Sample Letter of Solidarity

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To Whom It May Concern:

We, [the people of your organization/neighborhood], are in Solidarity with the communities of Dominican people affected by Ruling Sentence 168/13 of the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic’s Constitutional Court in their recent interpretation of the citizenship provisions of the Constitution of 2010:  ”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.””

We are [a community organization/a concerned citizen] that [description of what your organization/what you believe in]. Your ruling is a direct attack on [description of who you are or the main issues]. It is a racist ruling that targets the most vulnerable in our global communities—families and children. An attack on Dominican mothers in the U.S. is as much an attack on Dominican-Haitian mothers and children abroad. An unjust law is unjust on any land, and TC 168/13 is UNJUST.

The ruling violates several principles, including the following: the due process of law to strip nationality rights from thousands of people without credible cause, the principle of lenity to the person, the non-retroactive nature of law, the binding character of decisions made by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and the rights of the child to identity and nationality.

We at [organization name] cannot permit this affront to basic civil and human rights. I stand in opposition to the recent decision of the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic 168/13. I stand in alliance with Dominicans, Haitians, Dominicans of Haitian descent, and Haitians of Dominican descent to condemn the Constitutional Court’s decision and continue the legacy of transnational opposition against oppression in all  forms.

We are concerned that the effects of the decision will be far reaching by leaving a) the nationality of tens of thousands in the Dominican Republic and the Dominican diaspora in limbo and b) the citizenship rights that flow from such national identity in jeopardy. We are troubled that the ruling creates a constitutional norm regarding citizenship based on skin color and race. We are concerned that State enforcement through mass deportation or “self-deportation” policies will arbitrarily separate families who have resided in the Dominican  Republic for generations.

[Our Organization] demands that the Dominican Parliament pass a law countermanding the effects of the Constitutional Court.Furthermore, we demand that President Medina sign said legislation into law and we urge a prompt resolution of this grave matter.







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