UN troops have occupied Haiti since June 2004, in violation of the Haitian Constitution and the UN Charter. While claiming the troops will finally be withdrawn by Oct. 15, the UN is keeping an armed force of 1,400 foreign police officers in Haiti under a new name – MINUJUSTH – to “supervise” Haitian elections and governance. Meanwhile, through massively shunned elections, neo-Duvalierists have captured the presidency and parliament, while Lavalas currents are divided and weak. What do all these developments mean for Haiti’s 30-year-old movement for democracy, justice, and sovereignty?
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Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) produce live talk show: 30 Frames a Second
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Nat Wood is an MNN Producer ("30 Frames a Second") ("Community Cop") et al, and a civil and human rights activist and tenant organizer. He helped establish his ramshackle tenement Tenants' Association in 1978 and transform it into the thriving HDFC Co-op it is today. He has worked with 96 year old consumer activist Florence M. Rice, traveled extensively as journalist including coverage of Haiti, and worked with multiple organizations dedicated to advancing the cause of human rights across the globe.
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Haiti Liberte Newspaper
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Kim Ives is a founder of the weekly newspaper Haiti Liberté, where he is a writer and an editor. Previously, he wrote, edited, and photographed for Haïti Progrès for 23 years. Ives has also made several documentary films about Haiti including Bitter Cane, and assisted in the making of others, like Killing the Dream and Rezistans. He is also a founding member of the International Support Haiti Network (ISHN), formerly the Haiti Support Network (HSN), and has led numerous delegations to Haiti since 1986 to investigate human rights violations, union struggles, peasant land conflicts, and state-enterprise privatization campaigns. Ives is a co-host of the bi-weekly radio program “Lanbi Call,” previously known as "Haiti: The Struggle Continues," which airs on WBAI 99.5 FM in New York. Ives has contributed to several books on Haiti and written for numerous publications including The Guardian, The Nation, NACLA, The Progressive
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Brown Eyez Magazine , Ayiti and Disapora Business
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Over the past ten years, Pojanee "PJ" Fleury has worked independently as a publisher and community organizer. PJ is a progressive community health-conscious advocate and dedicated educator; she founded Brown Eyez Publishing Group to serve as a resource network for communities of color. The Group publishes several magazines including Brown Eyez Magazine (Holistic Health), Behind The Scenes Magazine (Arts & Entertainment) and Kiskeya Magazine (Ayiti & Diaspora Business). For more information visit www.browneyezpubgroup.com. PJ's service to the community includes youth leadership and health programming, ending police brutality, and city wide arts and culture events i.e. parades in the Brooklyn, Bronx, and Harlem. Congresswoman Yvette Clark presented PJ with a Special Congressional Recognition Certificate for Outstanding and Invaluable Service to the Community and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams recognized her efforts with a Citation. Her drive is based on her Haitian-American heritage, which teaches her to be resilient in the face of adversity and strive for the principals of equal rights and justice.
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Long-time Haitian activist and Labor Organizer. Member Steering Committee, Haiti Support Network, co-founder of Black Lives Matter in the Dominican Republic .
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