Update: This event will happen regardless of weather conditions. One million people have lived in tents for a year. Haiti has already experienced its own storm. We are not canceling for six or even 12 inches of snow!
A slew of prominent New York City leaders, including Rev. Al Sharpton, will speak at Marching for Change, a solidarity march commemorating the one-year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010. The march will feature two rallies, one in Times Square and the other at the United Nations. Speakers include:
Times Square: City Councilmembers Matthieu Eugene and Jumaane Williams; Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham; National Action Network Executive Director Tamika Mallory; Housing Works Pres. and CEO Charles King
United Nations: Rev. Al Sharpton; City Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez; Rev. Jacques Andre DeGraff; Diaspora Community Services Executive Director Carine Jocelyn
The Marching for Change route will take marchers past the Haitian consulate at 39th and Madison. Marchers will demand that Haitian and world leaders address the unacceptably slow pace of earthquake recovery by committing to four specific actions:
- Remove the Rubble: More than 50% of the original 19 million cubic meters of rubble remains uncleared. President Clinton called the situation “totally unacceptable.”
- Provide Safe and Secure Shelter: One million Haitians are internally displaced. More than 1,000 camps dot the country, potential incubators for cholera, sexual violence and the spread of HIV.
- Provide Clean Water and Sanitation: 40% percent of camps lack access to water. 30% do not have toilets. Water-borne cholera has claimed more than 3,000 lives.
- Provide Jobs: Post-quake, unemployment quadrupled in areas of Port-au-Prince and its outskirts. The estimated Haiti unemployment rate is 80 percent.
2 PM: Kick-off Call to Action rally in Times Square (42nd St. and 7th Ave.)
2:30 PM: March to the Haitian Consulate at 39th St. and Madison Ave.
4 PM (approximate): Rally at the United Nations’ Dag Hammarskjold Plaza at 47th St. and 1st Ave.
“Next year we don’t want the issue to be that one million people are still living under tents,” said Carine Jocelyn, executive director of Diaspora Community Services. “This is unacceptable to the global community and must be a priority of funding and action.” DCS helps Haitian immigrants in New York obtain health care and other services and operates a community health center in Port-au-Prince.
“We will use this march to come together, show our support and solidarity with Haiti and demand action!” said Charles King, president and CEO of Housing Works. Since the earthquake, Housing Works has opened two medical clinics in Haiti.
PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS: Bailey House; CAMBA; Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce; Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens; CHE; Diaspora Community Services; Dwa Fanm; HAFALI; Haiti Cultural Exchange; Haiti Solidarity Network NE; Haitian Centers Council; Housing Works; JCRC; Lambi Fund; MADRE; National Action Network; NHAHA; New York Immigrant Coalition; People’s Organization for Progress
CONTACT: Carine Jocelyn and David Thorpe