A Pawtucket resident (who is Cape Verdean) was caught in a crossfire shooting on the border line between Pawtucket and Center Falls. The shooting happened at the parking lot of a meat market on Lonsdale Street across from a local Burger King. The victim did not at first even realize he was shot. When he did, he drove himself to the hospital. Because of the language barrier, however, there was much confusion in getting the proper attention and help that the victim needed. Neither police departments in Pawtucket nor Central Falls were taking responsibility for it when I spoke...Read More
Author: Adam Cheung
As we know from past articles, the Cape Verdean Community Development in Pawtucket Rhode Island had some problems in the past. Khrystyne Bento and Abdul Adil led a protest regarding lack of programming and misappropriation of funds. The CACD has worked to change all that through a transition team because in the end, the community recognizes that they need this organization and its resources. The meeting was streamed live by Khrystyne Bento and transparency was a key point. Many of the details about the mistakes of the past were talked through and presented. But also solutions were put forth...Read More
I had the opportunity to interview Justin Fernandes, also now known as Abdul Adil, about his work in the Dorchester community. I felt that given the current situation politically that I should also ask him about his faith, Islam. “I converted about 1995 because I studied a lot to find out who am I? And when I say study I don’t mean study in school, I mean read and research on my own. Where do I come from? I was born into Catholicism and I didn’t like it much. I did Jehova’s Witness… and I was introduced to Islam...Read More
A couple years ago the CV Network did a piece on the CACD in Pawtucket. As it turns out Abdul Adil was involved in the protest that took place. I asked him to speak on that a little bit. CACD, which stands for Cape Verdean American Community Development, was created in 1993 to help the Cape Verdean Community. But as Abdul tells it, “I got a phone call that the executive director” at the time two years ago, “was getting a lot of money from the City and State” (That’s Pawtucket and Rhode Island), “but that he’s not doing...Read More
I had the opportunity to interview Dorchester Activist and the first Cape Verdean rapper. Formerly known as Justin he now goes by Abdul Adil after finding the Muslim faith. Abdul created CV World Enterprise in 1998. The problem that he saw with his community in terms of organizing was that they were never able to include youth. They could not Unite the youth with the families, the older culture. A lot of the organizing did not help kids here in the United States. So CV World Enterprise seeks to help kids out in schools and in the court system....Read More
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