For a Good Cause: Welcome to United Haitians Living Abroad, Head Quater in Orlando Florida!
On the issue of civil rights, the first generation of Haitians have led the way for the whole world when they took on the unspeakable sin of slavery and abolished it in 1804 in a uprising and bloody battle against the French. Thus UHLA has the profound responsibility to follow in the footsteps of our forefathers and carry on the legacy of freedom fighters.
UHLA continues the fight against discrimination based on race, ethnicity, or national origin, Voting Rights, Housing, Immigration, Lending Practices, delivery of Justice, among others things. It is in our DNA to take on these challenges head on wherever they may exist. Civil and political rights are a class of rights that protect individuals’ freedom from unwarranted infringement by governments and private organizations, and ensure one’s ability to participate in the civil and political life of the state without discrimination or repression.
Civil rights include the ensuring of peoples’ physical integrity and safety; protection from discrimination on grounds such as physical or mental disability, gender, religion, race, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity; and individual rights such as the freedoms of thought and conscience, speech and expression, religion, the press, and movement. Political rights include natural justice (procedural fairness) in law, such as the rights of the accused, including the right to a fair trial; due process; the right to seek redress or a legal remedy; and rights of participation in civil society and politics such as freedom of association, the right to assemble, the right to petition, and the right to vote. Civil and political rights form the original and main part of international human rights.
They comprise the first portion of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (with economic, social and cultural rights comprising the second portion). The theory of three generations of human rights considers this group of rights to be “first-generation rights”, and the theory of negative and positive rights considers them to be generally negative rights. The phrase “civil rights” is a translation of Latin ius civis (rights of citizens). Roman citizens could be either free (libertas) or servile (servitus), but they all had rights in law. After the Edict of the Milan in 313, these rights included the freedom of religion. Roman legal doctrine was lost during the Middle Ages, but claims of universal rights could still be made based on religious doctrine. According to the leaders of Kett’s Rebellion (1549), “all bond men may be made free, for God made all free with his precious blood-shedding.” In the 17th century, English common law judge Sir Edward Coke revived the idea of rights based on citizenship by arguing that Englishman had historically enjoyed such rights The English Bill of Rights was adopted in 1689.
The Virginia Declaration of Rights, by George Mason and James Madison, was adopted in 1776. The Virginia declaration is the direct ancestor and model for the U.S. Bill of Rights (1789). In the 1860s, Americans adapted this usage to newly freed blacks. Congress enacted civil rights acts in 1866, 1871, 1875, 1957, 1960, 1964, 1968, and 1991
In order to get the respect and attention of policy makers we have to show our ability to make a difference at the ballet box. That is why it is crucial for Haitian citizens to register to vote in their respective country. Haitian voters, now more than ever before, could help determine the outcome of close races.
We must choose leaders who will support our community once they take office and respond to our needs and concern when we seek their help. UHLA will be actively involved in voter registration drive and we encourage our members to participate and make our voices heard.
Our community is one of the poorest in terms of financial status and job opportunities. In order to change that Haitian businesses have to be the first place we go to do business.
We understand that there are a lot of complaints about good customer service and fair business practices. That is why UHLA is taking all the necessary steps to bring awareness to this issue and promote better relationship between the businesses, the Haitian professionals and the consumers. If we continue to support others in the detriment of our community, we will always be behind in the financial sector.
UHLA believes that education is a powerful tool that positions an individual for success and opportunities. We believe that quality public education is a great path to achieve that success.
That is why UHLA opposes any measure that denies education as a fundamental right, including that of immigrant children. School curriculum and textbooks should reflect culturally based teaching methods grounded in research. UHLA urges Congress to increase funding to implement targeted programs that encourage minority students to remain in school.
One of the most pressing issues that the Haitian community faces is Health. The disparities in access, quality of service, and burden of chronic and infectious diseases are troubling for the minorities and special for Haitians.
Lack of health insurance, language, and citizenship are key barriers that prevent many Haitians from accessing health services and from receiving quality health care. UHLA wants to promote a healthy environment that is based on prevention and safety that ensure the longevity and productivity of our community.
UHLA youth are the engine of this movement. The young people are the heart and soul of our organization. For the first time Haitian Children have in institution that recognizes their importance and demands that they be afforded first class treatment in our society. UHLA is a platform created first and for most to allow young Haitians to express their voices and exhibit their talents.
UHLA women are the bedrock of our society. They play an important role in keeping the family together. UHLA seeks to empower Haitian women and recognize them their rightful place in our community. We are Promoting and encouraging respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion. We are taking action to educate and bring about equality for all women.
UHLA works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, and all other sectors of society; we want to secure the reproductive rights for all women and end all forms of violence against women; eradicate sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society. Equality in pay, job opportunities, political structure, social security and education for women are a priority for UHLA.
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