Our joy and sense of satisfaction received a giant boost this past Tuesday, August 2, 2011 when we answered a citation of the Permanent Commission on Education and Culture of the Asamblea Nacional de Panamá prepared to make our presentation in 1st Debate.
We were responding to some questions from the Honorable Diputados all members of the Commission regarding our Bill of Law No. 348, which would declare National Historic and Cultural Patrimony the four Silver Cemeteries of Corozal, Gatun and old Monkey Hill or Mount Hope Cemetery all on the banks of the Panama Canal.
Our argument remained the same regarding our Panamanian citizenship and our honorable Silver ancestors, who were the ones who did the original labor to make possible all the marvelous historic works such as the first Intercontinental Railroad, the French Canal, the Panama Canal, and the development of urban Panama and Colon cities and the Panama Canal Zone. We also argue that we as Silver People have lost our rightful Intangible Cultural Heritage on the Black Canal Zone, that the bones of those working men and women who lie in those sites were the historic Silver Roll workers and that they and their resting grounds deserve their rightful place on the 2010 list of 100 Most Endangered Cultural sites in the world to be restored and protected for posterity.
We also argue that they as well as we, their living descendants and Panamanian citizens, deserve these honors and cultural legacy because it was they who labored from 1848-1970 on every important project now used by our country and the modern world in general. That even today we as descendants of those honorable Silver People do not have any visible recognition in any part of the old Black Canal Zone, nor have we any recognized part as a people in gaining access to our valuable Intangible Cultural Heritage on the banks of the Panama Canal.
“For without the Silver we as a people are just unrecognized shadows.”
This update is to inform you our readers of the progress of our Proyecto de Ley 348 and that it has received a unanimous vote to pass to a Second Debate. Also, our aim is to keep you abreast of our progress when we pass on to a Third and final round of debates before being invited to the Plenary meeting of the National Assembly of Panama. This will be the realization of all our dreams especially if we can count on meeting all of you there as a special date and a new day of fellowship and cooperation. Upon passage of this law, we would, literally, be rewriting history among us as descendants of the Silver People of Panama.
We await your long awaited blessings for the passage of this law which would open for us all a host of opportunities. Thus, with an abiding faith in the God of our ancestors we await this wonderful day of Victory as it unfolds. Our call is for cooperation which has always been our strength and we pray to see showers of blessings upon us.
This story continues.