On Saturday June 10th , Dominicanos USA along with Citizenship Works and the Carnegie Corporation hosted its Citizenship Assistance Workshop at our Bronx headquarters. The response from the community was wonderful and the stories behind each participant were special. Our DUSA team, partners, and group of volunteers dedicated the day to assisting residents on their citizenship application. It’s always great to see the progress being made in the Dominican and overall Latino community and we’re looking forward to our next event next month.
On Monday, May 23 rd 2017, Dominicanos USA (DUSA) collaborated with AJC (American Jewish Committee) to host a summit that featured DUSA, the Consul General of the Dominican Republic, the Consul General of Mexico, and the Consul of Israel in hopes of developing meaningful connections with their heritage and country of origin. The summit was aimed to connect with organizations that can strengthen bilateral relations between the United States and Dominican Republic among other nations. DUSA took the initiative to bring together representatives from the different organizations and people like Congressman Adriano Espaillat, the first Dominican descended person to be elected to U.S. Congress, among some prominent leaders. We believe making connections with organizations like the American Jewish Committee can benefit from several initiatives that Dominicanos USA can model. The four groups that participated in the summit, Dominican, Israel, Jewish, and Mexican, are examples of immigrant groups in the United States that are growing rapidly. Thus, the collaboration of these four groups for this event is monumental in bridging bonds not only within our Dominican community but also with other groups who share similar plights. This can lead to more global trade, more capital opportunities, and future projects between these groups.
Dominicanos USA advocates for the socio-economic and civic development of people of Dominican descent. One of our goals is also empower our participants to become advocates in advancing U.S. – Dominican relations and this is possible through a series of political empowerment workshops. This summit was vital to continuing the conversation with government officials, media figures, and other influential thinkers who have aligning interests in bettering the Dominican community at the global level. The summit marks the first-step forward in building bridges of cooperation between Dominicans, Dominican-Descended people, and non– Dominicans interested in the well-being of the Dominican community at large.
The May 23 rd summit was highlighted by the president of Dominicanos USA Manuel Matos and was joined by moderator Dina Siegel Vann (Director, Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs), Dani Dayan (Consul General of Israel), Diego Gomez Pickering (Consulate General of Mexico in New York), and Carlos A. Castillo (Consulate General of Dominican Republic in New York). The honorary keynote address was presented by Dominican New York Congressman Adriano Espaillat. The event highlights the potential bonds Dominicans can utilize which can further the agendas or needs of the Dominican community and overall Latino/a diaspora. Therefore, a lot can be learned from communicating with different cultures to help identify the best practices for building stronger ties between individuals and their country of birth.
On Friday, March 31, 2017, the Office of the Dean for Community Relations at Hostos Community College (CUNY) will host a reception and program that will honor individuals who have contributed to research findings or projects associated with the 1938 Jewish migration to Sosúa, Dominican Republic. Honorees include DUSA Board Member Dr. Ramona Hernández, Dominican Consul Carlos Castillo, and Congressman Adriano Espaillat. The event is sponsored by the Dominican Studies Association, Dominicanos USA, American Jewish Committee (AJC), and the City University of New York. Please RSVP by phone at (718) 664-2752 or email at [email protected]. More information about the event can be found in the flyer below:
Special Guest Edgar “Shoboy” Sotelo, host of the Shoboy Show on 92.3 AMP radio attended a pep rally in the afternoon and gave the students an inspirational talk about the power of hard work and determination. He shared his “chancleta story” with the students which highlighted for them the importance of always projecting a positive image on behalf of yourself and your family.
SVRD is a local initiative that launched March 20, 2015 to raise awareness about the importance of student voter registration. This initiative came to fruition through a joint collaboration between NYC Votes, New York City Council Member Helen Rosenthal, and members of the New Yok City Council. This city-wide initiative has led to over 10,000 high school students registering to vote. In the coming years, DUSA intends to remain a part of SVRD for years to come so that we can continue to provide this message of civic engagement to our youth.
View some of the pictures from our day of raising civic awareness below:
DUSA Joins Brooklyn Borough President’s Office to Host Massive Citizenship Workshop on Saturday, March 25, 2017
Dominicanos USA (DUSA) will hold its monthly DUSA Citizenship Workshop this upcoming Saturday, March 25, 2017 beginning at 9:00 a.m. The citizenship drive will take place in the office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.
This free citizenship workshop will take place at the following address:
Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
National Executive Director Eddie Cuesta is quoted in an official press release put out by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.
“Dominicanos USA urges all eligible and legal permanent residents with no minor offense to take the initial step of becoming a naturalized citizen. United States citizens are afforded opportunities not available to residents, as citizenship improves one’s quality of life. A citizen can exercise their right to vote, has easier travel and re-entry into the United States, can apply for federal jobs and scholarships only open tocitizens, and also has access to a multitude of other benefits.”
Mr. Cuesta’s quote can be found in several media outlets including the following newspapers and online mediums:
The Post Eagle (English)
Diario Digital (Espanol)