Statement: Haiti’s Peasants Stand in Solidarity w US protesters

The Global Women’s Strike works with the Haiti Action Committee (HAC) in support of the grassroots movement for democracy in Haiti.  HAC is distributing the important message below from Haitian peasant organizations who say: ‘We Stand In Solidarity to Demand an End to Police Terror’.
Press Release from
Peasant Organizations in Haiti,
Port-au-Prince May 31, 2020
Haiti Action Committee is honored to distribute this message of solidarity from peasant
organizations in Haiti. It was translated from the original Kreyol version, illustrated below.
As the signers so clearly state, “Hand in hand, let’s
struggle together to eradicate racism and injustice.”

From Haiti to the U.S. – One Struggle, One Fight.

We Stand In Solidarity To Demand An End To Police Terror

We strongly denounce the brutal acts of the police against people in the United States who are demonstrating to demand justice for George Floyd, who died tragically at the hands of racist police in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. We know also that there are many other Black people who are victims at the hands of racist police in the United States. This includes: 1.    Breonna Taylor, who the police in Kentucky killed inside her home. 2.    Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia who was killed by two racist whites connected with the police. 3.    And the list goes on. The police in Haiti act with the same brutality against the Haitian people, especially when we demand our rights guaranteed by the Constitution. Here are the names of some of the people who the police in Haiti assassinated in the past several days:
  1.    May 30, 2020 — Walking Blanc and another young man were shot by the police at about 8:00 p.m. in Kazo (Port-au-Prince) because they were in the street during curfew. 2.    May 22, 2020 — Louis, an employee of the Ministry for Social Affairs, shot by the police while on his way to buy milk for his child. 3.    May 16, 2020 — James, a young man on St. Martin St., shot by a police armored vehicle as he was helping his brother, who had difficulty walking, cross the street. 4.    May 10, 2020 — Two young men killed as a police armored vehicle opened fire on a group of young men on Dechant St. in the area of Pont-Rouge. 5.    We cannot forget Roberto Badio Thelusma, 14 years old. The police shot him in February 2019 as he was helping his mother with her soft drinks business. 6.    And the list goes on. These crimes were committed just in Port-au-Prince alone. It is the police from the US and Canada that train the police of Haiti.

People in the U.S. have always acted in solidarity with the people of Haiti as we struggle to become a country with full respect for human rights. Today, we follow the history of our ancestors as we stand in solidarity with the people of the U.S., particularly the Black community that is subjected to racist attacks and oppression.

Hand in hand, let us struggle together to eradicate racism and injustice.

Signers below are Representatives of Peasant Organizations:

Potoprens: Jeanette Denis, Oswald Jean
SenMak: Frantz Malherbe, Dorain Pierre
Jeremie: Marie Carmelle Destin, Thony François
Lenbe: Paul Godin, Ignace Celestin
Terye Wouj: Marie Rene Janvier, Paul Desmarais
Jan Rabel: Octavius Pierre, Ronald Jacques
Lazil: Kesnel Solitaire, Justin Sanon
Aken: Sonel Piercin, Marc Evalis
Bene: Jean Marc Leger, Sony Sanon
Belade: Pierre Noel

Event: Mexico Mothers of Disappeared & Haiti Insurrection

Dear Friends,
Please note the meeting on Sat 5 Oct is at 4pm (not 2pm).

The Transformative Power of Mexico’s Movement of Mothers of the Disappeared With Laura Carlsen and a special news report
Another Haitian Revolution? Margaret Prescod reporting from Haiti

Saturday 5 October 2019, 4pm Crossroads Women’s Centre 25 Wolsey Mews, Kentish Town, London NW5 2DX
Fully accessible All welcome
***Please pass on to lists and contacts***

Laura Carlsen, director of the Americas Program, is available to speak on Mexico’s transformation, immigration, the movement of families of the disappeared, human rights and the feminist movement, international relations with the US and Central America, the war on drugs.

Mexico bucked the trend of rightwing governments in Latin America on July 1, 2018, when Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador won the presidential election by a landslide. The geopolitics of the Hemisphere shifted and the promises of a “radical transformation” in the nation that was once the laboratory of neoliberalism raised expectations, not only in Mexico but around the world.
Where are we now, more than a year later? What has changed and what has not?

As Mexico attempts major anti-corruption, redistribution and national development programs, the U.S. government is moving rapidly toward openly white supremacist, patriarchal and oligarchical rule—with widespread popular support. Antagonism toward Mexico, the left and especially immigrants of color have been the cornerstone of the Trump administration and now intensifies with his re-election campaign.

How much margin of maneuver does the AMLO government have? International financial markets and investors threaten to punish any small step that reforms the market-based model and Trump’s tariffs and other threats have already modified especially immigration policy. On the other hand, how much change does the president really want? Some indigenous organizations criticize development plans as the same models of megaprojects and extractivism that has threatened their land and their peoples. The government has achieved gender parity, but feminists point to continued violence against women and attacks on rights. As we see some advances, human rights abuses and corruption are proving more intractable than many thought, and crime-related violence has flared.
Join us to discuss the Mexico that the mainstream media hides—what’s happening, government strategies, how citizen organizations are responding, the U.S. role, and the changing connections that bind the region.

The CIP Americas Program seeks university and community-based sponsors to host events during our 2019 Speaking Tour, September 28-October 10. ***Please book events as soon as possible***
(All proceeds go to support the work of the Americas Program and partner organizations in Mexico)
Laura Carlsen is a bilingual, binational (Mexico-United States) political analyst, journalist and media commentator in Mexico. She holds a Masters from Stanford University in Latin American Studies, and has written extensively on NAFTA, the drug war, immigration and gender issues in The Nation, Le Monde, USA Today, the New York Times, Truth Out and others. She edits the Americas Updater and is a regular columnist for Desinformémonos, Foreign Policy in Focus, Counterpunch, and a commentator with KPFK, Al Jazeera, CGTN, Democracy Now!, NPR and other Mexican television and radio stations. She hosts the TV programs Hecho in America, Interviews From Mexico and Updates from South of the Border on The Real News. She is author and co-editor of Confronting Globalization: Economic Integration and Popular Resistance in Mexico and has participated as an analyst and activist in the movements against militarization and for human rights on both sides of the border.

Ms. Carlsen is available to speak on Mexico–the situation from above in national politics and regional geopolitics, and from below in grassroots responses and resistance– in English or Spanish. Specific presentations can be tailored to the interests of the host organization; presentations can include brief videos, accompanying slides; questions and dialogue with the audience is encouraged.