We believe that you have the ability to make a difference in our world. As an artist, your talent and beauty brings joy to millions. As a leader, your influence can bring understanding and justice to millions more.
Please consider making a difference in the lives of the people of the Dominican Republic who are being silenced and stripped of their citizenship because of their Haitian and Afro-Creole roots. As an American of Creole ancestry, it must offend your sense of justice to see the Dominican government violate the human rights of so many of its most vulnerable citizens. Please consider distancing yourself from the D.R. until it revokes its racist ruling, TC 168-13, which retroactively strips citizenship from four generations of Dominicans going back to 1929. Please reconsider your endorsement of Dominican cigars.
The Dominican government is mistreating people of Haitian and African ancestry even though these citizens have contributed to the Dominican economy by working in sugar cane plantations, and in the construction of roads and hotels. The United Nations, the United States, the countries of the Caribbean (CARICOM), the Organization of American States (OAS), and many other human rights organizations have all condemned this law, but the Dominican government has not budged.
With your voice, you can help to make the Dominican Republic a better place for all. We all stand on the shoulders of those who lit the path to justice. You can provide that light and stand in solidarity with Dominicans who are being discriminated against because of their Afro-Creole heritage.