J5122

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to declare March 11, 2018, to April 12, 2018, as Garifuna-American Heritage Month in the Stat...

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J5122



Senate Resolution No. 5122

BY: Senator SEPULVEDA

MEMORIALIZING Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to declare
March 11, 2018, to April 12, 2018, as
Garifuna-American Heritage Month in the State of New
York

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and
pay just tribute to the cultural heritage of the ethnic groups which
comprise and contribute to the richness and diversity of the community
of the State of New York; and

WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in keeping with its
time-honored traditions, it is the intent of this Legislative Body to
applaud and commemorate events which foster ethnic pride and exemplify
the cultural diversity that represents and strengthens the spirit of the
people and the State of New York; and

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to memorialize
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to declare March 11, 2018, to April 12, 2018,
as Garifuna-American Heritage Month in the State of New York; and

WHEREAS, Garifuna-American Heritage Month celebrates the great
contributions of Garifuna-Americans to the fabric of New York City, and
pays tribute to the common culture and bonds of friendship that united
the United States and the Garifuna countries of Belize, Guatemala,
Honduras, Nicaragua; and St. Vincent and the Grenadines; and

WHEREAS, Garifuna-American Heritage Month affirms the culture,
identity and self-esteem of a people; it celebrates a rich heritage and
illuminates Garifuna history and tradition, as well as the spirit of an
indomitable people; and

WHEREAS, In 1665, two Spanish ships wrecked off the coast of St.
Vincent; and

WHEREAS, The West African slaves that escaped to the island
eventually intermarried with the Caribs and the Arawaks indigenous
native people; and

WHEREAS, The new race of people, known as the Garifuna, grew strong
and prosperous on the island; and

WHEREAS, In 1795, the Garifuna began the Second Carib War against
the British; battles raged throughout St. Vincent over the next year
with both sides enduring heavy losses; and

WHEREAS, On June 10, 1796, the final battle commenced with the
Garifuna and British, resulting in the Garifuna's surrender; and

WHEREAS, The surviving Black Caribs were forcibly transferred to the
neighboring island of Balliceaux; and

WHEREAS, On March 11, 1797, the defeated Garifuna were loaded onto a
convoy of eight vessels and transported to Roatan, Honduras, which
arrived on April 12th of that year; and

WHEREAS, This year we commemorate the 221st Anniversary of the
Forcible Deportation of the Garifuna People by the British from St
Vincent and the Grenadines and their settlement in Central America; and

WHEREAS, The Garifuna began to migrate to the United States during
the 1930s; today, New York City is home to the largest Garifuna
community outside of Central America; and

WHEREAS, Garifuna-American Heritage Month provides an opportunity to
recognize the significance of their contributions to the quality and
character of life, and, through many events and activities throughout
the month, for all people to gain a greater appreciation of Garifuna
history and traditions, and of the role Garifuna-Americans have played,
and will continue to play, in our society; and

WHEREAS, Today, New Yorkers of Garifuna heritage such as Sara Nunez
Mejia, Rosemary Ordonez-Jenkins, Sulma Arzu-Brown, Aquina Valentin
Mirtha Colon, James Lovell, Rosita Alvarez, Paula Castillo,Brenda Lee
Arauz Martinez, Marcia Gomez, Evelyn Arauz Chamorro and Jose Francisco
Avila, continue to recognize and honor the legacy of their ancestors;
now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to declare March 11, 2018, to April
12, 2018, as Garifuna-American Heritage Month in the State of New York;
and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of
New York.

actions

  • 09 / May / 2018
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 15 / May / 2018
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 15 / May / 2018
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

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