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On August 12, 2007, Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine—a beloved father and husband, a psychologist and an advocate for the poor—was kidnapped. On this 3rd anniversary, people are demonstrating in Haiti demanding "Where is Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine?" This Saturday, August 14—the 219th anniversary of the Congress of Bwa Kayiman which began the Haitian Revolution—Haiti Action Committee will come together to stand in solidarity with Lovinsky, his family, the members of his organization, Fondasyon 30 Septanm (September 30th Foundation) and the people of Haiti. In addition, we will be having an open meeting to discuss the current situation in Haiti.
Time: Saturday, August 14, 10AM – 1 PM
Location: Niebyl Proctor Library – 6501 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Three years ago this August, human rights activist Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine was kidnapped in occupied Haiti. Since his youth, Lovinsky has fought in struggles for Haitian street children, teenage mothers, and the poor. He founded and coordinated Fondasyon Trant Septamn (September 30th Foundation), an organization that advocates for victims of massacres during the first coup against President Aristide’s democratically elected government in 1991. Lovinsky was a vocal opponent of the 2004 coup in which US-backed forces toppled the democratic government of Aristide second administration. He bravely and tirelessly denounced the United States, French, and Canadian government for establishing an occupation whose goal has been to destroy Lavalas, the grassroots movement of the poor majority in Haiti which is more than 80% of the population.
Lovinsky also spoke out against the United Nations which, after replacing the US military in June 2004, has waged a full scale war against the poor and supporters of Lavalas. UN troops have conducted bloody military operations in poor neighborhoods like Cite Soleil, a stronghold of the Lavalas movement; they have been accused by community residents of rape, sexual abuse, food-for-sex and child prostitution; they have imprisoned thousands of Aristide supporters; and they have restructured and trained the Haitian police in its repression of the poor, while generally leaving right-wing paramilitary groups untouched. It is no wonder that Lovinsky said, “The UN is an accomplice of the war against the poor in Haiti.”
Three years ago this August, Lovinsky was abducted after leaving a meeting with a Canadian and American human rights delegation. It was just days after he led a demonstration on the 92nd anniversary of the first US occupation of Haiti in 1915. In his speech during that demonstration—held in front of the UN headquarters—Lovinsky called for the release of political prisoners, for the return of Aristide from exile in South Africa, and for an end to the occupation. In the years since his kidnapping, grassroots organizers in Haiti and internationally have called for Lovinsky’s safe return and have demanded of the occupation authorities—including the Preval administration, the UN, and the US embassy— an independedent and thorough investigation of this crime. Three years later, we continue to call for accountability and to stand in solidarity with Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine.
WHERE IS LOVINSKY?