*Musician Wyclef Jean, who was born in Haiti, is asking for help.

In a statement, he describes the 7.0 earthquake that hit the country yesterday as a tragedy and human disaster, and says the 2 million people in Port-au-Prince are facing the catastrophe alone.

“We must act now,” he urges.

In addition to the U.S. government, he is calling on the international community to help.

Jean says anyone who is interested can text “Yele” to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund (it will be charged to your cell phone bill), or you can visit www.Yele.org and click on DONATE.

ALSO:
*Reverend Al Sharpton and religious leaders to hold a unity vigil tonight for lives of those in Haiti outside of the Haitian consulate of New York.

WHO:
Reverend Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network
Religious Leaders
Governor David Paterson

WHERE:
Outside of the Haitian Consulate of New York
271 Madison Avenue
Between 39th and 40th
NY, NY 10016

WHEN:
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
6-7 pm

BACKGROUND:
Rev. Sharpton communicated throughout the night with Wyclef Jean who is in route to Haiti who asked for Rev. Sharpton and the community to lend support. NAN will hold tonight’s prayer vigil and continue to mobilize financial support for Haitian relief.

Please also note: Rev. Sharpton will still appear with J.C. Watts in Harlem this morning at 10:30 a.m. to discuss Health Care disparities in communities of color

WHERE:      
Boriken Neighborhood Health Ctr.
2253 3rd Avenue, Between 122nd and 123
Inside Taino Towers
3rd Floor
New York, NY, 10035

source:
Rachel Noerdlinger
Executive Vice President of Communications
Reverend Al Sharpton Media
(212) 876-5444/[email protected]
Facebook.com/rachel.noerdlinger.
Twitter.com/rachelnoerd

 

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