The Global Afro Latino and Caribbean Initiative (GALCI) was creative
by non-governmental organizations from Latin America, the Caribbean
and the United States of America dedicated to correcting the persisting
inequities that have had devastating impact on the lives of African
descendants in the Americas -- a direct result of more than four
hundred years of the enslavement that brought more than 15 million
Africans forcibly to the Americas.
Created in October 2000 the objectives of GALCI has been to make
the lives of more than 150 million African Descendants in Latin
America, Central and the Caribbean visible and part of the international
dialogue, programmatic agenda of global multilateral
organizations and part of public and private policy initiatives
of global governments
that are home to this vast population.
It is the objective and mission of GALCI to provide a public
forum to educate, research, develop thematic programs on Afro
Latino and Caribbean issues highlighting the conditions of these
communities. The primary objective of GALCI is to educate and
influence public policy and the direction of resources to assist
these communities in building their capacity to reverse the impact
of historical marginalization.
The legacy of enslavement, marginalization, racism and economic
disenfranchisement has resulted in the lack of quality education,
health care, adequate housing, and land ownership and have placed
these communities in danger of losing their cultural heritages.
Initiatives of GALCI have sought to make the Invisible Visible
insisting that the human, civil and cultural rights of our communities
be respected and acknowledged.
Marta Moreno Vega, Ph. D,
J. Michael Turner, Ph. D,
GALCI Coordinator for International Outreach Activities
Hunter College, CUNY, 695 Park Aveneue, HW1516
NY, NY 10065