Ezili Danto

Ezili Danto
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August 01
Bio
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

FEBRUARY 17, 2010 3:00PM

Sarkozy's visit to Haiti, Independence Debt and Sovereignty

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Sarkozy's visit to Haiti: A Buzzard Looking For a Free Meal? But Haitians Demand Back The Independence Debt and Claim Haiti's Sovereignty

The Common Buzzard in flight
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"The bad omen continues for Haiti with the first ever visit to Haiti, on February 17, 2010, by a French President. France's Nicholas Sarkozy's arrived today in Westernquake shattered Haiti and was greeted by puppet Haitian President Rene Preval as a brass band played the Marseillaise! He toured a French field hospital, had a news conference on the grounds of the collapsed Haiti National Palace, and surveyed the millions of suffering descendants of the African warriors who defeated his nation in combat through the door of a helicopter, like a flying buzzard circling the air, looking for a free meal... "

QUESTION to HLLN: on Sarkozy's visit today, February 17, 2010 – “What kind of response if any should be made by all of us who wish to see the repayment of the money owed by France to Haiti and other issues that are offending the rights and freedoms of the people of Haiti, and most importantly the state of the relief efforts?”
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QUESTION to HLLN:
1) on Sarkozy's historic visit to Haiti, the Independence Debt and 2) on solidarity with regards to relief and rebuilding with human rights and dignity


Wednesday, February 17, 2010 3:08 AM
From: rc
To: Ezili Danto

There is a very recent report that the Canadian government is to build a new office for the Haitian government from which there can be a central and coordinated relief effort in response to the disaster and secondly that Sarkozy is due to visit Haiti any day now. What kind of response if any should be made by all of us who wish to see the repayment of the money owed by France to Haiti and other issues that are offending the rights and freedoms of the people of Haiti, and most importantly the state of the relief efforts?

rc


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HLLN Response:


- QUESTION: 1) on Sarkozy's visit to Haiti, the first ever visit to Haiti by a French president and the Independence Debt


In December, 2009, I wrote in "The Slavery in Haiti the Media Won't Expose," that:

"Haiti is destroyed by its ceaseless independence debt now being extorted by the powerful through neo-liberal economic policies; ravaged by the eleven to thirteen mercenary families - the US/Euro subcontractors in Haiti - who, with the complicity of the US/Euros and their coup d'etats exclude the majority, own most of the country's wealth while the majority starve and live in utter misery and poverty. Haiti is ravaged by this tyranny of the rich, through their unfair trade, the fraud and corruption of false aid, false benevolence, false charity, false food aid, and the false Christian missions whose help mostly don't reach the intended poorest of the poor but services the rich, kolon blan, kolon nwa and the global elite's agenda of keeping Haiti in debt and contained-in-poverty." (The Slavery in Haiti the Media Won't Expose and Care for Haiti -Humanitarian imperialism-a phenomenon that needs
to be understood and unmasked by all who care to safeguard life.)
President Jean Bertrand Aristide, the Constitutionally and duly elected Haitian president, was the first President in Haitian history to, as a matter of honor and justice, demand that France repay the $22 billion Independence Debt it extorted, at gunpoint, from defenseless Haiti with the approval and complicity of the other Euro/American settlers and countries.

In 1825, under the threat of re-enslavement and with 12 warships armed with 500 canons, France blackmailed Haiti into agreeing to pay a bounty of 150 million Gold Francs for the lost of men, women and children they had deemed to be "French property" (slaves). (Open Letter to the People of France .)

"The case for restitution was launched by President Jean Bertrand Aristide on April 7, 2003 during the Bicentennial commemoration of the death of Toussaint Louverture. This demand, formulated in the presence of the people of Haiti, the dignified heirs of our ancestors, and in front of MUPANAH (Musèe du Panthèon National Haitien - The Haitian National Pantheon Museum) where the immortal souls of the Black race repose in respect and dignity. Past and present were intimately linked for a historic projection to the future." (http://bit.ly/9IHVMK)

It took Haiti 122 years to pay this mafia debt, the last slave-trade payment was made by tiny Haiti to the most powerful country on earth, the United States of America in 1947. This endless debt permanently impoverished Haiti.

The Haitian people’s request for restitution of the $22 billion is part of the reason for the second coup d'etat and the current occupation of Haiti by the US, France and Canada through their UN military proxy. (Read more about the Independence Debt at - Demand France Pay back the $22Billion Independence Debt and at Campaign 7 .)

On April 15, 2004, a mere month after the 2004 Coup D'etat/Bush regime change in Haiti, ex-colonial authority and enslaver of Haitian people, France, sent their French Minister of Defense as the first French dignitary of high rank to come to Haiti since the triumph of the anti-slavery, anti-colonialism, anti-profit-over-people Haiti revolution in 1803 to visit Haiti. As one Haitian lawyer remarked at that time "All the sons and daughters of Janjak Desalin not suffering from amnesia, all the sons and daughters of the colonists enlivened with a liberation spirit, watched this shameful French pageantry in shock and horror."

Most conscious Haitians saw it as France's not too subtle further pummeling of Haiti's disenfranchised majority to gleefully celebrate, on the sacred year of Haiti's bicentennial, their victory at landing French soldiers on Haitian soil, for the first time since the African warriors of Haiti beat them out of Haiti, in combat, in 1803. The French minister's visit was an occurrence that had not taken place in 200 years of Haitian history and sovereignty. (See, Haiti, The Rebel and Vertieres - The Greatest Battle ever Fought.)

During that bad-omen-visit, Gerard Latortue, the US-imposed Prime Minister to Haiti from Jeb Bush's Florida, used the inauspicious occasion to publicly and pompously declare that HE was voiding President Aristide's and the Haitian people's demand that France pay back the Independence Debt.

At that point, Ezili's HLLN wrote:

"Mr. Gerald Latorture is legally incompetent, as a Prime Minister and an un-Constitutional Prime Minister at that! to annul, by a statement, actions taken by a democratically elected Haitian head of state." (See, Haitian Lawyer's Leadership Decries Gerald Larorture's Legal Competence to Denounce the $22 Billion Owed Haiti by France , 2004.)

The bad omen continues for Haiti with the first ever visit, on February 17, 2010, by a French President. Nicholas Sarkozy's landed today in Westernquake-shattered Haiti and was greeted by puppet Haitian President Rene Preval as a brass band played the Marseillaise. He toured a French field hospital, had a news conference on the grounds of the collapsed Haiti National Palace, and surveyed the millions of suffering descendants of the African warriors who defeated his nation in combat through the door of a helicopter, like a flying buzzard circling the air, looking for a free meal down below. ( French President Sarkozy arrives in Haiti (AP), Feb. 17, 2010 and France's Sarkozy visits earthquake-ravaged Haiti .)

In Le Rwanda et Haiti 12 ans après, Stanley Lucas, former head of the International Republican Institute ("IRI") explained why Rwanda, known for getting rid of almost one million of its own people, in less than one year, is his inspiration and the model for "progress" that Haiti should emulate! IRI is headed by ex-presidential candidate Republican John McCain. (See, IRI's former head man, Stanley Lucas, inspired by Rwanda ; Edwidge Lalanne says 5% of the population (450,000) of Site Soley should be physically eliminated (in French) ; Johanna Mendelson, UN/USAID/USIP consultant says Haiti is a menace to its neighbors, Oct. 25, 2006 Alterpress (in French) ; HLLN's comments on the Edwidge Lalanne Declaration to exterminate 5% of Site Soley.)

France, along with the United States and Canada, have had control of Haiti for six-years now since they removed Haiti’s democratically elected government in 2004. Haitian life for the poor masses has been an unmitigated tyranny ever since. Paralleling only the first US occupation in 1915. And their man-made coup d’etat’s, weakening of Haiti’s government and control of Haiti when scientists actually predicted an earthquake, is perhaps instructive on how to bring a recalcitrant country under the IMF/WB fold that they’ve now got Rwanda under. For the earthquake and subsequent militarization of aid, with no rescue or relief may be seen as but the Disaster Capitalism way to finally attain the Rwanda-like result of one-million summary depopulation of Haiti they and their Washington Haiti Democracy Project group, have been gunning for. (IRI's former head man, Stanley Lucas, inspired by Rwanda and Coincidence or Intentional? - Is there an International plan to depopulate and exterminate a large portion of Haiti's population? by Ezili Dantò, November (4), 2006.)


What Can You Do:

on the occasion of French President, Nicholas Sarkozy's visit to Haiti? The first visit ever by a French president to Haiti since the African warriors got rid of their human trafficking trade, enslavement and colonialism?

Stand in solidarity with the oppressed and disenfranchised Haitian masses, the hurting and wounded earthquake victims who have been struggling against re-colonization, re-enslavement and financial colonialism for centuries:

1. Demand an end to the occupation of Haiti by the US, France, Canada and UN, now. And return of the Independence Debt from France. See, HLLN's Campaign Seven - (scroll down to #7.)

2. Sign our petition demanding return of the Independence Debt

3. Send letters to your nearest French Embassy or consulate with an open letter copy to Sarkozy. Mail copies to the international media, near and far.

4. Write Op-eds on the matter.

Demand French troops out of Haiti, return of the Independence Debt.
See, HLLN's Campaign Seven - (scroll down to #7.)


Since the 2004 coup d’etat, Ezili’s HLLN has asked those organization or individuals who have joined the Listserve or the FreeHaitiMovement to participate: on Oct. 17, May 18, July 6 and August 14. In addition to those dates, Ezili's HLLN pays special attention to November 18 (Vertieres) and January 1st (Independence Day) and ask our FreeHaitiMovement sponsors and endorsers to send letters to France at least on these two days of the year demanding France pay Haiti back the Independence Debt. (See sample letter to France ; Open Letter to the People of France ; read about the Independence Debt at France, Vertieres and Ayisyen Ginen; and Haiti's Holocaust and Middle Passage Continues .)


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"I don't know why it is...but since the beginning of time Haitians have been suffering" --- Haitian migrant, 2009
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500 lane depi w (blan kolon) vle efase n. Jodi a ou vle m kwè se
sèl ou ki ka sove n
--- Edike from Daniel 'Dadi' Beaubrun's Lataye (buy album)

[English - "For 500 years the whites (settlers/colonists) have tried to erase us. Today they want us to believe they're the only ones who can save us" --- Edike from Daniel 'Dadi' Beaubrun's Lataye (buy album)]
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Please sign our on-line petition demanding France pay Haiti back the $22 billion for the Independence Debt

On-line Petition - in English
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/restitution4haiti/

On-line Petition - In French
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/restitutionpourhaiti/

On-line Petition - In Kreyol
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/Restitisyonpouayiti/)

Send letters to your nearest French Embassy or consulate with an open letter copy to Sarkozy. Mail copies to the international media, near and far. Write Op-eds on the matter.


Campaign Seven - Pursue the 21.8 billion owed by France

HLLN Statement Denies Gerald Latortue's Legal Competence to denounce the $22 billion owed Haiti by France - May 12, 2004

Open Letter to the People of France

English
French
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If you have any question about the Independence Debt, the petition, the Letter to France or, for more information, please contact our campaign 7 Leadership Network Coordinator, Mr. Jean St. Vil (Jafrikayiti) | E-mail: Jafrikayiti@hotmail.com. website: jafrikayiti.com. Thank you.

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- QUESTION: 2) on solidarity with regards to relief without further entrenchment of the US/Euro occupation, that respects Haitian sovereignty and rebuilding with human rights and dignity


Please support and use Ezili/HLLN's 14-points on Conscious Relief and Rebuilding with Human Rights And Dignity.

We shall be finalizing these points in the coming days, (so check the link for any updates) and asking for organizations to sign on to support these 14-points for mobilizing conscious Haiti relief, recovery, rebuilding with human rights and dignity.


Thank you for the questions rc.


Ezili Dantò of HLLN
Ginen Poze

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Forwarded by Ezili's Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
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Recommended HLLN Link:
HLLN Campaign Seven - Demand France Pay back the $22Billion Independence Debt: France Vertieres and Ayisyen Ginen


The Haitian struggle: the greatest David vs. Goliath battle being played out on this planet


How to Create a New Paradigm

A message to Paul Farmer, the Senate, Dobbins & Francois


The Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network ("HLLN" ) advocates for:

1. Haitian sovereignty and authentic domestic development through the
FreeHaitiMovement
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2. Conducts The-to-tell-the-truth-about Haiti Forums

3. Giving the Black warrior mother her voice back and,

4. Elevating Janjak Desalin and the amalgamated African tribe's triumph for universal freedom.

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Bio of Ezili Dantò in 1791 and the Three ideals of
Dessalines



For more Background, go to:
Haiti Policy Statement for the Obama Team
updated after the earthquake at - Ezili's HLLN 14-Points for the Voiceless in Haiti: Sovereignty, Disaster relief, Rebuilding with Dignity and Human Rights

 

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I don't think that I would call a whole nation a "sideshow," but I agree that musicians becoming political leaders is a bit unprecedented. I do hope he does a good job if elected--he's talking a lot about "good governance," which is a U.S. political buzzword that skirts around the issue of the form of government and focuses more on the benefit of the citizens involved in the process.
My family and I donated a lot to Haiti and even tried to go there to help with the relief, but they wouldn't let us go there because they said it was too dangerous. I hear things are still pretty bad so I hope we can go there one day when things get safer.
This men don`t know the word independence....