For Immediate Release
Once again, our country Haiti is in turmoil and thus in the front and editorial pages of the U.S. mainstream press. The justified revolt of the Haitian masses against the centuries old genocidal plots of our sworn enemies is once again being sold as the incapacity of Haitians to resolve our differences and govern our country. Were Haitians to “play nice” and allow the continued abrogation of our sovereignty, the pillage and plunder of our country’s resources, to be play toys for foreign tourists, and to be no more than a cheap labor pool for international capitalism then, of course, our country would cease to be called a failed state. Haiti was born in struggle. Struggle is in our DNA.
We are a coalition of 4 New York City based Haitian community organizations, Citizens Committee to Protect Haitians, KOMOKODA (The Committee to Mobilize Against Dictatorship in Haiti), Fanmi Lavalas NY Coordination, and Platfòm Pitit Desalin who have come together to demonstrate our support for our sisters and brothers who are in the streets of Haiti fighting and dying for justice and their human right to respect and dignity. We support their demand for the immediate ouster of illegitimate U.S. installed puppet President Michel “Sweet Micky” Martelly; the end of the US-UN occupation of our country; and the end of the 200-plus years of foreign meddling in the political affairs of our country.
We ask everyone to join us this coming Friday February 5th, 2016, 1pm-4pm as we protest outside the New York City office of the US State Department. For those who are not in the area we are calling for all in the Haitian diaspora and all true freedom loving people wherever you maybe to hold a protest that day or sometime this week in solidarity with the people of Haiti. February 7th is a historic date for our people. It is the date that the Duvalier dictatorship was forced to flee in 1986. On that day in 1991, Jean Bertrand Aristide, our first democratically elected president came to power. It is day this year that the apprentice dictator Martelly is to give up power. He has so far said that he will not leave.
NYC Haitian community protest in front of the NYC U.S. State Department Office
Date: Friday, February 5th, 2016
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Place: 666 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10019
Parole Board Drags Its Feet on COMPAS
January 21, 2016
New York State and the entire country are engaged in a serious public conversation on the meaning of justice and how it is applied in our communities, courts and prisons. Issues of particular importance to the legal community enter into that discussion, including sentencing reform, mandatory minimums, wrongful convictions and the ways in which racism shapes the application of justice. As lawyers with many decades of experience representing people caught up in the criminal justice system, we welcome that conversation. Whether in the media, including the New York Law Journal, in courtrooms, or in legislatures, there is a growing recognition that our justice system has too often been unfair and its punishments vengeful and draconian.
From this conversation has emerged a national consensus that we have relied too much on incarceration to solve social problems and enhance public safety. The incarceration of huge numbers of people has not lowered our crime rate. It has, however, separated families, contributed to the impoverishment of entire communities, and returned literally millions of people to the community burdened with statutory and social obstacles to successful lives. Read the rest of this entry »
Thank you all for running and congratulations to the WBAI members who saw right through the stuff those other folks were slinging.
Lynne lead with 482 first place votes. Their top vote-getter received 189 votes.
King, John, Ralph and Pauline were also elected, while Dacio is first runner-up and Eugene is fourth runner-up.
Janet Coleman was term-limited on December 22, 2015 and our Vajra Kilgour inherited the year remaining in her term as the bylaws require. The ACE-Indy crew are claiming that the staff runner-up from the new election should get Coleman’s seat.
Oscar Lopez Rivera is one of the Puerto Rican independence fighter who has served longest in US prisons. A massive campaign has been being waged for him throughout the US, Puerto Rico and around the world.
Now Oscar Lopez Rivera has issued a statement about Puerto Rican political prisoner Ana Belen Montes, who is serving one of the harshest sentences of total isolation in US federal prison at Carswell (compare to Leonard Peltier or the Angola 3 for an example of similarly barbaric punishment). (See article “Ana Belen Montes: Buried Alive” if you haven’t already read about her from this list).
“Various friends and companeros have asked how I would feel about having Ana Belen Montes’ name alongside mine in the campaign for my freedom. It woud be a great honor for me. I think that every Puerto Rican who loves justice and freedom should be proud of Ana Belen. What she did was more than heroic. She what every person who believes in peace, justice and liberty and in the right of every nation to govern itself in the best way possible and without intervention or threats from anyone would have done. She did what she did because she knew that the government of the United States was intent on destroying the Cuban government and imposing on the Cuban people a system designed by Washington, one more attempt at regime change. The objectives of the US government were criminal and if she hadn’t acted as she did she would have been supporting those actions. We should all be proud of her, support her and demand her release from prison.”