The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom has long had an interest in and concern for Haiti -- Emily Greene Balch led a WIlPF delegation to Haiti in 1929 during the US military occupation of that country. Her report, "Occupied Haiti," detailed significant human rights abuses committed by US troops during that 17 year occupation. Today our concern for Haiti, one of our nearest Caribbean neighbors, is the extreme poverty of its 9 million citizens.
On April 3, 2009, Congresswoman Maxine Waters sent the following letter to the House Appropriations Committee requesting at least $350 million for assistance to Haiti in the State, Foreign Operations Appropriations bill for fiscal year (FY) 2010. A total of 37 Members of Congress signed this letter.
Representatives Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Spencer Bachus (R-AL) are calling on their colleagues to sign a bi-partisan letter to the Secretary of the Treasury urging him to 1) expedite the cancellation of Haiti’s debts to the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and other multilateral financial institutions, and 2) urge an immediate suspension of debt service payments from Haiti.
Both Representatives have gone out on a limb for the poor of Haiti, and now they need you to tell your Representative to stand up with them.
INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE AND DEMOCRACY IN HAITI WEEKLY ALERT - CANCELLATION OF HAITI’S DEBT, AUGUST 3, 2007
FIRST – FAST FOR DEBT CANCELLATION
Kevin Pina debuted his newest documentary, “Haiti: We Must Kill the Bandits,” in Washington, DC on June 4. The Haiti Issues Committee of WILPF along with the DC Branch of WILPF sponsored the showing. Pina is the founder of the Haiti Information Project and is an editor at The Black Commentator.
Join filmmaker, Kevin Pina, for the DC area premiere of his newest film, “Haiti: We Must Kill the Bandits.”
Where: Festival Center – 1640 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC
When: Tuesday, June 5, 2007
(Donations requested, but no one will be refused for lack of funds.)
Background on the film:
Filmmaker Kevin Pina challenges the contemporary view of Haiti, revealing the hidden role of the 'international community' in Haitian politics. This provocative and lively film takes the viewer into parts of Haiti where few western journalists dare to tread, and includes shocking footage of unreported human rights abuses, some of which have been astonishingly conducted by United Nations Forces. Pina's film stands out because it connects the tragic events in Haiti with what he assesses as foreign intervention designed to deter democracy. Come out and learn the side of the Haiti coverage not seen in the corporate news media.
According to Haitian former political prisoner, ANNETTE AUGUSTE, also known as SO AN, - "This film is truly amazing! It captures the reality of the coup against President Aristide and the continuing struggle of our people for justice. There is no other documentary like this in the world!"
You can see a trailer from the film on YouTube
For more information: call 202-277-8252.
Sponsored by the Women’s Int’l. League for Peace & Freedom-DC Branch, Fondasyon Mapou, and the Haitian Priorities Project
By Tim Pelzer
Documentary Review: Haiti: We must kill the bandits
Director: Kevin Pina
Production company: Haiti Information Project, 90 minutes
Print and television media coverage of Haiti since the early 1990s has been characterized by disinformation and deliberate omission of facts. In many cases, journalists have relied on US and Canadian financed non-governmental organizations set up to destabilize the former center-left government of Jean Betrand Aristide for information. Kevin Pina's new documentary Haiti: we must kill the bandits offers a refreshingly honest account of events in Haiti after Aristide was ousted by the U.S. Feb. 29, 2004. Pina, who lived and worked in Haiti as a reporter off and on through the 1990s and from 2001 to 2006 is well placed to tell the story.
Mario Joseph and Brian Concannon, Jr. | April 9, 2007
Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez found a hero's welcome when he visited Haiti on March 12. People from Port-au-Prince's poor neighborhoods lined the streets of the capitol to cheer, chant, dance, and sing, with all the infectious enthusiasm of Haitian celebrations. President Chávez returned the affection. He jumped from his motorcade and joined the party, marching, even running with the crowd. At the National Palace, Chávez climbed up on the perimeter fence to slap hands like he had just scored a World Cup goal. He publicly thanked the Haitian people for their hospitality and enthusiasm, and for their historic support for liberty in the world.
April 5, 2007
For Immediate Release Contact: Mikael Moore
March 13, 2007 (202) 225-2201
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The Haiti Issues committee focuses on familiarizing WILPF members with the history of WILPF's response to the US involvement in Haiti, starting with an official WILPF delegation to Haiti in 1929 led by Emily Greene Balch, during the US Marine Occupation of Haiti from 1916 to 1934 (see her report, "Occupied Haiti") and proposing actions that members can take in support of democracy and stability in Haiti. Following are the main priorities for the Haiti Issues committee in 2007: Debt relief; Immigration Reform; the TRUTH Act (investigation of the US role in the 2/29/04 coup d’etat); and Depoliticization of US aid to Haiti. The International Relations Center’s Americas Program features an Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti article on the TRUTH Act, U.S. Congress Should Make New Year’s Resolution for Haiti.
If you would like more information about the Haiti Issues committee activities and/or receive Haiti Issues Committee action alerts, please contact: Joan Drake at firstname.lastname@example.org or Shirley Pate at email@example.com