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7691: Governor Bush visits Little Haiti (fwd)

From: leonie hermantin <lhermantin@hotmail.com>

Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 13:41:48 -0400
>Published Sunday, April 22, 2001
>In South Florida
>Governor talks to Haitian Americans
>Gov. Jeb Bush spent his Saturday cleaning up and learning about concerns of 
>the growing South Florida Haitian-American community.
>Bush's first stop was Toussaint L'Ouverture Elementary, 120 NE 59th St., in 
>Little Haiti, where the governor helped plant a tree in the school's 
>courtyard and then joined hundreds of Keep Miami Beautiful volunteers pick 
>up litter.
>Following the cleanup, Bush talked with 32 prominent South Florida 
>Haitian-American leaders and activists at the Haitian American Foundation 
>offices, 5080 Biscayne Blvd.
>During a question-and-answer portion, Bush was asked about healthcare for 
>illegal immigrants, immigration policies and Bush's Front Porch program, an 
>urban revitalization program started in 1999 by the governor's office that 
>emphasizes community involvement in changing neighborhoods.
>``The concept has been one step forward, two steps back,'' he said. ``We've 
>gotten in a better place now with our Front Porch efforts.''
>Leonie Hermantin, the executive director of the Haitian American 
>Foundation, thought the one-hour meeting was the first step in opening more 
>doors for Haitian Americans in South Florida.

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