Boston, MA- 01/19/2013- Cape Verdean organizations in the United States officially created, Saturday, January 19th, a an Inaugural Assembly in Massachusetts, the National Alliance of Associations Cape Verdean – NACVO.
The meeting took place at Ideal Club in East Bridgewater, and the list of founding members included about three dozen of Associations and Clubs, of which the following fifteen became part of the Board of Directors:
The Cape Verdean Association of Brockton, Cape Verdean Association of New Bedford, Cape Verdeans of Southern California, Nôs di Txada, Cape Verdean Community UNIDU, Ideal Club, Padre Pio Charities, Cape Verdean Women Association of Bridgeport, Cape Verdean Progressive Center, Cape Verdean American Community Development, Friends of Tarrafal, CVUnited, Cape Verdean American Business Association, Cape Verdean American Media Association and the Cape Verdean Students Association from UMASS-Amherst.
Speaking at the opening and closing of the meeting, Consul General of Cape Verde in Boston, Pedro Graciano Carvalho congratulated and recognized the work of the Interim Board of NACVO and called the founding organizations of the Alliance to take full advantage of this unprecedented opportunity in the Community, and to ensure the fulfillment of the mission of NACVO “to promote the interests of Cape Verdean organizations based in the United States through policy analysis, advocacy, coordination and representation of the communities they serve” . Carvalho also promises to continue the support of the Consulate General in this new phase of NACVO, according to their possibilities and if requested by the competent leadership of the Organization.
The interim President of the Board, Paulo Barros stressed that the project belongs to Associations and Clubs and the interim group only fulfilled the mandate assigned by the General Assembly of 2011.
The Interim Council of NACVO also presented the draft of the bylaws and articles of incorporation to the Inaugural Assembly for review.
The newly created Alliance received messages of congratulations from the Minister of Communities, the Prime Minister and the President of the Republic of Cape Verde, stressing their availability to support and collaborate with NACVO in fulfilling their noble mission.