groups protest Ron Daniels/Haiti Support Project symposium with coup
d'etat supporters and orchestrators
Published by: Haiti
Action Committee (Haitiaction.org)
PROTEST HAITI COUP SUPPORTERS PARTICIPATION IN WASHINGTON DC
We the undersigned would like to protest the symposium on Haiti entitled
‘The Future of Democracy and Development in Haiti,’ Ron
Daniels and the group with whom he is affiliated, the Haiti Support
Group, are sponsors of the symposium.
The symposium is to take place March 17-18 in Washington, DC.
At a time when thousands of Haitians have been killed, disappeared or
imprisoned without charge by an illegal coup regime, this symposium
brings together prominent supporters of the coup and of the U.S.-sponsored
opposition movement which made
possible the removal of Haiti's democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand
The guest list for this symposium is packed with forces that actively
undermined the democratic process in Haiti.
This list includes representatives from:
* the National Coalition for Haitian Rights, which spread false allegations
against many, including Prime Minister Yvon Neptune; allegations, which
were used to arrest and illegally detain him.Even as this symposium
moves forward, the life of Prime Minister Neptune is at risk as a result
of months in illegal detention, violent
threats against him and now from a hunger strike protesting his detention
and the detention of hundreds of other political prisoners.
Others attending the symposium include:
* Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, who provided shelter and
sustenance for armed militia led by Guy Philippe, whose armed gang ransacked
northern Haiti before, during and after the coup period.
* Frandley Julien, the leader of the anti-Aristide
opposition in Cap-Haitien, which joined in violent attacks against Lavalas
supporters during the terrible days preceding last February's coup.
* Gabriel Marcella from the U.S Army War College, who
has argued for protectorate status for Haiti, also will be there.And
the list goes on and on.
This is a time for supporters of Haiti to be clear. We cannot stand
silently by while opponents of Haitian democracy spread disinformation
and build division.
It is not possible to proclaim solidarity with the Haitian people while
failing to denounce the brutal coup d'etat and occupation that has left
Haiti a graveyard for human rights.
It is not possible to support the Haitian people while giving credibility
and a humane face to those who were active in removing the first democratically
elected President of Haiti and in the repression that followed, destroying
Haiti’s democracy. One cannot proclaim friendship with the people
of Haiti while failing to call for the return of democracy in Haiti,
beginning with the physical return of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide
to his rightful, constitutional position.
We support the demands of the Haitian people, as articulated
on March 14, 2005 by FANMI LAVALAS:
* Cessation of political persecution directed towards its members and
* Liberation of all political prisoners;
* End of illegal arrests and summary executions (Over 10,000 FANMI LAVALAS
supporters killed and more than 1,000 jailed since February 2004);
* Effective disarmament of groups and/or individuals illegally armed;
* Restoration of the constitutional order in Haiti by the physical return
of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide; and
* Organization of free, honest and democratic general elections in HaitiSince
the coup, thousands of Haitians, beginning with women and children have
been murdered, raped, put in prison. Many have sacrificed their lives
fighting for these demands, which represent the only path towards the
restoration of human rights and democracy in Haiti.
We invite you to stand with us in supporting the above demands and in
protesting the ‘Future of Democracy and Development in Haiti’
* Danny Glover, Actor/Activist
* Randall Robinson, Author/Activist
* Alina Sixto, Ajoupa
* Jean-Yvon Kernizan, Haitian Initiative for Democracy
* Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine, Fondasyon 30 Septanm
* Fanm Viktim Leve Kanpe (FAVILEK,) Women Victims Organization,
* Pierre Hector, Konbit pou Sove Ayiti, Haiti
* Paulette Joseph, Cellule de Reflexion Base FANMI
LAVALAS 11eme Departement
* Pierre Labossiere, Haiti Action Committee
* Marguerite Laurent, Esq., Haitian Lawyers’
* Rasanbleman Alye, FANMI LAVALAS, Haiti
* Eugenia Charles, Fondasyon Mapou
* Wilson Mesilien, Fondasyon 30 Septanm
* Haiti Women’s Rights for Children’s Rights, Haiti
* Fritz Pèan, Montrèal
* Lavarice Gaudin, Veye Yo
* Lucie Tondreau, Veye Yo
* Walter Riley, Attorney-at-Law, Chair of Vanguard
* Bill Fletcher, President, TransAfrica
* Brian Concannon, Attorney-at-Law, Institute for Justice
and Democracy in Haiti
* Margaret Prescod, Women of Color in the Global Women’s
* Andaiye, Red Thread, Guyana
* David Commissiong, Clement Payne Society, Barbados
* Kali Williams, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
* Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor, Pan-African News Wire
* Walter Turner, Host - Africa Today (KPFA) Chair -
* Kim Ives, Haiti Support Network (HSN)
* Kay Coll - ssj/ HSNNE
* Malaika Hodari Kambon, NU Afrikan Liberation, Haitian
Lawyers Leadership Network
* Willie & Mary Ratcliff, San Francisco Bay View
* Dominique Esser - photographer
* Claude Marks, The Freedom Archives
* Chantal Laurent, Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
* Julie Hoover
* Marc Pilisuk
* Wendy Ebersberger
(See: For updates on additional signers, go to: http://www.haitiaction.net/News/HAC/3_16_5.html)
I support the pro-democracy
Haitian community who protest ‘The Future of Democracy and Development
in Haiti’ Symposium to take place in Washington DC March 17-18;
and I support the above stated demands.
Name/Individual or organization
ALSO please contact the Haiti Support Project at (202) 397-1770 and
voice your concerns about the symposium (and
protest Ron Daniels' continual attempts
at marginalizing the voices of the majority in Haiti in the guise of
"civil rights progressive" or "honest broker.")
Please let members of the Congressional Black Caucus know that
you would appreciate their support of the above demands, and if they
already do that you appreciate their efforts. Please let them
know that you object to March 17-18 DC symposium.
For more information: http://www.haitiaction.org or call (510) 483-7481.
MORE BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
(From D. Esser) Summary
of information on Ron Daniels involvement in Haitian politics
within the last year, starting with the controversial cruise to
Haiti then as now ruled by an unelected governemnt installed by the
U.S. and culminating in the strongly opposed March 17-18 symposium in
Washington D. C.
The following photo gallery - Photo: © 2004 Dominique Esser:
Haitians in New York: Resisting
the 2004 Coup d'État against Aristide
contains an image of Ron Daniels with a collection of sources on how
his recent political involvement in Haitian politics is viewed by a
large number of Haitian activists:
Which side is Ron
Daniel's on?: http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/sfbayview7.html
Haiti Progres: Ron
Daniel's History excursion appears to be cruising for a bruising:
*Cruising Into History Changes
Ron Daniels and
the Haiti Support Project is at it again...
Published at: Haiti
March 11, 2005
Last August, political activist
Ron Daniels, who heads the New
York-based Haiti Support Project, scandalized pro-democracy activists
organizing a cruise to commemorate the Haitian bicentennial with leaders
of the U.S.-backed opposition front who had just helped overthrow Haiti'
s democratically elected government.
Today, Daniels is again working with pro-coup forces and presenting
as "honest brokers, mediators and facilitators, people who are
to or committed to any political party, organization or personality
within the broad array of progressive forces in the popular movement
democracy in Haiti."
Daniels is convening a host of coup d'état participants, sympathizers
and supporters for a March 17 and 18th symposium at the Rayburn Office
Building in Washington, DC to supposedly "facilitate a serious
substantive assessment and dialogue about the state of affairs in Haiti
with the objective of creating or contributing to momentum towards
positive, workable solutions to Haiti's social, economic and political
But Daniels' list of invitees reads like a who's-who of the very coup
elite which torpedoed Haiti's democracy on February 29, 2004. They
include: Frandley Julien, who led the "Group of 184" opposition
Cap HaVtien and was the public face in Haiti for Daniel's "Cruising
History" junket last year; Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, a leader of
opposition-aligned Papaye Peasant Movement (MPP), who supported and
collaborated with armed "rebels" like death-squad leader Jodel
when they rolled into Hinche in early February 2004, murdering two
policemen; Jocelyn "Johnny" McCalla, whose U.S.-State
Department-supported National Coalition for Haitian Rights (NCHR) has
been lambasted for justifying the illegal imprisonment of Prime Minister
Yvon Neptune, Interior Minister Jocelerme Privert, as well as Deputy
Amanus Mayette; Jim Morrell of the Washington-based Haiti Democracy
Project, which was the coup's think-tank and propaganda clearinghouse;
Lionel Delatour of the Center for Free Enterprise and Democracy (CLED),
a U.S. State Department-supported businessmen's group which has fought
Haiti's democratic forces for almost two decades; Gabriel Marcella from
the U.S. Army War College, who recently advocated in U.S. newspapers
that Haiti become an international "protectorate" run by Washington
its allies; Alix Baptiste, the illegal, coup-installed Minister for
Haitians Living Abroad; and a gaggle of other U.S. government officials
and quasi-officials from agencies like USAID and the International
Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).
We should also note that no less than three representatives of Frandley
Denis' National Civic Movement are set to attend.
Is it conceivable that Ron Daniels, who postures as a progressive, can
be inviting this patently anti-democratic crowd to discuss "workable
solutions" at this hellish juncture in Haiti's most recent coup
It makes about as much sense as 9-11 survivors inviting Osama Bin Laden
to the Rayburn Building in Washington to sit with Congressional members
and discuss the future of the United States. It is like asking the Ku
Klux Klan to come discuss the future civil rights and development of
African-Americans in the U.S. after the murders of Emmett Till, Malcolm
X, Martin Luther King, Jr., or the Mississippi civil rights workers.
The Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network (HLLN) has walked in the past
year, since the U.S.-backed and implemented coup d'état, hand-in-hand
with the poor disenfranchised masses of Haiti, with the majority who
disagrees with the coup and denounces illegal Prime Minister Gérard
Latortue's murderous death squads. Our collaborators have walked with
the people of Belair, Cité Soleil, Cité de Dieu, Fort
Cap HaVtien, and those throughout the provinces outside of
Port-au-Prince who face the coup d'etat's military forces and this
U.S.-backed and illegitimate Latortue regime. We support the women who
have been raped, the street children shot while they sleep, the
political prisoners, the families forced into exile, and the refugees
who cannot find asylum or Temporary Protected Status.
We know who has unequivocally denounced the coup d'état, fought
principles and process of democracy, and been on the firing line in
merciless attack against Haitian self-determination and sovereignty.
have stood with the Black Caucus, the African Union, Caricom and the
people's leaders on the populous streets of Haiti. We bear witness and
can credibly point to many who joined the Haitian majority in their
walk to freedom as a new chapter began on Feb. 29, 2004. In that walk,
we have not run into the organizers of "Cruising into History."
contraire. They were one of our adversaries.
In the ranks of those fighting
for Haiti's dignity and respect for the
one-person-one-vote principle, we certainly did not meet the pro-coup
representatives who make up almost 80% of the symposium invitees and
whom Ron Daniels calls "honest brokers" ready to discuss the
democracy and development in Haiti.
How is it possible that those who participated in the destabilization
and ouster of the constitutional government such as Jim Morrell,
Frandley Denis Julien, and Chavannes Jean-Baptiste can now have ANY
credibility to sit down and dialogue about a democratic future for
Haiti? And what about the people denouncing the coup? Why is Ron Daniels
not getting confirmation of attendance to his shindig from the champions
of democracy, from organizations who have sent delegations to Haiti
2004 to report on the human rights situation, organizations such as
EPICA, Pax Christi, Miami Law Center, Haiti Accompaniment Project,
Amnesty International, National Lawyers Guild, the Haiti Commission
Inquiry, the International Labor/Religious/Community (ILRC) and the
Haiti Action Committee.
Are these pro-democracy activists not "honest brokers"? If
invited, why have they decided to not attend? Why are organizations
as Haiti Action Committee, Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network, Institute
for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, International Action Center,
Fondasyon Trant Septanm, Veye Yo, New England Organization for Human
Rights in Haiti, Haiti Support Network (HSN), Committee for the Defense
of Political Prisoners in Haiti, the Resistance Movement of the Popular
Bases (MRBP), the Communication Commission for Fanmi Lavalas, Vwa
ZansPt, AUMOHD Dwa Moun, Haiti Information Project, Haitkaah Social
Justice Project, Ottawa Haiti Solidarity Committee (OHSC) and so many
other pro-democracy forces not "honest brokers, facilitators and
mediators" but Haiti Democracy Project, Chavannes Jean-Baptiste,
Frandley Denis Julien, and Ron Daniels are? Why are so many
pro-democracy groups not participating in this symposium?
Is this a repeat of the symposium that was held on Dec. 10 and 11th
Canada where the Canadian government invited "leaders in the Haitian
community abroad" who were simply coup-d'état leaders while
pro-democracy groups with credibility among the grassroots movement
democracy in Haiti were not invited or welcomed at this meeting? Is
Daniels taking a leaf out of Canadian Foreign Minister Pierre Pettigrew'
s book and now plotting to legitimize this idea of "protectorate"
the Chalabis in the United States?
Where are the Haitian diaspora's representatives who have fought for
Haitian rights, who never called for the coup d'etat and denounced it
after it had taken place? On Daniel's list, why are there so few
undisputed supporters and delegates from Fanmi Lavalas, Haiti's most
powerful political party, who are in New York, Boston, Chicago, Miami,
Canada, and France?
Even if pro-democracy forces were to sit down with pro-coup people
(which pro-coup forces always refused to do before they took power),
least the symposium's participants should accurately represent Haiti's
democratic reality. Without question, the vast majority of Haitians
oppose the coup while only a tiny minority supports it. The symposium
present has these proportions reversed and is unbalanced in its
representation of the views of the Haitian majority. It's tantamount
attempting a coup d'état in the U.S. Haitian diaspora to give
to positions that hold no water with the Haitian masses.
I would say, based on the e-mail below and the compiled list of those
qualified to "discuss Haiti's future," that Ron Daniels is
today as he was last year when he tried, with Frandley Julien as his
spokesperson in Haiti, to bamboozle the African-American intelligentsia,
scholars, activists and well-meaning celebrities, such as Danny Glover
and other unsuspecting Black Americans, to join him in supporting and
collaborating with the "Group of 184" and the Latortue death
Haiti in the name of celebrating our ancestors' bicentennial.
Despite Ron Daniel's high-placed friends, the August 2004 "Cruising
History" project failed because it collaborated with putschists.
didn't succeed then and is plainly looking to humiliate himself once
Larouze fè banda tout tan soley pa leve.
Nou pap bay legen!
HLLN's position is clear. Those who
took up arms against the
constitutional government or participated in the destabilization along
with high-ranking officials within the U.S./Canada/France are
responsible for the bloodletting in Haiti right now. They are neither
freedom fighters nor "honest brokers" for Haiti. Their propaganda
be countered. The truth about Haiti and its interminably long struggle
for respect, self-determination and justice must see the light of day.
Dialogue is essential. But based on his own actions with "Cruising
History" and now with this thinly veiled attempt to marginalize
pro-democracy advocates, Ron Daniels is showing that he is the least
qualified to facilitate truthful, positive dialogue and workable
solutions to the post-coup d'état human rights debacle and general
instability in Haiti.
Below is the Haiti Support Project's letter about the symposium and
list of (alleged-by-Ron-Daniels) confirmed and unconfirmed invitees.
The Future of Democracy and Development in Haiti
March 17-18, Washington, D.C.
If you have not confirmed your attendance/participation in the
National/International Symposium on the Future of Democracy and
Development in Haiti, we sincerely hope you will do so immediately.
Confirmations are steadily coming in. Thus far the following individuals
and/or organizations have indicated they will attend/participate for
or part of the Symposium:
Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee, Congressional Black Caucus
Congressman Gregory Meeks, Congressional Black Caucus
Marc Morial, President/CEO, National Urban League
Dr. Joseph Baptiste, President National Organization for the Advancement
of Haitians (NOAH)
Hillary Shelton, Director, Washington Bureau, NAACP
Leslie Voltaire, former Minister for Haitians Living Abroad, Haiti
Roy Hastick, President/CEO, Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and
Jocelyn McCalla, Executive Director, National Coalition for Haitian
Frandley Julien, National Civic Movement, Haiti
Leonard Dunston, President, Emeritus, National Association of Black
Lionel Pressoir, SHRAC, Haiti
Dr. C. Delores Tucker, President, National Congress of Black Women
Joe Thelusca, President/CEO, Global Access Partners, LLC
Joe Leonard, Ph.D., Executive Director, National Black Leadership Forum
Jean Claude Martineau, former Dir. of Education and Culture, National
Television of Haiti
Robert Maguire, Ph.D., Director of Programs in International Affairs,
Lionel Delatour, Center for Free Enterprise and Democracy, Haiti
Rev. Justus Brutus, Director of Missions, Progressive National
Marc Prou, Executive Director, Haiti Studies Association
Damu Smith, Co-Founder, Black Voices for Peace
Dr. Gilbert Parks, Chairman Emeritus, National Medical Association
Selena Mendy Singleton, Vice-President, Trans Africa Forum
James Morrell, Director, Haiti Democracy Project
Derrick Humphries, Black Congress of Law, Health and Economics
Jocelyne Mayas, Queens Empowerment Coalition for Haitian Immigrants
Ron Hampton, Executive Director, National Black Police Association
Gabriel Marcella, (will send a position paper on trusteeship based on
Miami Herald article)
Marc Bazin, Mouvement Pour l' Instauration de la Démocratie en
Anselme Remy, Professor, University of Haiti
Martineau Guerrier, MD, former Senator, Haitian National Assembly
Serge Parisien, NOAH
Gary Flowers, National Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, Representing Rev. Jesse
Alix Baptiste, Minister for Haitians
Living Abroad, Interim Government
James Gomez, Director of International Affairs, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition
Eugenia Charles, Executive Director, Fondasyon Mapou
Jean Claude Desgranges, M.D., Haiti
Dr. Evalliere Beauplan, DDS, former Senator, Haitian National Assembly
Josette Desir, National Civic Movement,
Winifred Chauvel, Executive Director, Haitian Leadership Foundation
Mike Benge, Senior Forestry Advisor, USAID
Suzette Jean-Baptiste, National Civic Movement, Haiti
We are delighted that a number of leading African American civil rights,
human rights, religious and professional organizations/institutions
already agreed to participate in the Symposium, and we expect more
within the next few days. This is important because the Haiti Support
Project is committed to building a constituency for Haiti in the United
States with a priority on engaging African Americans to impact policy
towards the first Black Republic in the hemisphere and facilitate the
mobilization of humanitarian and developmental assistance to contribute
to improving the quality of life of the Haitian people. The Trans Africa
Forum is also doing some important work in this area.
As indicated in the initial Save-the-Date Email Notice and Invitation,
the goal of this important Symposium is to facilitate a serious and
substantive assessment and dialogue about the state of affairs in Haiti
with the objective of creating or contributing to momentum towards
positive, workable solutions to Haiti's social, economic and political
crises. In some respects the Symposium could be characterized as a
modest effort to complement the initiative recently launched by the
African Union at the behest of the Government of South Africa. The Haiti
Support Project believes that constructive ideas can and must be
generated in several quarters in order to contribute to the process
democracy and development in Haiti in a principled manner.
As I wrote in a recent article, "the Haiti Support Project ...
believes that Haiti can best be served by organizations, institutions
and individuals who can function as honest brokers, mediators and
facilitators, people who are not tied to or committed to any political
party, organization or personality within the broad array of progressive
forces in the popular movement for democracy in Haiti." It is in
spirit that we have reached out to a broad range of organizations and
individuals to engage in a dialogue at this Symposium. Everyone who
been invited is considered a resource person with something to
contribute to the process and all ideas are on the table for discussion.
HSP's ideas are colored by our primary commitment, which is to the long
suffering Haitian masses. We will always strive to be on their side
we make no apology for our position in that regard. Accordingly, at
appropriate moments during the Symposium, we will offer views and ideas
which we believe are consistent with that commitment.
Your participation in the Symposium can help make it a meaningful and
productive exercise. Therefore, we hope you will make every effort to
attend/participate. Formal letters are in the process of being mailed
However, we need your confirmation via phone or email asap! Please
contact Ka Flewellen immediately by email at HSP3971770 or call
Yours in the struggle,
Ron Daniels, Founder,
Haiti Support Project
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Men Anpil Chaj Pa Lou!!!
- is Kreyol for "Many hands make light a heavy load."
Here is what you can do to help us help
the people of Haiti:
HLLN - Action Requested from
Haiti solidarity groups and
Haitian activists for justice and democracy:
Subscribe to and circulate the
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to your mailing lists and e-mail contacts. Subscribe or
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Adopt and circulate the
Resolution (updated below) from the Haitian Lawyers
Circulate the human
rights reports, especially the latest Miami Law Center report
Do Press Work: Join our letter writing campaigns to help free the political
prisoners in Haiti, to stop the persecution of Haiti's most popular
political party and democratic movement and to restore Constitutional
rule. Write a letter, call the media, fax, - See our Press
Work page for sample letters and for contact information.
Volunteer to help us maintain
our Contact Information Sheet by sending us updated or new phone numbers
and addresses to put on our Contact
Information Sheet pages
Virtual interns and volunteers
are also needed to help us translate selected materials into French,
Kreyol, or Spanish to reach a wider audience. Volunteers with some research
and computer skills are likewise needed to help us update our "List
of Victims" and "Personal Testimonies"
pages under Campaign One.
(We have the information, what we don't
have we know where to extrapolate them, but need help to put it together
and in the format on our website page.)
More Network volunteer
also needed to concentrate as primary coordinators/contributors to one
of our seven
One internet savvy volunteer needed who is interested in logging and
archiving, for our new Ezili Danto blog, (not yet unveiled) the regular
Erzilidanto posts we send out so that those who only want to see these
at their leisure, or, who cannot receive daily
mailings, will have
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will go to pay the Associate and to continue the work of HLLN projects,
such as, our partnership with AUMOHD, the young human rights lawyers
in Haiti who are defending the defenseless poor whose only crime is
that they voted for Lavalas, supported Constitutional rule or are resisting
a return of the bloody U.S.-trained Haitian army and US-sponsored dictatorship.
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The Haiti Resolution:
1. Support the return of constitutional rule to Haiti by restoring all
elected officials of all parties to their offices throughout the country
until the end of their mandates and another election is held, as mandated
by Haiti's Constitution;
2. Condemn the killings, illegal imprisonment and confiscation of the
property of supporters of Haiti's constitutional government and insist
that Haiti's illegitimate "interim government" immediately
cease its own persecution and put a stop to persecution by the thugs
and murderers from sectors in their police force,
from the paramilitaries, gangs and former soldiers;
3. Insist on the immediate release of all political prisoners in Haitian
jails, including Prime Minister Yvon Neptune, other constitutional government
officials and folksinger-activist Sò Ann;
4. Insist on the disarmament of the thugs, death squad leaders and convicted
human rights violators and their prosecution for all crimes committed
during the attack on Haiti's elected government and help rebuild Haiti's
police force, ensuring that it excludes anyone who helped to overthrow
the democratically elected
government or who participated in other human rights violations;
5. Stop the indefinite detention and automatic repatriation of Haitian
refugees and immediately grant Temporary Protected Status to all Haitian
refugees presently in the United States until democracy is restored
to Haiti; and
6. Support the calls by the OAS, CARICOM and the African Union for an
investigation into the circumstances of President Aristide's removal.
Support the enactment of Congresswoman Barbara Lee's T.R.U.T.H Act (HR
3919) which calls for a U.S. Congressional investigation of the forcible
removal of the democratically elected President and government of Haiti.