Press

June 25, 2015-

More than 17,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitians have “voluntarily” gone to Haiti, but few people talk about the intimidation that has gone into this voluntary move.

https://news.vice.com/video/a-haitian-halfway-house-for-deportees-dominican-deadlock-dispatch-4

 June 23th, 2015-

WBAI’s Global Movements/Urban Struggles interviews Manuela Arciniegas, WAAD Member, about what’s happening, See minute 9:24: http://wbai.org/program.php?program=83

June 21, 2015-

90.3FM Let Your Voice Be Heard Radio speaks with Manuela Arciniegas, WAAD Member, about the roots of racism in Dominican Republic. https://soundcloud.com/lyvbhradio/lyvbh-dominican-republic-and-haiti

February 14, 2015-

Javiela Evangelista, WAAD Member, speaks with NPR about looming deportations in D.R.http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2015/02/14/384344141/haitians-lynching-renews-protests-against-dominican-citizenship-law

June 19, 2015-

Genesis Aquino from Ahora/Now and WAAD speaks to WBAI’s The Jordan Journal about the organizing that’s happening in New York City. June 19th, 3pm show. http://www.wbai.org/archives

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 14, 2014
Contact: Manuela Arciniegas, 646.924.7187.
Yarisa Colón, 347-724.8964.
wearealldominican@gmail.com

Informacion en español mas abajo

MEDIA ADVISORY

We Are All Dominican is hosting “IMAGINATE: JUSTICE II”, a full day of Arts for
Justice workshops at the Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx in solidarity with Haitian-
Dominicans and Haitian migrants who are facing denationalization and discrimination in
the Dominican Republic.
(Bronx, NY)  We Are All Dominican is hosting Imagínate: Justice II, a family day of Arts for Justice Workshops at the Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx on Saturday, October 25th from 12pm to 4pm where parents, teens and artists from Dominican, Haitian, Puerto Rican, and African American communities will come together in a show of solidarity against the Dominican Republic Constitutional Tribunal rulings which strips Dominicans of Haitian descent of their nationality.

During “Imagínate: Justice! II” participants will learn about how these laws came to pass via an informational lecture/panel with Miriam Neptune (Activist and director of the documentary Birthright Crisis), Sita Frederick (Artistic Director of Areytos DanceWorks) and artist/educator Yolanda Velázquez (member of the collective De Aquí PA’YA), who will bring a traveling children’s mural to the Bronx, painted by children in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto Rico.

Imagínate: Justice II, “will be an amazing opportunity for everyone to explore our creative potential and share ideas on how to create more just, dignified and peaceful relationships.” says event co-organizer, Yarisa Colón. Through fun and creative arts exercises everyone will have the opportunity to create dynamic and inspirational art writing, dance, visual arts and songs in response these racist rulings; and will reflect on the danger of xenophobia, racism, deportations, anti-immigration policies, and deportations worldwide. “I have found that throughout hundreds of years of living within racism, blacks, Latinos and Caribbean communities have tried to desensitize themselves from the pain of racism. Through art, we can all revive the sense of unfairness of these and all policies in NY and throughout the world, and have the courage to stand up to them” explains Manuela Arciniegas, folkloric drummer, mother of four and event co-organizer.

The aftermath of the ruling has led to a climate of intimidation and violence, which forces people of Haitian descent to live in fear. The aim is to deconstruct the impact this ruling has on Haitian-Dominican and migrant communities in DR and the U.S. This is an important opportunity for the community to share their art with each other as well as with those officials who have a power to undo this unethical law.

Discussions will be facilitated in English and Spanish. All ages are welcomed. A suggested donation ($5) is welcomed and no one will be denied entrance to the event. For more information, visit: https://wearealldominicannyc.wordpress.com/

WHAT:   A dynamic, educational, full day of workshops in solidarity with Dominicans of Haitian descent adversely impacted by the Dominican Tribunal’s Court   Ruling  TC 0168-13 and the TC 169-14 with co-organizers Manuela Arciniegas, Rocio Silverio; Panelists: Miriam Neptune (Director of the documentary Birthright Crisis), Sita Fredrick (Artistic Director of Areytos DanceWorks/Dance), Hilda Guerrero and Yolanda Velázquez (DE AQUÍ PA’YA), Moderator: Amarilys Estrella; Teaching Artists: Cynthia Renta and Inés Mangual (Music), Reynaldo García Pantaleón (Visual Arts) and Yarisa Colón (Bookmaking), and many other artists and activists.
WHEN: October 25, 2014 12:00PM-4:00PM

WHERE: 1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10032
Take the D or 4 trains to 167th Street.

WHO: Sponsored by We Are All Dominican
wearealldominican@gmail.com

COST: Free (Suggested Donation: $5)

 

PARA LA DISTRIBUCION INMEDIATA 14 DE OCTOBRE DE 2014

Contacto: Manuela Arciniegas, 646.924.7187.

Yarisa Colón, 347-724.8964.

wearealldominican@gmail.com

 

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA

 

We Are All Dominican presenta “IMAGINATE: JUSTICIA II”, un día lleno de talleres de arte y  justicia social en la Casa Andrew Freedman, en el Bronx en solidaridad con los dominico-hatianos y migrantes haitianos que enfrentan discriminación y  desnacionalización en la República Dominicana.

 

(Bronx, NY)  We Are All Dominican presenta “¡IMAGINATE: JUSTICIA! II“, un día lleno de talleres de arte y justicia social en la Casa Andrew Freedman Home, en el Bronx el sábado, 25 de octubre de 12pm a 4pm, en donde los padres, adolescentes y artistas de las comunidades dominicanas, haitianas, puertorriqueñas y afro-americanas se reunirán para denunciar el impacto de la sentencia emitida por el Tribunal Constitucional de la República Dominicana que desnacionaliza a los dominicanos de ascendencia haitiana.

 

Durante ¡Imagínate: Justicia! II” los participantes podrán asistir a una conferencia/panel de discusión, acerca de la implementación de dichas leyes, llevado a cabo por Miriam Neptune (activista y directora del documental Birthright Crisis), Sita Frederick (directora artística de Areytos PerformanceWorks) y la artista/educadora Yolanda Velázquez (miembra del colectivo De Aquí PA’YA), quien presentará un mural viajero pintado por los niños de la República Dominicana, Haití y Puerto Rico.

 

¡Imagínate: Justicia! II, “es una tremenda oportunidad para que todos exploremos nuestro potencial creativo y compartamos ideas que ayuden a fomentar relaciones más justas, dignas y pacíficas”, explica la co-organizadora, Yarisa Colón. Mediante ejercicios de artes divertidos y creativos todos podrán crear obras visuales, textos, canciones y bailes inspiradores y dinámicos en respuesta a estas leyes racistas; y reflexionarán sobre el peligro de la xenofobia, el racismo, las políticas anti-migratorias y las deportaciones a nivel mundial. “He encontrado que durante cientos de años de racismo, las comunidades negras, latinas y caribeñas han tratado de insensibilizarse ante el dolor perpetuado por el racismo.  Por medio del arte, podemos revivir el sentido de injusticia provocado por éstas y todas las leyes injustas en Nueva York y en el mundo, y tener el valor de enfrentarlas,” explica Manuela Arciniegas, percusionista de música folklórica, madre de cuatros hijos y co-organizadora de esta actividad.

 

Las repercusiones de estas sentencias han creado un clima de intimidación y violencia, que obliga a las personas de ascendencia haitiana a vivir con miedo. El propósito es deconstruir el impacto sufrido por las comunidades  dominico-haitianas y las comunidades migrantes en la República Dominicana y en Estados Unidos. Es una  oportunidad importante para que las personas de las comunidades en Nueva York compartan su arte entre ellos, y a su vez con los funcionarios que tienen el poder de deshacer esta ley anti-ética.

 

Las discusiones serán facilitadas en inglés y en español.  Personas de todas las edades serán bienvenidas.  Se aceptarán donaciones ($5), y no se le negará la entrada a ninguna persona. Para más información, visite: https://wearealldominicannyc.wordpress.com/

 

QUE:   Día lleno de talleres educativos y artísticos en solidaridad con los dominicanos de ascendencia haitiana impactados adversamente por la sentencia TC 0168-13 emitida por el Tribunal Constitucional de la República Dominicana junto a las co-organizadoras Manuela Arciniegas, Rocio Silverio; Panelistas: Miriam Neptune (directora del documental Birthright Crisis), Sita Frederick (Directora artística de Areytos DanceWorks/baile), Hilda Guerrero y Yolanda Velázquez (DE AQUÍ PA’YA), Moderadora: Amarilys Estrella; Artistas/talleristas: Cynthia Renta e Inés Mangual (música), Reynaldo García Pantaleón (artes visuales) y Yarisa Colón (libros hechos a mano), y muchos otros artistas y activistas.

 

CUANDO: 25 de octubre de 2014 12:00PM-4:00PM

 

DONDE: 1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10032

Tomar el tren D ó 4 hasta la calle 167.

 

QUIEN: Auspiciado por We Are All Dominican

wearealldominican@gmail.com

 

COSTO: Gratis (Donación sugerida: $5)

 

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Activistas EEUU reclaman a Danilo reconocer desnacionalizados por fallo TC168-13

Los activistas enviaron una carta abierta el presidente dominicano, en la que solicitaron restablecer la nacionalidad a las personas impactadas luego del dictamen de la Sentencia 168-13, especialmente los dominicanos de ascendencia haitiana

21 de febrero del 2014
Servicios de Acento.com.do

Nueva York, Estados Unidos.-  Líderes y activistas comunitarios radicados en Estados Unidos demandaron al presidente dominicano Danilo Medina reconocer la ciudadanía de los dominicanos y dominicanas desnacionalizados por la “xenofóbica” Sentencia del 168-13 del Tribunal Constitucional.

El requerimiento fue hecho el jueves 20, por miembros de comunidad Dominicana en Nueva York, quienes hicieron pública una carta abierta al gobernante dominicano, durante la celebración de un evento organizado por los grupos DOMINICANOS/AS X DERECHO @NY y We are all Dominican. Lea más

 

Activists Protest New Dominican Republic Law

NY1, January 25, 2014

A New York-based campaign is trying to raise awareness about a new law in the Dominican Republic that will take away citizenship from hundreds of thousands of residents, primarily of Haitian ancestry.

The group “We Are All Dominican” held a public forum Saturday to talk about a law passed in 2013 that denies citizenship to people born in the Dominican Republic whose parents migrated to the country after 1928. Read more

Denationalizing Dominicans of Haitian descent

Caribbean Life Newspaper, December 11, 2013, by Tequila Minsky

Training for teachers regarding the stripping of citizenship of Dominicans of Haitian ancestry using the film “Birthright Crises” will be held Jan. 4, 2013 at Barnard College.

This follows an evening to contextualize the Sept. 23 Dominican Supreme Court ruling regarding Dominicans of Haitian ancestry, which took place on Dec. 5 at CUNY Graduate Center. About 180 mostly Dominican-ancestry students and other Dominicans, Haitians and other concerned New Yorkers attended the panel discussion and conversation. Read more

Global Voices Online, November 25, 2013, by Yarisa Colón
La coalición Dominicanos/as X Derecho@ NYC, integrada por multiples organizaciones y grupos culturales, con sede en la ciudad de Nueva York, se reunió en el Martin Luther King Jr. Center/1199-SEIU el 15 de noviembre para celebrar una “Noche de Compromiso y Acción por los derechos humanos”: en solidaridad con las personas desnacionalizadas y en rechazo a la sentencia 168-13 en la República Dominicana.Durante la actividad, Estela Vázquez, la vicepresidenta ejecutiva del sindicato SEIU 1199, anunció una resolución unánime para ratificar el compromiso de la unión con las y los dominicanos, quienes se han visto seriamente afectados por esta violación a sus derechos humanos.Pues, como señala, Rocío Silverio, en Workers World, la reciente medida del Tribunal Constitucional no sólo perpetua y agrava el estatus de ciudadanía de segunda clase adjudicada a los dominicanos de ascendencia haitiana, sino que pretende “desnacionalizar retroactivamente alrededor de medio millón de haitianos/as-dominicanos/as.” Read more.
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Manhattan Times, November 21, 2013, by Sherry Mazzocchi

The march for human rights begins with a single step.

Marchers protesting the Dominican Republic’s recent controversial ruling walked from 207th Street and Broadway to Times Square this past Sat., Nov. 16th.

About 30 marchers started out uptown for the Dominican Consulate on 42nd Street. They protested TC/0168/13, a constitutional tribunal ruling that revokes the citizenship of all people born of foreign-born parents since June 20, 1929. Read more

New York Dominicans Call Their Homeland’s Citizenship Ruling Racist

NY1, November 20, 2013, by Arlene Borenstein

A recent court ruling in the Dominican Republic instantly stripped tens of thousands of Haitian immigrants of their Dominican citizenship, even if they were born there decades ago. Some are calling the ruling racist and a violation of human rights, prompting protests from New York City to the Caribbean. NY1’s Arlene Borenstein filed a second report on the ruling.

“I’m not from the outside, I was born here!” chants a group rallying in the Dominican Republic.

It’s a message prompted by the country’s decision to revoke the citizenship of people whose parents, grandparents, possibly even great-grandparents originally entered the country without proper papers going all the way back to 1929.

They’re finding support here in New York. Read more

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