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Westchester Latinos Unidos Celebrate Dominican Independence Day

Marlyn Pena board member, María Burgos Deputy Director of social services in NYC, honoree, Jimmy Arias board member, Marisol Alcantara board member also accepted awards for Dr. Quezada superintendent for Yonkers Public Schools, Yamileth Yelitza Pena de Furchi, board member, Elvira Castillo President of Westchester Latinos Unidos, Corazon Pineda Issac Majority leader Yonkers Coty Council Honoree, Sammy Ravelo candidate for Bronx Borough President honoree, Cynthia Burgos board member and Angel Fermin board member.
WLU President and Founder Elvira Castillo

Yonkers — Westchester Latinos Unidos celebrated Dominican Republic’s Independence Day, Saturday, February 27th, at Dia Y Noche Restaurant (650 Mclean Ave). The WLU honored and presented awards to the following community leaders; Deputy Director of Social Services in NYC Maria Burgos, Yonkers City Council Majority Leader Corazon Pineda Isaac, Candidate for Bronx Borough President Sammy Ravelo, and Superintendent of The Yonkers Public Schools Dr. Edwin Quezada. Certificates of recognition were also given from Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, and they were acknowledged by the Yonkers Council President Mike Khader. Elvira Castillo, the president of Westchester Latinos Unidos was recognized by Westchester County Legislator Tyrae Woodson-Samuels (District 13).

Formed in 2013, the Westchester Latinos Unidos (WLU) is a diverse organization providing awareness and services assisting Latino/Hispanic communities while serving as a resource and voice for all in need in Westchester County. WLU provides innovative consulting services implements the latest strategies, on obtaining the resources available for Latinos families and business owners in Westchester County. WLU’s core philosophy of guidance and sustainable practices ensures our WLU clients that a full array of tools are at their disposal. WLU has proven to transform existing Latino businesses into viable operations. WLU’s unique collaborative methodology, places our clients’ needed service businesses in synch with the ever evolving sensibilities of today’s well educated consumers.

“Happy to be recognized by the Westchester Latinos Unidos , the City of Yonkers and the Westchester County Board of Legislators for the work that we have done throughout this great state on behalf of the Dominican community on this Dominican Independence Day,” Sammy Ravelo shared. “I am humbled beyond words. I want to thank Elvira Castillo and Cynthia Burgos for the great work they have done. I also want to thank the President of Yonkers City Council Mike Khader, the office of Mayor Spano and Westchester County legislator Tyrae Woodson-Samuels . Great to see former Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest D. Davis and Greenburg community leader Marlyn Pena. I also want mention fellow honorees Councilwoman Corazon Pineda Isaac, Maria Burgos and Superintendent of Schools Dr, Edwin Quezada. Shoutout to NY Dominican Officers that graced us with their presence.”

The Dominican Republic is currently observing 177 years as an independent nation.  On February 27, 1844, a group of patriots carried out the liberation feat after almost three centuries of Spanish, French, and Haitian rule.

Before this date, the eastern part of the island of Santo Domingo achieved ephemeral independence in 1821 that barely lasted about 2 months, from December 1 to February 9, 1822, when Haiti occupied the territory. This liberating feat was inspired by José Núñez de Cáceres.

The Dominican Republic and Haiti are independent states that share an island of 77,000 square kilometers; 48,442 kilometers correspond to the Dominican nation. The revolutionary process to achieve separation from Haiti began with the founding of the clandestine movement La Trinitaria on July 16, 1838, led by Juan Pablo Duarte, with the company of Juan Isidro Pérez, Pedro Alejandro Pina, Jacinto de la Concha, Félix María Ruiz, José María Serra, Benito González, Felipe Alfáu and Juan Nepomuceno Ravelo.

Later, Matías Ramón Mella and Francisco del Rosario Sánchez would join them. After an intense local and international campaign, on the night of February 27, 1844, small groups of patriots from different areas of Santo Domingo gathered. The beginning of the radical separatist action was signaled by a “trabucazo” fired by Mella at the Puerta de La Misericordia, which was heard throughout the city. But the independence of the Dominican Republic did not culminate that day. It was achieved in later struggles.

For more information about Westchester Latino Unidos visit their website.


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