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Ezili Dantò's Message to Paul Farmer, Senate Foreign Rel. Committee, Dobbins and Francois

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A message to Paul Farmer, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, James Dobbins & Ronny Francois: Actions we are mobilizing for the world at HLLN

"Transformation is only valid if it is carried out with the people, not for them. Liberation is like a childbirth, and a painful one. The person who emerges is a new person: no longer either oppressor or oppressed, but a person in the process of achieving freedom. It is only the oppressed who, by freeing themselves, can free their oppressors."-- Paulo Freire, from Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Hold on Ayiti, Kenbe La

Folks, an international crime is happening in Haiti, again. And none of the people coming on TV or going to Congressional hearings are willing to speak truth to power. I just watch Paul Farmer bite his tongue and allow Senator John Kerry, Chris Dodd, Bob Corker and others to talk about putting Haiti under receivership because the Haitian government is too weak to take care of its own people. What weakened the Haitian government? Wasn't it the US, their multinateral financial institutions, their NGOs and the "private sector" they represent, that forced Haiti's governments, since 1991, not to invest in public services? The absolute lunacy of having to listen to that hearing, particularly the second half of it, is unsupportable. Unsupportable.

Watch the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing with Dobbins, Farmer and Rony Francois.

It's a piece of theater. Sci-fi really. James Dobbins said the NGOs have delivered services to Haiti with fair reliability and accountability. That's not true. He says the 9,000 UN soldiers already in Haiti have done a good job in Haiti these last 6-years and should remain another ten years at least, with reinforcement, to continue building prisons, courts, police. Dobbins fails to mention that all the Supreme Court justices in Haiti were imposed on the people, the duly appointed ones were DISMISSED by the imposed Bush's Haiti technocrats in 2005. The largest political party in Haiti has been excluded from participating in elections since Bush's Boca Raton Regime came to power and even under the puppet Preval. Dobbins also fails to mention in UN occupied Haiti thousands upon thousands of Haiti's young men were warehoused, indefinitely put in prisons, without trial, hearing or ever having been convicted of a crime. He failed to mention the history of charity workers and UN rapes, sexual abuse and molestation in Haiti. Their trafficking in Haitian children and drug dealing. He fails to notice the UN "help" in Haiti for six years did not build any infrastructure, flood barriers, roads for the farmers to get their products to market, or do anything that could have eased the suffering from this earthquake. That they were NOWHERE to be found, as first responders the first three days of the earthquake, just as the over 10,000 NGOs in Haiti were nowhere to be found. Basic public services like security, power, health and education that were already very fragile in Haiti were gutted by the last Bush-supported regime change in Haiti and subsequent UN/US occupation. Their policies were carried out by the NGOs, the World Bank and other Intenational Financial Institutions controlled by the US and by the UN proxy military force. But Dobbins wants these same folks and the World Bank to rebuilt Haiti!

At HLLN, we thought that this time it's impossible for the international community to do the usual and blame the "corrupt Haitians" for the massive amounts of food aid that arrived the first week of the earthquake that are still stockpiled to this day at the Toussaint Louverture Airport while the people starve, suffer and die. But if you watched the Senate hearings, it may have taken them 2-weeks to blame the Haitians for the slow delivery, but indeed they did. Saying it was the poor Haiti infrastructure that was responsible for the slow delivery of US aid. Yet, even as I write today, over two weeks since the earthquake, and the US took over, relief aid is STILL not getting to the vast majority of Haiti's people. But if the US and the UN is going to blame Haitian lack of public services for the slow delivery of medical treatment, rescue, water and food. Never mind that everything fell down and if there had been infrastructure it would have also similarly collapsed. But, if the international community will do the racist thing and blame Haiti as usual without equivocation. Than HLLN with defend the people and point out that the Israeli's had no problem rescuing people, neither did the other first responders from Cuba, Venezuela, China, Belgium, Iceland, et al.

The next day after the earthquake, far away Iceland found the Haitian government, secured formal invitation to come and rescue and got their teams there ahead of the US not even knowing if the Haitian airport was working when they took off, figured they'll reroute and land in the Dominican Republic if they had to. But the airport was being manned by grieving and earthquake shocked-Haitians at that time, who guided the Icelandic teams' arrival and they went on to do a tremendous job to rescue people under the rubble, give medical relief, despite the communication challenges. And since the US and UN want to talk about the weak Haitian government and its failures to provide basic public services as the main reason for their absence in the first few days of the earthquake and the continued slow delivery of relief, we shall point to the US and the international community's policy that forced Haiti to sell-off and privatize government run companies that were providing public services, their funding NGOs to compete with government public service initiatives and their aid that never helps Haiti government because it goes directly to upholding the international charities that give aid to the anti-democratic elites and opposition to participatory democracy to undercut duly elected Haitian governments.

This Senate Committee hearing on Haiti universally obfuscated the role of the United States in weakening Haiti's government. Even Paul Farmer, now working for Bill Clinton and the UN occupiers, as he is, must bite his tongue and listen to a coup d'etat Haitian - Rony Francois - talk about a list of demands they made for Haiti through Jeb Bush when the majority of Haitians were fighting against their Boca Raton regime and getting MURDERED by the US marines and UN military. Paul you know the people of Haiti have got high regards for you. And I admire your work, but you're lost my brother and if you weren't one of us, this wouldn't hurt so much to watch. Nothing, Paul, is worth this unusual alliance. Respect the struggle. If you must stop, then do. But don't give us more work to do. "The international A Team," Paul Farmer, cannot be the same suspects who brought about the problem in the first place! It will just prolong our pain, cost more Haitian life. Receivership of Haiti is being bandied about in this hearing, and there's NO ONE, no one to represent the interests of the Haitian people without equivocation. Folks we have to stop this. Stop this!

The Senators just repeated the same old self-serving lines that the US has tried in VAIN for decades, nay, centuries, to "HELP Haiti" and Haiti won't cooperate, so now they should just take over Haiti! Farmer just squirmed and weaseled around the truth and let that Haitian doctor, Rony Francois, talk about how the coup d'etat Haitians represent the Haitian majority abroad and are not just the technocratic sell-outs. The lies stink. Meanwhile, the media keeps feeding us pictures of white women embracing confused Black Haitian "orphans" showing their great love for our small children while at the same time feeding us white hysteria about the older Haitians being savage beasts who will pounce on a foreigner - they are gangsters that kill, rape, loot and riot! Never mind there's no proof of this massive looting and killing and raping. If their too old to cuddle on TV like little pets, their black BEAST!!!

Please read Statement on Haiti adoptions from adoptees of color.

Please tell your representatives that Haitians do not want to be further colonized. We've suffered enough humiliation at the hand of the do-gooders. Tell them to just use all that donation money people are sending to Haiti and give it to the supermarket owners for their entire stock and let the people have whatever is there. Not one Haitian life is worth losing to protect food that's already rotting under the rubble but that may keep a human being alive. NOT one!

For three decades now in Haiti, the United States has been forcing on Haiti a neo-liberal policy which maintains that government should not provide public services and should get out of the life of the people and let the "free market" the marketplace - do its thing. Today the Senators at the Congressional hearing on Haiti, sat around bemoaning the weak Haitian government their policies brought about, as if they had NOTHING to do with it. And had the gall to talk about the World Bank should do reconstruction, the UN security and the World Relief NGOs provide basic services. All these entities are failures EVERYWHERE in the world. But no, it's Haitians who are failures.

Never mind that the Chicago-boys forced privatization on Haiti and when Aristide resisted, removed him from office, not once but TWICE. Never mind their dumping Arkansas rice into Haiti destroyed Haiti's agriculture so the people can't go find some food right now. No. The Senators commenting at that hearing, some, with more corrupt charges circling around their heads then any poor Haiti public official, get on TV and lie, lie, lie. None dare mention the US's unholy alliance with the mercenary white Haitian families in Haiti. None. But they can slam President Preval of Haiti like there's no tomorrow! Why not, they don't need him anymore to uphold their occupation. Nope. Just like they don't need Wyclef anymore to give a Black face down there legitimizing first, the Boca Raton imposition, and then the UN occupation. Nope. The brother is about to learn what it means to be HAITIAN. Hope he's ready.

All of the sudden his Yele Foundation has some sort of tax problem. His entourage can't land at the Toussaint Louverture airport. Uhmmm, and no offense to Travolta, but John Travolta's sciencestology is landing there just fine, just fine. Poor Wyclef, he made the mistake a few days after the earthquake of going to the airport and trying to take the food there to go distribute. Oh no he was told, the logistics have to be worked out. NGOS have to go "assess." The fact that the brother could actually mobilize the people, form a human food chain line and have Haitians helping each other, isn't the plan. Oh no. Now he's barred. Take the place of the failed World Relief NGOs, not happening they say. Compete for charity dollars with the Red Cross, get out of here. He's got "tax problems."

I said this before and got lambasted but I'll say it again. All the charities and World Relief NGOs that cannot respect the dignity of the earthquake victims and only act to reinforce dependency in Haiti, must leave Haiti. Get out. Such career charity workers have been rescuing us for far too, too long. 45,000 Americans in Haiti they say. They've lived there peacefully, now that the walls have tumbled, it seems they're all scared of Haitians. I wonder why? The US soldiers, and I've got nothing against these men personally, they are just young men caught in a repugnant profit-over-people Robert Gates Pentagon, but they need to also leave. Just back away from the airport and let starving and wounded and hurting Haitians take the food, water and whatever supplies the world community has sent to Haiti and leave Haiti alone. Haitians are not children, they don't need hysterical, fearful NGO workers to be handing them food while looking at them as savages. Don't need to handle sensationalism and stereotypes while mourning and rebuilding. Haitians ought to be doing the food distribution, redesigning and rebuilding of Haiti with supportive partners. In fact dignity requires they do it. Please. Here's the actions we are mobilizing the world for at HLLN:

HLLN's Disaster relief with human rights (Part 1)

1. Haiti needs emergency humanitarian aid rescue, recovery, relief and rebuilding, not military occupation.

The occupation of the Toussaint Louverture international airport and other Haitian national spaces by foreign militaries, especially by the US/UN, Canada and France, must end and these areas be returned to the control of the people of Haiti.

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