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There will be a Haiti Forum Press Conference at the DNC in Boston on July 27, 2004 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM at the Media Arts Building, 1234 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury Community College, Roxbury, MA 02120.

Presented by the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network, Haitkaah Social Justice Project, Haiti Action Committee, the New England Human Rights Coalition for Haiti and A.N.S.W.E.R Coalition (Act Now To Stop War and End Racism).

The press conference follows a morning Haiti Forum on "The Haitian-American Connection," - a cultural and political event to inform and educate the DNC Delegates and to honor Haiti and those organizations, persons and political entities who stood for Haiti's Democracy and sovereignty In 2004, Haiti's Bi-Centennial year. Refreshments Will be served. There will be Haitian music, poetry, dance, drumming and song, featuring famed Haitian artists Erna Letemps, Jean Claude Martineau and other special appearances. Admission is free, refreshments are free, entertainment is free.

Press conference speakers shall include:
Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Congressman John Conyers, Congresswoman Janice Shakowsky, Congressman Donald Payne, Congressman Charles Rangel, Congressman Major Owens, Kevin Pina, Partners in Health, Charles Olgetree, Congressman William Delahunt, Fanmi Lavalas, The National Lawyers Guild, the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network, Haitkaah Social Justice Project, A.N.S.W.E.R Coalition (Act Now To Stop War and End Racism), Haiti Action Committee and the New England Human Rights Organization for Haiti.

Press conference speakers will address the current humanitarian disaster, brutal repression and human rights violations in Haiti; the unconstitutional removal of Haiti's democratically elected government and the role of the US government in the deliberate destabilization of the Haitian government and the implementation of the coup.

New human rights reports, testimonies and information shall be distributed and the event sponsors will collectively present the Haiti Resolution urging the Democratic Party and nominee to include these six-points in its platform: Return Constitutional rule to Haiti; stop the killings of Lavalas supporters; release all the political prisoners; disarm, prosecute and bring the death squads, convicted killers and thugs to justice; help rebuild the Haitian police excluding from its ranks those who helped to overthrow the democratically elected government or any known human rights violators; give temporary asylum (TPS) to the fleeing Haitian refugees, and support the call by the OAS/CARICOM and by Congresswoman Barbara Lee's T.R.U.T.H Act - HR 3919 for an investigation into the overthrow of Haiti's democracy.

For further information contact:

Haitkaah Social Justice Project Haitian Lawyers
Leadership Network
(617)524-6269 / (203) 829-7210 /
25 Parley Ave., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 PO
Box 3573, Stamford, CT 06905

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