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Haitian Leaders in NY Rekindle Glory Days
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Haitian Leaders in NY Rekindle Glory Days

By Garry Pierre-Pierre In the song “Glory Days,” Bruce Springsteen tells the story of a high-school baseball star whose potential never rose beyond his aspirations and years later, can’t stop talking about his high school days.   That sad jingle is an apt metaphor for the Haitian community here in NYC. We appear to be…

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Why Haitians Tend to Cannibalize Their Own
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Why Haitians Tend to Cannibalize Their Own

There is a long tradition of Diaspora Haitians who throw themselves in the mix to help their country or community. There are plenty of examples where members of the Diaspora, motivated by altruism and a desire to make a difference, bring themselves down from their “celebrity” status to help the country, only to be demonized after being deified.

The Pakistan-ization of America Is Almost Complete
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The Pakistan-ization of America Is Almost Complete

Armed security guards accompanying a tourist tour on an excursion last year through Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city . by Garry Pierre-Pierre Since the weeks following the World Trade Center disaster on that balmy day in September of 2001, the America we used to live in has ceased to exist. It would have been a dereliction…

Haiti’s Folly: Bringing Back Its Army
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Haiti’s Folly: Bringing Back Its Army

Haiti has got to be the unluckiest country in the world, having been led by a coterie of miscreants and misguided leaders who always put self above country. They have failed, over and over, to provide steady and realistic leadership in order to get the country in the ranks of states that prioritize the rule…

Here We Go Again
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Here We Go Again

In today’s ‘Warped Lens‘, Garry Pierre-Pierre holds a mirror to Haitian-American leadership and questions their insufficient commitment to address racial inequalities and injustices facing Haitians back home and abroad. SUPPORT TO READ MORE Sign in to your account.

Haitians Should Pursue Economic and Political Empowerment
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Haitians Should Pursue Economic and Political Empowerment

The other day, a friend observed that when there was a lack in Haitian-American political elected officials in government, we the people garnered more resources from politicians. Perhaps the thinking goes a little bit like this: “Now that we have our own in office, they should know what our needs are and take care of them.”

Haitian Community Needs a New Cadre of Young Leaders
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Haitian Community Needs a New Cadre of Young Leaders

By Garry Pierre-Pierre Shortly after President Donald Trump made his derogatory remarks about Haitians, incensed community leaders quickly held a rally to address the slurs and began mobilizing people to deal with not only the hurtful words, but destabilizing deeds toward Haitians. SUPPORT COMMUNITY NEWS TO READ MORE Sign in to your account.

Farah Larrieux: Faces of TPS
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Farah Larrieux: Faces of TPS

Farah Larrieux By Garry Pierre-Pierre I met Farah Larrieux in 2000 when I was working with  Djakout Mizik to participate at the West Indian Carnival Day Parade in Brooklyn. Farah was part of the band’s public relations staff. We’ve maintained a close friendship over the years. After the 2010 earthquake destroyed her home in Port-au-Prince…

Haitian Diaspora Needs to Put Its Needs Above Those of Haiti
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Haitian Diaspora Needs to Put Its Needs Above Those of Haiti

If we make an honest and sober analysis of the Haitian community in the New York metropolitan area, for example, the picture is bleak. While the number of Haitians in the area has increased, the number of Haitian-owned businesses has plummeted. Social service organizations struggle to find support and their work, though much needed, cannot…

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