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Haitian Parents Protest the Abuse AT P.S. 34
Photos: "Lakou New York". Daily (M-F) 1-2pm Radio Program on Brooklyn's Radio Lakay. Can be heard at www.radiolakay.com

Hip Hop artist, J.G., weighs in on the Abuse of Haitian kids at PS 34

Ezili Danto's Note:This is one of the few times with this Haiti gig that business and pleasure converges. J.G., the author of the piece below, is not only a collaborator with the Haitian Lawyers Leadership activist work but a brilliant and very talented musical client of mines.

This young man's lyrics and beats easily surpass the best that Hip Hop has out
there on the major labels any day! J.G. is redefining Conscience Rap and redemption
songs for a generation lost in Neo-Con soullessness, sell-out compromises and global corporate oppressions.

J.G.'s music deals exclusively with the plight of disenfranchised communities, most specifically, that of the Haitian Global Village. His most recent release, Boomerang Politick, which protests the most recent occupation of Haiti, is available for
purchase at his website: www.insurgentjg.com and at IMIX Bookstore in Los Angeles California. Supporting JG's rise is to give voice to Haiti's new samba forces in da street! Dessalines is rising! Good work J.G. Kenbe fò, pa lage. Yeah, yeah, babyboy!!! Chapo ba ti frè. W ap di yo sak pa dous! Sak Amè! Bay yo sel. Wake ‘em zombies the hell up!

Marguerite Laurent
Li led li la.
April 14, 2005

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"I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today - my own government.."
---April 4th, 1967 "A Time To Break The Silence"

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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JG weighs in on the Abuse of Haitian kids at PS 34
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http://www.counterpunch.org/
April 13, 2005

"They Will Treat You Like Animals"
The Abuse of Haitian Kids at PS 34
By J.G.

Los Angeles, Cali.

savage (noun)
1. vicious or violent person somebody who enjoys treating other
people and animals in a cruel and violent way
2. offensive term an offensive term for a member of a people
considered inferior or not as advanced as your own group

Peace to Encarta the Linguists across North America thank you.

Either the administrators of New York City's Public School 34 aren't hip to semantics, or their most recent interpretation and application of the term "savage" is entirely incongruent to the discourse of White-patriarchal-privilege, and most specifically here, the hastening assault against the Haitian Global Community by a myriad selection of American society. For further elaboration, please see the following.

As a seasoned and rather proud cynic, there are few displays of barbarism that tweak the nerves, bring about a spat of fury, a vitriolic spasm, and what have you. Forget that last bit of deceit. In reality, all too often, I do succumb to the sexy red temptress of rage. The latest chapter of rancor and virulence proliferated by New York Public School 34's Assistant Principle Nancy Miller and Principle Pauline Shakespeare has my bowels in fits.

"While all my city is heavy I drop elephant shit
Smeared the face of the fascist priest's pulpit"
______________Zach De La Rocha

Yup.

New York's cultural cabal stays heavy, dropping fecal matter from the fuselage of pig despotism, late-night blackface, mayoral-Mussolinism and the like; Stuka war eagles razing the Black, Brown and Migrant communities like the Ho Chi Minh trail. For the Haitian Community, Operation Phoenix leapt through McNamara's porthole of kill-tha-gook and embedded itself within the psyche of city-commandants. 'Nou tout Viet Cong' We are all Viet Cong. Savages, in short.

Thirteen fourth grade students on public trial. The jury PS34 populace. The courtroom school cafeteria. The crime being Haitian.

In response to a classroom conflict involving two students, educational hack Nancy Miller, as white-cloaked-judge in de facto robe, sentenced the youths to public humiliation and ethnic degradation. As punishment for acting in the universal vein of childhood, she sat the children on the cafeteria floor before the student-jury, forced them to eat their lunch of rice and chicken with bare hands, subjecting them to a primary-educational-stoning, equipped with demeaning glances and ridicule per their peers.

According to the "guilty" parties, Miller's articulation was as such: "In Haiti, they treat you like animals, and I will treat you the same way here." Yes Ms. Miller, in Haiti, they, 'Blancs yo' (Whites / foreigners / outsiders, aka UN, U$, France, Canada, USAID, OAS, CIA, 184, Haitian Elite) do treat us as inferior peoples, acting as only savages can. We expect no less from you, you studious apprentice. Only through the lens of a dysfunctional clique of negrophobes could such a valiant people be "considered inferior." If time travel were possible, now would be an excellent time to send message to General Le Clerc and Napoleon Bonaparte. The query: How humiliating was the serving, guerilla style in 1804?

The plot thickens. Principle Pauline Shakespeare, a sister no less- pause for dramatic effect - a 'fucking' sister exemplified the role of house-hand, Sanbo, McWhorter, Watts, Powell, Condoskeeza, Cosby, Blackwell; attempted a cover up, in doing so, efforting to bribe the gesticulating "savages," rather "animals," with ice cream.
Shit, you know tha ghetto's got sweet teeth. Miller and Shakespeare promoted the stereotype to the wrong community. In Haiti, we sharpen sugar cane stalks to pierce United Nations APV's.

Mucho Kudos to Juan Gonzalez of the 'New York Daily News' for breaking a story, previously solely known to the listener ship of New York and East Coast Haitian Radio. I'll go on the offensive here.

Those who are morally outraged and shocked require a crash-course in Jim Crow history. For extra credit, do rent Jerry Bruckheimer's amateurish, over-budgeted, over-hyped, vituperative, virulent Hollywood concoction, Bad Boys II, from your neighborhood dope dealer (Hollyhood Video the pointy cap, sorcerer type of hood of "lynch a nigga by his toe", as opposed to "Boys in tha Hood"). Will Smith's gloves are as white as bleach, lips as red as Porsche during the many scenes in which Haitian's are demeaned, vilified, dehumanized and slandered with a belligerence not bettered by Jesse Helms. Or, find a copy of Rockstar's video-gaming filth, Vice City.

Deconstruct the argumentation of genocide: "I hate those Haitians. We'll take them out, we'll take these Haitians down," uncannily similar logic permeating the above shoot-em-up pornography (that's how Bruckheimer does it, PS2's fo real!). Arsenio and Whoopi cooning to Middle America circa 1990's with limericks about AIDS and Haitians; Abner Louima, toilet plunger, need I say more? And the savages are? That the latest colonization, pillage and genocide of the Haitian People (presidential kidnapping and coup d'etat, February 29th 2004, 10,000+ murdered since, countless internally and externally exiled, Apartheid on the rise) be ample ammunition to spark the carbines of dissent is understood. Yeah, the PS34 investigation ensues, bureaucratic double-speak tight-lipped replies to independent media intrigues. This drama was authored centuries past by an ancestor by way of slave-ownership of school Principal Ms. Pauline, The Shakespeare, William precisely. Moral outrage is the director's cue.

Appealing to the collective conscience of that class history has proven have none, is no more than propagating a lineage of perfunctory reforms increasingly insulting to the victims of injustice. 'Revolution or Reform? Revolution in the Revolution'? My
peoples Rosa and Regis, where tha hell you at?

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JG is of the best-known and most recognizable Independent Hip Hop artists nationally. His music deals exclusively with the plight of disenfranchised communities, most specifically, that of the Haitian Global Village. His most recent release, Boomerang Politick, which protests the most recent occupation of Haiti, is available for purchase at his website: www.insurgentjg.com and at IMIX Bookstore in Los Angeles California.


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PROTEST THE ABUSE AT P.S. 34


THE HAITIAN COMMUNITY SAYS:

NO TO RACISM!
NO TO DISCRIMINATION!
NO TO THE DENIGRATION OF OUR CHILDREN IN THEIR OWN SCHOOLS!


CALL, WRITE, E-MAIL, & FAX:

Chancellor Joel Klein: Tel: 212-374-0200, Fax: 212 374 5588,
Email: chancellor@nycboe.net

Regional Superintendent Judith Chin: Tel: 718-281-7528, Email:
JChin@nycboe.net and LOjeda@nycboe.net

CALL:
* Robert Small - Head of Special Investigation into this PS-34 abuse case
* Jennifer Graham - Head of the Response Team for Chancellor Joel Klein on this PS-34 matter at 212-374-5156
* Local Instructional Superintendent Janet Won at 718-281-3407, and
* PS-34 at 718 465 6818
CALL:
Your local congressional representative in New York, the media and the mayor’s office to spread the word and fax this sheet to all Press contacts.

The Haitian community will not tolerate human rights abuses in the U.S.

We have suffered ENOUGH!!! Our children will be vindicated only with a full and public apology, the firing of both Miller and Shakespeare and the school providing counseling and trauma care to these 8 and 9 year old innocents.

For more Information:
Call 718-464-6068 or email: janpetro@aol.com
COMMITTEE FOR JUSTICE FOR THE 13 HAITIAN CHILDREN AT PS-34
April 12, 2005

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Forwarded by the Haitian Lawyers' Leadership Network
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Men Anpil Chaj Pa Lou!!!
- is Kreyol for "Many hands make light a heavy load."

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Here is what you can do to help us help the people of Haiti:
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HLLN - Action Requested from Haiti solidarity groups and
Haitian activists for justice and democracy:

Subscribe to and circulate the Ezili Danto mailings and
posts to your mailing lists and e-mail contacts. Subscribe or unsubscribe by writing to: Erzilidanto@yahoo.com

Adopt and circulate the Haiti Resolution (updated below) from the Haitian Lawyers
Leadership Network

Circulate the human rights reports, especially the latest Miami Law Center report

Do Press Work: Join our letter writing campaigns to help free the political prisoners in Haiti, to stop the persecution of Haiti's most popular political party and democratic movement and to restore Constitutional rule. Write a letter, call the media, fax, - See our Press Work page for sample letters and for contact information.

Volunteer to help us maintain our Contact Information Sheet by sending us updated or new phone numbers and addresses to put on our Contact Information Sheet pages

Virtual interns and volunteers are also needed to help us translate selected materials into French, Kreyol, or Spanish to reach a wider audience. Volunteers with some research and computer skills are likewise needed to help us update our "List of Victims" and "Personal Testimonies" pages under Campaign One. (We have the information, what we don't have we know where to extrapolate them, but need help to put it together and in the format on our website page.)

More Network volunteer also needed to concentrate as primary coordinators/contributors to one of our seven campaigns

One internet savvy volunteer needed who is interested in logging and archiving, for our new Ezili Danto blog, (not yet unveiled) the regular Erzilidanto posts we send out so that those who only want to see these at their leisure, or, who cannot receive daily mailings, will have alternative access to these materials and posts, in an archived format.

Fundraise for the work of HLLN. Donate to our projects. Or, earn money, save lives and spread meaning and value by becoming an HLLN Marketing Associate trained to train other HLLN Associates and licensed to use our logo and HLLN materials to sponsor a "To Tell The Truth about Haiti Forum and Teach-In." Proceeds from such courses and teach ins will go to pay the Associate and to continue the work of HLLN projects, such as, our partnership with AUMOHD, the young human rights lawyers in Haiti who are defending the defenseless poor whose only crime is that they voted for Lavalas, supported Constitutional rule or are resisting a return of the bloody U.S.-trained Haitian army and US-sponsored dictatorship. For information on AUMOHD, go to: http://www.april6vt.org/
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The Haiti Resolution:
1. Support the return of constitutional rule to Haiti by restoring all elected officials of all parties to their offices throughout the country until the end of their mandates and another election is held, as mandated by Haiti's Constitution;

2. Condemn the killings, illegal imprisonment and confiscation of the property of supporters of Haiti's constitutional government and insist that Haiti's illegitimate "interim government" immediately cease its own persecution and put a stop to persecution by the thugs and murderers from sectors in their police force,
from the paramilitaries, gangs and former soldiers;

3. Insist on the immediate release of all political prisoners in Haitian jails, including Prime Minister Yvon Neptune, other constitutional government officials and folksinger-activist Sò Ann;

4. Insist on the disarmament of the thugs, death squad leaders and convicted human rights violators and their prosecution for all crimes committed during the attack on Haiti's elected government and help rebuild Haiti's police force, ensuring that it excludes anyone who helped to overthrow the democratically elected
government or who participated in other human rights violations;

5. Stop the indefinite detention and automatic repatriation of Haitian refugees and immediately grant Temporary Protected Status to all Haitian refugees presently in the United States until democracy is restored to Haiti; and

6. Support the calls by the OAS, CARICOM and the African Union for an investigation into the circumstances of President Aristide's removal. Support the enactment of Congresswoman Barbara Lee's T.R.U.T.H Act (HR 3919) which calls for a U.S. Congressional investigation of the forcible removal of the democratically elected President and government of Haiti.


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