Dominicans living in the Tri-State Area in the United States, which comprises the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, have pledged their support to the United Workers Party (UWP) in bringing change to the land of their birth.
Adelaide Paul of the Tri-State Diaspora Association told UWP supporters at a recent political event of the party, that Dominicans living in the United States have mobilized themselves to bring about positive change in Dominica instead of, “being given a bad name”.
“We have mobilized for change and given Team Dominica our full support. We will continue to engage in fund raising and education of the [Dominican] diaspora. We will work with Team Dominica and UWP to bring about a prosperous Dominica,” Paul said.
She vowed that Dominicans living in the US will no longer be used to keep the Dominica Labour Party in power nor be blamed for the state of affairs in the country.
“Diasporans will no more be getting a bad name. No more will we be used to make every foreign earner run from our shores; no more will we be used to be told by the same administration that we are last in every area, last in health care, the worst health system in the entire region, last in agriculture”.
The Portsmouth native who now lives in the Tri-State Region of the USA, laments the departure of Ross University from Dominica. She said the negative effect of the departure of Ross in the Picard area feels more like eighty cents on the dollar instead of the reported thirty cents on the dollar.
Paul, who recently visited Dominica, said the lack of long term development plans, the absence of critical infrastructure such as an international airport, a marina, proper port, and a deficient health care system, continue to affect the country’s development.
“We are one people, whether we are at home or abroad; we will work together to bring change to Dominica,” she asserted. “It is our movement; it is our time; it is our people; it is the people’s movement and in the diaspora, we will continue to support UWP Team Dominica.”
Paul is encouraging Dominicans in the US to buy their own airline tickets and come to Dominica to vote for the United Workers Party at the upcoming general election.
The next general election in Dominica is constitutionally due by May 2020 but no date has been announced.