Larisa Karr

Charnette Frederic, Irvington council member, builds bridges through education
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Charnette Frederic, Irvington council member, builds bridges through education

As a council member and second vice president in Irvington, Frederic now spends much of her time educating Haitian-Americans in Irvington about resources available. She also teaches city officials about the needs and power of her vibrant community.

New Jersey Haitians plan for possibly hectic Nov. 3
2020 Elections, Latest News

New Jersey Haitians plan for possibly hectic Nov. 3

Since in-person early voting in New Jersey is not available, many Haitian-Americans pushed for voting by mail instead, where the voters mail their completed ballots back to officials. Haitian radio stations, social media forums and church leaders heavily encouraged Haitian-Americans to vote by mail. Local community members created videos in English and Creole to explain how vote-by-mail works.

Haitians in smaller states highly engaged in elections, despite lack of data
2020 Elections, Latest News

Haitians in smaller states highly engaged in elections, despite lack of data

Statistics from election boards in nine states with large Haitian populations, as well as official numbers by the U.S. Census Bureau, do not reflect the visible political participation of Haitian-American communities across the country. The majority of local and statewide election boards only record voter statistics by race, not by ancestry or ethnicity.

Older Haitian-Americans eager to vote lean on family, poll workers for help
2020 Elections, Immigrant Voices, Latest News

Older Haitian-Americans eager to vote lean on family, poll workers for help

Older Haitian-Americans struggle with several unique barriers when it comes to casting their ballots. Language translation is consistently viewed as the biggest obstacle hindering these senior citizens from fully participating. Other issues include information inundation, the layout of the ballot and, this year in particular, adjustments made to the voting process due to COVID-19.

Trump, missing-in-action with Haitians, still draws handful of supporters
2020 Elections, Elections

Trump, missing-in-action with Haitians, still draws handful of supporters

A relative handful of Haitian-Americans say they will support the president. Calling on religion and family values as their key reasons to vote, these conservative movement supporters also bring up the Democrats taking Black voters for granted, esoteric footage from decades ago, and debunked fringe theories to explain their presidential pick.

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