imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Local Actions on the One-Year Anniversary of the Kidnapping of Haitian Lovinsky Pierre-Ant

by Ross Plesset Friday, Aug. 22, 2008 at 1:02 PM

“Those of us from black and brown communities [are] particularly put out with the role that Brazil is playing. It is not the international image of Brazil, it is not one that Brazil likes to put forward. “ -- Margaret Prescod, Ad Hoc Working Group for Haiti

Local Actions on the...
104_1777__lovinskytalking2rep_.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

August 12 was the one-year anniversary of the kidnapping of Haitian human rights activist Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine. Thus, the Ad Hoc Working Group for Haiti stepped up its pressure on the local Brazilian consulate—in conjunction with actions around the world, including ones in England, Guyana, and Haiti itself. Between 20 and 22 demonstrators were counted, and a 92-year-old passerby raised her walker in support.

As passing motorists honked in support, Lisa Longstaff of Women Against Rape and the London weekly vigil for Lovinsky's safe return, read a letter by Selma James of Global Womens' Strike and Pierre La Bosierre of Haiti Action Committee:

“. . . Lovinsky shares Aristide's goals and methods: ending poverty and human rights abuses through grassroots mobilization. Before his abduction, Lovinsky campaigned for changes to the constitution, so Haiti would never again have a military.

“He was [inaudible word] for the senate, an election he was sure to win. Fasts and vigils for his safe return are being held today in Haiti, Guyana, Canada, and the U.S., and on the steps of St Martin-in-the Fields [Church] in London. “

The late Don White, part of the Ad Hoc Working Group for Haiti, had a presence as well. Sidney Ross-Risden, also of the Ad Hoc Working Group, read a fairly recent statement by him, from an event concerning Haiti:

“We know that no struggle has reflected more pain or more human sacrifice, but also no struggle has been more of an inspiration and heroic as the struggle of Haiti. It's a reflection to the world and an inspiration to the world that people will continue to struggle against overwhelming adversity, not taking a step backward but moving forward and telling the world that we are not going to take what's happening to us through U.S. Imperialism, U.S. policy, and so on.

“Haiti's inspiring story tells us that the people of the south and the people of the Caribbean are showing us the way here in the United States. We're learning what it is to resist. We're learning to stand up and say, 'No more!'”

Ross-Risden added: “So, for Don, we want to say in his honor: [shouts] 'No more! No more! No more! Presente!'” The participants joined in.

“The the U.N. should get out of Haiti now,” said Cela Esguerra of ANSWER-LA. “The Haitian people, who have always fought for their freedom, deserve it more than ever.”

After the one-hour demonstration, a large group prepared to go into the building and ask the consulate about Brazil's lack of response to this situation. (Ross-Risden reported that it was only a week earlier that the consulate was finally in touch the the Brazilian embassy in DC.)

“Brazil, as head of the U.N. forces, has a great many contacts and a great of influence of what goes on in Haiti, and we want their help to find Lovinsky,” said Margaret Prescod of Women of Color in Global Womens' Strike. ”So we're going to go upstairs.”

And so, about eight people met with Bernardo Velloso, press officer of the consulate. The materials presented to him included *a letter from Michèle Pierre-Antoine,wife of Lovinsky; *a motion from the UK Parliament, presented by John McDonnell and signed by 23 Members of Parliament, calling on the British government “to urge the Haitian and UN authorities to double their efforts to locate Mr. Pierre Antoine and ensure the protection of Mr Mésilien”; *a second report from Amnesty International called Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine is Still Missing;* a recent article from Our World by Shirley Hawkins about the situation and the weekly L.A. vigils; *and The Free Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine Petition to President of Haiti René Préval and the UN forces in Haiti, which was already given to the consulate previously.

Velloso responded: “I can assure you that the documents that have been brought in the past to the consulate have been sent to the authorities that deal with the issue of Haiti at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they have received them. We have not received a response at this point. We have also been in touch with our embassy in Washington. All political issues regarding Haiti and the United States are dealt with by the embassy in Washington D.C.

“So as far as what the consulate is able to do is make sure is that the embassy in Washington is informed and that our Ministry of Foreign Relation in Brasilia is informed and receives all documents that are brought to our attention by you.

“If you have more documents for us, we'll be glad to make sure that these are also sent to the appropriate authorities. And we'll make sure to ask them for a response as quickly as possible.”

Frustration was expressed by the group about the lack of response to their concerns over the last year. “There's a life at risk here,” Margaret said.

She added: “Those of us from black and brown communities [are] particularly put out with the role that Brazil is playing. It is not the international image of Brazil, it is not one that Brazil likes to put forward.

“. . . The black population within Brazil would be stunned, hurt, and disheartened when they get the story on what is happening to our brother Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine and the inaction. Up until now—there is a chance for people to start anew—Brazil has not taken this seriously as Brazil has taken responsibility for law and order in Haiti. That's why you're leading the U.N. Forces.

“. . . We want to get an idea of when we're going to get a response. This has been a year [of] submitting documents, studies being done, Amnesty issuing statements, other people being put at risk in Lovinsky's organization. Wilson [Mésilien] has had to go underground a number of times because of threats against his life.

“So really we want to get some sense of when are we going to hear something from somebody sot hat six months from now we're not back here having the same conversation.”

Nana Gyamfi of Africans for Haiti stated that: “[W]e don't want Brazil's name to be added to those nations that tolerated disappearances, that tolerated starvation, that tolerated the kinds of things that are going on in Haiti now. And so we'll be back.”

The weekly vigil outside the Brazilian consulate, which began in May (see: http://la.indymedia.org/news/2008/05/217447.php), is on hiatus in August but will resume in September.

Report this post as:

Calling for Brazil's help--again

by Ross Plesset Friday, Aug. 22, 2008 at 1:02 PM

Calling for Brazil's...
104_1773__lovinsktgroupshotcloser_.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

Report this post as:

The vigil from across the street

by Ross Plesset Friday, Aug. 22, 2008 at 1:02 PM

The vigil from acros...
104_1747__lovinskydemolsbrightside_.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

Report this post as:

The vigil -- other end

by Ross Plesset Friday, Aug. 22, 2008 at 1:02 PM

The vigil -- other e...
104_1754-1__lovinskyvigillsrightside_.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

Report this post as:

KPFK on the scene

by Ross Plesset Friday, Aug. 22, 2008 at 1:02 PM

KPFK on the scene...
104_1762__lovinskydemointerview2_.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

Report this post as:

The demonstration (more)

by Ross Plesset Friday, Aug. 22, 2008 at 1:02 PM

The demonstration (m...
104_1763__lovinskydemorear_.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

Report this post as:

Vigil

by Ross Plesset Friday, Aug. 22, 2008 at 1:02 PM

Vigil...
104_1759__lovinskyvigilrearcloser_.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

Report this post as:

vigil cont'd

by Ross Plesset Friday, Aug. 22, 2008 at 1:02 PM

vigil cont'd...
104_1760__lovinskydemols_.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

Report this post as:

Lisa Longstaff of the weekly vigil to free Lovinsky

by Ross Plesset Friday, Aug. 22, 2008 at 1:02 PM

Lisa Longstaff of th...
104_1770__speakerfromuk_.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

Report this post as:

Tribute to Don White

by Ross Plesset Friday, Aug. 22, 2008 at 1:02 PM

Tribute to Don White...
104_1774__lovinskyvigildonwhitesign_.jpg, image/jpeg, 1772x2365

Report this post as:

Margaret Prescod talking to official

by Ross Plesset Friday, Aug. 22, 2008 at 1:02 PM

Margaret Prescod tal...
104_1776__lovinskymargaretinoffice_.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

In the background is a reporter from KPFK.

Report this post as:

Materials are presented to Bernardo Velloso

by Ross Plesset Friday, Aug. 22, 2008 at 1:02 PM

Materials are presen...
104_1779__lovinskysidneyrep_.jpg, image/jpeg, 2848x2134

Report this post as:

Local News

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A12 5:39PM

lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 6:38PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights M01 6:28PM

What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It M01 3:30PM

Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down F14 2:44PM

Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29 F13 12:51PM

Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf F13 11:04AM

Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development F12 8:51AM

Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine F09 10:25PM

Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents F09 7:14PM

Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters F07 9:50AM

City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre F04 3:17PM

Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling F04 12:42PM

Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present F04 10:52AM

Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police F03 11:11PM

LA Times Homicide Report F03 1:57PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Xyloglossie attitudinale A23 8:07AM

Shadowgun Legends Hack and Cheats A23 7:24AM

What does the Quran Say About Islamic Dress?? A21 4:15PM

Biodiversité ou la nature privatisée A20 11:22AM

The Market is a Universal Totalitarian Religion A20 7:14AM

Book Available about Hispanics and US Civil War by National Park Service A19 5:52PM

The Shortwave Report 04/20/18 Listen Globally! A19 4:01PM

The Republican 'Prolife' Party Is the Party of War, Execution, and Bear Cub Murder A19 11:48AM

Neurogenèse involutive A18 9:21AM

Paraphysique de la dictature étatique A16 10:13AM

Book Review: "The New Bonapartists" A16 3:45AM

The West Must Take the First Steps to Russia A14 12:25PM

Théorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaïl Bakounine A14 3:30AM

The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally! A12 3:50PM

“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for ,000 Prize! A12 3:48PM

The World Dependent on Central Banks A12 4:43AM

Ohio Governor Race: Dennis Kucinich & Richard Cordray Run Against Mike DeWine A11 9:40PM

March 2018 Honduras Coup Again Update A10 10:52PM

Apologie du zadisme insurrectionnel A10 3:33PM

ICE contract with license plate reader company A10 1:14PM

Palimpseste sisyphéen A09 11:23PM

Black Portraiture(S) IV: The Color of Silence...Cuba No...Cambridge Yes A09 5:32AM

Prohibiting Micro-Second Betting on the Exchanges A09 4:18AM

Prosecutors treat Muslims harsher than non-Muslims for the same crimes A08 10:33PM

Amy Goodman interview on cell phone safety A08 10:29PM

Mesa, Arizona police officer kills unarmed white man A08 9:50PM

Israeli leaders should be prosecuted for war crimes A08 9:48PM

Paraphysique de l'autorité A08 12:11AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy