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Church World Service Demands TPS, No Deportation for Haitians

Last month, Secretary Jeh Johnson announced that the US Department of Homeland Security would resume non-criminal deportations to Haiti. After Hurricane Matthew, Haiti is devastated and at increased risk of cholera outbreaks, as it is a waterborne disease. Now is not a time for deportations, but increasing Temporary Protected Status for Haitians, as was done in after the 2010 earthquake. Church World Service’s action alert below demands just that. ——————— October 12, 2016 Dear Friend, Last weekend, Hurricane Matthew decimated Haiti, a country that was already struggling to recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake. In the wake of the earthquake, the U.S. government promised to help displaced Haitians and support the country’s recovery. The U.S. government designated Haitians who were already in the United States in 2011 for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Still, 65,000 Haitians have been displaced in their own […]

CALL CONGRESS TO STOP PEANUT DUMPING IN HAITI BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE!

ACTION ALERT CALL CONGRESS TO STOP PEANUT DUMPING IN HAITI BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE!  Please join the Haitian diaspora in demanding action against this initiative: As part of its “Stocks for Food” program, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to ship 500 metric tons of peanuts to Haitian schools, which could destroy Haiti’s peanut market and the livelihood and income of 150,000 peanut farmers and their families. This is the latest in a long history of U.S.-sponsored programs which have destabilized Haiti’s agricultural sector, further impoverishing the nation and increasing its dependence on foreign aid. President Clinton had to apologize for one such misguided program in the 1990’s. Please call Congress today to ask your congressperson to urge the USDA to immediately cancel this plan to dump U.S. peanuts on Haiti despite the devastating consequences! Take Action: Calling is easy! 1. Dial the Capitol Switchboard – 202-224-3121. Ask to be connected with your Representative’s office. (Click […]

The US Congress Needs to Hear From the Haitian Diaspora and Its Supporters Now! Stop US Support for Violent and Corrupt Elections in Haiti!

As the evidence of problems with Haiti’s elections mounts, the Haitian Diaspora and its supporters in the United States have a unique opportunity to convince the U.S. Government to insist on the fair elections that Haitian voters deserve. Already, popular pressure has forced the electoral council to postpone the next round of elections. This is a crucial moment for us to press for a credible and independent investigation into electoral fraud.  Please call your Representative in Congress on Wednesday, December 23, and urge them to tell the State Department to stop supporting the fiasco. Take Action – Calling is easy! 1.  Dial the Capitol Switchboard – 202-224- 3121. Ask to be connected with your Representative’s office.  (Click here to find your Representative by name or zip-code). 2.  You will be connected with Your Representative’s receptionist. Ask to speak to the staff person who handles international issues. […]

December 16: Day of Action and Solidarity with the People of Haiti

For the last few months, Haitians have been demonstrating nearly every single day, demanding that their votes be counted and that the fraudulent elections of August 9th and October 25th be annulled.  They have been shot down, tear gassed, beaten with rubber hoses, and some have been killed. Yet they have come back the next day, determined to have their voices heard, denouncing what they call an “electoral coup.” Even though independent observers have documented the widespread fraud that has given the lead position in the presidential election to the party of Haitian President Michel Martelly, the United States government has endorsed the elections: a run-off is scheduled for December 27th, 2015. Fanmi Lavalas, long the most popular political party in Haiti, and its presidential candidate, Dr. Maryse Narcisse, have demanded a full-scale independent investigation of the election. They have […]

Demand Justice for Illegally Detained Haitian in Bahamas

During an immigration raid in the Bahamas, a Haitian national was shot in the back of the neck, allegedly by an immigration official. Though he, Jean Marie Julien, was acquitted of illegal entry into the Bahamas, he remains in a detention center where his lawyers fear he will be tortured and mistreated. The shooting also was never investigated. Amnesty International calls on you to demand justice for Mr. Justilien. Part of the Urgent Action is below. Click HERE for the full document. BAHAMAS: UNLAWFULLY DETAINED MIGRANT AT RISK: JEAN MARIE JUSTILIEN Amnesty International December 4, 2015 Jean Marie Justilien, a Haitian national, was shot in the back of the neck during an immigration raid in June 2015, and detained and charged with illegal entry into the Bahamas. On 2 December he was found not guilty, but was transferred to Carmichael […]

Calendar and strategies to end the current crisis between Haiti and Dominican Republic

A coalition of civic leaders called CHEDEL has compiled a list of government offices, news stations and other influential people to contact about the ongoing crisis in the Dominican Republic. They’ve included days to call and sample messages for those looking for guidance. Click HERE for the original paper. (This post is on page 6.) Calendar and strategies to end the current crisis between Haiti and Dominican Republic The Haitian Voice September 2015 In October 2013, the Superior Court of the Dominican Republic voted to revoke the citizenship of Haitian descendants born after 1929. Tens of thousands Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian heritage are being deported or forced to leave the country. Many cases of lynching and robberies against Haitians have been reported since then. Several organizations have been active in creating international awareness about these human rights violations. A coalition of […]

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