The Dominican American National Roundtable Does Not Endorse Andre Sayegh for Mayor of Paterson

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La Mesa Redonda Nacional Dominico Americana No Endosa a Andre Sayegh para Alcalde de Paterson

Bishop Alejandro Benjamin, President of the Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR)

Washington, DC – 2 de Mayo, 2018 – El mes pasado, el Obispo Alejandro Benjamin, Presidente de la Mesa Redonda Nacional Dominico Americana, publicó, via su página personal de Facebook varias declaraciones en apoyo a Andre Sayegh, uno de los candidatos a la alcaldía de Paterson, NJ. En estas declaraciones, el Obispo Benjamin anima a los votantes de la ciudad de Paterson a votar por Sayegh y contra otros dos candidatos que resultan ser de descendencia dominicana.

Las declaraciones del Obispo Benjamin son citadas por un articulo del blog Nosotrosnj enfatizando y resaltando la posición del Obispo como Presidente de DANR, en un intento obvio de dar la impresión de que el Obispo endosa a Sayegh en su capacidad oficial de Presidente de DANR. Este articulo fue publicado multiples veces por otros medios de comunicación locales, regionales, nacionales e internacionales, así como también compartido innumerables veces a través de las redes sociales por individuos afiliados con la campaña de Sayegh.

El Obispo Benjamin considera apropiado y necesario aclarar que la posición expresada en dichas declaraciones son entera y exclusivamente suyas, hechas por él mismo como ciudadano privado con derecho a expresarse libremente sobre cualquier tema en los Estados Unidos; y que dichas declaraciones no reflejan la posición de DANR, ni fueron hechas en nombre de DANR o su Junta de Directores. Los abogados de DANR están sopesando la posible intención maliciosa del blog Nosotrosnj La Mesa Redonda Nacional Dominico Americana es una entidad exenta de impuestos y sin fines de lucro, oficializada por el Servicio de Rentas Internas de los Estados Unidos como 501(c)(3); como tal, DANR no participa en actividades políticas partidarias, incluyendo apoyo u oposición a candidatos a puestos politicos y recaudación de fondos para campañas políticas.

DANR no ha endosado, de manera directa o indirecta a Andre Sayegh para alcalde de la ciudad de Paterson en las próximas elecciones municipales del 8 Mayo, 2018.

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La Mesa Redonda Nacional Dominico-Americana (DANR por sus siglas en inglés), es la única organización sin ánimo de lucro y no partidista, con sede en Washington DC, representando los intereses educacionales, socio-económicos y cívicos de los dominicanos en los Estados Unidos y sus territorios, incluyendo Puerto Rico y las Islas Vírgenes norteamericanas.
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For Immediate Release
Press Contact: 973-432-7688 press@danr.org

The Dominican American National Roundtable Does not Endorse Andre Sayegh for Mayor of Paterson

Bishop Alejandro Benjamin, President of the Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR)

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Washington, DC – May 2, 2018 – Last month, Bishop Alejandro Benjamin, President of the Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR) published, via his personal Facebook page several statements in open support of Andre Sayegh, a candidate for mayor of Paterson, NJ. Bishop Benjamin urges voters in the city of Paterson to vote for Sayegh and against other candidates who happen to be of Dominican descent.

Bishop Benjamin’ statements were cited in an article by the blog Nosotrosnj highlighting and emphasizing Bishop Benjamin’s position as President of DANR, in an obvious attempt to convey the impression that the Bishop was endorsing Sayegh in his official capacity of President of DANR. This article was republished multiple times by other local, regional, national and international media outlets, as well as shared, via social media innumerable times by individuals associated with Sayegh’s campaign.

Bishop Benjamin finds it appropriate and necessary to indicate that the position and thoughts expressed in said statements are his own, and were made by him as a private citizen exercising his right to freely express himself. The statements are not reflective of the position of DANR, nor expressed on behalf of DANR and its Board of Directors. DANR’s corporate counsel is looking into potential malicious intent on the part of the blog Nosotrosnj. The Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR) is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt entity, recognized as such by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and does not engage in political activities including support nor opposition of any candidate for public office at the local, state or federal levels; nor contribution to a political campaign.

DANR has not, in any shape or form, expressed a preference or support for Andre Sayegh for Mayor of Paterson in the upcoming May 8, 2018 municipal elections.

About DANR
The Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR) is the only national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Washington, DC, advocating for the socio-economic and civic development of Dominicans in the United States. www.danr.org

DANR is presided over by a National Board of Directors led by an executive committee composed of a president, a vice president, a youth president, a chairperson, a treasurer, and a vice president representing Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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Senador Bob Menendez Juramenta al Obispo Alejandro Benjamin Presidente de La Mesa Redonda Dominico Americana

US Senator Bob Menendez administers the oath of office to Bishop Alejandro Benjamin, the 10th President of the Dominican American National Roundtable.

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Washington, DC.–-El Senador Federal Robert Menéndez de New Jersey le tomó el juramento de servicio al Obispo Alejandro Benjamín como 10mo Presidente de la Mesa Redonda Dominico Americana (DANR), la única organización sin ánimos de lucro, no partidista y con sede en Washington  DC que representa los intereses socio-económicos y cívicos de los dominicanos en los Estados Unidos y sus territorios, incluyendo a Puerto Rico y las Islas Vírgenes.

Luego de ser bienvenido a la 18ava Conferencia Para Asuntos Dominicanos por la Dra. Maria Teresa y Néstor Montilla, Sr., el Senador Menéndez pronunció algunas palabras sobre las contribuciones de los dominicanos a los Estados Unidos y luego procedió a juramentar al Obispo Benjamin como décimo Presidente de DANR.

El Senador Menendez dijo (disponible online en video):

“Estoy encantado de estar aquí de nuevo…. Estuve aquí para la primera CODA, y para cada una de las conferencias desde entonces, a lo largo de los últimos 18 años, y creo que es indicativo de la importancia de esta comunidad y el trabajo que ustedes hacen.

Estoy tan orgulloso de lo que han hecho los dominico-americanos en nuestro estado y en nuestro país.

Si nos fijamos en cada parte de nuestra sociedad…si nos fijamos en la profesión médica, si usted mira el espíritu emprendedor, gente de negocios, si usted mira a aquellos que han servido a nuestro país en las fuerzas armadas de los Estados Unidos, si se mira a los educadores de esta comunidad, notaremos un crecimiento increíble en un corto periodo de tiempo.

En términos de quienes han sido elegidos a cargos públicos a nivel local, nivel de condado y más allá, mi colega en el congreso, Adriano Espaillat es un ejemplo de esto, es una expresión de la vitalidad de la comunidad domínico-americana en los Estados Unidos. Me alegro de que nosotros, la comunidad latina, nos unamos en estos tiempos difíciles en nuestro país. Cada vez que escucho las palabras de nuestro presidente, me estremezco. Somos una nación de inmigrantes.

Uno de los elementos del excepcionalismo estadounidense es que venimos de diferentes partes del país más excepcional del mundo. Cuando nos olvidamos de esa historia y tratamos de dividir a la gente por el color de la piel, a quien aman o de dónde vienen, nos estamos moviendo en la dirección equivocada.

El trabajo que ustedes hacen es increíblemente importante, sí, para la comunidad dominicana, pero también, colectivamente, para nuestro país.

Es un privilegio para mí tomar juramento a su nuevo presidente, el 10º presidente de la Dominican American National Roundtable, Obispo Alejandro Benjamín. Obispo Benjamín tiene las credenciales académicas y experiencia de vida para tener éxito en esta función. Como tantos de nosotros, él procede de trasfondo humilde. Nació en Barahona, República Dominicana, emigró a los Estados Unidos en los años 1970 y construyó una vida en Nueva Jersey que es emblemático de la diversidad del estado y de la experiencia del migrante de que he estado hablando. Hoy, el Sr. Benjamín es profesor de sociología en Bergen Community College, donde los estudiantes se benefician de su experiencia en liderazgo comunal y el apoderamiento individual.

Más allá del respeto que merece en el campo académico, él infunde respeto en su comunidad como pastor de la Iglesia Roca de Salvación en Paterson. Es un educador, un líder de la comunidad de fe y un hombre de familia. Él y su esposa Yolanda tienen tres grandes hijos, que tienen toda razón para sentirse orgullosos hoy. Sencillamente, la historia del Obispo Alejandro Benjamín es una historia compartida por las generaciones de inmigrantes que alcanzan el sueño americano y hacen a América grandiosa.

Obispo. Benjamín, le deseo mucho éxito y me entusiasma trabajar con usted para avanzar las prioridades de la Mesa Redonda Dominico Americana.”

Inmediatamente después de la presentación del Senador Federal Menendez, el Obispo Benjamin pronunció su discurso de juramentación, disponible online en www.danr.org,  en  www.ndac-us.org, y en www.instituteforlatinostudies.org. VIDEO

Me comprometo a dar lo mejor de mí”, dijo.

Antes de presentar su plan de trabajo y prioridades para el avance de los dominicanos en USA, el Presidente Benjamin expuso sobre las diversas contribuciones de los dominicanos en los Estados Unidos. Como ejemplo, reconoció a Vladimir Guerrero por su triunfo al ser exaltado al Salón de la Fama de Cooperstown, convirtiéndose así en el tercer dominicano en el mundo que logra tan distinguido honor en el béisbol de Grandes Ligas.

Luego de su discurso, Presidente Benjamin procedió a juramentar a Leodany Inojosa como Presidente del Concilio Nacional Dominico Americano (NDAC por sus siglas en ingles),  una organización bajo la categoria federal 501 (c) (4) dedicada a la consecusión de la prosperidad y al avance socio-económico y politico en los Estados Unidos de America y territorios, incluyendo a Puerto Rico y las Islas Virgenes Americanas.

El Presidente de la Mesa Redonda Dominico Americana Alejandro Benjamin coloca la cinta presidencial al destacado lider y empresario Leodany Inojosa juramentado Presidente del Concilio Nacional Dominico Americano. A la izquierda observa como testigo Nestor Montilla, Sr, Chairman del Concilio. Foto por Eduardo Hoepelman.

En la Ceremonia de Juramentación el Presidente Benjamin estubo acompañado por su vice presidente el Dr. Miguel Hernandez, la Chairwoman Dr. Maria Teresa Montilla, la pasada presidenta de la entidad Claribel Martinez-Marmolejos y miembros de la Junta de Directores, provenientes de diversos estados de los Estados Unidos incluyendo a Patricia Vasquez de Pennsylvania, Franklin Ventura, Jose Cruz de Upstate NY, Heidy Hernandez, Jose Colon, Nestor Montilla, Valentin Silverio,  Hector Nunez, Rosa Ayala del Bronx, NY, el Dr. Carlos Lugo, Fernando Aguasvivas, Ezequiel Jimenez y Jessica Benjamin del Estado de la Florida.

US Senator Melendez and DANR President Alejandro Benjamin pose with members of the Board of Directors of the Dominican American National Roundtable. Photo by Eduardo Hoepelman.

Tambien le acompañó un grupo selecto de estudiantes y miembros del Concilio Nacional Dominico Americano (NDAC por sus siglas en ingles), incluyendo al vice presidente Delfin Vasquez de Reading, Pennsylvania, Rafael Marte de Philadelphia, el presidente del NDAC Leodany Inojosa, el Professor Alberto Correa, Ph.D., de la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico; Gino Hernandez de Trenton, NJ, Juan Kivelier, Yohanny Mendez, Facundo Jimenez, Mr. Adames y otros lideres de Paterson, NJ, Gregorio Torres y Carlos Cruz de Newark, y tambien Eduardo Christopher de Boston, MA.

Algunos de los asistentes posan con el Presidente del Concilio Nacional Dominico Americano Leodany Inojosa y el Presidente de la Mesa Redonda Dominico Americana Alejandro Benjamin.
Estudiantes que asistieron a la Conferencia para Asuntos Dominicanos posan con el Presidente Benjamin y el Senador Bob Menendez.

La ceremonia de juramentación tomó lugar en Newark, NJ en la tarde del domingo, 11 de febrero del 2018 durante la Recepción de Almuerzo de la 18ava Conferencia Para Asuntos Dominicanos (CODA) coordinada por Amiris Perez y un nutrido grupo de voluntarios.  La Conferencia Para Asuntos Dominicanos, uno de los projectos  mas exitosos del Instituto Para Estudios Latinos, se llevó a cabo en la escuela de leyes Rutgers School of Law de 8:30am a 4pm en el 123 Washington Street Newark, NJ 07201.

La 18ava Conferencia Para Asuntos Dominicanos fue posible gracias al apoyo de UNIVISION y la colaboracion de un grupo selecto de organizaciones incluyendo La Mesa Redonda Dominico Americana, el Concilio Nacional Dominico Americano, La Alianza del Liderazgo Latino de New Jersey, Babylion Productions, el periodico el Reporte de Hoy, Nunez Tax Service y Global Psychiatry Services, PC.

DANR President Alejandro Benjamin delivers his inaugural speech at the 18th Conference on Dominican Affairs on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Rutgers School of Law in Newark, NJ. Photo by Eduardo Hoepelman.
US Senator Melendez and DANR President Alejandro Benjamin pose with members of the Board of Directors of the Dominican American National Roundtable. Photo by Eduardo Hoepelman.
US Senator Menendez and DANR President Alejandro Benjamin with a delegation of students from Perth Amboy.
DANR President Alejandro Benjamin is joined by members of the Dominican American National Roundtable, the National Dominican American Council, and staff of the Conference on Dominican Affairs.
De izquierda a derecha, Jose Colon member of the Board of Directors of the Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR), US Senator Bob Melendez, Dr. Maria Teresa Montilla, DANR President Alejandro Benjamin and NDAC President Leodany Inojosa.

La Mesa Redonda Nacional Dominico-Americana (DANR por sus siglas en inglés), es la única organización sin ánimo de lucro y no partidista, con sede en Washington DC, representando los intereses educacionales, socio-económicos y cívicos de los dominicanos en los Estados Unidos y sus territorios, incluyendo Puerto Rico y las Islas Vírgenes norteamericanas.

CONTACT AND HEADQUARTERS:

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Ronald Reagan Building / ITC
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Suite 700
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US SENATOR MENENDEZ SWORN-IN BISHOP ALEJANDRO BENJAMIN AS 10TH PRESIDENT OF DANR

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US Senator Bob Menendez 0f New Jersey Sworn-in Bishop Alejandro Benjamín as President of the Dominican American National Roundtable

Senator Menendez administering oath of office to Bishop Alejandro Benjamin sworn-in as the 10th President of the Dominican American National Roundtable. Photo by Eduardo Hoepelman

Washington, DC (Sunday, February 11, 2018).–U.S. Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey administered the oath of office to Bishop Alejandro Benjamín as the 10th President of the Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR), the only Washington DC-based nonpartisan organization advocating for the socio-economic and civic empowerment of Dominicans in the United States and its territories, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

When administering the oath, Senator Melendez said:

 I am thrilled to be here again…. I was here for the first CODA, and for every one of the conferences since then, along the past 18 years, and I think that speaks volumes of the importance of this community and the work that you do.

I am so proud of what Dominican-Americans have done in our state and in our country. If you look at every part of our society…if you look at the medical profession, if you look at the entrepreneur spirit, business people, if you look at those who have served our country in the armed forces of the United States, if you look at those involved in education from this community, you’ll see incredible growth in a short period of time. In terms of those who have been elected to public office at the local, county level and beyond, my colleague in congress, Adriano Espaillat is an example of this, is an expression of the vitality of the Dominican-American community in the United States.

I am glad that we, the Latino community, come together at these challenging times in our country. Every time I hear the words of our president, I shudder. We are a nation of immigrants. One of the elements of American exceptionalism is that we come from different parts of the globe, and with our intelligence, commitment, hard work and sacrifice we have built this nation into the most exceptional country in the world. When we forget that history and seek to divide people based on the color of their skin, who they love or where they come from, we are moving in the wrong direction.

Your work is incredibly important, yes, to the Dominican community, but collectively, to our country.

It is my privilege to swear-in your new president, the 10th president of the Dominican American National Roundtable, Bishop Alejandro Benjamin.  

Bishop Benjamin has the academic credentials and lifetime of experience to succeed in this role. Like so many of us, he came from humble beginnings. He was born in Barahona, Dominican Republic, immigrated to the United States in the 1970’s and built a life in New Jersey that is emblematic of the state’s diversity and that immigrant experience I’ve been talking about. Today, Mr. Benjamin is a professor of sociology at Bergen Community College, where students benefit from his experience in community building and individual empowerment. Beyond the respect he commands in the academic field, he commands respect in his community as Senior Pastor of the Rock of Salvation Church in Paterson. He is an educator, a faith leader, a family man. He and his wife Yolanda have three great children, who have every reason to be proud today. Simply put, the story of Bishop Alejandro Benjamin is a shared story by generations of immigrants who achieve the American dream and made America great.

Bishop Benjamin, I wish you success and look forward to working with you to advance the priorities of the roundtable.

The Swearing-in Ceremony took place at Rutgers School of Law at noon on Sunday, February 11, 2018 during the Luncheon Reception of the 18th Annual Conference on Dominican Affairs (CODA) coordinated by the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS). The conference took place from 8:30am to 4pm Rutgers School of Law located at 123 Washington Street Newark, NJ 07201.

DANR President Alejandro Benjamin delivers his inaugural speech at the 18th Conference on Dominican Affairs on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Rutgers School of Law in Newark, NJ. Photo by Eduardo Hoepelman.
US Senator Melendez and DANR President Alejandro Benjamin pose with members of the Board of Directors of the Dominican American National Roundtable. Photo by Eduardo Hoepelman.
US Senator Menendez and DANR President Alejandro Benjamin with a delegation of students from Perth Amboy.
DANR President Alejandro Benjamin is joined by members of the Dominican American National Roundtable, the National Dominican American Council, and staff of the Conference on Dominican Affairs.

Senator Bob Menendez to Swear-in Bishop Alejandro Benjamin as President of the Dominican American National Roundtable

 

18th Conference on Dominican Affairs

Concerting Efforts to Advance Our Prosperity Agenda

Sunday, February 11, 2018, 8:30am to 4pm

Rutgers School of Law

123 Washington Street Newark, NJ 07102

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Senator Bob Menendez to Swear-in Bishop Alejandro Benjamin as President of the Dominican American National Roundtable

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Newark, NJ (February 5, 2018) –. U.S. Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey will administer the oath of office to Bishop Alejandro Benjamín as the 10th President of the Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR), the only Washington DC-based nonpartisan organization advocating for the socio-economic and civic empowerment of Dominicans in the United States and its territories, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“I commit to giving the best of me. Me comprometo a dar lo mejor de mí”, said President Alejandro Benjamin.

The highly anticipated Swearing-in Ceremony will take place at Rutgers School of Law at noon on Sunday, February 11, 2018 during the Luncheon Reception of the 18th Annual Conference on Dominican Affairs (CODA) coordinated by the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS).  The conference will take place from 8:30am to 4pm at Rutgers School of Law located at 123 Washington Street Newark, NJ 07201.

Bishop Alejandro Benjamín is a tenured professor of Sociology at Bergen County Community College where he has served for more than 25 years. He is an Evangelical Bishop and Senior Pastor of Rock of Salvation Church as well as a consummate highly respected and well-known community leader and prolific author with expertise in graduate level social work education, research, community-university capacity building partnerships, political advocacy, organizing and faith-based institutions.

Bishop Benjamín is originally from Barahona, an old poverty-stricken town in the southwestern of the Dominican Republic. He came to the United States via Paterson, NJ in the 1970s. Since then he has resided in the great State of New Jersey, where he settled with his family. He is married to Yolanda, with whom he has three children: Jessica, Raquel and Alejandro III, and four grandchildren.

With his election, Benjamín becomes the 10th president of the DANR. He will serve a two-year term from 2018-20, with the option to be reelected.

The list of previous DANR presidents includes Víctor Capellán, Adriano Espaillat, Margarita Cepeda, Ana García Reyes, Cid Wilson, Néstor Montilla, Sr., Dr. María Teresa Montilla, Francesca Pena and Claribel Martínez Marmolejos.

At the Swearing-in Ceremony, President Benjamin will be accompanied by his presidential cabinet composed of Vice President Dr. Miguel Hernandez, Chairwoman Dr. María Teresa Montilla, Treasurer María Trusa and Secretary Dan-el Padilla, Ph.D. In addition, DANR board members from across the United States who will be present, include Patricia Vazquez from Pennsylvania, Ana Medina from Massachusetts, Joseline Pena-Melnyk from Maryland, outgoing DANR president Claribel Martínez-Marmolejos from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, DANR National Youth President Janna Rodriguez from Long Island in New York,  National Youth Vice Presidents Franklin Ventura and Augusto Suarez from New Jersey, Nestor Guarien Taveras from Puerto Rico, Ernie Dominguez, Esq. from Washington, DC, Rev. Alvin Bridgewater and Jose Cruz from Upstate NY, Heidy Hernandez, Jose Colon, Nestor Montilla, and Dulce Ramos from NJ, Raul Acosta from Connecticut, Yudelka Tapia from the Bronx, Francesca Peña from the Dominican Republic, and newly appointed board members Debralee Santos, Valentin Silverio,  Hector Nunez, Yini Rodríguez, and Rosa Ayala from New York, and Dr. Carlos Lugo, Fernando Aguasvivas and Ezequiel Jimenez from New Jersey.

In addition, a select group of members and leaders of the National Dominican American Council (NDAC) from around the United States will join NDAC Chairman Nestor Montilla, Sr., in support of DANR President Alejandro Benjamin and his board of directors.  Some include Delfin Vasquez and Councilman Julio Guridy from Reading and Allentown Pennsylvania, Dr. Ana Marchena, Leodany Inojosa, Alexander Bejaran and Alberto Correa, Ph.D. from Puerto Rico, Gino Hernandez from Trenton, NJ, Juan Kivelier and Yohanny Mendez from Paterson, NJ, Belkys Pena from Rhode Island, Victor Coronado from Perth Amboy, Hector Ramirez from the Bronx, Claritza Abreu from Massachusetts, Juana Edmond from Newark, NJ, and among others Mildred Rojas from Camden, NJ., and Eduardo Christopher from Boston, MA.

The list of elected officials expected to attend includes NYS Assemblywoman Carmen de La Rosa, PA Councilman Julio Guridy, Camden Councilman Angel Fuentes, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Paterson Councilman Alex Mendez, NJ Education Commissioner Joel Ramirez, Puerto Rico Legislator Claribel Martinez-Marmolejos, Newark Councilmenbers Anibal Ramos and Luis Quintana, NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, Passaic NJ Mayor Hector Lora and among others, US Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey.

The 18th Annual Conference on Dominican Affairs is made possible thanks to UNIVISION and the collaboration of a select group of organizations including the Dominican American National Roundtable, the National Dominican American Council, the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey, Babylion Productions, Reporte de Hoy, Nunez Tax Service and Global Psychiatry Services, PC.

The Conference on Dominican Affairs is a signature initiative of the Institute for Latino Studies, which is presided over by a board of directors composed of distinguished leaders including Antonio Ibarria, publisher of El Especial, Tony Perez, Executive Director of the Paterson Parking Authority, Branhder Espinal, President and CEO of Espinal Business Services, Fernando Alonso, Esq., Director of Puertas Al Futuro at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Ingrid Betancourt, Director of the Newark Library’s Sala Hispanoamericana, Merijoel Duran from UNIVISION Channel 41, Nestor Montilla, Sr., Chairman of the National Dominican American Council and Sonia Rosado former Freeholder of Passaic County.

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“I commit to giving the best of me. Me comprometo a dar lo mejor de mí”. President Alejandro Benjamin

DANR Elects its 10th President: Rev. Alejandro Benjamin

“I commit to giving the best of me. Me comprometo a dar lo mejor de mí”. President Alejandro Benjamin
Prof., Rev. Alejandro Benjamin

Washington, DC. (October 24, 2017).– Bishop Alejandro Benjamín has been elected 10th President of the Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR), the only national organization in the United States of America advocating for the socio-economic and political empowerment of Dominicans in USA and its territories, including Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“De corazón, doy las gracias a los miembros de la junta que me eligieron a la posición de Presidente de la Mesa Redonda Dominico-Americana”, dijo Bishop Benjamín. “Me comprometo a dar lo mejor de mí.
Entendiendo que los logros son resultado de quiénes juntos trillan el camino. Nada se logra solo. Es en el conjunto que haremos la diferencia de servir mejor para que nuestra comunidad sea cada día más fuerte en los Estados Unidos de América, en la Republica Dominicana y en el mundo”.

“I would like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, the members of the Board of Directors for electing me President of the Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR),” stated Bishop Benjamin. “I commit to giving the best of me. I understand that success is the end result of working together. Nothing is achieved by one self. Serving our community together we can make a difference in strengthening it in the United States, Dominican Republic and the world.”

“His professional and community leadership role makes the perfect leader for DANR at this time. With his compassion and know-how, he will move the organization to the next level of functioning to empower our community in the United States,” said outgoing president Claribel Martínez Marmolejos.

Bishop Rev. Alejandro Benjamín is a professor of Sociology at Bergen County Community College. He is Senior Pastor of Rock of Salvation Church. He is a consummate, highly respected and well-known educator, community leader and prolific author with expertise in graduate level social work education, research, community -university capacity building partnerships, political advocacy, organizing and faith based institutions.

Bishop Benjamín is originally from Barahona, an old town in the southwestern of the Dominican Republic. He came to the United States as an immigrant in the 1970s. Since then, he has resided in the great State of New Jersey. He is married to Yolanda, with whom he has three children: Jessica, Raquel and Alejandro III, and four grandchildren.

With his election, Benjamín becomes the 10th president of the DANR. He will serve a two-year term from 2018 to 2019. The list of previous DANR presidents includes Víctor Capellán, Adriano Espaillat, Margarita Cepeda, Ana García Reyes, Cid Wilson, Néstor Montilla, Sr., Dr. María Teresa Montilla, Francesca Pena and Claribel Martínez Marmolejos.


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His highly anticipated swearing-in ceremony will take place at Rutgers School of Law in Newark, NJ on Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 8:30am to 4pm.

At the swearing-in ceremony, President-elect Benjamin will be accompanied by his presidential cabinet composed of Vice President Dr. Miguel Hernandez, Chairwoman Dr. María Teresa Montilla, Treasurer María Trusa and Secretary Dan-el Padilla, Ph.D.

In addition, all DANR board members will be present, including newly appointed board members Jose Cruz from New York, Yudelka Tapia from The Bronx, Debralee Santos from New York, Patricia Vasquez from Pennsylvania, and Jose Colon from New Jersey.

From across the United States, members and leaders of the National Dominican American Council (NDAC) and its Chairman Nestor Montilla, Sr., will also attend the ceremony in support of DANR President elect Alejandro Benjamin.

About DANR
The Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR) is the only national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Washington, DC, advocating for the socio-economic and civic development of Dominicans in the United States. www.danr.org

DANR is presided over by a National Board of Directors led by an executive committee composed of a president, a vice president, a youth president, a chairperson, a treasurer, and a vice president representing Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

CONTACT AND HEADQUARTERS:

Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR)
Ronald Reagan Building / ITC
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20004
P: 202-204-3047
www.danr.org

info@danr.org

 

18th Annual Conference on Dominican Affairs

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18th CONFERENCE ON DOMINICAN AFFAIRS

Concerting Efforts to Advance Our Agenda

CODA 2018 Conference Program

Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 8:30am to 4pm.

Rutgers School of Law

123 Washington Street Newark, NJ 07102

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Conference Highlights

  • -Swearing-in Ceremony of Professor Alejandro Benjamin as the 10th President of the Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR)
  • Rev. Alejandro Benjamin
  • -Plenary forums, workshops, and the Annual General Assembly of the National Dominican American Council
  • -A plenary breakfast forum consisting of a research presentation by scholar Nestor Montilla, Sr. about the long-lasting effects of American Presidents’ military occupations of the Dominican Republic and the Republic Haiti on immigration from Hispaniola to USA.

This plenary forum also includes an open discussion about Montilla’s research findings regarding rape, sexual abuse and prostitution under the US 1916-1924 occupation of the Dominican Republic.

Considering that the American white male soldiers and military leadership deployed to invade the Dominican Republic in 1916 brought with them their white supremacy complex and condescending white superiority attitude towards women and a mostly dark-skinned African descent population, a salient point of the discussion will center on considering how US military’s policies aimed at changing Dominican traditional sexual and gender norms during the invasion of the Dominican Republic paved the way for the justification to control and deride women in society, and for the virtual institutionalization of rape, violence and sexual crimes against Dominican women.
This plenary will feature a select group of expert panelists and will include a Q&A section.


The 2017 Conference on Dominican Affairs (CODA) was made possible thanks to the generous support of UNIVISION, Formé Medical Center, Global Psychiatry Services, PC, and the collaboration of The Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR), Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jew Jersey (LLANJ), Dynamics Multilingual Services, and the National Dominican American Council (NDAC).

CODA is a signature project of the Institute for Latino Studies Research and Development (ILS).

About ILS
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