DANR Juramenta 9na Presidente y Vice Presidente

November 13, 2013 by  
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Washington, DC. (13 de noviembre 2013). Con una concurrida participación y un salon del Hotel Condado Plaza abarrotado de quisqueyanos, locales y visitantes, la Mesa Redonda Nacional Dominico Americana (DANR) y el Concilio Nacional Dominico Americano juramentaron en la noche de este viernes, a su 9na Presidente Francesca Peña y al Vice Presidente Alejandro Benjamin.

 

Luego de las palabras de bienvenida a cargo de la Honorable Claribel Martinez-Marmolejos, Vice Presidente/Tesorera de DANR, el juramento fue administrado por el Honorable Marco Antonio Ragau, Portavoz de la Legislatura de San Juan.

 

“Yo, Francesca Peña, juro solemnemente que cumpliré cabalmente mis responsabilidades como Presidente de la Mesa Redonda Dominico Americana. Juro que defenderé, realizaré y protegeré su misión, objetivos y Constitucion. Juro que cumpliré con mi juramento de promover el avance y apoderamiento socio-economico y poítico de todos los dominicanos en los Estados Unidos de América y sus territories, incluyendo a Puerto Rico y las Islas Virgenes Americanas. Que Dios me ayude”.

 

Presidente Peña y Vice Presidente Benjamin se unen a la cúpula del liderazgo de DANR compuesta  por el Chairman Néstor Montilla, la Vice Presidente Tesorera Claribel Martinez-Marmolejos, y miembros de la Junta de Directores para dirigir la unica organización nacional con sede en Washington, DC abogando por el desarrollo socio-económico y politico de mas de dos millones de dominicanos en USA.

 

Ambos, Presidente Pena y Vice Presidente Benjamin, empezaron su gestion inmediatamente luego de la juramentacion.

 

Presidente Pena completara el periodo presidencial correspondiente vigente (1 de enero del 2013 al 31 de diciembre 2014) y luego, como estipulado en la Constitution de DANR y el Concilio Nacional, asumira el periodo presidencial correspondiente que se inicia el 1 de enero del 2015.

 

Fue notable la presencia en la ceremonia de reconocidos lideres, activistas e invitados especiales, incluyendo al Presidente del Senado de Puerto Rico, Eduardo Bathia, quien elogio la Mesa Redonda, y el liderazgo efectivo de Claribel Martinez-Marmolejos en Puerto Rico.

 

Tambien estuvieron presente el Asambleista por el estado de Nueva York Felix Ortiz, el Senador por el estado de New York Adriano Espaillat, la nueva Presidente del Condado de Manhattan Gale Brewer, el Concejal de Nueva York Ydanis Rodriguez, el Presidente de la Union General de Trabajadores Manuel Perfecto Torres, el Vice Presidente de SEIU 1199 Rhadames Rivera, el ex asambleista de Nueva York Adam Clayton Powell, el Legislador de San Juan Jimmy Zorrilla, y entre otros, Luis Miranda, Jr., Fundador de MirRam Group, LLC y de Hispanic Federation.

 

El programa de juramentacion incluyo reconocimientos especiales a la Presidente Pena y al Vice Presidente Benjamin de parte de la Legislatura de San Juan. El Legislador Jimmi zorrilla le presentó a cada uno una proclama en reconocimento a su liderazgo y dedicación a la defensa y apoderamiento de la comunidad.

 

En nombre de DANR y del Concilio Nacional, y por su trayectoria y liderazgo,  Chairman Néstor Montilla reconoció el liderazgo del Chairman de Somos El Futuro Conference, el Asambleista de Nueva York Felix Ortiz.

 

Ademas, DANR también reconoció las contribuciones del Presidente de la Unión General de Trabajadores (UGT) Manuel Perfecto Torres su labor en beneficio de todos los residentes de Puerto Rico.

 

La Mesa Redonda es la única organización nacional con sede en Washington que aboga por el desarrollo socio-económico y político de más de dos millones de dominicanos en los Estados Unidos.

 

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Declaración Respecto a la Decisión del Tribunal Constitucional de la República Dominicana Sobre Desnacionalización

November 11, 2013 by  
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Chairman Nestor Montilla, Presidente Francesca Pena, Vice Presidente Alejandro Benjamin y otros dirigentes de la Mesa Redonda Dominico Americana sostiene una rueda de prensa en San Juan en la escalinata norte del Capitolio de Puerto Rico, sobre desnacionalizacion y la decision del Tribunal Constitucional de la Republica Dominicana.

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Washington, DC (Domingo, 10 de Noviembre, 2013).—La Mesa Redonda Dominico Americana y el Concilio Nacional Dominico Americano llevo a cabo una rueda de prensa en las escalinatas norte del Capitolio de Puerto Rico el domingo 10 de noviembre del presente y se publico el siguiente comunicado:

La Mesa Redonda Dominico Americana es una organización de membresía con la misión de abogar por el desarrollo socio-económico y cívico de los dominicanos que residen en los Estados Unidos y sus territorios, incluyendo a Puerto Rico y las Islas Vírgenes.

Nos presentamos frente a ustedes hoy, en respuesta a preocupación expresada por los miembros de DANR y su Concilio Nacional, sobre la decisión 0168-13 emitida el 23 de septiembre del presente año por el Tribunal Constitucional de la República Dominicana.

La decisión fue basada en el caso de Juliana Deguis Pierre quien nació en la República Dominicana en el 1984 de padres nacidos en la República de Haití. El Tribunal decidió que Juliana Deguis Pierre había sido erróneamente declarada de nacionalidad dominicana al nacer, en violación de la Constitución Dominicana del año 1929 que reconoce como ciudadano dominicano a los nacidos en territorio dominicano, excepto a niños nacidos a padres considerados  “en tránsito”.

Las provisiones de ciudadanía de la Constitución Dominicana del 1929 confiere ciudadanía dominicana a niños nacidos en el país, no importando el status migratorio de los padres.

La decisión del tribunal tomó en consideración una enmienda hecha a la Constitución Dominicana en el año 2010, que niega ciudadanía dominicana previamente otorgada a individuos nacidos en el país de padres indocumentados o residentes no legales al momento del nacimiento de los niños.

Hasta el año 2010, la República Dominicana otorgaba ciudadanía dominicana a los nacidos en su territorio o jurisdicción o a quien tenía al menos un padre de sangre dominicana, y a padres extranjeros que fueran residentes legales.

Sin embargo, la reciente decisión hace la Provisión de Ciudadanía de la Constitución retroactiva al año 1929.  Para implementar esta decisión, el Tribunal Constitucional Dominicano ordenó una meticulosa revisión del archivo civil comenzando en el año 1929, y ordenó que en un período de un año, La Junta Central Electoral de la República Dominicana componga una lista de los excluidos para ciudadanía.

En resumen, la decisión resulta en la desnacionalización de miles de individuos a los que se ha conferido ciudadanía dominicana, una crisis de derechos humanos que crea tensión entre la República Dominicana y Haití y censura de parte de muchos países, organizaciones y líderes mundiales.

La Mesa Redonda Dominico Americana respeta la independencia soberana de la República Dominicana y su derecho de determinar las condiciones para otorgar ciudadanía como lo hizo a través de la decisión del Tribunal constitucional. Entendemos que cada país tiene el derecho a implementar sus propias leyes, como lo hace la República Dominicana.

Sin embargo, entendemos también que cada país debe crear e implementar  leyes en acorde con leyes internacionales y acatándose a los acuerdos y convenciones a los que ha sido firmante.

Más aún, es la posición firme de DANR que todos los países, incluyendo a la República Dominicana, deben honrar sus obligaciones de respetar los derechos humanos, como acordado en convenciones internacionales.

Por lo tanto, DANR insta a la República Dominicana a re-considerar la decisión de su Tribunal Constitucional en acorde a convenciones y jurisprudencia internacional, incluyendo el derecho de todos los niños a tener un nombre, una nacionalidad y una identidad formalmente reconocida por el gobierno del país donde nacieron. Los niños tienen el derecho a pertenecer a un país, de acuerdo al Artículo 7 de la Convención sobre los Derechos del Nino, implementados por las Naciones Unidas y ratificados por  193 países, incluyendo la República Dominicana.

La DANR insta a la República Dominicana a reconsiderar la ejecución de la decisión su Tribunal Constitucional hasta que se haga una revisión más adecuada, debido a que parece estar en contradicción con las leyes internacionales, específicamente los Derechos del Niño.

Mientras tanto, DANR y el Concilio Nacional Dominico Americano insta a la República Dominicana a crear un proceso de reforma migratoria que establezca un proceso efectivo de ciudadanía dominicana y políticas efectivas para implementar sus leyes migratorias.

Statement on Decision by the Dominican Republic Constitutional Court on Denationalization

November 11, 2013 by  
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Washington, DC (Sunday, November 10, 2013).– The Dominican American National Roundtable is a membership organization with the mission of advocating on behalf of the socio-economic and civic advancement of Dominicans residing in the United States and territories, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In response to concerns from members of DANR and members of its national council, we stand before you today regarding ruling 0168-13 issued on September 23, 2013 by the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic.

Said ruling, which is final, was based on the case of Juliana Deguis Pierre who was born in the Dominican Republic in 1984 to parents who were born in the Republic of Haiti. The Court ruled that Juliana Deguis Pierre had been wrongly registered as a Dominican national at her birth in violation to the 1929 Dominican Constitution, which recognizes as a Dominican citizen anyone  who is born on Dominican soil, except children who were born in the country to  parents considered to be “in transit”.

The citizenship provisions of the 1929 Dominican Constitution conferred Dominican citizenship to children born in the country without regarding the immigration status of their parents.

The court decision considered a 2010 amendment to the Dominican Constitution enacted to deny previously granted Dominican citizenship to individuals born in the country to parents who were undocumented or were not legal residents in the Dominican Republic at the time when they gave birth to their children.

Until 2010, the Dominican Republic conferred citizenship to anyone born on its territory or jurisdiction; and specifically to anyone of at least one parent of Dominican blood, or whose mother and father were legal residents.

However, the new ruling encompasses applying the 2010 Constitution’s citizenship provision retroactively to 1929.  To execute its ruling, the Dominican Constitutional Court ordered a meticulous review of the civil registry dating back to 1929, and mandated that in one year, the Dominican Republic’s Electoral Board must draw up a list of people to be excluded from citizenship.

In sum, the ruling has resulted in apparently leaving stateless thousands of individuals who have previously been conferred Dominican citizenship; in addition, it has exacerbated a looming human rights crisis that has created concerning tension between both countries Haiti and the Dominican Republic and condemnation by many countries, organizations and leaders from around the world.

The Dominican American National Roundtable respects the sovereign independence of the Dominican Republic and its rights to decide conditions for granting nationality as it did with its September 23, 2013 Constitutional Court’s ruling.  We also consider that every country has the right to enforce its own laws, as the Dominican Republic does.

However, we also consider that every country is expected to enact and enforce its laws in accordance to international laws and abiding by conventions and agreements said country is signatory of and has agreed to honor.

Furthermore, DANR strongly believes that all countries, including the Dominican Republic, should honor their international human rights obligations as agreed to in international conventions.

Therefore, DANR urges Dominican Republic to reevaluate its Constitutional Court’s ruling pursuant to international jurisprudence and conventions, including the rights of all children to have a name, a nationality and an identity officially recognized by the government under which they were born. Children have the right to belong to a country as stipulated by Article 7 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child as enacted by the United Nations and ratified by 193 countries, including the Dominican Republic.

Since it appears that the Dominican Constitutional Court’s ruling is in contradiction with international laws, and specifically with the rights of the child, the DANR urges the Dominican Republic to re-consider the execution of said ruling until further review is conducted.

In the meantime, DANR urges the Dominican Republic to begin the process of enacting a comprehensive immigration reform immediately to establish an effective path to Dominican citizenship, a comprehensive national legalization plan, and a more effective policy to enforce its immigration law.

 

DANR Juramenta Nueva Presidente y Vice Presidente en USA

November 9, 2013 by  
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DANR Vice Presidente Alejandro Benjamin, Presidente Francesca Pena y Chairman Nestor Montilla

San Juan, Puerto Rico (Sabado 9 noviembre 2013). Con una concurrida participación y un salon del Hotel Condado Plaza abarrotado de quisqueyanos, locales y visitantes, la Mesa Redonda Nacional Dominico Americana (DANR) y el Concilio Nacional Dominico Americano juramentaron en la noche de este viernes, a su nueva Presidenta Presidente Francesca Pena y Vice Presidente Alejandro Benjamin.

La Presidente Pena, el Vice Presidente Benjamin se unen al Chairman Nestor Montilla, a la Vice Presidente Tesorera Claribel Martinez-Marmolejos, quien representa a Puerto Rico y las Islas Virgenes Americanas y a la Junta de Directores para dirigir la la Mesa Redonda, la unica organizacion nacional con sede en Washington, DC abogando por el desarrollo socio-economico y politico de mas de dos millones de dominicanos en USA.

Dominican National Leadership to Honor NYS Assemblyman Felix Ortiz

November 6, 2013 by  
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From left, Chairman Nestor Montilla, Dr. Maria Teresa Feliciano, NYS Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, Chairman of Somos El Futuro, and Claribel Martines Marmolejos, DANR PR Vice President Treasurer

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Washington, DC (November  7, 2013).- DANR and the National Dominican American Council (NADC) will honor Somos el Futuro Conference Chairman Felix Ortiz, New York State Assemblyman representing Democratic district 38 in Brooklyn, New York, with DANR highly regarded Guanin Award for his commitment to fairness and inclusion.
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The honoring will take place at the Swearing-in Ceremony of DANR New President Francesca Pena and Vice President Alejandro Benjamin, slated to take place at Somos El Futuro Conference on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 5pm at the Hilton Condado Plaza in San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States of America.
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Ms. Francesca Pena will become the 9th President of DANR and will share the helm of DANR and NDAC with Chairman Nestor Montilla and Vice President Alejandro Benjamin.
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“DANR and the National Dominican American Council are proud of our close and fruitful collaboration with Somos El Futuro Conference and its Chairman NYS Assemblyman Felix Ortiz,” said DANR and NDAC Chairman Nestor Montilla, Sr. “When leaders, organizations and people work together and collaborate in bona fide fashion, effecting positive change in our communities is possible and desirable. On behalf of DANR and NDAC Board of Directors, I would like to commend Chairman Ortiz for his true leadership and commitment to fairness and inclusion. Mi respeto a usted, Mr. Chairman.
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Biography of NYS Assemblyman Felix Ortiz
At a young age, Felix Ortiz was very concerned about the youth in his community. To address his concerns, he circulated a petition among parents and children, requesting that the Governor of Puerto Rico support the formation of a youth baseball league. His efforts were successful.
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Ortiz was invited to meet with Governor Luis A. Ferrer who authorized the donation of sporting equipment and helped to establish the town of La Playa de Salinas’ first Little League program.In 1980, Assemblyman Ortiz was the first member of his family to move from Puerto Rico to the United States.
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Although not yet fluent in English, he graduated from Boricua College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration three years later. He received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from New York University (NYU) in 1986. Upon completing his schooling, Mr. Ortiz joined the United States Army and served our country from 1986 until he was honorably discharged in 1988.
He was elected to the office of New York State Assembly in November 1994, defeating a one-term incumbent. Once elected, Assemblyman Ortiz went to work for people of all ages who were in need. During his first week in office he held a press conference to call attention to the unjust treatment of sweatshop workers and set out to address the numerous labor violations in the industry.
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As a result of his efforts on behalf of immigrants and other workers, the Speaker of the Assembly selected Assemblyman Ortiz to chair the Subcommittee on Sweatshops. As Chair, he continued the fight to hold the industry accountable for its horrendous labor violations and force it to comply with state and federal labor laws and worker safety conditions. With the help of the State Attorney General, Assemblyman Ortiz was able to recover back wages previously denied by the factory owners.
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To this day, Assemblyman Ortiz continues to monitor labor and wage practices and the safety conditions in the industry.In 2000, Assemblyman Ortiz achieved passage of the nation’s first law to ban the use of hand held cell phones while driving a motor vehicle. This law has saved the lives of hundreds of New Yorkers and has since been replicated by other states.
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Assemblyman Ortiz continues to respond to requests for help from families of accident victims and legislators in states that have not yet passed this law.In 2001, Assemblyman Ortiz was appointed to serve as Chair of the Assembly Task Force on Food Farm and Nutrition Policy. He worked to provide farmers with economic relief in 2002 by passing a law requiring schools to purchase locally grown produce.
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In October 2003, Assemblyman Ortiz was presented with the Anne B. Gennings Award from the New York State School Food Services Association in recognition of his efforts on behalf of local farmers and school children from farming communities across the state.That same year, Assemblyman Ortiz passed New York’s first Statewide Child Obesity Education Program law which ensures that nutritionally based education programs be a part of every classroom.
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In 2004, he passed a law to create five eating disorder centers across the state to help those who suffer from illnesses such as anorexia and bulimia.
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He continues the fight to pass laws mandating that fast food restaurants post the nutritional value of foods they serve to help consumers make more informed choices.Assemblyman Ortiz serves as President of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, Vice-President of COPA USA, Chair of the Labor and Workforce Committee of the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL), and Executive Committee Board Member of the Council of State Governments (CSG), Ex-Officio Board Member of the NALEO. Assemblyman Ortiz is a member of the Assembly Standing Committees of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse; Corporations, Authorities and Commissions; Corrections; Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry; Energy; Labor; and Banks and the Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force, and the Black & Puerto Rican Legislative CaucusHe is a 2002 Toll Fellow Graduate and in 2003 he was selected to be part of the Eleanor Roosevelt Fellowship Program.Assemblyman Ortiz continues to lead a distinguished career in public service.
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He is nationally and internationally recognized as an elected official who is not afraid to take on unpopular issues and forge solutions on behalf of the people he represents.
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His cutting edge legislation has made New York a leader in public health and safety issues and many of his bills are used as role models by other state legislative bodies.
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Ortiz is a recognized fighter for children, families and immigrants.After serving in the Assembly for two years, the New York Times said: ”.
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Mr. Ortiz is well regarded in the Assembly for both his hard work and talent at coalition building.
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In a city where Latino neighborhoods are often shortchanges by the quality of their representatives, Mr. Ortiz could grow into an important leader…”(The New York Times, September 5, 1996).
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Justice Department and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Jointly Select Juan Mattos Jr. to Oversee Reform of the Puerto Rico Police Department

October 30, 2013 by  
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NOTED & QUOTED:
U.S. Department of Justice

10/29/2013 | Press release

Department of Justice

Office of Public Affairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Justice Department and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Jointly Select Juan Mattos Jr. to Oversee Reform of the Puerto Rico Police Department

The Justice Department announced today that, jointly with the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, it is moving in the U.S. District Court for the appointment of Juan Mattos Jr. as Technical Compliance Advisor (TCA).  Mattos will be responsible for evaluating the implementation of a comprehensive settlement agreement to reform the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD).  He will begin his term as TCA pursuant to appointment by U.S. District Court Judge Gustavo A. Gelpí.

Under the agreement, the TCA will assist in determining whether the terms of the reform plan have been fully and in a timely manner.  The TCA’s assessment will include a thorough review of PRPD’s policies, training curricula, standard operating procedures, plans, protocols and other operational documents related to the agreement.  The TCA will also assess whether the implementation of the agreement results in constitutional policing, increased community trust and the professional treatment of individuals by PRPD officers. To this end, the TCA will engage community stakeholders including representatives of civic and community organizations, minority communities, lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and transsexual communities, student and labor groups, civil rights organizations, and women’s advocacy groups to ensure they have a voice in the reform process. The TCA will also assess and report on PRPD’s compliance, as well as provide technical assistance to promote constitutional policing. Once appointed, Mattos will assist PRPD officials with the development of action plans to modernize its administrative systems and professionalize its police force.

The parties jointly selected Mattos to serve as TCA given his extensive experience in law enforcement and his efforts in the successful implementation of a federal consent decree. Mattos is a career law enforcement officer with nearly 40 years of service in the New Jersey State Police (NJSP) and the United States Marshals Service. During his tenure with the NJSP, Mattos served as a state trooper, an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action officer, as Commandant of the NJSP Academy and as Commander of both the Division Staff and Intelligence Services Sections. Mattos also actively supervised the efforts of the NJSP to comply with a 1999 consent decree related to racial profiling. Under his leadership, the NJSP received national recognition for its patrol practices and procedures. Following his retirement from the NJSP, Mattos joined the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office where he oversaw the development of policies and procedures for the office’s Bias Crime Unit and established a community outreach initiative with minority community leaders and advocacy groups in Middlesex County. Currently, Mattos serves as the U.S. Marshal for the District of New Jersey, having been appointed to the position by President Obama in July 2011. Mattos intends to hire several other experienced law enforcement professionals to assist him in assessing compliance with the agreement.

“We are pleased to have worked collaboratively with the Commonwealth to select Mr. Mattos, who we believe is uniquely positioned to assess and report on the Puerto Rico Police Department’s reform efforts,” said Jocelyn Samuels, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. “We look forward to working with Mr. Mattos, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the community to ensure effective and constitutional policing throughout the commonwealth.”

A copy of the complaint, the final agreement and the September 2011 letter of findings can be found at www.justice.gov/crt. If individuals have information that is relevant to the case and PRPD, you may contact the Department of Justice at community.prpd@usdoj.govor at 877-871-9726.

 

Meeting of DANR Local Council in Perth Amboy

October 30, 2013 by  
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Archival photo. Meeting of the National Dominican American Council in Perth Amboy, NJ.
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Washington, DC.– The National Dominican American Council of Perth Amboy will hold a working meeting on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 7pm in the Mexican Association of Perth Amboy located at 333 Lawrie St, Perth Amboy NJ. 08861.
The meeting will be attended by Nestor Montilla, Sr., Chairman of NDAC and the Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR), the only non-partisan, non-profit membership organization based in Washington, DC advocating for the causes and socio-economic and civic advancement of Dominicans residing in the United States and territories, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
“On behalf of our Board of Directors I would like to invite Perth Amboy residents to join our national movement by becoming active members of DANR and the National Dominican American Council,” said Chairman Montilla.  ”Your membership and active participation help us advocate on behalf of Dominican Americans in areas concerning, education, economic development, health, immigration and community empowerment.”"We must organize, stand together, strategize and fight for our rights and socio-economic and political advancement.”
Founding members of the NDAC Perth Amboy Council, founded in December 2011, included Demetrio Almonte, Samuel Lebreault, Bernabe Francisco, Isabel Francisco, Milady Tejada, Artimedes Restituyo, Frank Salado, Victor Collado, Fausto Diaz y Victor Coronado.
For more information, contact NDAC via nationalcouncil@danr.org or Dr. Aritmedes Restituyo, NDAC representative in Perth Amboy (resti1@aol.com).  To RSVP click here.

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Background articles of about NDAC in Perh Amboy Se Funda Concilio Dominico Americano Local de Perth Amboy en New Jersey – See more at: http://danr.org/tag/se-funda-concilio-dominico-americano-local-de-perth-amboy-en-new-jersey/

 

About The Dominican American National Roundtable   

 

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. 1.6 million plus Dominicans the full exercise of the rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution of the United States of America.  www.danr.org -info@danr.org - 202-238-0097

 

About National Dominican American Council

 

The National Dominican American Council (NDAC) is a civic-community-engagement and public relations organ of local councils 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 USA diverse communities in areas concerning, education, economic development, health, immigration and community empowerment. national council@danr.org. 1888-240-1494

“Sold Out” DANR-NDAC Swearing-in Ceremony

October 27, 2013 by  
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Swearing-in Ceremony of

New DANR President & Vice President

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Washington, DC (October 31, 2013).– The Swearing-in Ceremony of DANR New President Francesca Pena and Vice President Alejandro Benjamin, slated to take place at Somos El Futuro Conference on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 5pm at the Hilton Condado Plaza in San Juan, Puerto Rico, quickly sold out.

The reception is made possible thanks to the collaboration with Somos El Futuro Conference, NYS Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, Union de Trabajadores de Puerto Rico/SEIU 1199, and the National Dominican American Council of Puerto Rico led by the Honorable Claribel Martinez Marmolejos, DANR Treasurer and Vice President representing Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The official ceremony will be presided over by DANR/NDAC Chairman Nestor Montilla, Sr., who is currently Director of Corporate and Community Development at Lehman College of The City University of New York.

“DANR and the National Dominican American Council are proud of our close and fruitful collaboration with Somos El Futuro Conference and its Chairman NYS Assemblyman Felix Ortiz,” said Chairman Montilla. “When leaders, organizations and people work together and collaborate in bona fide fashion, effecting positive change in our communities is possible and desirable. On behalf of DANR and NDAC Board of Directors, I would like to commend Chairman Ortiz for his true leadership and commitment to fairness and inclusion. Mi respeto a usted, Mr. Chairman.”

More: www.danr.org

 

 About The Dominican American National Roundtable   

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. 1.6 million plus Dominicans the full exercise of the rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution of the United States of America.  www.danr.org -info@danr.org - 202-238-0097

About National Dominican American Council

The National Dominican American Council (NDAC) is a civic-community-engagement and public relations organ of local councils 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 USA diverse communities in areas concerning, education, economic development, health, immigration and community empowerment. national council@danr.org. 1888-240-1494

  MORE: www.danr.org

NOTED & QUOTED: LLANJ Packed House to Celebrate Latino Heritage

October 15, 2013 by  
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“Our Most Successful Gala Ever”

Martin Perez, Esq., LLANJ President

The Honorable Chris Christie, Martin Perez, Esq., LLANJ President, and Nestor Montilla, Sr., Chairman of the Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR) and the National Dominican American Council (NDAC).

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New Brunswick, NJ. (October 14, 2013) – On the perfect evening of Saturday, October 12, 2013, at the New Brunswick Hyatt Regency Hotel, the most prominent New Jersey Latino leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties gathered in unity with LLANJ President Martin Perez, delegates of the Latino Leadership Alliance, and over 350 guests to hear the Honorable Chris Christie exalting Latino heritage and contributions, and highlighting important issues of concern to the state’s diverse Hispanic communities.

“Welcome to our most successful gala ever celebrating Latino Heritage…when I come to a place like this, I always come with a good friend, a powerful friend,” said President Perez as he welcomed Governor Christie to the podium, drawing cheers and laughter from the audience.

After greeting the audience, Governor Christie recounted how much he values the friendship with Martin and the Alliance that was forged over time by working together on issues of mutual agreement.

The Governor went on to discuss several issues, notably his commitment to continuing the struggle to ensure that all children have access to high quality schools, and increasing diversity in the ranks of key government positions.

The celebration, emceed by Nestor Montilla, Chairman of the Dominican American National Roundtable, included a cocktail reception featuring The Latin Soul Trio, vocalist Rhonda Reid, a cultural dance  performance by Cimarrones, with dancing and entertainment by Orquesta Rumba Con Son capping off the evening.

In addition to the Governor’s keynote, there was a call to action and recognition of Korean War Veteran, Elvin Machado and his unit of the Army’s 65th Infantry Regiment, known as “The Borinqueneers”.

LLANJ President Martin Perez, welcomed many guests, including Senators Joseph Vitale, Tom Kean, Teresa Ruiz and Sam Thompson, former Congressman Dick Zimmer, Chairman of various County political organizations and the Mayors of East Brunswick, Vineland and Perth Amboy.

To learn more, LLANJ released a video showcasing highlights of remarks made by both President Perez and Christie via www.llanj.org.

The event was made possible thanks to the members of the 2013 Gala Honorary Leadership Committee and LLANJ 2013 Board of Delegates, including:

Hon. Dick Zimmer

Hon. Teresa Ruiz

Hon. Joseph Vitale

Hon. Sam Thompson

Hon. Tom Kean, Jr.

Hon. Brian Stack

Hon. Angel Fuentes

Hon. Wilda Diaz

Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago (Founder, LEAP Academy Charter School Director, Center for Strategic Urban Community Leadership, Rutgers University

Dr. Maria J. Canino Arroyo (Professor Emerita, Rutgers University)

Jaime Lucero, President, Casa Puebla de New York

Gualberto “Gil” Medina (Executive Vice President, CBRE Group)

Isabel Nazario, Associate Vice President, Academic and Public Partnerships, Rutgers University

Bill Pallatucci, Esq., Special Counsel, Gibbons P.C.

Jonathan R. Pearson, Director, Corporate Philanthropy and Community Affairs, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Dr. Clement Price, Director of the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience. Rutger University

LLANJ Board of Delegates 2013

Martin Perez, Esq., President

Luis Vargas, Vice President

Dr. Maria Teresa Feliciano, Vice President

Julio Morejon, Esq., Secretary

Alberto Anton, Fundraising Committee

Nelson Baez , Chair, Cultural Committee

Oscar Barbosa, Esq., Co-Chair, Leadership Development Committee

Patricia Bombelyn, Esq., Co-Chair, Education Committee

Hector Bonilla, Education Committee

Nelson Carrasquillo, Executive Director, Farm Workers Support Committee (C.A.T.A.)

Heidi Castrillon, Co-Chair, Economic Development Committee

Miguel Cartagena, President, Latino Peace Officers Association

Elisa Charters, Chair, Appointments Committee

Noel Christmas, President, Utility Workers Union of America- Local 601

Alejandro Jaramillo, Chairman, Justice Alliance Network

Angel Cordero, Education Committee

Jorge Cruz, Chair, Ethics / Bylaws Committee
Antonio Hernandez, President, National Coalition of Latino Officers

Rev. Jose Lopez, Chair, NJ Center for Empowerment and Community Development

Jose Martinez, Chair, Membership Committee

Nestor Montilla, Sr., Chair, Dominican American National Roundtable, National Dominican American Council (NDAC) & Chair of LLANJ Media & Public Relations

Jose Morales, Co-Chair, Leadership Development Committee

Isabel Nazario, Associate Vice President, Rutgers University

Reyes Ortega, President, Perth Amboy Merchants Association

Dr. Aritmedes Restituyo, President, Dominican American Communitarian Association

Richie Rivera, Chair, Civil Rights Protection Project

Ken Seda, President, Puerto Rican Civic Association

Jaime Lucero, President, Casa Puebla de New York

LLANJ is proud to be supported by numerous generous sponsors and supporters; these include at the Silver level, Wells Fargo and Casa Puebla; at the Titanium level, The Ginarte Law Firm; and at the Iridium level, 360 Staffing, Amerijet, Horizon, Supremo Food Market, Pillar College, Verizon, PNC Bank, and CBRE.

All event proceeds are dedicated to the the Latino Leadership Alliance Foundation (LLAF).

www.llanj.org

About LLANJ
The Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey is the only statewide non-partisan non-profit organization composed of local, regional and state organizations, Latino leaders and professionals advocating for the socio economic and political development of Latino diverse communities. Visit www.llanj.org or write to info@llanj.org or call (732) 249-0400.

 

Swearing-in Ceremony of New President & Vice President

October 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Advocacy, Featured, Press Releases

Francesca Peña
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To RSVP and Register online, click here

To RSVP and Register with a Donation to DANR, click here.

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Washington, DC.– On Friday, November 8, 2013 at 5pm at the Hilton Condado Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR) will host a swearing-in ceremony of its 9th President, Francesca Peña, and its new Vice President, Alejandro Benjamin, two distinguished and well-known Dominican American leaders who have dedicated their entire lives to advocacy and community empowerment.

The ceremony is made possible thanks to the partnership of Somos el Futuro Conference, New York State Assemblyman Felix Ortix, Chair of the NYS Assembly/Senate Puerto Rican & Hispanic Task Force, Union General de Trabajadores de Puerto Rico/SEIU 1199, and the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey (LLANJ) (www.llanj.org).

The event will be presided over by Nestor Montilla, Sr., Chairman of DANR and the National Dominican American Council (NDAC), the only and largest Washington, DC based national advocacy grassroots entities advocating for the socio-economic and political advancement of over 2 million Dominicans in the United States and territories, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“Due to space limitations, DANR and the National Dominican American Council recommend those planning to attend the ceremony to RSVP by October 31st ,” indicated the Honorable Claribel Matinez-Marmolejos, DANR National Vice President and Treasurer. “Puerto Rico Es Mi Casa, and I would like to welcome all of those planning to attend, and to also let them know that, ‘Mi Casa, Es Su Casa…Bienvenidos todos‘”.

To RSVP, please send an e-mail to nationalcouncil@danr.org on or before October 31st.

To RSVP and register online, please click here 

To RSVP with a donation to DANR, please click here.

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About Francesca Peña (Abbreviated biography)

Francesca Peña has served as Vice President of the Dominican American National Roundtable along the past 5 years.

She is a founding member of the National Dominican American Council (NDAC), and currently she is the Academic Director /Administrator of Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena (UNPHU) New York Campus, one of the most prestigious private university systems in the Dominican Republic, founded in 1966.

At present, Peña is President of Corporación General de Administración de Recursos, LLC.

Previously she was President of ADASA, the Association of Dominican American Supervisors and Administrators of New York City Board of Education.

Her academic credentials include a Master Degree in Mathematics and Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from The City College of The City University of New York (CUNY), and a Master Degree in Administration and School Supervision from Baruch College.

She served as math teacher at the Washington Irving school in Manhattan.

Previous positions include serving as School Superintendent for District 6 in New York City. She was the first Dominican American ever appointed to such position in the United States of America.

She made history again, when appointed High School Superintendent in the Borough of Manhattan. Her main duty was to oversee over 100 high schools.

Subsequently she was appointed Queens New York High Schools Superintendent.

About Alejandro Benjamin, MSW

Professor and Reverend Alejandro Benjamin is currently a Professor of Sociology at Bergen Community College. 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, community organizing and faith-based institutions.

About SOMOS el Futuro

Somos el Futuro is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. 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. For more information visit:  http://somosnewyork.org

About LLANJ
The Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey is the only statewide non-partisan non-profit organization composed of local, regional and state organizations, Latino leaders and professionals advocating for the socio economic and political development of Latino diverse communities. Visit www.llanj.org or write to info@llanj.org or call (732) 249-0400.
About UGT
La UGT tiene como objetivo elevar al más alto nivel el espíritu de lucha, cooperación, compañerismo y solidaridad entre todos los trabajadores.

 Es también un objetivo fundamental de nuestra Unión el promover, fomentar y garantizar la verdadera democracia sindical, asegurando la mayor participación de los trabajadores en la toma de decisiones.

 Organizar a los trabajadores no organizados es una de nuestras más deseables metas y objetivos hacia el continuo desarrollo y fortalecimiento de nuestra Unión.

 

Por último, pero no menos importante, contribuir al adelanto y fortalecimiento de la unidad sindical de todos los trabajadores de Puerto Rico, luchar el pleno desarrollo social, económico y político y dar solidaridad y apoyo a los otros compañeros trabajadores en otros países del mundo.  http://www.ugtpr.org/sobre_ugt/metas.htm

 

About The Dominican American National Roundtable   

 

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. 1.6 million plus Dominicans the full exercise of the rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution of the United States of America.  www.danr.org -info@danr.org - 202-238-0097

 

About National Dominican American Council

 

The National Dominican American Council (NDAC) is a civic-community-engagement and public relations organ of local councils 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 USA diverse communities in areas concerning, education, economic development, health, immigration and community empowerment. national council@danr.org. 1888-240-1494

  MORE: www.danr.org

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