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PERFORMERS, ECOLOGISTS, HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATES LAUNCH CAMPAIGN FOR HAITI

Carnegie Hall Concert June 10th Begins Reforestation Effort

“We should not forget that the freedom you and I enjoy today; the freedom that has come to the colored race the world over, is largely due to the brave stand taken by the black sons of Haiti…” Frederick Douglass, January 2, 1893, Chicago World’s Fair

Sustainable development linked with democratic values promote human rights, social justice and equity, including the balance of power between women and men” Wangari Mathaai (2004 Nobel Peace Prize)

April 19, 2005, NYC: In a year when the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to a Kenyan woman who has shown that planting trees is directly related to peace and democracy, and has brought a spotlight to Africa and the Diaspora; a group of artists, ecologists, human rights advocates, are joining to launch REPLANT HAITI, a reforestation project for the small Caribbean country whose people have been endlessly battered by political and economic turmoil, outside intervention and a devastating rage of storms and floods.

On June 10, 2005 at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Haitian cultural project Mapou Productions, will present, RePlant Haiti: The Concert featuring a stunning group of Haitian musicians, joined by actor and Haiti advocate Danny Glover, human rights attorney (Guantanamo) Michael Ratner and Essence Magazine’s Founder and Publisher Susan L. Taylor to officially launch RePlant Haiti, in conjunction with American Jewish World Services, led by former NYC Council woman Ruth Messinger, MADRE, the 21 year old women’s human rights organization, endorsed by Haitian musician Wyclef Jean, Oscar Winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme, actor Susan Sarandon, filmmaker Spike Lee with support from Forest City Ratner.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Wangari Mathaai has pledge support to RePlant Haiti’s efforts to help improve Haiti’s environment.

Through concerts, multi-media presentations, public service announcements and other media campaigns, RePlant Haiti will offer information to people in the U.S. and throughout the world on the drastic environmental situation in Haiti as a result of deforestation, promote the use of alternative energy sources, and raise funds for reforestation efforts.

According to Jean Jean-Pierre, Haitian journalist, composer, musician, co-founder and director of Mapou Productions and RePlant Haiti: “We are doing the essential, a campaign to bring back trees and green to that beautiful island (where I grew up). Last year alone, thousands upon thousands of families were killed, thousands uprooted, struck by disease. We are following Prof. Wangari’s lead, doing the most beautiful, life affirming, pragmatic deed: planting trees.”

Performing at REPLANT HAITI: THE CONCERT are: “Kiskeya: The Haitian Orchestra of Jean Jean-Pierre”, Tabou Combo, Erna Letemps, Jean-Claude Eugène, Léon Dimanche, Emmanuel, Myriam Barthellus, Michel Lemorin, Hadiyha, Carole Alexis, Poet Kathy Engel, and Nènè Letemps.

Tickets for REPLANT HAITI: THE CONCERT, beginning at $35.00, are available at Carnegie Hall Box Office 212 247-7800 and from Mapou Productions 917 769-8986

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