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Jean-Jacques Dessalines

Who was Jean-Jacques Dessalines and Why Does He Matter Now?

By Haiti Support Project (HSP) Posts, Reparations

By Julia Gaffield— Today is Haitian Independence Day, the anniversary of the revolution that defeated French colonialism. On January 1, 1804, Haiti became the second independent country in the Americas and the world’s first nation to permanently abolish slavery. But today is also a time to remember Jean-Jacques Dessalines, a military leader, politician, and a long-neglected hero of the Revolution who actually declared Haitian independence. Born enslaved in Saint-Domingue (Haiti’s colonial…

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Haiti: Cri De Coeur (A Documentary)

Haiti: Cri De Coeur (A Documentary)

By Editors' Choice, Haiti Support Project (HSP) Posts, Video/Audio

Free Speech TV sent journalist Herb Boyd to Haiti a month after the Jan. 12 earthquake, and he returned with this in-depth look at the situation on the ground in that devastated country. Dr. Ron Daniels of the Haiti Support Project, Alex George of the Destination Haiti Foundation, and relief specialist Joe Madison talk about the infrastructure problems the country will face in coming years, of which the destruction of…

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Haiti Support Project (HSP)

Reflecting on the 25th Anniversary of the Haiti Support Project

By Events, Haiti Support Project (HSP) Posts, News & Current Affairs

Thank you to everyone who joined us! Stay tuned for information on the rebroadcasting of this event. What: A Virtual Celebration Reflecting on the 25th Anniversary of the Haiti Support Project When: Wednesday, December 30th, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST Where: Zoom (see info below) Who: INVITED RESPONDERS (U.S.) Paul Pumphrey Joe Beasley Don Rojas Peggy Robinson Myrtha Wroy Rev Gena Thornton Herb Boyd Richard Muhammad INVITED RESPONDERS (HAITI)…

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Haiti: Celebrating the First Black Republic — Vantage Point Radio

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point December 28, 2020 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guest Elsie Saint Louis. Topic Haiti: Celebrating the First Black Republic Guest Elsie Saint Louis, Executive Director, Haitian Americans United for Progress, Inc., Cambria Heights, NY Plus “The Professor” Dr. Ron Daniels on the Soap Box Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-4PM on WBAI, 99.5FM, Pacifica Network,…

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Haitian Flag

The Haitian people: sadly and badly in need of a champion

By Commentaries/Opinions

By: Sir Ronald Sanders— Human rights and constitutional violations in Haiti have been ignored for too long by the Organisation of American States (OAS). The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has also avoided dealing with incendiary political issues in Haiti. Meanwhile, more suffering is being piled on the poor people of Haiti whose body count from malnutrition and organised violence continues to grow.  Against this background, it is not surprising that Haitians…

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US lawmakers demand Trump administration support free, fair elections in Haiti

By News & Current Affairs

By Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald — Rep. Frederica Wilson is calling on U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to clarify recent comments by a top State Department official on elections in Haiti that have been widely criticized as an attack on the country’s opposition and civic groups, and a dismissal of widespread concerns about the legitimacy of the process. Last month a senior State Department official warned political opponents of…

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A man dressed as independence hero Jean-Jacques Dessalines in Port-au-Prince,

Haiti was the first nation to permanently ban slavery

By Reparations

Why this matters today. By Julia Gaffield, The Washington Post — Global protests in support of Black Lives Matter have systematically exposed the legacies of slavery and colonialism today. This has put many on the defensive. White people are quick to tout stories of abolition, emphasizing the path bravely forged by imperial powers like Britain and France. They diminish the realities and consequences of slavery and colonialism by demanding gratitude for ending…

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Haitian President Jean-Pierre Boyer receiving Charles X’s decree recognizing Haitian independence on July 11, 1825. Bibliotheque Nationale de France

When France extorted Haiti – the greatest heist in history

By Reparations

By Marlene Daut — In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, there have been calls for defunding police departments and demands for the removal of statues. The issue of reparations for slavery has also resurfaced. Much of the reparations debate has revolved around whether the United States and the United Kingdom should finally compensate some of their citizens for the economic and social costs of slavery that still linger today. But to me, there’s never been a…

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Malcolm X

Message from Minister Malcolm on ALD: Silencing the Guns of Pandemic Oppression

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — Our annual reflective and resistance-focused celebration of the birth and life of Min. Malcolm X, May 19th and African Liberation Day, May 25th, finds us confronting an especially dangerous, difficult and demanding time. It is a taxing time of dealing with two global interrelated challenges: the pandemic of COVID-19 and the pathology of oppression in which this virus and other natural diseases and social sicknesses…

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People attempt to social distance as they wait in line in downtown Port-au-Prince on March 26, 2020

Haiti faces hunger as Covid-19 looms

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

By Chandler Thornton and Etant Dupain, CNN — Haiti is no stranger to crisis. Amid civil unrest, staggering unemployment, lack of quality health care and severe poverty, the country now faces a global pandemic that officials say could worsen its hunger crisis. “The situation has been described as a perfect storm approaching,” Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said in a briefing Tuesday, warning the spread of…

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