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Haitian Refugees

What America owes Haitian asylum seekers

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Michael Posner, NYT — Last month, the Biden administration announced that it had cleared a makeshift tent camp where thousands of Haitians had congregated under a bridge linking Mexico and Del Rio, Texas. They had arrived there desperate to gain admission to the United States, many fleeing persecution in Haiti and seeking the protection of our asylum law. The administration’s unsteady response to this crisis has revealed, once again, the broken…

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The cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon Julius Garvey, BSc’57, MDCM’61, has lived a storied life—and a new fund for medical students at McGill will celebrate those contributions.

An agent of change

By News & Current Affairs

The cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon Julius Garvey, BSc’57, MDCM’61, has lived a storied life—and a new fund for medical students at McGill will celebrate those contributions. By Diana Kwon, McGill University — Julius Garvey, BSc’57, MDCM’61, was one of the first physicians to land in Haiti after the catastrophic earthquake of 2010. The violent tremors that shook the Caribbean nation had demolished homes, crippled infrastructure, and left behind a horrific…

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If the US wants fewer Haitian refugees, it should stop destroying Haiti

By News & Current Affairs, Video/Audio

Last week, onlookers in the US and around the world were horrified to see US Border Patrol’s inhumane treatment of Haitian refugees attempting to cross the US-Mexico border to seek asylum. Committing “human rights violations” that have been condemned worldwide, US Border Patrol and the Biden administration are denying thousands of Haitians their internationally recognized right to seek asylum and utilizing a despicable Trump-era policy to mass expel refugees—with truly…

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Vantage Point: The Case for Reparations in New Jersey • Abusive Treatment of Haitian Refugees

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Monday, September 27, 2021 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guest Ryan Haygood and callers. Topics The Case for Reparations in New Jersey Abusive Treatment of Haitian Refugees Special Guest Ryan Haygood, President/CEO, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, Newark, NJ Plus The Professor on the Soap Box Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-4PM on WBAI, 99.5FM, Pacifica…

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Border Patrol

Borders, Blackness, Empire

By Commentaries/Opinions

The spectacle of violence against Haitians at the U.S.-Mexico border needs to be seen in light of ongoing U.S. imperialism in Haiti. By Jemima Pierre, Black Agenda Report — It took two days. It took two days for the United States government to deport more than 6,000 asylum seekers to Haiti. Almost 15,000 people, all presumably Haitian, have been encamped on the banks of the Rio Grande River between Del…

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People gather around burning garbage in downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Baseball has a debt to Haiti, and it’s time the sport repaid it

By Commentaries/Opinions

The sport can’t save Haiti, but it has a moral obligation to help a country rendered so hapless by all manner of catastrophe. By Kevin B. Blackistone, Washington Post — Baseball can’t save Haiti. But with the sudden and shocking arrival at the Texas border of thousands of Haitians fleeing murder, mayhem and utter misfortune in their Caribbean home — who must outrun Border Patrol agents on horseback doing their best impersonation of…

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Border Patrol Attack on Haitian Asylum Seekers

Black Civil Rights Leaders to Biden: Investigate Border Patrol Attack on Haitian Asylum Seekers

By News & Current Affairs

September 22, 2021 President Joseph R. Biden Jr. The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Biden: As a group of the nation’s Black leaders of civil rights, racial and social justice organizations, we are writing to express our grave concerns about the treatment of Black Haitian migrants at the US-Mexico Border. We are hard-pressed in the year 2021 to find more horrific, traumatizing and blatantly…

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection mounted officers attempt to contain migrants as they cross the Rio Grande from Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, into Del Rio, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021.

The Haiti Support Project (HSP) Condemns Mass Deportation of Haitians

By Haiti Support Project (HSP) Posts, News & Current Affairs, Press Releases / Statements

Demands End to Brutal Treatment of Refugees September 21, 2021, New York — Today the Haiti Support Project (HSP) condemned the brutal treatment and mass deportation of Haitian migrants who have gathered at the Texas border seeking refuge from the devastation of the recent earthquake, a series of hurricanes and tropical storms and a deepening political crisis following the mysterious assassination of President Jovenel Moise  two months ago. Plagued for…

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Police patrol outside the Embassy of Taiwan in Port-au-Prince

Assassinations and invasions – how the US and France shaped Haiti’s long history of political turmoil

By Commentaries/Opinions

Local power struggles and strong US interests have long shaped political leadership – and presidential assassinations – in Haiti, limiting nation-building projects on the Caribbean island. By Jean Eddy Saint Paul, The Conversation — The powerful earthquake that struck Haiti on Aug. 14, 2021, followed a long series of natural and human-caused disasters to rock the country. Unfortunately, if history offers any clues, earthquake relief efforts will be complicated by the nation’s…

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Church Haiti Earthquake 2021

The disasters in Afghanistan and Haiti share the same twisted root

By Editors' Choice

Half a world away from one another, the citizens of two nations are suffering as a result of the corruption and incompetence of the U.S. By Jonathan M. Katz, TNR — Last week, the world shook twice. The first shock hit Haiti, when a 7.2 magnitude earthquake erupted beneath the island’s southern peninsula. Homes, churches, and hotels crumbled in the cities of Les Cayes and Jérémie and in nearby villages. More than…

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People watch the clearing of a building that collapsed during the earthquake in Brefet, a neighborhood in Les Cayes, Haiti, on August 17, 2021.

Listen to Haitians, not to those promising to “save” them from disaster

By Commentaries/Opinions

Haitians of every class within Haiti must be at the center of relief efforts because only they know what Haiti needs. By Cécile Accilien, Truthout — Almost exactly 230 years ago, on a plantation near modern-day Cap-Haïtien, enslaved people met under the leadership of Dutty Boukman (a hougan, or Vodou priest) and Cécile Fatiman (a manbo, or Vodou priestess), to plan a revolt that would come to be considered the official beginning…

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Sun., Aug. 15 2021: A family eats breakfast in front of homes destroyed the earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti. (Joseph Odelyn, AP)

Haiti reels as earthquake and Tropical Storm Grace deepen social crisis

By News & Current Affairs

By Global Americans — On Saturday, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake—more powerful than the 7.0 magnitude quake that savaged the country in 2010, killing nearly 200,000 and causing billions of dollars worth of damage—struck Haiti, killing over 2000 people, injuring at least 12,000 more, and leaving hundreds missing. The earthquake has only further battered Haiti—the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere—and its population of over 11 million, already reeling from the…

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