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Haiti's first Cardinal comes to Boston this weekend

Cardinal Chibly Langlois. AP Photo

Cardinal Chibly Langlois, the first Cardinal named from Haiti, will be the main celebrant at this weekend's annual Mass to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The Mass will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 22 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica (Mission church), 1545 Tremont St. Boston. Cardinal Langlois, who is from the Lavalle area near Jacmel, was named to the College of Cardinals this year by Pope Francis.

After Sunday's Mass, Cardinal Langlois will be the guest of honor at a dinner at Boston College High School in Dorchester. Tickets for the dinner are available for $75 per ticket. Proceeds from the event support the Haitian Apostolate, which assists Haitian priests in their retirement. Tickets can be reserved by calling or texting Marie at 857-417-7250. Read more

Second wave of Haitian nursing students arrive at Regis College

The new class of Haitian nursing students studying at Regis College were welcomed to the Massachusetts State Senate by Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry last week. Photo courtesy Regis

Regis College Haiti Project Advisory Board gathers this week to meet the second wave of Haitian nursing educators doing their summer semester on the College’s Weston campus. The first cohort graduated under Regis College mentorship from the University of Haiti in Port au Prince in February. They were the first Master’s in Science in Nursing professionals educated in a joint project between Haitian hospital schools of nursing, the Haitian ministry of health, and Regis College. Several of the first graduates are back on campus this month helping to mentor the next group.

Last week, they visited Senator Linda Dorcena Forry at the Massachusetts State House. Senator Forry thanked the nursing educators for their work and emphasized “the importance of applying their knowledge to participation in health policy issues.” The Haitian visitors were especially interested in Dorcena Forry’s story about her own political journey. Read more

Prime Minister Lamothe addresses recovery in Boston speech

Prime Minister Visits Boston: PM Laurent Lamothe, Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, former State Rep. Marie St. Fleur, and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh at a Boston Foundation forum on Thursday, June 5. Prime Minister Visits Boston: PM Laurent Lamothe, Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, former State Rep. Marie St. Fleur, and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh at a Boston Foundation forum on Thursday, June 5.

Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe visited Boston yesterday to speak at Haiti Funders Conference at the Boston Foundation. Lamothe, who was appointed prime minister in May 2012, was introduced by Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Boston), and gave an address entitled “The Priorities of the Government of Haiti and Alignment of Private Philanthropic Efforts for Lasting Impact." Read more

BPL celebrates Haitian Independence with exhibitions, panel talk

Toussaint L'Ouverture cut-out in the Haitian ParadeToussaint L'Ouverture cut-out in the Haitian ParadeAn exhibition featuring artworks that honor Haitian revolutionary Toussaint Louverture is on display at the Mattapan Branch, located at 1350 Blue Hill Avenue, through July 18. On Tuesday, May 27, a reception will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch to celebrate the exhibition. The reception includes poetry readings, testimonials, and light refreshments.

At the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street, the exhibition The Soul of a Man: Toussaint Louverture & the Haitian Slave Revolt opens in the Rare Books Lobby on Tuesday, June 17, and runs through September 30 of this year. The Central Library exhibition tells the compelling story of Toussaint Louverture, a leader of the armed resistance against colonization and slavery and his significant role in the future of a free Haiti.

"Boston Public Library welcomes researchers, visitors, and academics to view the materials that played a critical role in the freedom and development of Haiti," said Susan Glover, Keeper of Special Collections.
A panel discussion and slideshow featuring Toussaint Louverture's historical impact and his influence on the abolitionist movement and popular culture in the United States will be held on Tuesday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m. in Rabb Lecture Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square. Panelists include Boston Public Library Trustee and State Representative Byron Rushing, Dr. Marc Prou of the University of Massachusetts, Professor Patricia Hills of Boston University, and moderators Marie St. Fleur and Dr. Nesly Metayer. Representatives from the Boston City Council, the NAACP, and State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry will join the panel for special remarks. Read more

Unity Parade starts at 1p.m. in Mattapan Square

Unity parade starts at 1p.m. in Mattapan Square: The annual parade features marching bands, floats, dancers and dignitaries- all celebrating Haitian and Haitian-American culture. Photo by Don WestUnity parade starts at 1p.m. in Mattapan Square: The annual parade features marching bands, floats, dancers and dignitaries- all celebrating Haitian and Haitian-American culture. Photo by Don WestThe annual Haitian Unity Parade begins today at 1p.m. in Mattapan Square on Blue Hill Ave. and follows a route to Talbot Avenue. Watch for road closures between River Street and Talbot between 1-3 p.m. More than 200 local organizations, schools and businesses from all over New England are expected to participate. The parade will be led by Henry Milorin of Medford, Mass, a respected Haitian American US Army Retired as Grand Marshall for this year.

The event will feature lead sponsors Mayor Martin Walsh, State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, Former State Representative Marie St. Fleur, and host of city and state public officials. Read more

Haitian-American elected officials press State Department on cholera epidemic suit

Haitian-American elected officials are raising concerns that the United Nations, charged with peacekeeping mandate in Haiti, may try to prevent the nation’s cholera epidemic victims from taking the organization to court.

In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry and other Haitian-American elected officials urged the President Obama’s top diplomat to support their efforts to take the U.N. to court. Read more

Human rights lawyers will be honored for Haiti work

On Sunday, March 23rd, community activists will gather at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem to celebrate the 22nd annual Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice. The award will be presented to Mario Joseph and Brian Concannon, Jr. in recognition of their work to promote human rights in Haiti. Read more

Senator Forry to host a 'breakfast of firsts' in South Boston

State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, second from right, is flanked by Congressman Stephen Lynch and Rep. Nick Collins at Castle Island on Sunday. The three shared hot dogs from Sullivan's with Donna Gittens, left. The elected officials were there to film scenes for a video to be screened at the St. Patrick's Day breakfast on March 16. Photo courtesy Sen. Forry's office

A year ago, she was in the thick of a special election to succeed Jack Hart in the state Senate. Now Linda Dorcena Forry, who eked out a win for the Senate seat, is in the middle of another campaign: Putting together the traditional St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast in South Boston.

On Sun., March 16, at 9 a.m., Dorcena Forry will become the first black person, the first woman, and the first politician from Dorchester to host the breakfast, which will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and broadcast on New England Cable News. Last year, after Hart had stepped down, and before the special election, City Councillor Bill Linehan filled in as the host.

Like Linehan and Hart, Dorcena Forry has created a nonprofit – First Suffolk Partnership, Inc. – to help raise funds for the breakfast, which in the past has cost between $60,000 and $70,000. Read more

Senator Forry to keynote Independence Day gala in Randolph on Jan. 4

Haitian-Americans United, Inc. (H.A.U.) of Boston, Massachusetts and the General Consulate of Haiti in Boston announce the 13th Annual Haitian Independence Day Gala to be held on Saturday, January 4th, 2014 starting 7p.m. at Lombardo's Function Hall in Randolph, Mass.

For the past 12 years, H.A.U. has organized the Independence Day gala to celebrate the triumph and the impact of the 1791 Haitian Slave Revolution, honor Haiti's forefathers and commemorate the anniversary of the proclamation of Haiti's independence on January 1st, 1804. The gala has been held also to increase cultural awareness and community visibility, strengthen Haitian unity on common ground and educate Haitian-American Youth about their heritage.

In addition, this year's gala will be dedicated to honor the First Massachusetts Haitian-American State Senator, our keynote Speaker Linda Dorcena Forry for her steady leadership in the area of business development, education and immigration issues; and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino for his commitment to the well-being and the progress of Haitian-Americans as well as making Boston a welcoming city for immigrants in general. Read more

Online Auction to Raise Money for Boston-based Haitian institute

A self-portrait by Mathieu Jeanbaptiste.

Thanks to a group of generous Boston-based artists, the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) will hold an online Haitian art auction beginning January 10, 2014.

The Andrew Square-based IJDH helps individual Haitians enforce their basic rights—in the courts, in police stations, and on the streets—in ways that force the justice system to work better for all Haitians. The featured artists all hail from Haiti and include Boston Haitian artists Charlot Lucien, Colette Brésilla, Renold Laurent, and Fritz Duchiene. The auction also features a self-portrait by up-and-coming artist, Mathieu Jeanbaptiste. Read more

Casino partners plan Sept. 10 vendors’ forum in Roxbury

East Boston is in the pole position when it comes to reaping jobs and vendor contracts from a proposed resort casino at Suffolk Downs. But the partners behind the project are starting to reach out to Boston’s other neighborhoods as well— beginning with a Sept. 10 “business partnership forum” at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury. Read more

UN chief proposes reduction in force

UNITED NATIONS — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommended a 15 percent reduction in the number of U.N. troops in Haiti on Tuesday and an examination of whether the beleaguered peacekeeping operation remains the best way to support to the impoverished Caribbean nation.

The force has been under intense scrutiny for years and is widely blamed for a massive cholera outbreak likely introduced by a U.N. peacekeeping battalion from Nepal. Protesters who oppose the mission have held running battles with authorities in the streets of Haiti and the country's Senate has called for its removal. Read more

Erick Jean Center for the Arts to be dedicated on Saturday

arbara Verneus danced during the I Am Kreyol bazaar held at the Erick Jean Center for the Arts on May 25. The facility at 157 Washington Street will host its grand opening on Sat., June 22 at 11 a.m. The Dorchester Arts Collaborative (DAC) welcomes the public to the daylong grand opening of the Erick Jean Center for the Arts. The EJCA is a 1200 sq. ft multifunctional art facility across the street from the new Four Corners train station, in the heart of Four Corners. Photo by ExFailures Photography

On Saturday, the Dorchester Arts Collaborative (DAC) welcomes the public beginning at 11 a.m. to the daylong grand opening of the Erick Jean Center for the Arts. The EJCA is a 1200 sq. ft multifunctional art facility across the street from the new Four Corners/Geneva train station, in the heart of Four Corners. DAC held a “soft” preview opening of the space in mid-February. Read more

Linda Dorcena Forry sworn in as State Senator

Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, introduced by Senate President Therese Murray as "another Dorchester girl," joined the Upper Chamber just after 2 p.m. Thursday after being sworn in by Gov. Deval Patrick.

"There is work we are going to do together," a jubilant Dorcena Forry said in remarks from the Senate rostrum.

Dorcena Forry called for her colleagues to work together and to rise above politics and campaigning, and described Murray, a Plymouth Democrat with Dorchester roots, as "an inspiration to me." Read more

US Marshals step up hunt for murder suspect Janvier

Jean Weevens Janvier: Wanted for murder of Emile sisters in 2011.Jean Weevens Janvier: Wanted for murder of Emile sisters in 2011.US Marshals are teaming up with Boston Police to find a Dorchester man who has been on the run since he allegedly murdered two sisters in their Harlem Street apartment in Nov. 2011. The United States Marshals Service is offering a reward for tips that will lead to the capture and successful prosecution of 32 year-old Jean Weevens Janvier, a naturalized US citizen who was born in Haiti and who is the only suspect in the killings of Stephanie and Judith Emile.

Janvier was indicted in the double murder by a Suffolk County Grand Jury last April. Prosecutors said that Janvier had been in a previous romantic relationship with Stephanie Emile, 21, who was found shot to death alongside her sister, Judith, 23, in their Harlem Street apartment on Nov. 14, 2011. When police responded, a toddler was found in the apartment with the two deceased sisters. Read more