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So Much Like Here
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Red, Black & Moonlight
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Breaking Sea Chains

Litte Girl in the
Yellow Sunday Dress ack & Moonlight

(Text and Public comments)


Capsized
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The Red Sea
(live performance audio recording and text)

Ezili Danto's Art-With-The-Ancestors Workshops

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Zili Dlo – Clean Water for Haiti (Photos of launching. Donate to support Zili Dlo and Ezili Dantò's work)

Haiti:
I Can't Stand The Rain

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Ezili Dantò interview on Ban2 Radio, London w/ Griot Chi, Oct. 4, 2010

zilibuttonCarnegie Hall
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No other national
group in the world
sends more money
than Haitians living
in the Diaspora
Red Sea- audio

The Red Sea


Ezili Dantò's master Haitian dance class (Video clip)

zilibuttonEzili's Dantò's
Haitian & West African Dance Troop

Clip one - Clip two


So Much Like Here- Jazzoetry CD audio clip

Ezili Danto's

Witnessing
to Self

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Update on
Site Soley

RBM Video Reel

Haitian
immigrants
Angry with
Boat sinking
A group of Haitian migrants arrive in a bus after being repatriated from the nearby Turks and Caicos Islands, in Cap-Haitien, northern Haiti, Thursday, May 10, 2007. They were part of the survivors of a sailing vessel crowded with Haitian migrants that overturned Friday, May 4 in moonlit waters a half-mile from shore in shark-infested waters. Haitian migrants claim a Turks and Caicos naval vessel rammed their crowded sailboat twice before it capsized. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Dessalines' Law
and Ideals

Breaking Sea Chains


Little Girl
in the Yellow
Sunday Dress


Anba Dlo, Nan Ginen
Ezili Danto's Art-With-The-Ancestors Workshops - See, Red, Black & Moonlight series or Haitian-West African

Clip one -Clip two
performance
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No other national group in the world sends more money than Haitians living in the Diaspora


Vodun is as old as creation and it's the Light and Beauty of Haiti



Black Women: Mother of All the Races


Isis/Ezili Dantò – Symbols of the Great warrior mother and goddess


Most Religious Practices Originate from Vodun goddess


Ezili and Isis



Youtube: Ezili Danto live in Miami w/Sanba Yatande, TiRouj & Manno
 
 


October 17, 2009 - Haiti's Holocaust and Middle Passage Continues
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Haiti's First Declaration of Independence
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Vodun Konbit and Vodun Lakou
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The Pivotal Point
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Ezili/Aset/Isis
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Ezili Dantò on Ban2 Radio, London
w/ Griot Chi, Oct. 4, 2010 (26:08)

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Ezili Dantò on Ban2 Radio, London
w/ Griot Chi, Nov. 1, 2010 (59:09)
Note: 10 MILLION was paid in interest on loans Haiti never received. CDC says most likely comes from South Asia. The 2000-2004 aid embargo against Pres. Aristide prevented Haiti water delivery projects. Haiti paid around $10 million in interest for loans that were never dispersed.

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Ezili Dantò on Yves Point Du Jour’s Washington Broadcast, Oct. 30 2010 (8:03)
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Avatar Haiti

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2011- Seismic Shifts: Haiti Freestyling to murder Tarzan, Jane & their Uncle Toms
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The Story of Janjak: The Greatest Hero who ever Lived

Haiti's Founding Father - Jean Jacques Dessalines
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Jean Jacques Dessalines - The women who influenced him, his ideals and legacy remembered

(born, September 20, 1758, assassinated Oct. 17, 1806)

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Zili Dlo - Clean Water for Everyone in Haiti (Zili Dlo photos on Facebook and Flickr. FANMVO art work for Zili Dlo)
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I pay this price for You
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Seismic Shifts: Haiti Freestyling to murder Tarzan, Jane & their Uncle Toms
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Avatar Haiti

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<Solidarity with Haiti:
Ezili Dantò in Toronto


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I Can't Stand The Rain

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Ezili Dantò interview on Ban2 Radio, London

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Haiti's Enslavement: The Ruling Oligarchy and World Profit-over-People System, Part 1
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Haiti 2010: Even on these ashes, we will continue to fight for freedom
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Justice for Haiti prevailed: Perlitz going away for a long time

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Douglas Perlitz admits sexually abusing homeless Haiti boys
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2009-Thank you: Haitian children had no public voice in this process until you came on the scene

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Video-CrossTalk: Year of Agony
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The Noise it Makes calls to us (Nou La!)

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More Zili Dlo photos on Facebook and Flickr. FANMVO art work for Zili Dlo

Ezili Dantò with owner of property where the water unit is housed, Manbo Belle Deese and her husband - August 10, 2011

Photo Credit: Dominique Esser, HLLN

 


Ezili Dantò joins in with SOPUDEP women's songs of resistance and empowerment -
August 10, 2011

Photo Credit: Dominique Esser, HLLN

 

 

 


Zili Dlo: Water Treatment Launching

Brother Makhandal, Ezili Dantò, Minister Edwin Paraison - Aug. 12, 2011


"Zili Dlo is not privatized, not for sale whatsoever. Access to uncontaminated drinking water is a human right, a life necessity that must be placed above all commercial and political considerations." - Ezili Dantò of HLLN.

 

Solidarity with victims of UN cholera

 

Zili Dlo - Clean Water for Everyone in Haiti


Ezili Dantò, Rea Dol, Manbo Euvonie Georges Auguste, Manbo Belle Deese - August 10, 2011

Photo Credit: Dominique Esser,
HLLN

 

 

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The Story of Janjak: The Greatest Hero who ever Lived
(45- minutes Storytelling Theater Dance presentation) by Ezili Dantò
, inspired by:
Haiti’s Founding Father - The Women who Influenced him, his Ideals and Legacy
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(Born September 20, 1758, assassinated October 17, 1806)

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...Look out on an October's day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul

Now I understand
What you tried to say to me
How you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free
They would not listen
They did not know how
Perhaps they'll listen now

For they could not love you
But still your love was true

And on a dark October's day
on that old Pon Rouj bridge
They took your life like haters often do
But I could have told you, Janjak
This world was never
meant for one as beautiful as you.

Now I think I know ---
What you tried to say to me

How you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free
They would not listen
They're not list'ning still
Perhaps they never will

[Lyrics from Vincent by Don Mclean ]

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Ezili Dantò storytelling theater dance
The Story of Janjak - The greatest hero who ever lived

"Weaving song, story, music and theater dance, award wining playwright and performance poet, Marguerite Laurent, known as Ezili Dantò, will tell the story of a September long ago and of an October that nobody knows.

It’s the story of Jan Jak, who was born enslaved on a rich island by the sea and became the greatest hero who ever lived. Janjak did what Spartacus could not do. Using popular recorded music and song, we learn about Janjak’s people, their culture, the women in the hero’s life and why he is so loved today on the Island not too far away.

The storytelling is an interactive improvisational presentation. The lyrics and jazzy movements highlighting Janjak’s story range from classic music by Nina Simone, Peggy Lee, Bob Marley, Don Mclean, Tina Turner to evocative drumming folk songs and spirituals
." (Further storytelling, see Ezili Dantò's performance piece, Seismic Shifts: Haiti Freestyling to murder Tarzan, Jane & their Uncle Toms; and workshop descriptions and presskit.)


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Lovinsky Pierre Antoine

Head of Haiti's largest human rights organization, disappeared in UN-occupied Haiti , August 12, 2007. No investigation reported

 

 

FreeHaitiMovement
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Oct 17 – Day of Heroes In Haiti- See also
Dialogue between Two Haitians and Moving On


What's in a name?
Some names horrify enslavers, tyrants and despots, everywhere...

 

 
Jean Jacques Dessalines

zilibuttonHaiti 2010: Even on these ashes, we will continue to fight for freedom

Desalin 2009 -500 lane depi w (blan kolon) vle efase n, Jodi a ou vle m kwè se sèl ou ki ka sove n --- Edike from Dadi Beaubrun's Lataye

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October 17, 2009 - Haiti's Holocaust and Middle Passage Continues

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October 17, 2009 Jean Jacques Dessalines - The women who influenced him, his ideals and legacy remembered
(born, September 20, 1758, assassinated October 17, 1806)
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October 17, 2009 The Story of Janjak: The Greatest Hero who ever Lived
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Haiti Forum 2009

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October 17, 2006
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October 17, 2005
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From Slave to Emperor, His Majesty, Jean Jacques Dessalines, The greatest story marginalized and never told...
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Diskou Desalin Premye Janvye 1804, Gonaive, Haiti

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Haiti's First Declaration of Independence was signed not on Jan. 1, 1804 but on Nov. 29, 1803 after last battle defeating Napoleon's armies - Battle of Vertieres & signed by three Black generals who won our freedom: Dessalines, Clerveaux & Christophe. Later on, Dessalines strategically consolidated his victory & on Jan. 1, 1804 more generals signed Haiti's Declaration of Independence including Mulatto generals who did not fight at Vertieres - Petion/Boyer. But Thomas Madiou, who wrote Haitian history, counts only the 2nd Declaration of Independence. He was a French-centric Diaspora Affranchi, like mulatto Petion, by then living in "Petionville," helped found "Lycee Petion" at a time immediately after Dessalines' assassination when Dessalines' name was forbidden to be spoken (for 42years during reigns of mulatto generals-Petion/Boyer). Haitians have been objecting to neocolonialism ever since ...” (For more info, seeI HAVE AVENGED AMERICA!!!- Jean Jacques Dessalines.) 

Kouwòn pou Defile by Michel Sanonzilibutton
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Three Historical Documents on Dessalines' Assassination

Mesi Papa Dessalines
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Three ideals of Dessalines

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Who killed Dessalines, Haiti's founding father?

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Defile Manman "Chimè"? by Jafrikayiti
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What's Destabalizing Haiti?: The massacre and imprisonment of Haiti's Innocents
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Haiti's Sins: Fighting to live and be free from European and American Chains, 2004

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The Revolutionary Potential of Haiti, its creeds, values and struggle
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Vodun Konbit and Vodun Lakou
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"Buffalo soldier, dreadlock rasta
There was a Buffalo soldier, in the heart of America
Stolen from Africa, brought to America
Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival"
(Bob Marley)

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2009 FreeHaitiMovement Demands
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Haiti 2010: Even on these ashes, we will continue to fight for freedom
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Haiti 2011 - Video-CrossTalk: Year of Agony

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Haiti 2011 - Disaster Capitalism in Haiti, New Orleans, Congo & Pakistan

Dessalines Is Rising!!
Ayisyen: You Are Not Alone!

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 


October 17, 1806 marks the date of the first coup d'etat in Haiti, the assassination of Haiti's revolutionary hero and founding father, Jean Jacques Dessalines, who stood and fought for a more humane and civilized world.

Jean Jacques Dessalines, said, "I Want the Assets of the Country to be Equitably Divided" and for that he was assassinated. That was the first coup d'etat, the Haitian holocaust - organized exclusion of the masses, misery, poverty and the impunity of the economic elite - continues (with Feb. 29, 2004 marking the 33rd coup d'etat). Haiti's peoples continue to resist the return of despots, tyrants and enslavers who wage war on the poor majority and Black, contain-them-in poverty through neocolonialism' debts, "free trade" and foreign "investments." These neocolonial tyrants refuse to allow an equitable division of wealth, excluding the majority in Haiti from sharing in the country's wealth and assets. (See also,"Et revient la question. Et ceux dont les pères sont en Afrique, ils n'auront donc rien").
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The Haitian National Anthem | La Dessalinienne
| Dessaline's Song |La Desalinyen
(audio)
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Dessaline's Song
Lyrics: in Kreyol, French, and an English translation of the French
(adopted in 1919 during first US occupation)
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Ezili Danto's Note - On the Translation of Haiti's 1804 Act of Independence: The famous Boisrond Tonerre drafted the Haitian act of Independence. It was presented by Haiti's founding father, General Jean Jacques Dessalines, and then signed at Haiti's Janurary 1, 1804 Independence ceremony by a select group of generals from the elite Haitian army of Independence at Place des Armes, in Gonaives, Haiti. There could be a more precise and flowing English translation then the one below. And, maybe HLLN we'll take it on in the next years. For now, Noe Dorestant's English translation is available. For a fuller and perhaps more precise approximation of Jean Jacques Dessalines' words, please also refer and compare the French but especially the Kreyol, which is a direct translation of Boisrond Tonerre own words as published in his biography; and the second Kreyol version translated by Met Bell Angelo. Both the French and Kreyol (Lakou NY); and 2nd Kreyol/Met Angelo version are also posted herein for your enlightenment and educational convenience. Ezili Dantò, Jan. 1, 2009 (updated).
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Document describing the Site Soley massacre by UN Soldiers in Haiti through declassified documents obtained through the freedom of information act by Keith Yearman. (The Cite Soleil Massacre Declassification Project Keith Yearman, Assistant Professor of Geography, College of DuPage)

The Unity That's Never Wavered / Ezili’s HLLN teaches that in Haitian history there was one pivotal unity and it wasn’t the hypocritical unity between the generals who fought on the side of Napoleon’s armies against both Toussaint and Dessalines, but the unity at Bwa Kayiman of the amalgamated African tribes. That unity – Ayisyen-African identity - forged at Bwa Kayiman is THE UNITY that's never wavered in Haiti. One people, one African culture, one Kreyòl language, one Vodun spiritual imperative - to live free or die. That's the consensus, the-"Linyon Fè la Fòs Haitian union, that's never wavered. It’s not the fragile “union” between the anti-Duvalier economic elites with the popular sector in 1990 that soon, like the Petion and Dessaline’s truce was destroyed. No. And Haitians must ALWAYS be clear power doesn't concede ANYTHING if it doesn't HAVE to.

Compassion and benevolence are not recognized currencies to those vested in the feudal profit-over-people system –whether old time French/Black Affranchi or modern time Oligarchy/merchant/petit bourgeoisie technocrats. That “unity” won’t lift up the popular sector’s needs for long. No. We saw that with the 1990 Lavalas unity between the anti-Duvalier-economic elites/technocrats (called "moderates" by blan kolon) and the popular sector. Such folks just want to replace the Oligarchy for themselves, will mostly sell-out the masses when bribed, or when visa, grants, position, privilege, trickle down power and Euro-centric approval is extended. And it’s futile to expect people to give up their privileges. So, thus far the struggle continues, universal disenfranchisement promulgated by a small click as electoral democracy - no change for the masses who are relegated as consumers and to slave-wages as their only “comparative advantage” and use. But since inception, Haiti’s mission is a sacred trust– the world of billions similarly enslaved await as our masses reach for Dessalines’ legacy.

At HLLN we highlight the strategic diplomatic maneuverings of Janjak Desalin as well as his Law – that Haiti shall be a Black ruled independent country where the assets of the nation are to be primarily used to equitably benefit all Ayisyen:

"...Never again shall colonist or European set foot on this soil as master or landowner. This shall henceforward be the foundation of our constitution.” Dessalines' Law. See The Unity That's Never Wavered
;Vodun Konbit and Vodun Lakou and, Haiti's First Declaration of Independence.) 


This Feliks Moriso Lewa piece on the IMF may also be applied to USAID, same prospects. As you listen to Lewa's piece, substitute IMF (FME) to "USAID". Text of Moriso Lewa's FME.

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Black is the Color of Liberty

Marguerite Laurent as Ezili Dantò onstage performing "Journey of the Serpent and the Moon" in Red, Black & Moonlight: Between Falling and Hitting the Ground (Buy the 90-performance DVD) - RBM Video Reel - Miami RBM Video Reel


Marguerite Laurent/Ezili Dantò performs the Yanvalou for So Much Like Here (See text and RBM 2004 Video Reel)

*Ezili Dantò's Bwa Kayiman Ceremony*

Carnegie Hall

 

 

 

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"Asylum, Amnesty and Justice denied our kind" (See, "Breaking Sea Chains" )

- RBM Video Reel

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AYITI - AYIZAN - AYIBOBO

Ezili Dantò performs the banda dance as a Gede for Breaking Sea Chain (See also Intro to Breaking Sea Chains and PhotoGallery)

AYITI - AYIDA DAN WEDO - AYIBOHIO

*Ezili Dantò's Bwa Kayiman Ceremony*

Red, Black & Moonlight: Memoir of a Poet by Ezili Dantò (c) 2000 Ezili Dantò/Marguerite Laurent, Special 2000 Edition - A call and burnt offering to the Ancestors for Bwa Kayiman, 2006

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Nago

Marguerite Laurent/Ezili Dantò performs the Yanvalou for So Much Like Here (See text and RBM 2004 Video Reel)


 

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Jean Jacques Dessalines - The women who influenced him, his ideals and legacy remembered (born, September 20, 1758, assassinated October 17, 1806)

September 20th is the birthday of Haiti's founding father, Jean Jacques Dessalines. Born a slave under European ideology and put in chains to serve France and the European nations in worldwide power, he lived to change the course of humanity. He did what Spartacus couldn't and much more.

There is so much about our African and Haitian ancestors we don’t know because US/European modus operandi was about the destruction of Africa’s past, African identity and world history in order to build and create their own societies and future.

When I hear Haitians and now even some embolden foreigners, talk about Haitians must forget 1804 and the triumphs of Jean Jacques Dessalines, the general of the native army of Haiti, stop referring to them and look to the future; when I see on Haitian forums discussing the mistreatment of Haitians in the Dominican Republic the advice that Haitians ought to stop talking about the 30,000 Haitians that Trujillo had slaughtered in 1937, I am reminded that the destruction of our African past, our Haitian reality, what Haitians witness to every nanosecond of the day is still the global US/European modus operandi. Haitian self-determination is being destroyed by UN occupation, paternalism, privatization, free trade agreements, debt, wage slavery and forced assimilation.

Haitians are asked to copy and paste what whites and their overseers see as their reality, their experience, and their history. But Jean Jacques Dessalines, in creating the nation of Haiti, broke from that modus operandi. He did not copy and paste what white minds saw as civilization, justice and democracy. Jean Jacques Dessalines looked at his own world and day to day experiences, took in what he could see with his own two eyes, what he could hear with his own ears, what he could envision with his own precious heart, his own unbowed soul and created a nation, a Haiti, that reflected that reality, that vision and the future that would best serve his people. His legacy has yet to be herald. His great ideals still remain obscure, his humane vision of humanity and for peaceful and self-affirming co-existence still denied.

In fact, after the mulatto sons of France assassinated Dessalines, during both the administration of the mulatto generals, Petion and Boyer, Dessalines’ name was forbidden to be spoken in Haiti under threat of imprisonment. Dessalines' assassination, two years after the creation of Haiti, was the first foreign-influenced coup d’etat in Haiti. The 2004 bi-centennial coup d’etat of Bush the son, was the 33rd coup d’etat to try to eradicate the influence of the Haitian revolution, which legally abolished slavery, forced assimilation, direct colonialism and the Triangular Trade in Haiti.

At Ezili's HLLN we recapture Dessalines’ three major ideals, his law, his name for Haiti, its meaning, history, revelations and explain why Dessalines was so ahead of his time and so threatening to the white nations. In the Ezili’s Free Haiti Movement, we set out October 17th, the day of Dessalines’ assassination to discuss Dessalines’ life, vision, ideals and what he represents to Haiti and the world.

Our history was so destroyed that it is only fairly recently that Haitians actually had a date for Dessalines’ birthday. Before, all we were taught was the date of his death. But Haitian scholars have done more work and now in Haiti, we have this day to celebrate. It is so very important this recapturing of our history, our people, what they witnessed to, how they reacted, what they created. We still have so little information. Still must rebuild. Still must put flesh, bone, blood and soul to those who were so destroyed, so corralled into ships and sold as property.

We still don’t have enough information about Victoria Montou (known as "Toya"), the Haitian woman who taught the greatest warrior that ever lived how to fight in hand-to-hand combat and how to throw a knife. Gran Toya guided Dessalines in his youth and he called her "aunt." She was an extraordinary warrior and commanded her own indigenous army. We still know so little about her. We know only that she taught Dessalines the physical maneuvers of effective hand to hand combat, how to shoot and how to throw a knife. We know she was old because she is affectionately called Gran Toya. Imagine her life! Imagine the inspiration she could be today to our young Haitian women. No.

Imagine the inspiration she could be to the world’s women and men! But our Black history was destroyed so we could be enslaved, so we could find nothing good in ourselves, our forefathers, their thinking. And still today, I’m reading on Haitian forums we should not resurrect the past, but move on because only today matters, - with our collective Haitian persona so vilified, maligned and brutalized and with white heroes, white cultural hegemony ruling. On that ground, we are told we should deploy ourselves into this world.

This morning I was blessed to be a participant on a Radio Kajou interview celebrating the holy day that's the birthday of Haiti's forefather, Jean Jacques Dessalines and I learned from a colleague in that discussion that Dessalines’ mother was a woman named Marie Elisabeth. I did not know this. Until this morning's panel when Haitian historian and scholar, Jafrikayiti said this, I did not know the name of Dessalines’ mother or that this enslaved African-Ayisyen, founder of the nation of Haiti, even had a mother who could be positively identified. Most of us are told our African ancestors were enslaved, we were sold as property, families separated and thus it’s impossible to know who gave birth to the which child. And that is that.

But there are Haitian scholars unearthing our stories, our stolen identities and lives. This job is ours to do. I want to know more, to empower more. I want to know more about Marissainte Dédé Brazil, (known as Defile), the Haitian woman who gave Dessalines a proper burial after he was chopped up in pieces and left in the Pont Rouge bridge as garbage. The old historians of Haiti called her crazy Defile, as if who would give honor and burial to the father of a Black nation.

Yet, Defile, an enslaved woman who freed herself, thought for herself, took action even some warrior men may have been hesitant to take, and left us a legacy of courage. Manman Defile went against the mob violence and group thinking, preserved our nation's dignity, faced the powers of the mulatto generals, and faced France to honor our fallen founding father. Who was the woman named Defile? Really. How did she get so much focus, courage, and so much gumption?
We want to know so we can tell the next generation of Haitian the non-colonial narrative on Haiti. (See, Kouwòn pou Defile.)

We want to know about Marie Claire Heureuse Félicité Bonheur, Dessalines’ wife.

We are told, she was so kind, so elegant, so gentle, so beautiful that even the murderers of her husband bowed down to her. The mulatto general, General Petion, who became President of Haiti after the assassination of Jean Jacques Dessalines, actually wrote to Dessalines’ wife, Marie Claire Heureuse, to tell her not to worry she would be the "adoptive spouse" of the nation and taken care of by the nation, for life. (See, Three Historical Documents on Dessalines' Assassination.) Why did this woman, the wife of General Petion's archenemy, deserve such notice, admiration, and accolades? Why? We want every Haitian child, every women in the world, to know more about Marie Claire Heureuse. The little history we know tell us that during the Haitian revolutionary war against colonialism, forced assimilation, the Triangular Trade, and slavery, Marie Claire Heureuse took care of the sick soldiers, of the prisoners of the Revolutionary War, that she rode out onto the battlefield and even the French stopped their canon firing while she ministered to the dying, the wounded on both sides of the battle.

It has been said that this black Haitian woman named Marie Claire Heureuse was the first Red Cross. The world needs to know more about this woman, this hero, her model for human interaction. We should want to teach our children that one of the greatest, fiercest warriors on planet earth - the African warrior General Jean Jacques Dessalines - whose very name still scares the hell out of US/Euro writers and history scholars, still horrifies enslavers, tyrants and despots everywhere, that this man was taught how to fight and throw a knife by a woman named Toya and that he married a woman, a healer, a pacifist, who insisted he not bring his weapons inside their home and he lovingly complied with his beloved wife’s request. This, in a time and at a place where the First World War was happening in the world, where all the nations-of-power had converged on small Haiti to annihilate it and Dessalines’ weapon was his life. Who was this man! This beautiful woman, this wife, lover, nurse, herbal healer and pacifist?

What you read in history books on Haiti of hundreds of pages will mostly not tell you, what I’ve just put down in these few paragraphs about the people of Haiti. No. For, how many of us know greater details about sergeant Suzanne Bélair, known as Sanit Belè, the fierce Haitian woman who taught the African warriors of Haiti how to die with dignity as the French executioner's bullets shattered her to shreds?

Sanit, fell into the hands of the French. In the hope of saving her life, her husband, Charles Belair, voluntarily gave himself up. But his chivalrous action went for naught. The two, husband and wife, were sentenced to death by firing squad and executed the same day. When her hateful executioners tried to blindfold her because she was a woman, Sanit refused. She considered it an insult to a woman's bravery and courage to be executed any differently than her husband. And, after watching unblinkingly while her husband was executed, Sanit Belè boldly presented her breast to receive the firing squad's fatal shots.

What more do we know about Marie-Jeanne Lamartinière, the fearless Haitian woman who stood tall and striking - wearing a long white floating dress, her waist knotted with a white sash, a red scarf around her head, saber strapped down her shoulders, and rifle in hand - as she urged forward to victory against the 12,000 French, the 1,000 outgunned and outnumbered indigenous Haitian army, on the bloody days at the famous and decisive battle of Crête-à-Pierrot?

It is rumored that after the murder of her husband, Brigade Commander Lamartinierre, Marie-Jeanne became the lover of the native General, Dessalines. Not much else is recorded. We just have her picture in our minds from the various paintings and oral stories, our Haitian lullabies, depicting Marie-Jeanne in the midst of the inferno, a wounded soldier at her feet, or in the line of fire outside the Crête-à-Pierrot fort, fighting alongside her officer husband, Lamartinière.


Mari-Jann and Lamartinière at Crête-à-Pierrot

There is so much we need to know in order to know ourselves today. In order to know we need not copy and paste another’s history of ourself and engraft that hatred in our soul. There is so much we need to recover from the destruction of African people, life, culture.

When I read the neocolonial chorus of ‘let’s move on,” of reconciling with lies and injustice, lwa Desalin pran mwen vre – I remember that the destruction of the African identity was built on bitter, twisted lies that must be unearthed for the hidden and lost African body to rise untainted; I remember that Dessalines did not copy and paste what was considered the height of human development where slavery, forced assimilation and colonialism was the rule. Dessalines created a nation that rejected Bourgeois Freedom, forced assimilation, colonialism, and enslavement of all types - physical, psychological, economic. Dessalines’ legacy has still to be fully put into black and white papyrus form, but the Haitian masses, thank goodness, have never become zombies, carbon copies or phonies.

They've never had enough missionary/ecclesiastic schooling to be other than Dessalines’ descendants. They understand and live self-referral. That is why Haiti still exists, still struggles, still does not copy and paste. Se lan lekòl lavi nou pran leson. Se pa lan lespas nou apran. Se pa yon bagay ki soti o lè – yon bagay etranje – ki tonbe a tè ke nou ranmase kòm pa nou. Non. Ayisyen pran sa ki touprè yo, ki sòti lan yo, lan zantray yo, ki pou yo. Yo pa lan kopye kolè bagay esklavajist-kolyanist.

Haitians learn from the university of life. That’s where they get their lessons, their view of life, the world they create and extend. It’s not from some economic theory by some dead white guy overseas or, from Paul Collier, Bill Clinton, Ban Ki Moon, Condi Rice, Colin Powell or some Washington/Canadian/French think tank, foreign NGO or world renowned expert in humanitarian aid. No. Haiti’s masses mostly don’t even fight their arrogance; they smile, they agree, take what’s useful and then go about trying to live with what’s in their hands. Haiti still exists, despite two centuries of systemic, structural Euro-US impoverishment and destruction, because Haitians live with their environment and mold it towards the life-giving forces the best way they can. (See, Black is the Color of Liberty.)

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The lucrative nature of the Haiti venture to the US, the United Nations and Brazil


On this September day, the 251st year to mark the birthday of Jean Jacques Dessalines (September 20, 1758 to September 20, 2009), Haiti is under occupation and there is a lot of copying and pasting going on. Most of our so-called intellectuals and politicians are not creating a nation that serves Haitian realities. They have refused to raise the minimum wage to a fair wage and are keeping free trade wages. They are passing legislation and creating a space for foreign interests to thrive in Haiti that Dessalines’ law forbid. In general, they are destroying Haiti by copying and pasting onto the Haitian people, the Haitian soul, the Haitian reality, concepts and policies that have nothing to do with Haiti, its masses’ long term health, wealth, mobility, useful education and progress.

Brazil who is in charge of the 9,000 UN troops in Haiti is making, as an administration fee, 20% of the $600 million per year paid to the UN troops in Haiti. The UN troops landed in Haiti right after the US Marines left and that was right after US Special forces had put Haiti’s democratically elected President Jean Bertrand Aristide on a plane effectively rendering him back to Africa. The US/UN’s primary “success” to date in Haiti has been the murder, uprooting and killing of Haitian men and women who opposed the disenfranchisement and occupation. Haitians who mostly resided in the poorest areas of Haiti’s capital, mostly in Sitey Soley and who objected to the occupation. Site Soley is an area in Haiti’s capital with about 350,000 people crowded in great misery and deprivation. Site Soley resulted and was created from US free trade legislation for sweatshops back in the late 70s, early 80s.

On this September 17th “Brazil and the United States ratified their plan on Thursday to establish industrial plants in Haiti. This would enable the duty-free export of products to both countries and thus support Haiti's reconstruction.” These newspaper's narratives mostly won't explain the massive lucrative nature of the Haiti venture to the US, the United Nation and Brazil, the financial interests in "their plan" for Haiti. The general spin is that the fundamental motivation of this trade initiative was humanitarian, "to aid Haiti's economic development through sustainable production activity."

The authorities in the US, UN and Brazilian governments won't explain that the Brazilian-headed UN troops are, by-the-way, in Haiti not only to secure the use of cheap Haitian labor for their transnational corporations, exploit Haiti's natural resources, but also to defend Brazil’s dream of becoming more of a status quo power itself and gain a seat in the UN Security Council.

Brazilian troops in Haiti, after securing Site Soley, are helping to maintain the containment-in-poverty status quo with the US HOPE Act free trade legislation.

Their soldiers’ guns help keep the minimum wage from increasing to the proposed 200 gourdes (.63 cents per hour), which was not even high enough to meet the inflation rate. In recent months, UN soldiers have collided with workers and protestors demanding the 200 gourdes higher salary, killed a few, thrown some in prison. It’s in Brazil’s domestic interest because Brazilian corporations have successfully lobbied Washington and made Brazil a beneficiary under the Washington HOPE Act that allows for duty free textile goods from Haiti for 10 years.

That means, for instance, the Brazilian company, Coteminas - Latin America's largest textile company, owned by the brother-in-law of Brazilian President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva - does not have to pay the higher minimum salary ($200.95 per month or, roughly $7 per day) required in Brazil to its workers because it can now pay Haitians, at the point of UN-Brazilian guns, .22 cents an hour or $1.70 for an 8-hour day (its even less than .22 cents an hour since Haitian workers are mostly forced to meet daily work goals that take 10 or 12 hours to accomplish.) This September, the Haitian minimum wage was voted to 125 gourdes (.38 cents for an 8-hour day) and the 200 gourdes fairer wage that did not even meet with the rate of inflation was rejected by the Haitian politicos working for the ruling oligarchy's interests. But that .38 cents is not yet being applied. The 70 gourdes is. (See, Brazil raises '09 minimum wage 6.4 pct to 465 reais ($209.95 per month.)

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Amending Haiti's Constitution under UN occupation: Neocolonialism's copy and paste impositions


Another example of how this International Community is destroying Haitian life, liberty and future is the current discussion about amending the 1987 Constitution. Back during the first US occupation of Haiti in 1915, the Haitian Constitution was also amended and Dessalines’ law prohibiting foreigners from owning land was deleted. Today amending the Haitian Constitution is an obsession of the International Community and its Haitian blan peyi folks. Why? How can the 1987 Haitian Constitution that was put together with the approval of the Haitian masses be ethically changed when today the people are under occupation, the Haitian parliament serves foreign interests and Haiti’s president is simply a puppet?

The process of revision or amendment of the Constitution that is being deployed is not equitable. It’s not public; the public is not part of the discussion. There’s just foreign concepts copied and pasted into papers and pronouncement made by a committee that does not consult with the people of Haiti, but with foreigners. Like under the first occupation, in this one the masses are not required to participate.

There’s no provision in the 1987 Haitian Constitution for a national referendum when changing the Constitution, so this make it easier for the new occupiers and their sycophants to exclude the masses in the life and concerns of their nation.

Dessalines did not copy and paste like these Haitian puppets and parliamentarians are quick to do right now. Dessalines looked at the reality of the people, referred to his own experience and reality and then created an 1805 Constitution that met the needs and the realities of his people. Today’s Haitian Parliament is paid by foreigners and goes to Canada, France, US and refers to their visions, their concepts of democracy and good governance that have nothing to do with current realities of Haitian life.

They don’t bother to consult with the population. Behind close doors with foreign experts, right now the Haitian constitution is being revised.

Today, September 20 on the birthday of Dessalines, it’s good to recall that one of the things Haiti’s founding father did not replicate in Haiti was the forced assimilation and race system of the white nations. (See Dessaline’s Ideal# 1). He leveled the racial, economic and social playing field that was glued together based on a person's lack of melanin content. Dessalines’ 1805 Constitution did this by not making a distinction between mulatto, black or white – all Haitians, he said, shall be known by the appellation, Black.

In the 1805 Dessalines constitution there was no difference between Haitians who were educated outside of Haiti and Haitians who lived in Haiti. Dessalines said Haitian are Black, every slave who touched Haitian soil became free, Black and would enjoy the full rights of Haitian citizenship. If you were white and you helped fight for Haiti’s liberty, like the Polish who had left Napoleon’s army to fight with Dessalines’ African warriors, then under Dessalines’ 1805 Constitution, you were Black and could own property in Haiti. Haitians then are defined, at the inception of the new country’s history, as Lovers of Liberty no matter their skin color or economic resources.

In this way, the 1805 Constitution met the needs of Haiti.

It did not go to Thomas Jefferson or John Locke’s hypocrisy. It dealt with the needs of all the people within its borders no matter their culture, race, gender or religion.

I’ve written much about Dessalines’ Three Ideals and so I won’t go into this right now. (See, Three Ideals of Dessalines).

Suffice it to know that Dessalines did not allow, in his 1805 Constitution for greater rights to the Mulattos who were insisting they had more rights to the plantations and land that had just been liberated because it was their white French father’s properties. Dessalines said the Africans who fought for liberation shall not be left behind economically. All the country’s asset was to be equitably divided.

This is why he was murdered. He refused to allow Pitit Deyò (say here the Mulattos) to have more rights than Pitit Andan (say here the Haitian masses). No, he said all who had fought for Haiti’s liberty, whether their skin color was white, black or mulatto were Pitit Kay (Black) and must share equitably in the resources and therefore the power of the new nation. He wasn’t into hierarchy either, but meritocracy. (See, From Slave to Emperor, His Majesty, Jean Jacques Dessalines, The greatest story marginalized and never told...) "

 

In Haiti, Black is de-racialized in terms of skin color giving the person superior substance but racialized as a people bound together because of their shared experience, distinct moral conscience vis-a-vis those they defeated, unique Kreyòl language and African-based culture. This paradox is the amazing genius of Dessalines' Haiti. He simultaneously empowered the Black "race" to both be proud of self and their lineage under the socia-politically constructed race paradigm and to transcend it. First, Haiti is racialized because in creating Haiti in combat against the US/Euro enslavement tribes, Jean Jacques Dessalines empowered the Black "race" to carry the mantle of the African struggle for justice against racism, colonialism, economic tyranny and imperialism. Second, Haiti is de-racialized because by naming and defining, in Haiti's first Constitution, the white settlers who fought on the side of the liberty, awarding them the appellation "Black," Dessalines showed his profound understanding that human nature goes deeper than skin color. Thus, he urged unity of humanity, co-existence, self-determination, working for consensus towards a common universal purpose, empowering both "Black" people and "white" people to not wear their identities on their skins, but to transcend it." (Dessalines' Three Ideals.)


The challenge for Dessalines' descendants and all Lovers of Liberty is to think up and extend a new world that meets the needs of all the peoples on this planet and that rises to meet our current circumstances. And for Haiti, we Haitians need to meet the needs of Haitians living both inside and outside of Haiti's borders.

If a man born at a time when before his life, his kind was locked into 300 years of total barbaric Western enslavement, a man who could not read or write, born with actually chains put on his feet, if that man would become one of the world's greatest warriors, thinkers and humanists to ever live, if that man with no great weaponry, no formal education could leave the world such a legacy, why, why can’t we do better than we’ve been presented, be like the greatest warrior that ever lived. Confront the despots, protect nature and not leave any Lover of Liberty in the cold. To do that, we must issue from source, like Dessalines, Toya, Defile, Sanit Belè and Marie Claire Heureuse, not copy and paste.

Mesi papa Desalin. Happy Birthday papa Desalin.

Ezili Dantò/HLLN
September 20, 2009

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Accused US pedophile, Doug Perlitz

- UN Peacekeepers and Humanitarian Aid Workers raping, molesting and abusing Haitian children

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2009 - Thank you: Haitian children had no public voice in this process until you came on the scene

Hello Folks,

Thank you everyone for writing letters to the judge and otherwise showing concern for the rights of the children who spoke up about this alleged abuse by Douglas Perlitz. Please continue this effort.

We again restate that Douglas Perlitz is an accused pedophile and is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

However, the accusers, these minors - a total of nine children as indicated in the Federal Indictment, also have the right not to be intimidated, harmed further, maligned, blighly called "liars" or worse all over the internet in comments by supporters of Perlitz and/or vilified elsewhere with total impunity by Mr. Douglas' lawyers and supporters.

These defenseless Haitian children had no public voice in this process until you came on the scene and answered Ezili HLLN and the other calls (Paul Kendrick, SNAP, Voice of the Faithful ) to ask the judge not to release Douglas Perlitz on bond because, given the gravity of the charges, there's no guarantee that if released on bond - no matter how high the bond paid - that Pertlitz won't flee the country, continue the alleged two-year campaign to block this case by sending more money to Haiti to buy off the poorest of the poor or by further intimidating or putting in danger the children victims and the witnesses, destroy evidence and/or molest others while free on bond. Thank you for standing up for these small victims and showing that, they too, like Mr. Perlitz have supporters who want the truth to be duly litigated. Men anpil chay pa lou - many hands make light a heavy load.

Here are the newest articles on the matter:

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Red, Black & Moonlight: Between Falling and Hitting the Ground
When are you going back to Connecticut...

The noise it makes calls to me: Nou la!

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I am the History of Rape

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- No More Secrecy: HLLN on Douglaz Perlitz's new motions asking for secrecy by Ezili Dantò/HLLN, Haitian Perspectives, Oct. 28, 2009


- Perlitz Court Date Moved, Groups Raise Awareness of Perlitz, O’Brien Cases by Tom Cleary, Fairfield Mirror, Oct. 15, 2009

- Jesuits, diocese asked to help sex abuse victims
Group protests handling of sex abuse allegations

by Genevieve Reilly, Connecticut Post, Oct. 15, 2009

- Letter-writing campaign aims to keep Perlitz jailed
By Michael P. Mayko, Connecticut Post, Oct. 14, 2009

Text - Breaking Sea Chains
Haiti's Holocaust and Middle Passage Continues
and The Haiti Forum

Video - Child Abuse/Molestation by white tourists in Kenya

 

Ezili Dantò/HLLN
Oct. 16, 2009

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Oil in Haiti - Economic Reasons for the UN/US occupation by Ezili Dantò

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Help Haiti's children - Demand that accused US pedophile, Doug Perlitz, not be set free on bond

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The 'Father Teresa' of Haiti – Armand Huard - faces sex abuse charges

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The Slavery in Haiti the Media Won't Expose
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Video - Child Abuse/Molestation by white tourists in Kenya

Video - Paradise for Pedophiles - Senegal

Video - Peacekeepers 'abusing children' in Haiti - 27 Sep 08

Video - 108 sri lankan troops accused of sexual abuse in haiti UN

 

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October 17, 2009 - Haiti's Holocaust and Middle Passage Continues

"I don't know why it is...but since the beginning of time Haitians have
been suffering
" --- Haitian migrant, 2009

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500 lane depi w (blan kolon) vle efase n, Jodi a ou vle m kwè se
sèl ou ki ka sove n
--- Edike from Daniel 'Dadi' Beaubrun's Lataye (buy album)

["For 500 years the whites (settlers/colonists) have tried to erase us. Today they want us to believe they're the only ones who can save us" --- Edike from Daniel 'Dadi' Beaubrun's Lataye (buy album)]

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Haiti's founding father, Jean Jacques Dessalines (born, September 20, 1758, assassinated Oct. 17, 1806) said "I want the assets of the country to be equitably divided" and for that democratic, anti-capitalistic, humane and non-profit-driven declaration and intention for Haiti, Jean Jacques Dessalines was assassinated on Oct. 17, 1806. That was the first coup d'etat, the Haitian holocaust - organized exclusion of the masses, misery, poverty and the impunity of the economic elite - continues (with Feb. 29, 2004 marking the 33rd coup d'etat/regime change). Haiti's people continue to resist the return of despots, tyrants and enslavers who wage war on the poor majority and Black, contain-them-in-poverty through neocolonialism' debts, free trade and foreign "investments." These neocolonial tyrants refuse to allow an equitable division of wealth, excluding the majority in Haiti from sharing in the country's wealth and assets. ("Et revient la question. Et ceux dont les pères sont en Afrique, ils n'auront donc rien.") Donate to support HLLN's work.

Ezili's HLLN was founded in 1994 to defend and protect the civil, cultural, economic and human rights of Haitians living at home and abroad and to institutionalize the rule of law in Haiti. Each Day, Dessalines' children are slaughtered at some Pòn Rouj somewhere on the planet. Ezili's HLLN is a Haitian-led, Haiti-capacity-building network of lawyers, activists, journalists and concerned international citizens, from all walks of life, who stand against the slaughter of the poor and Black and the middle passage journey Haitians are still forced to take on the high seas. HLLN speaks the counter-colonial narrative and participate, people-to-people, to alter and bring a different, more humane paradigm to application. (See also,
The Haiti Forum).

It's October 17, 2009 and the Haitian struggle against the new slavery model to
fulfil Leclerc's genocidal imperative - through free trade, privatization, endless (IFI/IMF/World Bank) debt, wage/(sweatshop)slavery, slaughter or indefinite detention/incarceration of neocolonial dissenters, systematic exclusion of the masses from the body politic through US regime change/sham elections/Western-style democracy, UN proxy soldiers' occupation for US/Canada/France, humanitarian imperialism (more than 10,000 NGOs/charitable organizations in Haiti post 2004 forming a shadow government enchaining Haiti that undermines Haiti’s sovereignty, emboldens and empowers NGOs with no public responsibility or accountability to Haitians or Haiti’s long term well-being), imposed famine from fraudulent free trade policies that destroys Haitian food sovereignty - CONTINUES unabated under the UN/US occupation and Bush 2004 regime change which disenfranchised over 9 million Blacks in Haiti, destroyed Haitian security, sovereignty, self-determination and stability, increased violence and organized kidnappings, drug-dealings, arms and human trafficking and the financial colonialism of the wealthy as used against the poor. We wrote in 2007 that "Bush's US/Canada/France intervention to "save" Haiti for obscene exploitation by the world's rich elites leaves small Haitian girls and boys more defenseless, more brutalized by the white savoirs' "rescue" : Girls as young as 13 forced to have sex with the UN savoirs for as little as $1" (Sex scandal in Haiti hits U.N. mission and The 'Father Teresa' of Haiti – Armand Huard - was convicted on sex abuse charges against minors in Haiti orphanage, and a Swiss accused pedophile was arrested in Haiti.)

The obscene situation for Haiti's poor majority has only gotten worst as we note the indictment this year of accused US pedophile, Douglas Perlitz. (For the North American and European pattern in Haiti and Africa, see Video - Paradise for Pedophiles - Senegal; Video - Child Abuse/Molestation by white tourists in Kenya; Video - Peacekeepers 'abusing children' in Haiti - 27 Sep 08 and Video - 108 Sri Lankan troops accused of sexual abuse in haiti UN.)

We thank all those in Ezili's Network and elsewhere who answered our call, wrote letters to the judge and spoke up for the Haitian children's right in the Douglas Perlitz matter. Your continued vigilance as this case makes its way through the US court system is very much appreciated and anticipated. Haitian children had no public voice in this process until you came on the scene. (See, Perlitz Court Date Moved, Groups Raise Awareness of Perlitz, O’Brien Cases.)

HLLN thanks all those who support this work for change in Haiti in so many different capacities - thank you - especially our recent subscribers to the HLLN listserve. We encourage others to donate and/or become a paid subscriber to help support Ezili HLLN's work. Join the FreeHaitiMovement to help with the solutions.

For the non-colonial view and understanding of modern Haiti and current events in Haiti, see further: The Kidnapping Coup; Litte Girl in the Yellow Sunday Dress; Breaking Sea Chains; Capsized 1997 and Capsized 2007; Oil in Haiti: Economic Reasons for the UN/US occupation; Minimum wage and maximum rage, Obama's offered HOPE is sweatshop slavery, Haiti's Oligarchy, Haiti's Riches, and The Haitian struggle - the greatest David vs. Goliath battle being played out right now on this planet, as well as the links noted at "October 17, 2009 HLLN Links for Haiti's Holocaust and Middle Passage Continues."

Ezili Dantò/HLLN
October 17, 2009

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