isten to Obama's empty "Wi Nou Kapab - Yes We Can"
promise for change to Haitian-Americans
Deportations did not stop, Haitians were not granted TPS, political prisoners were not released, US HOPE Act enabled the Haitian Oligarchy to reject fairer minimum wages. UN/MINUSTAH soldiers, known to the Haitian poor as the "vampires of leisure" in Haiti, continued their sexual assaults and killing of Haitians with impunity even with Bill Clinton being named as UN Special Envoy to Haiti and Paul Farmer as his Deputy Envoy. NGO's continue to undermine Haitian government. There's no oversight or accountability on USAID. False foreign aid, false charity, harmful food aid and unfair trade, continues. Foreign pillaging of Haiti resources and riches with the exclusion of the Haitian people and no sharing of profits with poor Haitians to raise the majority's standard of living, continues under this Obama Administration.
Last year around this time, Father Jean Juste was still alive, a pioneering champion in the struggle for human rights for Haitians living at home and in the US. This year this giant fighter for Haitian human rights and sovereignty is gone but he left us a path to follow. So, we begin this piece by inviting everyone to visit our pages in Homage to Father Gerard Jean Juste, the special photographic report at: HLLN's PhotoGallery - Wake and Funeral of Father Gerard Jean Juste, and our report on Father Jean Juste's final days, the Miami funeral and the negative Miami Herald reporting, which Ezili's HLLN summarily exposed that you'll not read about anywhere else. (See, Ezili's HLLN Blasts Miami Herald's Coverage of Jean Juste Memorial - Reports the Counter-Colonial Narrative.)
Last year around this time HLLN was writing about how:
Food Donations Rot in New York while Haitian Storm Victims Starve and Die
Reporting that Deportations to storm-crippled Haiti, which George W. Bush had stopped for three months from Sept to Dec. 9, 2008, had just resumed.
We were urging a stop to all deportations to Haiti and that Haitians be granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS), as well as helping to mobilize "critical" support for the presidential vote, pushing for Obama to win the White House so a less tyrannical US presence could be established in Haiti.
HLLN crafted a Haiti position paper and submitted it to the Obama Team even before he was elected. (What Haitian-Americans Ask of the New U.S. President)
We wrote: "Haitian-Americans ask the next US president and Congress to....end the UN occupation; stop unequal immigration treatment of Haitian refugees and asylum seekers; cancel, without condition, Haiti's debt to international financial institutions; void unfair trade, start reciprocal trade, restrict free trade so not to dump food and other imports into Haiti that eviscerate Haiti's domestic growth and by also calibrating to Haiti's domestic needs for agricultural expansion, public works, job creation, health care, schools, sanitation, infrastructure, and by adding enforceable human rights, labor, environmental rights provisions in US trade laws; permanently stop all deportations to Haiti, grant TPS; stop trading for Haiti with USAID, demand new foreign aid guidelines and oversight of USAID in Haiti. Investigate the role of US in the 2004 coup d'etat where US Special forces forcibly exiled President Jean Bertrand Aristide via an unmarked plane used for renditions."
Barack Obama came into office and sent Bill Clinton to Haiti with a "development plan" for more sweatshops enabling the Haitian Oligarchy and President Rene Preval to reject a mere .63 cents an hour minimum wage increase in order to please US sweatshop owners.
So, today in Haiti, it's better for the people NOT to work at the measly $3.00 per day (.38 cents an hour) jobs than to work! Most times transportation and lunch cost more than the worker makes per day. Food in Haiti, like everything else, is imported from the US (via extortionist "free-trade" policies forced upon Haiti) and costly.
Meanwhile, one of the first clues to Haitians that Obama would be more of the same as George W. Bush for Haiti and that there would be no TPS was the prompt release, on Feb 27, 2009, of a study singling out Haitians amongst all other ethnic groups for deportation. The study revealed that in a span of 20 or more years, 30,000 Haitians had been ordered deported by US Federal immigration judges. No information was released for any other nationalities who had been ordered deported, only Haitians. And only to escalate fear of a Black planet if Obama was even contemplating allowing 30,000 disease-ridden Black Haitians to remain in the US!
After that little media propaganda, there was no more talk of Obama granting TPS to Haitians.
In fact, it seemed that Obama's Homeland Security felt it must make it a priority to hunt down, apprehend, incarcerate and deport Haitian asylum seekers to storm ravaged, famine-stricken Haiti, never mind this was in contravention to international and US national refugee laws for providing safe haven, right to life, security of person, equality under the law and to seek and receive asylum. HLLN asked the question "There are approximately 560,000 ordered deportees in the US, why are only the 30,000 from Haiti being SELECTED for enforcement priority and/or highlighted in the media by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE")?" (HLLN on the report that 30,000 Haitians have been ordered deported by US Federal immigration judges.)
Today Haitians are being routinely deported to Haiti. But others, like the Liberians, whose President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a US sycophant who went to Harvard, Obama's alma mater, and who is providing their territory as a launching pad perhaps for US military command for Africa (AFRICOM), were granted DED by Obama immediately.
Approximately 20,000 Liberians living in the U.S. who had TPS that was about to expire, had their status extended. Their humanitarian needs and circumstances are similar to that of Haitians. But no TPS or DED for Haiti from Obama. Nothing for Haitians. No.
With Haiti, the US has already TAKEN everything they want, via the proxy UN occupation and the shock and awe of the 2004 Coupnapping of democratically-elected President Aristide. There's no need to negotiate or cajole when all has been attained by force already from defenseless Haitians and the UN occupation is deflecting charges of imperialism and racism while a USAID/NGO shadow government cancels out Preval's puppet government. (Emiliano Echeverria & Pierre Labossiere: Coups in Honduras and Haiti (video))
Last year, in December of 2008, and some three months after the most severe hurricanes to hit Haiti in remembered times - the four 2008 Haiti hurricanes/storms - according to human rights organizations, famine and disease had settled in and the people in the badly hit town of Gonaives were still living on rooftops. Various reports indicated that foreign aid and donations had unraveled, especially because the international NGOs and humanitarian organizations were not working in cooperation with the Haitian government, routinely by-passing them. There was no clear coordination among them.
Towards the end of October 2008, at least 26 severely malnourished children died in the Baie d'Orange communal section in Belle-Anse, a remote region of Haiti.
Also in December, there was a school collapse where almost 100 children died.
In New York, 65 tons of food collected by New York Haitians for Haiti still remained in storage after four months because USAID instructed the food had to go to one of its approved NGOs, not directly to the Haitian government. Ezili's HLLN was told, upon inquiring why these donations were not flown out as urgency demanded, that the Federal Government declined transport and even when New York offered to pay for transport, their National Guards were denied airspace clearance. It seemed that USAID, as the US Federal Government agency in charge, would rather see the collected food, water and medicine rot than have their contractors NOT make money off its shipment and delivery in Haiti! And, it did rot in a warehouse in New York while the storm-ravaged people New York Haitians had collected it for, starved and died.
Aid workers and even a US lawmaker expressed fear that the death toll could rise much higher as more Haitian children starve and die without ever receiving appropriate nutrition therapy. Compounding this was the worldwide financial and food crisis requiring the bailout of the most wealthy in the world.
According to the U.N. the world wide resulting high food prices created more hunger.
This was about the time, Ezili's HLLN stepped up its TPS campaign, stating that under these circumstances, it was not the time to deport Haitians, who are providing the most direct aid to Haiti and sending life-saving remittances to their starving families, to storm crippled-Haiti..."
Our concerns fell on deaf ears.
Obama was electedand he did less than even Bush. For, at least Bush had stopped all deportations to Haiti for three months.
Since Obama's inauguration on January 20, 2009, Haitians are routinely deported, held in chains in ICE detention centers and or with monitoring devices.