BROOKLYN, NY: Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, Deputy Leader, released the following statement in regard to the eight anniversary of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The disaster killed roughly 300,000 people, and displaced more than a million Haitians.
New York City’s Council Member–Jumaane Williams has issued a statement on the eighth anniversary of the (2010) earthquake of Haiti’s earthquake. In his message to the Government and people of Haiti, Mr.Williams stated
“Our thoughts, prayers, and aid must continue to go out to you. As an elected representative of a shared area with the largest Haitian community outside of Haiti and Florida, I take very seriously the responsibility of contributing to the ongoing mission of remembrance, recovery and rebuilding. Though that devastating event happened eight years ago today, there is still so much more our country should be doing to help Haiti. Instead, under the Trump Administration, we are turning our backs on our Haitian brothers and sisters.”
The Council-Member added “Here in America, not only has the federal government turned a blind eye to the Haitians who are still suffering from the effects of that earthquake and additional, mounting natural disasters such as Hurricane Matthew, that actively worsened the situation. In November, Donald Trump ended Temporary Protected Status for Haitians living in the United States, forcing them to return home to a Nation for which our State Department still has a travel advisory. This kind of callous, deliberate disregard for the well-being of hard-working immigrants, this disdain for our fellow human beings, is what we’ve come to expect from Donald Trump.”
Mr. Williams mentioned that as a blackman living in the United States of America, recognized the role that Haiti played in abolition, as well as the role that Haiti played in doubling the size of our country and the countless contributions that they have made to it. “We have a great debt that is owed to Haiti. Haiti deserves more attention for its contributions throughout history than what has actually been given.”
The Council-Member concluded that despite the harm that was being done by our government, he knew that the American people still recognized the need to extend aid to our brothers and sisters in Haiti, because they had done so much for our Nation, and who we must repay.