The arc of justice is made to bend through solidarity with the oppressed. Solidarity with Haiti means fighting for an end to “the cycle of Western military interventions, coups and/or propping up of anti-democratic, anti-people regimes; and an end to the local elite’s and foreign capital’s exploitation of the people.”
by Ajamu Nangwaya
Toussaint, the most unhappy of men!
Whether the whistling Rustic tend his plough
Within thy hearing, or thy head be now
Pillowed in some deep dungeon’s earless den
O miserable Chieftain! where and when
Wilt though find patience! Yet die not; do thou
Wear rather in thy bonds a cheerful brow:
Though fallen thyself, never to rise again,
Live, and take comfort. Thou hast left behind
Powers that will work for thee; air, earth, and skies;
There’s not a breathing of the common wind
That will forget thee; thou has great allies;
Thy friends are exultations, agonies,
And love, and man’s unconquerable mind.
–To Toussaint L’Ouverture, William Wordsworth1
We are coming upon the 10th anniversary of the February 29, 2004 coup in Haiti that was orchestrated by imperialism2 against the laboring classes and the democratically elected government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.