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PORTSIDE  March 2011, Week 3

PORTSIDE March 2011, Week 3

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Haiti, Wisconsin, Videos and Commentaries

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Haiti, Wisconsin, Videos and Commentaries

Videos and Commentaries on Haiti from Ezili Danto

and 

'On Stopping the Wisconsin Steamroller' Laura Flanders

====
1.
From: Ezili Dantò's Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network

The media lack of coverage of Aristide's return is
highlighted as we watch Democracy Now! coverage of the
huge and historic celebrity welcome for Aristide

It’s very telling how little mainstream media coverage
and attention there is to Aristide’s return and the
huge celebrity welcome he received from the people of
Haiti. In contrast to the almost complete news blackout
about Aristide’s force and power in Haiti, the bloody
dictator, Baby Doc Duvalier, got much coverage and
massive print and spin, misleading readers to think
Haiti’s poor majority want bygones to be bygones
because they’re “too young and don’t remember
Duvalier’s atrocities”!

It’s also telling to know that the presidents of the
U.S. and France and the secretary general of the U.N.
made phone calls to South Africa in an attempt to block
Aristide’s return to Haiti, despite the welcome you see
and that they knew he would receive. In contrast,
France allowed bloody dictator, Baby Doc Duvalier, to
return to Haiti without any problems. Obama and Ban
Ki-moon made no phone calls to stop it. In fact, the
U.N. provided security for the brutal Duvalier from the
airport to his luxurious Haiti hotel.

You will see in the video, the U.N. soldiers are
nowhere visible on the trip home from the airport with
Haiti’s first democratically elected president! These
powerful but brutally warmongering forces are only
exposing their own indefensibility as representatives
of civilized peoples of the world. The world’s eyes are
wide open.

Recommended HLLN Links:

VIDEO:
The Historic Return of the Aristide Family to Haiti. Democracy Now! Special
Report: Part 1 of 2

Part1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLjlrW4LRJk

Part2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nY-OqCVJwUE

**********

Beating back the elite’s rabid rage: Against all odds Aristide returns to
Haiti by Ezili Dantò of HLLN
http://bit.ly/giJowf

Don’t be distracted by Aristide in Haiti: Demand Justice not Gestures
http://bit.ly/gbIETL

Aljazeera Video: Aristide returns to Haiti
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xA_Xc3t44Ko


Former President Aristide on His Party’s Exclusion from Haiti’s Election:
“Exclusion is the Problem, Inclusion is the Solution”
http://www.democracynow.org/2011/3/21/former_president_aristide_on_his_partys


Haiti 2011 presidential election
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FA9mYfQY3ck


===
2.
Date:  	Mon, 21 Mar 2011 
From:  	Sarah Jaffe 
Subject:  	Laura Flanders' F Word: Stopping Walker's Steamroller In Wisconsin

http://grittv.org/2011/03/21/the-f-word-stopping-walkers-steamroller-in-wisconsin/

The night that the Wisconsin Senate Republicans got
together and forced through Scott Walker's
union-busting bill, many Wisconsinites cried foul. The
state's open-meetings law required more notice unless
there was a true emergency.

Last week, a Republican-appointed judge ruled with the
protesters that the session that passed the bill may
have violated the law, which requires 24 hours notice
on a vote. Judge Maryann Sumi put a stay on the bill,
blocking its implementation. Teachers and other state
employees retain their union rights.

The people of Wisconsin, I told the Left Forum on
Friday, stopped a steamroller. Their willingness to
fight, to keep showing up in greater and greater
numbers, not only held off the bill but put the GOP in
a place where they were desperate enough that they
violated the law. They inspired the fight back in other
states—Indiana's state Democrats are still out of
state, holding up a vote on a similar bill.

And Judge Sumi's decision puts paid to all those who
say progress is achieved through one set of tactics OR
another. Voting or protest, law or disobedience --
Wisconsin stopped this Walker steamroller through a
combination of them all: direct action/legislators'
actions/legal challenges/protest and above all
organizing.

The fight isn't over—Republicans plan to appeal the
decision, and the legislature has a chance to take up
the bill again. Meanwhile, the recall organizing
efforts go on, and Walker's budget makes mincemeat of
desperately-needed healthcare and education programs in
the state. It's going to take every tactic in the book
to turn back the steamroller for good.

But it's worth it right now, I think, to stop for just
a minute and acknowledge what's happening in this
country.

When was the last time you heard about a tea party
rally?

The F Word is a regular commentary by Laura Flanders,
the host of GRITtv and editor of At The Tea Party, out
now from OR Books. GRITtv broadcasts weekdays on DISH
Network and DIRECTv, on cable, and online at GRITtv.org
and TheNation.com. Follow GRITtv or GRITlaura on
Twitter and be our friend on Facebook.

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