Lovinsky - Free Lovinsky
Dantò's Note: Bwa Kayiman 2007 and the case of Lovinsky
Pierre Antoine Pierre by
Ezili Dantò, For Haitian
and The FreeHaitiMovement, August 23, 2007
Lovinsky: Fondasyon Kolezepol Pou Sove Ti Moun,
August 13, 2007
9 dead, 25 injured in Hurricane Dean By
Tallahasee.com, August 23, 2007
Trip to Haiti Changes Students,
By Angeline Taylor, Tallahasee.com,
Who benefits from silencing and eliminating Lovinsky
Pierre Antoine? - HLLN continues its coverage and analysis of
the abduction of Lovinksy Pierre Antoine in Haiti
Action Alert on Lovinsky by TASSC - Torture Abolition and Survivors
Support Coalition, August
Lovinsky - Free Lovinsky (Pg.
PressRelease/Urgent Action Requested: Tell whoever has taken Lovinsky
Pierre Antoine that an international audience deeply concerned
about the fate of Lovinsky Pierre Antoine is witnessing their
actions. Help raise the international concern and visibility of
this human rights violation case. Help save the life of Lovinsky
Pierre Antoine, stop his torture, prevent his execution. | HLLN's
Action Requested, August 18, 2007
Ell's interviews with Lovinsky Pierre Antoine, entitled "Sovereignty
and Justice in Haiti," dated Feb. 18 and March 4, 2007
Power of History: Haiti
Abu-Jamal , August 19, 2007
Ayisyen: You Are Not Alone!
Neither Hope nor Progress When the International Community is Running
August 11, 2007
Haitian Prisoner of Conscience returns home : Beloved "Mon Pere"
Jean Juste Come Home, By
Bill Quigley, August 23, 2007
Lies and Real Haiti News, Aug. 12, 2007
Aug. 7, 2007
that old ripped yarn, spinning played out stories in different colors
when not flying on Coast Guard boats sa*iling our ancestor's tear-filled
Black & Moonlight - Carnegie
Hall performance clip
Media Silence on Lovinsky
is MINUSTHA silent about the disappearance of Lovinsky Pierre Antoine?
Line at UN, New York
"...Si nou fè silens,
y ’ap fè l pou nou,
y’ap fè l sans nou
y’ap fè l kont nou...Ki vle di, pran peyi Ayiti lan men
Sixto on Free (Sove) Lovinsky, mp3 (8:19, Emission Fanmi Lavalas New
York, Sept. 16, 2007)
Dantò's Note- Allegedly there's a person who claims he saw Lovinsky
after Lovinsky was taken( mp3/7:08, Emission Fanmi Lavalas, NY, Sept.
de Franklin Ulysse, editorialiste : Ou est passe
Lovinsky Pierre Antoine et qui est le serpent aux lunettes noires?
|(mp3/ 6:29 - Emission Fanmi Lavalas, New York, Sept. 23, 2007)
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group in the world
sends more money
than Haitians living
in the Diaspora
Ezili Dantò's master Haitian dance class (Video clip)
Haitian & West African Dance Troop
Much Like Here- Jazzoetry CD audio clip
group of Haitian migrants arrive in a bus after being
repatriated from the nearby Turks and Caicos Islands,
in Cap-Haitien, northern Haiti, Thursday, May 10, 2007.
They were part of the survivors of a sailing vessel crowded
with Haitian migrants that overturned Friday, May 4 in
moonlit waters a half-mile from shore in shark-infested
waters. Haitian migrants claim a Turks and Caicos naval
vessel rammed their crowded sailboat twice before it capsized.
(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
in the Yellow
Dlo, Nan Ginen
Workshops - See, Red,
Black & Moonlight series or Haitian-West African
of articles written for the October 17, 2006 bicentennial
commemoration of the life and works of Dessalines, I wrote
for HLLN that: "Haiti's liberator and founding father,
Jacques Dessalines, said, "I Want
the Assets of the Country to be Equitably Divided"
and for that he was assassinated by the Mullato sons of France.
was the first coup d'etat, the Haitian holocaust - organized
of the masses, misery, poverty and the impunity of the economic
- continues (with Feb. 29, 2004 marking the 33rd coup d'etat).
Haiti's peoples continue to
resist the return of despots,
tyrants and enslavers who wage war on the poor
majority and Black, contain-them-in poverty through neocolonialism'
debts, "free trade" and foreign "investments."
These neocolonial tyrants refuse to allow an equitable division
of wealth, excluding the majority in Haiti from sharing in
country's wealth and assets." (See
Mundele: Our mission to live free or die trying, Another Haitian
Independence Day under occupation; The
Legacy of Impunity of One Sector-Who killed Dessalines?;
The Legacy of Impunity:The
Neoconlonialist inciting political instability is the problem.
Haiti is underdeveloped in crime, corruption, violence, compared
to other nations,
all, by Marguerite 'Ezili Dantò' Laurent
other national group in the world sends more money than Haitians
living in the Diaspora
Kayiman 2007 and the case of Lovinsky Pierre Antoine,
by Ezili Dantò,
August 23, 2007 for the
and death (in Haiti) meant white profits and sweets...an
axiom commonly used in France at the time of the French Revolution:
"The Ivory Coast is a good mother." What that meant was slavery
and brutality was good for business! ...History is important; it teaches
us why things are the way they are. It teaches not only about yesterday,
but about today." (excerpted from Mumia
Abu-Jamal at prison radio - The Power of History: Haiti |Recorded,
August 19, 2007 - MP3-3:34
Kayiman 2007 and the case of Lovinsky Pierre Antoine
The Two Most Common
Neocolonial Storylines about Haiti
I was just reading news articles on Haiti
as I do every morning and came across an article about some Tallahassee
students from Florida, who got stranded in Haiti because of Hurricane
Dean. Here are some of the major points made in the article:
"They sent relief flights to other Caribbean countries. They wouldn't
send any to Haiti due to so-called 'civil unrest,' Shamair Coward, an
FSU student, said about the airlines.
“Even though (the five U.S. students) didn't see any civil unrest
in the country where they had been offering medical assistance, they
were stranded....But, their experience changed them and each said they
will return. Lewin, Coward and Ruscher said they couldn't adequately
convey the level of poverty they witnessed.
"The vast majority of the people were just trying to get through
the day," Lewin said. "You can never judge people by your
perceptions or the reality of your life. Most people are exactly like
“The Rotary-sponsored Rotaract Club went to Haiti as part of Project
Medishare - a nonprofit organization serving Haiti's Central Plateau
region with basic health-care needs. The trip was Rotaract Club's first
service project. Haiti's mountains saved them from Hurricane Dean. "Thank
God the hurricane didn't hit Haiti," Ruscher said.
She said she felt bad for areas that got hit. She didn't see how Haiti's
village of Thomonde with its stick-like houses and no doors could weather
a Category 5 hurricane.
"They didn't have anything but they were proud of what they have,"
"In a world where there's so much advancement and technology, people
are still just looking for food to eat," she said." (See,
to Haiti changes students" By Angeline Taylor)
There are perhaps two common
stories about Haiti that are retold ad nausea:
One is, the convenient black-on-black crime dismissal
where the manipulated Haiti image displays the fighting
"troubled" Haitians with the "winner take
all politics and attitudes" who won't allow Western countries to
help them modernized and who are continually killing each other in "civil
unrest" and who simply cannot absorb foreign aid or effectively
use the generous help provided by the benevolent,
heroic and wealthier U.S./Euro white world.
The Tallahassee students' article ("Trip
to Haiti changes students") is a good example of the
second common news story on the "needy (and pitiful but proud)
Haitians" of Haiti.
That article tells the perpetual story of the poor, pitiful, proud and
victimized Haitians and of the young, innocent, compassionate white
American come to “do good” in Haiti. It's a true article
and I've read a thousand of them with different faces, same storyline
One group is heroic and self-less (the aid racket group). The other grouping is helpless and proud victim
and forever shall that be, as is intended, by the powers always not
allowing there to be any relief from these pre-ordained roles and the
racists and cultural biases it extends about Haitians from the time
Africa instead of Europe at Bwa Kayiman, on August 14, 1791.
What such stories don't tell, is most important. Why didn't American
Airlines send relief flights to Haiti? Why didn't the journalist question
American Airlines on this "civil unrest" their claiming, when
the eyewitness - the students in the story - say, they "didn't
see any civil unrest in the country." Why didn't the journalist
report on the hundreds of Haitians with tickets from American Airlines,
living abroad, who were stranded with no way of getting back to their
families, children, work and livelihoods abroad and who, as a result
of American Airlines' failure to send relief flights to Haiti, lost
their jobs, suffered unendurably and were irreversibly affected by American
Airlines' malevolence? (9 Haitians dead, one disappearance 25 injured in Hurricane Dean; No
other national group anywhere in the world sends money home in higher
proportion than Haitians living abroad.)
Is Haitian life so valueless that the reporting journalist can comfortably
report on the white students' "do-good" works, compassion
and "suffering from being stranded in Haiti", but not even
inquire about the Haitians who actually died, lost homes, livelihoods,
saved and rescued each other during the storm? Why isn't there even
one line to mention those Haitians living abroad, also visiting Haiti,
to serve their own sister, brothers, friends and relatives,
but who, having no money or Rotary Club to help defray their extra expenses,
suffered comparatively much, much more from the ravages of Hurricane
Dean, but who will be back again, next month, regardless of American
Airlines' humiliating them year after year, voyage after voyage, while
always taking their monies, always providing racist and unprofessional
service to Black Haiti and Haitians? Why ignore that the students went
for the fun, challenge, adventure and the boost in serotonin-consumption
and the Haitians went because dignity and survival requires it and mostly
they must take care of family.
Because such inquiries wouldn't assist the feel-good for-one-group
point of the story; because the truth about Haiti's pain and the profit-over-people-white-folks,
the poverty pimps and their black overseers, who masturbate on Haiti's
Black pain is not what these stories
want to convey.
Moreover, these stories won't convey this: how the poverty in Haiti
by their own mean-spirited powerful Western governments. How there are more "compassionate" NGOs in Haiti than anywhere
else in the world. How this aid has never changed the storylines for
For there are constant stories such as this, where compassionate
Westerners go to Haiti for the first time, are "changed,"
become "more compassionate" and are compelled to "return
to Haiti to-do-more-good." Yet, Haiti's containment in poverty
has gone on, for the majority of Haitians, for over two hundred years.
And, as the article points out: "In a world where there's so much advancement and technology, people are still just looking for food to
What is going on?
Why, if there are more NGO's and such charitable non-profit organizations
concentrated in Haiti than anywhere else in the world? Why, if these
compassionate Westerners are continually returning to do "good"
in Haiti, for over 200-years, have there not been any significant advancements
made and the vast majority of Haitians in Haiti are poor and still just
looking for food to eat?
Because only the wilfully blind or naïve believe that whitefolks
agenda in Haiti has anything to do with promoting democracy, development,
compassion, freedom of expression and good governance.
Because the same ruling and "civilized
white" folks who wouldn't send relief flights to Haiti
so these U.S. students could get home are the same mindsets of peoples
who own the countries Haiti had beat in combat and who still extend
their wrath on Haitians whether it is to refuse to send relief flights
after a hurricane or by their 33 negative foreign interventions to destroy
whatever structures Haitians had built, sponsoring themselves those
civil unrest/coup d'etats on Haiti to continue to punish Haitians in
all sorts of ways and thereby maintain those two storylines intact,
until eternity comes.
Haiti is always being belittled and ostracized by those powers. (See,
Lies and Real Haiti News).
The neocolonial storylines serve and reinforce the white settlers' Tarzan/Superman
mythical compassion, sacrifice and heroism towards needy Black Haitians/Africans
and to blunt and obfuscate the truth of U.S./Euro corporate, governmental
and imperial bullying, injustice and barbarity in Haiti. These storylines
extend white hypocrisy to the nth degree, fostering the "godliness"
of the Westerner convincing himself he bore the brunt of the ravages
of Haiti's struggles and "helped" the needy Haitians. When
the uncomplicated truth is that it's
white systemic tyranny, ethnocentricity and neocolonialism and
its consequences of underdevelopment in Haiti that leaves Haitians without
access, opportunity and the material structures to protect themselves
against acts of nature such as Hurricane Dean. Nowhere in these storylines
will you learn how the U.S. citizen's individual compassion (sincere
as it may well be for some) extends dependency, paternalism and
co-exists and is vastly overwhelmed
by the white settlers' official and systemic, political, military, diplomatic,
media and corporate tyranny and economic exploitation of Haiti and Haitians.
But Haitians are not as pitiful as being trumpeted by these neocolonial
storylines. For, it may be observed that Haitians are so powerful that
the greatest superpowers on earth and their mainstream medias spend
their printing space spreading these two storylines and half truths
on Haiti, in willing efforts, to ignore, diminish and re-cast Haiti's
noble David-against-Goliath-Herculean struggle. (See, I
pay this price for you and US
False Benevolence in Haiti.*)
This reality also brings to mind that we are in the month of August
and that August 14, 2007 marked the anniversary of the ceremony that
began the Haitian revolution where Haitians forever changed world history,
annihilated (for a time) those two storylines and broke their chains
themselves, found “relief flights” for themselves. It reminds
me that though Haiti still suffers for that great feat everyday, and
in a myriad of ways, it can never actually be undone.
Remembering the price Haitians pay for saving themselves-Remembering
Lovinsky Pierre Antoine and Boukman's Prayer
To remember why these Western storylines still exist, why tiny Haiti
is under such a brutal Western occupation today...and, to recall and
celebrate it is because we Dessalines-Haitians are STILL who we are,
every August, »zili's Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network ("HLLN")
Prayer at Bwa
Kayiman and commemorates Bwa Kayiman for the FreeHaitiMovement.
This August, we also take the opportunity to thank all those who are
standing up for Lovinsky Pierre Antoine, a tireless Haitian human rights
advocate who went missing on August 12, 2007. (Who
benefits from silencing and eliminating Lovinsky Pierre Antoine? - HLLN
continues its coverage and analysis of the abduction of Lovinksy Pierre
Antoine in Haiti;
It's Neither Hope nor Progress When the International Community is Running
As it happens, this past August 14, 2007, HLLN was busy working on getting
information to share with the Network on Lovinsky's disappearance. Today
we catch up by featuring bothLovinsky
Pierre Antoine and Ceremony
Bwa Kayiman in this annual HLLN post.
And ask, once again, for all of you receiving this email to write, fax,
call, insist, tell whoever it is that is trying to silence this Haitian
voice, tell whoever it is who has taken Lovinsky Pierre Antoine that
an international audience deeply concerned about the fate of Lovinsky
Pierre Antoine is witnessing their actions. Help HLLN raise the international
concern and visibility of this human rights violation case. Help save
the life of Lovinsky Pierre Antoine, stop his torture, prevent
his execution by the traditional imperialist powers so fearful of Black
sovereignty and authentic Haitianist development.
On August 14, 1791, a Vodun ceremony was held in Haiti at Bwa Kayiman
that began the successful Haitian revolution and got rid of both European
enslavement of Africans in Haiti and colonialism. The word "Vodun"
means "sacred energies" in the Fon African language. It was
at Bwa Kayiman that a "lwa," meaning "an irreducible
essence," called “Ezili Dantò” and known in
Haitian mythology and in the Vodun living religion, as the mother warrior/love
goddess, danced in the head of a Haitian priestess named Cecile Fatiman
who presided at that great gathering of the amalgamated African tribes
in Haiti. (Èzili
Dantò 1971 bio; Haiti
Divine Mother - Ezili Dantò, Asset, Isis.)
Below, after Boukman's Prayer, are monologues on Bwa Kayiman, written
Dantò, president of the Haitian Lawyers Leadership
Network (HLLN), writer and award winning performance poet. (Carnegie
Hall clip; Red, Black & Moonlight video
reel; and Red, Black & Moonlight: Memoir
of a Poet (Special Edition) - A Burnt Offering to the Ancestors
Nou lèd, nou
la - we are ugly to the white settlers, but we are still here.
Nou La. Nou pap bay
Lovinsky Pierre Antoine's work
shall be taken up by a thousand other Haitians. No compassionate white
settler (no matter how sincere, aware/unaware); no poverty-NGO-or-Western-governmental-pimps
may ever supplant the noble life force of Haitians like Makandal, Boukman,
Kapwa Lamò, Dessalines, Defile, Mari Jann, Toya, Charlemagne
Peralte, Dred Wilmè... and all Haitians who rescue themselves,
paid and are paying the ultimate price to rescue the dignity of the
Africans in Haiti from the systemic brutality, tyranny and even "good
intentions" of the white settlers.
One day, the new Rochambeaus shall bow and recognize.
But Haitians don't live for that day. No. In this season, like Lovinsky
Pierre Antoine, we are disappeared, ostracized, kidnapped**, belittled
or summarily executed as "bandits" and "gangsters"
by the Western authorities and their black overseers for claiming our
humanity, right to self-reliance, self-defense, self-determination,
equitable economic distribution and freedom from Western definitions,
development and "rescue". If the Vodun Lwa yo- irreducible
human essences - could be disappeared, ostracized, kidnapped, belittled
or summarily executed as bandits and gangsters, Dessalines' Haitians
would, in this unendurably cruel season in time, have good cause to
Contradictions, paradoxes, dichotomies, the non-linear and serpentine
path are our forte, don't immobilize most Haitians and give us an aneurysm
as it seems to give the white settlers putting forward these facile,
self-serving, un-nuanced ejaculations on Haiti and on the American narratives
about the Westerners' shadow-less, un-biased and compassionate interactions
with Black Haiti. Generally Haitians
have always seen how