Senator Rubén Díaz Will Introduce Amendment to New York State Education Law to Include The History of the Garifuna People
New York - The Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc. a, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization is pleased to announce that New York State Senator Rubén Díaz will introduce the proposed Amendment to New York State Education Law to Include The History of the Garifuna People in the New York State Senate.
No law may be enacted in New York State unless it has been adopted by the Legislature in bill form. And to be adopted, it must first be introduced.
On introduction in the Senate, a bill goes to the Introduction and Revision Office, where it is examined and corrected, given a number, sent to the appropriate standing committee, entered into the Senate computer, deemed to have had its first and second readings and printed.
(Incidentally, "first reading", "second reading" and "third reading" are terms which linger in the legislative vocabulary from the days when each bill was read aloud in full in public session three times before final action could be taken.)
The draft of the Bill we received, states as follows:
AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to instruction on the Garifuna people
The People of the State of New York represented in the Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:
Section 1. Subdivisions 1 and 3 of section 801 of the education law, as amended by chapter 574 of the laws of 1997, are amended to read as follows:
1. In order to promote a spirit of patriotic and civic service and obligation and to foster in the children of the state moral and intellectual qualities which are essential in preparing to meet the obligations of citizenship in peace or in war, the regents of The University of the State of Ne York shall prescribe courses of instruction in patriotism, citizenship, and human rights issues, with particular attention to the study of the inhumanity of genocide, slavery (including the freedom trail and underground railroad),the Holocaust, the history of the Garifuna People, and the mass starvation in Ireland from 1845 to 1850, to be maintained and followed in all the schools of the state.
The proclamation of March 11 - April 12, 2016, as Garifuna-American Heritage Month in the State of New York is in observance of the 219th Anniversary of the Forcible Deportation by the British of the Garifuna People from St Vincent and The Grenadines on March 11, 1797, and their settlement in Central America on April 12, 1797.
According to the New York state senate website, "The job of the Senate is to work with the Assembly and the Governor to enact, amend or repeal statutes which make up the body of laws within which we live. This involves drafting, discussing and approving bills and resolutions. (Click here to read How a Bill Becomes a Law and How You Can Help)
According to the study guide for The Garifuna Journey video. "The study of the Garifuna provides insight into a people whose history has been one of struggle and determination to survive at a time when very few people, or nations, were able to resist the onslaught of colonialism and slavery. Despite exile and subsequent Diaspora, their traditional culture survives today. It is a little known story that deserves its place in the annals of the African Diaspora."
Since 2011 Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. has introduced a Resolution in the New York State Senate, Memorializing Governor Andrew Cuomo to declare March 11- April 12, 2011 as Garifuna-American Heritage Month. In addition, NY-Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz, in conjunction with other New York elected officials, has celebrated the “Abrazo Garifuna in New York.” This event honors the contributions of the Garifuna-Americans to the State and City of New York. Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz together with the elected officials and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. , will be presenting proclamations to distinguished members of the Garifuna Community.
"We are grateful to New York State Senator Rubén Díaz for his support to the Garifuna Community over the past years and for agreeing to introduce the proposed Amendment to New York State Education Law to Include The History of the Garifuna People in the New York State Senate. It is the culmination of the Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc. and its community partners who in 2009 decided that The community development initiative will be based on creating awareness and appreciation of the Garifuna culture and its contribution to the culture and society of New York City." said Jose Francisco Avila, Chairman of the Board of the Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc.
We invite the Garifuna Community of New York to remain vigilant as The Bill enters the committee and calendar stages by communicating your views on a particular issue to your Senator, you have another opportunity at this point to participate in the lawmaking process. An expression of opinion on a proposed bill can be sent directly to the committee chairman, or it can be sent to your local Senator for relay to the committee members.