CARIBBEAT: Push to stop Haiti deportations

In light of the destruction from Hurricane Matthew and a deadly cholera outbreak, it's not the time for the deportation of Haitians from the U.S., according to the Haiti Renewal Alliance and the United Front of the Haitian Diaspora organizations – sponsors of a petition to halt the resumption of deportations.

"It is currently impractical, unsafe and inhumane to deport people into the country at this time. Haitians are hardworking, law abiding, contribute to the U.S. economy, as well as supporting their families via remittances," reads part of the petition on the White House's "We the People" website.

Using the government website, petitions with 100,000 or more signature gathered in 30 days will be reviewed and presented to the appropriate policy experts who will issue an official response.

Last month, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand asked government officials to temporarily stop the deportations of Haitian nationals and grant them Temporary Protected Status, allowing them in the U.S. to stay beyond their visa and work legally.

In September, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced the resumption of deportations, noting that condition have improved since the deportations were suspended after the 2010 earthquake.

"These policies prioritize the removal of convicted felons, individuals convicted of significant or multiple misdemeanors, and individuals apprehended at or between ports of entry while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States," said Johnson on Sept. 22, announcing the resumption of deportations.

Visit http://bit.ly/whitehousepetition2016 to sign the share the petition.

FUND-RAISER FOR HEALTH GROUP

The Caribbean American Outreach Association – a nonprofit group which has brought medical assistance to people in the Caribbean and the U.S. – is again honoring local community advocates for their efforts.

The contributions of Apostle Norice Campbell, Jean Joseph, Donna Watkins-Perez, Ann Sutherland, Hilton Samuels, Harry John Headlam, Yolanda Agnes Miranda Cadore, and Margaret Douglas will be recognized at this year's CAOA Dinner-Dance and Awards Ceremony on Saturday in Queens at Ricardo's by the Bridge, 2101 24th Ave., in Astoria.

Since 1998, the CAOA has brought medical testing to the Caribbean through missions manned by volunteer doctors, nurses, and other health professionals. And the organization – that also focuses on preventative health care, wellness maintenance and HIV/AIDS education and awareness in the region – also hosts community health fairs in New York.

For information and tickets, visit (347) 500-4551 or send email to caoainc@yahoo.com.

CUBA FAIR MEANS BUSINESS

In a neighborly and economically practical fashion, businesses from the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States member nations of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis and Grenada participated in FIHAV 2016 – the 34th Havana International Trade Fair – held last week in Havana.

Organization of Eastern Caribbean States Director General Didacus Jules said the member nations joined the fair to make connections with Cuba and the more than 75 other nations which took part in Cuba's largest annual multi-sector trade fair, held from Monday to Friday last week.

"The OECS has historically enjoyed strong relations with Cuba across a number of functional areas of cooperation including health and education and now with the Cuban government's desire to diversify international economic relations, we are positioning to ensure OECS businesses are supported to successfully enter the Cuban market," said the director general.

"This growth will invariably drive increasing demand for products and services across a range of sectors including for example high end building products such as paint, blinds and awnings to manufactured food items for which the OECS is uniquely placed both competitively and geographically to service."

Learn more about the OECS at www.oecs.org.

JAH CURE ALBUM YIELDS ANOTHER SINGLE

"The Cure," reggae star Jah Cure's 2016 Grammy nominated album, continues to bear fruit with the release last week of his single "Telephone Love" on VP Records. This release follows the success of his recent video "Rasta," another tune on the 13-track album.

Hear the Telephone Love single at http://bit.ly/jahcure2016 and get the album at http://bit.ly/jahcurethecure.

TAJ WEEKES’ NEW MUSIC VIDEO

Roots-reggae band Taj Weekes and Adowa are touting their "Let Your Voice Be As Loud As Your Silence" music video from the "Love, Herb & Reggae" album.

With Weekes hailing from St. Lucia, the ensemble is a Caribbean affair – with Adowa members calling Dominica, Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad home.

Check out the "Let Your Voice Be As Loud As Your Silence" video at http://bit.ly/tajvideo2016. For more about Weekes and his They Often Cry Outreach children's charity, visit www.tajweekes.com.

GUYANA-PUERTO RICO CULTURAL SERIES

"Where Kathak and Bomba Meet in Me," a unique intercultural performance series of Puerto-Rican and Guyanese (East Indian) dance and music cultures in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx, kicks off Tuesday, presented by Romanee Kalicharran of Romanee and Company.

Beginning with the "The Male Perspective" Bomba dance technique class on Tuesday at Julia De Burgos Art Center in Manhattan and ending Nov. 20 at the Brooklyn Music School with a grand finale performance, the series also includes events such as "The Indian and Indo-Caribbean View" at the Andrew Freedman Complex in the Bronx on Nov. 15.

Patrons are encouraged to drum and dance at several of the series' happenings. For a full schedule and tickets, visit www.romaneeandcompany.com/upcoming-events.

MARKING CARIBBEAN TOURISM MONTH

Happenings – such as the Belize Taco Festival on Nov. 27, the Jamaica One World Ska and Rocksteady Festival, Nov. 26 and 27, and the Barbados Golden Spectacular Mega Concert on Nov. 30 – are some of the many activities taking place in November's celebration of Caribbean Tourism Month.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization, its member countries and partners are observing the month and boasting a calendar of activities. To see the calendar, visit http://bit.ly/caribtourism2016.

FOUNDATION FOUNDER GIVES & GETS

As founder of the Jah Jerry Foundation, James Haynes is usually on the giving end by donating scholarships, computers in Jamaica and promoting education — a passion of his late father, Jerome (Jah Jerry) of Jamaica's pioneering Skatalites ska band.

But this month Haynes is on the receiving end as the recipient of a NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award from NAACP Parkchester Branch at the group's Freedom Fund Luncheon in the Bronx on Saturday.

In September, Haynes was giving. The foundation held its annual scholarship award reception on Sept. 15 at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston and presented three of the school's students – Shadeeka Daughma, Ashir Plummer and Janoy Ellis – with scholarships. Jones Town/Trench Town areas schools got four state-of-the-art desktop computers, 25-inch monitors and Microsoft office software.

All the scholarship recipients are majoring in music, doing well in academics and extracurricular activities, and demonstrate financial needs, said foundation founder James Haynes, who named the foundation after his father – Jerome (Jah Jerry) of the Skatalites, Jamaica's famous ska band.

"This year a third student received a scholarship due to the generosity of Ms. Pat Chin of VP Records," said Haynes, noting that each recipient was awarded $1,000 (U.S.).

In attendance at the Jamaica event were legendary Jamaican singer Ken Boothe; former Third World band keyboard player Ibo Cooper; Herbie Miller, curator of the Jamaica Institute of Music; Bunny Goodison; Ruth Brevette, widow of Skatalites bassist Lloyd Brevette; Gillian Wilkinson McDaniel, representing Jamaica Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister Olivia Grange; Courtney Dodd, representing Studio One; Maxine Stowe, representing the reggae great Bunny Wailer; "Satta Massagana" song writer Bernard Collins; Bunny of the pioneering group Bunny & Skully; Michelle Williams, representing VP Records; and Edna Manley College administrators and students, Haynes said.

For information on the Jah Jerry Foundation, send email to jhaynes15@yahoo.com. For information on the group's Freedom Fund Luncheon, call (718) 597-0364.

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