R 113
2019 -- S 0389
Enacted 02/26/2019

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Quezada, Metts, Felag, Ruggerio, and Bell
Date Introduced: February 26, 2019

     WHEREAS, It is the tradition and practice of this legislative body to commemorate
historical events which exemplify the diversity, spirit, and struggle of the people in Rhode Island
and throughout the world that have achieved independence and live in peace and freedom; and
     WHEREAS, The people of the Dominican Republic acquired their independence from
Spain on February 27, 1844; and
     WHEREAS, Each year, this auspicious occasion is celebrated and provides an
opportunity for all people to reflect upon the rich history of the Dominican Republic and the
many contributions of Latin Americans to our country as well as the world; and
     WHEREAS, February 27th has been designated as Dominican Independence Day in the
State of Rhode Island; and
     WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize the great contributions
which Dominicans have brought to our state and our nation; and
     WHEREAS, On February 27th, the people of the Dominican Republic, and all free
people, will celebrate 175 years of Dominican Independence; and
     WHEREAS, The seat of the original capital of the Spanish New World, the Dominican
Republic, proclaims a host of American firsts: the first permanent European settlement, the first
university, the first church, the first cathedral, the first mass, and the first royal court; and
     WHEREAS, On February 27, 1844, the Declaration of Independence was written by Juan
Pablo Duarte, Franscisco del Rosaro Sanchez and Ramon Matias Mella; and
     WHEREAS, The Dominican Republic's record for free and fair elections sets an example
for emerging democracies the world over; and
     WHEREAS, Today, the Dominican Republic has a close relationship with the United
States and has been supportive of many U.S. initiatives. The Dominican Republic has accredited
diplomatic missions in most of the countries in the Western Hemisphere and in principal
European capitals, and belongs to many world organizations, including the United Nations, the
World Bank, the International Labor Organization, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the
International Civil Aviation Organization, and the Inter-American Development Bank; and
     WHEREAS, The more than one and a half million Dominicans now residing in the
United States are an important element in the special relationship between the two countries.
Rhode Island's Dominicans number among the state's smaller ethnic groups but the community
imparts a rich history and vitality through their presence in our Ocean State. The strong civic
participation and business ethic within Rhode Island's Dominican community and local
businesses owned by Dominican immigrants are evidenced by their myriad contributions, greatly
adding to the economic vitality of our state; and
     WHEREAS, The Dominican-American community plays another essential role through
their representation in the United States Armed Services. Many Dominican-Americans have made
the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives defending America's liberty, security, and freedoms; now,
therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby commemorates the 175th Anniversary of Dominican Republic Independence on February
27, 2019, and proudly recognizes the significant contributions that Dominicans have made to the
State of Rhode Island and the United States; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the various Dominican organizations in the
State of Rhode Island and to His Excellency President Danilo Medina Sánchez, and Her
Excellency Vice President Margarita Cedeño de Fernández.