Moderated and translated by We Are All Dominican's Rocio Silverio and Amarylis Estrella.


In 2013 the Dominican Republic's Constitutional Tribunal denationalized more than four generations of Black Dominicans of Haitian descent rendering them stateless. This ruling commonly referred to as "La Sentencia" was the result of a series of xenophobic and racist administrative rulings and policies, which throughout the twentieth century sought to systematically marginalize Haitian migrant laborers and strip their Dominican born children of citizenship.

Through a discussion with Ana María Belique and Epifania St. Chals, leaders of the movement, this talk will explore the impact of La Sentencia on Black Dominicans of Haitian descent, historical linkages between the US, Haiti and the Dominican Republic and draw on Global Black Solidarity as a tool of resistance and liberation.

Moderated by We Are All Dominican's Rocio Silverio, with translations by Amarilys Estrella

Ana María Belique (she, her) and Epifania St. Chals are founding members and leaders of, a movement that mobilizes and empowers Dominicans of Haitian descent and campaigns for equality and their citizenship rights.

Rocio Silverio and Dr. Amarilys Estrella are founding members of the collective “We Are All Dominican” which builds towards a more just Dominican society that legally recognizes the citizenship rights of Dominicans of Haitian descent.

"Black Reconstruction as a Portal" is a year-long Sawyer Seminar at the University of California, Irvine that explores the global salience of visions for Black Reconstruction as a portal between the crisis that marks our current predicament and the freedom dreams of those who have taken to the streets insisting that another world is still possible. For more information, go to: or follow us on Twitter @ReadingDubois.


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