It is with true and deepest admiration for our Silver People forefathers that we have been inspired to take on the important task which now seems possible. I humbly admit that it was the God of our forefathers who clearly engineered this entire struggle today. However, I am not afraid to speak out and tell the truth that it was God who ordered me to “go fix them all,” meaning to recover, safeguard and restore our ancestral burial grounds in Panama.
The burial grounds we are proposing to come under national protection are not just regular cemeteries but important cultural repositories of our intangible cultural heritage and the significant past of our people and ethnic group for which the people of the world should be made aware and pay homage to. We insist that if it weren’t for our ancestors, most countries of the world would not have been able to see our day in which such economic and social advancement has been achieved despite all the world’s warmongers and manmade ecological disasters.
It is our intent to also recover our dismantled intangible cultural heritage that still deserves a place on the Panama Canal Zone. For us, the once segregated Black Canal Zone is as important as the Casco Antiguo of the new Panama. The mission of the Silver People Heritage Foundation is not to reject the originators of the “Mi Pueblito Afro-Antillano” complex or any of those honest offers reconciling our ethnicity with the Panamanian citizenry. However, we do have an important and dynamic place in the history and culture of Panama and as such our citizenship participation has a long tradition. Our place, as we have chronicled in our on line publications, attests to our active participation in the culture and history of the Panama we all love as our Madre Patria for we have no other that has been left to us as our main heritage.
We realize that it is the Spirit of God working His miracles that has allowed us to get this far and is solely responsible for the Initiative for Law No.151 being presented on the 26 of April 2011 to Panama’s National Assembly’s Permanent Commission on Education, Culture and Sports and discussed in the first of three debates.
We want to inform all the Silver People the world over that our proposed Law No. 151 has passed and been approved to continue for Second and Third Debates. The pundits at the Asamblea Nacional have informed us that if it passes the test of all these debates the Law will come before the entire Plenary of the Honorable National Assembly. Such a “Yes Vote” will finally bring into being a law that will make the resting places of our ancestors on the banks of the Panama Canal National Patrimony.
Our forefathers and the whole Silver Roll Community of yesterday and of today will need us all to ban together to bring into perpetual reality and recognition the names of all those Westindian souls who today are not remembered and who sacrificed to make the world a better place. They will not only be recognized as National Monuments of Panama but also as World Monuments to Humanity and this will only take place if all of us band together in holy prayer.
It is with these sentiments that we urge you all not only to become supporters but to do more by joining our Foundation and assist us in putting on a united front. We are in need of financial help to help fray legal expenses which are much needed to become a recognized Patronato and Foundation as well. The moral assistance is in the pennies and dimes that you can organize the younger descendants to collect.
If you haven’t already done so, please read about us and our Silver People Heritage Foundation and encourage people of all persuasions to read about the history and cultural contribution left by our forefathers by clicking the Foundation link here and come face to face with the Silver People of Panama.
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