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Tell Congress that DR Intimidating Dominican-Americans Is Unacceptable

The action below was shared by a group called Rights 4 ALL in DR, which led an Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill to raise awareness of the situation in the Dominican Republic. When the Dominican government heard that Dominican author Junot Diaz participated in the Advocacy Day, it stripped Diaz of the Citizens of Merit award he was given in 2009. Let Congress know that DR intimidating Dominican-Americans is unacceptable Rights 4 ALL in DR October 26, 2015 As you may have heard by now, in response to Junot Diaz’s participation in Advocacy Day, the Dominican consulate came out with a strong statement calling “anti- Dominican” and stripping him of the Citizens of Merit award he’d been given in 2009. This is clearly an intimidation tactic to get the rest of you to “stay in your place”, but it is also an […]

DR Government Revokes Award in Retaliation for Human Rights Advocacy

Dominican author Junot Díaz has been an outspoken critic of the Dominican Republic’s stripping of citizenship from generations of Dominicans. Now, the DR government has revoked an award they gave to Díaz in 2009, and a Dominican consul has labelled him “anti-Dominican.” This is not the first incidence of harassment of Díaz, or other advocates for that matter, for standing up for Dominicans of Haitian descent. Read more about it below. Dominican Consulate Lashes Out At Junot Diaz Over Support For Haitian-Descended Dominicans The writer opposes the Dominican Republic’s efforts to revoke the citizenship of Haitian-descended Dominicans. Roque Planas, The Huffington Post October 23, 2015 Eduaro Selman, the Dominican consul of New York, revoked an award from Junot Diaz on Thursday because the writer publicly opposes the Dominican Republic’s efforts to strip citizenship from people of Haitian descent. The New York […]

DR Government Shuns Junot Diaz for Opposing Deportations

In summer 2015, international attention was again on the Dominican Republic as deportations of Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants loomed. Dominican author Junot Díaz joined the chorus of voices speaking out against this human rights violation and now, a Dominican consul has spoken out against him. The consul, Eduardo Selman, has called Díaz “antidominicano” and DR has also stripped Díaz of the Order of Merit it awarded him in 2009. This is part of a broader campaign by the DR government to dissuade activists speaking up for human rights. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Author Junot Diaz stripped of honor after speaking out against the Dominican Republic Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times October 23, 2015 He may be the toast of the literary world, but Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot Díaz is in trouble with his […]

Local Dominican Leaders Threatened for Denouncing DR Law

Local community leaders are bringing the debate about the DR crisis closer to home; influential Dominican Americans in Boston face tremendous backlash for speaking out about the DR’s controversial policies. Writer and MIT professor Junot Diaz, vice mayor of Cambridge Dennis Benzan and restaurant owner Hector Piña have been deemed traitors by some, receiving threats to their careers and physical safety after a Boston TV host posted a picture of the three men. The intense criticism of these individuals captures the contention surrounding the DR’s citizenship laws and possible deportations, both on the island of Hispaniola and among local diaspora communities. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full article. In local Dominican community, debate on racism boiling Maria Sacchetti, The Boston Globe July 27, 2015 They are among the pillars of the Dominican community in Massachusetts: […]

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