New York: Haitian Community Plans Candlelight March across the Brooklyn Bridge By Kim Ives
On Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, Haitians and their supporters will hold a candlelight march across the Brooklyn Bridge to honor the memory of the over 200,000 estimated dead and to show solidarity with those who are injured and who lost their family members and homes in the devastating Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Marchers will gather at Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn at 4 p.m. then march across the Brooklyn Bridge at about 5 p.m., and then rally in Foley Square, behind lower Manhattan’s Federal Building, around 6 p.m. “New York’s Haitian community and many of their friends and neighbors have been deeply touched by the terrible tragedy that has struck Haiti,” said Roger Leduc of KAKOLA, one of the community groups organizing the march. “People want to express their solidarity, love and admiration for the Haitian people who have shown so much determination, courage and dignity in the face of this, the nation’s worst catastrophe ever.” New York’s Haitian community has previously organized large marches across the Brooklyn Bridge. The fi rst major one was on April 20, 1990 when about 100,000 Haitians poured across the bridge and fi lled streets around the Federal Building to protest the Center for Disease Control’s unscientifi c designation of Haitians as an AIDS high-risk group. On Oct. 11, 1991 a similar multitude crossed the bridge to protest the Sep. 30, 1991 coup d’état against the elected government of President Jean- Bertrand Aristide. Again, on April 20, 2000, thousands crossed the bridge to protest police brutality after the St. Patrick’s Day fatal police shooting of a Haitian-American youth, Patrick Dorismond. Friday’s march is sponsored by a broad coalition of Haitian community groups joined by North and Latin American organizations, churches and unions. The Coalition to Stand With Haiti includes Haitian groups ranging from the women’s rights group Dwa Fanm to the New York chapter of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s Lavalas Family party, as well as Dominican, Venezuelan, Filipino, Senegalese and Pakistani groups along with North American activist groups like ANSWER Coalition and the International Action Center.
For more information about the march, call 718-421-0162
Haïti Liberté Vol. 3 No. 28 • Du 27 Janvier au 2 Fevrier 2010