Following is a letter from a member of Batay Ouvriye (Workers’ Struggle) requesting support for their activities for May Day. I’ve volunteered to collect donations for them through my Paypal account.

Please pass this along to friends and contacts who might want to contribute.

Thank you for any support you can provide!

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Batay Ouvriye, (Worker’s Struggle,, a labor movement in Haiti, is planning a series of activities to commemorate International Worker’s Day (May Day), 2012.

The objectives of these activities are to:

· Continue to build the workers federation known as May First Trade Union Federation/BO.
· Reinforce the combative capacity of the trade unions inside BO (so that members are better prepared to fight for worker’s interests).
· Plan a national meeting of all union delegates.
· Elect the new executive committee of the newly formed union SOTA/BO. (Sendika Ouvriye Tekstil ak Abiman, Creole for Textile and Clothing Workers’ Union).
· Organize a march on May Day in Port-au-Prince.
· Organize marches throughout Haiti of sweatshop factory workers, peasants, and agricultural workers.

To organize these series of events, urgent funding is needed and we ask for your financial support and solidarity. It is not easy for workers to organize themselves across great distances in a land which is constantly attacked by natural disasters, foreign intervention, and brutal regimes. The Haitian workers, who are constantly in danger of repression, ask for your help and support. Any contribution which you can make will benefit Haitian workers in their struggle to better their conditions. Thank you for your help!

Please send contributions to the Paypal account
of supporter Stephanie McMillan (you don’t need a Payapl account, just a credit card). Go to and send to, or click the button:

Signed by:
Yannick Etienne,