Capital Region West Indian Association

Capital Region West Indian Association Unifying the West Indian community in the Capital Region through art and cultural events, civic engagement, and volunteerism.

Busy Day
07/16/2020

Busy Day

We REOPEN our doors tomorrow with our normal hours.

M-F 9am-7pm
Sa 9am-2pm

Thank you all for your patience as we worked through cleaning up the store from the previous flooding and thank you to everyone who took advantage of our "closed" services. #busyday #stillbusy #getitalldone

07/13/2020
WRGB CBS 6 News, Albany

WRGB CBS 6 News, Albany

(Live Feed: profanities possible) Protesters take to the streets in Schenectady, demanding action from the Mayor and Police Chief following a controversial neckhold arrest last Monday. https://bit.ly/2CaB6uL

Caribbean American Heritage Month is Winding down! Continue to celebrate with us! Mark your  calendars and join Together...
06/25/2020
Togetherness Brands

Caribbean American Heritage Month is Winding down! Continue to celebrate with us! Mark your calendars and join Togetherness Brands for there Caribbean Trivia Night on Sunday, June 28th(details below):

Caribbean Trivia Night is in 4 DAYS! RSVP and join us this Sunday. We'll be having a Spelling Bee....you don't wanna miss it!

We would like to thank everyone that has donated items to our Food Drive so far. Thank you for helping us give back to t...
06/17/2020

We would like to thank everyone that has donated items to our Food Drive so far.

Thank you for helping us give back to the community!
We ask that if you can, Please donate an Essential Package.
1 package consist of similar item below.
1 package is $20.
We thank you in advance for your gracious contribution to the community.

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African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region, Inc.
06/08/2020

African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region, Inc.

Hello friends!
Thank you for your ongoing support. We are excited to announce this year's Juneteenth programming. Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom, but unfortunately, freedom at this time does not appear guaranteed for many in the United States. In light of recent events and challenges, the Center finds it necessary to provide safe space for people of color and the oppressed to demonstrate, grieve, and celebrate.
As such, we are dedicating our outdoor reflection garden with new landscaping to the ongoing fight for peaceful protest, safe gatherings, and spiritual alignment.
Music and entertainment will be provided within our reflection garden and soul food dinners will be donated for pickup or outdoor dining.
We invite all community groups, individuals, and supporters to reflect on the dangerous and unsettling times we face in the safety of a familiar, loving place. Please take all necessary health precautions related to COVID-19 including PPE and social distancing. Masks will be provided to attendees in need while supplies are available.
Please reach out if you have any questions. We look forward to welcoming you on June 20th!

The African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region, Inc. recently experienced a violent break in and vandalism. ...
06/04/2020

The African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region, Inc. recently experienced a violent break in and vandalism. As a vital part of our community, we encourage you to help by donating to assist in the process of rebuilding what was destroyed. Also reach out to them to see if there’s anything they may need and you can assist it.

Donation link:
https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=y2CATq6opqHYiooGFUjp9MLM43VCA_GlcrEFiDxudtmpWc1cZjN4vrIHZGLnel4oZKqmMG&country.x=US&locale.x=

Photo evidence of the violent break-in and vandalism at the African American Cultural Center.

06/03/2020

Attention Albany City Residents! Your voice is needed. Please read the information below regarding Albany City School District Budget and go out and vote! 

*IMPORTANT* Albany City School District Budget Vote and Election!
You can find all the details about budget and vote here:
https://www.albanyschools.org/business/budget/index
Call to Action/Save the Dates:
June 3rd - Candidate Forum
June 6th - Budget Town Hall
June 9th - Budget Vote/Election

The library trustee candidate information can be found here:https://www.albanypubliclibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/candidate-info-sheet_5.22.20.pdf

Return your ballot as soon as you get it!

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Capital Region West Indian Association's cover photo
06/01/2020

Capital Region West Indian Association's cover photo

05/26/2020
05/19/2020
Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica Gleaner

It has been emotional for Jamaicans who docked at the Falmouth pier this afternoon after weeks in quarantine. While awaiting disembarkation, the Jamaicans broke out singing the national anthem. They are to disembark in groups over the next 48-72 hours. (📽: Contributed) #GLNRToday

Haiti Cultural Exchange
05/18/2020

Haiti Cultural Exchange

Bòn Fèt Drapo! Today marks 217 years of the Haitian flag. Celebrate with us by tuning in for our live performances throughout the day and drop a flag in the comments below! 🇭🇹


#HaitianHeritageMonth #HaitianFlagDay #HCXFlagDay #Selebrasyon #FètDrapo

HAPPY Birthday to our favorite Soca Fitness instructor @Iymari Jermaine Huges
05/09/2020

HAPPY Birthday to our favorite Soca Fitness instructor @Iymari Jermaine Huges

05/03/2020
Melissa Noel

Caribbean people we got this! We hope this leaves you feeling uplifted and hopeful. Stay safe and be well.

25 voices, 14 countries and one song!

In a beautiful Caribbean cultural collaboration, Caribbean born singers including internationally acclaimed stars, award winning vocalists and various calypso and soca monarchs have come together to share a message in the fight against Covid-19 disease. I absolutely love this! Please share and show these amazing artists some love and support.

From the Caribbean Connection to the rest of the world- WE GOT THIS!

#onecaribbean #caribbeanunity #fightagainstcovid19 #caribbeannews #caribbeanreporting #covid19 #coronavirus #unity #caribbeanartists
#creatives #caribbeanconnection #onelove

05/01/2020

Dear CRWIA Community,

We hope you and your families continue to be safe and healthy. We are saddened to announce that our 2nd Annual Just for the Health of It (JFTHOI): Health Fair & Wellness Festival scheduled for June 13 is canceled. All vendors and organizations will be issued full refunds for any fees paid.

We truly look forward to when we can get together again and look forward to bringing back JFTHOI in 2021. We are currently exploring ways to stay engaged with you all. If you have specific ideas, please reach out by emailing:[email protected].

We wish you all comfort, peace, and health as we continue through this crisis. Thank you for your continued support.

All our best,

CRWIA Board

04/22/2020
The Haitian American
04/21/2020

The Haitian American

Yesterday April 20, 1990, marked the 30th anniversary of the historic march by 150,000+ Haitians across the Brooklyn Bridge (literally shaking it) into downtown Manhattan. 🇭🇹 🇭🇹 🇭🇹

The demonstration, which surrounded the Federal Building on lower Broadway, completely overwhelmed the New York City Police, shutting down Wall Street and most other businesses in lower Manhattan. The size, militancy, and unexpectedness of the massive outpouring sent shockwaves throughout the U.S. political establishment.

The march was a protest against the Federal Drug Administration’s February 1990 recommendation that Haitians be restricted from donating blood because they were supposedly a high-risk group for HIV/AIDS. In 1983, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) unscientifically grouped Haitians with homosexuals, hemophiliacs, and hypodermic-needle users to create the infamous “4H” risk group.

Backed by many doctors and scientists, the Haitian community rose up to demand that the CDC rescind the designation. Even after this massive march in the streets, it still took a month or so of dawdling, advisory committee meetings, reports, studies and whatnots before the government felt that enough time had passed that it wouldn't appear to be bowing to pressure from the community. It did finally revise the ban.

Photo Credit: Daily News⠀
#lunionsuite #haitianamerican #haitianhistory #brooklyn

04/21/2020
St. Thomas Events

A small act of Kindness goes a long way! Residents of Jamaica gives back to the elderly & the most vulnerable.
We hope you’re all doing well! Stay safe and healthy! We’ll congregate soon enough! Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Caring for The Elderly and most Vulnerable in St. Thomas.
I don't own the rights to this music played in the background.

04/19/2020
Families Together Counseling Services

Families Together Counseling Services

Serving NEW YORK STATE
Families Together Counseling Services offers Teletherapy Services for individual, couples and families.
Teletherapy Services offers an innovative, convenient way of participating in therapy services without having to leave your home or driving long distances.
Teletherapy IS COVERED by Insurance Companies.
Please contact 518-719-0123 and your call will be returned within the hour.

Togetherness Brands
04/17/2020

Togetherness Brands

There’s still time to join us tomorrow night! 4 rounds of strictly #caribbeantrivia. We’ll be covering topics from food, music, history, geography & more. RSVP bit.ly/triviafiwe

04/16/2020

Dear CRWIA Community,

We hope you and your families remain safe and well during these unprecedented times. The coronavirus has had devastating impacts worldwide and our hearts go out to all who have lost loved ones. We are currently reviewing our options on the best way to proceed with our 2nd Annual Just for the Health of It: Health Fair & Wellness Festival scheduled for June 13. We are discussing whether to move the event to a virtual format and will keep you apprised of developments. A final announcement will be made by April 30. All vendors and participants will be issued full refunds for any fees paid. We wish you all comfort, peace, and health as we continue through this crisis.

All our best,

CRWIA Board

Have you been bored sitting in the same place at home as we’re social distancing!Well join Olivia Frempong LivFit to get...
04/11/2020

Have you been bored sitting in the same place at home as we’re social distancing!
Well join Olivia Frempong LivFit to get up & move tomorrow morning! Her Afrobeats Exercise is happening twice a week for your convenience!
Details below:

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
03/25/2020

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan

As many have recently lost their jobs and main source of income, we are sharing some local businesses that qualify as providing essential services according to the Governor's Guidance on Essential Services Under The 'New York State on PAUSE' Executive Order (https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-issues-guidance-essential-services-under-new-york-state-pause-executive-order) and are currently hiring.

Price Chopper Supermarkets apply at: https://www.pricechopper.com/careers/
ALDI USA apply at: https://nlx.jobsyn.org/f7d49e35181642409057be44685136a2161
Walmart apply at: http://Wal-Mart.com/Careers
Save A Lot apply at: https://savealot.com/careers/
Sam's Club apply at: https://careers.walmart.com/stores-clubs/sams-club-jobs
Target apply at: https://nlx.jobsyn.org/27e3ca9e0c174449b410c539b4a2d102161
Glen Eddy is hiring food service workers, apply at: https://nlx.jobsyn.org/69cef6c25ba74f0b868213bab2ae7653161

03/21/2020
Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica Gleaner

NOW: 140 medical professionals from Cuba arrive at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston. They were greeted by Christopher Tufton, minister of health and wellness and Inés Fors Fernández, the Cuban ambassador to Jamaica. The practitioners are here to help the country in its fight against COVID-19. (📽: Gladstone Taylor) #GLNRToday

Jamaicans.com
03/21/2020

Jamaicans.com

Jamaica closes it’s borders due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

03/19/2020
Kitchen 216

Kitchen 216

Free lunch for the kids everyday that we are open and school is out. Until this crises is over. 82 meals yesterday 80 today. Grilled chicken salad sandwiches and fries are on the menu today. We have bout 25 left.

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Capital Region West Indian Association (CRWIA)

The Capital Region West Indian Association is a nonprofit organization created to unify the West Indian community and foster a permanent Caribbean presence in the Capital Region.

We seek to:


  • aid in the health and wellbeing of our communities;

  • provide a platform for individuals to share stories of their vibrant and unique homelands;

  • strengthen cultural bonds and support; and

  • support and contribute to the growth of the region’s West Indian businesses and owners.
  • We collaborate with local businesses in our projects and initiatives and empower individuals to support their community locally and abroad.

    The Capital Region West Indian Association carries out its mission through educational programming, art and cultural events and experiences, civic engagement, and volunteerism.

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