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51 Prominent Floridians Ask Clinton for Conversation on Human Rights

Haitian American voters seek a conversation with Secretary Hillary Clinton on humanitarian issues. 27 Florida-based organizations and 24 other prominent Floridians wrote a letter requesting a meeting with Secretary Clinton. The letter asked for the Secretary’s positions on human-rights issues, specifically petitioning for Temporary Protective Status re-designation for undocumented Haitians. An additionally alarming concern is the November 20 election in Haiti. If immigrant rights are human rights, a humanitarian approach would respect immigrants, fulfill their basic rights such as voting, protect the most vulnerable immigrant, and promote non-discrimination. “Fifty-one Florida based leaders want to know what Hillary Clinton would do and will do on these issues,” said IJDH’s Steven Forester. Below is an excerpt from the article. Click HERE for the full article. In Miami, Haitian-American voters grapple with mixed feelings about Clinton by Jacqueline Charles, with Patricia Mazzei. Miami Herald October 29th, 2016   […]

History of Interventions & Exploitation Against Haiti

Hurricane Matthew’s devastation in Haiti is amplified by several remnants of colonial relations, military interventions by Woodrow Wilson and Roosevelt, and now today by “poorly implemented aid projects.” Law Street Media traces the history of economic exploitation of Haiti by France and Spain, and demonstrates the progression of “disappointments” by the United States and the United Nations: the U.S. continuing economic exploitation, and the UN continuing to deny responsibility for the increasing spread of cholera. Law Street cites IJDH’s Beatrice Lindstrom: “The need for a new UN response that both controls and eliminates cholera and compensates the victims who have suffered so much is now more dire than ever.” Using history and recent examples of exploitation, the article concludes: “Haiti will continue to be plagued with problems if the impoverished country is unable to properly recover from disease outbreaks like this, as well […]

Paul Farmer visits Haiti after Hurricane Matthew

After working as a physician in Haiti for 30 years, Paul Farmer is “terrified” by the spread of UN-cholera. However, Dr. Farmer states unequivocally that Haiti has shown progress. For example, he recounts the story of a 12-year old who may have been paralyzed by Zika or a number of things. The boy’s mother took him to the emergency room at University Hospital, a half-hour from the capital. The emergency room specialist “thought he would be asphyxiated if the paralysis hit the diaphragm, so she [the doctor] put him on a breathing machine and did a tracheotomy, which saved his life.” Haiti has shown progress in that the Emergency Room was open 24/7 and maintains an Intensive Care Unit. While Dr. Farmer is “humbled” by his Haitian colleagues, he responds to the notion that Haitians are more resilient than other peoples: […]

Little Haiti calls on Clinton to visit, denies hate claim

Residents of Little Haiti reject Trump claims during the third debate that they hate Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Residents say that they are waiting for a visit from Secretary Clinton, especially after a letter went out on October 20th on behalf of 50 Florida Haitian-American organizations and leaders. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Little Haiti residents deny claim of Clinton hate Jeff Lenox, 7 News Miami October 20, 2016     MIAMI (WSVN) – Residents of Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood are denying claims that they dislike Hillary Clinton after Donald Trump made the claim in the final presidential debate. In the third presidential debate Wednesday, Donald Trump claimed the residents of Little Haiti in Miami do not like the Clintons. “You take a look at the people of Haiti,” he said. “I was in […]

51 Florida Groups and Leaders Ask Hillary Clinton Meeting and Views on Urgent Haiti Issues

October 20, 2016 27 Florida-based organizations and 24 other prominent Floridians have written Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton asking her to promptly inform them of her positions on crucial issues of concern to the Haitian American community, a key electorate, and for a meeting regarding these issues. Noting that “Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti, affecting two million Haitians; stranding hundreds of thousands; killing at least 1,000; obliterating tens of thousands of homes; destroying and inundating towns, livestock, crops, and livelihoods; and causing a surge in cholera cases,” they ask Secretary Clinton “to promptly inform of us of your views on the following concerns, which are of great importance to the Haitian-American community.” In successive sections, the letter describes policy needs and “asks,” all made more urgent by Matthew’s devastation, regarding the needs for U.S. leadership to eradicate Haiti’s cholera epidemic […]

Haitian-Americans express concern over upcoming US election

Interviewed residents of Little Haiti express their concerns over this presidential election. Several of those interviewed expressed frustration with the lack of discussion over the effect of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, as well as the Clinton Foundation’s missteps in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Florida Haitian-American Voters A Challenge For Hillary Clinton Nadege Green, WLRN October 12, 2016   Along busy Northeast Second Avenue in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood sits the Caribbean Marketplace, a bright yellow structure modeled after Haiti’s famous Iron Market. Usually the cultural hub is home to Haitian art exhibits or music-filled nights ofkonpa and rara. But recently, the complex has been abuzz with political activity – presidential candidate Donald Trump  (and protesters) made an appearance and a Hillary Clinton campaign office opened a few doors down… […]

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