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The Silver People Law

The Silver People Law

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This paper is meant to formalize historic issues in our demand for the rescue, protection, restoration and safeguarding of the cultural properties and the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Panamanian community known as the Westindians or The Silver People of the Black Panama Canal Zone and the Urban Barrios. The document you are about to read is a synopsis of a historic Bill introduced in the National Assembly of Panama outlining these demands.
This paper is meant to formalize historic issues in our demand for the rescue, protection, restoration and safeguarding of the cultural properties and the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Panamanian community known as the Westindians or The Silver People of the Black Panama Canal Zone and the Urban Barrios. The document you are about to read is a synopsis of a historic Bill introduced in the National Assembly of Panama outlining these demands.

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The Silver People Law
ByRoberto A. Reid Green
 
This Paper is meant to formalize Historic Issues in our demands for the rescue,protection, restoration and safeguarding of cultural properties, and the IntangibleCultural Heritage of the Panamanian Community known as the Westindian, SilverPeople of the Black Panama Canal Zone and Urban Barrios.Author: Roberto A. Reid Green, B.A., M.A.Personal Identifier: Number: 8-82-623E-mail:radier57@yahoo.comWeb site:http://thesilverpeopleheritage.wordpress.comDate: December 17, 2009Panama City, Republic of Panamá© 2009 All rights Reserved - Roberto A. Reid GreenThe following is a Declaration in Facts on the restoration of Human Rights, since1948, Economic Social and Cultural Rights and Civil and Political Rights since1966. These are Historic Demands for the safeguarding and protection of culturalproperties, and the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Westindian PanamanianCommunity or the descendants of the Silver People of Panama and the CanalZone.
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An Introduction
The community has experienced long-term historic patterns of racial segregation andhas been submitted to practices of exclusionary policies in governance which has left alegacy fraught with abuses. The resulting psychological traumas have left an entireethnic group of people suffering from a weakened cultural perspective. Under such anoppressive atmosphere in which State as parties involved in formulating suchinternational declaration and being party to international agreements which expectedaction on safeguarding such cultural heritages considered simply were remiss incarrying out such duties in respect to the Silver Community of Panama.Theirs were as Parties involved in the United Nation Education Social and CulturalOrganization (UNESCO) since its foundations after WWII, who had been cognizanteven after the 1948 Declaration on Human Rights, and the 1966 Covenants of thatinternational body, maintained such blind and muted governmental policies andattitudes towards Panamanian historic Silver People that their educational systemvirtually promoted racism and historically has caused grave and harmful effects to the black population of citizens, who historically has been identified as the Westindians,and who lived in the middle class and poorer Urban Barrios and worked under theauthorities and administrations that controlled the historic Panama Canal Zone.Such act of commissions and omissions committed while handling vital publicadministration maters of those times indicated above had caused the aggrievedcommunities to become a culturally weakened populace, still classified as “Silver Employees, Local Rates and Black Westindian people,” to remain a social and culturalclass of people to act as stateless people, migrating or living without identifiablecultural value that has caused them grave social and cultural harm that had lasted for more than a century. So deep has been the long-term damages inflicted, that inherenterroneous beliefs have surfaced, taken as facts or truths regarding their ancestry and inaddition such negativity has been ascribed to the aggrieved and victimized communityas an inherent part of their make-up.So that in matters where absolute truths have affected self-acceptance in humanrelations, it has had additional tarnishing effects on the victims, and sanctioned andaccepted by such powerful victimizers to further ascribe negative policies to them. Sothen it has been that history has reveled that so demeaning has been such treatmentsover time, that those described as “loyal and honest employees,” still has not receivedcompensatory treatments nor has fully accepted their forefathers accomplishments as being part of their inherited character and human make-up.In this paper we hope to demonstrate that ours is a population, which has sufferedirreparable damages, and that our history is still without vital records and archives mostheld hostage by the described States Parties to such UNESCO mandated directoratesand considerations. It has been that such that interested scholars, students andresearchers of our ethnic race are hard pressed to find any funding or schools colleges3

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