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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

Foreign Affairs

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December 3, 2010 Committee Remark
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) entered the following statement into the record:

"I would like to thank Chairman Gregory Meeks for organizing this hearing on "Investments Tied to Genocide:  Sudan Divestment and Beyond."

October 12, 2010 In The News

By Joseph Guyler Delva

The United States should only support November elections in Haiti if they include all eligible political parties, a group of U.S. lawmakers said, warning they saw signs of flaws that could be a "recipe for disaster."

In a letter sent this week to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the members of Congress said failure to hold free, fair and inclusive presidential and legislative elections on Nov. 28 could endanger Haiti's governance and reconstruction after the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake.

October 12, 2010 In The News

Forty-five members of Congress have urged US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to support free, fair and inclusive elections in Haiti next month.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters and her colleagues say they are concerned that the exclusion of over a dozen political parties in Haiti's 28 November presidential and legislative elections is "undemocratic and unconstitutional".

Those left out are said to include the Fanmi Lavalas party of exiled former president Jean Bertrand Aristide.

October 8, 2010 In The News

US lawmakers are urging Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to make it clear that Washington will withhold funds for elections in Haiti next month if they are not going to be free, fair and inclusive.

The US State Department said Friday it would respond later to the letter from Maxine Waters and 44 other members of Congress.

In the letter published Thursday, the lawmakers expressed concern about the run-up to the November 28 presidential and parliamentary elections in Haiti, the first since January's devastating earthquake.

October 5, 2010 In The News

By Robert Naiman
Policy Director, Just Foreign Policy

September 27, 2010 In The News

by Betty Pleasant

Editor's Note: Wave Contributing Editor Betty Pleasant spent three days (Aug. 30-Sept. 1) in Haiti with members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church Global Mission. This is the third in a series of reports on the people and places she saw while visiting the earthquake-ravaged nation.

Haiti — a country created by Africans who were kidnapped and enslaved by Spain and France in the 17th and 18th centuries — has always been a land of extreme deprivation and misery caused by White people, Black people and people of both colors: mulattos.

September 23, 2010 Committee Remark

"I would like to thank the Chairman for organizing this hearing and welcome Secretary Geithner back to our committee.  Thank you for taking the time to come and testify today on "The State of the International Financial System, Including International Regulatory Issues Relevant to the Implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act."

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