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CACCI at Brooklyn Borough Hall. SJ Dodgson MJoTA 2014 v8n1 p0401

In the 5 years I have been privileged to be a member of CACCI, I have attended small business workshops and seminars, and celebrations and memorials in Brooklyn Borough Hall. a huge building, if I was in a Commonwealth country rather than in the heart of the United States of America, I would say it had been left over from colonial times. A huge marble entrance hall looking out over a plaza, and upsatirs the courtroom where we have our meetings.
CACCI at Penn Station. SJ Dodgson MJoTA 2014 v8n1 p0116

After an afternoon at the church center of the United Nations, remembering the lives lost in Haiti and listening to reports of good works of those rebuilding Haiti, and the outrage at the deportation of Haitian-descended Dominican Republic citizens I watched delightedly a pastor I know from CACCI riding down the elevator at Penn Station, one arm raised in praise, the other arm clutching 20 wrapped bouquet of yellow,red, orange roses. Being a member of CACCI does that to all of us, an organization led by kind people. Praise for all that is good.

I saw the pastor the following week, and told him I had seen him! He told me they were for church! He is a pastor in the Rev Moon's church, and he is always smiling. Always hopeful.

I am a proud member of CACCI, an organization led by Dr Roy A Hastick snr whose right hand is his wife Dr Eda Hastick. CACCI was started in 1985 in order to connect Caribbean businesses with financing and know how.

CACCI hosts events at least once a month, and is ready to spring into action when the Caribbean community needs it. That happened on January 12, 2010, when the devastating earthquake killed 10% of the population of Haiti.

The Caton-Flatbush market became the focus of the relief effort in Brooklyn. Television crews from all over the world descended on Caton-Flatbush Market. The director of Caton-Flatbush co-ordinated donations, and filled barrels with clothes, toys, bottle water and sent the barrels to Haiti.

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Pictures above, and left: at 26th anniversary celebration of CACCI at Medgar Evers University in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. A young lady took my picture with Dr Roy Hastick, Dr Eda Hastick and another CACCI member.
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Dr Eda Harris-Hastick is tenured social work faculty at Medgar Evers College (MEC) of the City University of New York and a licensed clinical social worker. Previously, she served as Director of College Counseling Services and Chairperson of Special Programs at MEC; Assistant Chief of Alcoholism Services at Harlem Hospital Center; and Administrator at NYC Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Alcoholism Services.

She is a founding member of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) and a board member of CACCI's Educational Foundation, Caribbean Research Center's Editorial Board, former Chair, SUNY Downstate Medical Center Community Board, Editorial Boards of Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions and Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention in Children & Youth, and member of New York State OASAS (Substance Abuse) Workforce Department.

Dr Hastick is a baccalaureate of arts (sociology & anthropology from Queens College, a Masters in Social Work from Smith College, School of Social Work, and a Doctorate in Education from Columbia University. Dr Hastick is widely recognized for her professional and academic work, her research, leadership and community service.

Photo below, Caton-Flatbush Market. Run by CACCI, and in particular by the incomparable Ms Anna Walker. She is ex-military, and it showed when she organized the market after the catastrophic Haiti earthquake.
Apr 28, 2011. CACCI business discussion at Brooklyn Navy Yard. Dr Roy Hastick, founder and leader, is standing in front of the center of the banner. Dr Eda Hastick was certainly in the room, but she is not in this picture. Mr Edmund Sadio is fourth from right in the back row.