JOINING THE NATIONAL COMMEMORATIVE COMMITTEE
It is the policy of the ICS to appoint Affiliate status to organizations and/or individual membership statsu in the National Commemorative Committee to individuals or organizations that promote the mission of National Caribbean American Heritage Month (NCAHM) in their city, county or state.
The objective of this policy is to ensure articulation of varied voices and interests in the Caribbean American community around the goals of ensuring continuation into perpetuity of the commemoration of JUNE as National Caribbean American Heritage Month. NCAHM was established to ensure the voice, visibility and agency of the Caribbean American community. A main goal of NCAHM is to serve as the space for the development of advocacy leadership around the country and the development of a network of committed leaders.
Given the history and status of various experiments in establishing and maintaining umbrella organizations in the Caribbean American Community, ICS has decided to establish the affiliate process as a means of addressing the critical need in Washington DC for a visible network of credible organizations in order to ensure increased access to policy makers. The Caribbean American Community remains among the few minority cultural/ethnic groups of its size without a fulltime advocacy organization.
As such the affiliate program is aimed at assisting in the development of a coherent, cohesive, empowered alliance of organizations that can as needed address the critical overarching policies that impact on Caribbean Americans across the nation.
Becoming an NCAHM affiliate in NO WAY authorizes ICS to control your Board and your funding. The benefits to affiliate include: increased influence nationally and locally (strength in numbers); increased access to power structure in corporate America and foundation community, (note they are funding New American immigrants who are visible as a group such as Ethiopians, Somalians, Hispanics who are organized collectively); improved coordination of voice in respect to Federal government advocacy; improved delivery of existing diaspora initiatives in home country through sharing information and doing more partnership development and training.