May 18 1803 - May 18 2009
Question: do you think these groups/individuals shall join together and send one proposal to Haiti or should they do it individually?
Our ancestors had shown us what to do when more than one persons or groups are working on the same thing.
There were various groups that were fighting for the independence of Haiti and many of them won score of battles. A few wise Haitian Nationals back then called discreetly and openly the leaders of those groups and set an Open Space Forum Meeting on May 18, 1803 at Arcahais and every willing and committed person was invited and there was no exception and it was not based on friendship.
They had made very clear the outcome of the meeting:
One leader will be selected and everyone will back up that leader.
Dessalines was selected and his selection was based on his skill and his ability and he did accomplish his task successfully: Mission Accomplished.
Today, there are score of Haitian groups that are working on behalf of Haiti and many more that are working for a specific cause. 4 major storms had ravaged that Island last summer and many more are on the horizon. It could be ideal for these groups to join force and work together, instead of each group trying to do it alone. There is no big or small group; there are at least 500 and counting Haitian based groups in the U.S. If all these groups put their contribution together and set some priority, they will be able to do more.
The 1987 constitution had put à l’index the Haitian Diaspora and many people and groups are working independently to undo it.
On this May, 18 which is the anniversary of our union, it could be great for these groups and individuals that are working independently on the Dual Citizenship issue to join force and reiterate what our ancestors had done in 1803.
There might be people who might already approach all these folks discreetly in Canada, in the U. S., France, Belgium, Germany, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Bahamas and Haiti. These people may have used the same format and the same technique that brought us May 18, 1803.
Our leaders that had made May 18, 1803 were wise; they knew that they could not succeed alone; they knew that they could not win the war alone and they put their personal interest aside. I say thank you to my ancestors who put the country first.
Without a direct intervention, the people and the groups in the Diaspora will likely submit a few proposals to the commission. And this will send a mixed signal. We can defend why two to three proposals will be submitted but none of you can convince me since I do not see any reason whatsoever for the Diaspora to submit more than one proposal. We are all in the same basket.
Rwanda was facing a traumatic civil war and the elders had used the same method that was used by our ancestors. Today, Rwanda is a peaceful and a productive country.
To those of you who are working on the Dual citizenship issue whether it is individually or in group, I urge you all to get together and work on a single proposal, form a joint committee and appoint an independent leader. Or just do a drawing to know who will lead that joint committee by putting all the names in a basket and draw one. Everyone has the same opportunity and the same chance.
There are three things in life, once gone, never come back: time, words and opportunity.
I tend to admire the view of President Obama in forming his cabinet: I do not want “Yes Sir” but people who are willing to discuss their view and make recommendation that make sense.
What I recommend to all of you in pursuing the Dual citizenship issue is not coming from the sky but from our ancestors and it has been tested and retested. Rwanda is the latest example.
Are there other individuals and organizations working independently on the Dual Citizenship issue? Yes
If it is yes; therefore, all of them should get together and work collaboratively and send a single proposal to both commissions in Haiti and as well as to the Haitian Parliament, government and others.
Before, sending the proposal to Haiti, it shall be broadcasted first to the Diaspora and request for feedback and if possible add some of these feedback to the proposal.
In doing so, it is no longer a group or a few groups/individuals, but the whole Diaspora will be engaged. Why? If you engage the Diaspora before going to Haiti then when these folks in Haiti give us the Dual citizenship with some limitations; then, you can comeback to the Diaspora and ask for its support for plan B, C or D.
This issue is not a simple case and it is not going to be a walk in the park. The professional politicians in Haiti know that the day that they give the Diaspora the right to vote only, it will be the end of their reign. So, expect them to play hardball.
Our ancestors were wise. They accepted the leadership of Dessalines who did not know how to read and write but he had the skills needed for that moment. 6 months later, Haiti was a free country under the leadership of Dessalines.
Again, it would be ideal to see a coalition among those who are working on the Dual citizenship issue. Please, find a way to meet the other group or individuals half-way; it is not going to be your way but a compromise way among you all.
Again, good luck to all of you
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