EnglishWashington, DC (30 de noviembre, 2011) .— En una audiencia pública llevada a cabo ayer 29 de noviembre del 2011 en el Passaic County Administration Building en Paterson, NJ, La Mesa Redonda Dominico Americana (DANR), la única organización sin fines de lucro, no partidista, con sede en Washington, D. C. abogando y representando los intereses socioeconómicos y políticos de los más de dos millones de dominicanos en los Estados Unidos, sometió un mapa de los seis barrios de Paterson a la Comisión Local de Redistribución de Distritos. DANR Proposed Ward Boundaries for the City of Paterson
Dr. María Teresa Feliciano, la Presidente de DANR presentó el mapa durante la primera audiencia de la Comisión, compuesta por los Comisionados de la Junta de Elecciones John Currie (D), Arthur G. Soto (R), Eugene Liss (R), y Lauren Murphy (D), así como también Paterson City Cleck Jane Williams.
Presidente Feliciano se dirigió a los miembros de la comisión sobre el aumento de la población Latina en la ciudad de Paterson y la necesidad de que el nuevo mapa de la ciudad refleje este cambio demográfico, como lo indica el Censo 2010.
Tambien testificaron Alba Mota, en representacion del Concilio Nacional Dominico Americano (Testimony of Alba Mota-Paterson, NJ), Yohany Mendez, Rhina Tavarez y Joel Martinez.
A continuación una transcripción del testimonio de Dr. María Teresa Feliciano, grabado por Latino Vision://latinovisiontv.com/:
President of The Dominican American National Roundtable
Hearing of the Paterson Ward Commission
Passaic County Administration Building
401 Grand Street Paterson, NJ 07505
Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 1:00PM
Members of the Paterson Ward Commission:
On behalf of the Dominican American National Roundtable, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to address the Committee regarding the redistricting of Paterson’ Six Wards.
The Dominican American National Roundtable is a national organization founded in 1997 with the mission of representing and advocating for the educational, economic and civil rights of the over 2 million Dominicans in the United States. Including the large population of Dominicans in the City of Paterson, which ranks fifth, among the 10 largest Dominican populations in the United States.
We understand that the issue before this Commission is the redistricting of Paterson’ Six Wards, that demographic changes reported by the 2010 Census may be accurately reflected, communities of interest be kept together, and all Patersonians be properly represented.
This process must take place of course, observing the following state mandated guiding criteria:
Wards should be as compact as reasonably possible;
Contiguity must be striven for;
US Census Tract Boundaries must be respected wherever possible;
Physical Ward Boundaries such as rivers, railroads, major roadways, major land formations, etc. should be respected;
We request that the commission consider the following, in its quest to design maps that would lead to accurate representation of all Patersonians.
According to the 2010 US Census, there are 50.5 million Hispanics in the United States, composing 16 percent of the total population. Hispanics increased by 15.2 million (or 43%) between 2000 and 2010, which accounted for over half of the total population growth that occurred in the U.S. over the past 10 years. New Jersey is one of the states showing a large increase in Hispanic population, bringing it to –%. Paterson, specifically, lost 3,023 in its general population, but gained 4,767 Hispanics from 2000 to 2010.
The 2010 data regarding Hispanic residents revealed that the City of Paterson is currently 57.6% Latino, 31.7% Black, 12.6% White and 8.1% Other.
At the end of the redistricting process, the map of Paterson’ Six Wards must reflect its population.
In observing the current map of the city, it is of concern to see that the map of the 4th Ward effectively divides the Riverside, a community of interest, in the middle. It places ½ in the 3rd Ward and ½ in the 4th Ward.
We propose a map of the 4th Ward that will keep this community of interest together. A map that takes into consideration, and respects the following areas of service and interest:
1. Socio-economic status
2. Mail delivery routes
3. Recycling schedules
4. Transportation routes
5. Public works service schedules
6. Bunker Hill Special Improvement District
7. Zip codes (07524 & 07514)
As a result of changing the boundaries of the 4th Ward, and accommodating the changes in population, the remaining wards’ boundaries are also adjusted and submitted.
We look forward to working with the Committee to contribute in your effort to make sure that Paterson achieves a fair and constitutional redistricting.
Dr. Maria Teresa Feliciano, President
Dominican American National Roundtable
The Dominican-American National Roundtable (DANR) is a non-partisan, non-profit corporation seeking to bring together the different voices of all people of Dominican origin in the United States. DANR is a national forum for analysis, planning, and action to advance the educational, economic, legal, social, cultural, and political interests of Dominican Americans. It aims to ensure for U. S. Dominicans the full exercise of the rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution of the United States of America. With those objectives in mind, DANR is committed to enriching the quality of life in the United States by highlighting the contributions of Dominicans to the larger American society (www.danr.org).
Washington, DC (October 8, 2011)– The National Dominican American Council (NDAC) has established its first International Council sworn-in at its 14th Leadership Summit Reception on Friday, October 7th. The council, composed of representatives from ten different countries, took its oath of service at the summit’s Welcome Reception before dignitaries and leaders participating in the Summit.
“The establishment of the international council brings the Dominican American Diaspora to a new level of international engagement,” noted Dr. Maria Teresa Feliciano, DANR President. “Through this council, we will explore the development of economic and cultural ties with other migrant Diaspora in the United States, and with the leadership of their respective native countries.”
“The International Council will identify ways of overcoming obstacles to better trade opportunities between the Dominican Republic and other American migrant Diasporas in the United States,” said Peter Fontanes, CEO of The Fontanes Group, and Director of the Dominican American International Council. “It will also develop innovative programs that would facilitate rapid economic and cultural ties among countries wishing for stronger relationships with the Dominican Republic “
Mr. Fontanes described the members of the new International Council as ”ambassadors” and predicted that “This initiative will showcase key leaders of the emerging markets represented in the council, that are sure to become dominant players in the global economy!”
The members of the DANR International Council are: Madee Chandran – r6 catalyst Corporation, India;Hosney Abdelgelil - Tri-State Arab American Association of Engineers, Architects and IT Professionals –Egypt; Wayne Kao- Korean American Association of Brooklyn, South Korea; Hashi Moto- Japanese Cultural Exchange- Japan; Jimmy Gao- Fukon American Chamber of Commerce-China; Hajia Ramatu Ahmed –National Council of Ghanaian Associations – Africa; Mitchell C. Shelowitz – Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer International Law Firm - Israel; Alina Kaymin – Russian American Chamber of Commerce- Russia; Sylvia Mata - League Of United Latino American Citizens Queens Council – South America.
At the Summit, several local councils and dozens of new members were sworn-in the afternoon of Saturday, October 8th at Lehman College.
The National Dominican American Council (NDAC) is the civic-community-engagement and public relations organ composed of over 120 local councils functioning in the United States and territories, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, with the role of setting the national Dominican-American agenda and advocating for the socio-economic and political development of all Dominican Americans and our diverse communities in areas concerning, education, economic development, health, immigration and community empowerment. The National Dominican American Council is spearheaded by Chairman Nestor Montilla, Sr.
For more information contact NDAC at email@example.com or visit www.danr.org.
Local Meetings of the National Council in Perth Amboy, NJ, Albany, NY, Camden, NJ, Miami, Florida, Washington, DC, Boston, MA, Bronx, New York and Puerto Rico
Washington, DC (November 23, 2011). The Dominican American National Roundtable and The National Dominican American Council (NDAC), a U.S. based civic-community-engagement organ composed of 120 local councils advocating for the advancement of all Dominicans and our diverse communities. announce their working meeting and event schedule for the following weeks:
Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 4:00PM: DANR working meeting in Passaic, New Jersey
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 1pm: DANR Officers will testify at redistricting hearing in Paterson, NJ
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 7pm: NDAC meeting in Perth Amboy
Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 7:30PM: NDAC meeting in Albany, NY
Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 7:00PM: NDAC local council meeting in Camden, NJ (Contact: Council Director Cesar Imbert)
Saturday, December 3, 2011 1PM: NDAC/DANR meeting of local coordinators in Miami, FLorida
Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 1PM: NDAC/DANR meeting at Uni Caribe 1901 Brickell Avenue, Salon A, Miami, FLorida 33129
Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 12:00PM: 2012 Fellow Program Fundraiser, Brunch and Afternoon of Latin Jazz at Jazz Club HR 57 located at 816 H Street NE Washington, DC 20002
Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 3:00PM NDAC meeting at 816 H Street NE Washington, DC 20002
Wednesday, December 8, 2011 at 6:30PM: NDAC Meeting at Lehman College, the Bronx, NY (Contact: Alba Mota, NDAC Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org)
Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 6:00PM: NDAC working meeting in Boston, MA (contact DANR Vice President in MA Maria Moreno at email@example.com.)
For more information about meeting agenda, contact us at 202-238-0097 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NDAC is a civic-community-engagement and public relations training organ composed of over 120 local councils functioning in the United States and territories, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NDAC responsibilities include setting the national Dominican American agenda at the Dominican American National Roundtable Annual Convention, and advocating for the socio-economic and political development of all Dominican Americans and our diverse communities in areas concerning education, economic development, health, housing, immigration and community empowerment (email@example.com).
Washington, DC (November 19, 2011). The National Dominican American Council (NDAC) held a working meeting on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 1:00PM at Lehman College of the City University of New York located at 250 Bedford Park Blvd West Music Building Room 330 Bronx, NY 10468.
Washington, DC (19 de noviembre del 2011). El Concilio Nacional Dominico Americano (NDAC) llevó a cabo una reunión de trabajo organizativo y entrenamiento de liderazgo el sabado 19 de noviembre del 2011 a las 1:00PM en el Salon 330 del Music Building en Lehman College localizado en el 250 Bedford Park Blvd West Bronx, NY 10468.
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The Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR) is a non-partisan, 501 (c) (3) membership organization established in 1997 to advance the educational, economic, legal, social, and political interests of 1.4 Dominicans residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands. We are involved in a number of projects designed to empower Dominicans in the US: a summer youth fellowship program; a national council; redistricting and citizenship projects, a national voter registration drive; and among other initiatives, partnerships between small Dominican-owned businesses and international enterprises.
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Young members of the National Dominican American Council in Puerto Rico pose for a photo shoot after the working meeting held at the Conrad San Juan Hotel on November 13, 2011. From Left, Nestor Guarien Taveras, Leodany Inojosa, Nalleli Martinez, and Manuel A. De La Cruz Suarez.
National Council Elected Dedicated Young Leader and Businessman General Coordinator of Local Councils in Puerto Rico
Washington, DC (Sunday, November 13, 2011). Members of the local National Dominican American Council (NDAC) in Puerto Rico met today at the Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza Hotel to undergo leadership training and to elect their coordinator. Young student leader and businessman Leodany Inojosa Almonte was elected unanimously General Coordinator of Local Councils in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
“Leodany is a dedicated team player,” said Honorable Claribel Martinez Marmolejos, DANR Vice President representing Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. “He has shown great sense of responsibility and promptness as member of the local Dominican American Council in Puerto Rico.”
His election took place at Sunday, November 13, 2011 National Council working meeting presided over by DANR President Maria Teresa Feliciano, NDAC Chairman Nestor Montilla and DANR Vice President Claribel Martinez Marmolejos. Minutes were taken by Engineer Luis Abreu Noble, member of the local Council in San Juan.
Leodany earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico.
Following is a note in from Leodany:
Leodany Inojosa Almonte
I was born in February 4, 1987 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic son of Leonor Inojosa and Caridad Hidalgo. I am the fourth of five brothers. When I was three years old my parents moved to Santiago where I studied elementary and high school. When I was 16 years old I started to work with my father at a bakery. There I discovered my interest for personal development through which I could make myself feel in society. Some months later I was given the opportunity as an apprentice in the FYB computer repair workshop where I became a technician. Through this I could demonstrate that willing enables us to achieve goals. As a technician I could build a cooperative association through which I saved money with some high schools classmates in order to invest in our personal development. With these savings we bought books such as: “ How to win friends and influence other people” by Dale Carnegie;” The Richest man from Babylonia” by George Clawson; Rich Father, Poor Father” by Robert Kiyosaki, “ Don’t Permit that Anyone Steals Your Dream” by Dexter R. Yager and some other books which are essential for the formation of a good leader. The cooperative association was successful and in our frequent meetings we discussed the biographies of businessmen such as Carlos Slim, Warren Buffett, Donald Trump, and Bill Gates. From them we learned about their techniques that we can use for our personal development. After high school with the help of my parents I went to study at the Inter American University in order to fulfill my dreams. As a university student I became involved in many organizations which include:
Member of the Honor Society of the Inter American University
Vice-president of Finances of the Entrepreneurs Team of Inter Metro
Student Council Senator
Member of the Inter Metro Debate Team
Member of the Accounting Association
Member of the University Chapter of the Chamber of Commerce of Puerto Rico
Member of the “Golden Key International Honor Society” organization
My interest in order to contribute to society lead me to participate in activities such as: Habitat for Humanity, Puerto Rico” and Andres Children Home where I helped with the accounting of the institution. These opportunities lead me to be eligible for scholarships with the Jose Jaime Pierluisi and Alberto Hernandez Foundations and some college institutions. For me it’s of great importance to share my international experiences which have been vital in order to comprehend global tendencies, government systems and their cultures. From these experiences the following have been very important:
Latin American Debate Tournament in Quito, Ecuador
Internship for future leaders in business and industry at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, USA.
Business Delegate at the International School of Laureate in China.
Business Delegate at the International School of Laureate in Hong Kong.
“Global Village in the Move” Internship in Peru.
“Education without Border” Leaders Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
“One Young World” Leaders Conference in Zurich, Switzerland.
All these and my interest in the business sector have lead me to develop some business ideas which include: a personal and business auto development cooperative, an agricultural society through which we can grow six thousand plantain plants and begin to breed porcine animals. Actually I have a society with my uncle Rafael Hidalgo and we have developed a corporation that operates restaurants. We have two localities that employ about forty individuals and half of them are full time employees.
I am a firm believer of the union and capacity of human beings to create a world full of peace, tolerance and harmony for the well-being of all of us.
Leodany Inojosa Almonte.
Note in Spanish
Nací el 4 de febrero del 1987, en la ciudad de Santo Domingo, República Dominicana. Mis padres son Leonor Inojosa y Caridad Hidalgo, soy el cuarto de cinco hermanos. A la edad de tres años mis padres se trasladaron a Santiago donde realice mis estudios elementales y secundarios.
Desde que alcancé la edad permitida comencé a trabajar con mi papá en una panadería, donde comenzó mi interés en el desarrollo personal, ya que para mí era la única oportunidad para poder destacarme en la sociedad. Al cabo de varios meses me dieron la oportunidad como aprendiz en el F Y B, un taller de reparaciones de computadoras, mi interés en aprender me ayudó a convertirme en técnico rápidamente, con este logro mi vida comenzó a cambiar ya que pude confirmar el famoso lema de “querer es poder”.
Siendo un técnico tuve mucha flexibilidad de tiempo así que decidí aprovecharlo, y comencé una cooperativa con varios compañeros de la secundaria la cual consistía en ahorrar para invertirlo en nuestro desarrollo personal con estos ahorros compramos libros como: “como ganar amigos e influir sobre las personas, de Dale Carnegie”, “el hombre más rico de babilonia, George S. Clason”, “padre rico padre pobre, por Robert Kiyosaki”, “no permitas que nadie te robe tu sueño, por Dexter R. Yager”, entre otros libros que son vitales para el desarrollo de un lider.
La cooperativa fue un éxito y en nuestras reuniones discutíamos biografías de personalidades de mucha relevancia empresarial como: Carlos Slim, Warrem Buffett, Donald Trump, Bill Gate, de los cuales aprendíamos tácticas que ellos utilizaron y las cuales nosotros podíamos aprovechar.
Al terminar la secundaria con la ayuda de mi familia comienzo mis estudios en la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, mis deseos de seguir hacia delante cada vez son mayores y desde mi primer año desarrolle un plan de cómo aprovechar mi jornada universitaria lo más posible, así que decidí involucrarme en actividades y asociaciones que me permitieron seguir desarrollándome como líder, las cuales caben destacar:
Estudiante de honor de la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico.
Vicepresidente de finanzas del equipo de estudiantes emprendedores InterMetro.
Miembro del equipo de debate InterMetro.
Asociación de Estudiante de Contabilidad.
Capitulo Universitario de la Cámara de Comercio de Puerto Rico.
Miembro de la organización “Golden Key Internacional honour society”.
Miembro de “National Honor Society”.
Mi interés en aportar a nuestra comunidad me llevaron a desempeñarme en varias actividades comunitarias con: “hábitat for humanity” en Puerto Rico, Hogar de Niños Andres donde ayudaba en la contabilidad entre otras actividades comunitarias. Estas acciones me han ayudado a ganar becas estudiantiles con fundaciones como: Fundación Jose Jaime Pierluisi, Fundación Alberto Hernandez, becas Universitarias entre otras.
Para mi es de gran importancia compartir mis experiencias internacionales, que han sido vitales para poder comprender muchas tendencias mundiales, sistemas gubernamentales y sus culturas. De estas experiencias se destacan:
Torneo Latinoamericano de Debate en, Quito, Ecuador.
Internado para futuros líderes en negocios e industrias en Lehing University Pennsylvania USA.
Delegación de negocios de Internacional School Of Laureate en, China.
Delegación de negocios de Internacional School Of Laureate en, Hong Kong.
“Global Village on the Move” internado en, Peru.
“Education without Border” conferencia de liderazgo, Dubai, United Arab Emirate.
“One Young World” conferencia de liderazgo, Zurich, Switzerland.
First National Dominican American Council Leadership Summit in Puerto Rico.
14th Annual Leadership Summit of the Dominican American National Roundtable and the National Dominican American Council at Lehman College in New York City.
Todo esto y mi interés en el sector empresarial me han llevado a desarrollar varias ideas empresariales como: una cooperativa de autodesarrollo personal y empresarial, una sociedad agricultora donde cosechamos seis mil matas de plátanos y comenzamos una crianza porcina.
Actualmente tengo una sociedad con mi tío Rafael Hidalgo y hemos desarrollado una corporación que opera restaurantes, tenemos dos localidades con un promedio de cuarenta empleados y más de la mitad son empleados fijos.
Soy un fiel creyente en la unión y capacidad del ser humano para crear un mundo lleno de paz, tolerancia y armonía para el bienestar de todos nosotros.
Leodany Inojosa Almonte.
NDAC is a civic-community-engagement and public relations training organ composed of over 120 local councils functioning in the United States and territories, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NDAC responsibilities include setting the national Dominican American agenda at the Dominican American National Roundtable Annual Convention, and advocating for the socio-economic and political development of all Dominican Americans and our diverse communities in areas concerning education, economic development, health, immigration, housing and community empowerment.
For more information about DANR and NDAC, call 202-238-0097 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or visit www.danr.org
Remarks by DANR President Maria Teresa Feliciano and NDAC Chairman Nestor Montilla at Somos el Futuro Conference in Puerto Rico
Washington, DC (November 11, 2011). Dr. Maria Teresa Feliciano, President of the Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR), and Nestor Montilla, Sr., Chairman of the National Dominican American Council (NDAC) delivered remarks at the Friday, November 10, 2011 7:00PM dinner of the 2011 Somos Winter Conference at the Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza Hotel.
The Dinner was hosted by New York State Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, Chaiman of the the Somos Conference. Attendees included elected officials, leaders and professionals from the Unites States and Puerto Rico.
Following are transcript remakrs of Chairman Montilla and President Feliciano:
Remarks by Dr. María Teresa Feliciano, DANR President:
It is with joy and pride that I partake of the 2011 Somos Winter Conference.
On behalf of the Dominican American National Roundtable and its board of Directors, we acknowledge, thank and extend our respect.
This is a very significant opportunity to acknowledge the legacy of our leaders, primarily the Puerto Rican Leadership in the United States, as if not for them, Dominicans would not have the opportunity to occupy a place in government, and represent our diverse communities. We have a common destiny, dating back to the 1800’s, that has only strengthen throughout the years, and with our migration to the United States.
And now more than ever, when our population has exploded and ALL eyes are on us, and our possibility of expanding our lot in the representation and decision-making fields.
Among those with an interest in the political implications of population growth, the question for 2010 is the same as for the 1990s–and that for the 1980s, when will the decade of Latinos finally arrive? Or When will Latinos begin to have something close to the political power seemingly inherent in their rapidly growing numbers?
I say the time is now! If not now, when? This is our decade!
We thank the Puerto Rican Leadership for leading the way and making space for our communities.
We thank Icons such as Congressman Serrano, our beloved congressman for over 20 years, a darling of his increasingly Dominican district, and Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, the man who has taken Somos to the level of national leader in our quest for empowerment and inclusion, for being beacons in our journey.
And we thank women, like Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo, who by being one of the firsts, took all the grief that come with being a woman in leadership; and in the process, paved the way for many of us.
We thank younger leaders, such as Bronx Borough president Ruben Diaz, Jr. who embraces coalitional politics, the most powerful tool for empowerment that we have.
We look forward to what has yet to be accomplished together, and to becoming a force to reckon with, as our numbers and contributions well deserve.
Remarks by Nestor Montilla, Sr., Chairman of the National Dominican American Council (NDAC):
Please allow me to acknowledge the presence of the Honorable Claribel Martinez-Marmolejos, the first Dominican woman elected to office in Puerto Rico; she is currently a candidate for senate in Puerto Rico.
Our heartfelt “thanks” to Assemblyman Felix Ortiz for the invitation to participate in the 2011 Somos Winter Conference.
Tonight, I would like to share with you how Dominicans are following in your footsteps, in the area of organizing and mobilizing.
Dominicans and Puerto Ricans have a common history, shared through our culture, way of life and institutions. From the first Puerto Rican immigrants to Hispaniola who founded many of our towns, including La Romana, Dominican Republic, where I was born; to educator and philosopher Eugenio Maria de Hostos; to the revolutionary leaders who fought for the independence of our people in Latin America and the Caribbean; to forming alliances in urban America, in places as diverse as the Bronx, El Barrio, and Washington Heights in NY; Paterson and Camden in NJ; Lawrence and Boston in MA; Miami and Orlando in Fl; Philadelphia and Allentown in PA; Providence in RI; San Juan, PR, and many others.
The National Dominican American Council and the Dominican American National Roundtable is a national movement that seeks to represent, organize and mobilize our communities in places where we live and work.
With 120 local councils throughout the United States, NDAC symbolizes the way Dominicans are, for the first time, organizing, since their arrival to the United States over half a century ago. Together with our Puerto Rican brothers and sisters, and other communities of color, we intend to have our voice heard, our interests taken into account, and our place at the decision-making table respected. We are looking forward to electing the first Puerto Rican U.S. Senator, the first Dominican member of Congress, New York’s first Puerto Rican Mayor, and Puerto Rico’s first Dominican Senator.
We are seeking nothing more than what other groups before us have accomplished: inclusion at all levels of society, commensurate with our numbers and contribution.
We are aware of the significance of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and how the enfranchising of Puerto Ricans, African Americans and other communities in the United States came to be. Thanks to the provisions of this legislation, Nydia Velazquez was elected the first Puerto Rican woman to the U.S. Congress representing the State of New York. We are seeking the creation of such a district for New York Dominicans under the Voting Rights Act. The Act that also applies to all of the US and its territories, including Puerto Rico.
We are pleased to know that our current leaders, to whom we extend our “Respecto”, understand that fair political representation and new demographics bring about change in leadership.
We ask you to join the Roundtable and the National Council in June of 2012 in Washington DC, where 100,000 Dominicans will convene to celebrate our presence in, and contributions to the United States of America.
We ain’t going to make it, if not together. Our time is now! We are ready, we are ready, we are ready. Thank you!
Washington, DC (November 10, 2011). Invited by NYS Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, officers of the Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR) and the National Dominican American Council (NDAC) attended the welcome reception of Somos el Futuro Legislative Conference. The Conference takes place November 9-13, 2011 at the Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
In attendance were DANR President Maria Teresa Feliciano, NDAC Chairman Nestor Montilla, Honorable Claribel Martinez Marmolejos, DANR Vice President in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands and a delegation of members of the National Dominican American Council including Dr. Alberto Correa, Professor at Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Nalleli Martinez, Leodany Inojosa, Attorney Vivian Diaz Savinon, Ms. Girmenia E Matrille de la Rosa and Mr. Jimmy Zorrilla.
Somos is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. It is also the principal sponsor of the annual Somos Legislative Conference. It’s mission is to create opportunities that increase the participation of the Puerto Rican/Hispanic community in the public policy making process and build the capacity of New York’s Hispanic communities to work towards the development of policies, laws, state rules and regulations that address the needs and issues of Hispanics across the state.
Somos seeks partnerships with private corporations, educational Institutions, and the philanthropic sector to continue to expand the overall work and reach of its annual legislative conference and both; the Angelo Del Toro Youth Leadership Institute and the Leadership Institute for Puerto Rican/Hispanic College Students. These Institutes promote educational excellence and civic responsibility.