Friday, October 10, 2008

Obama Stand-ins Coming to Haitian Convention

Two Surrogates of US Presidential Candidate Barack Obama, Congressman John Conyers, Haiti’s Prime Minister Michele Pierre Louis, Government of Haiti Ministers, Miami Herald Journalist and Others to Address the National Congress and Convention of Haitian-Americans, Newark, New Jersey, October 10-12, 2008

Two Surrogates of US Presidential Candidate Barack Obama, Haiti Prime Minister Michèle Pierre Louis, United States Congressman John Conyers of Michigan, New Jersey Senator Sandra Cunningham, Haiti’s Ministers of Commerce and of Haitians Living Abroad, the chief of Staff of Haiti’s Prime Minister, the current director of Haiti’s Center To Facilitate Investments, former Minister of Social Affairs, Miami Herald’s Jacqueline Charles, New York City Councilman Eugene Mathieu, North Miami Mayor Frantz Pierre will be among dozens of dignitaries and experts attending the First National Congress and Convention of Haitian Americans. This event is to be held from Friday to Sunday, October 10th - 12th at the Sheraton Newark Airport Hotel in Newark, New Jersey.

Due to the recent hurricane disasters, The Haitian League will host a large delegation from Haiti who will report the facts on-the-ground and propose initiatives for relief combined with sustainable international cooperation and aid. “For Haitian victims, we need to go beyond band-aids,” said physician Bernier Lauredan of Irvington, New Jersey who is also President of The Haitian League. “Special sessions devoted to Haiti will begin Friday evening October 10th, then continue Saturday all day October 11th, to conclude with a Gala dinner and fundraiser Saturday night. Sunday October 12th will focus on the state of Haitians in America.

This year has not been kind to Haiti . In the midst of agonizing high costs and foreboding food shortages, Haitians were then suddenly struck by severe tropical storms over the Caribbean . Wind, rain and rising waters destroyed much of this year’s harvest, the peasants’ cattle, crops and the people’s spirits. The storms swirled over the whole country, dumped massive amounts of rain, blew down orchards and forests, swamped and destroyed homes, bridges, marketplaces, and businesses. According to various sources, more than 800 people were killed, one million are homeless, hundreds of thousands are in shelters and 600,000 are helpless, including 300,000 children. “The challenge is not only due to Mother Nature, but unpreparedness, the failure to reforest the mountains, manage water, and the uncertainty of relief resource supplies, including materials to rebuild homes, and earthmovers, seeds and tools to replant crops before the end of the year,” Lauredan continued. “The job now is to combine emergency response with long-term development.”

Basic registration for the three days is $100, plus an optional $250 for those who want to attend formal Saturday evening Gala Dinner, Awards and Fundraiser. For more information, please contact us at 973.371.0089 More details are available at HaitianLeague.Org

Best regards,

Bernier Lauredan, MD

Source: HaitiPolicy.Org

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