Communities of Faith Statement on Dominican Citizenship Court Ruling

Statement of communities of faith on the  ruling of the Dominican Constitutional Court  denying citizenship to four generations of Dominicans of Haitian descent.

November 26, 2013

Church World Service

"Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.”  -- Proverbs 31:8, 9

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Haitian Factory Workers Demand Fair Wages

Haitian Factory Workers Demand Fair Wages

For over one year Haitian garment factory workers have been denied the minimum wage of 300 gourdes (approximate to $0.87 per hour) for an eight-hour day of work that they are legally entitled. A report by the factory monitoring program, Better Work Haiti, found that all 24 garment export factories in Haiti were neglecting to comply with minimum wage laws, knowingly cheating their employees out of what is already a meager day’s pay. Wage theft leaves workers living in poverty conditions, routinely unable to afford food, housing or medical care. Factory owners and retailers must be held accountable, to comply with minimum wage laws and set fair production standards. This necessary change would benefit not only the factory workers, but the reputation of apparel businesses.

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Supporting Prompt and Fair Elections in Haiti

By Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti and TransAfrica

Original Release September 18, 2013

The U.S government should support prompt elections in Haiti, but also insist that those elections be fair and inclusive. Elections in 2009 and 2010 excluded many qualified candidates and parties without legal justification, leading to fundamental governance problems that were not only predictable, but were anticipated by members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. Two more election cycles are overdue, leading to a Senate with 1/3 of its seats open and struggling to obtain a quorum. Further, since he took office, Haitian President Michel Martelly has appointed 129 non-elected “municipal agents” to replace elected mayors whose terms expired last year.

 

 

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"Now They’re All Dead": Threats of Assassination to Human Rights Advocates in Haiti

"Now They’re All Dead": Threats of Assassination to Human Rights Advocates in Haiti

By Mark Snyder and Other Worlds

August 21, 2013

"Those before you were strong. Now they’re all dead. Stop what you are doing, or the same will happen to you."

Those were the words delivered to Frena Florvilus, Director of Education and Advocacy of the Haitian human rights organization Defenders of the Oppressed (DOP), early on the morning of August 11 by one of four unidentified men who attempted to enter DOP’s office.

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Join us for the 50th Anniversary March on Washington!

Join us for the 50th Anniversary March on Washington!

TransAfrica is excited to be part of the planning committee for the incredible events planned to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. With collaborative leadership from Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network, Melanie Campbell of National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Clayola Brown of A. Phillip Randolph Institute and many more, a broad cross-section of organizations has come together to prepare an amazing agenda. 

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TransAfrica Concerned about Elections in Zimbabwe

TransAfrica is deeply concerned with the disenfranchisement of voters during the Zimbabwean elections on July 31, 2013.   Although these elections seem less marred by violence than the exercise in 2008, “The obstacles placed on voters and the process such as the failure to distribute an electronic voter register further hinder progress toward political normalcy in Zimbabwe,” said Nicole C. Lee, President of TransAfrica. 

 

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Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Leaders Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Nelson Mandela

On Thursday, July 18 the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and Congressional leaders celebrated the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela on the global leader’s 95th birthday. The day also marked the international celebration of Mandela Day, where in honor of Mr. Mandela’s 67 years of fighting for the rights of all people, individuals are asked to dedicate 67 minutes of their time to service in their local communities or to a charity.  The ceremony was held in Emancipation Hall at the United States Capitol Visitor Center.

Representative Karen Bass Honors Nelson Mandela

Today, the world celebrates the life and legacy of the global leader and icon....


Rep. Bass Statement on International Mandela Day

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Ranking Member of the Africa Subcommittee released the following statement on the 95th birthday of Nelson Mandela, former president of the Republic of South Africa:
 
“Today, the world celebrates the life and legacy of the global leader and icon, Nelson Mandela. For more the two decades as a free man and for nearly three decades imprisoned because of his unwavering commitment to human rights and equality, Nelson Mandela has taught us the meaning of self-sacrifice.
 
“President Mandela personally inspired me to understand that although the struggle for social and economic justice might take many years, it was my responsibility to continue that fight and if he could keep his focus on these values, then I certainly can also.
 
“So on this special day, we dedicate ourselves to volunteerism of all kinds. In 17 cities around the United States events are taking place – from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles and from New York City to Miami. It was President Mandela’s wish that on his birthday we dedicate ourselves to something bigger and work to make our world a more equitable, fair and peaceful place.
 
“I wish President Mandela a speedy recovery and hope that this birthday is celebrated with close family and friends. Today, we celebrate for all that he has given to all of us everywhere.
 
“Happy 95th birthday President Mandela!”
U.S. Rep. Karen Bass represents the 37th Congressional District, which includes Los Angeles, Century City, and Culver City and was the 67th Speaker of the California Assembly. Rep. Bass serves as the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights.