The weeks leading up to the Jan. 5 Georgia runoff election saw consistent get-out-the-vote efforts by local and national Haitian-American leaders. One of these leaders, Ronald Bertrand spent time calling family and friends encouraging them to vote.
The gastronomic gift is the result of a partnership between a Haitian-led home health aide placement agency and New York District 43 Assembly Member Diana Richardson, who represents portions of the Crown Heights, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Wingate and Flatbush neighborhoods.
Mirroring a national trend, Haitian-American leaders across the country are working to mobilize and educate Georgia voters in advance of the Jan. 5 election.
Bazile’s confirmation makes him the fourth Haitian-American district leader for the Kings County Democratic Party, which has 42 district leaders in all. Bazile, who resides in the Williamsburg neighborhood where he grew up, joins Party Chair and District 42 Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte, male District 42 Leader Josue Pierre and male District 43 Leader Edu Hermelyn.
Churches nationwide have used federal relief funds to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, but small Haitian churches in Brooklyn have been locked out, some pastors said. Now, they are asking the government to help.
At the height of the pandemic last spring, New York City hired 200 people to help COVID-19 positive residents access essentials like food and medicine during quarantine. Now, with a second wave hitting the country and large holiday gatherings likely, the city is planning to expand its program to help more immigrant New Yorkers, including Creole-speaking Haitian-Americans.
The Evangelical Crusade Christian Church spearheaded the effort to construct the $45 million development, named the Bishop Philius and Helen Nicolas Senior Residence, at 1488 New York Avenue. The application deadline is Jan. 28.
This Saturday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., HAVE will co-host a virtual town hall event to rally the vote. The event will be broadcast on the Georgia Haitian American Citizens Facebook group, created by HAVE, and via Zoom. Speakers include Georgia state representatives Erick E. Allen, of District 40 and Miriam Paris, who represents District 142.
On Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), will hold a virtual hearing on impunity for ongoing human rights violations and lack of judicial independence in Haiti. IACHR, an organ of the Organization of American States (OAS), is allowing the public to register for a Zoom broadcast.