Inscríbase Gratis Aquí – Register Here For Free: 100 Mil Dominicanos Celebrarán Contribuciones a USA en Washington, DC el 28 de Julio 2012, 11:00 AM

February 29, 2012 by  
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Washington, DC — La Mesa Redonda, el Concilio Nacional Dominico Americano, cientos de organizaciones y dirigentes invitan a todos los dominicanos y sus familiares, amigos, simpatizantes y auspiciadores a la masiva congregación histórica de unos 100 Mil Dominicanos a llevarse a cabo el sábado 28 de julio del 2012 a las 11:00 a.m. en el Washington Monument en el National Mall en Washington, DC, para celebrar sus contribuciones y más de 50 años de presencia en los Estados Unidos de América.

Miles de participantes se transportarán en grupos en autobuses, trenes, aviones y vehículos privados que saldrán desde Nueva York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Illinois, Canada, Alaska, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, Islas Vírgenes Americanas y entre otros lugares, República Dominicana.

Para reservar su asiento a precio módico con tarifas especiales de grupo en autobuses que saldrán de su área de residencia, inscribase gratis en www.danr.org. Un coordinador regional le contactará sobre su reservación.

El programa incluye grupos musicales de merengue, perico ripiao y bachata, diablos cojuelos, danzas folklóricas tradicionales, comediantes del país, artistas internacionales famosos, renombrados deportistas, músicos, oradores, profesionales y dirigentes honorables y distinguidos.

Se honraran dirigentes estudiantes y alumnus del programa nacional de pasantía e internado de la Mesa Redonda en Washington, DC.

Los participantes disfrutarán deliciosos platos de la cocina autóctona dominicana basada en una mezcla de influencias gastronómicas africanas, españolas y de los oborigenes. La comida será cocinada alrededor del Obelisco por expertos cocineros debidamente autorizados y licenciados por el gobierno norteamericano. Ellos prepararán mangu, arroz y habichuela, tostones, puerco asado a la vara, y refrescos y jugos tipicos de la República Dominicana.

Los puercos se comenzarán a asar tempranito, justo al salir el sol de verano del sábado 28 de Julio, dia pronosticado como soleado con temperaturas por encima de los 90 grados. La comida se comenzará a servir alrededor del medio día, justo despues de que los cocineros terminen de cocinar y anuncien que ya los puercos estan asados y listos para comer porque su carne perfectamente asada esta al punto de sabrosura, huele por doquier, se sale sola del hueso y se disuelve facilmente en la boca a temperatura y gusto del paladar.

Durante esta Primera Celebración Nacional Masiva de Dominicanos en Washington, DC, los participantes podrán interactuar, conocer y saludar miles y miles de profesionales dominico-americanos, educadores, artistas, dirigentes, funcionarios, líderes comunitarios, empresarios, deportistas, estudiantes universitarios, y familias enteras incluyendo padres, madres, abuelos, hijos, primos y familiars cercanos, quienes vendrán de todas partes de los Estados Unidos, Puerto Rico, las Islas Vírgenes Americanas, y entre otros lugares, República Dominicana.

DANR y el Concilio Nacional Dominico Americano también le invita a listar el nombre de su organización como una de cientos de organizaciones anfitrionas que hacen posible la realización de esta Primera Celebración Nacional Masiva de Dominicanos en USA.

Para inscribirse e inscribir miembros de su familia y amigos, pulse aqui o visite www.danr.org o escriba a nationalcouncil@danr.org.

El Concilio Nacional Dominico-Americano (NDAC), con sede en Washington, DC, es un órgano cívico de capacitación, apoderamiento, relaciones públicas, comunitarias y participación compuesto por más de 120 concilios locales en formacion en los Estados Unidos y sus territorios, incluyendo Puerto Rico y la Islas Vírgenes Americanas, con la función de determinar la agenda nacional Dominico-Americana en la convención annual de la Mesa Redonda Dominico-Americana (DANR) y de abogar por el desarrollo socio-económico y político de nuestras communidades en áreas concernientes a educación, desarrollo económico, salud, inmigración, vivienda y apoderamiento comunitario.

La Mesa Redonda Nacional Dominico Americana (DANR) es el foro principal de los dominico-americanos en los Estados Unidos. Con miembros en sobre 20 estados, incluyendo Puerto Rico, DANR es la única voz nacional cabildeando a favor de más de 2 millones de Dominicans residiendo en US. Esta primera congregación histórica y masiva de los dominicanos ya se considera el evento más significativo que ha sido coordinado por la comunidad dominicana a lo largo de más de medio siglo de experiencia migratoria en los Estados Unidos de América.

NOTED & QUOTED: “Articulo de Leonel Mateo Hernández – Politólogo y Economista, tomado del Periódico Diario Libre, por ser considerado de suma importancia para los dominicanos residentes en el exterior”.

February 24, 2012 by  
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Washington, DC (February 24, 2012). La Mesa Redonda Dominico Americana y el Concilio Nacional Dominico Americano (NDAC) sugieren a sus lectores leer el siguiente artículo publicado por el poderdigital.com y escrito por Leonel Mateo Hernández – Politólogo y economista.

Entre las citas de interes que se destacan, se puede incluir la siguiente:

“En una reciente visita del presidente Fernández a Nueva York, en la que participó en una conferencia organizada por la reconocida Mesa Redonda Dominico-Americana, alabó los planes de dicha institución de agrupar 100 mil dominicanos en el famoso National Mall de Washington, D.C., para celebrar las contribuciones de la comunidad dominicana en ese país. Allí se puso de manifiesto el deseo de que contemos con un legislador de origen dominicano en el Congreso de los Estados Unidos”.

El artículo fue publicado el jueves 19 de enero del 2012 y esta disponible en el siguiente sitio: http://elpoderdigital.com/index.php/opiniones/296-opiniones/2387-la-politica-hacia-el-dominicano-en-el-exterior

La política hacia el dominicano en el exterior

Thursday, 19 January 2012 19:55

Mario Fernandez

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La República Dominicana cuenta con una inmensa población residiendo fuera de su territorio. Tan sólo en los Estados Unidos, de acuerdo a los datos arrojados por el censo del 2010, viven alrededor de 1.4 millones de dominicanos, los cuales representan el tres por ciento de la totalidad de hispanos en ese país. La mayor concentración de nuestros criollos se encuentra en Nueva York (675 mil), Nueva Jersey (197 mil), Florida (172 mil), Massachusetts (103 mil), y Pennsylvania (62 mil). Del mismo modo, existe una gran cantidad de dominicanos en España, Italia, Suiza, Panamá, Venezuela y Argentina.

Los dominicanos residentes en el exterior son una parte integral del Estado dominicano. Representan el 15 por ciento del total de nuestra población y son responsables del envío anual de alrededor de 3 mil millones de dólares en remesas. Según la información publicada por el Banco Central en los últimos 12 años dichas divisas han alcanzado la suma de 31 mil millones de dólares, lo que las convierte en una de las principales fuentes de ingresos de nuestro país, creando esto una relación estrecha entre el desarrollo nacional y la diáspora dominicana.

Esas remesas son producto de un esfuerzo sobrehumano que realizan millares de criollos para poder ayudar a sus familiares en la isla. Esos dominicanos en el exterior también son miembros activos en sus comunidades e instituciones educativas destacándose en los deportes, el arte y la política, a la vez que se mantienen al tanto de todo cuanto ocurre en nuestro país. En Estados Unidos ya son alrededor de 35 los oficiales dominico-americanos electos en posiciones políticas de relevancia. Entre ellos senadores estatales, asambleístas, concejales, comisionados y delegados en Nueva York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Maryland y Puerto Rico, así como también en puestos claves en las cortes y el gobierno federal.

Estos logros hacen a los dominicanos residentes en el exterior merecedores de una política de inclusión que les permita tener un espacio digno y permanente dentro de la estructura de gobierno de la República Dominicana. Consciente de esto, el presidente Fernández ha sido el promotor, en todas sus gestiones de gobierno, de una estrategia de revalorización de dichos dominicanos.

En 1999, promulgó la Ley No. 52-99, “sobre orientación y servicios a los dominicanos residentes en el exterior”, la cual creó la Oficina de Orientación y Servicios al Dominicano que reside en el Exterior, con el objetivo de establecer una política de orientación para todo dominicano que se encontrara residiendo en el extranjero y se aprestara regresar al país.

A finales del 2004, se crearon por decreto los Consejos Consultivos de la Presidencia para los Dominicanos en el Exterior (CCPDE), compuestos por miembros designados de manera honorífica, con la finalidad de organizar la diáspora en los territorios donde existiera una gran presencia nacional. La formación de 14 consejos consultivos representó un paso significativo en el reconocimiento de la diáspora como parte fundamental de la República Dominicana. Desde entonces sus acciones han generado resultados favorables en nuestras comunidades de afuera.

En el 2007 se creó en Suiza la escuela gratuita Profesora Salomé Ureña para que los niños nacidos en ese país, hijos de padres dominicanos, aprendieran el idioma español, conocieran sus símbolos patrios, su cultura y sus raíces.

En el 2008 el Consejo Consultivo radicado en Bélgica facilitó el envío de libros escritos por escritores dominicanos a la feria del libro de Bruselas, una de las actividades culturales más importantes de Europa al ser visitada por más de 30 mil personas. Anteriormente, los autores que aspiraban participar debían pagar los costos de transporte de sus obras.

Los frutos cosechados por los Consejos Consultivos motivaron la elaboración y aprobación de la actual Ley No. 01-08, que crea el Consejo Nacional para las Comunidades Dominicanas en el Exterior (CONDEX). Este organismo fortalece la gestión que realizan dichos consejos sirviendo de ente facilitador entre la diáspora con las instituciones del Estado dominicano y el sector privado, con la finalidad de impulsar la relación de proyectos conjuntos. La creación del CONDEX le da un sentido institucional a los vínculos del país con sus comunidades en el exterior.

Con la nueva Constitución de la República, y en cuya elaboración también participaron los dominicanos en el exterior, se alcanza un logro trascendental para la diáspora. El Art. 81 establece la escogencia de siete diputados de ultramar que representarán y serán elegidos directamente por la comunidad dominicana en el extranjero, siendo esto algo innovador nunca antes visto en ningún otro país de América Latina.

A raíz de esto se aprobó la Ley 136-11 que crea el mecanismo institucional para elegir a esos diputados y que establece su distribución entre todos los territorios donde existe presencia criolla. A partir de agosto de 2012 tendremos legisladores para Canadá, Estados Unidos, el Caribe y Europa, y será su deber legislar activamente por el desarrollo del país procurando una mayor participación de nuestro talento en el extranjero. En sus manos caerá el compromiso histórico de continuar la obra que se encuentra realizando el gobierno en beneficio de sus ciudadanos en el exterior.

En una reciente visita del presidente Fernández a Nueva York, en la que participó en una conferencia organizada por la reconocida Mesa Redonda Dominico-Americana, alabó los planes de dicha institución de agrupar 100 mil dominicanos en el famoso National Mall de Washington, D.C., para celebrar las contribuciones de la comunidad dominicana en ese país. Allí se puso de manifiesto el deseo de que contemos con un legislador de origen dominicano en el Congreso de los Estados Unidos.

Ese acontecimiento no tarda en llegar y pronto estaremos celebrando un logro más de una comunidad que por su trabajo honesto y constante se ha ganado el respeto y la admiración de todas las sociedades donde se encuentra.

Articulo d e Leonel Mateo Hernández – Politólogo y Economista, tomado del Periódico Diario Libre, Por ser considerado de suma importancia para los dominicanos residentes en el exterior.

 

DANR Vice President Named Executive Director of Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Ureña’s NY Campus Extension

February 24, 2012 by  
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President Francesca Peña

Washington, DC (February 24, 2012).—Francesca Peña, who currently serves as Vice President of the Dominican American National Roundtable, and President of the corporation General Resources Administration, LLC, was recently named Executive Academic Director and General Administrator for the New York campus extension of Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Ureña (UNPHU), a prestigious private university established in 1966 in the Dominican Republic.

The University, governed by a Board of Trustees, was named after Pedro Henriquez Ureña, the great Dominican philosopher and humanist known and respected throughout the Americas and worldwide, as a distinguished academician in the humanities.

“I am happy and honored to serve as President and Executive Director of UNPHU’s extensión in New York,” said Peña. “UNPHU offers all Spanish-speakers the opportunity to purse graduate degrees and specialties in any area of education in Spanish. It is important to highlight that UNPHU is the only Dominican University accredited and recognized by the New York State Department of Education.”

“Join me in congratulating this consummated leader,” said Dr. Maria Teresa Montilla, President of the Dominican American National Roundtable. “Her professional background and known fierce passion for education makes her an excellent choice to head the New York campus extension of this prestigious institution, which since its inception, over 43 years ago, has graduated more than 27,000 professionals,plus 3000 international professionals from 57 different countries.”

President Peña graduated from the School of Engineering at the City College of New York of The City University of New York (CUNY) in 1985.

She worked in private industry for several years before discovering her true calling: education. With that in mind, she went back to school in 1992 and earned an M.S. in Mathematics from the City College of New York and then became a teacher of Mathematics at Washington Irving High School in Manhattan.

Realizing that she wanted to empower an even larger number of students, she opted to further her education and obtained an M.A. in Administration and Supervision from Baruch College.
In 2004, Francesca Peña was named Community Superintendent for School District 6 in Manhattan, making her the first Dominican to be officially appointed as Community Superintendent.

President Peña made history, again, when she was appointed Borough High School Superintendent for the New York City Department of Education from 2007-2010, where she oversaw over 100 High Schools.

Peña served as President of the Association of Dominican American Supervisors and Administrators (ADASA) and currently serves as a board member of The Institute for Latino Studies, Research & Development, Inc., a 501 ( c) (3) non for profit organization dedicated to study, research, preserve, disseminate and develop the rich literary, and cultural heritage of Latinos in the United States.

In addition, President Peña is founder and one of the high ranking leaders of the National Dominican American Council (NDAC), a civic-community-engagement organization composed of over 120 local
councils in the United States advocating, in partnership with the Dominican American National Roundtable, for the socio-economic and political development of all Dominican Americans in areas concerning education, economic development, health, immigration, housing and community empowerment.

About UNPHU


On November 19, 1966 UNPHU began offering classes in a State-donated building which was the former site of the Geriatric Hospital. This building, located on Avenida John F. Kennedy, was donated to the Board of Trustees by the Dominican Government. Also donated to UNPHU by the Dominican Government was a large parcel of land adjacent to the former Geriatric Hospital. These sites evolved into Campus I and Campus II of UNPHU. As Academic program were added, student body enrollment increased.

 

OBJECTIVES
1.      Comprehensive formation of the student’s intellectual and academic development so that each student becomes a well rounded contributor to society.
2.      The conservation, study, transmission and promotion of the Dominican culture.
3.      The development of professionals with a well rounded liberal arts educational background in the arts, sciences and technical fields. This development must be achieved by emphasizing academic aspects as well as practical experience outside the classroom.
4.      Scientific investigation geared towards the betterment of the local environment.
5.      To serve the country by solving complex problems in areas of need and to cooperate with the government and business community in the solution of such problems.

PHILOSOPHY
The University must be an agent of change for shaping and molding the ideas and influencing the future of the Dominican community in cultural, social, scientific and academic spheres, as well as an
instrument of service capable of responding to the needs of our milieu and addressing its future demands in all aspects of national life. The University will contribute to increased human solidarity, promoting through its different academic and research departments all activities fostering this end and, especially, true socioeconomic integration of the peoples of this hemisphere.

For additional information about UNPHU in New York, contact 787-644-3027 or  (646) 773-9903 or visit www.unphu.edu.do

DANR Board Appoints New National Youth President and Fellowship Program Director

February 22, 2012 by  
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Youth National President Maria D. Moreno

Washington, DC (Wednesday, February 22, 2012).– The Board of Directors of the Dominican American National Roundtable appointed Maria D. Moreno as National Youth President at a meeting held on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 4pm at Rutgers School of Law in Newark, New Jersey.

“Please join us in welcoming our newly appointed National Youth President Maria D. Moreno,” said Dr. Maria Teresa Montilla, DANR President. “Since very early in her community involvement, President Moreno has been driven by her unrelenting commitment to developing and empowering young people.”

In addition, the Board also appointed her as the National Director of the DANR Fellowship Program, which every year, during the summer, affords in Washington, DC, internship opportunities to college students from around the United States.

“Congratulations to our National Youth President Maria Moreno,” said DANR Chairman Miguel Santana.  “We would like to also recognize our outgoing Youth President and Director of the DANR Fellowship Program Amaris Guzman for her many years of dedication to our organization, and most of all, for her many contributions for the socio-economic and political empowerment of our community.”

Moreno, a native of the Dominican Republic, has resided in Boston, MA for the past 22 years.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology with a Concentration in Latino Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston where she is also pursuing a Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution focusing on cross-cultural conflict and mediation.

For the past five years, Moreno has worked for non-profit housing rights organizations and has become a strong advocate for Civil Rights working on campaigns seeking equity in housing, health, education, civic engagement, immigration, youth violence, humanitarian rights and advancing the Dominican-American agenda.

Currently, Moreno is DANR Vice President representing the State of Massachusetts.  She is one of the founders of the National Dominican American Council (NDAC), and also co-founder of FUNTOSALUD International, a humanitarian community service project being implemented in the border towns located between Dominican Republic and Haiti.

She serves on several community boards including the Dominican Development Center, the Hispanic Writers Week and Quest Adventures.

NOTED & QUOTED: Hundreds Attend New Jersey Conference on Dominican Affairs

February 20, 2012 by  
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From left front row, Erick Cedano, Hon. Julio Guridy, Senator Juan Pichardo, Journalist Alicia Ortega, CODA President Maria Teresa Montilla, West New York Mayor Dr. Felix Roque, Bronx District Leader Yudelka Tapia, and Dr. Franklin de Jesus. From left back row, Pablo Aponte, Luisa Aponte Francisco Castro, Jose Garcia, Gregorio Torres, Irene Schrils, Dinorah Mendez, Josefina Mercedes, Commissioner Ruben Vargas, Amiris Perez, Commissioner Margarita Gutierrez, Nestor Montilla, Dr. Fermin, Commissioner Fiordaliza Frias, Victor Coronado, Frank Salado, Doris Ramos, Niurka De la Rosa, Amiramis Perez, Consuelo Evans and Juan Familia (Photo by Nelson Valentin - e-mail: nvphoto@gmail.com).

Newark, NJ (Monday, February 20, 2012).-Over three hundred participants from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, attended the 12th Annual New Jersey Conference on Dominican Affairs held yesterday at the Rutgers School of Law in Newark, New Jersey.

“The Dominican community in New Jersey has reached a level of political sophistication that allows them to stay focused on its interests, above political affiliation or other interests,” said Dr. Maria Teresa Montilla, President of the NJ Conference on Dominican Affairs (CODA).  “I think we are ready to come together and elect political representation at the state level in New Jersey.”

“We, CODA staff and volunteers, are very happy we have been able to successfully put together the 12th Annual Conference on Dominican Affairs,” said Amiris Perez, CODA Executive Director.  “Our mission is to provide a forum by which all Dominicans residing in New Jersey can evaluate and assess their role in the New Jersey community and create a proactive agenda to improve their economic, educational, social/cultural, and political well-being.”

The conference started with a welcome reception at Newark City Hall, where volunteers and CODA leadership shared an exclusive moment with acclaimed journalist Alicia Ortega.

On Sunday, February 19th, the Conference program included concurrent workshop sessions, and a plenary forum featuring Journalist Alicia Ortega and Rhode Island State Senator Juan M. Pichardo, who were the main presenters.  Their participation attracted dozens of followers, including students, leaders, peers, and people from surrounding communities.

United States Congressman Steven Rothman (D-9) delivered welcoming greetings in both English and Spanish and congratulated President Maria Teresa Montilla for her leadership and unrelenting commitment to the empowerment of Hispanics in the State of New Jersey and beyond. 

Then, Senator Pichardo delivered a keynote address titled “Participation, Contribution and Empowerment.”

“I want to thank Dr. Maria Teresa Montilla, President of CODA, President of DANR and Amiris Perez, Executive Director and the entire board of CODA for inviting me to speak here at your conference at Rutgers School of Law,” said Senator Pichardo. “Also, I want to acknowledge my colleagues and friends from this wonderful City who are here and those who could not make it due to prior commitments outside of the state. They exemplify the ideals of serving others and empowering a community.  This is what I believe in…” For a printable copy of his speech, click here: Senator_Juan_M._Pichardo_remarks_for_the_Annual_Conference_on_Dominican_Affairs

Onstage at the plenary luncheon session, President Maria Teresa Montilla interviewed journalist Ortega about the challenges and rewards of a professional woman working as a journalist in the Dominican Republic. She shared her beginnings as a journalist, her settling in the Dominican Republic, and some of the social changes her investigative reporting have caused in the country.

Ortega concluded her intervention quoting President Theodore Roosevelt:

“Be practical as well as generous in your ideals.  Keep your eyes on the stars, and keep your feet on the ground.  Courage, hard work, self-mastery, and intelligent effort are all essential to a successful life. Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.”

ORTEGA Y PEREZOrtega was presented with a plaque by coordinator Radhames Perez and a delegation of leaders from Dominican party “Alianza Pais”, in recognition of her successful career in journalism and for her excellence in journalism.

The list of participating leaders included Congressman Steven Rothman, West New York Mayor Dr. Felix Roque, Allentown Pennsylvania Councilman, and President of City Council Julio Guridy, Paterson Councilman, and Council Vice President Julio Tavarez, West New York Councilwoman Fiordaliza Frias, and West New York Councilman Ruben Vargas, Bergenfield Councilman Carlos Aguasvivas, Newark Councilman Luis Quintana, Commissioner and Perth Amboy Board of Education President Samuel Lebrault, Perth Amboy Board of Education Commissioner Milady Tejeda, Teaneck Board of Education Commissioner Sebastian Rodriguez, Commissioner and Roselle board of Education President Erick Cedano, Bronx District Leader Yudelka Tapia, Brooklyn District Leader  Arelys Martinez, Paterson Board of Education commissioners Alex Mendez and Wendy Guzman, Martin Perez, President of the New Jersey Latino Leadership Alliance, Elsa Mantilla, President of NJ State Dominican Parade, Rafael Marte, President of COPODO, President Ramon Guzman, and his delegation from Dominicans for Political Representation (DOPOR), Perth Amboy High School Principal Dr. Nestor Collazo and his delegation of over 45 students, and among others, community leader Juan Luis Jimenez.

In addition, attending were leaders of the National Dominican American Council (NDAC) and the Dominican American National Roundtable from Massachussets, Candem, NJ, New York and New Jersey.

The Women’s Leadership workshop burst with enthusiasm and encouragement from participants as well as panelists Univision Presenter Nilda Rosario, Nutritionist Dinorah Mendez, District Leader Yudelka Tapia, and Journalist Alicia Ortega.

The Political Empowerment workshop drew on the knowledge and experience of seasoned elected officials who served as panelists, such as Rhode Island Senator Juan Pichardo, Councilmen Julio Tavarez and Wilson Terrero, Commissioners Wendy Guzman and Alex Mendez, Businessman and community leader from Perth Amboy Frank Salado, and Community Leader Thomas Gomez.

Additionally, non-profit organization Citizens Campaign offered a road map to empowerment through participation in the structure of political parties.

Distinguished Plastic Surgeon Dr. Franklin de Jesus, Dr. Diogenes Fermin and Rosa Saldana headed the Health Professionals workshop to discuss exchange of medical services between the Dominican Republic and the United States.

The Conference premiered also the latest thought-provoking Nestor Montilla’s original documentary titled “Dominican Civilization, Diaspora and Identity,” which sheds light on how the Dominican Diaspora is creating and accentuating the new identities of the Dominican people.  The documentary features historian Frank Moya Pons, Ph.D, Irma Nicasio, Ph.D., and Odalis Perez, Ph.D. from Universidad Autonoma de Santo Dominigo, Sylvio Torres-Saillant, Ph.D. from Syracuse University, Lorraine Altagracia Cortes-Vasquez, the Honorable Claribel Martinez Marmolejos, the first Dominican woman ever elected to public office in Puerto Rico, Dr. Nasry Michellen, praised for becoming the first President of Hostos Community College, the Guzman Family, and testimony of other individuals who ascertain their Dominican identity despite being born in the United States.

At the end, a group of panelists offered their reaction to the documentary and shared feedback with producer and researcher Montilla.  Among them were re-known Dominican singer and composer Fernando Echavarria, who led popular musical group La Familia André, and a group of national young college student leaders from several universities including Pennsylvania State University, Brown University, Yale, Essex County Community College, Bergen County Community College and Middlessex Community College. The list of panelists included Professor. Rafael Brito from Newark NJ, Elías Alcántara, Amaris Guzmán, former DANR Youth President, Augusto Suarez, Bergen Community College, Franklin Ventura, Essex County Community College, Diandra Fermín, Yale University, Joel Fernández, Yale DSA President. They responded questions from the audience comprised of dozens of students and conference participants. Professor Alejandro Benjamin, who confessed in the Documentary he didn’t know he was black when he came to the United States in 1973, actively participated in the discussion and answered questions.

The 12th Annual New Jersey State Wide Conference was made possible thanks to a committed team of volunteers including Amiris Pérez, Directora Ejecutiva, Amiramis Pérez, Josefina Mercedes, María Beras, Nerys Polanco, Julio Tavárez, Consuelo Evans, Francisco Castro, Gregorio Torres, Victor Coronado, Dr.  Aritmedes Restituyo, Juan Familia, Alba Mateo, Augusto Suarez, Franklin Ventura, Erick Cedano, Oneida Vidal and Elba Familia. Other volunteers included Valentin Silverio, Altagracia Gatón, Margarita Gutierrez, Miladys Familia, Tatiana Guzmán, Freddy Read, Haydee Tió, Niurkis De la Rosa, Rosa Svelti, Jose Garcia, Josefina Torres and photographer Nelson Valentin.

CODA conference is sponsored by UNIVISION, Cibao Meat Products, HealthFirst, Rutgers School of Law, El Merengue Restaurant in Newark, Jersey Easy Construction LLC, the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), and the Common Roots Project.

The NJ Conference on Dominican Affairs is the major Dominican state gathering on the Dominican and Latino calendars in the United States. During this Conference, attendees are able to participate and learn from experts, share experiences, network with professionals from around the New Jersey, the Tri-State Region and beyond.

For more information visit www.thelatinoinstitute.org or write to thelatinoinstitute@gmail.com

 

NOTED & QUOTED: RI Senator Juan M. Pichardo to Speak at the 12th NJ Dominican Affairs Conference

February 15, 2012 by  
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RI Senator Juan M. Pichardo

Newark, NJ (February 16, 2012).-–Rhode Island State Senator Juan M. Pichardo will be the keynote speaker at the 12th Annual Dominican Affairs Conference (CODA) slated to take place this Sunday, February 19, 2012 from 8:30am to 4:00pm at Rutgers School of Law located at 123 Washington Street Newark, NJ 07102.

At noon, during the Conference Plenary Luncheon, senior Senator Pichardo will deliver his keynote address titled: Participation, Contribution and Empowerment of our Community. His speech will be about how the Dominican community can seize the times, and ultimately position itself, politically, in the US.

“We invite all Dominicans and people from our diverse communities to join us in this special occasion to welcome senior Senator Pichardo, a distinguished leader of ours, praised for having the distinction of being named the first Latino elected to a R.I. Senate seat and the first Dominican-American elected to a State Senate seat in the United States,” said Dr. Maria Teresa Montilla, President of CODA.

On January 7, 2003, Juan M. Pichardo was sworn in as a State Senator representing the 2nd Senatorial district in the State of Rhode Island. Located in Providence, Senate District 2 encompasses the neighborhoods of Elmwood, Reservoir Triangle and the West End.

Senator Pichardo is currently Rhode Island Senate President Pro Tempore, 2nd Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Finance, Member, Senate Committee on Health & Human Services, Member, Senate Committee on Housing and Member of the Senate Committee on Special Legislation.

In the General Assembly, he serves as Senate Deputy Majority Leader and as a member of the Senate Committee on Finance, where he serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Human Services and Transportation. In addition, Sen. Pichardo serves as Secretary of the Health and Human Services Committee. For a complete copy of his biography and exemplary services to the State of Rhode Island and the United States of America, visit http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/pichardo/Biography.html

Senator Pichardo will be welcomed by a sizeable delegation of leaders from northern, central, and southern New Jersey, the neighboring states of New York and Pennsylvania.

Hundreds of high school and college students, educators, professionals, entrepreneurs, members of the National Dominican American Council, and people from our diverse communities will join President Maria Teresa Montilla, CODA Executive Director Amiris Perez and over forty CODA volunteers to welcome senior Senator Pichardo to the Great State of New Jersey.

The 12th Annual NJ Conference on Dominican Affairs includes a welcome reception on Friday, February 17 at 6pm at the Newark City Hall, two plenary sessions, five concurrent workshops, and the premiere of the latest thought- provoking Nestor Montilla’s original documentary “Dominican Civilization, Diaspora and Identity,” which sheds light on how the Dominican Diaspora is creating and accentuating the new identities of the Dominican people.  For a copy of the Conference program visit www.thelatinoinstitute.org.

In addition, Senator Pichardo will present as a leading panelist at the workshop After the elections, What? (Despues de la Eleccion, Que?), an interactive session dealing with the relationship between voters (the community) and their elected officials for best results.  The list of panelists includes Dr. Felix Roque, Mayor of West New York, Councilman Julio Tavarez, and NJ Commissioners Alex Mendez and Wendy Guzman. This Workshop takes place from 10:00am to 12:00 pm.

To register for the Conference click here or visit www.thelatinoinstitute.org

The NJ Conference on Dominican Affairs is the major Dominican state gathering on the Dominican and Latino calendars in the United States. During this Conference, attendees are able to participate and learn from experts, share experiences, network with professionals from around the New Jersey, the Tri-State Region and beyond.

For more information visit www.thelatinoinstitute.org

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Manifestación por Representación Justa y Un Nuevo Distrito Congresional en la Comunidad Latina de New York

February 11, 2012 by  
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Dra. Maria Teresa Montilla, Presidente, Mesa Redonda Dominico Americana (Foto por Eduardo Hoepelman).

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Washington, DC (10 de febrero, 2012) .- Más de cien líderes  Latino se congregaron y celebraron una conferencia de prensa hoy, viernes 10 de febrero, a las 12:00PM, en la esquina de las calles 175 y Broadway (Palace Theatre) en Manhattan para exigir representación equitativa y justa y un proceso de redistribución de distritos transparente

Los grupos cívicos representados incluyeron The Dominican American National Roundtable, Northern Manhattan y West Bronx Coalition for Fair Representation, y entre otros, Northern Manhattan Democrats for Change. Expresaron su preocupación y la necesidad de un nuevo distrito congresional que comprenda las comunidades de interés en Northern Manhattan, el West Bronx y Corona and Jackson Heights, Queens.

Oradores incluyeron a Maria Teresa Feliciano, Presidente de DANR, Miguel Santana, Chairman de DANR, activistas comunales Mark Levine, Miosotis Muñoz, Dr. Rafael Lantigua, Dra. Ramona Hernández, Directora Ejecutiva del Dominican Studies Institute de The City University of New York, NYC Cocejal Ydanis Rodríguez y María Luna, quien moderó la conferencia de prensa.

Luna, quien es portavoz de la Northern Manhattan and West Bronx Coalition for Fair Representation,  destacó el hecho de que la representación  en el congreso no se ha mantenido a la par con el gran aumento de la población hispana en Nueva York. A pesar de tener en común empresas, recursos, lenguaje e  instituciones importantes, las comunidades Latinas de la zona han sido divididas y privadas de justa representación, como lo exige la ley.

Dr. María Teresa Feliciano, Presidente de la Dominican American National Roundtable dijo:

“El asombroso crecimiento de la población Latina en los Estados Unidos y específicamente en Nueva York, debe reflejarse en los nuevos mapas legislativos. La creación de un tercer distrito con mayoría Latina será una respuesta adecuada al enorme crecimiento de nuestra comunidad, y se puede hacer sin impactar negativamente a otras comunidades o violar los principios de redistribución equitativa.”

“Según el censo2010 los Latinos son el grupo minoritario mas grande en el estado de  in New York. Como tal, nuestras comunidades merecen representación justa en todos los niveles del gobierno. No tendremos representación justa si los distritos estatales y congresionales no se dibujan justamente,” dijo Miguel Santana, Chairman de DANR.

El Dr. Rafael Lantigua destacó la historia de lucha por obtener representación Latina en Nueva York y cómo se ha tenido que luchar por una justa representación. “Esta vez, estamos dispuestos a tomar las medidas necesarias para obtener un distrito congresional”, señaló.

“Dado el crecimiento de la población latina en el estado de Nueva York, pedimos un nuevo escaño Latino en el Congreso”, indicó Miosotis Muñoz. “Igual que los valientes hombres y mujeres que murieron en la lucha por los derechos civiles; estamos exigiendo ‘impuestos con representación’ a través de redistribución equitativa”.

“Somos 30% de la población de este estado y solo tenemos dos representantes en una delegación de trece miembros; eso es inaceptable,” dijo el concejal Ydanis Rodríguez.

“Nuestra intención no es pelearnos con otros grupos por representación. No estamos aquí por eso. Al contrario, estamos aquí para unirnos a otras comunidades minoritarias en la lucha por representación justa.  Estamos todos unidos en ese objetivo,”  dijo la Dra. Ramona Hernández.

“Esta no es una lucha solo de Latinos,” dijo el líder comunal Mark Levine. “Aquí habemos blancos y Afro-Americanos pidiendo representación justa para todos.”

La lista de lideres presentes incluyo al Senador Adriano Espaillat, Asambleísta Guillermo Linares, Asambleísta Nelson Castro, Síndico de CUNY Dr. Hugo Morales, y entre otros la Líder Distrital Yudelka Tapia.

Rally for fair Representation and a New Congressional Seat in NY Latino Community

February 10, 2012 by  
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Dr. Maria Teresa Feliciano, President of the Dominican American National Roundtable, while speaking at the rally (Photo by Eduardo Hoepelman).

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Washington, DC (February 10, 2012).– Over one hundred Latino community leaders held a rally and a press conference today, Friday, February 10, at Noon, at the Corner of 175th and Broadway (United Palace Theater) in Manhattan to call for fair representation and a fair and transparent redistricting process.

Representatives from civic groups included The Dominican American National Roundtable, Northern Manhattan and West Bronx Coalition for Fair Representation, and among others, Northern Manhattan Democrats for Change. They voiced their concerns and the need for a new congressional district that captures communities of interest in Northern Manhattan, the West Bronx, and Corona and Jackson Heights, Queens.

Speakers included DANR President Maria Teresa Feliciano, DANR Chairman Miguel Santana, community activists Mark Levine, Miosotis Munoz, Dr. Rafael Lantigua, Dr. Ramona Hernandez, Executive Director of the Dominican Studies Institute of The City University of New York, NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, and Maria Luna, who moderated the press conference.

Luna, who is also the spokesperson for the Northern Manhattan and West Bronx Coalition for Fair Representation, highlighted the fact that congressional representation has not kept up with the sharp increase in New York’s Latino population. Despite sharing businesses, resources, common language, and important institutions, Latino communities in the area have been carved up and denied fair representation, as required by law.

Dr. Maria Teresa Feliciano, President of the Dominican American National Roundtable said: “The astonishing growth of the Latino population in the United States and specifically in New York City, should be reflected in the new legislative maps. Creating a third Latino-majority district will be an appropriate response to the tremendous growth of our community, and it can be done without negatively impacting other communities or violating any principle of fair apportionment.”

“As per the 2010 census, Latinos are the largest minority group in New York State. As such, our communities deserve fair representation at all levels of government. Otherwise we cannot and will not receive this representation unless the state and congressional districts are drawn fairly,” said DANR Chairman Miguel Santana.

Dr. Rafael Lantigua outlined the history of Latino struggle for representation in New York and how they have had to fight for fair representation.  “This time, we are willing to take this to any extent necessary to get a congressional district,” he remarked.

“Given the rise of the Latino population of New York State, we ask that a new Latino Congressional seat be drawn,” indicated Miosotis Munoz.  “The same as the brave men and women who died for the civil rights struggle; we are also demanding taxation with representation through fair apportionment.”

“We are 30% of the population of this state and have only two members in a 13 member delegation; that’s not acceptable,” said NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez.

“Our intention is not to fight with other minority communities for representation.  That’s not what we’re here for. On the contrary, we are here to join other minority communities in seeking fair representation.  We are all united in this quest,” said Dr. Ramona Hernandez.

“This is not only a Latino plight,” said community leader Mark Levine. “There are also Caucasians and African Americans asking for fair representation for all.”

The list of leaders who attended included, NYS Senator Adriano Espaillat, NYS Assemblyman Guillermo Linares, NYS Assemblyman Nelson Castro, CUNY Trustee Hugo Morales, and among others, Bronx District Leader Yudelka Tapia.

DANR Chairman Miguel Santana (Photo by Eduardo Hoepelman).

Dr. Rafael Lantigua (photo by Eduardo Hoepelman).

Mark Levine (Photo by Eduardo Hoepelman).

 

DANR & National Council Leaders Testify, Again, Before NYS Redistricting Task Force & Propose A Latino Congressional Map Uniting Washington Heights in Manhattan, the North West Bronx, and Corona / Jackson Heights in Queens

February 1, 2012 by  
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Washington, DC (February 1, 2012). Dr. Maria Teresa Feliciano, President of the Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR), Mr. Miguel Santana, DANR Chairman, and Mr. Nestor Montilla, Sr., Chairman of the National Dominican American Council, testified again, before members of the New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment at a hearing held yesterday at the Bronx Museum of Arts.

They endorsed and proposed a 3rd Hispanic Congressional District uniting Washington Heights in Manhattan, the North West Bronx, and Corona / Jackson Heights in Queens. For a printable copy of the map proposal click here– Fair Representation NM – Bronx Congressional Districts – New Proposal (v10.0.0)-1

The proposal was agreed to by the Northern Manhattan and West Bronx Committee for Fair Representation and prepared by Jose Bello from GLACTION, LLC.

Following are transcripts of their testimonies:

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Testimony of Dr. Maria Teresa Feliciano, President Dominican American National Roundtable before The NYS LEGISLATIVE TASK FORCE ON DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH AND
REAPPORTIONMENT
January 31, 2012

Good afternoon  Co-Chairs SENATOR  MICHAEL F. NOZZOLIO and  MEMBER OF ASSEMBLYMAN JOHN J. MCENENY,  TASK FORCE MEMBERS

On behalf of the Dominican American National Roundtable, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to again address the Task Force regarding the redistricting of New York’s Legislature and Congress.

Back in September I appeared before you and appealed to your sense of justice and fair play in the performance of your duties of adjusting the lines of the New York State Legislature, as well as the Congress, to comply with one-person, one-vote requirements for fair representation in any legislative body across the country.

I pointed out the astonishing growth of the Latino population in the United States, and in New York specifically. A growth that, according to the principles governing the redistricting process, should be reflected in the new maps.

Traditionally, our communities have been divided for partisan and incumbency reasons; our influence been diluted; and unfairly been subjected to substantive disadvantages.

Our communities deserve fair representation at all levels of government. We can only have this representation if legislative districts are drawn fairly.

We proposed a map for Senate district 31st  that would have 60.7% Latino population, giving it the ability to elect a senator of their choice.

We are disappointed that this task force, moved towards “whitening” Senate District 31st, bringing it from 57% Latino to 56% Latino.  We request that you reconsider, and reiterate our request to strengthen Latino influence in Senate District 31st by  adding to it the Latino community from the west (Bronx), rather than extending it south to include a community that has little in common with Washington Heights.

Additionally, we propose a congressional district that will unite the communities of the West Bronx, Northern Manhattan, and Corona Queens, which encompasses fast growing Dominican-American populations that share communalities and challenges. Such district will be an appropriate response to the tremendous growth of our community in New York City, and can be created without negatively impacting other communities or violating any principles of fair apportionment.

An added and valuable benefit of creating this district will be bringing people into the political process that have previously been kept from it, and thus making government more representative of the people.

In a democracy, the principle of one person-one vote is a sacred concept. If the principle is to apply in New York, then ensuring a greater voice for Latinos in the halls of power is the greatest test facing this Task Force.

We look forward to working with the Committee to contribute in your effort to make sure that New York achieves a fair and constitutional redistricting.

Thank you,

Maria Teresa Feliciano, President
Dominican American National Roundtable

About DANR

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.

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Testimony of Mr. Nestor Montilla, Sr., President National Dominican American National Council, before The NYS LEGISLATIVE TASK FORCE ON DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH AND
REAPPORTIONMENT
January 31, 2012

Good afternoon Co-Chairs NOZZOLIO and MCENENY,  MEMBERS of the TASK FORCE

On behalf of the National Dominican American Council I would like to thank you for the opportunity to again address the Committee regarding the redistricting of New York’s Legislature and Congress.

We have reviewed your released Assembly and Senate maps and, regarding Senate District 31, rather than increase the percentage of Latino population as we proposed back in September, you decreased it by almost 4 percentage points. We would like to reiterate our recommendation of increasing the Latino population of SD 31 to include the West Bronx community which shares many commonalities with the remaining of the district, and for reasons we outlined in our testimony back in September.

We would also like to submit for your consideration a proposal for a Congressional District that unites the Spanish speaking communities (sharing national origin, religion, economic ties, family ties) living in the corridor of: Corona, Queens to University Heights/Kingsbridge in the Bronx to Washington Heights in Manhattan, NY.

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“Driving” Geography of the Proposed Hispanic Congressional District:

1)Broadway northbound from 140 street until 207 street
. 2) From Broadway, 207 street in Manhattan, crossing the bridge eastward into W. Fordham Road and into Bronx and Pelham Parkway
. 3) Hutchison River Parkway southbound crossing the Whitestone Bridge into Route 678
. 4) Northern Boulevard westbound until 77th street.

Neighborhoods within proposed Hispanic Congressional District

New York County:
•    Hamilton Heights (Hispanic voting districts from 140th Street northbound Broadway)
•    Washington Heights
•    Inwood
•    Marbel Hill

In Bronx County:
•    University Heights
•    Kingsbridge (south)
•    Bedford Park – Fordham University – Bronx Zoo
•    Morris Park
•    Westchester (east)
•    Throgs Neck – Locust point + Schuylerville

In Queens County
1)    College Point
2)    North Corona
3)    Corona
4)    Jackson Heights (east)

As we have indicated to you before, the Spanish Speaking population of the state of New York has grown exponentially in the last ten years, meriting the opportunity to elect their candidate of choice in an additional Majority-Minority Congressional Hispanic District.  Spanish Speaking communities will be better represented in the US Congress by a Spanish Speaking Representative – if they choose and have the opportunity to elect one.

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Immigrant communities from the Dominican Republic are one single community of interest mostly concentrated in three New York City neighborhoods: Corona in Queens, University Heights/Kingsbridge in the Bronx, and in Washington Heights in Manhattan.

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The majority of the New York City and New York State Elected Officials from Dominican American origin represent constituencies from these three neighborhoods: two state senators, two state assembly representatives, and thee New York City Council Members.

Creating this Congressional District seems to be the most logical step towards affording this community fair and equitable representation.

We look forward to working with the Task Force to contribute in its effort to make sure that New York achieves a fair and constitutional redistricting.

Thank you,

Nestor Montilla, Sr., President
National Dominican American Council (NDAC)

About NDAC

The National Dominican American Council (NDAC) is a civic-community-engagement and public relations entity composed of over 120 local member councils in the United States and territories, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, with the role of setting the national agenda of the Dominican American National Roundtable and advocating for the socio-economic and political enfranchisement of all Latinos and Dominican-Americans in areas concerning education, economic development, health, immigration and community empowerment.

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Testimony of DANR Chairman Mr. Miguel Santana, DANR Chairman:

Good Afternoon Members of the Task Force,

My name is Miguel Santana, Chair Man of the Dominican American National Roundtable and as a Bronx resident who lives at 3064 Bailey Ave., I want to thank you for the opportunity to address this body regarding the current redistricting process.

I request that in drawing the new legislative districts in the state of New York, you consider communities of common interests, more specifically the rapid growth of the Latino population. As per the 2010 Census, Latinos are the largest minority group in New York State and the new legislative map should reflect this change.  This approach requires the creation of Majority Latino Districts or Latino Opportunity Districts that will allow us to elect candidates of our choice in numbers commensurate with our population.

Until the early 1980s, Hispanic representation in Congress lingered in the single digits. The gains in Hispanic office-holding during the 1980s and 1990s can be attributed in part to the passage and implementation of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). The VRA facilitated the establishment of numerous majority-minority districts, in which minority voters constitute a majority of the relevant population, be it total population, voting-age population (VAP), or citizen voting-age population (CVAP).

The electoral benefits of majority-minority districts became evident after the 1990 round of redistricting. State legislatures constructed ten new majority-Latino districts, and shortly thereafter seven Hispanic freshmen joined the House of Representatives.

Justice O’Connor defended this radical change in section 5 by citing five sociological studies that she claimed suggested that “the most effective way to maximize minority voting strength may be to create more influence or coalitional districts.”  The majority-minority districts remain the primary means through which Hispanic communities can elect their preferred candidates.

Today we have three communities of common interest that join our Latino population.  These communities are Washington Heights in Manhattan, the North West Bronx, and Corona / Jackson Heights in Queens. The common thread that bonds these communities together are their educational trajectory, social consciousness and entrepreneurial spirit.  Collectively they fuel the local economy through the development and patronage of small businesses such as, barber shops, beauty salons, multi services, grocery stores, supermarkets, pharmacies and car services.

In closing, I ask you to approve a new legislative map that joins the Latino population of Washington Heights, the North West Bronx, and Corona / Jackson Heights communities of Queens. Ultimately, establishing a majority Latino district will provide us the opportunity to elect a congress member of our choice.

Thank you

Miguel Santana