Cape Verdeans form new federation

BOSTON — A new federation is being formed to promote the interests of Cape Verdeans and their community-based organizations in the United States.
The National Alliance of Cape Verdean Organizations (NACVO) will kick-off its work Saturday, Jan. 19 at 9:30 a.m. at the Ideal Club, Inc., located 14 West Union St. in Bridgewater.
According to NACVO’s Interim Board President Paulo A. De Barros, the group will carry out its mission through “policy analysis, advocacy, coordination, capacity-building, and representation of the communities” it serves.
Barros recently sent a presentation letter to prospective members, inviting them to join in the kick-off celebration and offer their vision.
“This event will provide all the Cape Verdean organizations an opportunity to come together and celebrate the formation of this Alliance, as well as to learn about and provide input into NACVO’s future direction,” according to De Barros.
Membership in NACVO will provide organizations access to collaborative event planning and technical assistance support, among other things.
The alliance was created last year, but the process was steered a couple of years ago. It followed the Brockton Forum in 2010, where the “Brockton Declaration” mandate was passed to form a federation of Cape Verdean organizations.
About 50 Cape Verdean organizations then gave mandate to the Cape Verdean Consulate to oversee the process.
In addition to De Barros, the Interim Board is formed by Armando Madeira, Manuel Andrade, Rito Carvalho, Mario Semedo, Jovino Peres and Gunga Tavares.
Saturday’s event is free and open to the community.