For Immediate Release
June 26, 2015
Who: The Haitian Diaspora in Philadelphia
What: March To Protest Ethnic Cleansing and Mass Deportations of Dominicans of Haitian Descent in the Dominican Republic
When: Thursday July 2nd, 2015 (3pm-6pm)
Where: March From Philadelphia City Hall to the Dominican Consulate at 437 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19106
The Haitian Diaspora stands in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent who have been stripped of their citizenship and are now in danger of being deported. The Haitian Diaspora stands against the illegal crimes on humanity and ethnic cleansing that the Dominican Republic is committing. The Haitian Diaspora seeks to promote awareness on the severity of this atrocity and demand that our local communities, country, and the international bodies respond in haste to the needs of the people.
We will not sit idly by as the Dominican Republic institutes systems of ethnic cleansing that mirrors Apartheid South Africa. We will not sit idly by as the Dominican Republic retroactively revokes the citizenship of their people mirroring Germany’s Nazi regime. We have decided to stand up and speak out against injustice and we hope that we can use our voice as a large Diaspora population to advocate for the marginalized and the muted.
To that end, the Haitian Diaspora in Philadelphia will join numerous organizations and movements in Haiti as well as other Haitian Diaspora populations throughout the U.S. as we march simultaneously in our respective locales on Thursday July 2nd, 2015 at 3pm. In Philadelphia we will march from City Hall to the office of the Consulate of the Dominican Republic.
L’union Fait La Force