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Haitian Americans demand fair representation at Charter Review Task Force

MIAMI – Haitian American citizens will express their concerns and demand fair representation for the Haitian community on Tuesday, August 14 at the important Miami Dade County Charter Review Task Force hearing at Government Center.

The hearing will be from 6 To-7:30pm in The County Commission Chamber, 2nd Fl, Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW 1st Street. A large turnout is expected.

This is the first of four Task Force hearings to consider and recommend changes to Miami-Dade’s Charter which, if approved by voters in January, will govern every county resident for the next five to ten years. Issues of concern include the number and nature of districts from which commissioners will be elected.

Miami-Dade’s Haitian-American citizens must be fairly represented in these crucial deliberations on the distribution of political power and representation in the county, but not one of the Task Force’s 21 powerful members is Haitian-American!

Speakers among others will include Jean-Robert Lafortune and Marleine Bastien, Executive Directors of the Haitian American Grassroots Coalition (HAGC) and Haitian Women of Miami (FANM) respectively. HAGC has 17 member organizations.

Miami-Dade’s Haitian-American population must be fairly and fully represented in the political determinations and structures of our government. Leaders and citizens will make these points clearly at tomorrow’s public hearing.

For more information contact, Marleine Bastien 305 756-8050, Edeline Clermont 786 357 0206, Jean-Robert Lafortune 305 785 4248.

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