Monthly Archives: June 2011
Frandley Julien is a prolific Haitian essayist. His writings on political philosophy, constitutional law and politics are regularly published by the Miami Herald, The Sun Sentinel, and Haiti’s Le Nouvelliste. He also publishes on his blog, www.frandleyjulien.com.
From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Julien published a slew of articles on the notion of social contract in Haiti’s Le Nouvelliste. These pieces were informed by his thesis according to which Haiti’s shortcomings stem from its elites’ inability to reach an arrangement that would benefit all social strata by ensuring equality of opportunity and inclusion. Through these articles, he attempted to provide an answer to three questions: (1) how to contain government’s propensity to dispossess the citizenry of the exercise of sovereignty, (2) how, through a consensual vision of the future, to integrate in the shaping of the collective interest, the interests of the different social strata, and (3) how to instill in the Haitian citizen the sense of allegiance to the nation without which no social cohesion can be reached.
At the same period, Mr. Julien served as the leader of Initiative Citoyenne (Citizens’ Initiative), a civil society organization based in Cap-Haitian, which was promoting values like accountability, human rights, peaceful political alternation and the shift from a cult of personality to a democracy of opinion. In this capacity, Mr. Julien attended two fact-finding missions at the United States Congress, the State Department and the Pentagon. He also made numerous media appearances on programs as diverse as The Tavis Smiley Show and Radio France International’s news bulletin. He also presented two lectures on Haiti in Washington D.C., one on poverty for Inter-American Dialogue, and the other, on the political process, for Haiti Democracy Project. Finally, he was part of a delegation comprised of different Haitian sectors which, two years in a row, travelled to Oslo, Norway and tried to reach a political agreement between former President Aristide and The Convergence Democratique.
Around the same time, Mr. Julien participated in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitors Program.
In 2006, Mr. Julien immigrated to the United States. Shortly thereafter, he started publishing his views on ways the Haitian diaspora can contribute to a better Haiti. His writings, published in American media outlets like The Miami Herald and the Sun Sentinel aim at defining ways in which the diaspora can better contribute to progress and democracy in Haiti by (1) defining a consensual vision amongst its heteroclite members, (2) breaking the culture of dependency and promoting a business mentality, (3) transferring knowledge, know-how and technology to Haiti, (4) finding concrete ways in which it can contribute to Haiti’s development, (5) effecting change in Haiti’s constitution so its members can assume important political roles in the motherland, with an eye on changing a system which is not conducive to productivity and democracy.
Mr. Julien has also written several pieces on the denationalization of 250.000 Dominicans of Haitian descent by the Dominican Republic’s Constitutional Court. He also volunteers on this issue with Haitian Americans for Progress, a PAC based in Miami, Florida.
Mr. Julien is currently writing a book in which he will convey his vision of Haiti. He Graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in English from Florida International University. He was presented with FIU English Department’s “Outstanding Achievements in English” award. He is currently pursuing a law degree.