Building Bridges: Haitian Rights in Dominican Republic

Building Bridges: Haitian Rights in Dominican Republic;
Overtime Proposal a Win; Housing for Homeless

Date: 2015-08-16 07:48
From: ken nash

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Marching with The Coalition For Human Rights In The Dominican Republic*
“What we are seeing today is not a Haitian crisis, it’s not a Dominican crisis,” City Councilman Mathieu Eugene (D-Brooklyn) said. “It is a human rights crisis. This is injustice. This is not right. This is discrimination.” Councilman Eugene came together with an expansive coalition to condemn the looming expulsions by the Dominican Republic (“DR”) of Haitian immigrants, including those born there as immoral and racist and a human rights crisis.

The current crisis has its roots in a 2013 court ruling that stripped the citizenship of persons born in the DR whose parents weren’t Dominican citizens.
An estimated 460,000 Haitian migrants live in the Dominican Republic, which shares the Caribbean island of Hispaniola with Haiti.
*NYers call on de Blasio to Provide Permanent Housing for Homeless Singles, Rather Than Profiling Them as Mentally Disabled and Subjecting Them to Broken Windows Policing Policies, Rather Than Low-income, Permanent Housing.*
A Large coalition of New Yorkers called on Mayor de Blasio to take bolder action
to address the crisis of homelessness. They gathered at the First Houses in the East Village for a rally and then marched to the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, near Delancey and Suffolk Street, the site of the Essex Crossing Development,
where they spoke out passionately and settled in for an all-night sleep out for
the homeless, to pressure City Hall to dedicate 15,000 units of low-income housing for the homeless and to build the new housing with union labor.
*Why a New Overtime Proposal is a Win for Working Womenwith Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner is an Award-Winning Author, and Co-Founder and Executive Director/CEO of, a National Online and On-The-Ground Grassroots Organization that Promotes Policies Aimed at improving Family Economic Security; Helping Families and Children, and to End Discrimination Against Women and Mothers.*

For months we’ve heard that the economy is finally moving in the right direction, except for one hitch: working people’s wages, particularly those of women, are not going up. One big reason: for years, millions of workers have clocked in more and more hours without ever seeing overtime pay.

That’s wrong. Too many workers, most of whom are women, are watching their finances be stretched to the limit because even though they work overtime, they are not compensated for the work they do.

Working women deserve better. By increasing the salary threshold to $50,444 – meaning if you make less than that, you’re guaranteed protection – 3.2 million more women will be automatically eligible for overtime. This would be a major win for working women.
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