Thursday, September 17, 2015

Militarized police & new army trained as protests grow in Haiti.

Mounting protests against sham elections and corruption, newly trained
paramilitary police units and the upcoming deployment of a new military
force trained in Ecuador.


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

HIP coverage of elections in Haiti

Protesters hit the streets in one of many demonstrations in Port au Prince to demand
the annulment of recent parliamentary elections and an end to corruption in Haiti.

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Haiti now faces a historical juncture with three rounds of new elections scheduled from August through October 2015. The election timetable is as follows:

·       Partial Legislative Elections: (20 Senators and 118 deputies)
Sunday, August 9, 2015: 1st round
·       2nd round of Legislative Elections/1st round of presidential elections and local elections
Sunday, October 25, 2015
·       If no candidate wins the 1st round all 2nd rounds held:
Sunday, December 27, 2015

I am writing to ask you to consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Haiti Information Project (HIP) and our efforts to provide news and analysis of Haiti’s next elections. HIP is a collaboration between US and Haitian journalists and is one of the few sources of alternative news and information from the perspective of grassroots communities in Haiti as they struggle for local and national sovereignty. HIP regularly informs the reporting of nationally syndicated news radio shows such as Flashpoints on Pacifica radio and Sojourner Truth at KPFK in Los Angeles. It also provides regular updates and analysis of events in Haiti through the HIP blog and the HIP Twitter account with nearly 5000 followers. You can make a tax-deductible donation to our efforts through our fiscal sponsor, the Marin Interfaith Taskforce on the Americas. Simply designate the amount you’d like to give at the top of the form and under Program, check other and type in HIP to make sure our program receives the funds.

In addition to providing news and analysis, HIP reporters on the ground in Haiti also contribute historically valuable video footage. As you may already know, my past documentary films on Haiti have focused on the context of elections in 1990 and 2000. Haiti: Harvest of Hope traces the history of elections and social movements in Haiti that ultimately led to a Catholic priest, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, being elected in 1990. Haiti: We Must Kill the Bandits has as its center the 2000 elections where the Lavalas party won most of the local and national contests culminating in the re-election of Aristide for a second term that same year. Both of these widely viewed documentaries cover the aftermath of these elections with Aristide overthrown in a brutal military coup in 1991 and then being ousted and forced on a plane by US Marines in 2004. Aristide’s party, Fanmi Lavalas, had been excluded from all elections following the second coup of 2004 and is only now re-emerging to participate in Haiti’s democratic process. Footage from HIP reporters on the ground in Haiti will also allow me to produce another short documentary updating and telling the real story behind mainstream news headlines.

Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions.

Kevin  Pina
Founding Editor
The Haiti Information Project

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