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!
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.
Haiti Action Committee • PO Box 2040, Berkeley, CA 94702 • For more information, call: 510-483-7481
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!
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 email@example.com
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
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
* 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
Haiti Action Committee Denounces the Attempted Assassination of Former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide
Supporters 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.
Former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide greets thousands of supporters in Port-au-Prince 3-20-17 Photo courtesy of Getty Images
Also watch Kevin Pina’s latest documentary “Haiti: We Must Kill the Bandits”: http://bit.ly/eWFDLd
Few Haitians, scholars and historians have had the opportunity to hear and study the full speech of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide on September 27, 1991. The speech was mired in controversy after Raymond Joseph, current Haitian ambassador to Washington D.C. but then Publisher of the right-wing newspaper Haiti Observateur, released a slanted translation. The translation was circulated by Ellen Cosgrove, the political officer of the U.S. Embassy in 1991, to the international press as proof that Aristide supported “pe lebrun” or necklacing with burning tires doused with gasoline. Other translators and scholars have criticized Joseph and the U.S. for that slant countering that Aristide’s reference to “tool” and “smell” were colorful Kreyol metaphors describing Haiti’s constitution. They say this only becomes clear when heard in the context of the entire speech.
The political context of the speech is equally important as it follows an attempt by the Duavlierists and Roger Lafontant to overthrow Aristide’s government in a coup only three months earlier. Aristide was caught between plots by Duvalierists aligned with Haiti’s wealthy elite and the violent reaction and impulses of the Haitian masses to decades of brutal repression known as dechoukaj.
The military coup that overthrew Aristide began on September 29, 1991, two days after he delivered this speech. The Joseph translation of the speech was handed out by Ellen Cosgrove to the press on October 7, 1991 during a visit by the Organization of American States (OAS) to Haiti.
This speech would be referred to many times, including in the present context, to justify keeping Aristide out of politics and the violent repression of Haiti’s poor masses represented by the Lavalas movement.
Kevin Pina and the Haiti Information Project (HIP) now offer for history the complete unedited speech in Kreyol as it was videotaped that day in Sept. 1991.