Haiti

Tim Padgett / WLRN.org

Five years ago today, Wyclef Jean – the Haitian-American hip-hop star whose 2004 hit song mused, “If I was President” – revealed in an interview with me that he was actually running for President. Of Haiti.

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OPINION

You don’t need to be a detective to know that the Dominican Republic has already begun deporting Haitian-Dominicans.

International media report this week that tent cities are sprouting up at towns like Anse-à-Pitres on Haiti’s side of its border with the D.R. This morning I spoke by phone with Mia Pean, a Haitian-American relief worker who lives near Anse-à-Pitres. Her organization just received a group of Haitian-Dominican youths who say they were deported from the D.R. a few days ago – even though they claim they were born there.

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Western Union is one of the leading money transfer providers the Haitian diaspora use to send money to family members and friends in Haiti. Thanks to a new initiative, it will now also be a source of renewable energy. 

At a press conference in Little Haiti Monday, Western Union and SogeExpress, a Western Union agent and Haiti-based money transfer agency, unveiled two solar power kits that will be available for purchase for people in Haiti.

Tim Padgett / WLRN.org

Is the Dominican Republic’s controversial plan to deport hundreds of thousands of people of Haitian descent on hold? 

Almost half a million people living in the Dominican Republic have Haitian ancestry. But the Dominican Supreme Court has ruled that anyone born in the D.R. after 1929 will have their citizenship revoked if their parents were not Dominican. That has set the stage this summer for the deportation of hundreds of thousands of Haitian-Dominicans.

Nadege Green / WLRN

Hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent could face deportation from the Dominican Republic after a constitutional ruling stripped them of their citizenship.

South Florida has one of the largest Haitian populations in the U.S., and over the past few weeks, the Haitian community here has mobilized, holding protests and meetings.

Courtesy NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

The photographs we see from Haiti usually evoke misery – especially after the country’s catastrophic 2010 earthquake. But anyone who has been to Haiti, of course, knows that’s hardly the whole picture.

Nadege Green

On Wednesday the Miami Workers Center, a Miami-based social justice group, hosted a standing-room-only community forum about the potential mass deportation of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent from the Dominican Republic.

VONA, Junot Diaz Writing Workshop, Moves To Miami

Jun 24, 2015
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"What happens if a writer of color wants to write about white supremacy?" asks Junot Diaz, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author who last year penned a New Yorker essay about the "unbearable too-whiteness" of Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programs. 

Diaz is co-founder of the Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation (VONA) and the VONA/Voices workshop, which for 15 years has provided a "safe space" in the San Francisco Bay Area for writers of color.

Mirissa Neff

June 18, 2015 is a day many Haitians dreaded.

It is the final day Haitians could receive residency documents allowing them to remain in the Dominican Republic permanently or else be deported.

In 2013, the Dominican Republic Supreme Court ruled that anyone born to non-citizens, even as far back as 1929, must have legal residency papers or else they will be expelled. 

Nadege Green / WLRN

Haitian-rights activists rallied in Little Haiti Thursday morning to decry a Dominican Republic court ruling that strips thousands born in the Dominican Republic of their citizenship.

In 2013, the Dominican Constitutional Court passed a ruling retroactively denying citizenship to anyone born after 1929 who doesn’t have one parent of Dominican blood.  

After public outcry and pressure from the international community, the Dominican Republic passed new legislation allowing people with Dominican birth certificates to regain their citizenship.

TECHO

In disaster relief circles, the report this month by NPR and ProPublica registered a good 8.0 on the Richter scale of wake-up calls.

Their investigation looked at what the American Red Cross had done with the half billion dollars it raised for Haiti after the country’s catastrophic 2010 earthquake.

Miami-Dade Holds Haitian History Bee

May 27, 2015
Lisann Ramos

May is Haitian Cultural Heritage Month in Miami-Dade, and on Wednesday the county hosted the fourth-annual Haitian History Bee in the county commission's chambers.

Four teams from three Miami-Dade schools competed against each other in a Haitian History Bee.

County Chairman Jean Monestime sponsored the event. Monestime is the first Haitian county chairman in the United States.

Creative Commons via Serge Toussaint

Authors from Haiti will be celebrated this weekend during the third annual Haitian Caribbean Book Fair in Little Haiti.

The event is sponsored by Sosyete Koukouy of Miami, a group dedicated to preserving Haitian culture in the United States.

Sosyete Koukouy Founder Jan Mapou says one of the main goals of the book fair is to get people reading, particularly young people.

SoulFood Films

Like many cinematic love stories, Rachelle Salnave’s romance begins with an intense dislike bordering on hatred.

As a kid, the 40-year-old filmmaker explains in her self-narrated documentary, she didn’t want anyone knowing she was Haitian, owing to the negative media portrayals of people from the Caribbean country.

“They called us boat people!” Salnave exclaims. “The media constantly portrayed Haiti’s poverty, and the CDC even listed Haiti as the origin of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.”

Nadege Green / WLRN

For years, Marie Alina Cajuste did not know her real name. The family she worked for in Haiti called her Ti Bebe, or Little Baby.

She shared her experience as a restavec at a day-long conference about human trafficking at Broward College Thursday.

“It’s slavery,” she said. “I couldn't sleep in the same house with the family, I was the first person to wake up and buckets of clothes waiting for me to wash by hand.”

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