1995 Congress of Caboverdianos
May 25, 1995
We of the Foundation of Cabo Verde, Inc. invite you to be a part of history for the people of Cabo Verde, Africa and for African-Americans in general. On August
14, 1995 more than 225 descendants of the Cape Verde Islands will
leave Boston on a chartered flight to the Cape Verde Islands. The
purpose of this pilgrimage is to make the return trip that our parents
or grandparents always intended but were unable to make.
Our ancestors left Cabo
Verde for America reluctantly. They always had the intent of returning
and the hope of making life better for the families and loved ones
left behind. Although their primary goal of returning was extremely
unlikely to occur due to racial and language barriers, these proud
Cape Verdeans integrated into American society while steadfastly
retaining their Cape Verdean culture and identity. They lived simple
lives and worked in the lower paying and lower status jobs, sacrificing
so that their children and grandchildren could enjoy the successes
that were not available to them.
Today, Cape Verdeans here in America have accumulated valuable experiences
and resources and are in a position to return to Cabo Verde to help
the people of our Motherland live better lives. And what better time
for us to return than during this year when Cabo Verde celebrates
it's 20th anniversary of independence; and a year in which she has
experienced extreme drought and a volcano eruption that has destroyed
the homes of over 2,000 people on the island of Fogo.
We welcome you to be a
part of this most important milestone in the history of Cabo Verde.
Joseph A. Moniz Mary Santos Lima
Foundation of Cabo Verde, Inc. 1995 Congress of Caboverdianos
The 1995 Congress of Caboverdianos will address seven areas of interest which the Foundation of Cabo Verde feels would greatly affect the future of Cabo Verde and the quality of life of her citizens. The seven areas are:
The intent of the Education subcommittee is to create educational opportunities
for the youth of Cabo Verde. With this purpose in mind, the educational
subcommittee has developed a proposal which offers an opportunity
for high school students from Cabo Verde to study in the U.S. and
reside with Cape Verdean families during their stay. The subcommittee
will present their proposal at the Congress.
Political Process of a democracy
The goal of this subcommittee
is to demonstrate how local and national governments can work together
in a democratic system. The subcommittee intends to encourage dialogue
with representatives of the National Assembly and politicians from
the U.S. relating to the process of government in a democracy. The
participants include elected officials from the states of Massachusetts,
Rhode Island, Connecticut and California.
Justice and Law Enforcement
This subcommittee addresses
two issues - law enforcement and the court system. The law enforcement
aspect is directed at working with law enforcement officials in Cabo
Verde to assist in the prevention and detection of crime such as drug
trafficking and use. This subcommittee will also assist, where requested,
the court system in the reorganization as adopted in the Constitution
of September, 1992.
subcommittee will assemble Cape Verdean Americans from small businesses
to corporations to discuss ways to stimulate investment and trade
in Cabo Verde. A key element will be dialogue with the expressed
purpose of developing options that will expand the tourism industry
in Cabo Verde targeting
the Cape Verdean American community.
One area of focus will be on increasing the efficiency and cost effectiveness
of air travel.
professionals will discuss how best to assist Cabo Verde in improving
the health care status of her people. This assistance could range
from contributing medical supplies and equipment to providing primary
health care clinics or diagnostic screening and education.
The goal of this subcommittee is to assist in developing sports programs
for the youth of Cabo Verde. Participants will work with the appropriate
designees to improve existing or develop additional programs.
The goal of this subcommittee
is to increase the participants awareness and appreciation of the
Cape Verdean culture so that we may preserve it for future generations.
It is our wish that by sharing the experiences of the Caboverdianos
and their American descendants, we can focus on our similarities
and emerge united as one people.
Call (203) 677-2505 or (401) 438-8909 for further information on attending the 1995 Congress of Caboverdianos.