SYEP Discusses How DUSA Opened Her Eyes to Diversity of Latino Culture

SYEP Discusses How DUSA Opened Her Eyes to Diversity of Latino Culture

“Only once I moved to New York had I experienced the privilege of knowing another language. I learned that there are so many countries, cultures, and traditions that make up Latin America. I appreciate DUSA staff because they are patient with me.”

I was extremely nervous when I walked up to the Dominicanos USA table at Catholic Charities. I didn’t know anything about the job. But the most important thing was to be employed. I wanted to get a taste of adulthood. I was excited to register people to vote and surprised to learn how easy filling out the form was. But the hardest thing was to get clients. I never realized how difficult it is to make people care about an integral part of society. Sometimes they just don’t know certain information. Citizens who have lived in America for decades don’t know what state primaries are. I don’t remember many clients only how hard I worked to get them.

One of my biggest challenges is being monolingual. I moved from Georgia to New York the summer before freshman year. Most of the kids in my old school were black or white. There were about 10 Latinos that I knew. I knew learning Spanish would be a good skill to have but didn’t think it would be necessary. One summer I read a book about a girl whose parents were undocumented. The book opened my eyes to the fact that not all Latinos are Mexican. I was ignorant because we only learned about America, the Middle East, and Europe in Social Studies. Only once I moved to New York had I experienced the privilege of knowing another language. I learned that there are so many countries, cultures, and traditions that make up Latin America. I appreciate DUSA staff because they are patient with me. Especially Darleny, Rocio, and Austine. Everyday I come home from work, I’m very exhausted but I still love my job. I love contributing to social change, helping people, and earning money.

***This is a guest post by one of Summer 2018’s Young Voices, Joyce Allen Marks. Interested in donating to Dominicanos USA? Click here!

Interview with Dominican-American Entrepreneur Mariano Diaz

Interview with Dominican-American Entrepreneur Mariano Diaz

Interview with Dominican-American Entrepreneur Mariano Diaz

Written by Dinahlee Pena

May 24, 2018

 

“Reinvent yourself” – Mariano Diaz

On May 18th, 2018, DUSA held its 3rd Annual Interchange with UNIBE, one of the most prestigious universities in the Dominican Republic. Entrepreneur Mariano Diaz was invited as a special guest speaker for this event. During his visit, he was kind enough to sit down with me for an interview. We discussed the many stories and experiences that made him the successful man he is today, ranging from his study abroad experience in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and study of Romance languages, to his role as founder and former president of the National Supermarket Association.

Mariano Diaz emigrated from the Dominican Republic at just twenty years old. He settled in New York City where he then went on to major in Romance Languages at CUNY. When asked how his language studies impacted his career, he stated that “it made him more analytical.” He asserted that his studies in Latin, for example, helped him become more detailed in his work. After graduating college, Mariano Diaz decided to go into the food industry, subsequently becoming founder of the National Supermarket Association. When asked what piece of advice he’d give his younger self, he said, “to listen more and be more patient.”

In all, it was an honor to have Mariano Diaz visit the DUSA office. He is just one example of the many creative minds and innovators that, from humble beginnings, have flourished in our great community. The Dominican-American community in the United States is one that is constantly growing and evolving. I am sure this is only the beginning for many of our leaders.

By: Dinahlee Pena

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Dusa busca empoderar a los dominicanos en Estados Unidos

Dusa busca empoderar a los dominicanos en Estados Unidos

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Dominicanos USA (Dusa) se define como una organización sin fines de lucro que busca crear “un puente institucional” que contribuya a mantener la conexión cultural y económica entre los domínicos estadounidenses y su patria de origen, afirma el presidente de su Junta Directiva, Manuel (Manny) Matos.

“En Estados Unidos se encuentran casi dos millones de dominicanos, 1.9 millones, con la más alta concentración en Nueva York, con una presencia destacada en Rhode Island, New Jersey, La Florida y algunas áreas de Texas”, pondera.

Explica que Dusa, nacida legalmente en 2014 como una organización no gubernamental registrada bajo el marco jurídico de Estados Unidos, se dedica desde 2015 a empoderar a los dominicanos para que se puedan registrar como votantes o tramitar su ciudadanía para acceder a mayores derechos.

Desde el punto de vista de Matos, con la llegada de Donald Trump a la Casa Blanca y la postura del mandatario ante los inmigrantes, muchos residentes en Estados Unidos entendieron la necesidad de convertirse en ciudadanos.

“El clima político ha motivado, definitivamente, a muchas personas elegibles para votar a convertirse en residentes, son personas que han cumplido con el requisito de cinco años residiendo de manera permanente”, dice. “Ayudamos a difundir la información sobre los requisitos para la naturalización”.

También cita entre las razones que motivan a los residentes a convertirse en ciudadanos, el hecho de que “muchos dominicanos han llegado a puestos muy altos en el Gobierno federal”. Entre los funcionarios electos y designados de origen dominicano, Dusa cita al congresista Adriano Espaillat y los senadores estatales José Peralta, Ana Quezada, Grace Díaz, Ramón Pérez y Marisol Alcántara. También a los concejales Julissa Ferreras, Antonio Reynoso, Fernando Cabrera, Ydanis Rodríguez, Jelmin Caba, Carmen Castillo, Sabina Matos, Franklin Solano, Kedrys Vásquez, Nilka álvarez Rodríguez, Jeovanny Rodríguez, Modesto Maldonado y Estela Reyes.

Otros funcionarios de origen dominicano son Diana Reyna, Emily Domínguez, Carmen de La Rosa, Aldrin Bonilla, Flavio Rivera, Luis Felipe Fernández, Héctor Lora, Dan Rivera, Franklin García, Claribel Martínez Marmolejos y Jimmy Zorrilla. La lista incluye a Robert Uribe, alcalde del poblado Douglas, en Arizona.

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Matos resalta, además, la importancia que tiene para los ciudadanos estadounidenses de origen dominicano el hecho de registrarse como votante.
Como ejemplo, cita el hecho de que el congresista dominicano electo en el Distrito 13 de Nueva York (Adriano Espaillat) ganó por 849 votos, “y en ese distrito nosotros registramos casi 30 mil votantes”. Resalta que “en campaña de registro tenemos un ejército, súper entrenado, guiado por la tecnología” para poder ubicar a los domínicos estadounidenses.

Dusa tiene el apoyo de varias empresas dominicanas, entre las que figuran INICIA, Grupo Punta Cana, Fersan, MARTÍ, Grupo Ambar y Banco Popular. En Estados Unidos ha tenido respaldo de universidades como Stanford, Yale y Georgetown, así como de la Fundación Naleo. La organización surge para crear un mecanismo que permita a la clase empresarial dominicana apoyar a la diáspora en Estados Unidos, como una manera de crear “beneficios mutuos” y mantener el vínculo con una población que, como resulta natural, se va desconectando en cada nueva generación de migrantes.

Matos, hijo de migrantes y padre de estadounidenses de origen dominicano, resalta la importancia económica y social que tiene para el país el mantener la conexión con su diáspora, sin importar su generación.

De acuerdo al Banco Central, el 70.22% de las remesas que recibió el país entre enero y noviembre de 2016 provino desde Estados Unidos y el 1.09% de Puerto Rico. Durante ese período entraron por ese concepto US$4,898.7 millones.

Dusa se propone impulsar un proyecto con el Gobierno y la clase empresarial, utilizando como modelo el Comité Americano de los Judíos, considerado “un maestro en el área de manejo de diáspora”.

Ventajas de la ciudadanía

Desde 2010 se estima que el flujo de inmigrantes dominicanos admitidos como residentes permanentes por Estados Unidos ronda entre 40 y 50 mil por año, según informaciones de Dusa. En 2014 fueron 44,577 y en 2015 un total de 50,610. Para 2014 se estimaban en 480,000 los dominicanos con residencia permanente, de los que eran elegibles para optar por la ciudadanía unos 300,000, indica la organización sin fines de lucro.

Para 2016 se naturalizaron 31,320 inmigrantes de origen dominicano, un número superior a 2015 (26,665), pero inferior a 2013 cuando fueron 39,590. Entre sus acciones, Dominicanos Usa recuerda a los inmigrantes las ventajas que pueden tener al ser ciudadanos, entre los que destacan el derecho a votar, a postularse a cargos públicos y a ser elegibles para empleo o beneficios federales.
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El Dinero https://www.eldinero.com.do/52080/dusa-busca-empoderar-a-los-dominicanos-en-estados-unidos/
DUSA Helps Residents Complete Their Citizenship Application

DUSA Helps Residents Complete Their Citizenship Application

On Saturday, November 18th, Dominicanos USA helped pave a better future for individuals in the Dominican-American Community. We assisted 21 permanent residents from all over New York City during our monthly citizenship workshop. We provided people with one on one conferences with lawyers as well as referrals to civic classes. In all, Dominicanos USA was able to complete 13 citizenship applications.

DUSA was also pleased to receive Senator Marisol Alcantara, of the 31st District of New York senate, in their office on Saturday. The senator came to support DUSA’s vision and movement towards mobilizing U.S. permanent residents and helping them achieve citizenship. Alcantara explored the ins and outs of the citizenship workshop. At the event, she spoke to the lawyers, warmly greeted applicants, and encouraged them to become U.S. citizens. All in all, senator Alcantara was impressed by the work and assistance DUSA had to offer to our community.

Helping people obtain American citizenship is essential to the work we do at DUSA. Becoming an American citizen enables the immigrant community to have a greater influence in politics. Through American citizenship, residents are able to exercise more civic rights and become more involved in their communities, which is exactly what DUSA aims for.   

 

 

 

DUSA with #UptownUnidos relief efforts for Puerto Rico & Mexico

DUSA with #UptownUnidos relief efforts for Puerto Rico & Mexico

 

DUSA hurricane relief efforts

On October 7th, 2017, DUSA was honored to be part of the #UptownUNIDOS fundraising campaign for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico and earthquake victims in Mexico. The event was sponsored by a collaboration of CUNY in the Heights, Bronx Free Press, Hispanic Federation, and Manhattan Times. Congressman Adriano Espaillat and Public Advocate Tish James were also in attendance supporting the relief efforts.

It was important for DUSA to be there and help out the Puerto Rican and Mexican community at a time when they did all the need they can get. The unfortunate circumstances being faced by the people from these countries is very heartbreaking. We are a non-profit based in the Bronx that has strong relationships with both communities. So when we heard about the relief efforts #UptownUnidos event, DUSA did not hesitate to lend a helping hand. DUSA encourages everyone to donate the best they can to these relief efforts because Puerto Rico and Mexico need our help. The Latino community is one that helps each other at all times. A catastrophe like this can unite us into becoming one big family. Dominicanos USA like to thank everyone who donated and helped with the relief efforts.

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Our Young Voices visit the Dominican Studies Institute

Our Young Voices visit the Dominican Studies Institute

 

On July 19th, Dominicanos USA’s Young Voices went on a trip to the Dominican Studies Institute. As an organization, this trip was important for us to introduce our teens to academia because the earlier they are exposed to these institutions, the better their chances are to obtain upward mobility. Most of our teens are of Dominican descent, thus the trip to DSI was vital to the development and empowerment of the teens. We hope our teens felt empowered to make a difference and attend college in the near future. It’s important for our teens to know their New York history as Dominicans but also to make the connection to the island of Dominican Republic. Bridging this gap can encourage people to build coalitions between the different generations of Dominicans and Dominican-Americans. Field trips and experiences like this represent DUSA’s efforts to find and develop the next generation of leaders in and out of the Dominican-American community. With 868,173 Dominicans settled in New York, we believe the future of Dominicans is in this city. Special thanks to archivist Sarah Aponte and director Anthony Stevens-Acevedo and the whole Dominican Studies Institute at City College. 

The youth represents the future of our country in many ways. Teens from all walks of life are growing in population in general thus, our outreach is not limited to just Dominicans but also all Latinos who eligible. Some of the teens went through an interview screening and we selected the few we think can be mentees to some of our staff. Specifically, the teens will gain experience working closely with one of our staff members learning about data entry, graphic design, and phone banking. In general, the canvassers get a chance to speak to the community and gain experience on the issues affecting their community. Over the course of six weeks, we predict our young voices to register over 1,000 new voters. As we move into the upcoming elections, our initiative helps the political power we have as Dominicans and Latinos in general.

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