Febrero Solidario: A Month of Solidarity with Dominicans Denationalized by TC 168/13

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The month of January ended with a speech by President Danilo Medina at a meeting of Latin American and Caribbean leaders, where he adopted the discourse of ultranationalists, claiming to defend the “sovereignty” of the Dominican Republic against outside accusations of human rights violations. But in his speech he also claimed that Dominicans of Haitian descent and others affected by the Constitutional Tribunal’s decision TC 168/13 were never Dominican in the first place.

According to President Medina, “No one has been stripped of their nationality; I can’t strip someone of something they never had.”

We disagree. With the Dominican Republic’s Independence Day coming up on February 27, we want to use this month to express our solidarity with our Dominican brothers and sisters of Haitian descent denationalized by TC 168/13.  The Dominican Republic is a diverse country with people from different origins; this diversity is part our richness. We are all Dominican, and we all deserve to have our human rights, and our right to a nationality, protected.

(c) by Marcus PetersonHere’s how you can commemorate the Month of Solidarity with Dominicans Denationalized by TC 168/13.

1. Use the hashtags #SolidaridadPorNacionalidad, #Solidarity4Nationality, #FebreroSolidario, #WeAreAllDominican to express messages of support and solidarity.

2. Sign our petition to elected officials in the Dominican Republic.

3. Participate in these events happening in February in support of Dominicans of Haitian descent denationalized by the decision. Do you want to organize an event of your own? Email us at wearealldominican@gmail.com for ideas and resources!

Febrero Solidario Calendar (More events coming soon)

Saturday, February 15 @ 7PM – Big Road in Chelsea – Performance by Afro-Dominican/Puerto Rican band Legacy Women, and a screening of Birthright Crisis, a documentary about the struggle of Dominicans of Haitian descent. 235 West 23rd Street, 2nd Floor, Manhattan.

Sunday, February 16 @ 1:00PM – “Stateless in their Own Land” – Panel Discussion, and Dramatic Performance of “The Fence” by “Xioevans and Marni Rice. Co-Sponsored by Dominicanos por Derecho NYC, We Are All Dominican and Theatre of the Oppressed. Riverside Church (490 Riverside Dr, Manhattan)

Events organized by our compañerxs at Dominicanxs por Derecho NYC:

Thursday, Feb. 20, 1:00 PM.  Press Conference at Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrants Rights, 665 West 182nd Street, First Floor.  Announcement of the Week of Solidarity with Denationalized Dominicans and expression of support for the Recognition of Nationality bill introduced by the Comité de Solidaridad con Personas Desnacionalizadas.

Sunday, February 23 @ 1:00PM – Screening of the film “The Price of Sugar” and community discussion. Co-sponsored by Dominican@s x Derecho NYC. Riverside Church (490 Riverside Dr, Manhattan). Will feature one minute of silence to protest the sentence 168-13 in the fifth month of being enacted.

Wednesday, Feb 26 – 6:30 to 9:00 PM.  Da Urban Butterflies, 583W 183th St. BSMNT.  Show featuring Dominican Hip Hop and Spoken word artists.

Thursday, Feb. 27, 5:30 PM.  Duarte Square, (Saint Nicholas & Broadway).  A vigil in solidarity with people who have been made stateless in Dominican Republic.  Bring a candle!

Friday, Feb 28 – 6:00 PM. Gregorio Luperón High School, 501 W 165th St.   An evening of solidarity: Sara Perez, keynote speaker.  Photo exhibit by students from John Jay College during their work on the DR-Haiti border.  Dominican rapper Hache ST performing with Haitian poet Me-Stair with live music and discussion.

Friday, Feb 28 – 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Afro-Latin@ Short Films Screening, featuring Birthright Crisis, a documentary about the struggle of Dominicans of Haitian descent.

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El mes de enero concluyó con un discurso del Presidente Danilo Medina ante sus pares de América Latina y el Caribe, donde adoptó el discurso ultranacionalista de la derecha dominicana, pretendiendo defender la “soberanía” de la República Dominicana de denuncias de violaciones de derechos humanos.  Pero en su discurso el presidente también dijo que dominicanos y dominicanas de ascendencia haitiana y otras personas afectadas por la sentencia TC 168/13 nunca han sido dominicanos/as.

Según el presidente, “No se le ha quitado la nacionalidad a nadie, no puedo quitarle a nadie lo que no tenían.”

No estamos de acuerdo. Ya que el 27 de este mes se conmemora el Día de la Independencia dominicana, queremos que este mes nos sirva para expresar nuestra solidaridad con nuestros/as hermanos/as dominicanos/as de ascendencia haitiana desnacionalizados/as por la sentencia TC 168/13. La República Dominicana está compuesto por personas de diversos orígenes, y esta diversidad nos enriquece como sociedad. Todos/as somos dominicanos/as y todos/as merecemos la protección de nuestros derechos, sobre todo nuestro derecho a la nacionalidad.

Conmemora con nosotros el Mes de Solidaridad con Personas Desnacionalizadas por TC 168/13

1. Utiliza los hashtags #SolidaridadPorNacionalidad, #Solidarity4Nationality, #FebreroSolidario, #WeAreAllDominican para mandar mensajes de apoyo y solidaridad en las redes sociales.

2. Firma nuestra petición exigiendo la protección de los derechos humanos de dominicanos y dominicanas de ascendencia haitiana.

3. Participa de los siguientes eventos y actividades. Quieres organizar un evento o actividad en tu comunidad? Mándanos un correo wearealldominican@gmail.com!

Febrero Solidario Calendar (More events coming soon)

Saturday, February 15 @ 7PM – Big Road in Chelsea – Performance by Afro-Dominican/Puerto Rican band Legacy Women, and a screening of Birthright Crisis, a documentary about the struggle of Dominicans of Haitian descent. 235 West 23rd Street, 2nd Floor, Manhattan.

Sunday, February 16 @ 1:00PM – “Stateless in their Own Land” – Panel Discussion, and Dramatic Performance of “The Fence” by “Xioevans and Marni Rice. Co-Sponsored by Dominicanos por Derecho NYC, We Are All Dominican and Theatre of the Oppressed. Riverside Church (490 Riverside Dr, Manhattan)

Eventos organizados por nuestrxs compañerxs de Dominicanxs por Derecho NYC

Jueves, 20 de febrero, 1:00 PM
.  Conferencia de prensa en la Coalición por los derechos de los/as inmigrantes del Alto Manhattan, 665 West 182nd Street, primer piso. Se anunciará la Semana de Solidaridad con Dominicanos/as Desnacionalizados/as y nuestro apoyo al anteproyecto de reconocimiento de la nacionalidad presentado al Congreso por el Comité de Solidaridad con Personas Desnacionalizadas.

Domingo, 23 de febrero @ 1:00PM – Riverside Church (490 Riverside Dr, Manhattan). Salón para usos múltiples.  Documental “El precio del azúcar”.  Un cine forum sigue a cada presentación.  Un minuto de silencio en repudio a la sentencia 168-13 en el quinto mes de haber sido enunciada.

Miércoles, 26 de febrero – 6:30 to 9:00 PM.  Da Urban Butterflies, 583W 183th St. BSMNT.  Show featuring Dominican Hip Hop and Spoken word artists. Presentación de Hip Hop dominicano con la presencia de artistas de la palabra hablada.

Jueves,  27 de febrero, 5:30 PM.  Duarte Square, (Saint Nicholas & Broadway).  A vigil in solidarity with people who have been made stateless in Dominican Republic.  Bring a candle! Un tributo a las personas desnacionalizadas en República Dominicana.  ¡Traiga una vela!

Viernes, 28 de febrero, 6:00 PM. Gregorio Luperón High School, 501 W 165th St.   Una noche de solidaridad:  Sara Pérez, oradora principal.  Exposición de fotos del trabajo de alumnos de John Jay College en la frontera RD-Haití.  Presentación del rapero dominicano Hache ST, poeta haitiano Me-Stair, música en vivo y diálogo comunitario.

 

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