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Multi-Purpose: Take Action for Puerto Rico! Community Briefing- Public Event

MODERATED BY: Luis A. Miranda, Jr.

SPECIAL GUEST: Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez


• Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, Board Member, National Puerto Rican Day Parade

• Melissa Mark-Viverito, Director, Power4PuertoRico

• Henry Garrido, Executive Director, DC37

Almost a year ago, we could not have imagined the devastation and marginalization that our beloved Puerto Rico would endure. Hurricane Maria’s ferocity—super-powered by the realities of climate change—exposed the vulnerability of an island with a decaying energy infrastructure, an unequal relationship with the United States, and a profound health care and financial crisis. On the one-year mark of this catastrophic event, some of our nation’s leading advocates for Puerto Rico will provide an update on the current situation on the island; how the diaspora is playing a key role in the recovery effort; and how YOU can Take Action for Puerto Rico to demand equity and justice on behalf of the more than 3 million American citizens living in Puerto Rico. Congress must adequately address the recovery needs on the island and we have the power to make that happen!

Lunch will be served. For more information or to RSVP, please call Jaslyn Jimenez at 212.233.8955 ext. 126 or email at

Take Action for Puerto Rico! brings together people and organizations to take action around four critical pillars for Puerto Rico’s recovery: empowered community, health care equity, climate change preparedness, and economic redevelopment. For more information, click here.