Sunday, March 31, 2013

To Defend Haiti Is to Defend Ourselves - May 31-June 1 Conference in Haiti and Brazil

We have just received Bulletin No. 6 of the Brazilian Committee "To Defend Haiti Is to Defend Ourselves" -- which is helping to organize the May 31-June 1 Conference in Haiti not only in Brazil but across the continent.

The bulletin will be translated into English and sent to you promptly. In the meantime, here are a few updates from the bulletin, for your information:

(1) Significant New Endorsement
New endorsers and participants have come on board the Brazilian Committee, including, very significantly, the Jubilee South Network. This network, made up mainly of religious organizations close to the grassroots popular movements across the continent, has endorsed the conference in Haiti and is actively building it in countries across South America.
The Brazilian Steering Committee for the May 31-June 1 Second Continental Conference in Haiti includes Deputy Adriano Diogo (EN/SP), Councilwoman Juliana Cardoso (EN/SP), Barbara Corrales (EN/SP), Milton Barbosa (Unified Black Movement/MNU), Cicero Almeida (SOS Racism ALESP), Joelson Souza (Revolution Youth), Julio Turra (National Executive Committee, CUT), and a representative of Jubilee South Network.

(2) Haitian Senator Moise Jean-Charles Upcoming Tour to Brazil
Haitian Senator Moise Jean-Charles will be in Brasilia -- the capital of Brazil -- on April 16-18, 2013. The tour has been organized by the Committee "To Defend Haiti is to Defend Ourselves." Last October, the Haitian Senator was at the UN in New York as part of a delegation demanding the withdrawal of MINUSTAH troops from Haiti. At the meeting at the UN, Senator Moise Jean-Charles reported on a resolution adopted by the Haitian Senate on September 20, 2011 "demand[ing] the formal withdrawal of all components of the MINUSTAH forces in a period not exceeding one year, or  October 15, 2012 at the latest."
The Haitian senator's visit to Brazil will allow the Brazilian legislators, press and labor and human rights community to understand the latest developments in Haiti -- particularly the horrid consequences of the continued presence of UN-MINUSTAH occupation forces in Haiti.

More to come.

In solidarity,
Alan Benjamin
Guadeloupe-Haiti Campaign Committee

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