5 Ways You Can Stand In Solidarity With Dominicans of Haitian Descent
As of June 17, approximately 210,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent are under threat of deportation by the Dominican Government. Since 2004, the Dominican government has implemented a rigorous set of policy including the Ruling Sentence 168/13 of the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic, including a 2010 interpretation of the citizenship provisions of the Constitution which ”ruled that the children of undocumented migrants who have been in the Dominican Republic and registered as Dominicans as far back as 1929, cannot have Dominican nationality as their parents are considered to be “in transit.”
The enforcement of this ruling, aimed at revoking the citizenship and civil rights of people of Haitian descent, both native born and immigrants has rendered those affected stateless. The rulings and actions of the government have fueled anti-Haitian sentiment, leading to violence against “Haitian looking” people and an increase in widespread discrimination. June 16 marked the deadline for those who could prove their nationality rights to “regularize” and all are now subject to deportation. The Dominican government has reportedly secured dozens of busses and built “Welcome Centers” at the Haitian/Dominican border in preparation for removals.
As the international community watches this ethnic cleansing, the Black Immigration Network reached out to members organizations and allies in the Haitian American community for ways that community, organizations and leaders can support advocacy efforts, raise awareness and stand in solidarity with the communities of Dominican people affected by this human rights crisis.
Here are 5 ways you and your organization can help:
1.SIGN: Add your organization’s name to an Open Letter to President Danilo Medina, Dominican Republic: bit.ly/HaitianLivesMatter
2. TWEET: the Twitter Rally all day today using the hashtag #HaitianLivesMatter. Tell @PresidenciaRD #HaitianLivesMatter!
3. EDUCATE: Use and share these links and resources to learn more about the denationalization of Dominicans of Haitian Descent
- Haitian Writer and Activist Edwidge Dandicat speaks about mass deportations to Haiti on Democracy Now
- End Apartheid in the Dominican Republic – https://endapartheidinthedr.wordpress.com/
- We Are All Dominican- https://wearealldominicannyc.wordpress.com/solidarity/
- Watch this Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees Video on the Birthright Crisis
4. JOIN: A solidarity action in your area or plan one – https://endapartheidinthedr.wordpress.com/actions/
5. BOYCOTT: many groups are calling for a boycott of travel and tourism to the Dominican Republic until the government rescinds its denationalization of Haitian descendents and addresses racism in the Dominican Republic. Follow the campaign on social media #ENDAPARTHEIDINDR, #DONTGO2DR, #BOYCOTTDR