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PAPO USA Apoya el Tratado de Libre Comercio con Colombia

PAPO-USA, la organización que agrupa a los líderes Peruano-Americanos en los Estados Unidos, expresó 
todo su respaldo al proyecto del tratado de Libre Comercio entre los Estados Unidos y Colombia, 
instrumento esencial para el desarrollo económico y social entre ambas naciones.

El presidente de PAPO USA, Norberto Curitomai y su esposa Elizabeth, formaron parte del grupo de 
empresarios peruanos, dominicanos, mexicanos y colombianos, encabezados por el congresista Albio 
Sires, se reunieron en el Palacio de Gobierno, Palacio de Nariño, en Bogotá, con el presidente Álvaro 
Uribe, el viernes 10 de octubre del 2008. 

En dicha reunión, el Sr. Curitomai, dirigente peruano, expresó al mandatario colombiano su apoyo y 
colaboración para presionar al Congreso Norteamericano, para que apruebe el Tratado de Libre Comercio, 
tan pronto finalicen las elecciones internas. En la misma reunión, el Sr. Curitomai sugirió tomar como 
referente, la experiencia de las negociaciones que se hicieron antes de obtener el Tratado de Libre 
Comercio con el Perú.
El presidente Álvaro Uribe, agradeció este gesto de solidaridad al congresista y empresarios 
latinoamericanos por su desinteresado apoyo a la economía colombiana y por ende, Latinoamericana.

  

 
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., is greeted by cheers at a rally in North Bergen Wednesday night, sponsored by the Latino PAC Alliance, a coalition of six New Jersey organizations. (Photo by Michael Karas/Herald News)

Latinos cheer Clinton in N.J. visit

By PAUL BRUBAKER, HERALD NEWS | 01/24/08 02:11 AM 
NORTH BERGEN -- Propelled by hopes for national immigration reform, Passaic County Latinos joined hundreds who rallied Wednesday night for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, the Democratic presidential front-runner in New Jersey
And Clinton, more than an hour late and hoarse from an earlier Hackensack campaign stop, delivered her immigration platform with Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez at her side.
"I think we've got to bring people out of the shadows," Clinton said. "I believe that having people – 12 to 14 million of them here undocumented – is just a recipe for exploitation, for abuse, for demagoguery."Clinton advocated registration of undocumented persons, and having them pay fines and back income taxes for breaking immigration laws. Criminals should be deported, she said.

"That is the only practical, realistic solution," Clinton said. "It is in keeping with our values as a nation of immigrants and in keeping with the rule of law."
The event, billed in Spanish as "Together with Hillary, to a Better Life," was sponsored by the Latino PAC Alliance, a coalition of six New Jersey organizations, including the Peruvian American Political Action Committee of Paterson, which has about 1,500 members.
Earlier in the day, the New York junior senator appeared in Hackensack, where she picked up the endorsement of Bergen County Democratic Committee Chairman Joe Ferriero.
Before the rally, Miguel Diaz, a Dominican, Democrat and perennial Paterson City Council candidate, said it was Clinton's established political base that set her apart from Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards.
We are going to mobilize that base to get out the vote," Diaz said.
A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday indicated 49 percent of the Garden State's Democrats who intend to vote in the Feb. 5 presidential primary were behind Clinton, with Obama following with 32 percent and Edwards trailing with 10 percent.
For months, Clinton also has enjoyed the party support of many of the state's leading Democrats, including Gov. Jon S. Corzine, and Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-Paterson.
Clinton also picked up the endorsement on Wednesday of Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell.
"It's not just Hillary. It is also the people behind her," said Diaz. "These endorsements have been made by people who care about the Latino community."
Norberto Curitomai, president of the Peruvian American Political Action Committee, said Clinton's experience as first lady and senator made her the best candidate to tackle issues such as health care, the economy, the Iraq war and the nation's global reputation.
But he also noted that for many Latinos, Clinton's greatest distinction is her alignment with immigration reform proponents, including Sen. Robert Menendez, a former Hudson County Democratic Party chairman.
"She said that one of the priorities in the next administration, if she wins, will be immigration. We believe it," said Curitomai, who has in his Paterson office a freshly framed photograph of him and Clinton taken a few months ago.
But with catch words like "change" and "hope" that have marked this political year's campaigns, comprehensive immigration reform can mean many things to different people.
Diaz believes in amnesty for law-abiding people, struggling to become viable in the U.S. economy.
For Curitomai, immigration reform legislation must seek to reunite families separated by borders. Husbands and wives, parents and children kept apart by the current U.S. immigration system have taken a backseat to an immigrant's educational or professional background, he said.
But on Wednesday night, Clinton said she and Menendez had worked to fix that very problem in the U.S. Senate, and vowed to correct it if elected president.
"I believe in the American dream for everybody," Clinton said. "I want to do what I can to make sure the dream stays alive."
Reach Paul Brubaker at 973-569-7155 or brubaker@northjersey.com.

 

 

Clinton courts N.J.; collects key endorsements, campaign funds

Thursday, January 24, 2008
Last Updated Friday January 25, 2008, PST 2:20 AM
BY OSHRAT CARMIEL AND SAMANTHA HENRY
STAFF WRITERS
 

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton swung through North Jersey on Wednesday, stopping in Bergen and Hudson counties to collect campaign funds and high-profile endorsements

TARIQ ZEHAWI / THE RECORD
Senator Hillary Clinton works the crowd during a rally in Hackensack.

In a rare courting of the Garden State by a presidential candidate during primary season, Clinton held rallies in Hackensack and North Bergen less than two weeks before New Jersey's contest.

The visit, political observers say, vindicates the state's decision to advance the presidential primary to February from June. The move made New Jersey, where the former first lady commands a lead over Democratic rival Barack Obama, a suddenly attractive mate to presidential suitors.

"I think it's both significant and historic," said Bergen County Democratic chairman Joseph Ferriero of Clinton's visit. "It's not often that you have a presidential candidate come to Bergen County before the primary."

"It goes to the fact that we're really relevant in the state now in the primary season," said Democratic state chairman, Sen. Joseph Cryan, D-Union.

Both Clinton and Obama courted Ferriero for his endorsement - and the organizational manpower that would come with the backing of the Democratic leader of the state's most populous county.

On Wednesday, Ferriero said he was firmly with Clinton. And he backed his commitment with money and a pledge to dispatch a deep bench of party loyalists.

Early in the evening, Ferriero hosted a private, $2,300-a-head fundraiser for Clinton at The Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack, the tony locker room of Bergen County's power base. Then he assembled a rally for her at the auditorium of The Bergen Academies in Hackensack, where just about all of the county's Democratic elected officials – all seven freeholders, the sheriff, state legislators, and an assortment of mayors and council members - promised to work on the Clinton's behalf.

Clinton, who arrived nearly 90 minutes to the rally, greeted hundred of supporters - but made sure to also thank the party Joes - Ferriero and Cryan.

"I was told if you say thanks to Joe in New Jersey, a lot of people will be thanked," she said.

She discussed policy, pledging universal health care, an overhaul of the student loan industry and promising to "responsibly" remove troops from Iraq within the first months of her administration.

"Within 60 days of my becoming president, we are leaving!" she said of Iraq.

The crowd of mainly women, seniors and high school students rose to their feet, waved signs and snapped photographs, and later asked for her autograph.

 "I touched her!" said an excited Marjorie Santoro, a math teacher at a Hackensack Middle School who wore a Clinton t-shirt for the occasion. "She has such soft, beautiful hands."

"I came here expecting to be a supporter of her, but she just touched my soul" said Linda Flynn, a Hackensack middle school teacher, who wore a Hillary t-shirt and squealed when Clinton, took notice during the rally. Flynn said she was particularly impressed with Clinton's education policy, saying that the Bush administration's No Child Left Behind policy places too much emphasis on standardized testing.

The visit comes as Clinton's New Jersey campaign is gearing up its get-out-the-vote operations for the Feb. 5 contest. Officials have recruited Sylvia Larsen, the New Hampshire Senate president, who helped lead the successful turnout operations that restored Clinton's campaign there following her loss in the Iowa caucuses.

Obama supporters said they were unruffled by Clinton's collection of endorsement in Jersey.

"The Clintons are the establishment candidates," said Newark mayor Cory Booker, who was stumping for Obama Wednesday in South Carolina. "They're going to get a lot of the typical party apparatus supporting them. … It's to be expected."

A new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows Clinton with a 48 to 32 percent lead over Obama among likely voters. Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards came in third with 10 percent and Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich fourth with 1 percent.

The poll was conducted between Jan. 15 and Tuesday. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percent.

Clinton also courted the Hispanic vote Wednesday, stopping at an evening rally in North Bergen to implore Latinos to turn out on Primary Day. Sen. Robert Menendez, a national co-chairman of Clinton's campaign, helped organize the rally, which was hosted by the Latino PAC Alliance, a newly-formed coalition of Latino organizations and Hispanic politicians from across the state.

Several candidates have started turning their attention towards the Latino vote - which comprises just 9 percent of the nationwide electorate - but has the potential to deliver a swing vote in a tight race.

Hispanics are the largest and fastest-growing minority group in the country, and now account for 10 percent of the eligible voting population in New Jersey.

In North Bergen, Clinton spoke in detail of her support for comprehensive immigration reform that would emphasize border security and employer sanctions for hiring the undocumented. But Clinton said she would stand firm against the forcible separation of mixed-status families and work to give the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. a path towards legalization.

Clinton is heavily favored among Hispanics as the Democratic nominee, according to a recent poll by the Pew Hispanic Center, which found that nationwide 59% support Clinton, followed by 15% for Obama.

"We see Hillary as a senator who has struggled for the interests of the Latino community," said Romi Herrera, a Peruvian activist from Paterson who helped organize Wednesday's rally.

"I'm 19 and this is my first election," said Kevin Tafur of Jersey City. "I read her book and I thought it was great. She cares a lot about the environment and global warming. She's like – a true American." E-mail: henrys@northjersey.com and carmiel@northjersey.com  

Clinton to court Latino vote in Hudson next week
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Last Updated Friday January 18, 2008, PST 9:51 AM
BY SAMANTHA HENRY STAFF WRITER
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Last Updated Friday January 18, 2008, PST 9:51 AM
BY SAMANTHA HENRY

STAFF WRITER

U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton will court the New Jersey Latino vote on Wednesday, adding a North Bergen appearance to a Bergen County visit the same day.

Organizers hope the Democratic senator from New York will draw large crowds and numerous prominent Latino politicians.

Several Hispanic groups from around the state have formed an umbrella organization called the Latino PAC Alliance to support Clinton’s candidacy, and they expect more than 1,000 people at the North Bergen rally.

“This presidential election is the most important election ever for the Latino community,” Norberto Curitomai, co-chairman of the alliance, said in Spanish. “After what has happened during the past few years to our communities, we need to elect someone who is pro-immigrant and who will address the worsening social and economic crisis in this country — someone with experience on these issues.”

The alliance’s committee members include U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Bergen County Freeholder Chairman Tomas Padilla, Mayors Joey Torres of Paterson and Jorge Meneses of Hackensack, among others.

The rally, which will be free and open to the public, will start at 6 p.m. at Schuetzen Park at 3167 Kennedy Blvd.

Clinton is also scheduled to meet Wednesday with Joseph Ferriero, chairman of the Bergen County Democratic Organization, to accept the group’s endorsement.

U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton will court the New Jersey Latino vote on Wednesday, adding a North Bergen appearance to a Bergen County visit the same day.

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Organizers hope Sen. Hillary Clinton will draw large crowds and prominent Latino politicians to a North Bergen rally.
Organizers hope the Democratic senator from New York will draw large crowds and numerous prominent Latino politicians.

Several Hispanic groups from around the state have formed an umbrella organization called the Latino PAC Alliance to support Clinton’s candidacy, and they expect more than 1,000 people at the North Bergen rally.

“This presidential election is the most important election ever for the Latino community,” Norberto Curitomai, co-chairman of the alliance, said in Spanish. “After what has happened during the past few years to our communities, we need to elect someone who is pro-immigrant and who will address the worsening social and economic crisis in this country — someone with experience on these issues.”

The alliance’s committee members include U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Bergen County Freeholder Chairman Tomas Padilla, Mayors Joey Torres of Paterson and Jorge Meneses of Hackensack, among others.

The rally, which will be free and open to the public, will start at 6 p.m. at Schuetzen Park at 3167 Kennedy Blvd.

Clinton is also scheduled to meet Wednesday with Joseph Ferriero, chairman of the Bergen County Democratic Organization, to accept the group’s endorsement.

Norberto Curitomai

Norberto Curitomai

Dear Friends:

Political empowerment is not a game of numbers, despite the fact that Latino Community is growing at a record pace. The new era of immigrants is not supported by political action, political choice or Latino leadership.

As many divergent groups before us, Latino community continues to struggle. The lack of bi-lingual emphasis in schools, after the attack of September the 11 the government renewed it policies and enforce deportation. This police destroys families and develops a strong anti-immigrant (or anti-illegal immigrant) sentiment.

We the American Latinos must continue to unite and support issues which will lend themselves to economic self-sufficiency, excellence in academics and political solutions for legislative empowerment. We must strive hard to be good Americans and incorporate our blended heritages into this country of freedom and we must vote as Latino-Americans voting for issues and officials that will support our unique challenges and benefit us in goals to share in the American dream.

Our heartfelt gratitude goes to the men and women to the military forces they are our true heroes, to all elected officials of all designations who enhance our lives
Sincerely

Norberto Curitomai

 

 

 

Líderes de la comunidad Latina se reúnen con Senador Lautenberg

Por Rafael Marín

El senador federal de los Estados Unidos Frank Lautenberg, fue motivo de una manifestación de apoyo por parte de un comité de honor compuesto por Norberto Curitomai, Héctor Delgado, Igor Inga y Lizbeth Aparicio quienes fueron los anfitriones de la reunión llevada a cabo en casa del empresario Curitomai, en Clifton New Jwersey. Allí se dieron cita políticos, empresarios y líderes de la comunidad latina del Norte de New Jersey.

El Senador Lautenberg está cumpliendo 23 años en el Senado, su último éxito es la aprobación de su propuesta de ley "Green Buildings", solo falta la firma del presidente Bush para saber desde cuando rige. Como se sabe, esta ley fomenta el cuidado del planeta Tierra contra el efecto invernadero o el calentamiento global, sugiere el uso de fuentes de energía limpios entre otras cosas. En otros aspectos, Lautenberg, apoya el Dream Act, que es un proyecto que permite que los hijos de los inmigrantes puedan realizar sus estudios en USA, apoya toda forma de Reforma Migratoria que favorezca a los inmigrantes, votó a favor del Tratado de Libre Comercio entre Perú y los Estados Unidos y manifestó públicamente, su apoyo al Estatus de Protección Temporal a favor de los peruanos dentro del territorio americano.

En la reunión el senador tuvo la oportunidad de saludar a destacados políticos de alto nivel como el congresista Bill Pascrell, el Alcalde de Paterson Joey Torres, el concejal dominicano Rigo Rodríguez, el cónsul del Perú en Paterson José García Torres, Dino Callegari presidente de PAPAC, Peruvian American Political Action Committee de Paterson, Aristo Carranza presidente de PAPANJ y Lucilo Santos presidente de Dominican American Council de New Jersey.


Vista panorámica de un grupo de invitados a la reunión de apoyo al senador Frank Lautenberg, los cuatro del centro son Aristo Carranza de PAPANJ, José García cónsul general del Perú en Paterson, Senador Frank Lutenberg y Norberto Curitomai; detrás está Héctor Delgado, Igor Inga, Joey Torres alcalde de Paterson y antepenúltima Lizbeth Aparicio, oferentes de la reunión en honor del Senador.


Norbeto Curitomai, el anfitrión de la reunión, manifestando su apoyo al Senador Frank Lautenberg, a la derecha Congresista Bill Pascrell y alcalde de Parteson José Joey Torres. al fondo Lizbeth Aparicio, oferente de la reunión


Tres demócratas, Alcalde de Paterson José Joey Torres, Senador F. Lautenberg y congresista Bill Pascrell


Viejos amigos demócratas Senador Frank Lautenberg y Congresista Bill Pascrell.


Dominicano Lucilo Santos, líder de la comunidad latina, junto a congresista Bill Pascrell


Senador Frank Lautenberg y Tony Ibarría publisher de El Especial y El Especialito


Joey Torres, alcalde de Paterson y Senador Lautenberg

Gala de Norberto Curitomai superó expectativas en Paterson

Por Rafael Marín
Casi cuatrocientas personas colmaron las instalaciones del Brownstone House de Paterson con motivo de la IV Gala Anual de Norbeto Curitomai, conocido empresario y miembro de la Junta de Directores del Peruvian American Political Action Committee PAPAC. Allí se reunieron políticos y gente de negocios hispanos y americanos. Entre los destacados políticos estaban, el representante del Gobernador de New Jersey Javier Inclan, la representante del congresista Bill Pascrell Ritzi Morales, el senador estatal de New Jersey John Girgenti, la Asambleísta Nellie Pou, los Freeholders del Condado de Passaic, Pat Lepore, Terry Duffi y Sonia Rosado; el alcalde de Paterson Joey Torres, el presidente del Concejo Municipal de Paterson Ken Morris, el concejal Rigo Rodríguez, el presidente de la Cámara de Comercio Estatal Hispana de New Jersey Daniel Jara, el Sheriff del Condado Jerry Speziale fue representado por Jerry Gamble, los políticos peruanos, Víctor Villalta y Jesús Huaranga concejales de la ciudad de Harrison, Richard Esquiche concejal de Prospect Park e Ilia Villanueva de Casa Program. También estaba presente el Chairman del Partido Demócrata del Condado de Passaic John Currie. El presidente del Peruvian American Political Action Committee, Dino Callegari, el presidente de Peruvian Political Alliance of New Jersey, Aristo Carranza, el presidente del Peruvian American Political Action Committee Branch of Passaic Igor Inga y Lucilo Santos de Dominican American Council de New Jersey. El gobernador Corzine no estubo presente por estar de viaje en Europa y Bill Pascrrell en Washington, en misiones propias de su función. Entre los empresarios destacados estaban Luis Jardines propietario de Inca Kola en New Jersey, Nicholas Tselepis de Nicholas Realty, Miryam Delgado de Premier Home Mortgage, Lizbeth Aparicio de Panorama News, Héctor Castillo de Farmacias del Pueblo, Ana María Inga de Wall Street Finantial Gorp. Home Banker, entre otros.

El representante del gobernador dijo que los latinos deben participar en política asumiendo su responsabilidad mediante el voto, por su lado Norberto dijo que los grandes problemas son la educación, la salud y la inmigración y la solución depende de una decisión política, los latinos deben participar en la política a través del voto, que en el 2008 tenemos elecciones presidenciales y eso es muy importante para los latinos, para la nación y el mundo. Cuando el anfitrión agradecía, aprovechó de hacer un homenaje a la gente de Amor 93.1 Fm Radio en la persona de Brigido Reyes Lora, conocido como "Reyis" conductor del programa Temprano por la Mañana, entregándole una placa por apoyar al proyecto del Gobernador de New York Eliot Zpitzer para dar licencias de conducir a los indocumentados del estado, así también se hizo endoso del Peruvian American Action Committee a través de su presidente Dino Callegari, a los políticos que van a la re elección, Nellie Pou para la Asamblea Estatal de New Jersey, Jerry Speziale para Sheriff del Condado, Jhon Girgenti para senador estatal, Pat Lepore para Freeholder y Terry Duffy también para freeholder.

Norberto Curitomai es empresario de Paterson, miembro de la Junta de directores de PAPAC y Co chair de Peruvian American Political Organization USA, presidente del Immigrants Rights Defense Committee of New Jersey, y esta muy involucrado con la defensa de los inmigrantes en el estado de New Jersey y en toda la nación americana.


Norberto Curitomai, se va posicionando cada vez más en la política local, esto queda demostrado con la asistencia inesperada a su Gala Anual


Asambleísta Estatal Nellie Pou, recibió el endoso del Peruvian American Political Action Committee, durante la gala de Norberto Curitomai


Javier Inclán, representante del gobernador de New Jersey en la gala de Norberto Curitomai dijo que espera el triunfo demócrata en las elecciones presidenciales del 2008, cuya candidata es Hillary Clinton


Senador John Girgenti, Ritzi Morales representante de Bill Pascrell, Norberto Curitomai host de la Gala 2007, Nellie Pou asambleísta de New Jersey y Freeholder Terry Duffy en la Gala 2007


Mesa principal de la Gala 2007 de Norberto Curitomai en el lujoso Brownstone House de Paterson

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