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Who We Are, & Why

We are a group of Bahamian webizens who hope to mobilize in support of a realistic and sensible immigration policy with respect to Haitians and their children. We will offer a space here on the web to discuss and share information and ideas (respectfully) about how to create change. We wish to build a coalition of people and organisations for solidarity and action.

VISION: To build and sustain solidarity and exchange among Haitians and Bahamians during this time of crisis and into the future.

ISSUES: Right now the focus is on emergency and immediate relief aid to Haiti, which is absolutely necessary. But we are concerned about Haitians who are living in the Bahamas in fear of deportation. And we are concerned about the numbers of Haitians who will be seeking refuge in the coming days/weeks/months. The Bahamian government has said that there will be no repatriation for now, but how long will this last? Our newspapers are already creating a kind of hysteria around the “influx” of Haitians, and Bahamas immigration is “bracing” for this. (Regardless of one’s position on migration rights for Haitians in The Bahamas, surely at this moment, we need to have compassion and help however we can.)

ACTION: This group is leading a letter writing campaign to the government of The Bahamas — asking for temporary status to Haitians for a set period of time because of the devastation in Haiti. In the long term, we hope to mobilize in support of a realistic and sensible immigration policy with respect to Haitians and their children.

CREATING AWARENESS: We offer a space here on WordPress and on Facebook to discuss and share information and ideas (respectfully) about how to create change. We wish to build a coalition of people and organisations for solidarity and action. (Facebook group – “Haitian-Bahamian Solidarity”.)

The first wave of letters focused on Bahamians writing to their representatives and to the Prime Minister and Minister of the State for Migration (this is ongoing). Now we want to extend this letter writing campaign to everyone who is interested in helping. (However, we do encourage all non-Bahamians to also write their own governments/leaders asking for support for Haitians.)

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