“The country is suffering too much. I open my arms to all those who agree with me, come to sit and talk, seek a broad consensus to find a political agreement that resolves the problems that upset the country. I ask all the forces of the nation to join me … to make changes for the benefit of the Haitian people, in a real dialogue”– Haitian President Jovenel Moise, under pressure to step down as turmoil intensifies in his nation, pleads with citizens for peaceful end to the crisis.
“A music as important as reggae needs to have its film history documented and preserved for future generations so that they can appreciate and have a good understanding of the music and the people who created it” – Jamaica’s Culture Minister Olivia Grange explains plans to establish a reggae film archive in the Caribbean island.
“Children, especially those of color, should be allowed to enjoy their childhood without fearing for their lives” - Haitian American New York State Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte laments the shooting death of a 15-year-old Haitian boy in Little Haiti, Brooklyn.
“I know that there are some who have sought to get rid of it. I’m sure there are powerful people who want it gone even more. But we aren’t going anywhere … Instead, we’re going to hold the powerful accountable. The mayor, the police commissioner, the governor, the big money interests – we are watching, and we will speak out” – Jumaane Williams, a Caribbean American legislator in New York City, vows to carry out his role as newly elected public advocate.