Information Meeting About Obtaining New Municipal New York City Identification Cards For Immigrants To Take Place on SATURDAY February 21st 2015 in the Bronx

 

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Bronx, New York — Representatives of various New York City elected officials as well as government officials will be available to answer questions about getting recently announced New York City Municipal Identification Cards for immigrants.

Information meeting about getting new IDNYC Cards to Take Place SATURDAY, February 21st 2015 in the Bronx.

Information meeting about getting new IDNYC Cards to Take Place SATURDAY, February 21st 2015 in the Bronx.

Representatives will be available to answer any questions about these New Municipal New York City Identification Cards  on SATURDAY, February 21st 2015 from 11am to 4pm at Garifuna non-profit organization, Casa Yurumein (a.k.a. “Hondurans Against AIDS Inc”) in the Bronx.

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Those interested in obtaining these Identification Cards should know that these Identification Cards are FREE and that your Migrant Status does NOT affect your ability to get one of these Identification Cards.

Information meeting about getting new IDNYC Cards to Take Place SATURDAY, February 21st 2015 in the Bronx.

Information meeting about getting new IDNYC Cards to Take Place SATURDAY, February 21st 2015 in the Bronx.

These new identification cards are intended to be used by undocumented immigrants to this country, as well as homeless people as well as anyone else who tries to access city services and institutions without government-issued identification. 1

This new identification card will give users the ability to qualify for prescription drugs, gain access to city-owned buildings and FREE memberships to zoos and museums.  Users can also use these identification cards (known as IDNYC cards) as library cards across New York City’s three public library systems and can use them to open accounts at several banks and credit unions.  2

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New York City residents 14 and older will be able to use these IDNYC cards.  Enrollment currently is FREE but fees may be charged in the future.  Those applying for these IDNYC cards will need to prove their identity and prove that they are residents of New York City.  Items like Birth certificates, passports, driver’s licenses, etc can be used to do this.  3

Casa Yurumein (a.k.a. “Hondurans Against AIDS Inc”)


874 Prospect Avenue (bet Westchester and E. 161st St)

Second Floor

Bronx, NY 10459

(718) 991-2233

TRAIN: Prospect Avenue Stop on the 2 / 5 Subway Line

BUS: BX 17 Bus

Casa Yurumein is the location of Hondurans Against AIDS Inc, a Garifuna non-profit organization based in the Bronx.  It offers social services to the Black Central American (Garifuna and Non-Garifuna) and Central American population in the Bronx. Informally known as Casa Yurumein  (“Yurumein House” in Spanish, Yurumein is the Garifuna word for St. Vincent; the ancestral homeland of the Garifuna People), it was housed in a former convent owned by St. Augustine Church in the Bronx since June of 2009.  In the fall of 2012 it moved to it’s new location on Prospect Avenue in the Bronx.

ABOUT The Garifuna People

The Garifuna people are people of African descent (in other words, Black people) whose ancestry can be traced to Africans mixing with Carib Indians and Arawak Indians on the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent. From this fusion of race and ethnicities in St. Vincent Island, a distinct culture and language arose.  They are noted for being one of the few (only?) peoples of African descent (again, in other words, Black people) in the Americas to have maintained aspects of their ancestral culture and full use of their ancestral language for everyday use over the course of hundreds of years.

After being defeated in war with the British on St. Vincent in 1796; 1004 men,  1779 women and 1,555 children for a total of 4,338 people (mostly Black Caribs, as the Garifuna people were then known) were captured and taken to Baliceaux, a small island, a rock, basically, off the coast of St. Vincent.  This took place from July 1796 through February/March 1797.  About 2,000 Garifunas died of a mysterious and very infectious fever while living on Baliceaux awaiting their fate.  4

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In early March 1797, the remaining Garifunas were loaded onto the HMS Experiment and other ships.  Once they were rounded up, the convoy were taken to a Bequia, which is another island off the coast of St. Vincent. They proceeded to go to Grenada to get water, then Jamaica for refueling, then finally Roatan, Honduras, arriving on April 12th 1797.

Finding much of Roatan unliveable, the Garifuna people petitioned officials representing Spain and it’s government (which controlled much of Central America at the time) to be allowed to move to the Honduran mainland.  Upon being allowed to move to the Honduran mainland, namely the port town of Trujillo, Honduras in May 1797; the Garifunas settled many towns and villages along the Caribbean coast of Honduras.  They also migrated to the neighboring countries of Guatemala, Belize (then known as British Honduras) and Nicaragua over the years.  Finally, Garifuna People have also migrated to the United States of America where generations have settled in cities like New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.

If you find the BEING GARIFUNA Website helpful and useful, please DONATE.  Every dollar donated helps keep this website in operation.

 

Information meeting about getting new IDNYC Cards to Take Place SATURDAY, February 21st 2015 in the Bronx.

Information meeting about getting new IDNYC Cards to Take Place SATURDAY, February 21st 2015 in the Bronx.

Notes:

  1. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/12/nyregion/new-york-city-to-formally-start-its-municipal-id-card-program.html?_r=0
  2. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/12/nyregion/new-york-city-to-formally-start-its-municipal-id-card-program.html?_r=0
  3. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/12/nyregion/new-york-city-to-formally-start-its-municipal-id-card-program.html?_r=0
  4. Nancie L Gonzalez, “Sojourners of The Caribbean: Ethnogenesis and Ethnohistory of the Garifuna” pgs 21-23

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