Haiti Action Committee is honored to share this unofficial translation of a recent press release from Fanmi Lavalas Political Organization, the people’s party in Haiti. The statement was issued at a moment of massive protests demanding the ouster of U.S.-backed dictator, Jovenel Moise. It highlights the continuing impact of the February 29, 2004 coup that overthrew the democratically elected government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and stresses the critical importance of community self-defense at a time of brutal repression against the popular movement. We hope you will read this powerful message and distribute it widely.
Fanmi Lavalas Political Organization Press Release
March 2, 2021
Fanmi Lavalas salutes the Haitian people for the colossal February 28th demonstration. As is evident, our struggle is arriving at the crossroads of self-defense. Bravo to all the actors from civil society who have rejoined the struggle of the Haitian people. If, like Fanmi Lavalas, you had started to mobilize after the 2017 electoral coup d’etat, today we would not have a full blown and well entrenched dictatorship. The more all of us victims join in mobilizing together, the closer we will come to uproot the system. Hats off to all!
Indeed, today’s reality clearly lays bare the truth. If there had not been a February 29, 2004 kidnapping coup d’etat, today we would not have a government of kidnappers that causes each and every Haitian citizen to go about with his or her own coffin.
Yes, ever since the 2004 coup d’etat, the masses have never ceased to experience more and more suffering. Massacres, repression, misery, starvation, unemployment, bullets, tear gas, kidnapping… and more. The criminals have not stopped stealing the lands of the peasants. If we can’t go to school, can’t eat, can’t have decent housing, if we don’t have potable water to drink, if we don’t have security, if they are kidnapping us, it is a direct consequence of the 2004 kidnapping coup d’etat.
The February 28th demonstration shows that we are reaching a juncture that will require self-defense. It is a sacred and legitimate right to defend oneself. It will be at this crossroads of our struggle that victory will come forth. No matter what, we must establish a transition with a Sali Piblik government – a government for the public’s safety. The solution is in the hands of we the people, we the majority, we who are the mightiest power.
The dew of tyranny gleams until the sun of the majority population arises.
Alone we are weak,
Together we are strong,
All together we are Lavalas
For the Executive Committee,
Dr. Maryse Narcisse
Joel Edouard Vorbe
Dr. Myrtho Julien
Agronomist Anthony Dessources
Copyright 2021 – Haiti Action Committee
A group of Indigenous youth activists rallied in the nation’s capital on Thursday to demand President Joe Biden reject fossil fuel pipelines including Line 3 and the Dakota Access Pipeline.
“We came to D.C. to give the fossil fuel snake back to the U.S. We don’t want the pipelines you snaked through our communities without our consent,” said organizers.
“Climate chaos is here. We cannot wait,” they said, and urged Biden to #BuildBackFossilFree….
Come out for a unity march against illegal evictions carried out by DPD!Residents Continue to Come forward to tell their own stories of Detroit Police Carrying out Evictions.
1. Fire Police Officers Who Help Landlords Illegally Evict Tenants
2. Create & Implement City Wide Changes and Supervision
3. Hold Landlords Accountable
Audit Police Involved Evictions and Make the Findings Public
4. Compensation for Every Victim
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By David Sole, April 1, 2021
On November 3, 2020 the Republican Party suffered a stinging defeat in the elections when they lost control of the presidency and the U.S. Senate. Trump and his allies then made a desperate attempt to overturn the election in the infamous January 6 insurrectionary storming of the U.S. Capitol Building. While it did delay the confirmation of the vote by both houses of Congress as some elected officials fled for their lives and others cowered on the floor, the uprising was unsuccessful.
Now the right-wingers and white supremacists, led by the Republican Party, have intensified campaigns in states across the nation to suppress voters who caused their electoral defeat. It isn’t enough that they worked over the past decades to gerrymander voting districts to favor the election of their party candidates. Now they are brazenly proposing legislation that makes it harder for people to vote – especially African Americans, Latinx and other people of color.
On June 25, 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5 to 4 to overturn a key section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The bare majority of the court ruled in Shelby County v Holder that states and localities no longer had to clear changes to their voting laws and procedures with the Federal government. Some states and localities under the 1965 law had been forced for almost 50 years to get clearance from the Justice Department if they had a history of racist discrimination in voting.
Serious attacks toward voter suppression have continued since then and now are intensifying. Voter suppression takes many forms, all designed to make it harder or impossible for some sections of the electorate to cast their ballots.
In many states Republicans are reducing the number of polling places, especially in communities of color. The hours that the polls remain open may also be reduced and early voting in person is being restricted. All of this is designed to make lines longer and waiting times excessive to discourage mainly Democratic Party voters. In Georgia a recent bill would make it illegal for anyone to pass out food or water to those standing on long lines to vote….
Event by Food not Bombs – Fox Valley
Houdini Plaza – 1 P.M.
Food not Bombs Fox Valley will be hosting a free market including clothing, hygiene items, and non perishables. We will also be serving fresh vegan meals as well. Masks required. Solidarity not charity.
Hosted by the Venezuela Peace Committee
Second Monthly Online Picket Action!
Marking 19 years since the failed coup attempt against Comandante Hugo Chavez Frias
Friday April 9, 2021
4pm Pacific Time / 7pm Eastern Time
Register online at: https://tinyurl.com/handsoffvzla
Join experts, black activists and scholars Otis Cunningham and Lisa Brock for a virtual lecture on the Cuban Embargo and grassroots efforts in the midwest to end it. This event is being held by the UW-Parkside International Studies Department. The event is free, but registration is required.
Register here: https://www.uwp.edu/learn/departments/internationalstudies/
Event by National Network on Cuba
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