Caribbean Heritage

Celebrating Caribbean-American Heritage

June 10, 2021 // 0 Comments

Dear Brothers and Sisters: Summer is upon us and we are hopefully just a few more weeks away from the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been a struggle, but we are finally seeing the fruits of all the hard work and sacrifice that healthcare professionals have put into fighting this pandemic.  On behalf of the entire DC 37 leadership and executive board, I want to wish all members and their families a happy and safe National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. Each June, since 2005, our country acknowledges the many significant ways that Caribbean-Americans have shaped America. It is a time to celebrate the vibrant culture and patriotism of Caribbean-Americans.  Caribbean-Americans, like many other recent immigrant groups, have faced persecution on many different fronts often based upon the color of their skin, language, and immigration status. Despite the obstacles, [More...]

June is Caribbean Heritage Month

June 3, 2020 // 0 Comments

By CARMEN CHARLES, President Local 420 and FITZ REID, President, Local 768 Dear Brothers and Sisters:​ Even as our members, including essential workers, continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, we rise together to address in earnest longstanding problems that plague our society: racism, police violence and excessive force, the criminal justice system and poverty. We must work together for solutions to these problems. Let’s all take a deep breath and remember that together we will get through this unprecedented time and build a better future. We must also take the time to celebrate our past and our roots. ​On behalf of District Council 37’s Caribbean Heritage Committee, President Fitz Reid (my co-chair) and I want to wish all members and their families a happy National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. Each June, since 2005, our country acknowledges the many significant ways [More...]

Union’s Caribbean Heritage Starts Its Fifteenth Year

June 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS The union celebrated the history and heritage of people of the Caribbean diaspora June 3 at the annual Caribbean Heritage ribbon-cutting ceremony. “I am excited to mark the Committee’s 15th year at DC 37,” said Committee Chair and founder Carmen Charles, president of New York City Hospitals Employees Local 420. With lilting calypso and reggae played on steel drums in the background, the audience enjoyed traditional patties and sorrel, a beverage brewed from hibiscus flowers and herbs. They purveyed art and artifacts that traced the history of peoples stolen from Africa, enslaved as free labor on Caribbean sugar cane, banana, spice and cotton plantations from Antigua to Trinidad. Their story includes mass freedom revolts in Haiti, Jamaica and the Americas and includes the historic presidency of Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Committee co-chair and [More...]

Caribbean Heritage Celebration Highlights Politics and Citizenship

June 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS The contributions and heritage of Caribbean expats were celebrated June 5 at the union’s annual Caribbean Heritage ribbon-cutting ceremony. The event was co-sponsored by Locals 420 and 768. “Like never before we are hearing from the Trump Administration and social media an increasingly amount of anti-union, anti-immigrant, anti-women speech,” said Committee Chair Carmen Charles, a DC 37 vice president and president of New York City Hospitals Employees Local 420. “Such vitriolic speech is irresponsible and unacceptable. I urge you to stand with your union against anti-immigrant policies. We — and all immigrants — have value and bring so much to New York City and to America.” “Take advantage of the union benefit and take steps to secure U.S. citizenship for yourself and your family members,” Charles said. She invited attendees to register for the [More...]