Fellow St. Martiner of every single race-, creed-, age-, gender- and nationality living on St. Maarten/Saint Martin or anywhere on earth.
Greetings of hope to you,
After having heard your cries of been denied and rejected for your ancestral-identity and rights, finally starting Monday, October 11, 2010, the much anticipated cultural St. Martin ID-card will be ready for being issued to applicants.
It has been a long time in the making-, and comes at a time, when its need is becoming extremely evident to most of you.
Example of that need-, is the great initiative taken on FACE-BOOK, by a young St. Martiner living in Belgium, drs. Mark WILLIAMS, to have all native indigenous St. Martiners living abroad-, being afforded the right to participate in elections held on the island.
This concept of the cultural St. Martin ID-card was taken to the next level when on Friday, July 23, 2010, the first symbolic cultural St. Martin ID-card was presented to Mr. Gregory ARRINDELL, host of 'It is about time' and Roving Ambassador of CACCI, operating out of New York.
The next recipient of our symbolic cultural St. Martin ID-card-, was the newly appointed Assistant US-Attorney, Mr. Martin BELL, whose father Mr.Chester BELL, is a 'son of the soil' and member of a very respected-, traditional St. Martin family with many lawyers-, and medical doctors in their midst.
The issuing of these symbolic ID-cards, had been long in the planning by the only grass roots St. Martin nation building movement headed by drs. Leopold JAMES.
It was yet another planned phase in the previously ongoing debate- and process of identifying the St. Martiner.
After for decades-, having encouraged public debate and Government's interest in this issue, the movement decided that the time had come to put a end to the debate in order to move on to the next level.
Unfortunately-, the Island-Government of St. Maarten led by Commissioner William MARLIN, missed a wonderful opportunity to give real-, and meaningful content to the process of constitutional development-, as well as formulating the island's first constitution. The entire St. Maarten Island-council failed miserably by in fact denying the existence of the very people (St.Martiners) after whom the so-called new country is now called.
Clearly-, this is a blunder of historical proportions-, and a total betrayal of all dead- living and yet unborn St. Martiners
Nevertheless- we praise the Lord, for a recent initiative which has been started in Belgium, using FACE-BOOK by a young, professional St. Martiner, drs.Mark WILLIAMS.
This global initiative has-, in fact emphasized even more the need for an ID-card for St. Martiners in order to be able to identify our follow St. Martiners, wherever they reside in theworld.
Also, the enormous interest as reported by CACCI's Roving Ambassador Mr. Gregory ARRINDELL for this ID-card, among St. Martiners in New York-, and around the world, will soon be honored.
For the record.
This particular cultural St. Martin ID-card is not a legal document-, and therefore does not infringe on the rights as derived from holders of the Dutch- or French or any other nationality.
It is a document to allow for people 'rooted' in the Traditional Period(1848-1963) on the island, to be able to demonstrate their cultural-ancestral St. Martin identity- and heritage.
Consequently-, and finally these people will have a proof to identify themselves as St. Martiners-.
In addition-, they will be able to build strong mutual ties with each other based on their common ancestral heritage-, and ancestral links to the island.
We also foresee an tremendous trend among St. Martin young people in particular to trace their roots- by means of genealogical research-, as well as even more work for St. Martiners like Mathias VOGES, Wilhelm PATRICK, Camille BALY, Daniella JEFFREY and others.
In other words-, we anticipate an enormous revival of our native St. Martin heritage- and with that for our ancestral civic human rights and rights as native people and host-population.
The term St. Martiner is not about St. Martin/St. Maarten being some-one's place of birth, but about the card-holders having ancestral ties to the island from the Landmark Tear 1963 or before.
Our nation building organization will also present certain persons, who are not ancestrally linked to the island, with special 'honorary' ID-cards with the same rights- and privileges as native St. Martiners.
There are many persons-, who have made a significant contribution towards the development of the people of this island- and who will be granted the respect of been honored with a cultural St. Martin ID-card..
Many hail from the Far-east-, Europe, the US- and especially from our own Caribbean region.
One of the great assets of this ID-card is that there are thousands- upon thousands of persons all around the world, with ancestral links to this island.
It therefore needs no further emphasizing-, that having such a 'network'- /data-base consisting of St. Martiners-, will serve as a very powerful- and extremely effective means to promote the common interests of these St. Martiners and to negotiate whatever benefits.
In that context-, the initiative taken by drs. Mark WILLIAMS to use the internet to promote the rights for indigenous St. Martiners living outside of the island,(in the diaspora) to vote in certain elections.
Making the identification of these persons now possible, will allow for the very first time in our history, St. Martiners living ANYWHERE in the world, to participate in- and to influence developments taking place in their ancestral home-land St. Maarten/St. Martin.
Consequently- and effectively an end would be in the make, of certain expats taking advantage of St.Martiners being a minority in their own land.
In addition-, such a powerful 'native-indigenous St.Martin constituency' will change the island's politics fundamentally, because politicians will now have to seriously consider us.
Having been part of the process-, before he entered into politics can contribute significantly to Mr. Jeffrey RICHARDSON, leader of the CPA to give real content to his party's main objective-, and vying for strong support from the St. Martin voters in the Friday, September 17
The party's platform is focused on 'Preserving- and strengthening the traditional St. Martin way of life-, its people-, in the spirit of the Concordia Treaty'
This will allow to develop a most powerful foundation for harmonious integration-, and inclusion of others with added value.
The office will start taking applications for the ID- starting on Sunday '10-10-10'.(between 10 a.m. and 12.00 p.m.)
Applicants are advised to take along copies of relevant documents, such as birth-certificates to the office located at the Windsor-lane # 3, Cole-Bay, tel 54 43512.
Once approved-, applicants will be directed to the company which will take the ID-pictures and make the ID-card, which will have a code.
Negotiations are presently taking place with various entities, in order to determine the benefits for the ID-card holders.
for more information.
Mr. Jeffrey RICHARDSON of the CPA has committed himself once elected, to sit with all stakeholders work towards a joint private-public partnership, in order to promote this project.
The reason for this joint venture between the CPA and the grassroots St. Martin nation building movement is clear.
Both subscribe the the same philosophy in terms of developing the island.
It is to preserve- and strengthen the identity and the traditional way of life of the native St. Martiner in the spirit of the Treaty of Concordia in order to form a strong foundation for inclusion of others in the process of St. Martin nation building- and unification.
It should not go unnoticed-, that with the exception of the CPA, ALL the other parties-, insulted and betrayed the St. Martin people, by refusing to recognize them in the constitution for 'country' St. Maarten.
Therefore-, left up to the leaders- and candidates of the DP, NA and UP parties, St. Mrtiners do not exist-, let alone that those with roots to the island-, who think that the exist and who happen to live on the French-side and/or elsewhere-, would never be afforded that sacred right.
At the same time these politicians bend backwards to reward non added-value, illegal immigrants with the most powerful rights, such as the right to vote and be voted for.
Persons, not of St. Martin heritage, but whose love for the island and its people can be demonstrated-, are emphatically invited to apply for an 'honorary' cultural St. Martin ID-card as well, because we embrace them as integral part of the St. Martin nation.
For more information;
drs. Leopold JAMES, 54 43512/ 5204325
Jeffrey RICHARDSON, 5221574 / 5860043