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Miami-Dade County School Board Member Dr. Steve Gallon III Urges the extension of Temporary Protected Status for Haitian nationals

Dr. Steve Gallon III
Dr. Steve Gallon III



At today's regular monthly meeting of the Miami-Dade School Board, District 1 School Board Member Dr. Steve Gallon III will advance agenda item H-18, authorizing Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho to urge Pres. Donald Trump and Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals for at least another 18-month period. 
 
TPS was granted to Haitian nationals who were in the U.S. as of January 12, 2010, the date of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. The U.S. has provided a safe haven to approximately 50,000 Haitians who have been unable to return to their home country because of insurmountable environmental obstacles, deadly diseases and violence. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) granted a six-month extension in TPS to Haitian nationals on Monday. The sad reality is Haiti will be in no better position to humanely receive and care for the more than 50,000 people affected, when the extension expires January 22, 2018.
 
The vast majority of these individuals has been in the US for at least 6 1/2 years, well before the 2010 earthquake, and has strong community ties including families with U.S.-born children. Haiti’s government is in no position to insure the safety to or assimilate these 50,000 Haitians, nor to make up for their remittances should they be curtailed by their deportation, and it remains unsafe to deport them. Their deportation would consequently tend to destabilize Haiti, which is contrary to the national security interest of the U.S.
 
DHS’s announcement extending Haiti’s TPS designation for six months, rather than the usual 18 months, sends mixed signals and omits significant facts.  The announcement stresses this is likely the last extension, that TPS holders should prepare their travel documents for return to Haiti, and that conditions have greatly improved. Further, the announcement also misleadingly states, “96 percent of people displaced by the earthquake and living in internally displaced person camps have left those camps.  Even more encouraging is that over 98 percent of these camps have closed.” This is misleading because many camps were forcibly closed due to regular, unchallenged, large-scale evictions by landowners, not because other housing had been found, which it had not been, or because residents had any place else to go.  This has been a huge problem in Haiti.  Even more significantly, several of the larger camps were reclassified by the Haitian government as "permanent housing," simply because the residents had attached so much salvaged building material to their shanties.
 
Recent leaked DHS efforts to demonize Haitians as criminals and welfare cheats as a means of justifying termination were reprehensible: inherently racist, such considerations are irrelevant since TPS is a humanitarian program, TPS recipients are ineligible for welfare, and criminals are ineligible for TPS.
 

The Miami-Dade County School Board Meeting starts 11 a.m., today, in the School Board Administration Building auditorium at 1450 Northeast Second Avenue, Miami, FL 33132. 

 

Hillary for Florida Releases New Haitian Radio Ad, "Our Home"/Hillary pou Florid ap anonse yon nouvo reklam nan radyo ayisyen ki rele: “Lakay nou”

 
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Miami, FL - In a new Hillary for Florida radio ad, "Our Home", a Haitian American supporter describes what's at stake for the Haitian American community this election and explains why everyone must do his or her part to elect Hillary Clinton as our next president.
 
The ad describes Hillary Clinton's vision for the Haitian American community, including good-paying jobs; quality, affordable health care; quality education; and comprehensive immigration reform. The ad also argues how important it is to cast a vote in this historic election: "If you do not vote, you do not count. We must do our part and vote for Hillary Clinton for President."
 
The ad will be running in key markets across the state of Florida starting Thursday, September 8. Audio available here.
 
Hillary pou Florid ap anonse yon nouvo reklam nan radyo ayisyen ki rele: “Lakay nou”
 
Miyami, an Florid –Nan yon nouvo reklam nan radyo pou Hillary pou Florid ki releLakay nou,” gen yon  sipòte ki yon Ayisyen–ki-Ameriken  ki dekri  sa ki an je pou nou nan eleksyon sa a  epi sipòtè esplike poutèt ki sa tout moun dwe fè tout sa yo dwepou yo voye Hillary Clinton monte kòm pochen prezidan peyi isit.
 

Reklam nan dekri vizyon Hillary Clinton genyen pou kominote Ayisyen ki Ameriken yo paregzanp: travay ki peye byen, swen medikal ki abòdab epi ki debòn kalite, edikasyon lekòl ki siperyè, epi refòm total kapital nan sistèm imigrasyon peyi isitReklam nan fè moun santi jan li enpòtan pou yon moun al vote nan eleksyon istorik sa a:  “Si w pa vote ou pa konte Se devwa nou pou nou vote  Hillary Clinton prezidan.’’ 

Y ap pase reklam nan  nan yon seri sipèmakèt kle kòmanse jedi 8 sektanmOu kab tande yon anrejistreman reklam nan isit la.

 


Miami's Liliane Nérette Louis selected one of five master artists for Florida Folklife Apprenticeship Program

TALLAHASSEE — Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced the selection of five folk artists to serve as master artists in the 2016-2017 Florida Folklife Apprenticeship Program. The chosen artists are Tomás Granado (Webster), Norteño accordion musician; Liliane Nérette Louis (Miami), Haitian storyteller, culinary artist, and herbalist; Bob Pitt (Bradenton), traditional boat builder; Jamal Jones (Jacksonville), freestyle hip hop artist; and Aida Rodriguez (Winter Garden), Puerto Rican bobbin lace maker.

 

“Florida is home to a diverse body of traditional arts and these five artists are representative of the state’s unique cultural heritage,” said Secretary of State Ken Detzner. “The Apprenticeship Program recognizes master artists and apprentices devoted to learning and sharing folk and traditional arts, and ensures the preservation of those art forms for future generations.”

 

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From Left to Right: Tomás Granado, Liliane Nérette Louis, Bob Pitt, Jamal Jones, and Aida Rodriguez

 

The Department of State’s Folklife Apprenticeship Program fosters the continuation of Florida folk arts by supporting masters who teach selected apprentices. Under the program, each master artist works intensively with one or more apprentices during a period of up to eight months. Program support consists of honoraria to the masters and apprentices to cover expenses for lessons and supplies.

 

To apply for the Florida Folklife Apprenticeship Program, master artists should be known in their community as expert practitioners of a living traditional art form that is considered a valued aspect of that community’s folklife. The Florida Folklife Program defines folklife as the living traditions that are currently practiced and passed down by word of mouth, imitation, or observation over time and space within groups or communities. Each apprentice must have demonstrated an aptitude for, and a commitment to, the art form he or she wishes to study and an involvement with the cultural community that sustains the tradition. The next deadline for applications to the Folklife Apprenticeship Program is May 15, 2017.

 

The Florida Folklife Program is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts’ Folk and Traditional Arts Program. For further information about the Department’s Folklife Apprenticeship Program, visit their website, or contact the Florida Folklife Program at (8500 245-6427.

 


Miami Book Fair Presents Former Haitian President Michel Joseph Martelly’s New Autobiography

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Miami – Miami Book Fair (MBF) produced by Miami Dade College (MDC), in partnership with Imagineart Media Productions, will present Mr. Michel Joseph Martelly, former President of Haiti who will discuss his new book, Michel Martelly Autobiographie. The event, part of the college’s Haitian Flag Day celebrations and open to all who purchase a book, is scheduled for 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 18, at MDC’s Wolfson Campus.

In Michel Martelly Autobiographie, Martelly takes a close look at his childhood and adolescence and how he came to be one of the most influential musicians in Haiti and beyond. He also recounts the road that led him to the presidency, discusses his education, the formative influences and strong convictions that guided him while in office. 

Books will be available for sale before and after the event, and online at www.michelmartelly.net

For more information about MBF, please call 305-237-3258, or visit www.miamibookfair.com.

 

WHAT:     Former President of Haiti Michel Joseph Martelly Presents Michel Martelly Autobiographie 

WHEN:     Wednesday, May 18, at 8 p.m. (Cocktail reception at 6 p.m.) 

WHERE:  MDC Wolfson Campus Auditorium, Bldg. 1 (second floor), 300 N.E. 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 

RSVP for free at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-signing-tickets-24749481365

 


Resettlement Community Gives Hope to Haiti Six Years after Earthquake

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Six years after the devastating January, 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the community of Leveque has emerged as one of the most successful resettlement communities in the country and a beacon of transformation.  

The once barren land where Leveque now sits was granted to Mission of Hope, Haiti (MOH) by the Interim Haiti Relief Commission after the earthquake as a place to rebuild homes for those who lost everything. Over the last six years, MOH built more than 600 block homes in Leveque through its Blue to Block program, enabling families to move out of the blue temporary tarp huts that were erected following the quake and live in a truly thriving community with a church, school, clean water, and sustainable farming. Over 150 hearing-impaired families have been integrated into the community as well.  

"These people not only have a new home, they have a new life. They have hope again," says Brad Johnson, President of MOH. "And it could not have happened without the collaborative effort of many partners, including New StoryInternational Deaf EmergencyWater Missions Intl and many others."

The cost of each home built through MOH is $6,000 and includes 3 rooms, a small plot of land for farming, a detached bathroom, and fruit trees.  The overall objective of Blue to Block is to build a community, not just a housing project. This has been accomplished by establishing a school, a church, clean water solutions, and agricultural training in Leveque. 

"Our mission is not just to change a village, but to change a nation. We want to empower Haitians to transform Haiti," says Johnson.

Mission of Hope currently works with over 420 indigenous organizations in Haiti and is committed to seeing the nation transformed through sustainable growth. To reach that goal, MOH trains and supports over 3,000 local farmers in sustainable farming techniques, feeds over 90,000 children a day, and hopes to have 100% of the food used in its food distribution program to be grown by Haitian farmers by 2020.  MOH also educates over 6,500 students and is currently building a technical school that will provide further education and job training.


May 18 - Haitian Flag Day

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May is Haitian Heritage Month and May 18 is Haitian Flag Day. The story of the national flag of Haiti is a magnificent story of the struggle for freedom. On May 18, 1803, an official flag of Haiti was agreed upon. The first flag was blue and red bands placed vertically. The first flag was sewn by Catherine Flon

On January 1, 1804, Haitian Independence Day, the flag was modified again. Changes in leadership resulted in the adoption of several versions of the flag until February 1986, after the fall of Baby Doc and the Duvalier regime, when the people of Haiti requested the return of the red and blue flag.

For details on the history of Haitii and the Haitian flag, visit the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Haiti in Washington, DC. It displays a picture of each of the different flags of Haiti and a synopsis of each flag’s historical perspective. A detailed narrative of the history of Haitian Flag Day is available here

 

 


Carl Juste: A Retrospective – A Photo Exhibit Documenting 25 years of Photojournalist’s Career “Through the Lens” – 60th Anniversary Alumni Artist Series: Exhibit 3

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Carl Juste talks to some young guests about his photo essay, “Invictus: Haiti Unconquered” that opened in December, Art Basel, 2010 at the ACND Gallery.


 

Miami, FL_ Carl Juste (a graduate of Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep ’81) presents a retrospective of his work documenting the course of his 25 year career as photojournalist for the Miami Herald and past exhibits at ACND including: "Cachao" 2007; "Havana & Haiti" 2008; and "Invictus: Haiti Unconquered.”

Under threat of persecution, Haitian-born Carl Phillipe Juste fled with his family from Haiti in 1965. Settling in Miami’s Haitian community, Juste flourished academically and won a scholarship to the University of Miami. Although he intended to be an engineer, he could not ignore the photographic inner voice that had spoken to him since childhood. Responding to a clear relationship he shared with the visual world, Juste vigorously pursued photojournalism and since 1991, has served his community through his work at the Miami Herald. He has received numerous awards for his work from Picture of the Year, Pulitzer Prize, Society for News Design, Best of Photojournalism, and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. Juste is founder of both the IPC Visual Lab and Iris Photo Collective.

 

Juste has exhibited his own work and of his students from IPC Visual Lab many times at the ACND Gallery, and has exhibited at both solo and group shows at the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Little Haiti Cultural Center, and other galleries throughout South Florida.

“Our 60th Anniversary year has allowed us an opportunity to welcome alums from as far back as the ‘50’s,” commented Douglas Romanik. “Carl, however, has been constantly present. Whether it is to exhibit his own work or of his students, to mentor our students, or teach, we are very thankful for his contribution. His influence upon our community cannot go unnoticed either. I hope that everyone comes out to celebrate his achievements!”

 

 

Carl Juste: A Retrospective
60th Anniversary Alumni Artist Series Part 3
Opening Reception: 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014
Exhibit Closes April 30, 2014
ACND Gallery of Art at
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Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson Travels to Haiti for Discussions with President Martelly’s Administration about Reconstruction Efforts and Haiti Elections

MIAMI - Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) will travel to Haiti today at the invitation of House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman-emeritus Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27). The purpose of the trip is to examine the findings of a Governmental Accountability Office report, commissioned through the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which reviews the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) assistance efforts in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake. The delegation, which also includes Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), will also assess the security situation in Haiti and receive an update on the status of local elections.

“It has been four years since the worst natural disaster in recent memory occurred in Haiti—the Haiti Earthquake of 2010. Despite heavy investment in Haiti, many projected goals have not been met.

I am committed to restoring Haiti for the good of its people, who are more than our neighbors: they are the loved ones of my constituents, my staff, and my friends and family. It is time to renew our efforts to rebuild Haiti by insisting on accountability and transparency,” said Congresswoman Wilson.

Throughout her life, Congresswoman Wilson has been a champion of Haitian causes. In 1982, she stood up for the fair treatment of Haitian women refugees who were incarcerated at the Krome Detention Center.

Congresswoman Wilson’s tireless activism led to a change in policy and improved living conditions for women at the Krome Detention Center.

Congresswoman Wilson has traveled to Haiti numerous times, including soon after the devastating 2010 earthquake. She fought to extend and expand temporary protective status (TPS) for Haitians, led the effort to get the State Department to add Haiti to the list of now-58 countries eligible for the H-2A and H-2B nonimmigrant visa program, and introduced a resolution to combat gender-based violence.


Caribbean Fantastic Brings Haitian Spice To Art Basel

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The first Art Basel show was held in Basel, Switzerland in 1970, conceived by its founders Ernst Beyeler, Trudi Bruckner and Balz Hilt, to bring together gallerists, collectors and art professionals to see the finest 20th century art from around the world. Since that time, Art Basel has also been staged in Hong Kong and Miami Beach. Art Basel, however, is not known for showcasing artists or art from the African Diaspora. That has changed in recent years through the efforts of several individuals and organizations including Multitudes Contemporary Art Gallery owner and curator Babacar Mbow who are committed to bringing forth some of that change in Miami. 

This year’s exhibition at Multitudes will focus on Haiti, the country that represented African freedom and independence in the Western Hemisphere and hence a source of great inspiration for artists. The change towards greater diversity will go into high gear with the exhibition titled “Caribbean Fantastic” that runs from December 3, 2013 through January 2, 2014 at the Multitudes Contemporary Art Gallery, 5570 Northeast Fourth Avenue, Miami, Florida 33137. Caribbean Fantastic features critically acclaimed artist Jean Claude Legagneur whose works have been showcased in the United States and internationally.

 


Congresswoman Frederica Wilson Leads Effort to Assist People of Haitian Descent in the Dominican Republic

WASHINGTON, DC   - Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) and Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III (MA-4) submitted a letter to President Danilo Medina of the Dominican Republic in response to a recent Dominican court ruling that makes many Dominican citizens of Haitian descent into outsiders in their own country.  The ruling by the Dominican Republic’s Tribunal Constitucional in TC/0163/13 strips persons born on Dominican soil to parents without legal documentation of their citizenship rights. 

 Excerpts from the letter are as follows:

“For over a generation the international community has agreed that governments have a duty to prevent statelessness. The right to nationality is fundamental and a gateway to almost all other human rights and government protections. Without citizenship one cannot access basic services such as education or health care, let alone find employment or exercise any number of political rights.”

“This decision by the Tribunal Constitucional could result in an unprecedented humanitarian crisis and seriously threaten regional stability. In light of this, we urge you to take all necessary steps to stay the tide of the denationalization campaign exemplified by the Tribunal Constitucional, and together we call for the protection of the thousands of Dominicans currently at risk of becoming stateless.”

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Please watch the video below to get an idea of the human rights violations being endured by Haitians and people of Haitian descent in the Dominica Republic.

Please read the article below:

If you are black, get out: The crisis of statelessness in the Dominican Republic