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The purpose of the Rapid Response Network (RRN) is to offer prompt solidarity to the struggles of workers against exploitation and repression, and to alert groups and individuals of situations that need immediate attention.

Solidarity: Donate + Watch a Film

SAVE THE DATE + DONATE <3 Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 5:30pm EST, please join the Rapid Response Network for an online screening of Batay La, a 25-minute documentary about the Haitian workers movement, Batay Ouvriye (Workers Struggle). We’ll watch the film and have a live update from Yannick Etienne of Batay Ouvriye, joining us

Workers' Lives for Face Masks + May Day Solidarity

May 1, 2020 – This International Workers Day the streets of Port Au Prince, Haiti will remain relatively quiet. Instead of thousands of textile workers filling the streets with loudspeakers, speeches and songs of protest and demands, they will gather in small, socially distanced groups to discuss a new development in their struggle – COVID19.

Support Haiti Workers Among Uprising

For over one year, there have been ongoing uprisings across Haiti. Petro-Caribe corruption leading to increased fuel prices, costs of living, food and water shortages have made it near impossible for most Haitians to survive. As a result, people are rising up to spontaneously express their anger and frustrations. Among the chaos, the garment workers

Take Action: Bogus Taxes, Illegal Firings

Haitian garment workers in the northeast part of Haiti ask us for international back up. Please email Fernando Capellan to let him know that he cannot illegally fire union members in the CODEVI Free Trade Zone. After thousands of workers decided to stay home from work to protest unjust wage taxes, 42 union members were

Good News: Apaid to Negotiate

We recently put out a call, asking for folks to contact Haitian factory owner, Clifford Apaid who illegally fires and represses union members for exercising their legal rights throughout his multiple factories. In 2017 more than 400 workers were suspended from Premium Apparel for over 4 months. In 2017, 32 workers were fired from Inter-American

Action: Apaid - Rehire Workers!

2018/10/24 – Haitian garment workers, illegally fired for exercising their union rights, are asking for our support. Will you help by voicing their demands?     Every day, we dress ourselves in the products of exploitation. Meanwhile, the workers who produce these goods are struggling for basic rights. Let’s pressure Haitian factory owner, Clifford Apaid,

May Day Report Back!

Thanks so much to everyone who lent their support to Batay Ouvriye (BO) and the Haitian workers movement this May Day! Together, we raised a total of $1,481! That’s $181 more than our original goal of $1,300. Thank you so much! We want to share a thank you letter from BO and a report back

$1,300 for Haitian May Day!

May 1st is May Day – International Workers’ Day! This day began as a commemoration of Chicago workers’ fight for the 8 hour work day and the right to organize. In Haiti, workers are still battling for these essential rights. Haitian garment workers receive the lowest wage in the western hemisphere – 350 Gourdes, or

Working Women's Day

March 8, 2018 – Port Au Prince, Haiti – Textile workers with the trade union, SOTA-BO, commemorated International Women’s Day outside the SONAPI Industrial Park, to bring attention to their continued fight for democratic rights – a wage that allows them to feed, clothe, house and educate themselves and their families, as well as the