minutes south of downtown San Diego and the San Diego Airport - U.S./Mexico border. This conference will give people from North America (the United States, Canada and Mexico) the opportunity to hear first hand from the Latinoamerican and Caribbean workers. Also, you will hear from Union leaders of Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Haiti, Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, Brazil, El Salvador, Puerto Rico and the U.S. discussing the social and labor movements in the Americas.
and coordinators of Encuentro Sindical Nuestra America have also been invited. ESNA is a new development that involves the largest and most militant labor federations throughout Latin America.
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Hundreds of thousands of Haitians have been living in misery for more than seven months — without houses, jobs, sanitation, potable water or electricity. The lucky ones have tents for shelter, others only tarps or sheets....
In solidarity with the struggling people of Haiti , the International Action Center is re-publishing the groundbreaking book, Haiti: A Slave Revolution, 200 Years after 1804....
On March 2, seven U.S. doctors gave a report on their month-long mission of providing post-earthquake medical services in Haiti at a program at Judson Memorial Church in New York City....
The International Action Center will be traveling to DC this weekend with activists from Bailout the People Movement, BAYAN, FIST-Fight Imperialism Stand Together, Peoples Organization for Progress, May 1 Coalition for Workers and Immigrant rights, Women’s Fight Back Network, Free Mumia Coalition and many others in cars, vans and buses.

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The Bail Out the People Movement, meeting in New York on Feb. 24, voted to endorse and help to mobilize for the March 20 National March on Washington. The demonstration, called by the Answer Coalition, raises the slogans: U.S. out of Afghanistan and Iraq, Free Palestine, Reparations for Haiti, and Money for Healthcare, Jobs and Education. The endorsement, proposed by the International Action Center, had unanimous support and was followed by a concrete discussion of outreach, transportation and material to take to Washington....
The Union of South American Nations — UNASUR — held an emergency meeting on Feb. 9 in Quito, Ecuador, to examine the situation in Haiti after the earthquake and make plans for short- and long-term assistance to the destroyed nation. Exterior ministers and special envoys from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Guyana, Surinam, Uruguay and Venezuela and the presidents of Colombia, Paraguay and Peru joined current UNASUR President Rafael Correa from Ecuador and Haitian President René Préval....
The U.S. government’s first prolonged reaction to the earthquake was to send in the U.S. Marines and the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. This is the notorious force unit that had invaded Vietnam, [Haiti’s] neighboring Dominican Republic in 1965, Grenada in 1984, Haiti in 1994 and Afghanistan. Under the preposterous pretext of providing security to the devastated nation, the U.S. landed and deployed armed soldiers instead of civil rescue personnel and equipment, water and food....
Jenny Ulysse is a teen-aged Boston community organizer who was in Port-au-Prince Haiti on January 12 and was injured in the earthquake. She has been unable to receive an x-ray or any medical attention for her injured foot and leg since then. Although she is a legal resident of the United States, lives here with her family and is the main breadwinner, is employed and goes to school in Boston, her efforts to return and obtain necessary medical attention are being rebuffed at the U.S. embassy because she is not a citizen....
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Jan. 26. — The U.S. secured its occupation of Haiti when the Pentagon placed 13,000 troops in the country around the capital and on nearby ships, with at least 4,000 more scheduled to arrive. It’s now two weeks after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake leveled the capital city and nearby towns, wreaking havoc on the population, and in doing so eliminated the Haitian government bureaucracy, police and the United Nations military mission...
Over 200,000 may have died in the earthquake that devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010.Thousands more are wounded and dying every day from infections, embolisms and lack of medical care and supplies. Some 2 million people are homeless. Please join the Coalition To Stand With Haiti in this demonstration to Honor the memory of the dead and to Show solidarity with those who are injured and who lost their family members and homes. ...
The nations of Latin America and the Caribbean were built with the hands of thousands of black and indigenous people. The colonizers oppressed them with the use of the whip and the dollar. The misfortune of the Haitian people is not a product of their geography but a product of a history of occupation, that which determines who lives and who dies, whose life is worth more than others. ...
The United States's goal to control the region for the benefit of its corporations has no boundaries, whether posing as an aiding partner as in Haiti, or through the imposition of an illegitimate government as in Honduras; through 'diplomacy' or through blatant military force....
Haiti has suffered a terrible natural disaster at the cost of hundreds of thousands of precious lives. This natural disaster however, has been bitterly aggravated by racism and imperialist domination....
A partial list of marches, demonstrations and events...
Haiti was the most prosperous of all the French colonies during the period of slavery. The production of sugar, coffee and other agricultural products brought tremendous profits to the colonial landowners on the island of Hispaniola, which today encompasses both the Dominican Republic and Haiti. At the time of an uprising on Aug. 14, 1791, led by Boukman, more than 500,000 enslaved Africans and thousands more free Blacks and people of mixed race lived in Haiti....
We thank all the true friends of Haiti, in particular the Government and the people of South Africa for their solidarity with the victims of Haiti....
As soon as the devastating earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, Cuban doctors began saving lives.Years before this monumental disaster hit, Cuba had set up a medical mission in Haiti to provide health care in areas where there had been little or none; Cubans also were training Haitian medical workers in basic first aid. When the quake struck, these teams quickly went into emergency mode....
President Obama's response to the tragedy in Haiti has been robust in military deployment and puny in what the Haitians need most: food; first responders and their specialized equipment; doctors and medical facilities and equipment; and engineers, heavy equipment, and heavy movers. Sadly, President Obama is dispatching Presidents Bush and Clinton, and thousands of Marines and U.S. soldiers. By contrast, Cuba has over 400 doctors on the ground and is sending in more; Cubans, Argentinians, Icelanders, Nicaraguans, Venezuelans, and many others are already on the ground working--saving lives and treating the injured. Senegal has offered land to Haitians willing to relocate to Africa....
Send a message to President Obama, former Presidents Clinton and Bush: "The People of Haiti need food, water, and medical aid, not military occupation"...
In response to the devastating eqrthquake in Haiti, IFCO Pastors for Peace is supporting these organizations, which are delivering humanitarian aid quickly: Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees, Lakou New York and Movement for Dominican Haitian Women....
The International Action Center expresses its full solidarity with the Haitian people at this time of greatest crisis following the devastating Jan.12 earthquake. In the Haitian capital, tens of thousands of lives have been lost and the lives of hundreds of thousands of additional people are at stake. It is essential that there be an all-out effort for immediate and massive humanitarian relief effort....
A grave tragedy has befallen the people of Haiti. Fight Imperialism Stand Together extends its solidarity to the island nation, its people and the peoples’ movements....
The earthquake that flattened Haiti’s capital and brought a new calamity to millions of people in that heroic but impoverished country has awakened calls for solidarity and aid from the vast majority of the world’s people. The number one priority is to provide food, drinkable water and emergency medical care to the approximately 3 million Haitians affected by the disaster to try to limit the deaths, injuries and illnesses to the people....
In the wake of the tragic events in Haiti,the organizers of the Martin Luther King Birthday Bail Out the People Not the Banks Protest on Wall St., scheduled for Friday, January 15, at Wall St. and Broad St. from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m., have decided to make Friday's protest a solidarity event with the Haitian people....
Two hundred Haitians on July 26 crammed themselves into a small sailing vessel, according to news reports. They were seeking to escape from a country that continues to be occupied by foreign troops and whose people suffer from massive poverty and starvation....
Thousands of Haitians from all over North America traveled to Miami June 5 and 6 to spend hours paying tribute to Rev. Gérard Jean-Juste. They came from Orlando, Fla., Boston, New York, Washington, Chicago, Atlanta and Montreal....
The U.S. Coast Guard and a few individual boaters pulled 27 people out of the ocean off south Florida May 13. Ten of them were dead after fleeing mass hunger and misery in Haiti. The sailing vessel they were on had sunk around 2 a.m. and the survivors had to tread water for 10 hours until their rescue....
The U.S. government is threatening to expel 30,000 Haitians living inside its borders. Among the millions of undocumented workers in the U.S. who live each day with the fearful possibility of deportation, the Department of Homeland Security has made undocumented Haitians a special focus....
Tell President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Clinton, U.N. Secretary-General Ban, Caribbean Economic Community Chair Barrow, Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano, ICE director John P. Torres, Congress and members of the media: Stop the Deportation of 30,000 Haitians!...
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With the theme "Sovereignty and Food Security: Food for Life," delegations from 15 countries met in Managua, Nicaragua, on May 7 to discuss and plan strategies to confront the serious hunger crisis that is affecting the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean....
A large crowd of protesters marched on Haiti's Presidential Palace April 8 waving green branches and shouting, "We're hungry! Feed us!" They pushed large metal trash bins to scale the walls....
Growing list of cities participating in actions on or around Feb. 29, 2008, in solidarity with the Haitian people, on the 4th anniversary of the Feb. 29, 2004 coup d'etat in Haiti....
The Haitian Revolution is a singular event in history. Never before or since has an enslaved people risen up, broken their chains, and established a new state. Haiti was a beacon of hope and inspiration to the enslaved Africans of the United States. Haiti's history has been turbulent, but not for the reasons given by mainstream historians. ...
The persons whose signatures appear below are people who are extremely concerned with the indiscriminate arrests, arbitrary deportations and assassinations that experienced by Haitians and/or Dominican-Haitians sisters and brothers who live in the Dominican Republic. ...
The San Francisco-based Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA), with the support of the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), has filed a lawsuit against Constant in U.S. federal court in the Southern District of New York on behalf of women who survived savage gang rapes and other forms of extreme violence, including attempted murder. The legal groups are using the Alien Tort Claims Act, adopted in 1789, which gives survivors of egregious human rights abuses, wherever committed, the right to sue persons responsible for the abuses in U.S. federal court. Since 1980, the law has been used successfully in cases involving torture (including rape), extrajudicial killing, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and arbitrary detention. ...
U.S. agents abducted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti over a week ago and flew him to this intensely poor former French colony in the heart of Africa in an attempt to isolate him and keep him from telling the truth about what has happened in his Caribbean country....
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