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File #: Res 0806-2019    Version: * Name: Declaring May 18 as Haitian Flag Day in the state of NY, and Congress to pass and the President to sign legislation declaring May 18 as Haitian Flag Day in the US.
Type: Resolution Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations
On agenda: 3/28/2019
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign legislation declaring May 18 as Haitian Flag Day in the state of New York, and Congress to pass and the President to sign legislation declaring May 18 as Haitian Flag Day in the United States.
Sponsors: Mathieu Eugene
Council Member Sponsors: 1
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 806, 2. March 28, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 3. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 3-28-19, 4. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - March 28, 2019

Res. No. 806

 

Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign legislation declaring May 18 as Haitian Flag Day in the state of New York, and Congress to pass and the President to sign legislation declaring May 18 as Haitian Flag Day in the United States.

 

By Council Member Eugene

 

Whereas, The flag of Haiti was adopted on May 18, 1803, after Haitian Revolution leader and founding father of Haiti, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, tore the White section out of the French flag and had his goddaughter, Catherine Flon, sew together the Red and Blue sections, creating the first flag of the Republic of Haiti; and

Whereas, Haiti is the first and only nation to not only successfully lead a rebellion of enslaved people against their enslavers, but also to be founded by formerly enslaved people, after having declared independence from France in 1804; and

Whereas, The Haitian Flag is said to represent the unity of the Nation’s people of color and a rejection of its colonizers; and

Whereas, Citizens of Haiti and people of Haitian descent all across the world celebrate Haitian Flag Day on May 18th to recognize Haiti’s strength, resilience, and rich cultural heritage, by gathering with friends and family, preparing and dining on Haitian cuisine, and participating in parades, festivals, and concerts; and

Whereas, The United States has the largest Haitian Diaspora in the world, serving as home to approximately 915,000 first and second-generation Haitian-Americans; and

Whereas, Hundreds of thousands of Haitian-Americans reside, worship, and engage in commerce and recreation in New York; and

Whereas, New York has the second largest Haitian Diaspora in the United States and the second major population center, with 130,000 immigrants in the state and approximately 160,000 Haitian-Americans concentrated in the New York metropolitan area (New York City-Long Island-Northern New Jersey), according to a 2014 report from the Migration Policy Institute; and

Whereas, As the anti-immigrant climate in the United States further threatens Haitian-Americans-including President Trump’s alleged derogatory remarks towards Haiti, among other Caribbean, African and Latin American countries, and his administration’s attempt to end Temporary Protected Status for approximately 58,000 Haitians, many of whom found refuge in New York after Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake in 2010-it is now important to show solidarity with our Haitian-American public, while celebrating its traditions and values; and

Whereas, Designating May 18 as Haitian Flag Day in New York State and in the United States would further conserve Haitian heritage, formalize and foster relationships among residents, businesses, nonprofits, and community groups, as well as enable the showcasing, preservation, harnessing, and celebration of religious, academic, civic, cultural, health, and commercial Haitian institutions; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign legislation declaring May 18 as Haitian Flag Day in the state of New York, and Congress to pass and the President to sign legislation declaring May 18 as Haitian Flag Day in the United States.

 

 

LS #9746

3/28/2019 11:00 AM

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