Created on Saturday, 10 November 2007 13:10
Written by Kevin Pina
Join Danny Glover, Martin Sheen*, Ron Kovic* and others in a
24 Hour Fast for the safe return of Haitian human rights activist Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine
by Kevin Pina
Pierre-Antoine, the internationally respected Haitian human rights
activist, disappeared in Haiti on the evening of 12 August, 2007.
He is an
extraordinary grassroots organizer beloved by his community, and a
leading advocate for the poor, including street children, teenage
mothers and victims of torture.
Please urge the Brazilian government
which plays a key role as head of the UN forces responsible for law and
order in Haiti since the 2004 coup, as well as the governments of the
US and Canada, (which are also key figures) to do all in their power,
including making resources available to ensure Lovinskyâ€™s immediate and
safe release to his family and the community who need him.
Tuesday, Nov. 13 gather at 10:30am, outside the Brazilian Consulate on 8484 Wilhire Blvd (at La Cienega), Beverly Hills
all owe a great debt to the Haitian people.
Haiti holds a special
place in the hearts of many.
As the first Black republic, Haiti led
the way for the emancipation of those enslaved everywhere; it was a
refuge for Simon Bolivar, the liberator of Latin America, and Haitian
troops fought alongside him.
The spirited and principled determination
of Haitian people and their refusal to bend to the powerful forces
which have tried to keep them down, have been and continue to be an
inspiration throughout the world but especially to those of us who work
to defend human rights.
Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine personifies the
Haitian spirit which refuses to submit despite all the odds.
YOU CAN DO The Haitian grassroots has called for worldwide actions to
press for Lovinskyâ€™s release. You can answer their call by:
Â· Joining to initiate the fast outside the Brazilian Consulate. Commit to
fast on Nov. 13, for all 24 hours or whatever part of the day you can.
Ask your friends to join you.
Â· Coming out to support the call for Lovinskyâ€™s safe return whether you are fasting or not.
Â· Signing the petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/august/petition.html, circulating it in your networks
Â· Contacting your local press or media to tell them about this campaign
to bring Lovinsky back, or calling a fast or vigil where you are
Pierre-Antoine is co-founder of Fondasyon Trant Septanm, an
organization formed by family members and others concerned about the
victims of the 1991 coup in Haiti.
Similar to the work of
internationally renowned Mothers of the Disappeared in Central and
South America, for over a decade, the September 30th Foundation held
weekly vigils demanding justice for victims of human rights violations
and for the release of political prisoners.
Lovinsky was co-founder
of Fondasyon Kore Timoun Yo (Foundation for the Support of Children)
for young street children in Port au Prince, FAM (Foyer pour
Adolescentes MÃ¨res), a center for teenage mothers, and Map Viv ("I
Live"), a program designed to give medical and psychological aid to the
victims of the 1991 coup.
His present community-based human rights
organization Fondasyon Trant Septnm grew out of the workof those
Coordinated by the Ad Hoc Working Group on
Haiti which includes: ANSWER Coalition, CISPES/LA, Coalition in
Solidarity with Haiti, Global Womenâ€™s Strike/LA, International Action
Center, and the Pan African Activist Coalition.
For info call 323-276-9833; email:
websites: www.haitisolidarity.net; www.HaitiAction.net; www.globalwomenstrike.net
* have been invited