5.18.16 - Collier County, Florida. Six children sent home from school for wearing t-shirts with the Haitian flag and national coat of arms on Haitian Flag Day.
Five school girls were sent home for wearing T-shirts with the Haitian flag and national coat of arms on Haitian Flag Day, because it was a breach of the Collier County school district's student code of conduct. However, according to such code of conduct, only four flags can be worn in school: The United States flag, the POW/MIA flag, the Florida state flag, and the school's flag... but no Haitian flag. The POW/MIA flag was designed during the Vietnam War, as a symbol of national concern about U.S. military personnel who were Prisoners Of War (POW) and those who are still Missing in Action (MIA). The students later said, they felt discriminated, because, their parents were from Haiti. The Haitian Flag day is indisputably a symbol of general pride for all people of Haitian descent. Every year, it is observed in Haiti and in a number of U.S. cities with large populations of Haitian Americans. It marks the day (May 18, 1803) when the first Haitian flag was flown during the slave revolt against the French that led to the nation's independence. The school is situated in the town of Immokalee, Florida, where 8.9% of the people are Haitian descent.
Here is a picture of several residents in Little Haiti protesting against gentrification.
Gentrification and rising sea level are threatening to destroy the Little Haiti community. On December 3, 2015, the residents of Little Haiti gathered in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood to deliver messages about the rapidly changing neighborhood and its preservation: "Say no to gentrification, Little Haiti is not for sale, we want to stay." The Haitian Lawyer Associations are advising the longtime business and property owners of Little Haiti to remain watchful. They should not sign any document without the presence of own lawyer or agree on verbal conversations. Right now, Miami is a red hot market for properties. Once the Wynwood Art District was a home of over 70 galleries and museums and was a haven for local artists in the early 2000s. Unfortunately, the sudden surge in the real estate price, gentrification and higher rent forced many artists and gallery owners of Wynwood to migrate to some other nearby affordable locations. The inhabitants of Little Haiti do not want to follow the footsteps of the Wynwood Art District. Due to the rising sea levels, which could be attributed to the melting of ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica, the sea water is often seeping in into the streets of Miami from underground storm sewers during high tide. This could be a threatening problem for Miami, but could retard the fast process of gentrification in Little Haiti.
The Senator of South Florida, Marco Rubio, conducting his first visit to the island of Haiti. His main purpose is to have a better understanding of the ongoing problem of Restavec and Human trafficking that that has been going on in Haiti for generations.
Visiting with his wife Jeannette, Senator Marco Rubio took the opportunity while in Haiti to visit the Institute for Human and Community Development which is a school for restavecs or children in Haiti who have been working as domestic with more prominent families in Haiti. The parents of these children often willingly offer their children to work with other families in Haiti because they usually can not afford to raise them economically.
Senator Rubio had a brief meeting with the Haitian President Michel Martelly and some business leaders before leaving Haiti on the same day
Here is a picture of Rolin Jean, Florida Powerball winner in January, 2016
Rolin Jean (50 yr old), is the newest millionaire in Florida. He is one of the few luckiest men to win the Powerball Jackpot that had reached over $1.5 billion. He has matched the five white balls in Wednesday's (January 13, 2016) historic Powerball drawing. There are two other winners as well in this world's largest jackpot-- one from California and the other from Tennessee. Rolin purchased his ticket from Orion Gas, located at 10301 Northwest 7th Avenue in Miami. The retailer will receive $100,000 for selling the jackpot-winning ticket. The Florida winner's share (1/3rd) of the jackpot comes to $528.6 million, the lotto says. Powerball drawing on January 13, created with an annuity value of $1,586,400,000 was the largest jackpot in world history. The winning white ball numbers announced at 9 p.m. on January 13 were: 8, 27, 34, 04, 19 and the Powerball was: 10.
Voodoo Priest Has Sex with Underage Girl to Remove Bad Spirits
On June 19, 2015, a voodoo priest named Brogenet Cinor (48) was arrested by the Sunrise police on a charge of sexual battery. The voodoo priest used his position to have sex with multiple women and a minor girl below 12 years of age. He used to exploit the victims' beliefs in voodoo and curses, if they do not follow the priest's instruction and cleanse themselves, they might die. According to the report, these incidences occurred sometime in the 2009 and 2010, but were never reported before September, last year. The tactics that Cinor used to follow was, he used to tell the women devotees, they have been possessed by evil spirits or curse unless they cleanse their sins by seeing him romantically, they would die. Some of the women even got pregnant. Cinor had even paid for terminating their pregnancies.
The art practiced at HaitianArt.com is more than the typical gallery offerings, for, under the directorship of Katie Barr, the company operating out of Boca Raton, Florida, offers services to its clients that include decorating ideas to create lovely, colorful Haitian-inspired kitchens, bedrooms and the like. What it sells is a way to add flavor to one's home. Caribbean spice in general and Haitian spice in particular have the je ne sais quoi that can, through one item, completely transform a room into a thing of living beauty.
To find that piece missing from your home visit 2234 N. Federal Highway #293, Boca Raton, Florida 33429 USA. Phone: 561-274-4446, and email: director@HaitianArt.com
Immigration assistance is accomplished through the Refugee Services Program located in Miami. The agency helps new immigrants land jobs, learn English, get health care, and seek legal advice if needed.
The Florida Department of Children and Families coordinates the Refugee Services Program. It applies for federal grants to provide services and receives them through a competitive contract procurement procedure. Cash and medical assistance lasts for eight months once the immigrant arrives in the country.
Phone: (850) 487-1111
Fax: (850) 922-2993
Contact Refugee Services:
Miami 786-257-5173 | Lourdes_Leconte@dcf.state.fl.us
786-457-3561 | Erica_Perdomo@dcf.state.fl.us
Pensacola & Tallahassee 850-778-4065 | Theresa_Leslie@dcf.state.fl.us
Jacksonville 904-485-9540 | Debbie-Ansbacher@dcf.state.fl.us
Orlando 407-317-7336 | Pedro_Padua@dcf.state.fl.us
Tampa & Naples 813-545-1716 | Janet_Blair@dcf.state.fl.us
Ft. Lauderdale & West Palm Beach 561-227-6722 | Miriam_Rosario@dcf.state.fl.us
New Florida Bakery Inc is located in little Haiti in Miami. They serve the best patties and Haitian bread in Miami. The food you get here is always fresh and its taste takes you back to Haiti instantly. They serve patties in different flavors like chicken, beef, smoked herring, ground turkey and codfish with good levels of spiciness. Haitian breads are similar to Cuban breads but they are denser and amazingly delicate. Never miss to taste their 'pates' or Pah-tays (as they pronounce). It is the Haitian equivalent of pastelitos made of puff pastry and comes in lobster, beef, smoked herring, and ground turkey or codfish filling (ask for morue). Beef and Lobster pastelitos are fresh, warm, and flaky with delicious spicy minced beef or lobster feelings ($1 each). The fillings are pounded to form a smooth paste that is seasoned with garlic, a pinch of cloves, thyme, and a tingle of heat from just the right amount of scotch bonnet peppers (piman bouk). Haitian cuisine is simple and unpretentious and at the same time it is bold and spicy. Haitian patty is an area of cross-cultural cuisine fusion that demonstrates typical African culinary aesthetic paired with French sophistication. "Pah-tays" is an Anglicization of French word "patisserie" which simply means pastries. Cuban patties are famous for sweet fillings but Haitian patties are differently crust and exclusively savory.
The staffs of New Florida Bakery are well conversant in English, French and Creole. They have a huge parking space. Come here with some extra time in our hand because there is always a line at the counter. It is a "Cash Only" shop where anything you buy is always fresh, perfect and inexpensive. New Florida Bakery is a community institution, the golden standard in Haitian baked food for decades. It is a necessary stop for families after Sunday church because their patties are best when they are fresh out of the oven in the morning.
46 NE 62nd St - Little Haiti, Florida 33138