Emergency Vigil in Solidarity with the People of Haiti in Oakland

The Haiti Action Committee and Congresswoman Barbara Lee will hold an emergency vigil in solidarity with the people of Haiti on Monday.

Photo: Flickr user Miriam Godet

Oakland Vigil for Haiti
Monday, January 18th, 5:00 P.M.
Oakland Federal Building
1301 Clay Street
(12th Street BART Station)
By Robert Roth
Haiti Action Committee

Three million people are homeless, untold thousands are dead. With their own hands, Haitians are heroically digging out friends and relatives from the rubble left by the devastating earthquake, showing once again their resilience, determination and courage in the face of disaster.

Days after the earthquake, the United Nations admits it has fed only 8000 people. With thousands of U.S. troops headed to Haiti, it is clear that the U.S. and UN are more concerned with "securing" Haiti than with feeding and housing people. Millions of dollars worth of food and medicine sits on the tarmac at the airport in Port-au-Prince while the poorest communities remain without aid.

In a scene reminiscent of Hurricane Katrina, 10,000 people have sought refuge in the Aristide Foundation near the airport in Port-au-Prince. Over 50 doctors are there, yet no medical supplies or food has arrived.

We remember the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

This is a time to respect the resiliency and courage of the Haitian people. It is a time for aid, not charity, for solidarity not a U.S. military take-over. And it is a time to return President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to his homeland.

Please support community-based organizers in Haiti who are working day and night to get aid to the people. Please contribute to Haiti Emergency Relief Fund.

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