PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — The opposition Pitit Dessalin party says it plans to stage a series of activities, including street demonstrations, to protest Haiti’s decision to support an Organization of American States (OAS) resolution not recognising the legitimacy of the Nicolas Maduro presidency in Venezuela.Haiti, along with the Bahamas, Jamaica, Guyana and St Lucia supported the OAS resolution last week, while Dominica, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname voted against the measure.St Kitts-Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, and Belize abstained during the vote earlier this week, while Grenada was not present when the matter was put to the vote.Haiti later said that it was under no pressure from the United States to vote in support of the resolution as Madura began his second five year term in office.But in a letter sent to President Maduro, the general secretary of Pitit Dessalin, Jean-Charles Moïse, pointed to the “strong … [Read more...] about Haiti’s opposition to protest vote on Maduro’s presidency
HaitiOIF Donates to Radio Kiskeya TV ReconstructionInternational Organization of Francophonie (OIF) gave about $USD 18 thousand for the reconstruction of Radio TV Kiskeya, ravaged by a fire on last month. This donation aims to concretely demonstrate the contribution of Francophonie to strengthen democracy in Haiti, says director of the Regional Office of OIF, Emmanuel Adjovi, Alterpresse reports. Continue readingPort-de-Paix Residents Held Earthquake Awareness MarchSeveral thousand students from different schools participated in an awareness march on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 in Port-de-Paix. This march under the theme “Tranbleman de tè ka rive nenpòt ki lè, ann prepare pou limite dega yo” ( There can be an earthquake anytime, let’s prepare ourselves to limit the damages) was designed by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the departmental committee of the North West Civil Protection. Taking into account the imminent seismic fault crossing … [Read more...] about Haitian Times News Roundup – Jan. 17
As the husband-and-wife duo behind Haiti’s premier international musical event, Joel Widmaier and Milena Sandler Widmaier are used to presenting major jazz celebrities: Branford Marsalis, Jed Levy Quartet, Julie Michels of Canada. and Cuba’s Gonzalo Rubalcaba, to name a few.But for years, there was one star in the jazz universe they could never seem to get: Miami-born Cécile McLorin Salvant.So last year, as the couple began planning for this year’s 13th edition of the Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival, they did something unusual.“We went to the family,” Sandler Widmaier said. “It’s not like us to do that but I sent a message to her mother and said, ‘I don’t understand why we can’t get her. We have been asking a year in advance to get her, not only for the jazz festival, but for International Jazz Day as well, and every time the answer is ‘No.’ If she doesn’t want to, OK, and I will stop … [Read more...] about How did Haiti’s international jazz festival snag one of music’s hottest stars?
Photo by Grant Whitty on UnsplashBy Celucien L. JosephAs a diasporic immigrant Christian organization, the Haitian-American church should be an institution that uses its influence and resources to develop and strengthen the communities they claim to serve. However, the hard truth is that the Haitian-American church is disengaged with the Haitian experience and life in Haiti. Here are nine ways the Haitian-American church is failing the community. The Haitian-American church is silent on justice and race relations issues in the American culture that are radically affecting both its parishioners and the black (“ethnic black folk”) and brown American populations.The Haitian-American church is silent on the socio-economic and political matters that are transforming the lives of its own congregants, the American people, and Christians at large in this culture.The Haitian-American church turns its back on the poor, the widow, the immigrant, and the … [Read more...] about 9 Crises and Weaknesses of the Haitian-American Church
Cassandre TheanoBy Bianca SilvaIf there’s a word that describes international human rights lawyer Cassandre Theano, it’s tenacious. Her desire to make positive change in society is clear. Born in New York and raised in Haiti, Theano grew up witnessing the injustices being committed firsthand and seeing people not have the ability to fight back. Pursuing a career in the legal field as a result was a natural path for her. As an international human rights lawyer, she is also an advocate who focuses on women’s rights and citizenship rights. Theano speaks to The Haitian Times on the work that’s shaped her into the person she is today. What inspired you to focus on human rights within the legal field?I don’t know when it exactly crystallized for me, but it was very early. I’d say probably between 14 and 16 years old, I knew I wanted to be a lawyer and I knew I wanted to particularly practice human rights law. I was living in Haiti at the time and one of … [Read more...] about Haitians in America: International Human Rights lawyer Seeks to Change the World