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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

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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’


Mostly White University of Michigan Students Debate if BLM is ‘Harmful to Race Relations’, Then this Happens  – Atlanta Black Star

On Sept. 27, the Michigan Political Union at the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus held a public forum debating whether “Black Lives Matter is harm

Source: Mostly White University of Michigan Students Debate if BLM is ‘Harmful to Race Relations’, Then this Happens  – Atlanta Black Star


Cop Cleared in Freddie Gray Death to Get $127K Back Pay

The highest-ranking Baltimore police officer acquitted in the death of Freddie Gray will likely receive more than $100,000 in back pay.

Source: Cop Cleared in Freddie Gray Death to Get $127K Back Pay


Boxing Insider Interview with Raquel Miller – BoxingInsider.com

BOXING INSIDER INTERVIEW WITH RAQUEL MILLER By: John Freund On Saturday, August 6th, Bay Area native Raquel “Pretty Beast” Miller squares off against Gabri

Source: Boxing Insider Interview with Raquel Miller – BoxingInsider.com


St. Louis journalist reportedly fired after Facebook post on Michael Brown’s mom

The National Association of Black Journalists called the comments “reprehensible”: “An apology was not enough”

Source: St. Louis journalist reportedly fired after Facebook post on Michael Brown’s mom


Haiti 101 Years After US Invasion, Still Resisting Domination

US invaded and occupied Haiti 101 years ago today, and remained there for nineteen years. Accomplishments of the occupation include raiding the Haitian National Bank, re-instituting forced labor, e…

Source: Haiti 101 Years After US Invasion, Still Resisting Domination