Hispaniola: Voices of Its People Echoing Freedom


Mar 23, 2004
EVENT: Hispaniola: Voices of Its People Echoing Freedom
PLACE: The Riverside Church, 91 Claremont St, NY, Room MLK 411
DATE/TIME: Saturday April 29, 2006 at 9:30am
Contacts: Alba Mota at am2360@columbia.edu/212-729-3086 or Holly
Guzm?n at hg2064@columbia.edu


Is an open forum organized mostly by Dominican and Haitian students
from Columbia University, Arelis Figueroa from The Latino Ministry at
The Riverside Church, Haitian Student Association from LIU, City
College students, Professor Falade from LIU, the Dominican Solidarity
with the Haitian Community in DR, and Kalunga Neg Maroon Group to
provide a space for dialogue at all levels as well as brainstorming
among students, community members, professionals, scholars, and allies
concerned with issues pertaining to human rights, and Dominican and
Haitian affairs. The persistence of the violations of Haitians' human
rights in the Dominican Republic, concurrent with the Dominican and
Haitian governments' neglect to address these violations are the main
driving forces for the coordinators. The involvement of the Diaspora
communities within the United States at the Forum is a pivotal element
for the alliance the collaborators want to ultimately achieve.

Concerned Dominican and Haitian students from Columbia University,
City College, Long Island University, and other schools, along with
various community organizers, and professors began a collaboration to
generate momentum and solidarity among Haitians and Dominican in the
Diaspora. This open forum looks to provide the necessary information
and tools to better tackle with the Haitian crisis in the Dominican
Republic. As a result, the forum emphasis will provide a point of
convergence for Dominican and Haitian immigrants and descendants in
the Diaspora. Three main goals will be accomplished:

1. First, it is essential to reach a mutual and clear understanding of
the Hispaniola historical perspective as an island/two nations,
followed by an update of the current socioeconomic and political
situations maintaining both nations torn and in misery;

2. The second goal is to sketch a proactive plan supported by action,
unity, respect, willingness and collaboration between Dominican and
Haitian descendants residing in the United States. This plan must be
socially inclusive and take into account the time, commitment and
energy required for success;

3. Thirdly, to transform this proactive plan into a concrete
instrument that would help to halt the hostile relationships between
the two countries and change Dominicans' mentality towards Haitians.