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Tell Congress to Demand rights for all people in the Dominican Republic- Advocacy Day

On September 2013, the Constitutional Tribunal of the DR issued a decision that stripped approximately 250,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent  of their Dominican Citizenship. Suddenly stateless, these people found themselves subject to violence, intimidation, and expulsion from their own country. Since June alone, over 60,000 Dominicans and Haitians alike have fled the DR, many with just the clothes on their backs. Thousands now reside in squalid refugee camps along the border. The time to tell their story is now.  Congress will not act on this human rights crisis until we make their voices heard in Washington and demand that the U.S. is no longer complicit in the DR's human rights abuses.

Join us for this unique opportunity on our National Advocacy Day October 21, 2015.

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Advocacy 101: How and what do I talk to my legislators about? Hear from experts in the field.

Legislative visits on Capitol Hill

Cocktail Networking Event

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Junte caribeño: Diálogo sobre Patria y Ciudadanía entre Puerto Rico, República Dominicana y Haití

  • Plaza Barcelo en Barrio Obrero SJ

¿Cuál es la situación de lxs dominicanxs de ascendencia haitiana en la República Dominicana?

¿Cómo se compara con la situación de lxs haitianxs y dominicanxs en Puerto Rico?

¿Cuáles son los retos comunes que debemos enfrentar entre Puerto Rico, República Dominicana y Haití, y entre las poblaciones desposeídas en cada país?

¿Qué retos adicionales trae el colonialismo en Puerto Rico para la unidad caribeña?

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March over the Brooklyn Bridge on 8/14 to demand ‪#‎rights4ALLinDR‬

  • Grand Army Plaza

From the Prospect Park at Grand Army Plaza to City Hall

In defiance of any respect for human dignity and Human Rights, the High Court and the Government of the Dominican Republic (D.R.) have ordered the expulsion of dozen of thousands of families of Haitian ancestry residing in this country.

As it was attempted  in 1937 when the Dominican dictator Trujillo ordered the massacre of thousands of Haitians living  near  the border between the two countries, they want to expel Black people, even when born in the country.

Haitians, Haitian Americans, Haitian Dominicans, Dominicans and all people of Good will, Let’s take a stand on August 14, 2015. Let’s say to the D.R.:

No to Racism!
No to Xenophobia!
No to the Expulsion of Families!

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On Sunday, August 9, We Are All Dominican will be participating in the Dominican Day Parade in New York City as an expression of solidarity with our Dominican brothers and sisters of Haitian descent who have been stripped of their citizenship and face the threat of expulsion from the only home they’ve ever known. We will march in celebration of the rich diversity of the Dominican people, particularly our Afro-Dominican heritage, and as an affirmation that Black Lives Matter in the U.S., in the Dominican Republic, and around the world. We will march for our vision for a more inclusive Dominican society, one that does not marginalize and disenfranchise its most vulnerable citizens.

We have been heartened in recent months by the solidarity and activism of justice-loving people in the Dominican Republic, the United States, and elsewhere, in defense of the rights of Dominicans of Haitian descent. On two trips to the Dominican Republic this year, the organizers of We Are All Dominican have been inspired by the immense strength of Dominicans of Haitian descent in organizations such as Reconocido, MOSCTHA, and MUDHA, who have mobilized in the courts, in government administrative offices, on the streets, and in the bateyes to defend their rights. Prominent Dominican journalists such as Juan Bolívar Díaz and Marino Zapete have powerfully stood up for Dominicans of Haitian descent, even in the face of intimidation and death threats.

Last month, we were honored to have taken part in the Movement for Black Lives convening in Cleveland, where we were joined by two fierce human rights activists, powerful Dominican women of Haitian descent, who came to speak directly about their struggle in the Dominican Republic.  It was a global black family reunion of 1,500 brilliant activists and organizers that included thoughtful dialogue about what is respectful transnational solidarity. The organizers of the the convening were intentional about creating space to discuss the movement for human rights and against anti-blackness in the Dominican Republic.   Participants from the U.S and Europe learned about denationalization in the DR and were moved to action. Similarly our family from the Dominican Republic were witness to testimonies from families of people murdered by police and saw themselves reflected in their pain.  The diversity of our various struggles were highlighted throughout the convening while centering blackness and the importance of continuously making connections across borders.

Throughout the summer, members of the Dominican and Haitian diasporas, and our allies, have marched in New York City, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Washington, DC, and Montreal in solidarity with our brothers and sisters facing denationalization and expulsion from their home.

Now we are bringing the #DRSummerOfJustice to the Dominican Day Parade to express our ongoing commitment to the struggle for for racial justice and equality in the Dominican Republic. For years, tens of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent have seen their lives paralyzed as their own government refuses to recognize their nationality and grant them the identity documents needed to go to school, work, get married, register one’s children at birth, and other basic life activities. As immigrants and the children of immigrants ourselves, Dominican-Americans know firsthand the marginalization and discrimination that migrants and their families face all over the world. We must join the struggle of Dominicans of Haitian descent to restore their right to a nationality.

While We Are All Dominican does not support a tourism boycott of the Dominican Republic, we urge all Dominican-Americans, particularly our elected representatives, to come together to hold the Dominican government accountable for years of egregious human rights violations against Dominicans of Haitian descent. We cannot sit silently as tens of thousands of our brothers and sisters of Haitian descent face statelessness and expulsion from the only home they have ever known.

As Dominican-Americans we must make a greater effort to engage in dialogue with our families, friends, co-workers to discuss the commonalities between the Dominican government’s discriminatory immigration and citizenship policies and the structural racism faced by black and brown communities in the United States. We must continually ask ourselves how we can continue to build and heal within our communities.

We will march on Sunday’s Dominican Day Parade as an act of healing. This celebration of our diversity is an essential part of the struggle for human rights in the Dominican Republic and among its diaspora. We wish to commemorate heroines such as Mamá Tingó, Sonia Pierre, and all of the men and women who tirelessly fight for justice in the Dominican Republic. We will march in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of Haitian descent who have been denied their nationality and declare that we are ALL Dominican.

We Are All Dominican (Todxs Somos Dominicanxs) marchará en el desfile dominicano en solidaridad con los/as dominicanos/as de ascendencia haitiana

El domingo, 9 de agosto, Todxs Somos Dominicanxs (We Are All Dominican) participará en el desfile dominicano en la ciudad de Nueva York como una expresión de solidaridad con nuestros/as hermanos y hermanas dominicanos/as de ascendencia haitiana, quienes han sido despojados/as de su ciudadanía y enfrentan la amenaza de expulsión de la tierra que los/as vio nacer. Vamos a marchar en la celebración de la gran diversidad del pueblo dominicano, sobre todo nuestra herencia Afro-Dominicana, y como una afirmación de que las vidas negras important en los EE.UU., en la República Dominicana, y en todo el mundo. Vamos a marchar por nuestra visión de una sociedad dominicana más inclusiva, una que no margina ni viola los derechos de sus ciudadanos/as más vulnerables.

En los últimos meses nos ha animado ver la solidaridad y el activismo de personas luchadoras en la República Dominicana, los Estados Unidos, y en otros lugares, por la defensa de los derechos de los/as dominicanos/as de ascendencia haitiana. En dos viajes a la República Dominicana realizados este año por los/as organizadores/as de Todxs Somos Dominicanos/as, quedamos abrumados/as al ver la inmensa fuerza de los/as dominicanos/as de ascendencia haitiana en organizaciones como Reconocido, MOSCTHA y MUDHA, quienes se han movilizado en los tribunales, en la Junta Central Electoral, en las calles y en los bateyes para defender sus derechos. Destacados periodistas dominicanos como Juan Bolívar Díaz y Marino Zapete se han pronunciado indiscutiblemente a favor de los derechos de los/as dominicanos/as de ascendencia haitiana, a pesar de recibir reiteradas amenazas.

El mes pasado, tuvimos el honor de haber participado en el Encuentro del Movimiento por la Vidas Negras en la ciudad de Cleveland, donde nos acompañaron dos activistas de derechos humanos, poderosas mujeres dominicanas de ascendencia haitiana, las cuales vinieron a hablar directamente sobre su lucha en la República Dominicana. Fue un encuentro para la familia negra a nivel mundial, 1.500 activistas brillantes, en donde se abordó un diálogo sobre la solidaridad transnacional. Los/as organizadores/as del encuentro priorizaron la creación de un espacio para reflexionar sobre el movimiento por los derechos humanos y actitudes anti-negras en la República Dominicana. Los participantes de los EE.UU. y Europa aprendieron sobre la desnacionalización en la República Dominicana y quedaron motivados/as a aportar a la lucha. Del mismo modo nuestra familia dominican presenciaron testimonios de familiares de personas asesinadas por la policía y se solidarizaron con su dolor. La diversidad de nuestras luchas se destacaron a lo largo del encuentro, destacando la negritud y la importancia de construir lazos que cruzan las fronteras.

A lo largo del verano, la diáspora dominicana y haitiana, y nuestros/as aliados/as, han realizado manifestaciones en la ciudad de Nueva York, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Washington, DC, y Montreal, en solidaridad con nuestros/as hermanos y hermanas que enfrentan la desnacionalización y la expulsión de su propio país.

Ahora el #VeranoPorLaJusticia (#DRSummerOfJustice) llega al desfile dominicano, en donde expresaremos nuestro  compromiso con la lucha por la justicia racial y la igualdad en la República Dominicana. En los últimos años, las vidas de decenas de miles de dominicanos/as de ascendencia haitiana han quedado en suspenso por su propio gobierno, el cual se niega a reconocer su nacionalidad y emitir los documentos de identidad indispensables para estudiar, trabajar, casarse, declarar hijos/as al nacer, y otras actividades básicas de la vida. Como inmigrantes e hijos/as de inmigrantes, los dominico-americanos conocemos de primera mano la exclusión y la discriminación que enfrentan los/as migrantes y sus familias en todo el mundo. Debemos unirnos a la lucha de los/as dominicanos/as de ascendencia haitiana para restaurar su derecho a la nacionalidad.

Aunque que Todxs Somos Dominicanxs (We Are All Dominican) no apoya un boicot al turismo, hacemos un llamado a todos/as los/as dominico-americanos/as, sobre todo a nuestros/as representantes en el gobierno, a instar al gobierno dominicano a hacerse responsable por las graves violaciones a los derechos humanos de los/as dominicanos/as de ascendencia haitiana. No podemos guardar silencio mientras decenas de miles de nuestros/as hermanos y hermanas son convertidos/as en apátridas y podrían ser expulsados del país que los vio nacer.

Los/as dominicano-americanos/as tenemos el deber de dialogar con nuestras familias, amigos/as, y colegas sobre las semejanzas entre las políticas de inmigración y ciudadanía discriminatorias del gobierno dominicano y el racismo estructural que enfrentan las comunidades negras y minoritarias en los Estados Unidos. Debemos preguntarnos continuamente cómo podemos seguir construyendo y sanar nuestras comunidades.

Marcharemos en el desfile dominicano como una experiencia sanadora. Esta celebración de nuestra diversidad es una parte esencial de la lucha por los derechos humanos en la República Dominicana y entre su diáspora en los Estados Unidos. Queremos conmemorar heroínas como Mamá Tingó y Sonia Pierre, y a todos/as los/as hombres y mujeres que luchan por la justicia en la República Dominicana. Vamos a marchar en solidaridad con nuestros hermanos y hermanas de ascendencia haitiana, a quienes se les ha negado su nacionalidad, y declararemos que TODOS/AS somos dominicanos/as.

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11:00 am11:00

Declaration of Solidarity with denationalized Dominicans & Haitian Immigrants in the Dominican Republic

  • New York City

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Quien:            Trabajador@s inmigrantes dominican@s, incluidos los Reverendos Danilo Lachapel, y Jose  Lantigua, así como Edison Severino dirigentes Local 78, y otros organizador@s comunitarios.


Que:               Decenas de Dominica@s de la Ciudad de NewYork, realizaran una Declaración de Solidaridad con los Desnacionalizad@s y los Inmigrantes Haitianos en Rep. Dom.  En el marco del 150 aniversario de la Restauración de Independencia Dominicana, y las varias actividades en celebración de la herencia Dominicana en la Ciudad de Nueva York, aseguremos que la lucha de los inmigrantes Haitianos y sus descendientes nacidos en la Republica Dominicana no es ignorada. 


Cuando:        Miércoles 5 de Agosto, a la 11:00 horas,



Donde:           Parque Juan Pablo Duarte, ubicado en Broadway y 170 St. de Washington Heights.








Declaration of Solidarity with denationalized Dominicans & Haitian Immigrants in the Dominican Republic




WHO:              Immigrant workers, community leaders, labor leaders & clergy; special guests: Reverend Danilo LaChapel, Jose Lantigua, Edison Severino, Business Manager, LiUNA Local 78. 


WHAT:             On the heels of the 150th Anniversary of Dominican Restoration Day, New York Dominican Immigrants will declare solidarity with Haitian Immigrants living in the Dominican Republic and their descendants, ensuring that weeks of celebration of Dominican heritage throughout New York City throughout the month of August do not ignore the plight of thousands of Haitian immigrants and Dominican-born Haitian descendants. 


WHEN:            11am, Wednesday, August 5th, 2015  


WHERE:           Juan Pablo Duarte Park, on the corner of 170th Street & Broadway, Washington Heights, NY. 





March to Stop Ethnic Cleansing, Denationalization and Mass Deportations in the Dominican Republic!
3:00 pm15:00

March to Stop Ethnic Cleansing, Denationalization and Mass Deportations in the Dominican Republic!

  • Consulate General of Dominican Republic

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Meeting at: Consulate General of Dominican Republic, 1038 Brickell Ave Miami, FL 33131 and marching to the Torch of Friendship, 401 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132

The movement for black liberation is global. BLACK LIVES MATTER EVERYWHERE! Join us during a National Week of Action: Stop Ethnic Cleansing, Denationalization and Mass Deportations in the Dominican Republic! We want to connect the struggles of African peoples and highlight the state-sponsored oppression Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants are facing in the Dominican Republic.

We will be holding a march from the Torch of Friendship in Downtown Miami, FL to the Dominican Republic consulate to call for a stop to ethnic cleansing and mass deportations in the Dominican Republic. 

The march is part of a National Week of Action from July 27-August 2, 2015 where cities across the country will be calling attention to the human rights crisis that is occurring in the Dominican Republic.

Bring flags representing your respective countries of origin. We are asking the international community to stand together against oppression a demand a stop to Ethnic Cleansing, Denationalization and Mass Deportations in the Dominican Republic.

March to the White House Against Racism and Mass Deportations in the DR
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March to the White House Against Racism and Mass Deportations in the DR

  • White House

The Obama Administration must not turn a blind eye to the human rights crisis taking place in the Dominican Republic as Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants alike are forcibly removed, coerced, and intimidated to flee their homes, lives, and families.

We will march to the White House and demand that our leaders speak up in the face of grave injustice.

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Press Conference to unveil the National Week of Action Against Racism and Mass Deportations in the Dominican Republic
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Press Conference to unveil the National Week of Action Against Racism and Mass Deportations in the Dominican Republic

  • 601 Market St Philadelphia, PA, 19106 United States

Who: Community leaders from the Haitian Diaspora, Political activists
What: Press Conference to unveil the National Week of Action Against Racism and Mass Deportations in the Dominican Republic 
When: Thursday, July 30th Time: 11am
Where:   601 Market St. Philadelphia, PA 19106

As a follow up to marches and protests that communities in New York, Philadelphia, Miami, D.C., Atlanta, and other cities around the States participated in during this past month, leaders from the Haitian Diaspora have decided to hold a National Week of Action Against Racism and Mass Deportations in theDominican Republic.

The Haitian Diaspora and the world are standing in solidarity with the 250,000 Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent who have been stripped of their citizenship and are in danger of being deported. Communities across the country and world are standing against the illegal crimes on humanity and social exclusion that the Dominican Republic is committing. Leaders from the Haitian Diaspora in Philadelphia along with other leaders from the Afro-Caribbean community,and political activists will hold a press conference to provide updates on the situation in the Dominican Republic as well as unveil the National Week ofAction that the Haitian Diaspora as whole will be participating in around theU.S. from July 27th- Aug 2nd, 2015.

For more information:
Numa St. Louis, 215.908.6799
Marc Antoine, 484.340.6493

Teach-In on the Human Rights Crisis in the DR
7:30 pm19:30

Teach-In on the Human Rights Crisis in the DR

  • Martin Luther King Memorial Library

In September 2013, the highest court in the Dominican Republic issued Resolution TC 0168/13, a ruling that stripped the citizenship of up to 210,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent. Since this ruling, the Dominican government has not taken the legal steps necessary to rectify it's action which violate the very Constitution of the Dominican Republic and international human rights treaties to which the country is party. 

This community discussion will cover the contemporary history of citizenship discrimination in the Dominican Republic, and detail why the Dominican Government's actions since September 2013 have been insufficient to truly address that there are up to 200,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent who have been rendered stateless by discriminatory policies and practices of the Dominican Government. 

The discussion will also present the personal narratives of the affected community and highlight movements led by Dominicans of Haitian descent who have been fighting for recognition of their equality as Dominicans for years. This is part of a series of event comprising the DC National Week of Action #Rights4ALLinDR 

**there is a limited room capacity for this workshop, so please RVSP via Eventbrite at the link below:

Dominican Republic Segment on Haiti Journal
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Dominican Republic Segment on Haiti Journal



Sunday, July 26, 2015


Mass deportation of Haitians from Dominican Republic

On July 6, Radio France International – RFI — reported that since June 17, 2015, more than 30 000 people have arrived in Haiti from the Dominican Republic. Every day, dozens of illegal immigrants are expelled forcibly from the Dominican Republic. The majority are women and children. Upon their arrival in Haiti, these people live in extremely precarious conditions in improvised shelters.


Francois Guillaume II, former Minister of Haitians Living Abroad

Chantalle Verna, PhD, Florida International University

Ariol Eugene, Esq., Haitian Lawyers Association


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