The ANSWER Coalition urges its supporters to attend the following demonstration organized by the 1804 Movement for All Immigrants and Equality for Flatbush: E4F
Saturday, May 19
Lafayette Park (across the street from the White House)
On Jan. 11, the eve of the 8th anniversary of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, President Donald Trump called Haiti a “shithole” country, along with El Salvador and African nations. He continues racist and anti-immigrant policies and provocative statements, especially against black and brown peoples.
Last week, the Trump administration stripped Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from 57,000 Hondurans who have lived in the United States for the past two decades. Those Hondurans have about 53,000 U.S.-born children, many of whom may also be forced to return to Central America with their parents.
Already, President Donald Trump’s Department for Homeland Security (DHS) had yanked TPS from 1,000 Sudanese, 5,300 Nicaraguans, 9,000 Nepalis, 50,000 Haitians, and 260,000 Salvadorans, who will all have to leave the U.S. in 2019 if they can’t win residency. Some 275,000 U.S. citizen children of TPS holders are also affected.
In response, Haitians, Africans, and Latin Americans from New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Florida, Georgia, and Canada will converge on Washington, DC the day after May 18, Haitian Flag Day, on the anniversary of Malcolm X’s birthday.
The May 19, 2018, demonstration will take place from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. in front of the White House to demand permanent residency in the U.S. for the tens of thousands of TPS holders soon to be facing deportation. Their expulsion is inhumane and counter-productive. They hold jobs, run businesses, attend schools, pay taxes, and generally contribute to the economic health of the U.S..
The rally will also demand that President Donald Trump apologize for calling Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations “shithole countries,” that U.S. police forces stop profiling and terrorizing black and brown communities, that UN police be withdrawn from Haiti, that the U.S. and UN pay reparations to Haiti for a century of crimes and exploitation (most recently the UN’s importation of cholera into the country), and that Washington stop meddling in Haiti’s elections.
Bus tickets and more information can obtained by calling the following numbers: in New York, 718.421.0162; in New Jersey, 201.836.4738; in Florida and Georgia, 305.756.8050; in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, 857.615.9895.