Dear C-PAC Members, Supporters and Friends; During this season of festivities, we encourage you to remain vigilant about your safety. COVID-19 cost lives, cripple economies and put people out of work. One reason why this virus spreads so easily is because people can be infectious without any symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 40% of infections are asymptomatic, and 50% of transmissions happen before symptoms begin. Celebrating with loved ones virtually online this holiday is an inconvenience. However, this small sacrifice can give us all a better shot of being around the table together in 2021.
C-PAC encourages you to get tested and stay safe. Here are the locations within the DMV area for COVID testing:
- Read the latest on voting deadlines, absentee/mail in ballots, and early or in-person voting
- Find out more about voting during COVID-19
- Washington, D.C. General Election 2020: Candidate Responses
- Maryland 2020 Voting Reminders
Vote by Mail Reminders
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many voters are opting to vote by mail. Please remember to:
- read the directions closely;
- ensure that your signature matches the one on your driver’s license;
- sign and date in every appropriate space, as directed;
- return your ballot by the deadline; and
- follow any and all other directions and requirements.
Check back often as we gather information for you. You can also access the following resources:
- DC Board of Elections: Information on where to register to vote, how to check if your registration is current, where to vote in person, how to vote absentee. Also learn about current elected officials and community outreach opportunities.
- Maryland Board of Elections: Answers common questions about registering and voting, online access to absentee ballots, and candidate lists.
- Virginia Board of Elections: Provides online access to registration, frequently asked questions about the process, election law information, and election results from 2005 to present.
High School Student Paid Opportunity to Serve as Election Workers
Washington, D.C. high school students, who are over the age of 16, have the opportunity to be trained and compensated or receive service hours for working as an Election Worker. The application is available here.
Another Attack on the 2020 Census
On July 21, 2020, the administration again relaunched its intention to prevent all U.S. residents from being counted in the 2020 Census. In addition, the Census Bureau is attempting to end the 2020 counting efforts early, despite the challenges of the pandemic. A number of entities immediately launched legal challenges to both of these efforts. Both these actions underscore the importance of every person completing the 2020 Decennial Census as soon as possible in order to ensure a fair and accurate count.
Virginia Expanding Voting Access
The Virginia State Legislature is advancing efforts to expand absentee voting by authorizing pre-paid postage for mail-in ballots and expanding ballot drop boxes across the state. After the State Senate and House of Delegates resolve the differences between each chamber’s bill, the governor is expected to review the proposal for signature into law.
C-PAC Informer: July 2020 Edition
Includes a greetings from the Chair, Election 2020 information, in memoriam reflections, a call to be part of leadership, and Caribbean-American month highlights.
Black Lives Matter
Read C-PAC's call for engagement.
COVID-19 and Voting
Find out the latest about voting in the DMV area.
Information for those worried about immigration status and basic public health strategies.
Here are some resources from Federal and local authorities that may be of interest to you. Remember to follow the directions of your local health and public authorities and stay safe.
Denys Vaughn Cook
Denys Vaughn Cook passed away March 11, 2020. Denys was a pillar of the DMV community, and the national Caribbean Diaspora community. He was a dedicated member of C-PAC.
C-PAC Election Portal
Keep informed about the 2020 elections here.
C-PAC Celebrates Black History Month
Unlike most new immigrant groups, Americans of Caribbean heritage have been in this country since the enslavement of black people. Read about James Weldon Johnson below.
Du Sable is regarded as the Father of Chicago and the first non-indigenous person to settle there.
Thomas Prince Hall worked tirelessly as an abolitionist as a leader in the free black community.
Lois Dickson Rice - Mother of the Pell Grant.
Volume 5, Number 1: Winter 2019
C-PAC Board of Directors Elections
We invite eligible members to consider running for and casting their vote to select the Board of Directors.
C-PAC 13th Anniversary Luncheon
View phots from our luncheon that was held on Saturday, October 12, 2019.
2020 Census: What I Need to Know
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
October edition discusses education, immigration, business development, and Caribbean culture
Bahamas Hurrican Restoration Fund
We have attached here information for the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce Bahamas Hurricane Restoration Fund for those of you who may wish to make a financial contribution. In addition, the Bahamian Embassy has provided a list of items needed.
C-PAC Chair Graduates from FEMA's National Emergency Management Advanced Academy (NEMAA)
Dr. Goulda Downer completed the full curriculum and graduated from FEMA's NEMAA, a program that reinforces the qualities needed to manage emergency management programs.
Be Aware News Blast
Immigration Raids: #KnowYourRights | Legislative Watch: DC Office on Caribbean Affairs | 2020 Census Updates | Washington DC Statehood Hearing
Memo on ICE Raids: July 2019
From David Grosso, At-Large Councilmember; Chairperson, Committee on Education, Council of the District of Columbia
Statement from Mayor Bowser on President Trump’s Threat to Arrest and Remove Immigrant Residents
June 21, 2019
June edition summarizes feedback from the community
C-PAC Informer Spring/Summer Newsletter 2019
DC Office on Caribbean Affairs
Councilmember Todd Introduces Legislation Establishing DC Office on Caribbean Affairs
February Series on African-American History
C-PAC 13th Anniversary Luncheon
The Executive Board of the Caribbean Political Action Committee (C-PAC) celebrated our Founding Patrons’ Luncheon in commemoration of our 13th year. See photos from the event.
C-PAC Encourages our Community to Become a Commissioner and Serve
The Mayor's Advisory Commission on Caribbean Community Affairs helps the Mayor strengthen and foster relationships with DCsidents from the Caribbean Diaspora.
Volume 5, Number 1: Spring-Summer 2018
Save the Date: 2018 Annual Founding Patrons Luncheon
Saturday, October 13, 2018
12:00 Noon - 3:00 PM
Caribbean-American Heritage Month
Read the DC Mayoral Proclamation
C-PAC Announces Candidate Endorsements for 2018 Regional Primaries
- C-PAC Chat, June 2018
- C-PAC Chat, May 2018 – Candidate Endorsements
- C-PAC Chat, May 2018
- C-PAC Chat, April 2018
- C-PAC Chat, March 2018
The C-PAC Informer: Spring-Fall 2017/2018
The CPAC Informer Volume 4, Issue 1 is here! Please download the digital copy.
The C-PAC Informer: Summer 2017
Please download the digital copy.
Volume 4, June 2017
See our new section for information about what to do if you are detained by ICE.
Volume 3, April 2017
Volume 2, March 2017
The C-PAC Informer: December 2016
Please download the digital copy.
Our annual training course will teach you how Maryland governance works and how you can influence the legislative process.
See 2016 and 2015 News in our Archives page...