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Remembering all the Ancestors and un-heralded freedom fighters
by Marguerite Laurent - August 13, 2004

As free Haitians who are remembering August 14th and August 22nd in world history, we also remember the resistance to slavery and Jim Crow apartheid in the United States, such as the Nat Turner's rebellion in 1831 and the Marin Courthouse 1970 takeover. Events that also altered the course of U.S. history and happened on August days and helped motivate and inspire many civil rights movements worldwide.

Today, as our Black brothers and sisters face down another occupation and U.S-supported dictatorship in Haiti, as 3,000 have died to date since said occupation, we light candles with the Haitian people in Haiti to remember their sacrifices, as well as salute their courage and tenacity along with all the nameless, faceless and un-herald freedom fighters of this Western Hemisphere in world history. We do this by forwarding the public statement concerning Black August events in the United States from the family of Jonathan and George Jacksons.

In the U.S. 1 out of every 3 Black males are on parole or behind bars. Haiti, since February 29, 2004, is being turned into a PENAL colony for Black folks, by the same mindsets who find nothing wrong with 2.6 million people in jail in the U.S., mostly Black, brown and poor.

We remember them this August 2004 as we celebrate the Haitian Revolution. In solidarity, as lawyers and ordinary citizens who use the tools of democracy to resist exclusion, struggle for world peace, for the equal application of the laws, for justice and co-existence and do not acquiesce to, nor accept, State sponsored human rights violations of any sort.

Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
August 13, 2004, the day before Bwa Kayiman, 2004
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PUBLIC STATEMENT CONCERNING BLACK AUGUST EVENTS - FROM THE FAMILY
 
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