|| THE DEATH
OF SEPTEMBER LUCKNER IS FELT BY MANY
Ezili Danto's Note:
Haiti is crying. Mourning for many. For the tragic deaths of more than 3,000 since the Foley puppets of Haiti grabbed power.
But tonight we remember September Luckner, a policeman who was kidnapped and whose body and that of his 10 year old young brother has been discovered burned in Tomazeau, Haiti.
It's important for Mr. Luckner's family and others in similar situations in Haiti to know that when the call for help came to us at the Haitian Lawyers Leadership a day ago, many in our Network asked what could they do?
People of all nationalities and cultures living in the richest nation in the world who do not agree with the policies that has led to the current brutal repression in Haiti.
The death of Mr. Luckner is felt by many.
Just last night, sometime past midnight, we got a letter, written by Dorothy in our Network to send to U.S. national and local media, her congressional representatives and Ambassador Foley asking for an investigation to secure the safe return of Mr. Luckner, a policeman in Haiti who was kidnapped by the coup d'etat implementers.
Dorothy took time and put her heart in those letters.
We share them below in memory of Septembre Luckner. Our condolences goes out to his family and friends. Haiti is crying.
But thank you Dorothy Lavalle.
The road to Haiti's safe return to democracy is long and arduous, many won't make it with us, but we Haitians and the entire Leadership Network thank you for your heartfelt efforts to use the peaceful tools of democracy to make a difference in the lives of a people without a voice. Blessings to you and yours. Your speaking up COUNTS.
Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
August 17, 2004
In a message dated 8/17/04 12:05:42 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
Here's my letter to Ambassador Foley and to the Haiti desk at the State Department. This is all I can do for tonight.
Best wishes always,
August 16, 2004
Dear Joseph Tilghman and Joseph Connell,
I hope you can help me with this problem. A policeman in Haiti was fired and subsequently kidnapped recently. His name is Septembre Luckner. I can well imagine how worried his family is, and how they are feeling helpless at this point.
I hope you will do what you can to help in this situation. As I always say, when in doubt listen to the Congressional Black Caucus! Especially Maxine Waters and her husband. This period of inhumanity must end for the sake of all concerned, including for us, the taxpayers and citizens of the United States.
Let us wash our hands of the unfair treatment of this small nation, and let us start on a new path. Let this path begin with September Luckner's rescue and return to his loved ones. That'why I'm writing you and the Ambassador, James Foley, in Haiti. I enclose my letter to him, Copied below.
Dear Ambassador James Foley,
I'm very concerned about a police man who was kidnapped in Haiti and wish you would look into this matter.
His name is Septembre Luckner and he was kidnapped in Carrefour Shada on Croix des Missions Bridge in La Plaine.
I do not know him personally, nor have I ever been to Haiti, but I know enough about the situation in Haiti now to know that his life is in danger.
This is an emergency and I hope you will quickly do what you can to help him.
I keep up with the news in Haiti through Haiti support groups. Many people, supporters of former President Aristide and those in the Lavalos Party have been killed or "disappeared."
I suppose the latter term means they are either dead or held against their will, have not been found or are not able to contact their families.
It's a very sad situation now in Haiti. In effect, they are under military occupation. I hope the daily lives of the people will settle down so they can live in peace, but I do not want that accomplished by killing the people who were elected to the legislature or worked for the former government. They thought they were doing the right thing, working for their country and supporting their families. They should not be harassed or killed by roving gangs of thugs.
Unfortunately from what I read, that's what is happening. Many are fleeing.
I know that Representative Maxine Waters is worried about the situation, as are many others in Congress and out, and so am I. In the long run an attitude of respect for human and civil rights will bring a peace that is lasting And based in human freedom and human dignity.
The United States must be on the side of fair treatment for all the Haitian people and abide by international law.
That is our mandate and our treaty law.
I respect human rights and I know you do, too. Please investigate into Mr. Luckner's safety and well-being, please be my representative in Haiti.
As Americans it is our responsibility to care for all the Mr. Luckners, considering the fact that we led Mr. Aristide out of his office and homeland, and subsequently and perhaps previously supported his opposition at least in funding through NED, even those criminals who were previously his bitter enemies, those who took up arms and participated in violent behavior, those who brought his departure to a head and the nation of Haiti to this bitter moment of deja-vu.
Yes, it's happening again - a small elite is in power, and the poor of Haiti are again at their mercy. The president of the poor is gone.
I hope you will do what you can to soften this harsh reality for Mr. Luckner and the others who have been injured by the change in government.
I sincerely wish you well as I know your job is difficult and complicated.
May our thoughts and actions be for the lasting peace and welfare of the Haitian people.
Sent: Monday, August 16, 2004 1:44 PM
Subject: Re: Kidnapping in Haiti! - request for Latortue regime's
In a message dated 8/16/04 2:55:01 PM, email@example.com writes:
Dear Jonas Petit,
Do you have an email address for the Mr. Latortue or his administration? A la Amnesty International. That would be so helpful because we could write a letter of inquiry and support for Mr. Luckner. It is necessary to take action and I'll write via the embassy, I guess.
Maybe you could post that email address, too.
Thank you for this good newsletter.
Re: Securing Mr. Luckner's safe release
Thank you for the response to Mr. Petit's call to action in reference to the kidnapping of Mr. Luckner.
Here are the numbers for the U.S. Embassy in Haiti below, as well as for the U.N. in Haiti. I don't have contact info for the Latortue Regime, but I've asked Jonas Petit, whose e-mail we forwarded.
We are also asking others, bcc'd in this e-mail to see if anyone in our solidarity Network has the Latortue e-mail and numbers in Haiti. When we get that information, we shall send it to you right away. Another excellent idea is to also write to your congressional representative with reference to this matter and Haiti in general.
You may get the addresses for your House and Senate rep on our website by putting in your State of zip code information. Be sure to bcc, the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network at Erzilidanto@aol.com on any of our support letters so we may keep the entire network updated as to all our collaborators work.
Thank you so much for your continued support.
Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
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Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2004 01:42:34 EDT
All of our efforts to save September Lukner's life was done in vain.
His body and that of his 10 year old young brother has been discovered burned in Tomazeau.
The regime of killers in Haiti did not stop there.
Yesterday, they kidnapped an activist of Fanmi Lavalas, Benoit near Kinam II in Petion-Ville.
He was found dead in Bas Delmas this morning August 17, 2004, hanged and his tongue cut off.
National Representative of Fanmi Lavalas
Forwarded by the Haitian Lawyers Leadership
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