Boston held its annual Haitian Unity Day Parade on May 20, celebrating the victory of the 1804 Haitian Revolution. This great uprising against settler-colonial chattel slavery led to the establishment of the first Black-led republic in the Western Hemisphere.
Thousands of Haitians, Haitian-Americans and their supporters marched, along with a wide range of groups that included Haitian workers, students, Fanmi Lavalas Boston and United Steelworkers Local 8751, Boston School Bus Drivers. The march began in Mattapan Square, long a cultural and social hub of Boston’s Haitian community, and continued along Blue Hill Avenue, where the community cheered and danced from their porches.
Workers World Party-Boston attended as part of a contingent organized by the Boston School Bus Drivers Union, which will soon enter contract negotiations. Union President Andre François, addressing the crowd from a sound truck, said: “We are here marching against deportations, mass incarceration and racism! You have already earned your permanent residence, come out and claim it!”