Ezili Danto

Ezili Danto
August 01
Ezili Dantò is an award winning playwright, a performance poet, author and human rights attorney. She was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and raised in the USA. She holds a BA from Boston College, a JD from the University of Connecticut School of law. She is a human rights lawyer, cultural and political activist and the founder and president of the Ezili’s Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network (HLLN). She runs the Haitian Perspectives on-line journal and the Ezili Dantò Newsletter. Ezili’s HLLN is the recognized leading and most trustworthy international voice in Haiti advocacy, human rights work, Haiti news and Haiti news analysis. HLLN’s work is central to those concerned with the welfare of the people of Haiti, Haiti capacity building, sovereignty, institutionalization of the rule of law, and justice and peace without occupation or militarization. Ezili Dantò is also an educator who specializes in teaching about the light and beauty of Haitian culture; the Symbolic and Archetypal Nature of Haitian Vodun; the illegality and immorality of forcing neoliberal policies on Haiti and the developing world... Since the UN-imported cholera outbreak on October 2010, Ezili' HLLN has insisted that environmental clean-up, clean water and sanitation are the only permanent solution to stop the UN cholera spread. Zili Dlo is a humanitarian project that provides free clean water. For more go to the Ezili Danto/HLLN websites at http://www.ezilidanto.com/ and http://www.ezilidanto.com/zili

AUGUST 20, 2009 10:44AM

The Kidnapping Coup

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The Kidnapping Coup

A video by Vic Sadot

"The Kidnapping Coup tells the story of the US Bush-Cheney regimes overthrow of democracy in Haiti on Feb 29, 2004. A so-called rebel army was funded and equipped by the US in neighboring Santo Domingo. They invaded and shot a lot of people in several towns. Simultaneously the US invaded Haiti by air and sea and took the capitol city of Port-au-Prince. US marines broke into the Haitian Presidential Palace in the middle of the night. They kidnapped President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his wife Mildred, put them on a US jet, and flew them all the way to the Central Republic of Africa, where they were put under house arrest by a French puppet dictator. Members of the Black Congressional Caucus flew there and demanded the release of Aristide and his wife. They flew to Jamaica, but Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell made threats on sovereign Jamaica. The Aristide family is now in exile in the Republic of South Africa, and Haiti remains under military occupation by the complicit forces of the United Nations."

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In 2007 in Port-de-Paix, Haiti behind the Chief of Polices' desk was a wanted poster of Emmanuel "Dread" Wilme (the UN murdered him in a cold blooded massacre of at least 60 civilians in the shanty town of Sité Soley) -- It should have been a poster for apprehending traitors, killers, drug dealers and poverty pimps Guy Philippe, Louis-Jodel Chamblain, Gerard LaTortue, Andy Apaid and members of the *Democratic* Convergence and members of the death squad FRAPH.


E, e, Mbomba, e, e! Kanga Bafyòti. Kanga Mundele. Kanga Ndòki. Kanga yo!
Dear Ezili,

Thanks for getting my Kidnapping Coup song and music video more widely heard. Here are three links to free mp3 songs of inspiration for Haiti. The first is for an earlier song about Haiti from 1985 called Vive Haiti! It was about the conditions that led "the boat people" to take to the high seas in overcrowded and unseaworthy vessels. The second is a link to the song, The Kidnapping Coup, also free. I'm Comin' Home was written by the great late founder of Louisiana French Zydeco music, Clifton Chenier. Vic Sadot wrote French verses to go with Clifton's English verses and recordedit with the Planete Folle band as the title cut for their 1997 Cajun/Zydeco CD titled Comin' Home. The song takes on new meaning in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and when one considers the great Haitian diaspora.

Bon Courage & Solidarity to you and the great Haitian nation!
End the occupation! Let Aristide return to his country to uplift
the spirit and regain the sovereignty of the people! Vic

Vive Haiti! by Vic Sadot on Last FM Radio in the UK

The Kidnapping Coup by Vic Sadot on Last FM Radio in the UK

I’m Comin’ Home – Clifton Chenier song for his mother/Vic Sadot
Great tune Vic! You always have such a knack at telling an entire story, all packaged into one song! I always learn from listening to your tunes. Thanks for standing up to injustices anywhere you find them. It's just such a shame there's no lack of them, and that it's usually the U.S. somehow behind them.