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Avatar Haiti: November 18, 2010 Vertieres Rememberances
Imakh interview Ezili Dantò on Khepera Radio in Holland

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Nov. 18 1803 - Ezili's HLLN Vertieres Rememberance
Interview for HLLN FreeHaitiMovement on Vertieres Day, Nov. 18, 2010. The Battle of Vertieres is the final defining battle of the Haitian revolution where the enslaved Africans beat the most powerful European armies - France, Spain, Britain and a US embargo, to destroy slavery, force assimilation and direct colonialism in Haiti. Imakh from Khepera Radio at Amsterdam, Holland interview HLLN's Ezili Dantò on current Haiti situation and historical significance of Vertieres and the continuing Haiti struggle.

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Sanba Jafrikayiti's Vertieres Rememberances on Lakou New York, 2009 LAFIMEN: Listwa Pèp Ayisyen Depi nan Ginen!


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

Haiti the Rebel
By Michel Sanon

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For November 18th, HLLN brings you, Haiti the Rebel, by Michel Sanon to recall the Battle of Vertières, the defining battle of the Haitian revolution.

Haiti the Rebel By Michel Sanon

Who is to tell me when
To celebrate my history?
Who is to tell me
When to dress my wounds
And to reminisce
My trials, my sorrow
When to shed tears
Over my brave children
And to glorify their names?
They suffered and died
Every bloody month
Of the bloody year.
I was born
Of abject inhumanity
With the noble destiny
Of carrying the sword
Of precious humanity
In a New World
Cursed by the West Storm
And raped by the powers
Of greed, wickedness, and death.
I am the mother of martyrs
Of survivors and overcomers.
Alone, I faced the wrath
Of this world's powers
In March of 1802.
Their mighty venom
Could not cripple me.
I stepped on the snakes head
In May of 1803
And created for ever
The symbol of my pride.
How many now really know
My history?
How many care?
Alone, with my hurting hands
I broke the first link
Of the mighty chain
Of human curse
Called slavery.
Alone on the traitorous hill
Of the New World
I carried the cross of a race
Into this century
Of furious revolution
And industrialization
Refusing to get crucified.
I've been chained
I've been robbed
I've been raped and stabbed
And I have fought back
Fearlessly, continuously.
Alone I have paid and paid.
I have paid the senseless price
I have paid the endless price
For my vital exploits.
Humanity at large
Enjoys the benefits
Gratelessly, pompously.
Every bloody month
Of every bloody year
I have fought constantly
With a burning spear
Stuck in my chest.
Sometimes it weakens me
But I always rise
High above the pain
And the wickedness
Of powerful forces
From near and far
To claim my dignity.
I have friends
Who suck up my blood
When tired I fall asleep.
They set my house ablaze
To scare my children away
From my wounded heart.
Though today I choose to stand
And stand in pride and love
With my dear family
To celebrate in harmony
Our common history
In the month of February
I was alone when in Vertières
I rose to face the Devil
When hell broke loose
Unleashing its fire storm
With waves of flame rushing
To engulf me whole...
Alone in the vast universe
I froze hell over
And walked on its ashes
To create my own history.
Nobody stood by my side.
I alone remember.
It was the eighteenth day
Of a month called

On this November 18, Haitians, currently under Euro-US-led UN occupation, remember the heroes of the Haitian revolution. Remember Kapwa Lamò, Jean Jacques Dessalines, all the Maroons, Mari Jann at Crete-a-Pierrot and how the Haitian identity and indomitable courage was forged out of the fiery crucible of war against white terror, tyranny and enslavement.

Jafrikayiti's LAFIMEN: Listwa Pèp Ayisyen Depi nan Ginen!

Forwarded by Ezili's Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network

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Human Rights Lawyer, Ezili Danto is dedicated to correcting the media lies and colonial narratives about Haiti. An award winning playwright, a performance poet, author and lawyer, Ezili Danto is founder of the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network, (more...)

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