The Board of Directors of the Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc.a, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization is pleased to announce that District 18 Councilmember Rubén Díaz Sr., met with the Garifuna Coalition USA and other Garifuna organization leaders on Tuesday, March 26. The meeting was a follow up on the FY 19 $35,000 Discretionary Funding allocation he included in the City Council Fiscal Year 2019 Adopted Expense Budget Schedule C, to enhance cultural programming and awareness right here in the Bronx.
The funding will be used to provide free demonstrable cultural activity of recognized quality that is accessible to the public, including operational costs associated with special events/activities including performances of music, dance, spoken word, seasonal events, and family programming. Council member Díaz stated that the looks forward to working with the Garifuna Community in the 2020 fiscal year!
Discretionary funding is a duly appropriated sum of money in the City’s expense budget allocated to an eligible not-for-profit organization by the Council or a Member of the Council. When the budget for the coming year is adopted by the City Council in June, the Finance Division prepares a supporting schedule detailing the changes made to the Mayor’s discretionary designations that have been made at the time of adoption, including, for initiatives, a short description of the initiative’s programmatic goals.
In 2011, As a result of a meeting with the Garifuna organizations, then Senator Rubén Díaz invited the first Garifuna Delegation to the New York Capitol, to be present on the New York State Chamber, where he introduced a Resolution Memorializing Governor Andrew Cuomo to declare March 11- April 12, 2011 as Garifuna-American Heritage Month in the State of New York. it was the first time in History that the Garifuna community was invited to the New York Capitol to celebrate its heritage. This became an annual event in Albany.
In addition, Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz, in conjunction with other elected officials, celebrated the first annual “Abrazo Garifuna in New York.” This event honored the contributions of the Garifuna-Americans to the State and City of New York. Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz together with the other elected officials presented proclamations to (4) distinguished members of the Garifuna Community in (4) different categories.
“The Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc is grateful to District 18 Councilmember Rubén Díaz Sr, for the allocation of the $35,000 discretionary funds to provide free demonstrable cultural activity of recognized quality that is accessible to the public, including operational costs associated with special events/activities including performances of music, dance, spoken word, seasonal events, and family programming. ,” said Jose Francisco Avila, Chairman of the Board of the Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc.
The ultimate purpose of the Garifuna Coalition is to ensure that Garifunas in New York have access to resources and opportunities to improve their lives.
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