HLLN Pays Homage to Father Gerard Jean Juste
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Tribute to Father Gerard Jean Juste - Father of the Juste by Professor Bell Angelot, May 27, 2009

Interview with Lavarice Gaudin on Father Jean Juste's life and death, May 29, 2009, Lakounewyork with Dahoud and Manno (in Kreyòl, 15:19/slighly edited by HLLN)


Lucie Tondreau on Father Jean Juste's life and death, May 31, 2009, RadioKajou with Sanit Belè (Kreyòl)

Père Jean Juste, Paire des gens Justes
Par Professeur Bell Angelot, mercredi 27 mai 2009

Hommage du President Jean Betrand Aristide a Gerard Jean Juste, Pretoria Africa, May 28, 2009
(Audio Recording of President Aristide Message - MP3)


Press Release -
The death of Father Jean Juste
from Jack Lieberman, May 27, 2009


Pè Jean-Juste pa bezwen labsout!
Travay Jean Saint-Vil, May 28, 2009

Father Gerard Jean-Juste, famous Haitian priest, tireless Haiti activist and former prisoner of conscience under Bush 2004 regime change, dies:

- Statements from father Jean Juste from Jail, 2005

- Father Gèrard Jean Juste


Haiti, Obama's Offered HOPE is Sweatshop Slavery by Marguerite "Ezili Dantò' Laurent, Haitian Perspectives, April 5, 2009


Interview (in English - 34:03) with Ezili Dantò on Mining of Haiti Resources and Riches

HLLN on the report that 30,000 Haitians have been ordered deported by US Federal immigration judges

Haiti Policy Statement for the Obama Team

What Haitian Americans Ask of the New US Congress and President

HLLN comment on new IMF figures indicating Haiti is no longer the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere

The Audacity of Hopelessness
by John Maxwell, April 5, 2009

Haiti's Riches - expose the false stereotypes

Mèsi Pè Jan Jis travay Père Renaud François

Dessalines Is Rising!!
Ayisyen: You Are Not Alone!



PhotoGallery/Guest Book/Family Website - Father of the Juste, at No Justice No Peace Haiti.org, June 10, 2009

Written by Jean-Claude Martineau/Koralen, sung by Carole Demesmin- Yon Mapou Tonbe



Omaj pou pè Jan Jis
Travay Mod Jan-Michel (Sanit Belè), May 29, 2009, Audio recording

Mapou a Fek Kare Boujonnen
Travay Jean Laurent, May 28, 2009


The Rev. Gérard Jean-Juste, Champion of Haitian Rights in U.S. , Dies at 62 | New York Times, May 29, 2009

Priest Devoted Life To Haitian Refugees By Patricia Sullivan,
Washington Post, May 29, 2009
R.I.P. Gerard Jean-Juste, Pere, Haiti Hero, Dick Bernard, May 28, 2009

Pointing Guns at Starving Haitians: Violent Haiti is a myth

Our Condolences, Vladimir Leon, Haitian American Network and Business Foundation, May 28, 2009


My sincere condolences, Sonny Seraphin, May 28, 2009


Condoleances aux parents et amis du Reverend Gerard Jean Juste, uhauhec dennis , May 28, 2009


Father Jean Juste’s Message to the Diaspora, especially to New York where the most Haitians live – Protest the UN killings going on in Haiti, you have rights in the US that we don’t have here…Fòk nou leve Kanpe, nou mènm nou gen dwa o zetazini, leve kanpe pou dwa nou ... (Lakounewyork interview, July 18, 2005)

Interview with Lavarice Gaudin on Father Jean Juste's life and death, May 29, 2009, Lakounewyork with Dahoud and Manno (15:19/slighly edited by HLLN)


Audio Recording from Flashpoint with intro by Kevin Pina - This is a clip of Dennis Bernstein interviewing a wounded and handcuffed Father Jean Juste in the process of his first arrest after 2004 Bush Regime change in Haiti on Oct 13 2004


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The Rev. Gérard Jean-Juste, Champion of Haitian Rights in U.S. , Dies at 62 - New York Times, May 29, 2009


HLLN honors Father Gerard Jean Juste


Omaj pou pè Jan Jis
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Ezili Dantò’s Note:

HLLN honors Father Gerard Jean Juste
The road is long and hard, his shadow gave us shelter, rest and comfort. But now, he’s gone. He did not deserve this end - li kite rès la pou nou menm – he’s left the rest to us.

I had thought after living through two US-sponsored Coup D’etats in Haiti, their death squads’ persecution of the Haitian populace; after hitting our heads against the wall of media lies and State Department spins on the second foreign-ouster of President Jean Bertrand Aristide; after advocating for the many still languishing in UN-occupied-Haiti jails since the 2004 Bush Haiti Regime Change, and meagerly comforting those in exile without papers, giving voice to the hurt and humiliation of the Haitian struggle, enduring the vilifications of the rich, pretentious but ignorant, the charity of the so-called “well-intentioned” and after living through decades upon decades of helplessly watching Haitians capsized on overloaded boats in shark-infested waters, asylum, equal treatment and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) still denied, I had thought, after all this, we-Haitians have surely exhausted all tears.

But the circumstances that herald the death of Father Gerard Jean Juste’s death prove there are still some tears left. From Miami, to Canada, to New York, to Haiti, the sorrow flows. And I cannot, right now, on the day after his death, put the right words together that would make sense of the senseless - the heart-wrenching persecution and coup d’etat imprisonments that led to the deterioration of his health, subsequent hospitalizations and then his death. How do we tell the world about Father Jean Juste? How do I tell of his kindness to a young Haitian-American lawyer, fourteen years ago, in Haiti, who knew nothing about the journey she was about to undertake, but which he had already mastered. How do we give meaning to his life and works? His tireless advocacy for immigration rights for 15-years in Miami before he left in 1991 to return to Haiti and to endure, with the people of Haiti, two post-Duvalier coup d'etat persecutions. Perhaps it’s just as well that I simply sank my head in my hands, let the headache pounding in my skull rage on and the tears fall. They killed him. I’m so tired for us all. I’ve not the words, except to say we shall fight from one generation to the next until Dessalines’ children and lands are free, its resources benefiting Africa’s child.

But, of course, that’s not enough. Father Jean Juste did not deserve the suffering visited upon him, especially these last five years of Haiti’s nightmare. He surely now requires that we all stay strong. For he said, before he died, that he’d left “the rest to us” – “Mwen kite rès la pou nou menm.” So, you cannot imagine how thankful I am to lift up my head and share the tribute below with you, in gratitude. Yes, our grief must wait, for he left the rest to us, as he said. And a brilliant man that we, at Ezili’s HLLN admire and are privilege to call friend, mentor and supporter, has indeed written a sound introduction and tribute, to the extent that that’s even possible at all, to honor this great soldier of peace and justice, our Gerard Jean Juste. So, what I can do is stop crying for all that we’ve lost and are losing every Haitian day under UN-occupation, endless IMF/WB debt, foreign domination, pillage and containment-in-poverty, and translate this tribute from the French original into English, not word-for-word, but with my heart.

The essay below was written on May 27, 2009, the day of his death, as a tribute to Father Jean Juste by the Haitian lawyer, scholar and our honored friend, Professor Bell Angelot, of the Haitian Center for Research and Social Science Investigations. The original French is attached; any errors of translation are solely that of the undersigned, so I urge you to refer to the original for proper sourcing.


Lavarice Gaudin and all at Father Jean Juste's Veye Yo organization in Miami, you are in our prayers. Lavarice we hurt for your personal lost of a man whose journey you shared on a daily basis. Sincere condolences also to all of Haiti’s peoples, at home and abroad, but especially the persecuted in Site Soley, whose massive demonstrations against the 2004 coup d’etat, the Latortue Boca Raton regime and President Aristide’s exile and deportation from Haiti, Father Gerard Jean Juste, led.

We at HLLN, share all your tears, your sorrows and extend our deepest condolences to you and his personal family, brothers, sisters, friends and to all, of every nationality and creed, who stood in solidarity with Haiti. We at HLLN, who helped campaign for Father Gerard Jean Juste’s release from prison twice, we who have dwell under the shadow
of this mighty Haitian soldier for peace, for inclusion and for justice know that Father Jean Juste's life and struggles touched and inspired folks worldwide. We send our condolences to Bill Quigley, the white American lawyer, one of Father Jean Juste's best friends, who kneeled in prayer with Père Jean Juste in that Church as the coup d'etat folks, brought to power by Bush Regime change, beat and spit on them both, right before the UN soldiers put Father Jean Juste in handcuffs and cast him into the prison that would destroy his health and thus eventually his life. We recall, it was Dr. Paul Farmer's sneaking into that prison to take blood samples that would eventually prove Father Jean Juste required immediate medical attention for Leukemia and thus had to be released from his second unlawful incarceration. We recall the lone Haitian woman in that Catholic Church, filled with well-dressed Christians, who prevented Jean-Juste's death that day of his second arrest on trumped-up accusations because she threw her body on top of Father Jean Juste as he was being pummeled bloody. We recall too much to mention with this pounding headache and sorrow.

But suffices to say, we recall that no Catholic priests or other spiritual leader or Christian pastor of the stature of Gerald Jean Juste in Haiti stood with the people of Haiti in their darkest of days, after Bush Regime Change 2004. Father Gerald Jean Juste risked the guns of the US Marines, UN troops, Haitian coup d’etat police, the dangers of their bullets, arrests and censure to walk with, and suffer with the disenfranchised and vilified residents in the populous neighborhoods of Haiti. He would not let the people stand and suffer alone. In the end, putting his body in harms way when he could have easily flown to Miami for sanctuary; in the end, giving his voice, his talent, his spiritual comfort to the voiceless of Haiti and protesting the US/France/Canada-orchestrated coup detat, the rich folks’ pillage and occupation of Haiti, indeed killed him. A great warrior has fallen. He’s left the rest to us.

Ezili DantÚ
Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network ("HLLN")
May 28, 2009
Email: erzilidanto@yahoo.com


Tribute to Father Gerard Jean Juste - Father of the Just by Professor Bell Angelot, May 27, 2009 (Translated from French Original into English by Ezili Dantò/HLLN)

Père Jean Juste, Paire des gens Justes - Father Jean Juste was always coupled to what’s just

A powerful spirit has left this earth, and our mourning darkens the whole city. A griot left for eternity and the whole tribe is in tears. But though the prophet is gone, his light remains. The Haitian community of Miami has just rung the toll to announce in pain, and in a flood of tears the departure from this planet of Reverend Father Gérard Jean-Juste. Father Jean-Juste was one of the pioneers of Liberation Theology alongside Jean Bertrand Aristide of Haiti, Leonardo Boff of Nicaragua and Oscar Romero of Salvador.

Father Jean Juste was the spoke-person of the poor, the homeless, and for all who thirst for justice. Father Jean Juste was a megaphone for the victims of exclusion, those hungry for love, those suffering from the selfishness of others and inequalities of all sorts. Father Jean Juste was the flag bearer for Haitian immigrant rights, for those without papers, for those who braved the shark-infested seas and for whom Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is still denied. Father Jean Juste was a man of justice, his very name called forth what’s just. One can well compare the struggle of Father Jean Juste to that of the biblical Moses who delivered his people from the persecution of slavery. ("Let my people go!" Moses said to the Pharaoh of his time). This cry of Moses came often of the lips of Father Jean Juste, the Prophet from Petite Place Cazeau, Haiti: “I have certainly seen the affliction of my people, I have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows.” (Exodus 3:7).

Father Jean Juste was a martyr. While distributing food to hungry children, he was arrested and tortured by the political dictators in 2005. Some months later, even in the deepest bowels of a church, the Sacred Heart Church of Turgeau, the very same church where Izmery was assassinated, drape in his priest cassock, Father Jean Juste was brutally beaten almost to unconsciousness, manhandled and humiliated, afterwards waking up in prison.

Like Jeremiah the prophet, he knew the inside of a prison. Like Martin Luther King, Jr. he preached love. Like Mahatma Gandhi he lived non-violence and overcame violence. Just as Moses never reached the Promised Land, he too, did not see the day of complete liberation for the Haitian people. The passing of Father Jean Juste bring us tears, this is a painful severance for us. Of course, the lost of Father Jean Juste brings us grief, but we believe that Father Jean Juste lives on.

Again in the years to come, we shall hear, all across Little Haiti in Miami, the echo of his voice denouncing discriminatory immigration laws. Through time, his voice shall still wholly resound on Haiti, saying no to violence, no to exile, no to arbitrary arrests, indefinite detentions, no to Coup D’etats. Jean Juste lives on and it is now that his butchers will tremble. For without confessing their wrongs and without altering their ways they allowed their victim to die, a man whose heart was filled only with compassion and tolerance.

Father Jean Juste left us on an assignment to meet up with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to whom he shall say that love amongst the races and race equality is still a dream; to meet up with John Fitzgerald Kennedy to whom he will say that Democracy and Peace are still the big challenges of our peoples; to meet up with Father Jean Marie Vincent, to whom he shall say that the movement to bring literacy to our people has fallen by the waste side; to meet up with (Haiti’s founding father) Jean Jacques Dessalines to tell him that our country has been sold, it’s been torn apart, its been bloodied - peyi a vann, peyi a fann, peyi a tonbe nan sann - and we’ve been divided. He is not dead/He lives on! His body succumbed to the vicissitudes: to pains that even defied science, to evil his heart and his brain could no longer bring order to, to political shocks that his conviction and his morale could no longer endure.

In the name of the larger Lavalas Movement, we bid farewell to Father Gerard Jean Juste and wish him a good journey. In the name of all the cadres, the grassroots/popular organizations, in the name of the Lavalas vision of inclusion, we say thank you Father Jean Juste. Thank you very much brother/compatriot, we shall continue to be the Sentinels – (to watch out - veye yo - look out for the enemy).

The Haitian Center For Research and Social Science Investigations, bows in great reverence, before the remains of the greatest tree (
Mapou) cut down in the forest of the just. May your demonstrations of faith, lessons in courage, messages of patriotism, forever be the oil that lights our lamps to bring the light in the darkness of realms, serve us all as the chorus of hope, songs of resistances, hymn of love and friendship. For, as the (Haitian author, Jacques) Roumain said in his book, Governors of the Dew - "The fruit that rots nourishes the hope of the new tree."

Professeur Bell Angelot
Director, Haitian Center For Research
and Social Science Investigations


Audio Recording from Flashpoint with intro by Kevin Pina - This is a clip of Dennis Bernstein interviewing a wounded and handcuffed Father Jean Juste in the process of his first arrest after 2004 Bush Regime change in Haiti on Oct 13 2004


Père Jean Juste, Paire des gens Justes
Par Professeur Bell Angelot, mercredi 27 mai 2009

Un Vétéran s’en est allé, et le deuil a assombri toute la cité. Un griot est parti pour l’éternité et toute la tribu est en pleurs. Mais le prophète s’est éteint et la lumière ne s’arrête pas. La communauté haïtienne de Miami vient de sonner le glas pour annoncer dans la douleur, dans un déluge de larmes le départ de cette planète, du Révérend Père Gérard Jean Juste. Père Jean Juste est l’un des ténors de la théologie de libération à côté de Jean Bertrand Aristide en Haïti, de Leonardo Boff à Nicagua, d’Oscar Romero à Salvador.

Père Jean Juste est le Porte Parole des pauvres, des sans abris et de tous les assoiffés de justice, Père Jean Juste est le porte-voix des victimes de l’exclusion, de ceux qui ont faim de l’amour, des souffrants de l’égoïsme et des inégalités de toutes sortes, Père Jean Juste est le Porte drapeau des immigrants, des sans Papiers, de ceux qui ont bravé la mer et pour qui le TPS n’est pas une loi. Père Jean Juste est l’Homme des gens justes. On peut bien comparer la lutte de Père Jean Juste à celle de Moise qui s’est livré à la libération d’un peuple opprimé par l’esclavage. Ce cri de Moise est venu souvent de la bouche du Prophète de Petite Place Cazeau « J’ai vu la souffrance de mon peuple, j’ai entendu les cris que lui font pousser ses oppresseurs, car je connais ses douleurs exode 3 :7 ». Père Jean Juste est un martyr , en pleine distribution de nourriture aux enfants démunis il est arrêté et torturé par les acteurs politiques de 2005, quelques mois plus tard dans l’enceinte même de l’église du Christ du Sacré cœur de Turgeau, à cette même église où Izmery a été immolé , drapé dans sa soutane de prêtre il est battu, malmené et humilié pour se reconnaître plus tard en prison.

A l’instar du Prophète Jérémie il a connu la prison, comme Martin Lutter King il a prêché l’amour, comme Mahatma Gandhi il a vécu la non violence et il a vaincu la violence. Comme Moise n’a pas vu la terre promise, lui non plus il n’a pas vu le jour de la libération intégrale du peuple haïtien. Le départ de père Jean Juste nous coûte des larmes, la séparation de Père Jean Juste nous donne des douleurs, la disparition de père Jean Juste nous procure des pleurs certes, mais nous croyons que père Jean Juste n’est pas mort. Pendant des années encore on aura entendu dans toute Little Haiti ses cris dénonçant la discrimination des lois de l’immigration, pendant des années sa voix retentira sur Haïti toute entière pour dire non à la violence, non à l’exil, non à l’arrestation arbitraire, non au coup d’Etat. Jean Juste n’est pas mort et c’est maintenant que ses bourreaux vont trembler, car sans se confesser et sans se convertir ils laissent partir leur victime, l’homme dont le cœur est toujours plein de clémence et de tolérance.

Père Jean Juste est parti en mission pour rencontrer Martin Lutter King à qui il dira que l’amour et l’égalité des races est encore un rêve, à John Fritz Gerald Kennedy qu’il dira que la démocratie et la Paix sont encore des grands défis pour les peuples , à Jn Marie Vincent ,que alfabetizasyon an tonbe nan betiz, à Dessalines que peyi a vann, peyi a fann ,peyi a rann , peyi a tonbe nan sann, et l’union ne fait plus la force. Il n’est pas mort ! Son corps a succombé aux vicissitudes et aux douleurs qui ont défié la science, à des maux que son cœur et son cerveau ne pouvaient plus commander, à des chocs politiques que sa conviction et son moral ne pouvaient plus dompter.

Au nom de la grande cohorte Lavalassienne nous souhaitons bon voyage à père Jean Juste, au Revoir à père Jean Juste. Au nom des cadres , des organisations de base , au nom de la philosophie lavalassienne Nou di mèsi Pè jean Juste , mèsi anpil konpatriyòt, nap kontinye veye yo . Le centre Haïtien de Recherches et d’investigations en sciences Sociales salue avec révérence les dépouilles de ce grand Mapou qui est tombé dans la forêt des justes. Que ses manifestations de foi, ses leçons de courage, ses messages de Patriotisme servent encore d’huile à nos lampes pour apporter la lumière dans le royaume des ténèbres, servent à nous tous des refrains d’espoir, des chants de résistances, des cantiques d’amour et d’amitié car comme disait Roumain dans Gouverneurs de la Rosée « Le fruit qui pourrit nourrit l’espoir de l’arbre nouveau »

Professeur Bell Angelot
Directeur du Centre Haïtien
De Recherches et d’Investigations
En Sciences Sociales


Hommage du President Jean Betrand Aristide a Gerard Jean Juste, Pretoria Africa, May 28, 2009

(Audio Recording of President Aristide Message - MP3)
Pè Jean Juste Triyonfe

Pè Jean Juste triyonfe
Paske nan pòt lanmò a,
Sèl paspò e sèl viza
Ki konte se LANMOU.
E se la ! Wi , wi, se la !
Se la, nan pòt lanmò a
Nou tout gen pou pase.
Se la, sèl paspò e sèl viza
Ki konte se LANMOU.
Se la, nan vil Jerizalèm,
Anndan jaden Jetsemani,
Arestasyon Jezu te fèt
Nan blakawout lahèn.
Se la, nan Petyon Vil,
Anndan legliz Sen Pyè,
Arestasyon Pè Djeri te fèt
Nan menm blakawout la.
Se la, sou tèt tèt mòn kalvè,
Tout bouji lanmou te etenn
Pou mechan yo sakrifye Jezu.
Se la, nan kacho prizon lakay,
Yo te deja sakrifye Pè Jean Juste
Sou lotèl kidnapinn 29 fevriye a.
Se la, akoz lanmou ki nan kè l,
Jezu te ofri tout san ki nan kò l
Pou wouze tout jaden delivrans.
Se la, nan swiv Jezu ke l renmen,
Pè Jean Juste ofri dènye gout san pa l
Pou Ayiti tounen yon tè delivrans.
Se la, nou ka dekouvri aklè
Pa gen pi gwo prèv lanmou
Pase lè ou sakrifye lavi ou
Pou moun ou renmen yo.
Se la tou nou dekouvri
Mouchwa konsolasyon
Pou siye dlo nan je moun
Ki renmen Frè nou an.
Onè pou ou, Pè Jean Juste !
Respè pou ou, Frè nou Djeri !
W ap toujou ret byen vivan
Nan lespri moun ki renmen w.
Se la ou triyonfe sou lanmò !
Plis nou rale zetwal konpliman
Pou ofri w kouwòn rekonesans,
Plis nap kontinye toujou sonje :
Se la, nan pòt lanmò a
Nou tout gen pou pase.
Se la, sèl paspò e sèl viza
Ki konte se LANMOU.

Dr Jean-Bertrand Aristide
Pretoria, 28 -05- 2009


Omaj pou pè Jan Jis
Travay Mod Jan-Michel (Sanit Belèr), May 29, 2009, Audio recording

Ou ale, ou pran devan, konplotè yo elimine w.
Ou pase nan ran zansèt yo.
San vwa yo pèdi yon vwa ki te toujou gen larezon.
Timoun nan ti plas Kazo yo, pèdi yon kè ki te kon renmen.
San papye nan Miyami, pèdi yon zanmi fidèl ki pat janm bouke.
Ayiti pèdi yon konbatan ak konviksykon.
Moun kap goumen pou respè dwa moun,
Pèdi yon kolaboratè farouch.
Jyeri, moun tankou w pa ka mouri!
Moun tankou w pa ka sispan goumen!
Pandan nap kontinye batay la icit,
Ou menm, kontinye travay ou lòt bò.
Fè dlo kap koule nan je pèp ayisyen,
Lave san inosan kap simayen tou patou an Ayiti.
Di Makandal, Ayiti bezwen konkou l
Pou n kwape maladi entènasyonal.
Di Kapwa Lanmo, voye prete n kouray li
Pou n al repran Vètyè.
Di Marijann, anpil fanm lakay ap dòmi nan kabann lenmi.
Di Tousen, ba n ladrès li
Pou n mete koulèv 3 tèt la deyò nan peyi ya.
Di Desalin, machan peyi yo, troke indepandans
Pou zèl pou ak diri pèpè.
Jyeri, lenmi w yo voye ale twò bonè
Men yo pa ka touye nanm ou.
Klere chimen n pou ka vanse nan liberasyon peyi ya.
Jyeri, kontinye voye je sou Ayiti ak tout pitit konsekon yo.
Jyeri! Ale. Ale. Na wè lòt bò.

Mod Jan-Michel (Sanit Belèr/Maud Jean-Michel)



Pè Jean-Juste pa bezwen labsout!
Travay Jean Saint-Vil (jafrikayiti@hotmail.com), May 28, 2009

Njeri pa bezwen labsout !
Okontrè, jete dlo pou li, awoze jaden li te ede plante pou bon lavi ka fleri sou latè!

Sou yon fowom entènèt, yon konpatriyot te pwopoze pou Ayisyen mande Vatican pou yo beyatifye Pè Jean-Juste. Adye wi!

Jean-Juste pa bezwen labsout! Njeri pa bezwen ansansman ipokrit komkwa pou yo ta beyatifye l! Pandan li t ap deperi nan prizon, Vatican se bravo lakontantman li t ap bat. Si gen yon dosye mwen te toujou an dezako ak Pè Jean-Juste, se atachman ak respè li te kenbe pou legliz salop sa a. Legliz kriminèl ki te responsabb sasinay pè Jezuit yo nan Salvador, sasinay Pè Romero ak tout pèsekisyon veritab teyolijyen liberasyon yo - moun ki pran oserye mesaj Yeshua a. Men, mwen konprann se konsa lavi a ye.

Mwen sonje premye fwa mwen te rankontre Njeri, sete nan ane 2001 lè mwen te patisipe nan yon emisyon li te anime sou Radyo Ginen. Li te envite mwen prezante liv mwen an "Viv Bondye Aba Relijyon!". Mwen te santi mwen chita ak yon moun ki gen kouraj ak vizyon.

Lè nou konsidere bezwen peyi a. Yon mapou konsa ki tonbe a 62 zan, se yon katafal pèt li ye.

Sa ki enpotan nan lavi, tankou Jacques Roumain te di nou nan Gouverneurs de la rosée, se pou yon moun kite tras. NjeraNjeri kite bèl tras pou nou tout.
Se sèten ipokrit nan legliz la pral fè diskou, seremoni, pale anpil. Se domaj, jiskaprezan, chenn ki merite kase pou nou ta ka evite moman sakrilèj sa yo, po ko kase.

Pou moun ki konprann tout bon vre valè travay Gérard Jean-Juste te akonpli nan lavi li, se pa nan yon legliz yo ta chante antèman towo sa a. Se sou yon bato kanntè pou nou ta mete kadav Ayisyen konsekan sa a epi travèse lanmè a ak li, mennen li Kavayon al repoze li anba yon gwo pye bwa chaje ak fwui. Nou pa ta chante ni laten, ni franse....men nou ta fredone "Beni yo" ak "Nasyon Soley"... E, sitou, lè nou ta fin mete Njeri nan zantray latè, nou ta tou pwofite pase yon jounen ansanm ap plante pye bwa nan tout jiwon kote li antere a.

Respè pou ou Njeri, respè!


«Depi nan Ginen bon nèg ap ede nèg!»
(Brotherhood is as ancient as Mother Africa)
(L'entraide fraternelle date du temps où, tous, nous fûmes encore dans les entrailles de l'Afrique-mère)


Mapou a Fek Kare Boujonnen*
Travay Jean Laurent, May 28, 2009



*Boujonnen- unfolding, just beginning to grow.


Haiti's Riches: Interview with Ezili Dantò on Mining in Haiti


The Rev. Gérard Jean-Juste, Champion of Haitian Rights in U.S. , Dies at 62 | New York Times, May 29, 2009

Published: May 28, 2009

The Rev. Gérard Jean-Juste, a Roman Catholic priest who championed the rights of Haitians in the United States and was twice imprisoned in Haiti for his staunch support of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and criticism of the interim government installed in 2004, died Wednesday in Miami. He was 62.

Ariana Cubillos/AP
The Rev. Gérard Jean-Juste in 2004 in Delmas, Haiti, where he was known for helping the poor.

The cause was complications of a stroke and a lung problem, his brother Kernst told The Associated Press.

Father Gerry, as he was often called, came to prominence in the late 1970s as director of the Haitian Refugee Center in Miami , where he became a vocal advocate of Haitians seeking asylum in the United States . Through demonstrations and legal action, he fought tirelessly to force the United States government to change its policy of regarding Haitians as economic rather than political refugees, in sharp contrast to its policy toward Cubans.

After decades spent in exile from the governments of François Duvalier and his son, Jean-Claude, he returned to Haiti in 1991 when Mr. Aristide was elected president, taking the post of minister representing Haitians abroad. His fearless criticism of the government installed to replace Mr. Aristide, and his work for the poor at the Church of Ste. Claire , in Delmas, a suburb of the capital, Port-au-Prince , made him one of Haiti ’s most popular political figures.

Father Jean-Juste (pronounced zhahn-ZHOOST) was born in Cavaillon , Haiti , and studied for the priesthood in Canada . In 1971 he became the first Haitian ordained in the United States in a ceremony at the Church of St. Avila in Brooklyn , where he was a deacon. He then returned to Haiti and worked in a remote pari sh. An adherent of liberation theology, he regarded political activity and service to the poor as his priestly mission.

He left for the United States in 1971 after refusing to sign an oath of loyalty to the government of Jean-Claude Duvalier. While living and working at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, he earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology from Northeastern University in 1974 and a second bachelor’s in civil engineering from Northeastern in 1977.

In the 1970s, facing political turmoil and grinding poverty, thousands of desperate Haitians sought asylum and economic opportunity in the United States , where they were put into detention centers and, in all but a small number of cases, sent back to Haiti . Father Jean-Juste helped found the Haitian Refugee Center to help refugees, protest government immigration laws and fight local discrimination. He was often seen, bullhorn in hand, at the head of street demonstrations.

“Haitian people had no rights in Haiti , and they have no rights here,” he told The Miami Herald in 1980. “They are starving, they are being separated from their families, they cannot work.”

Marleine Bastien, executive director of the nonprofit organization Haitian Women of Miami, told The Associated Press: “We were out in the streets, demonstrating nearly every day on behalf of other Haitian immigrants. I can still in my mind’s eye see him lying on the ground when buses were taking refugees without process — lying there in the path of the buses.”

Father Jean-Juste also incurred the wrath of the archdiocese of Miami by conducting funeral services for non-Catholic Haitians who drowned at sea and by picketing Archbishop E dward McCarthy of Miami , who he said was a racist failing to defend the rights of Haitian refugees.

“When he first came to the Haitian Refugee Center , most of the church agencies wanted to treat the Haitian refugee issue as one of charity,” Jack Lieberman, a founder of the refugee center, told New Times, a Miami newspaper, in 2005. “Jean-Juste pointed out that there was an injustice.”

In 1980 the center won an important victory when a district court, ruling that the Immigration and Naturalization Service had committed “wholesale violations of due process” and shown racial bias in ordering mass deportations of refugees, ordered that new hearings be held for the more than 4,000 Haitian refugees represented in the class-action suit brought by the center and other organizations.

Father Jean-Juste’s return to Haiti in 1991 plunged him into the country’s turbulent politics. When Mr. Aristide was ousted by a military coup after seven months in office, Father Jean-Juste went into hiding for three years, resurfacing when Mr. Aristide returned to the presidency in 1994. He resumed his work as a rector at the Church of Ste. Claire , in the Delmas district of Port-au-Prince, where he operated a soup kitchen to feed the poor.

After Mr. Aristide was deposed a second time, in 2004, by a rebellion, Father Jean-Juste became a target of the interim government, which arrested and imprisoned him twice. After his second arrest, in July 2005, he faced charges of involvement in the death of Jacques Roche, a journalist.

By then, he was being put forward as a candidate himself, and the murder charges, universally regarded as politically motivated, caused an international outcry from human rights organizations. After several months, the main
charges were dropped, but he was indicted on lesser charges of weapons possession and criminal conspiracy. While he was imprisoned, his supporters tried to register him as a candidate for the 2006 presidential elections, a move that was blocked by the government.

In December 2005 Father Saint-Juste discovered that he had leukemia, and in early 2006 he was released from prison to seek treatment in a Miami hospital. In November 2007 he appeared before an appeals court in Haiti to answer remaining charges against him. Questioned about weapons, he told the judge, “My rosary is my only weapon.” Eventually all charges against him were dropped.


Priest Devoted Life To Haitian Refugees By Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, May 29, 2009

The Rev. Gerard Jean-Juste, 62, a Roman Catholic priest who championed the cause of Haitian refugees in South Florida during the 1970s and 1980s and who later was jailed in his native land for his political activism, died May 27 at Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital of complications from a respiratory ailment.

At a time when few were paying attention to the thousands of impoverished immigrants who drifted roughly 800 miles to South Florida on rickety boats, Rev. Jean-Juste fought for fair treatment of the overwhelmingly poor black Haitians. Through a dozen class-action lawsuits, three of which went to the Supreme Court, he helped refine the legal parameters for how the U.S. government deals with undocumented immigrants seeking political asylum.

"He was a person who spent his whole life committed to justice for the poor," said Ira Kurzban, an attorney who represented Rev. Jean-Juste's Haitian Refugee Center in those lawsuits. "What he did for Haitians ultimately resulted in benefits for everyone."

The first Haitian ordained as a priest by the Catholic Church in the United States, Rev. Jean-Juste set up the refugee center in Miami's Liberty City neighborhood in the 1970s, and called U.S. policy toward Haitians "our Holocaust." He fought the unprecedented detention of Haitian refugees, who were held without bond behind barbed wire in a former military camp on the edge of the Everglades. He successfully changed federal policy to allow seekers of political asylum to obtain work permits while they awaited hearings on their cases.

One of his greatest victories came in July 1980, when U.S. District Judge James Lawrence King ruled that the Immigration and Naturalization Service had systematically discriminated against Haitian refugees, and ordered new hearings for 5,000 refugees who had been ordered deported.

A supporter of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Rev. Jean-Juste returned to Haiti in the early 1990s, and spoke out on the radio and from the pulpit on political and social issues. After a 2004 coup, the U.S.-backed interim government jailed Rev. Jean-Juste on charges of involvement with a prominent journalist's murder.

International human rights groups protested and after six months, the charges were dropped and Rev. Jean-Juste was released. Supporters said he was imprisoned to keep him from running for president, and he was reportedly pondering a campaign when he died.

Gerard Jean-Juste was born in Cavaillon, Haiti. He studied for the priesthood in a Canadian seminary and returned to Haiti briefly. After he refused to sign an oath of allegiance to the authoritarian Duvalier regime, he fled in 1965 and then graduated from Northeastern University in Boston. He was ordained in 1971 and settled in Miami, a year before the first Haitian "boat people" began to arrive. By 1978, he was the volunteer leader of the Haitian Refugee Center, which provided immigrants with food, shelter and clothing.

Only one percent of the Haitians who sought asylum between 1972 and 1979 won it, the Miami Herald reported, and untold numbers drowned en route to the U.S., sometimes pushed overboard by smugglers. Rev. Jean-Juste angered church officials by conducting funerals for non-Catholics who drowned at sea. It didn't help his career when he called the archbishop a racist; he was denied a parish in South Florida and lost the low-paying job as head of the refugee center.

In 1980, the Mariel boatlift brought more than 12,000 Cuban refugees to Miami. Many were granted asylum, as were Southeast Asians and Central Americans who immigrated after wars in those areas of the world. The Haitians, however, were detained indefinitely at the former military center on Krome Avenue, then deported, because they were considered economic, not political, refugees.
"The United States, one of the greatest governments in the world, is cooperating with one of the most fascist, criminal governments in the third world," Rev. Jean-Juste said in 1981, after President Ronald Reagan ordered the military to intercept and turn around ships carrying illegal immigrants to the U.S.

Survivors include two sisters and two brothers.

Press Release:

Time: Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Place: Miami, Florida

Passing of Lengendary Haitian Political Leader Father Gerard Jean-Juste

Fr. Gérard Jean-Juste is photographed in January 2007. PETER ANDREW BOSCH / MIAMI HERALD FILE PHOTO

It is with profound sadness and unshakable grief, that we announce the passing of legendary activist, Father Gerard Jean-Juste at Jackson Memorial Hospital at approximately 5:00 p.m. today from complications of a prolonged illness.

Father Jean-Juste was the executive director of Miami's Haitian Refugee Center and a fierce advocate for the rights of Haitian refugees, often in opposition to U.S. policies towards Haiti. After his return to Haiti, following the fall of the Duvalier dictatorship, Jean-Juste became a outspoken advocate for Haiti's poor and downtrodden masses. He organized an ongoing program to feed the poor, including hundreds of children. Over a decade later, that program continues to play a vital role in the lives of many.

A leading supporter of President Jean Bertrand Aristide and Haitian democracy, he braved two coup d'etats while continuing his work under both the Cedras military junta and later the Latortue regime. Father Jean-Juste became a symbol of the struggle for Haitian democracy, when he was beaten and jailed in 2004 on trumped charges by the Latortue dictatorship. He was declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International and was released only after an international campaign for his freedom.

While imprisoned, Father Jean-Juste first became ill and was diagnosed with leukemia.

Over the past four years, while battling this disease, he has remained active in his parish, travelled internationally proclaiming Haiti's cause and fighting for social justice.

Funeral arrangements are being planned by the family.

For further information please contact:

Lavarice Gaudin: 786 285-3209
Farah Juste: 305 305 7571
Lucie Tondreau: 786 663-9889
Jack Lieberman: 305 582-4846

Best Regards,
Jack Lieberman

May 27, 2009

Recommended HLLN Links:

Father Gerard Jean-Juste, famous Haitian priest, tireless Haiti activist and former prisoner of conscience under Bush 2004 regime change, dies:

- Statements from father Jean Juste from Jail, 2005

- Father Gèrard Jean Juste


Father Jean Juste’s Message to the Diaspora, especially to New York where the most Haitians live – Protest the UN killings going on in Haiti, you have rights in the US that we don’t have here…Fòk nou leve Kanpe, nou mènm nou gen dwa o zetazini, leve kanpe pou dwa nou ... (Lakounewyork interview)

Interview with Lavarice Gaudin on Father Jean Juste's life and death, May 29, 2009, Lakounewyork with Dahoud and Manno (Kreyòl -15:19/slighly edited by HLLN)


Omaj pou pè Jan Jis, travay Mod-Jan-Michel (Sanit Belè), May 31, 2009, RadioKajou


RadioKajou Broadcast with Lucie Tondreau on Father Jean Juste's life and death, May 31, 2009, RadioKajou with Sanit Belè, 9 to 11 every Sunday.


Interview with Lucie Tondreau and Kevin Pina on life and death of Father Jean-Juste, Flashpoints, May 28, 2009

PhotoGallery/Guest Book/Family Website - Father of the Juste, at No Justice No Peace Haiti.org, June 10, 2009



Our Condolences, Vladimir Leon, Haitian American Network and Business Foundation, May 28, 2009



This is with a lot of pain and sorrow we have learned from our Sister Dantô, the passing of one of the best and giant fighters for the right and well-being of all Haitians. Though we have not been close to father Jean Juste, his struggles and devotion to raise concerns of abuses against our fellow Haitians were known by all of us. At this very moment, On behalf of all members of the Haitian American Network Business Foundation, I present my deepest, most respectful and sincere condolences to all members of the online Haitian Forums, and every Haitian affected by this lost. Father Jean Juste has left a legacy, a landmark that all of us must follow to build our dignity and fitness in the world.

Once again, we wish courage and serenity to you all at this very moment of deepest sadness.

Very truly,
Vladimir Leon,
Haitian American Network and Business Foundation


Sunday, May 31, 2009 6:29 AM
From: Richard Mirabal
To: erzilidanto@yahoo.com

Re: [ezilidanto] Ezili's HLLN honors Father Gerard Jean Juste | Father Jean Juste – Father of the Just by Professor Bell Angelot (French original with HLLN's English translation)




My sincere condolences, Sonny Seraphin, May 28, 2009

My dear friends,

Starting as early as 1957, some groupes, some people were always on the move in the diaspora, in rebellion against what was happening in our country, But it was really in the 1980's that the diaspora came together as one, and father Gerard Jean-Juste was a leading and powerful voice of that diaspora along with that of father Antoine Adrien and the other haitian fathers. Father Gerard Jean-Juste attended every single demonstrations that took place in New York to protest against the Duvalier dictatorship and against the illegal detention of political prisoners. But, it was above all in the fight for the liberation of the refugees and the respect of their human rights that he was going to distinguish himself. I am proud to have known him and to have marched with him in New York many times during those demonstrations. May his soul rest in peace.

I would like to take this opportunity to present my sincere condolences to his family, to the Community of Little Haiti in Miami, to Fanmi Lavalas, the political party he belongs to, and to every single person affected by his departure.

Father Gerard Jean-Juste Que la terre vous soit legere !

Sonny Seraphin


Condoleances aux parents et amis du Reverend Gerard Jean Juste, uhauhec dennis , May 28, 2009

Au nom de ma famille et en mon nom personnel, aussi au nom de la United Haitian Association of the USA, Inc (UHA), cette organisation communautaire fondee par votre serviteur en 1977, incorporee dans l'Etat de New York en 1978, un " Advocate" dans le systeme scolaire de la ville de New York, accreditee par le Service d' Immigration et de Naturalisation des Etats Unis ( Board of Immigration Appeals), qu' il me soit permis de presenter mes condoleances a la famille du Reverend Gerard Jean Juste, communement appele Jerry.

Je ne saurais rester indifferent devant ce triste tableau, la disparition de ce grand combattant, notre Jerry. N'etant pas Lavalassien, Macoute ou Convergence, mais en ma qualite d'Haitien authentique, le proces politique du Reverend Jean Juste ne m'interesse pas.

Je veux plutot m'exprimer sur les accomplissements de ce grand citoyen que j'avais connu et pratique durant plus de deux decades dans la lutte pour l'integration de nos compatriotes, qui en quete de liberte, par tous les moyens necessaires avaient fui le regime repressif d' Haiti.

C'etait l'epoque ou les Cubains Mariel Boats entrerent les cotes de la Floride et avaient recu un traitement conforme aux normes et principes de l'accord signe par le Service d' Immigration et de Naturalisation des Etats Unis avec le Gouvernement de Fidel Castro.

Durant cette meme epoque, par des centaines, nos freres et soeurs (Haitiens), eux aussi, braverent les eaux internationales, et entrerent aux Etats Unis, comme EWI (Entry without Inspection), par Avion ou Kanter (Boat People). Contrairement aux Cubains, ils etaient livres a la merci des vents et flots. Ils etaient victimes des pratiques discriminatoires du Service d'Immigration.

A cette epoque, on voyait nos compatriotes dans "Little Haiti", pour la grande majorite, avec des pantouffles aux pieds, avec des habits blases, ou dechires, jouant aux jeux de cartes (3, 7 ). Ils souffraient amerement. Helas! c'etait aussi l'epoque de Cayo Lobos, l'epoque de Hillsboro Beach Miami Florida ou des compatriotes noyaient sur les rives de cette plage.

Nous etions en compagnie de Jean Juste au Centre des Refugies "Veye Yo" aux fins de donner une sepulture digne de foi a ces disparus.

A la defense des Refugies Haitiens, nous etions en compagnie de Jean Juste, aupres du Tribunal de l'Honorable Spellman, du Juge Alcee Hasting, actuellement, membre du Congres Americain et plaidant pour l'obtention du Temporary Protected Status (TPS) en faveur de plus de 30.000 Haitiens vivant sans document legal aux Etats Unis d'Amerique.

En maintes occasions, nous etions a Krome Detention Center a Miami, apres consultation avec Pere Gerard Jean Juste.

Gerard Jean Juste, toujours a l'avant garde, inlassablement, luttait pour les Sans Papier. Grace a ses demarches, aux cotes des autres militants, combattants, les Haitiens de la Floride, sont devenus d'excellents contribuables de la societe Americaine.

De plus, ils repondent aux besoins de leurs parents et autres en Haiti.

Sans ambage et sans honte, nous pouvons confirmer que les oeuvres du Reverend Jean Juste dans la communaute Haitienne de la Floride sont multiples. Grace a son devouement, et son dynamisme, maintenant Little Haiti est dotee de l'Eglise Notre Dame d'Haiti et de l'Ecole Toussaint Louverture.

Son nom restera a tout jamais grave dans les annales de la Societe Floridienne.

Jerry partez en paix !!!

Arioste Martin Denis
Fondateur et President de la
United Haitian Association of USA, Inc.(UHA)
Ex Candidat a la Presidence d'Haiti


R.I.P. Gerard Jean-Juste, Pere, Haiti Hero, Dick Bernard, May 28, 2009

Revolutionary Haitian Priest, Gerard Jean-Juste, Presente! by Bill Quigley, May 31, 2009 by CommonDreams.org


Rev. Gerard Jean-Juste, A Man who Gave his Life For New Haiti by Wadner Pierre, The Dominion


Mèsi Pè Jan Jis, Travay Père Renaud François

Pè Jan Jis, nèg vanyan, nèg dAyiti
Nèg ki t ap goumen pou sa k pi piti
Kit se lakay, kit se Etazini
Pou pwoblèm yo, soufrans yo te fini

Moun ki te pran kantè al Miami
Plis lòt ki te san papye, san fanmi
Anna Ròz, Ti Jan, Ti Piè, Ti Mari
Mizè yo tout, se te mizè Jeri

An Ayiti, se jèn, timoun lari
Moun nan klas pòv, Jan Jis t ap sekouri
Soulye, rad, pou sa ki te toutouni
Sentaniz, Ti Pòl, Ti Zo, Ti Nini

Frè n Jan Jis t ap fè sa Jezi te di
Koze Jezi se pat koze kredi
Ni pawòl pou fè pòv ak pèp dòmi
Se pou sa, Jeri, Jezi, se zanmi

Toulede tou, se menm jan yo mouri
Chèf legliz te lage yo nan kouri
Paske yo pat konn fè Pèpap plezi
Lè yo t ap defann moun y ap toupizi

Konpatriyòt Jan Jis, se yon mati
Gouvènman Bonifas ak Latòti
Yo fè l pase anpil peripesi
Nan batay pou respè demokrasi

Tout sa, anba je moun Nasyonzini
Yo bat Jeri devan sòlda LONI
Sou lòd Bonòm Mari Lisi
Magali Komo ak Kwakou Jesi

Nan legliz Sen Pyè, zòt t ap aplodi
Lilian Pyè Pòl ak yon ekip bandi
Zak moun sa yo pat fè Jeri sezi
Se konsa, lè se kan pèp ou chwazi

Chanpyon dwa moun, bon disip Jezikri
Se sa jounalis gwo peyi ekri
Tankou Wilyam Grayms, Bil Frogameni
Laprès GNBis la, se kalonmni

Delege LONI, Edi Anabi
Aprè tout enjistis Jeri sibi
GNBis paka rete enpini
Nou mande pou mechan sa yo pini

Jeri tande n, frè, salye Izmeri
Potorik gason, Vensan Jan Mari
Tanpri di yo mouche Preval trayi
Pèp la pa ka jwenn menm yon plat mayi
Pè Jan Jis, pou tout sa w te fè ‘’Mèsi’’

Kwè m frè n, ou pa mouri pou granmesi
Tanmen Wanament bout jouk Jeremi
Lit la ap kontinye, jis mayi mi

Père Renaud François
Montréal, Canada.
June 14, 2009


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HLLN comment on new IMF figures indicating Haiti is no longer the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere

Haiti's Riches: Interview with Ezili Dantò on Mining in Haiti

Lakounewyork Interview (Kreyòl)

Haiti must come together and take back its sovereignty. Nothing is more urgent than this. The fact that the IMF just elevated Haiti one slot higher from the bottom, so that now it's Nicaragua, not Haiti that's the poorest in the Western Hemisphere is only indicative of their getting more footholds into Haiti. It does not, in any way, correspond to the reality of Haitian lives. Remember, in 2008, Haiti suffered four hurricanes more severe together than 10 Katrinas, damages estimated at over one billion dollars, Diaspora remittances lowered significantly because of the global financial crisis, there was a food crisis, and the Alexis government was taken down - yet somehow Haiti is now BETTER off financially than it was the year before!!!

HLLN has written about the economic reasons why Canada, France and the US are in Haiti with the UN as their military arm. We've pointed out that the IMF/WB GDP calculations of average wealth has NOTHING to do with the reality of Haitian lives in Haiti. These new figures just proves our point. (Does the Western economic calculation of wealth fit Haiti -fit Dessalines idea of wealth distribution?NO! )

What Haitians MUST understand clearly, what the Haitians schooled in Western schools and co-opted by their systems won't tell the people of Haiti is that if Haiti has moved up in these Westerners wealth index, all this means is that they now OWN more in UN-occupied Haiti. The standard of living and income of the people of Haiti has certainly NOT risen. What these new figures mean is that more foreigners are owning things in Haiti and making money in Haiti, not that Haitians are better off. There are more Haitian incarcerated in Haiti than anyone can ever remember, some 8,000. ( The Middle Passage on Land in US/UN-occupied Haiti - Most have been incarcerated since the 2004 coup d'etat, have never seen a judge or been convicted of any crime. The crime is living in areas of Haiti that's against the coup d'etat and UN/US occupation).

So, who is free in Haiti? Not the Haitian majority, no. Remember our people are eating mud cakes, right? So, who is pushing up Haiti's GDP? Could it be the billions of dollars that the Haitian Oligarchy is taking in behind UN guns? How about the billions being made by the Bigio brothers as the subcontractors for the cell phones with Digicel, the millions being made by the sweatshop kingpin Apaids with Gildanwear of Canada, or with the new condos being put up in Jacmel, Haiti for the internationals to lounge in and take in the Caribbean shorelines' healthy breeze. Of course, once Haiti's mountains are dismantled by these post-coup d'etat foreign mineral extracting companies in Haiti, or once the oil sites in Haiti are exploited, pretty soon that pure Haitian shoreline and mountain breeze won't be so healthy, not after the cyanide and other radioaative chemicals radioactive used or unearthed to extract Haiti's gold, copper, granite, uranium - the resources they came for and used humanitarian imperialism as their pretext to be in Haiti, oozes into the surrounding soil and water - water that feeds into the L'artinobine River, Haiti's seas, shorelines, lakes... These riches of Haiti being taken out by Canadian companies such as Eurasian Minerals, St. Genevieve, Majescor, or US companies, like Matraco.... Yep, that's why Haiti is moving up in these peoples WB/IMF indexes. Because these predators, poverty pimps, pirates, and their multinational companies and Haiti subcontractors, are making enormous profits behind these UN guns. Haiti is moving up because at Quanamithe, Haitian workers are the sweatshop workers for the Dominican Republic and if Ban Ki Moon/Collier/Clinton, et al have their way, Haitian labor will be harvested by Brazil and any US manufacturer who needs to make a quick profit minus paying custom duty or US taxes....(Haiti's poorest cynical of aid pledges - 18 Apr 09; Haiti's ruling Oligarchy - Category Zero, The Mercenary Haiti families are the richest in the Caribbean ; Digicel Haiti Celebrates Third Anniversary With 2.1 Million Customers)

Under President Jean Bertrand Aristide and the Lavalas governments, the life, liberty and property of the Haitian masses were elevated and more valued than at any other time since the first coup d'etat in 1806 where the sons of France assassinated Haiti’s founding father. For, the minimum wage was raised, more Haitian schools were built in Haiti than in the entire previous 200 years of Haitian history, the people were educated by the Liv Blan as to the resources of Haiti and their right to this property and mineral riches and oil, (See Haiti's Riches being fleece under cover of this UN occupation and puppet Haitian government by foreign companies)

Also, under Pres. Aristide, the language of Haitians, the Kreyòl language was made an official language of the Haitian state, Vodun was made an official religion, France was asked to pay back the Independence Debt and literacy rates went up by more than 30%. To take and control Haiti's life, liberty and property are the reasons for the Bush 2004 coup d'etat/UN occupation. The Bush 2004 coup d'etat/Regime change and subsequent UN occupation is based on enslavement (taking of Haitian life and labor), murder (rule by force, incarceration, endless debt and degrading the environment) and theft (stealing the people of Haiti's mineral/gold/copper/ coal/oil/gas reserves and other riches).

See the map from the "Liv Ban" from Pres. Aristide political party which catalogues Haiti's riches. President Aristide’s political party, put together in this “Liv Blan” book a plan of public/private partnership to lift Haiti out of poverty using Haiti's own natural resources - Go to: A map of some of Haiti's mining resources

However, the idea of the people of Haiti benefiting from the resources of their county didn’t sit well with the Bush administration and thus the global elite refused to allow Haiti to use its resources for its own people. Under the 2004 Bush Regime change and subsequent occupation foreign multinational corporations are digging Haiti's mountains, using toxic chemicals to mine for Haiti's gold, copper and exploiting Haiti's oil. Meanwhile the people are dying of hunger and starvation. To give you an idea of the stealing, the IMF just published figures indicating Haiti just MOVED up a slot from the bottom and is no longer the poorest in the Western Hemisphere- Nicaragua is! How could this be? In 2008, the people are still under occupation, have no liberty, Haiti suffered a food and fuel crisis because of the high prices, remittances from the Diaspora went down by 1/3rd and four hurricanes caused one billion in damages, left a whole city -Gonaives- under water! Yet, the World Bank/IMF internationals are very happy with Haiti’s PROGRESS!! To such an extent the IMF has moved Haiti UP a slot. Certainly its not because Haitian living standards have move UP! No it’s because the Bush Regime change beneficiaries - foreign companies and the Haitian Oligarchy, Haiti's poverty pimps are raking in the dollars while the people die of hunger, disease, and environmental degradation and have lost their sovereignty and liberty to UN/US/Western guns and NGOs.

**********************Haiti's Riches*******************
Haiti's Riches - expose the false stereotypes

Pointing Guns at Starving Haitians: Violent Haiti is a myth
"...So, people-to-people, we ask assistance to stop the genocide going on (the better to steal from and fleece) Haiti. A genocide, depopulation and terror taking place through: indefinite detention/incarceration; UN, NGO and humanitarian aid workers sexual rape, human trafficking and molestation of Haitian children; imposed famine from fraudulent "free trade" policies that destroys Haitian food sovereignty; imposed coup d'etat and UN/US protectorate that destroys Haitian security and stability, increases violence and organized kidnappings, drug-dealings and arms trafficking; and, perhaps genocide and forced sterilization by this wholesale foreign-imposed (UNICEF/WHO $10-million dollar) vaccination program in UN occupied Haiti." (Excerpted from "Ezili Danto's Note: Genocide by vaccination in Haiti and Is this a way to sterilize Haitian women, as was done to Puerto Rican women?" June 15, 2008; See also: Haiti's Riches - expose the Lies and false stereotypes and Pointing Guns at Starving Haitians: Violent Haiti is a myth; Is the UN military proxy occupation of Haiti masking US securing oil/gas reserves from Haiti; Digging up Haiti; Map of mining resources in Haiti and showing five oil/gas sites in Haiti; US open new (World's fifth largest) US Embassy compound in Haiti).

Haiti's Riches: Interview with Ezili Dantò on Mining in Haiti \

Haiti Riches: CKUT Interview (34:03) with Ezili Dantò on Mining of Haiti Resources by Canadian Companies, by Chris Scott for CKUT Montreal, Haitian Perspective, April 29, 2009

Haiti Riches: Lakounewyork Interview with HLLN's Ezili Dantò (Kreyòl) on environmental degradation concerns of post-coup d'etat gold/copper mining in Haiti by foreign companies, May 6, 2009


"....expose how the wealthy, powerful and well-armed are robbing the Haitian people blind; expose the manufactured fear, racist myths and false stereotypes about Haitian brutality and violence that aims to control and maintain people's negative perceptions of Haiti and to contain-Haiti-in-poverty the better to rob it blind. (See also, Is the UN military proxy occupation of Haiti masking US securing oil/gas reserves from Haiti, and a June 13, 2008 Nouvelliste article alleging, in sum, that "...in these last months, more than 40 to 50% of the imported rice that is subsidized by the Haitian State is CONSUMED in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC... And that even Haitian clandestinely subsidized petroleum products, cheaper Haiti oil products, are also being consumed by wealthy foreign ships passing through Haitian waters, instead of the impoverished and starving Haitians these food and gas subsidies were intended to benefit..."; Digging up Haiti; Map of mining resources in Haiti and showing five oil/gas sites in Haiti; Haitian Riches; Expose the Lies; Interview (in English - 34:03) with Ezili Dantò on Mining of Haiti Resources and Riches )

"... stop the imposed famine from fraudulent "free trade" policies that destroys Haitian food sovereignty; stop imposed coup d'etat and UN/US protectorate that destroys Haitian security and stability, increases violence and organized kidnappings, drug-dealings and arms trafficking ...(Go to: Genocide by vaccination in Haiti - Is this a way to sterilize Haitian women, as was done to Puerto Rican women?)


"Three false Haiti stereotypes are that Haiti has no resources, is overcrowded and violent. In reality Haiti has formidable advantages - plentiful resources, the most purest in the world of natural resources, enviable strategic location, hard working population; it is centered in Caribbean Basin, has 38% more coastline than the Dominican Republic.
(See, Matraco-Colorado Haiti on Haiti resources and 3 false stereotypes about Haiti -A Power-Point Presentation.)

If there's substantial oil and gas reserves in Haiti, the US/Euro genocide has not yet begun.

Ayisyen leve zye nou anwo, kenbe red. Nou fèk komanse goumen.
(Read again, John Maxwell's Is there oil in Haiti and The Audacity of Hopelessness.) -

Digging up Haiti:
Matraco-Colorado Haiti Projects (marble, chalk, limestone/aggregate quarries and Haiti lignite/coal mine and power plant...)

"The New US Embassy in Haiti is massive, largest in world except for Iraq, Afghanistan, China and Germany and we know US strategic/economic interests in those count ries...What does Haiti own that even...McCain is now campaigning concern for "the fight for justice in Haiti?" (Excerpted from,
Is the UN military proxy occupation of Haiti masking US securing oil/gas reserves from Haiti )


Standing on truth, living without fear – Supporting Barack Obama’s vision of what can be…

The Haitian struggle - the greatest David vs. Goliath battle being played out on this plane


‘...Hayti (is) the glory of the blacks and terror of tyrants...I hope that she may be united, keeping a strict look-out for tyrants, for if they get the least chance to injure her, they will avail themselves of it...But one thing which gives me joy is, that they (the Haitians) are men (and women) who would be cut off to a man before they would yield to the combined forces of the whole world-----in fact, if the whole world was combined against them it could not do anything with them...’ ---David Walker
from: David Walker’s Appeal, 1829



The Cite Soleil Massacre Declassification Project


Emmanuel Dred Wilmè: A Hero for the 21st Century

July 6, 2007 - HLLN Links to honor of Dred Wilmè and all the UN victims in Site Soley


Emmanuel "Dread" Wilme speaks (Click here for audio)

Charlemagne Pèralte Speaks!

Father Jean Juste Speaks - Message to the Diaspora

The Crucifixion of Emmanuel "Dred" Wilmè by U.N. Troops: A historical perspective, April 21, 2005

Statements from Father Jean Juste from Jailpril 21, 20

Father Gèrard Jean Juste

Sile Soley Wants Peace (Photos/Essay) and April 19, 2007 Site Soley Update

Ezili's HLLN Pays Homage to Father Gerard Jean Juste
Dessalines Is Rising!!
Ayisyen: You Are Not Alone!

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