By Popular Resistance, March 9, 2021
March 29 is the anniversary of the 1987 Haitian Constitution written after the 1986 overthrow of the brutal Jean-Claude Duvalier dictatorship. The 1987 Constitution was designed to create “a socially just, economically free, and politically independent Haitian nation.” Those ideals are again in crisis.
The US-backed de facto president of Haiti Jovenel Moïse is refusing to leave office even though his term ended on February 7. Moïse and his Western allies – the US, Canada, Brazil, France, Spain and the European Union – are trying to push through a new constitution that takes power away from the people
The Haitian people have been bravely holding mass demonstrations, especially on Sundays, for months calling for Moïse to step down so they can appoint an interim leader and hold an election. The state response to their demonstrations has been violent repression.
Peace and anti-imperialist organizations in the United States spearheaded by the Black Alliance for Peace and Popular Resistance are calling for a weekend of actions from March 27 to 29 in solidarity with the Haitian people and against our government’s actions.
The Biden administration and the Democrats who have been so vocal over Trump’s threats to stay in office are enabling the same behavior by a president in Haiti. The Biden administration and Democrats have loudly stated that Black lives matter while being silent about the violence perpetrated against Haitians.
We demand that the Biden administration:
1. End its support for Jovenel Moïse.
2. Withdraw from participation in Haiti’s constitutional process.
3. Stop interfering in the internal affairs of Haiti.
4. Stop deporting Haitians who are fleeing their country.
Fill out this form to add your event to the weekend of actions.
Suggested targets are Haitian embassies and consulates in Washington DC, New York, Miami, Boston and Chicago, federal buildings such as ICE headquarters or highly visible areas. Use these hashtags to share photos of your actions when you hold them: #HandsOffHaiti #USOutOfHaiti
Miami – Saturday, March 27 at 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Family Action Network Movement (Miami) will host an activity in support of the Haitian people and in opposition to the growing dictatorship of Jovenal Moises, supported by the U.S. Biden administration, the UN, and the OAS. The activity will also call for TPS status for Haitian immigrants, and an end to deportations. Please join FANM at the Toussaint Louverture statue, located at the intersection of N. 62nd St. and Miami Avenue. Miami, FL., just east of I-95.
Chicago – Sunday, March 28 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm at the Haitian Consulate, 11 E. Adams Street. Organized by the Black Alliance for Peace. Facebook event page.
Baltimore – Details TBA
Boston – Monday, March 29 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the JFK Federal Building, 15 Sudbury St. Boston, organized by the Latin American Working Group of Mass Peace Action and the Latin America Solidarity Coalition of Western Mass.
Newark – Friday, March 26 at 5:00 pm at 1 Gateway Plaza. Organized by the Green Party of New Jersey. See GPNJ.org.
New York City – Monday, March 29 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm at the US Mission to the United Nations, 45th Street and First Avenue.
Charlotte – Saturday, March 27 at 1:00 pm Marshall Park 300 E. 3rd Street.
Washington, DC – Monday, March 29 at 12:00 pm at the State Department, 21st Street and Virginia Ave., NW. Organized by the Black Alliance for Peace. Facebook event page.