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Poetry for Peace and Justice: a benefit for Haiti Emergency Relief Fund

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_1996_Kiilu Nyasha & Pres Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti

Revolutionary journalist/death penalty abolitionist/and supporter of political prisoners, Kiilu Nyasha, who joined the Black Panther Party in 1969, shared a powerful moment w/President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti who had come to the Bay Area in 1996. While here he spoke at UC Berkeley and at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School. The late, legendary 20 year Berkeley City Councilwoman Maudelle Shirek, (6/18/1912 – 4/11/2013) looks on. Known widely as the “heart and soul of the progressive movement” and the “godmother of progressive politics” the veteran councilwoman always stood up for the poor, loved Haiti, and was a fierce advocate for healthy living and nutrition.

It is with great sadness that Haiti Action Committee learned of the passing of our beloved sister and revolutionary warrior, Kiilu Nyasha who joined the ancestors peacefully in her sleep in the early morning of April 10. Kiilu loved Haiti, and the Haitian grassroots movement inspired her and guided her work, just as her solidarity, her intellect, her passion and her rock solid integrity continue to inspire and guide us. We invite you to join us globally as we dedicate this event, “Poetry for Peace and Justice” to the indomitable fighting spirit of Kiilu Nyasha  and to the indomitable people of Haiti.

We who love Haiti cordially invite everyone to come to the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund’s dynamic beginning of the new year Poetry for Peace and Justice event! It will be held on Saturday April 14, 2018, at St John’s  Presbyterian Church; 2727 College Ave, Berkeley,CA; between 3-5:00 pm!

And if you can’t be there in person, you can still make a tax-deductible donation. Please click here to do so  or send a check to our fiscal sponsor: East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, 2362 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA, 94704  Thank you!

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We have an outstanding line up of internationally acclaimed poets:

Poet/Playwright/Multi-Percussionist/Photographer/Teacher AVOTCJA,  Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing and Literature (retired) and Poet Laureate of the City of Berkeley Rafael Jesús González; and full time 30 year peace activist, mathematician, and formidable poet  Carolyn Scarr, followed by Open Mic!

Haiti Emergency Relief Fund gives concrete aid to Haiti’s democratic movement and grassroots community groups organizing to meet Haitians’ needs directly.

Poetry for Peace and Justice: a benefit for the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund is being Co-sponsored by the Haiti Action Committee, Ecumenical Peace Institute & the Mission & Justice Commission of St. John’s Presbyterian Church

It is wheelchair accessible, the suggested donation is $10 – $30, however no one will be turned away for lack of funds. This is a not-to-be-missed-event!

Directions:

St John’s Presbyterian is at 2727 College Ave. between Garber St. and Forest Ave., three blocks north of Ashby. The wheelchair ramp is on Garber. There is underground parking with an accessible elevator at the Garber Street entrance.

The AC Transit #51B bus runs on College between Rockridge BART and downtown  Berkeley.

 

 

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Haiti Action Committee • PO Box 2040, Berkeley, CA 94702 • For more information, call: 510-483-7481

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BENEFIT SHOW for the HAITI EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND

BENEFIT SHOW for the HAITI EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND

 

Two days ago, on November 5, 2017 demonstrators in Haiti were attacked by militarized police as they protested the corrupt government of Jovenel Moise and the rise of a “new” militarized army reminiscent of the hated regimes of Papa and Baby Doc Duvalier.

We hope everyone can come to the benefit concert for the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund — we have a great line up of musicians!  But if you can’t be there in person, you can still make a tax-deductible donation here  or send a check to fiscal sponsor Women in Dialogue, P.O. Box 14512, San Francisco, CA 94114.  Thank you!

Haiti Action Committee

Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave Oakland
Saturday, December 9th  7-10pm                                                                                                   Sliding Scale $10+ 
Tickets at the door.  Wheelchair accessible.

For info on Haiti: Go to http://haitisolidarity.net
Contact: Haiti Omni Event Planning Group, c/o GWS Omni Collective, 415-626-4114 or sf@allwomencount.net


AN APPEAL FOR SOLIDARITY FROM THE HAITI EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND

HERF

HAITI EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND

c/o EAST BAY SANCTUARY COVENANT, 2362 BANCROFT WAY, BERKELEY CA 94704

EBSC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, tax ID# 94-3249753

510-595-4650 – herf1804@hotmail.comhttp://www.haitiemergencyrelief.org 

Since its inception in March 2004, following the brutal coup d’etat against the
democratically-elected President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the Haiti Emergency Relief
Fund (HERF) has given concrete aid to Haiti’s democratic movement. HERF supports
grassroots organizations on the ground in Haiti including emergency disaster relief,
women’s agricultural cooperatives, schools for the most impoverished Haitian children,
mobile health clinics, the University of the Aristide Foundation (UNIFA) and more.
Donations go directly to grassroots organizations in Haiti. HERF pays no wages and takes
no cut – volunteers do all the work, and all the money HERF collects goes directly to those
who need it, starting with women – the primary caregivers in every community. Help
support HERF’s important work, which is a lifeline especially for the most impoverished
Haitians in order to support the long-run development of human rights, sustainable
agriculture and economic justice in Haiti.

Popular organizations in Haiti are hard at work trying to ensure that families and
communities can survive and rebuild. Though hurricanes Irma and Maria did not hit Haiti directly in September 2017, the heavy rains and strong winds caused great damage to houses and the local agriculture in northern Haiti. Communities are struggling to rebuild from Hurricane Matthew that devastated cities and villages in the south in October 2016. More than 2 million people were affected; the widespread destruction of crops and livestock reversed the gains in food production made by women’s agricultural cooperatives and other local farmers. The massive flooding from this year’s hurricane season and recent torrential rains has caused a deadly spike in water-borne diseases, particularly cholera (brought to Haiti by UN troops), severely taxing the much limited resources of already overburdened communities.

We urge all friends of Haiti donate as much as they can to the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund. Your donations will go directly to grassroots organizations in Haiti that are at risk in their work for democracy, human rights, social and economic justice. They save lives by helping people on the ground access education, health care, clean water, food and shelter, and reconstructing their lives.

Here are just a few examples of what your generous contributions have supported:
* The Aristide Foundation For Democracy has organized mobile health clinics for un-derserved communities.
* Women’s Agricultural Cooperatives – Production of locally grown food crops.
* Radio Timoun, based within the Aristide Foundation, and other local independent
radio stations that have received support from the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund, have
provided consistent and needed information on various topics including education and
health.
* HERF-supported schools and women’s organizations in the Port-au-Prince area
provide education for disadvantaged children and support women’s organizing.

This is but a short list of the work that you are supporting. In essence, you are
supporting the work of the democratic movement in Haiti, which is determined to aid Haitians assisting Haitians in the spirit of solidarity and dignity. We are responding to their call and their lead.

Please donate on line at: www.haitiemergencyrelief.org
Or Send Checks To:
Haiti Emergency Relief Fund
c/o East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, 2362 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, California 94704
All donations are tax-deductible. East Bay Sanctuary Covenant is a non-profit 501(c)(3)
organization, tax ID# 94-3249753 Tel: +510-595-4650

We Thank You!
Haiti Emergency Relief Fund Board of Directors: Walter Riley, Maureen Duignan, O.S.F.,
Pierre Labossiere, Marilyn Langlois, Robert Roth


For Immediate Release: Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ Statement on the Termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 21, 2017

Contact: Twaun Samuel or Rykia Dorsey

Phone: (202) 225-2201

Rep. Waters’ Statement on the Termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti

WASHINGTONCongresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement in response to the decision announced by Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haiti effective July 22, 2019, following an 18-month delay:

“As a long-time friend of Haiti, I am deeply dismayed by the decision of Elaine Duke, the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti, effective July 22, 2019.  This senseless and heartless decision creates fear and uncertainty for 50,000 Haitians who have been living and working lawfully in the United States for many years.

“Having visited Haiti numerous times during my tenure in Congress, I can say from personal experience that Haiti is in no position to accept the return of 50,000 people over the next 18 months.  Haiti is still struggling to recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake, which killed more than 300,000 people and displaced more than one million people from their homes.  Haiti’s recovery has been hampered by a continuing cholera epidemic and several severe storms, including Hurricane Matthew in October of 2016 and Hurricanes Irma and Maria this year.

“While Secretary Duke stated in her announcement that the number of displaced people in Haiti has decreased by 97 percent since the earthquake, this by no means justifies forcing 50,000 people to return to Haiti, where there is still a severe shortage of housing and widespread unemployment.

“Haitian TPS beneficiaries directly contribute to the American economy.  They work, pay taxes, spend money, and contribute to the Social Security and Medicare systems.  About 30 percent are homeowners, stimulating the real estate industry and paying local property taxes.  One in nine in the labor force is self-employed, and many of them have created jobs for others in their communities.  Indeed, a recent report found that the termination of Haitian TPS would cost the United States $2.8 billion over a decade in lost gross domestic product.

“Haitian TPS beneficiaries have been fully integrated into their communities.  Many of them have children who are U.S. citizens.  They deserve to be treated with compassion and respect.  I will continue working tirelessly to protect all of the law-abiding Haitians who live and work in American communities.”

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Kathleen Sengstock

Senior Legislative Assistant

Rep. Maxine Waters

2221 Rayburn Building

(202) 225-2201


Haiti Action Committee Denounces the Attempted Assassination of Former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide

3-21-2017

_3-20-17_Aristide supporters#3Supporters of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide   Photo courtesy of HaitiInfoProj

See also: Video footage of Aristide supporters just prior to assassination attempt. Video courtesy of Wendy Joseph Lerisse

Yesterday, there was an assassination attempt against former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haiti’s first democratically elected president. President Aristide had been summoned to appear as a witness in a court case. While returning from court, his motorcade was attacked by armed Haitian police. A number of people were injured in the attack. Mass protests against the police broke out immediately.

In the wake of the electoral coup which installed Jovenal Moise, a right-wing protege of former president Michel Martelly, as Haiti’s new president, there has been a marked increase in repression directed against grassroots activists.

This attack on President Aristide signals a new stage of terror in Haiti. It harkens back to the days of the Duvalier dictatorships. Human rights activists and all supporters of democracy in Haiti need to condemn this attempted assassination and demand that those who committed this act be brought to justice.

_3-20-17_fmr pres AristideFormer president Jean-Bertrand Aristide greets thousands of supporters in Port-au-Prince  3-20-17  Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Haiti Action Committee


ASSASSINATION attempt against former president of Haiti, Jean Bertrand Aristide by Haitian National police “BIM” units

 

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Hundreds of thousands of supporters of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide and FANMI LAVALAS were in the streets today, protecting the former president from the murderous  Brigade d’intervention Motorisee or (BIM) unit of the Haitian National Police, responsible for the 3/20/2017 assassination attempt on the former president’s life. Note that their uniforms say SWAT, just like the militarized police that kill Afrikans in the U.S. Photos are courtesy of the Haiti Information Project

Resisting the lynching of Haitian liberty!

Displaying their usual murderous arrogance, U.S./UN trained and supervised Haitian National Police Brigade d’intervention Motorisee (BIM) units attacked the motorcade and supporters of former president of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide in a blatant but failed assassination attempt.

According to eyewitness accounts and reports on Radio Timoun, the former president’s car was fired on as he responded to a fake court summons that we now know was a trap.

Thankfully, hundreds of thousands of people had mobilized to accompany the much beloved former president to the courthouse, and were able to foil the assassination attempt.

The court’s “invitation” was for former President Aristide to appear as a witness in a case that he has nothing to do with. The case in question appears to be a frame up of Jean Anthony Nazaire, one of the defenders of the national palace who was gravely wounded during the failed U.S. instigated, December 17, 2001, coup d’etat  against President Aristide, led by the recently arrested drug running/money laundering, and fraudulently elected ex-senator Guy Phillipe.

There was a great deal of concern that the 10:00 a.m. Monday morning, 3/20/2017 court appearance, though innocently perceived, was a continuance of the state sanctioned persecution of President Aristide and FANMI LAVALAS.

There was therefore, a great deal of concern for the former president’s safety. Many suspected a nefarious purpose behind these repeated excuses to constantly drag him through Haiti’s (in)justice system. As it turns out – again – the instincts and experience of the people were true. As the former president’s car arrived, police opened fire into a huge crowd.

Massive protests against police are gathering in Port au Prince, Haiti in response to the attack on former president Aristide’s motorcade.

Reports are that several supporters and security guards were gravely injured.

FANMI LAVALAS is calling for calm and to avoid police.

Now, more than ever, we must remain vigilante.

 


Alprentice ‘Bunchy’ Carter ‘would have rode with Nat Turner’

Oct. 12 is the birthday of one of the most talented and promising young men martyred in the massive state repression against the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, Alprentice “Bunchy” Carter. Unlike Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver and George Jackson, Carter has almost been forgotten from the history of Africans in America except for diehards. Carter, then 26 (born Oct. 12, 1942), was assassinated on Jan. 17, 1969 in a Campbell Hall classroom at UCLA in Los Angeles.

Source: Alprentice ‘Bunchy’ Carter ‘would have rode with Nat Turner’