Sen. Menendez’s staff sympathetic to Haiti advocates

Our Haiti advocacy delegation hit the streets this morning…fully armed with unified messages on the reconstruction, a folder full of helpful materials and a renewed sense of energy, community and hope. Our own representatives have done a great job today, with key meetings at the World Bank, IDB and Senate this morning and upcoming meetings with several members of Congress this afternoon. They’ve been working hard! Louisiane Nazaire, in our meeting with Sen. Menendez’s office, the Chaired of the Senate Foreign Relation’s Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, made the following strong statement. ” women and peasants movements need to stand at the forefront of the US government’s planning processes in Haiti, especially on land and housing, which constitutes some of the biggest investments in your foreign aid for Haiti.” Not only did Sen. Menendez’s staffer agree, but she enthusiasticly suggested that we help them identify key grassroots presenters at the next Senate Foreign Relations Hearing on Haiti, later this summer. This was music to our ears!

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