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Tallahassee says Black Lives Matter in the Dominican Republic

By Maressa Simmons

Regina Joseph speaking at June 19 rally

Tallahassee, FL – Community members and students gathered in front of the Old Tallahassee Capitol, June 19, to protest the planned mass deportation of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent, from the Dominican Republic.

The protest was organized by Black Liberation Action Coordinating Committee (BLACC), Haitian Lives Do Matter, and Recycle4Haiti Foundation Inc.

The protest attracted 15 supporters of the Haitian community, who stood at the intersection of Monroe Street and Appalachee waving signs. Afterwards, the protesters moved to the capitol steps, where they chanted “No human is illegal,” and “Haitian Dominicans are Dominicans.”

Regina Joseph of BLACC told the crowd “The Dominican Republic and Haiti are divided because of Western imperialism.”

Selestria de La Cruz, a member of BLACC, stated “We need to call the embassy of the Dominican Republic and boycott any travel or purchases from the Dominican Republic. We cannot support the economy of a country that does not support its people.”

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