On behalf of the African descendants of Belize and the CABO organization, of which I am secretary for education and research, I write you this letter in peace and hope these words find you in the best of health and spirits. Brother, we have worked together as members of CABO and I have shown you the utmost respect and love just as I do for all who choose to take our African culture and heritage to new heights, I want to thank you for your part in creating media that preserves our culture in this region.
It is with great sadness that we bring to your attention the obvious ills of some of your actions, ODECO has been the fiscal sponsor for CABO for more than a decade without giving a financial report to the executive body or the general assembly even though we have repeatedly requested a report on many occasion.
Mr Celeo Martinez, you are well aware, or should be well aware that many are looking at ODECO and your character in a negative way. Before you brush this off as just another person’s opinion of your character and operation, please do not get it confused. This is not the case. The struggle for our liberation is a serious one and must not be betrayed.
As I mentioned earlier, Mr Celeo Alvarez, we, the CABO organization, are representing of six Central American nations and the USA, and we take our work to restore our African culture quite serious. You and your organization ODECO has accomplished quite a lot with the help of the Central American Black Organization. Allow me to ask did you already decided that you were not going to produce CABO’s financial and other official documents and records as was requested of you and the treasurer before you quit as secretary general?
I would like to suggest that you soon found out that your decision to dropped out of the CABO executive was premature for ODECA to exist and function in its place you had to destroy CABO permanently. You thought that this would be easy since you knew CABO was not registered and was not a legitimate organization anyway because you had never registered the organization as you were mandated to do as a part of your official responsibilities as CABO’s general secretary.
In last couple of years, you never imagined that CABO would survive since you controlled the finances and you would not give it up to the CABO board of directors for the continuation of its business. Doesn’t it bother you just a little that you were with this action destroying this unique vehicle that belongs to your black brothers and sisters of the region to advance yourself and ODECO?
In Livingston on the floor of the general assembly I asked you publicly who you represented and you said all black African descendants, only later to display a level of corruption that we can only view as berating, and belittling the image you have created of yourself in our eyes, and our colleagues in the international Diaspora family.
Mr Celeo Alvarez, your followers the members of ODECO are impressionable young men and women who “follow” you blindly or not, do so for what reason? Because of the salacious nature of you and your cohorts, we must have some resolution to pending CABO matters. The reform has to happen. CABO must be accountable our men women and children are still in need of answers and solutions to the many problems that plague our communities.
The young people use the work we do for guidance, as an escape from the world they are living in, only to find that you, Celeo Alvarez, have placed many of them right back at the starting point. Brother, you are well aware, or should be aware of the way African descendants are treated all over the world, including their own country Africa. After all, Mr Celeo Alvarez, you are Garifuna, and because of your actions you have been labeled as a “want to be Garifuna king”, to gain God knows what kind of accolades. I am not Garifuna, but I find it deplorable for a Garifuna man such as yourself to associate such a dignified people with the “colonialist traits of deceit you display”.
Brother, I am sure you heard God speaking to you when the elections in Nicaragua were called no good because of election fraud. Many of us were hoping that, if we did a fair share of work to try and help this CABO situation, when we journeyed to San Salvador you would see the light. The San Salvador Declaration began the repair of the damage done by you, Celeo Alvarez, and your cohorts, the emotional, spiritual and financial costs will be ongoing but we will overcome them.
We can accept neither Creole, Garifuna, Maya or any others who behave the way you, Mr Celeo Alvarez, have acted given the authority to lead. My brother, you are sadly mistaken if you think the world will continue to believe that hype you continue to dish out. Since you understand propaganda, you know that all news is reported with two sides, the second side of the CABO story is still not told as yet.
Your media/propaganda of a limited amount of Garifuna people, shows your lack of morality when you uploaded material that is not all inclusive in your own community, Honduras, your drive to create a Garifuna Nation is a noble one but can’t be if it will destroy or diminish the understanding our African heritage and cultural standing in these Americas, it is both uncouth and unacceptable by all of us in the region.
I believe that CABO must take some actions against you, Celeo Alvarez, and your cohorts as there must be consequences for your actions. I suggest that we do not allow you or members of ODECO to be a part of the election process because of the transgressions mentioned in the San Salvador Declaration. Mr Celeo Alvarez, there are many real benefactors from this region who laid the bricks in the wall that you are trying to tear down.
Mr Celeo Alvarez you should already know about the Garvey Satuye Initiative. This initiative honours these men we purposed to create an economic platform rebuilding and upholding our history and culture; you should know how serious we all are about rebuilding this culture.
In January 2014, the CABO organization got registered in Honduras for the first time. This new birth for CABO and the Central American Nation has begun with a reform program. This program is to make sure nobody else will be able to do what you, Mr Celeo Alvarez, and your his cohorts did to the CABO organization.
There is no in-between when we deal with African nationalism and identity, and no matter how many people you have hyped to believe that a Garifuna Nation is the CABO mandate I am sure you know what we agreed to when we founded the CABO organization.
I pray that you do become a true representative of all African descendants, and that you someday go into the region yourself to record all sides of our neighbourhoods. We still do have African descendants in all our neighborhoods, not just Garifuna, brother Celeo Alvarez, we told you this in 1994 -- that is the reason for the name Central American Black Organization.
Mr Celeo Alvarez, can you imagine how much more we could have accomplished if you were intuitive enough to encourage and support Garifuna, Creole, Maya and indigenous people, all rising black political stars and activists without restriction, as we try to fix our relationships regionally? Documenting the stories of black political liberators in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and the USA is a tool we must be able to see and share, the story, the behind-the-scenes footage of the work we all do at home with our wives and children in our communities all over the region.
Abdulmajeed K. Nunez