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K00196 Summary:

BILL NOK00196
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORSepulveda
 
COSPNSRCrespo, Blake, Pichardo
 
MLTSPNSRAbbate, Barclay, Barrett, Barron, Braunstein, Cook, Cusick, Davila, DenDekker, Dinowitz, D'Urso, Englebright, Fahy, Fitzpatrick, Giglio, Gjonaj, Glick, Gottfried, Gunther, Jaffee, Jean-Pierre, Johns, Joyner, Lawrence, Lupardo, Lupinacci, Magee, McDonald, McKevitt, Miller ML, Montesano, Mosley, Nolan, Palmesano, Peoples-Stokes, Perry, Raia, Rivera, Rosenthal, Rozic, Santabarbara, Simotas, Skoufis, Solages, Steck, Thiele, Titone, Titus, Walker, Walter, Weinstein, Weprin, Wright, Zebrowski
 
 
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K00196 Text:

 
Assembly Resolution No. 196
 
BY: M. of A. Sepulveda
 
        MEMORIALIZING  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to declare
        March   11,   2017,   to   April   12,   2017,    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, 2017, to April  12,  2017,
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  220th 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 Rosemary
Ordonez Jenkins, Sulma Arzu-Brown, Aquina Valentin Mirtha  Colon,  James
Lovell,  Rosita  Alvarez,  Paula Castillo, Edson Arzu, Sara Nunez Mejia,
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, 2017, to April
12, 2017, 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.
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