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BUFLA HISTORY



BUFLA History


Introduction: (June 4, 2006)


Bangladesh Unity Federation of Los Angeles (BUFLA) is a Federation of many different Bangladeshi Organizations of greater Los Angeles area in California, USA. BUFLA was formed with unanimous vote by 40 (Forty) Community leaders representing 25 different Bangladeshi Organizations at the very 1st meeting held at Econo-Lodge Hotel Conference room in Los Angeles, California, USA, on June 4, 2006. BUFLA Website is at www.bufla.org and www.bufla.com

The Bangladesh Day Parade and Charity are designed to promote unity, harmony and discipline in our Bangladeshi Community of the Greater Los Angeles Area in California, and beyond, through mutual respect, modesty, and sincere goodwill in front of the Mainstream American Society. The Parade and Charity are also intended to synergize the strengths of Unity to achieve a higher ground that shines brighter and to transform our community into a community of higher quality education, modesty, mutual respect and other higher Values. BUFLA is promoting Unity, Charity, Community Development and exhibiting the Spectacular Bangladesh Day Parade in order to uplift our motherland Bangladesh and our homeland USA and beyond for global goodness with the Universal outlook.The Bangladesh Day Parade and Charity are designed to promote unity, harmony and discipline in our Bangladeshi Community of the Greater Los Angeles Area in California, and beyond, through mutual respect, modesty, and sincere goodwill and to uplift our motherland Bangladesh and our homeland USA in front of the Mainstream American Society. The Parade and Charity are also intended to synergize the strengths of Unity to achieve a higher ground that shines brighter and to transform our community into a community of higher quality education, modesty, mutual respect and other higher Values.


Concept Background before June 4, 2006


Two observations over a period of two years from 2003 to 2005 inspired the idea to propose the formation of this Unity Federation: (1) The Los Angeles Bangladesh community was, and still is, the second largest Bangladeshi Diaspora in USA and it is enormously multi-talented and extensively resourceful, (2) There were significant level of conflicts among some of the Community leaders and Community organizations, reducing each other in a destructive way like misaligned vectors, and so, it was felt that if these multi-talents and resources can be aligned somehow in a constructive way to add like vectors, or even synergized to be better than aligned vectors, then those conflicts can be reduced and at the same time much bigger objectives can be achieved by the United efforts of this greatly potential community. That is how the concept of this Unity Federation was inspired.

So, the discussion started in 2005 with various community leaders and various organizational executives about this proposal to form the Unity Federation. The initial reaction was very widely negative and very strongly critical. Here are a few of those many negative comments of that time: (1) There cannot be any Unity in Los Angeles Bangladesh community, (2) This is a strange proposal to put so many frogs on one plate who will immediately jump out of the plate leaving it empty, (3) I have bitter experience about the community leaders of this community, and I have seen their very negative roles and they are not going to change for the better, and so, I do not want to waste anymore of my quality time for this community, but instead, I now use my valuable time for my job, for my business and for my family, (4) We have lived in LA for many years now and we are the community leaders of LA and we know how LA works, and so, why should we listen to someone who just came to LA only recently and he does not know how LA works, and so, he should leave LA and he should go back to his previous town, (5) There must be some ill-motive, money-making plan or leadership plan or some conspiracy behind this Unity Federation plan, (6) This is a crazy idea and out-of-mind proposal to form this Unity Federation in Los Angeles. These wide-spread negative responses made the discussion period longer leading into 2006. However there was only one single person who said in 2006: This Unity Federation has a chance because the proposer has no color.

So, all the community leaders and various organizational executives were invited to a meeting at Econo-Lodge Hotel Conference room in Los Angeles, California, USA, on June 4, 2006, and many of them came to this meeting. After several hours of intense discussions, complex arguments and hot debates in that meeting, this Unity Federation BUFLA was formed with unanimous vote by 40 (Forty) Community leaders representing 25 different Bangladeshi Organizations in this very 1st meeting. This was a milestone for BUFLA and the details are posted on BUFLA Website as Mtg-Minutes-June-4-2006. At the end of this meeting, a community leader came forward and presented a cactus plant and said: This Unity Federation is an effort to grow flowers in this desert of Los Angeles Bangladesh community, and so let us plant this cactus plant also in this desert so that it may give flowers someday.





2006-2007: After June 4, 2006


After the formation of BUFLA on June 4, 2006, the second meeting of the BUFLA Team was held on July 30, 2006 at Shatto Recreation Center in Los Angeles, which was attended by about 45 community leaders representing 30 different organizations. The primary topic of discussion in this meeting was to decide what to do on the Unity celebration day. About 12 different items were suggested by various attendees to celebrate. Some organizational items were also discussed in this meeting. The decision for Unity celebration item was deferred until the next meeting in order to give more time to think. (Mtg-Minutes-July-30-2006 posted on BUFLA Website).

The third meeting of the BUFLA Team was held on October 1, 2006 at Shatto Recreation Center, which was attended by about 40 community leaders representing 31 different organizations. In this meeting, about 16 different items were suggested as Unity celebration item, and after a long and intense discussions, it was decided by a vast majority of votes to do “Bangladesh Day Parade” in order to celebrate Bangladesh Independence Day. This was another milestone for BUFLA. The Parade item was suggested by Dr. M. A. Hashem. (Mtg-Minutes-Oct-1-2006 posted on BUFLA Website).

Mtg-Minutes-Oct-1-2006 posted on BUFLA Website

So, the BUFLA journey started with full enthusiasm to hold the first Bangladesh Day Parade in March, 2007 by shutting down the road of Los Angeles. Many Standing Committees were formed with various responsibilities, and various dignitaries and artists were invited from Bangladesh and USA. Then the process started to work with the LA City Council and various City departments to shut down the road for the Parade. The Parade and Festival was held on Harvard Ave, crossing the 3rd street in Los Angeles. The LA City departments became very involved in this process including the LAPD, the Dept of Transportation, Bureau of Street Services, and Fire department, etc. The Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa accepted our invitation to be the first Parade Marshall and there were a lot of excitements in our community for this first Parade.

However, during these preparations, one person could not be the chairman of a Standing committee, and so, he walked out of the BUFLA meeting and a few other persons left with him as well. Then they wrote a letter to the Mayor and other dignitaries not to come to the Bangladesh Day Parade because BUFLA and its organizers were so bad. The Mayor and other dignitaries finally came to this parade. The Bangladesh Ambassador came from Washington DC and the Consul General also attended it. It was a very successful and colorful parade and festival with large attendance by the community members on April 1, 2007 with the Mayor as the Parade Marshall. It was then proposed to the Mayor on the stage to establish “Little Bangladesh” and the Mayor pledged in front of a big audience to support it.

Dignitaries: LA City Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (Parade Marshall), Judy Chu
Artists: Rathindra Nath Roy, Mala Ganguly, Many local Artists.


2007-2008


After the first successful and colorful parade and festival on April 1, 2007, BUFLA team went ahead and prepared a draft of the BUFLA Constitution to get more organized as a Federation, so that an elected Cabinet can run BUFLA and they can organize the parade for March, 2008. The 20 page draft of the original Constitution of BUFLA was prepared by Dr. M. A. Hashem, and then it was edited down to about 10 pages. The draft of the BUFLA Constitution went back and forth between the EC and the Constitution Committee several times over many months before it was finalized. Several people worked very hard for many months to finalize the draft of the BUFLA Constitution. It was However, in the BUFLA meeting where the BUFLA-Constitution was going to be ratified, some of the people who left BUFLA earlier suddenly walked into the BUFLA meeting, took over the meeting, and forced to stop the Constitution ratification process. Then after several months, the BUFLA Constitution was ratified at a General Assembly meeting on September 16, 2007, without any incidence. However, the second Bangladesh Day Parade was also held without the election of the Cabinet. This Parade took place on March 30, 2008 on Vermont Ave and the festival was at Shatto.

There are a few individuals who had particularly very significant contributions for BUFLA in many different ways during the formation and initial journey of BUFLA including the promotion of BUFLA in the community, fund-raising, cultural enrichment, BUFLA Anthem, BUFLA Logo graphics, State of the Art BUFLA Website and help BUFLA to keep moving forward even through some difficult times and who have remained positive and helpful for BUFLA on a continuing basis, and they are: Emdadul Haque (Bob), A. K. M. Toha, Saleh Kibria, Dr. Shah Alam, Khaleed Hossain, Diluar Chowdhury and Susamoy Ahmed. Dignitaries: Lee Baca (Parade Marshall), Tom LaBonge(Special Guest), Nayemul Islam Chowdhury (Special Journalist Guest from Bangladesh)
Artists: Momtaj Begum

2008-2009: Dr. Abul Hashem


Cabinet: Dr. Abul Hashem, A. K. M. Toha, Major Saif Kutubi, Anisur Rahman, Quddus Khan


After the Bangladesh Day Parade on March 30, 2008, the BUFLA Executive Committee went ahead and ratified the BUFLA Constitution in a General Assembly meeting (GA-Meeting) in 2008. Then the BUFLA election process started for the EC to elect the 5-member Cabinet for the first time. Three candidates ran for the President position along with other candidates for the remaining 4 positions. Dr. M. A. Hashem was elected as the first President of BUFLA with overwhelming majority of the EC votes. The two other candidates who lost the election for the president position could not accept their defeat, and so, they left BUFLA and started to talk negatives about BUFLA.

After the election, Dr. M. A. Hashem and his Cabinet organized the Inauguration ceremony at a beautiful hotel ball room, where the BOT/Election-Commission conducted the Oath taking ceremony. The new Cabinet members were then honored with flower-garlands and their spouses were also honored with flowers in a very festive and jubilant mood and environment. The first President was presented with a Gavel to call to order and run the BUFLA-EC meetings. It was a big gathering of BUFLA team members and community members and community leaders.

Then the new Cabinet started the major preparation for the Bangladesh Day Parade 2009. The BUFLA team was surprised when Dr. M. A. Hashem made a short trip to Bangladesh before the parade and came back with a huge big flag of Bangladesh to lead the parade. He also brought a larg number of banners with the pictures of Shaheed Minar, Royal Bengal Tiger, National Monument and other pictures signifying our National Identity. There was also the BUFLA Calendar.

This time the parade was held on March 29, 2009 and the Festival was held on March 28-29, 2009. The parade was held on Vermont Ave and the festival was staged with tents and booths on the 4th street right in front of Shatto Recreation center. There were also the huge arrangement of Carnivals with rides and games covering the 4th street, which attracted many people of other ethnicities.

First Amendment of BUFLA Constitution was ratified in 2009. Dignitaries: Shykh Seraj (Parade Marshall),
Artists: Samina Chowdhury, Kumar Biswajit
Grand Sponsor: Belayet Hossain (Dhaka Homes)
Other Sponsors: Aajkal (Media partner)

2009-2010: Khandakar Alam


Cabinet: Khandakar Alam, Quddus Khan, Mushfiqur Chowdhury Khosru, Mohammed Nazrul Alam, SMA Razzaque, Shafiul Alam Friend Babu, Khaleed Hossain


Khandakar Alam and his cabinet was elected unopposed in the BUFLA election. A second candidate was contesting for the President position but withdrew his candidacy before the election, but election was held and in the election Khandakar Alam got 27 votes and his opponent got 2 votes.

The First Amendment of the BUFLA Constitution was ratified in 2009. The Charity feature was included in the 501(c)(3) application at this time and became part of this First Amendment. The number of Cabinet members was increased from 5 to 7.

This time the Bangladesh Day Parade and Festival were held on April 17-18, 2010 at Shatto. This was a very successful term for BUFLA with Inauguration ceremony, Fund raising dinner and Bangladesh Day Parade and Festival. A unique situation happened in this term when some people blocked Shatto for the last weekend of March, and Khandakar Alam gave confident and generous leadership to move the Parade to the 3rd week of April. The first BUFLA Charity project was done during this term by helping the Haiti Earthquake disaster victims in 2010.

Dignitaries: Kali Pradip Chowdhuri (Parade Marshall), Dhaka University Former VC Professor Moniruzzaman Mian (Chief Guest).
Artists: Ayyub Bachchu (Bangladeshi Rockstar), Mizan Chowdhury (Dallas, TX)), Many local Artists.
Grand Sponsor: Belayet Hossain (Dhakahome.com)

2010-2011: Jashim Ashrafi Ahmed


Cabinet: Jashim Ashrafi Ahmed, Mushfiqur Chowdhury Khosru, Dr. Shah Alam, Shafiul Alam Friend Babu, Anisur Rahman, Mohammad Ali Khan, Farhana Sayeed


This was one of the most contested BUFLA elections yet between two panels headed by Jashim Ashrafi Ahmed and Shamsuddin Manik. The elections campaigns were all over the town with campaign dinners. The panel of Jashim Ashrafi Ahmed won the election with very close margins, except the Cultural Secretary position which was won by Farhana sayeed.

It was one of the most challenging term for BUFLA. A BUFLA EC member was introduced as the President of BUFLA at a LA-City public program but he did not correct it, while the official BUFLA President was present there. So, when that issue was brought up at the next BUFLA-EC meeting, that same EC member left the EC meeting along with a few others. They eventually formed a rebel group or reform group and wanted to take over the parade. So, BUFLA moved the Parade on Saturday, March 26, 2011. The Festival was on March 26-27, 2011. A negotiating team was formed by the EC who tried very hard to settle things and the EC accepted all of their demands but they still did not rejoin BUFLA. Eventually the reform group was dissolved on their own. Jashim Ashrafi Ahmed demonstrated very calm and thoughtful leadership and sailed BUFLA out of the crisis very successfully.

It was a successful term with Inauguration ceremony, Fund raising dinner and also the Bangladesh Day Parade on Vermont and Festival at Shatto. The Inauguration ceremony was held at the Ballroom of the Universal City Hilton & Tower. Parade was held on Saturday, March 26.

Dignitaries: Congressman Brad Sherman (Parade Marshall), Dr. Kali Pradip Chowdhuri (Chief Guest).
Artists: Somnur Monir Konal (Channel -i 2005 best voice), Rumi (CloseUp-1 2006 Winner), Many local Artists.
Grand Sponsor: Belayet Hossain (Dhahahome.com)
Other Sponsors: Channel-i (Media partner)

2011-2012: Shamsuddin Manik


Cabinet: Shamsuddin Manik, Quazi Moshoorul Huda, Maruf Islam, Ashraf H Akbar, Aktar Hossain Mia, Mohammad Tareq, Anjuman Ara Sheuli


Shamsuddin Manik as the Presidential candidate and his panel won the election in this term. There was a contestant for the President position who lost the election.

This time the Bangladesh Day Parade and Festival were held on March 31 – April 1, 2012. It was a successful term with Inauguration ceremony, Fund raising dinner and also the Bangladesh Day Parade on 3rd Street Little Bangladesh route and the Festival on S. Ardmore Ave on the open street. Shamsuddin Manik demonstrated good leadership to bring along a good spectrum of community leaders and community members to BUFLA programs and events. He also made a major publicity of BUFLA in England and Bangladesh. The blanket distribution for the needy people of Bangladesh was introduced by President Shamsuddin Manik as a BUFLA-Charity project.

Dignitaries: Parade Marshall: Sheriff Leroy D Baca;
Chief Guest: Md. Monirul Islam (MP of Bangladesh); Special Guests: Charlie Beck (LAPD Chief), Michael Downing (LAPD Deputy Chief), Eric Garcetti (Council member), Tom LaBonge (Council Member), Jan Perry (Council Member)
Artists: Partho (Souls), Sami Khan, Many local Artists.
Sponsor: Dr. Kali Pradip Chowdhury, Channel-i (Media partner)

2012-2013: Denny Tayyib (Munira Naaz Tayyib)


Cabinet: Denny Tayyib, AFM Ziaul Islam, Md. Nazrul Alam, Ilias Sikder, Shahidul Islam, Mohammad Ali Khan, Md. Amzad Hossain


Denny Tayyib became the first woman president of BUFLA, who was elected unopposed along with her panel as Cabinet. There was a contestant for the President position who withdrew his nomination before the election.

This time the Bangladesh Day Parade and Festival were held on March 30-31, 2013 on the 3rd Street Little Bangladesh route. The parade was colorful and employed the use of convertibles and double-decker tour buses. It was a successful term with many accomplishments for BUFLA and the community:
1) Inauguration Ceremony was done in a grand and special way at the Beverly Garland hotel in North Hollywood.
2) Fundraising Dinner was also held at the Beverly Garland hotel in North Hollywood.
3) Festival was held at Virgil Middle School Field for the first time for BUFLA and also for our community.
4) BUFLA Eid Reunion and Eid Mela was held for the first time bringing artist Shahnaz Rahman Shikrity from Bangladesh.
5) BUFLA Health Fair and Seminar was established for the first time and many people attended.
6) BUFLA Charity Committee was formed for the first time comprised of all past and present presidents of BUFLA as members.
7)BUFLA celebrated 12/12/12 at the Anar Bagh restaurant.
8)BUFLA held its first Ekushey February event at 4000 W. 3rd Street.


BUFLA made good advances in connecting with the greater Bangladeshi community through social media (Facebook) stemming from considerable social media presence of Denny Tayyib. Further, BUFLA made the first set of Google email groups spanning around 3,000 recipients. More women and youth were inclined to volunteer and participate under the BUFLA umbrella. BUFLA had free continued use of office space at 4000 W. 3rd Street during this term.

BUFLA had made leaps forward in community approval. Under the face of Denny Tayyib, more women and youth were inclined to volunteer and participate under the BUFLA umbrella. BUFLA had free continued use of office space at 4000 W. 3rd Street this term (2011-2013). Denny Tayyib demonstrated great leadership.

Dignitaries: Congresswoman Judy Chu (Parade Marshall), Mayor Eric Garcetti (Guest of Honor), Councilman Tom LaBonge (Special Guest), Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (Special Guest), Enam Ahmed Chowdhury (Chief Guest from Bangladesh), Fire Chief and Councilmember Candidate Emile Mack (Special Guest), Deputy Chief of Police Michael Downing (Special Guest), Consul General Enayet Hossain (Special Guest at Inauguration and Annual Fundraising Dinner), Deputy Consul General Shahnaz Gazi (Special Guest at Annual Fundraising Dinner), Dr. Kali Pradip Chaudhuri (Special Guest at General Assembly meeting for the State of the Federation Address)

Grand Sponsor: Ali Tayyib
Other Sponsors: Dhaka Homes Ltd. Belayet Hossain, Rakhin City (Real Estate Company) Artists: Pritom Ahmed (from Bangladesh), Shahnaz Rahman Shikrity (from Bangladesh), Shoma Rahman (from New York), Priyadarshini Roy(Miss India Southern California), Many local Artists.

2013-2015: Shiper Chowdhury


Cabinet (2014-2015): Shiper Chowdhury, Shafiul Alam Babu, Abul Hasnat Rayhan, Faruq Howlader, Anjuman Ara Sheulee, Layek Ahmed, Syed M Hossain Babu


Cabinet (2013-2014): Shiper Chowdhury, Abul Hasnath Rayhan, Anjuman Ara Sheulee, Amzad Hossain, Layek Ahmed, Faruq Howlader, Diluar Chowdhury


Shiper Chowdhury is the first person who served as BUFLA-President for two years. He was elected unopposed along with his entire cabinet.

The Bangladesh Day Parade and Festival were held on March on March 29-30, 2014 and on March 28-29, 2015. In addition, there were Inauguration ceremony, Fund raising dinners, and Health Fair and Clinic at a larger scale. Several significant things happened during these two years term as follows:

(1) BUFLA Office, a beautiful office.
(2) Ratification of Second Amendment of BUFLA Constitution on December 22, 2013.
(3) New and State of the Art Website (Dr. Shah Alam at the request of the President Shiper Chowdhury and endorsement by Ziaul Islam).
(4) Longest Parade Route on 3rd Street and Vermont from Normandie to Virgil Middle school.
(5) Floats in the Parade for the first time, a big step up for the Parade, along with two bands, Golf carts, Dholls, Horses, Horse carriage, etc.
(6) Bangla Book-shelf at the Los Angeles public Library for the first time.
(7) A higher quality Souvenir.
(8) Health Fair and clinic with BMANA, Dr. Nitin Shah and others at a bigger scale.
(9) BUFLA-Charity took a big step up with several additional Charity projects and activities.
(10) Several additional Organizations joined BUFLA.
(11) Image of BUFLA improved significantly in the broader community and beyond.

Bangladesh Day Parade 2014:

Dignitaries: LA-City Deputy Mayor Rick Cole (Parade Marshall), Paul Krokerian (Councilmember), Mitch O’Farrell (Councilmember North Hollywood), Matt Debonath (Office of Congressman
Brad Sharman, Consul General,
Artists: Baby Naznin, Many local Artists.
Grand Sponsor: Moazzem Hossain Chowdhury,
Sponsors: Belayet Hossain, Dhaka Homes (Platinum)


Bangladesh Day Parade 2015:

Dignitaries: Shykh Seraj (Parade Marshall), Herb Wesson Jr (President of LA-City Council), Yusef Robb (Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor), Renowned Anchorperson Moushumi Barua as MC for two days.
Artists: Beauty Das, Shah Mahmood, Many local Artists.
Grand Sponsor: Moazzem Hossain Chowdhury
Other Sponsors: Belayet Hossain, Dhaka Homes (Platinum), Haque Foundation

2015-2016: Major (Retd.) Enamul Hamid


Cabinet: Major (Retd) Enamul Hamid, Mohammed Sayedul Hoq, Lt. (Retd) AFM Ziaul Islam, Ahsan Hafeez, Mohammed Ashraf Hossain (Babul), Saiful Chowdhury, Shahnag Bulbul


Major (Retd.) Enamul Hamid was elected unopposed as the President of BUFLA for this term. His entire cabinet was also elected as unopposed. Major (Retd.) Enamul Hamid preferred to serve as President for one year, and so, the EC approved that option with a Motion.

The term started with a beautiful inauguration ceremony at a Los Angeles Hotel Ballroom, which was largely attended. Right after the Inauguration oath, the new President Major (Retd.) Enamul Hamid and each of the all other 6 Ex-Presidents were presented with a Gavel on the stage in a very special festive moment in front of a big gathering of BUFLA team members and community members and community leaders. BUFLA-Charity activities achieved a new height, and so, this is the first time that a separate fund raising dinner was held for the BUFLA Charity activities, which was a big success. The BUFLA Health Fair was held at Shatto this time in a big way. Then the Fund raising dinner for BUFLA Parade was held in January, 2016, which was another very successful event.

In the first GA meeting, the President, in his State of the Federation address said "Ask not what BUFLA can do for you, but ask what you can do for BUFLA". A beautiful poster has been prepared with this statement and it has now decorated the BUFLA Office.

This time the Bangladesh Day Parade and Festival were held on March 26-27, 2016 with the Parade on Saturday, March 26. It was a very successful term with many records in the book. Some of those are:

1) This is the first time a huge American Flag was added alongside the big Bangladeshi Flag to lead the Bangladesh Day parade.
2) This was the first time we held an on stage ceremony to recognize the College Graduates.
3) For the first time we saw a full contingent from a different country (Korea) take part in our parade.
4) For the First time we held a Charity Fund Raising on September 20, 2015 at Garden Suites Hotel.
5) For the BUFLA Fund Raising, we broke all previous records of BUFLA History and collected over $50,000.00.
6) We broke all previous records of selling Booths to the vendors and collected close to $19,000.00.

Bangladesh Day Parade 2016:

Dignitaries: State Treasurer John Chiang (Parade Marshall); Sheriff Jim McDonnell as Chief Guest and Deputy Chief of Police Michael P. Downing as Special Guest and Dr. Kali Pradip Chowdhury as Special Guest.
Artists: Renowned Bangladeshi singer Bappa Mazumder, and Shahnaz Belly, Many local Artists.
Grand Sponsor: Taranga of California
Other Sponsors: Belayet Hossain, Dhaka Homes (Gold) and Huq Foundation (Gold)

2016-2018: Dr. M. A. Hashem


Cabinet: Dr. Abul Hashem, Engr. Shahid Alam, Ilias Sikder, Siddikur Rahman Foisal, Shiekh Rafiqul Islam, Maruf khan, Shahnag bulbul


Dr. M. A. Hashem is the first President who has been elected uncontested to serve as the BUFLA President for the second time. He was also indeed the first President of BUFLA too during the 2008-2009 term. BUFLA EC in a closed door meeting where Dr. Hashem was absent, discussed and came out with a unanimous decision to elect Dr. Hashem as he President. Because of the health situation, Dr. Hashem was not sure if he would serve as the BUFLA President for the constitutional term of two years. So, a very special Motion was approved by the EC to let Dr. Hashem decide after his first year to see if he wants to continue as BUFLA President for the second year. A full team of 7 members is serving as the BUFLA Cabinet with Dr. Hashem.

After the election, Dr. M. A. Hashem and his Cabinet organized the Inauguration ceremony at the beautiful Garden Suites hotel ball room in Los Angeles, where the BOT/Election-Commission conducted the Oath taking ceremony. The new Cabinet members were then honored with flowers in a very festive way. Then the new President Dr. Abul Hashem was presented with a Gavel on the stage.

Then the new Cabinet started the major preparation for the Bangladesh Day Parade 2017. Here are some of the activities that have already been done so far:

1) GA Meeting where the President gave a very foresighted "State of the Federation" Address.
2) The BUFLA-Charity Fund-raising dinner for the second time was held at Garden Suite Hotel Ballroom.
3) A large number of banners have been brought from Bangladesh with the pictures of Shaheed Minar, Royal Bengal Tiger, National Monument and other pictures signifying our National Identity. These banners will be posted on the light posts along the Parade route.
4) A large number of beautiful Green-Red Sarees have been brought from Bangladesh for the ladies during the Parade.
5) A very successful Fund raising dinner was held on January 15, 2017 for the Bangladesh day parade.

Here are some additional plans:

6) BUFLA Scout: In 2009 when he was elected as the first president he formed the BUFLA scout but unfortunately during the last 7 years this scout was not functioning very well. This year again he is trying to reform BUFLA scout.
7) BUFLA Scholarship: This year Dr. Hashem and his cabinet decided to establish BUFLA scholarship where 10 students from all ethnic groups will get this scholarship.
8) In his 2nd term, Dr. Hashem digitalized the BUFLA office with telephone, computer, and internet.
9) This is the first time BUFLA is trying to do a community directory where most of the community members with their names & telephone numbers will be listed.
10) Meet the Organization: Dr. Hashem took a unique decision that he wants to sit down with each organization separately. He already did some and rest will be done soon.
11) Lotus Festival: This is the first time Dr. Hashem with his leadership took the responsibility to organize the Lotus Festival with 90 minutes of opening ceremony. For your information Lotus festival is the biggest festival in Los Angeles and this year Bangladesh is the theme country.
12) Fundraising: Dr. Hashem did the highest fundraising amount in BUFLA history.
13) Permanent place of BUFLA: Dr. Hashem and his cabinet expressed their desire to establish the BUFLA permanent place. They are working towards that.
14) Trying to organize the youth with a program like Flag dance.

Bangladesh Day Parade 2017:

The invited dignitaries are Senator Kamala Herris, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Congressman Brad Sherman, Council member Paul Krekorian, David Ryu, Mitch O Ferrell. And Herb J. Wesson and many more.
Artists are: Kumar Bissawjit and Many Local Artists.


BUFLA Policy:


BUFLA started as a Federation with very open Forum for all Bangladeshi organizations, all community leaders and all community members of the greater Los Angeles area in California and it continues to be so today. Even at the very first meeting on June 4, 2016 where the BUFLA was formed, a popular song was sung which has the following wordings: “I will take you just the way you are ………..”

However, just because someone could not be the chairman of a committee left the BUFLA meeting and he took a few other people with him. That was the first attempt to cause problem in BUFLA. This is the person who also wrote a letter to the LA Mayor not to come to the Bangladesh Day Parade, and he wrote the names of many people as signers of that letter without asking them, and so, they were upset. This person was already known as a bad element of the community and he proved it once again. A few other people behaved irrationally as well. So, Dr. M. A. Hashem made an announcement to the community at a BUFLA Fund raising dinner that “ Quality, and not Quantity will be the criteria of BUFLA”. That proclamation of “Quality and not Quantity” immediately became the BUFLA Policy. After that, several cases of other people were reviewed over a period of time and BUFLA realized that those few people qualified themselves to be expelled from BUFLA by their own nasty roles and activities. So, they were expelled from BUFLA one by one for various different breaches of disciplines. Some people were also kept away from BUFLA as well for similar reasons. Here are a few examples:

(1) Nasty letter was written to the LA-Mayor against BUFLA by a well-known bad element of this community,
(2) Someone behaved violently at a BUFLA EC meeting early on who was known in the community as a child molester, and he was the first to be removed from BUFLA,
(3) someone who shouted to be a freedom fighter behaved very grossly and abusively at a BUFLA formal meeting of Farewell to the Consul General at a restaurant conference room,
(4) One Cabinet member and ex-officer in the army attempted outrageous physical violence on another Cabinet member during a BUFLA meeting,
(5) another cabinet member did false propaganda about BUFLA and some of its volunteers through YouTube, who did a lot of nasty things in the community and he himself falsified about his professional career in Bangladesh,
(6) Someone falsely introduced himself as the President of BUFLA in a City public gathering in presence of the then current President of BUFLA,
(7) Someone initiated a potential major violence at the biggest gathering of BUFLA Festival where police needed to be called in to restore order,
(8) A bad element who considered himself to be a big leader in the community badly lost in the BUFLA Presidential election and then he said "BUFLA is bad" like "Grapes are sour" and then he started to act against BUFLA and he nastily tried to pollute and stop a big professional organization from joining the parade in order to take revenge for his personal failure,
(9) One bad element along with a few of his friends suddenly entered into a running BUFLA-EC meeting at Shatto and demanded that BUFLA can not have any Constitution, and they severely disrupted the BUFLA-EC meeting, which caused a year-long delay in the ratification of BUFLA Constitution,
(10) A bad element who is well-known in the community for stealing organization names went to the City Office with his another bad element friend to change the Parade permit from the BUFLA's name to his name, but the city rejected their ill-motive,
(11) Someone whose degree has caused confusion in the community and who badly lost the BUFLA Presidential election made a video announcement in the community that he will lead the Janazah prayer of BUFLA,
(12) A bad element who lost the BUFLA Presidential election said in a public meeting at a restaurant that he will not allow BUFLA to do the parade, but instead he will organize the parade and he will lead the parade, and he declared himself as the freedom fighter,
(13) Another bad element cross-reserved Shatto after BUFLA made the Shatto reservation first and he fought with the city and finally BUFLA had to delay the Parade by a few weeks and moved the Parade to the second half of April. So, because of these nasty activities by a few bad elements, they qualified themselves to be expelled or suspended or removed from BUFLA,
(14) Another bad element who had very bad names with real estate cheating on some community people and went to jail for federal crime also did false propaganda against BUFLA,
(15) Another person who went to jail for auto-accident frauds also spoke falsely against BUFLA,
(16) Another person praises BUFLA when his political brother is honored at BUFLA program but right after that he goes back to his false propaganda against BUFLA to expose his real character.

It turns out that those few expelled people and kept-away people were already known in the community as bad elements of the community, and they proved that again for themselves as to who they are, and as such they qualified themselves to be removed from BUFLA. A few people who does false propaganda against BUFLA via emails and Facebook actually harm themselves, discolor themselves and pollute themselves by exposing their real negative nature and character. So, those few expelled people and kept-away people say negative things about BUFLA and about some of the BUFLA volunteers, but in spite of their false negative propaganda, BUFLA continued and continues to move forward with good speed in order to serve the community better. BUFLA is now functioning very peacefully without those few bad elements. BUFLA is very cool now. BUFLA is now a beautiful forum and it holds its meetings very professionally in its own beautiful office. A very large group of good people and quality people have now assembled onto the BUFLA platform promoting Unity, Charity, Community development and displaying the Spectacular Bangladesh Day parade. This BUFLA team is also now carrying this bright torch light high and forward on a sincere and transparent noble journey with a modest and humble mission to serve the humanity at large with good speed, which is now accelerating to uplift our motherland Bangladesh, and our homeland USA, and the world and beyond, for the global goodness with the Universal outlook.



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