Bronx PRESS CONFERENCE Demanding ACTION for Central American Children and Their Families Involved In United States and Mexico Border Crisis on FRIDAY September 5th 2014 in the Bronx

 

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Bronx, New York — Mirtha Colon, Executive Director of Garifuna Non-Profit Organization, Hondurans Against AIDS Inc (a.k.a. “Casa Yurumein”) is scheduled to host a Bronx Press Conference Demanding Action on Behalf of Central American Children and Their Families involved in the current United States / Mexico Border Crisis. 

Garifuna Child and Adult in Mexico attempting to enter the United States.  Photo by Encarni Pindado for Fusion.net

Garifuna Child and Adult in Mexico attempting to enter the United States. Photo by Encarni Pindado for Fusion.net

Since October of 2013, Approximately 50,000 Central Americans, (many are children  unaccompanied by parents or family members) from the countries of Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico have been attempting to seek refuge or asylum in the United States by entering the U.S. through the U.S. / Mexico Border.

Many of these Central Americans (again, most of these Central Americans are children) are being caught trying to enter the United States and as a result are being sent back to their respective countries.

Bronx Press Conference Demanding Action on Behalf of Central American Children and Their Families involved in the current United States / Mexico Border Crisis.  It Will Take Place on FRIDAY, September 5th 2014.

Bronx Press Conference Demanding Action on Behalf of Central American Children and Their Families involved in the current United States / Mexico Border Crisis. It Will Take Place on FRIDAY, September 5th 2014.

Organizers are demanding:

  • Let’s stand with migrant children’s well-being and their families in and out of the border.
  • Let’s show our absolute commitment to welcome, embrace and shelter migrant families.
  • Let’s ask members of Congress and the Obama Administration to find a compassionate and humane party solution.  HALT DEPORTATIONS NOW!!!

This Press Conference is scheduled to take place on:

DATE:  FRIDAY, Setember 5th 2014.

TIME: 3pm

LOCATION: Bronx Civil Courthouse Steps (851 Grand Concourse) — Near Yankee Stadium.

For More Information, contact:

MIRTHA COLON[email protected]   (718) 213-5439.

YANIRA ARIAS[email protected]   (917) 575-1124.

This Press Conference is being ORGANIZED by:

Hondurans Against AIDS Inc

National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC)

Patronado Sambo Creek

Organizacion de Damas Limonedas

ASUNCOR

Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York

Organizacion Fraternal Negra Hondurena

Centro America TV

Comunidad Garifuna de Guatemala (COMGARIGUA)

Organizacion de Mujeres de Guatemala

Patronado de Bajamar

Hamalali Wayunagu Garifuna Dance Company

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ENDORSING ORGANIZATIONS

Salvadoran American National Network (SANN)

Latino Commission on AIDS

Movimiento de Inmigrantes Guatemaltecos en Los Estados Unidos (MIGUA)

Centro Hispano Cuzcation

Casa Mary Johanna

OCDEMA

 

Bronx Press Conference Demanding Action on Behalf of Central American Children and Their Families involved in the current United States / Mexico Border Crisis.  It Will Take Place on FRIDAY, September 5th 2014.

Bronx Press Conference Demanding Action on Behalf of Central American Children and Their Families involved in the current United States / Mexico Border Crisis. It Will Take Place on FRIDAY, September 5th 2014.

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.   1

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, the Garifunas settled many towns and villages along the Caribean coast of Honduras.  They also migrated to the neighboring countries of Guatemala, Belize (then known as British Honduras) and Nicaragua over the years.

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Notes:

  1. Nancie L. Gonzalez, “Sojourners of the Caribbean: Ethnogenesis and Ethnohistory of the Garifuna” pg. 21

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