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The Dominican Republic, Haitians and the Global War on Blackness

July 7, 2015

By Claudia De La Cruz

Reposted from http://www.ebony.com/news-views/the-dominican-republic-haitians-532#axzz3fFKZdE5G on July 7, 2015

[OPINION] Current efforts to remove Haitians from the Caribbean Nation speak to DR's long history of anti-Black policy

My grandmother was born Black and poor in Trujillo's Dominican Republic. She was only five years old when the state-sanctioned killings of thousands of Haitian migrants widely known as "the Parsley Massacre" occurred.  As a means of survival, like many other poor Blacks in the Dominican Republic, my grandma worked the sugarcane and rice fields side-by-side Haitian migrants. She often told stories about the way they were discriminated against and often beaten for being Black and poor. She cried telling stories of women and girls who were sexually assaulted by the overseers of the fields and military men. In a spirit of hope and affirmation she would add, "The good thing was that we did what we could to survive together [Haitians and Dominicans] on those fields."

 

Disaster Capitalism and Outrage in Post-Coup Honduras

July 1, 2015

By Adrienne Pine

Reposted from http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/Disaster-Capitalism-and-Outrage-in-Post-Coup-Honduras-20150628-0004.html on July 2, 2015

Former Honduran president and opposition leader Manuel Zelaya (C) leads a march in Tegucigalpa, on June 5, 2015 demanding Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez resign. | Photo: AFP

Washington continues to interfere in the internal politics of Honduras six years after the coup. On June 28, 2009, School of the Americas-trained general Romeo Vásquez Velasquez led the military coup that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya. The plane that flew the president out of the country (lent by palm oil tycoon Miguel Facussé) stopped to refuel at the Soto Cano U.S. military base before depositing Zelaya — famously still in his pajamas — in Costa Rica. The Honduran orchestrators of the coup and their Washington collaborators disingenuously justified the putsch by claiming Zelaya had broken the law by (among other things) attempting to modify the constitution to permit presidential reelection.

 

 

 

 

50 Years Of Cutting Cane May Not Be Enough To Keep Dominican Republic From Deporting You

June 30, 2015

By Roque Planas

Reposted from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/29/dominican-cane-cutters_n_7688392.html on July 1, 2015

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- When André Pérez first left Haiti for the Dominican Republic in 1964, his new employer gave him a machete, a gallon of water and a bag. The 14-year-old boy went to work cutting cane, one of the most grueling jobs the hemisphere offers, and one that is intimately tied to the advent of racial slavery his birth country had rebelled against in the 18th century. For the next five decades, he swung a machete under the tropical sun.
 

VIDEO: Check out a Short Doc on the Haitian Birthright Crisis

June 23, 2015

By Sameer Rao

Reposted from http://www.colorlines.com/articles/video-check-out-short-doc-haitian-birthright-crisis on June 26, 2015

As our country heals from the scars left by the murders in Charleston, the world is also witnessing a human rights catastrophe whose origins also partly lay in the imperialistic, racially-divisive policies of the United States. At present, hundreds of thousands of Haitians residing in the Dominican Republic (many of whom were born on Dominican soil) and working in the country are facing the threat of forced deportation. The current wave of deportations and violence has immediate roots in a 2013 court decision that decreed that being born in the Dominican Republic did not automatically constitute citizenship, but it stretches back as far as the 1937 genocide of Haitians by US-backed dictator Rafael Trujillo and remained in the form of culturally-ingrained anti-Haitian sentiment.

 

Food Justice and Food Sovereignty Organizations call out “Our Food is Not a Commodity” at upcoming US Social Forum in San José

June 10, 2015

Bellingham, Wash., June 9, 2015 - Food justice and food sovereignty organizations from the West Coast to the Midwest will converge for a People’s Movement Assembly (PMA) later this month at the upcoming US Social Forum in San José, California. The PMA, titled on Food Sovereignty: Our Food is Not a Commodity, will take place on Saturday, June 27th at 2 pm at the Washington United Youth Center in San José.

President of Honduras Promotes “Utopian Vision” Based on Violent Land Grabbing at San Francisco Event

June 8, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:

Contact: Karen Spring, Honduras Solidarity Network, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Spring.kj@gmail.com, 011-504-9507-3835

Contact: Porfirio Quintano, Honduran activist, Bay Area, California

Porfirio31@yahoo.com, 415-994-3711

Contact: Karolo Aparicio, EcoViva, Bay Area, California

karolo@ecoviva.org, 510-835-1334

President of Honduras Promotes “Utopian Vision” Based on Violent Land Grabbing

at San Francisco Event

OAKLAND, Calif., June 8, 2015 – Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez will appear in San Francisco on June 8, 2015. The president will be promoting his anti-democratic vision of “Charter Cities.” These are areas within Honduran territory where Honduran law does not apply, which are instead governed by foreign governments and corporations.

Bay Area residents will turn out to protest this assault on Honduran sovereignty, and the context in which the Charter Cities are being proposed. That is government repression, violence, and impunity, backed by strong US political and financial support.

G7 food initiative driving hunger in African countries, say global civil society groups

June 3, 2015

3 JUNE 2015. Politicians and executives from some of the world’s biggest agribusiness companies are today meeting in Cape Town, South Africa for the leadership council of the controversial New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. On the same day, a coalition of a hundred farmers organisations, social movements, unions and civil society groups around the world have released a statement calling on the G7 and African governments to stop supporting the New Alliance.

The policies of the New Alliance have been criticised as they “facilitate the grabbing of land and other natural resources, further marginalize small-scale producers, and undermine the right to adequate food and nutrition.”

Launched by the G8 in 2012, the New Alliance provides aid money from the G8 countries and helps big business invest in different countries in the African agricultural sector. But in return, African countries are required to change their land, seed and trade rules in favour of big agribusiness companies.

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