Elie Domota & Fignolé St. Cyr Tour

We invite you to join us in welcoming two important unionand mass-movement leaders from the Caribbean to the United States. Elie Domota from Guadeloupe and Fignolé St. Cyr from Haiti will betraveling to eight U.S. cities from July 5 to 14. [See tour schedule below.]

Elie Domota is the spokesperson of the LKP StrikeCollective in the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, a colony of France. He isalso general secretary of the UGTG Trade Union Federation of Guadeloupe.

Fignolé St. Cyr is the general secretary of the AutonomousConfederation of Haitian Workers (CATH) and convener of the Third CaribbeanConference “To Defend Haiti Is to Defend Ourselves!” He is also an organizer of the International Commission of Inquiry on the UN Occupation of Haiti.

Earlier this year, the trade unions of the Caribbeanisland of Guadeloupe led a powerful fight-back against the deepening world wide economic crisis. United in the LKP, a coalition of 47 organizations, theworkers and people of Guadeloupe waged a powerful 44-day nationwide general strike that won a $250/month wage increase for low-wage workers, more jobs foryouth, a reduction in the prices of basic necessities, and a moratorium on home foreclosures.

In Haiti, the unions are playing a major role in thestruggle to restore democracy after the U.S. government removed democratically elected President Bertrand Aristide — and U.N. troops continue to occupy thecountry, killing activists who protest the occupation and demand their national,social, democratic, and economic rights.

Brothers Domota and Fignolé will be accompanied by Raymond Gama from the LKP Strike Collective in Guadeloupe.

Come find out more about this great victory in Guadeloupe and learn about some of the important lessons of this struggle that we can draw to promote the fight-back here in the United States against the massive loss of jobs, healthcare, pensions, and homes. Come find out more about what we can do here to stop the UN occupation of Haiti, so that the Haitian people can reclaim their sovereignty, self-determination and democratic rights — free from allforeign intervention.

10-Day Guadeloupe-Haiti Tour

This 10-day Guadeloupe-Haiti Tour USA has been initiated by the International Liaison Committee of Workers and Peoples (ILC), the Free Mumia Committee of New York, HUERA, the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM), the Interreligious Foundation of Community Organizations (IFCO), and The Organizer Newspaper.

In each of the eight cities of the tour, local coalitions have come together to organize the tour, with many additional sponsoring and endorsing organizations. The list of these organizations is listed in the tour schedule below.

The Guadeloupe-Haiti Tour USA is a project of theInterreligious Foundation of Community Organizations Nonprofit, 501c3.

Support the Tour

We urge all unionists and activists living in or near one of the eight cities below to please join us at the public forums with Brothers Domota and St. Cyr. We also urge all supporters of labor and democratic rights across the country to help make this tour a success by donating to the Guadeloupe-Haiti USA Tour Fund.

You can send a tax-deductible check, payable to IFCO (witha notation “For GHT Tour USA” on memo line), to GHT Tour USA, 52 St.Nicholas Place #23, New York, N.Y. 10031.

You can also send a donation via PayPal (not taxdeductible) by going to our African One blog at http://www.africana1.com. (Go to the”Make a Donation” link at the top of the website.)

We need your financial support urgently.

Please join with us in welcoming these two great unionleaders and in helping to build a solid support base for the unions ofGuadeloupe and Haiti in their struggles for workers’ and people’s rights.

In Solidarity and Struggle for Workers’ and People’sRights,

Colia L. Clark
GHT National Tour Coordinator
Organizer, International Liaison Committee
National Coordinator, Richard Wright Centennial

Alan Benjamin
Editor, The Organizer Newspaper
Organizer, International Liaison Committee

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GHT TOUR USA SCHEDULE:

NEW YORK CITY

Sunday, July 5

10:30 AM- 1:00 PM

Bay Ridge Baptist Church

6701 4th Avenue

Brooklyn (near Fort Green)

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

The Brecht Forum Auditorium

451 West Side Highway

(West Street at Bank Street)

Manhattan

Speakers and Special Guests (titles for id. only):

  • Rev Lucius Walker (Interreligious Foundation of CommunityOrganizations- IFCO)
  • Ezili Dantò/Marguerite Laurent, Esq (President HaitianLawyers Leadership Network)
  • Eddie Rosario, Lithographers Union
  • Cleo Silver (Activist)
  • Andy Pollack (Co-Coordinator, GHT-NYC/National AssemblyAgainst the Wars)
  • Suzanee Ross (Free Mumia Committee of New York)
  • Lynne Serpe (Green Party)
  • Chris Silvera (Teamsters Local 138)
  • Ray LaForest, AFSCME
  • Larry Adams (Postal Workers Against the War)
  • Don Debar (GHT and Gaza Press)
  • Gil Olber Power to the People Green Party – NYC)
  • Gloria Matera (New York State Green Party)
  • Nellie Hester Bailey (Harlem Tenants Association)
  • SISTAS Place
  • Kazembe (Brecht Forum Program Coordinator),
  • Grandma’s for Mumia
  • Colia Clark, Co-Coordinator NYC-GHT and NationalCoordinator Richard Wright Centennial and Chairwoman of HUERA

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BOSTON, MA

Monday, July 6, 2009

7:00 PM (Welcome, Presentations and Discussion)

Encuentro 5

33 Harison Avenue

Chinatown, Boston

7:00 P.M. – Welcome, Presentations and Discussion

Sponsored by: Chelsea Uniting Against the War

Endorsed by: American Friends Service Committee,Bolivarian Circle of Boston, Boston Interpreters Collective, Boston May DayCommittee, Centro Presente, Greater Boston Stop the Wars Coalition,International Action Center, Malden Area Communities Against War, Mass GlobalAction, Mass Jobs with Justice, Mass Power to the People Committee, ProyectoHondureño, Socialist Alternative, TecsChange, T-Riders Union, United forJustice with Peace

Contact Lyn at 617-461-6598 or Suren at 617-968-0880

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GREENSBORO, NC

Tuesday, July 7

6:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Glenwood Community Center

2010 Coliseum Blvd,

Greensboro, North Carolina

6: 30 p.m.: Meet and Greet Elie Domota and Fignolé SaintCyr

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Presentations followed by discussion

Sponsored by NC Labor Against the War (NCLAW), PeoplePower for Economic Justice, Piedmont Triad Labor Party

For more info contact, Richard or Sandra at (336) 272-2758

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PHILADELPHIA, PA

Wednesday, July 8

7 PM

Small Auditorium (Room BG-11)

Bonnell Building

Community College of Philadelphia

17th South of Spring Garden

Sponsored by: The Philadelphia Labor Forum, AFT Local2026, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal,Philadelphia International Action Center, Socialist Action

Contact: philly.labor.forum@gmail.comor pamafrica@aol.com

or call 609.558.1869

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NEWARK, NJ

Thursday, July 9

6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Abyssinia Baptist Church

224 West Kinney Street

Newark

Sponsored by:

Peoples Organization For Progress (POP) and Postal WorkersAgainst the War

Contact:

Larry Adams: alarryq@aol.com

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PITTSBURGH,PA

July 10-12

July Conference of National Assembly

to End the Iraq & Afghanistan Wars & Occupations

La Roche College

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Elie Domota and Fignolé St. Cyr will lead a workshop onthe fightback in the Caribbean on Saturday, July 11

Elie Domota will also be a featured speaker at theSaturday night speak-out. The speakers at this

event are as follows:

  • Cindy Sheehan, Gold Star Mothers for Peace
  • Michael Schwartz, author, War without End: The Iraq War inContext
  • Saadia Toor, Action for a Progressive Pakistan
  • Monadel Herzallah, President, Arab American Union MembersCouncil
  • Sara Flounders, Stop War on Iran
  • Chris Gauvreau, National Assembly to End the Iraq andAfghanistan Wars
  • Jeff Mackler — fund pitch
  • Gail Austin, Black Voices for Peace
  • Brian Becker, ANSWER Coalition
  • Jorge Mujica, March 10 Committee           –
  • Steve Carlson and Paul Kreibel, Iraq Moratorium / G20
  • Ashley Smith, antiwar journalist
  • Colia Clark, ILC, GHT Tour Coordinator
  • Elie Domota, General Union of the Workers of Guadeloupe

contact:

Phones: 412-367-9300 or 216-736-4704

Email: natassembly@aol.com

Website: www.natassembly.org

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CLEVELAND, OH

Monday, July 13

7:00 PM

Trinity Commons

2230 Euclid Ave

Cleveland

Sponsored by: The Peoples Forum, Stop Targeting Ohio’sPoor (STOP), Cleveland Jobs with Justice, The Inter-religious Task Force onCentral America

Contact: Devin Branch (216) 224-8862 or cle.jericho@gmail.com

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DETROIT, MI

Tuesday, July 14

7:00 – 9:00 PM

5920 Second Avenue at Antoinette

(Near the WSU Campus)

Detroit

Sponsored by the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War& Injustice (MECAWI)

Contact: 313.671.3715

E-mail:  ac6123@wayne.eduor info@mecawi.org

URL: http://www.mecawi.org

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