Fundraiser for Haiti in Bushwick Sunday

This Sunday, January 17, from noon to 9 pm, there will be a party to raise funds for Haitian earthquake relief at CastleBraid, 114 Troutman Street (between Central and Evergreen) in Bushwick. According to Leia Doran, Creative Director for CastleBraid:

This Sunday at CastleBraid (114 Troutman st. in Bushwick), we’re presenting “Haiti Matters to Brooklyn”, an emergency fundraiser for the victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. The event is a unified effort on the part of Brooklyn’s musicians, artists, organizations, creative minds and caring individuals. …

We’re having a raffle of prizes donated by corporate sponsors and local businesses as well as works donated by local artists, live music all day/night, screenings, dancing, and an open bar courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery. All proceeds go to the American Red Cross’ Haitian relief fund.

There’s a $10 min. suggested donation at the door. You can rsvp on facebook at or, if you don’t have facebook, rsvp here –

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  • Teplen and Associates

    Hi –

    You can be instrumental with your associates to get the word out that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) has become
    available to certain Haitians in the US. Specifically, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary has determined that an 18-month designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti is warranted because of the devastating earthquake on January 12, 2010. As a result, Haitians in the United States (and other individuals without nationality who last habitually resided in Haiti) are eligible to apply for TPS and employment authorization. Availability for TPS extends to legal and undocumented Haitians in the US from before January 12, 2010 provided they are not ineligible because of criminal activities while here in the US or would be otherwise excludable.

    TPS applications (I-821) will cost $50.00 and the (I-765) Employment Authorization application (both must be filed together) will cost $340.00. There will be fee waivers
    available and children under 14 and adults over 65 do not have to submit the I-765 Employment Authorization application.

    You must also realize that in some narrow circumstances, certain persons securing TPS will be able to change to a nonimmigrant status that at a later date could
    become a pathway to a Green Card – though having TPS in itself does not and cannot lead to a Green Card. For this reason, eligible Haitians for TPS should also
    consult an immigration attorney or a non-profit service group with knowledge of immigration law.

    Other details are being worked out by the Admin, but the word should start to get out.