Weekend of Respect & Justice for Puerto Rico

Weekend of Respect & Justice for Puerto Rico: October 26,27,28, 2018!
*Kick off the weekend with a screening of the documentary “Jurakán: Nation in Resistance” 10/26/2018 at 6:30pm at Lake Nona High School Performing Arts Center
*Stay tuned for updates to our events page for location of 10/27 & 1028!
*Have a local event during these dates and contact US Representatives on 10/29 #misionboricua #respectandjusticeforpr #auditoriayapr #jonesact
*Please contact Misión Boricua if you would like to add your name or organization to the Resolution.
https://www.gofundme.com/jones-act-campaign

Environmental Justice

 

April 26, 2018

2nd Event in the 2018 MB Empowerment Series: “Environmental Justice”

Raising awareness of the Environmental issues and Injustices suffered specifically within the island of Puerto Rico 🇵🇷 and the impact on US Citizen’s Health. We believe that educating the community of these issues will empower individuals to participate in effecting positive legislative changes within their local areas and on the island in ensuring a just recovery and positive legislative changes.

Solutions within the power of each individual:
1. Vote for candidates that will implement positive environmental legislation.
2. Join volunteer organization to Advocate for legislative changes for the Environment and Health Concerns suffered by PR on and off the island at the local, state, and federal levels.
3. Educate family & friends about the Environmental concerns relative to health and justice on the island of PR.

Jones Act Educational Series 2018

Jones Act Campaign

February 17, 2018-

Mision Boricua presented via live video, Nelson A. Denis, author of the “War Against All Puerto Ricans,” who defined the Jones Act and provided insight on the history and challenges of repealing this legislation. The second part of the event featured Julio Pabon via live video, a New York Community Activist, who initiated a working session for the audience about how to inspire community activism within the Puerto Rican Diaspora of Central Florida and contribute to Misión Boricua’s Campaign for the Exemption of Puerto Rico from the Jones Act of 1920.

Misión Boricua encouraged the participation of the audience and several local candidates. Mision Boricua is summarizing recommendations for an Action Plan on the Campaign for the Exemption of Puerto Rico from the coastwise laws of the United States, commonly known as the Jones Act.

 

 

Misión Boricua Participates in WMCF 2018

January 21, 2018

Misión Boricua’s participation in the 1st Anniversary of the Women’s March of Central Florida was an opportunity to work as a coalition in seeking common goals and the understanding that our liberation is tied to each other, as stated in the event’s advertising. This year the march was being held in support of Puerto Rico and the sister islands affected by the 2017 Hurricanes. The WMCF had a Community Fair area where Misión Boricua was present and distributed postcards addressed to the US Congress asking for the Exemption of Puerto Rico from the Jones Act of 1920, as well as requesting additional emergency relief.

The theme for the Anniversary Women’s March of Central Florida 2018 was Power to the Polls. Misión Boricua advocated for full voter participation within the Puerto Rican Diaspora of Central Florida. Misión Boricua believes that Puerto Ricans in the Diaspora of Central Florida have a dual responsibility as a US citizens and Puerto Ricans to advocate for positive legislative changes within the US Congress.

Misión Boricua & Womens March are united on the issues:

  1. Additional Emergency Relief for PR
  2. Exemption of PR from the Jones Act

Misión Boricua: First Recovery Summit

We want to invite you to Misión Boricua’s First Recovery Summit on Thursday November 16th from 5pm – 8pm. This is the initial conversation of the several that we will have regarding the reconstruction of Puerto Rico. We will be discussing two major topics: Jones Act and voting. Phillip Arroyo, JD., will be one of our speakers with his presentation “The Jones Act: Breaking Puerto Rico’s Shackles” as well as Doug Head, Chairman of County Watch, who will be presenting “Secret of Success for Community Voting.” We will also be registering people to vote and taking voter restoration signatures. In addition, we will also be accepting grocery and household donations for recent arrivals from Puerto Rico which will be donated to Latino Leadership. For food count, please RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mision-boricua-first-recovery-summit-tickets-39336708153?aff=eac2. The Misión Boricua: First Recovery Summit will be held at the Ana G. Mendez University System’s Library: 5601 S. Semoran Blvd. We encourage all who want to learn more about Puerto Rico’s situation to join us in this important conversation.

Queremos invitarlos a la Primera Cumbre de Recuperación de Misión Boricua el jueves 16 de noviembre de 5pm – 8pm. Esta es la conversación inicial de las varias que tendremos sobre la reconstrucción de Puerto Rico. Discutiremos dos temas principales: el Acta Jones o Ley de Cabotaje y votación. Phillip Arroyo, JD., será uno de nuestros oradores con su presentación “El Acta Jones: Rompiendo las Cadenas de Puerto Rico”, y Doug Head, presidente de County Watch quien presentará “Secreto de Truinfo en las Votaciones Comunitarias”. También estaremos registrando personas para votar y tomando firmas de restauración de votantes.Ademas estaremos colectando alimentos y articulos del hogar para recien llegados de Puerto Rico. Por favor hagan reservación para la comida en https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mision-boricua-first-recovery-summit-tickets-39336708153?aff=eac2. Misión Boricua: Primera Cumbre de Recuperación se llevará a cabo en la Biblioteca del Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez: 5601 S. Semoran Blvd. Deseamos que todos los que quieran aprender más sobre la situación de Puerto Rico a unirse con nosotros en esta importante conversación.

Members of Misión Boricua pose with Nelson Denis, Author “War Against All Puerto Ricans”

Members of Misión Boricua pose with Nelson Denis, Author “War Against All Puerto Ricans” at their event held on August 31, 2017 in Orlando where Nelson presented information on his book and current crisis in Puerto Rico. It was agreed that Misión Boricua will educate and promote issue of Cabotage Law to the community. This is a law passed in 1920 by United States officials which limits the economic deveopment in Puerto Rico.

So proud of the Misión Boricua team! Had a tremendous event Thursday night where we featured Author, Nelson Denis, “War Against All Puerto Ricans”. ¡Pa’lante!Ante un salón lleno en Acacia Centro Borinqueño donde el autor del libro War Against All Puerto Ricans Nelson Denis reiteró que los puertorriqueños deben marchar de Orlando a Jacksonville para protestar por la Ley Jones y otras medidas que previenen el desarrollo de la isla caribeña.Gracias a todos que asistieron y en especial mis compañeros de Misión Boricua.

Nuestro evento fue un éxito total! Gracias Nelson Denis por todo lo que haces para promover la verdadera historia de los puertorriqueños.Para mas información de Misión Boricua y como ser parte de nuestra organización, favor de llamar al 407-443-1739, misionboricua@gmail.com o dejar mensaje en nuestra pagina de facebook, Misión Boricua. Muy pronto pagina de Web, Mision Boricua.net. Gracias a Roxana De la Riva por el reportaje. Misión Boricua- Misión Posible! 🇵🇷🇵🇷A big thanks to all those who came out for this great event which was long overdue.

Our event was a huge success and we have been swamped with calls of so many who want to help make a difference in the Boricua community. So thankful for Mision Boricua members for their support and making this event so successful. Thank you Nelson Denis for promoting the real history of Puerto Rico and how this plays out with our “crisis” If you or someone you know would like more information on Misión Boricua, please call 407-443-1739, misionboricua@gmail.com or leave message on our Misión Boricua facebook page. Thank you Roxanna de la Riva for your coverage. Misión Boricua – Mission Accomplished!!!

Event photos can be found HERE

Nelso Denis Event Video

Lucy Meléndez compartiendo en nuestro programa

Gracias Lucy Meléndez (centro), Alcance Comunitario, Oficina del Supervisor de Elecciones del Condado Orange, FL, por compartir en nuestro programa, “Misión Boricua Informa”. Izquierda, María Torres, Vice Presidenta de Misión Boricua.

Thank you,Lucy Melendez, Community Outreach for the Orange County Florida Supervisor of Elections, for recently participating in our radio program, Misión Boricua Informa”. Left, María Torres, Vice President and Right Zoraida Rios-Andino, President, Misión Boricua. — with Maria Torres.

 

Llegará a Orlando el autor de Guerra contra todos los puertorriqueños

El autor de libros y director de cine, Nelson Denis, viene a Orlando a conversar con los residentes de la Florida Central y explicar, desde un punto de vista histórico y económico, la complicada relación que existe entre Puerto Rico y Estados Unidos.

Denis, es el autor del libro “War against all Puerto Ricans”, (guerra contra todos los puertorriqueños) y llega a la ciudad gracias a la organización Misión Boricua con el apoyo de Hispanic Federation, como parte de su programa de educación para la comunidad.

El encuentro será el jueves 31 de agosto a las 5:30 p.m., en Acacia Centro Borinqueño, 1865 N Econlockhatchee Trail, en Orlando. Además estarán inscribiendo a las personas para votar o para actualizar sus datos en el padrón electoral.

En su libro, Denis revive un pasaje histórico de 1934 cuando una huelga paralizó la economía de Puerto Rico durante casi cuatro meses. Entonces el jefe de la Policía E. Francis Riggs, un hombre americano, “declaró la guerra a los puertorriqueños” y asesinó a muchos huelguistas y nacionalistas.

“La frase de Riggs, ‘War against all Puerto Ricans’ fue un buen título para mi libro pero ahora resulta que esa guerra está más vigente que nunca y puede afectar a muchos puertorriqueños de la isla si cierran hospitales, suspenden beneficios médicos, cortan pensiones y hay más recortes a la educación como en la Universidad de Puerto Rico, todo eso aparentemente constituye una guerra declarada”, dijo a El Sentinel el exmiembro de la Asamblea del Estado de Nueva York.

La importancia de la historia

Agregó que los puertorriqueños seguirán emigrando a Orlando; por eso, dice, es imprescindible que la gente entienda la dinámica que ha existido en los últimos 120 años entre Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico, “es una relación económica donde los primeros 30 años Estados Unidos se apoderó del 80 por ciento de la tierra de Puerto Rico y si las cosas siguen así Puerto Rico será como un Disney para millonarios y un gueto para los puertorriqueños”, aseguró el escritor.

Para Denis, que nació en Nueva York pero su familia es de Caguas, los hechos que suceden en la actualidad son consecuencia de actos del pasado, por ejemplo la Ley Jones que se promulgó en 1917, en su Sección 27, le otorga el manejo de la economía a EEUU ya que solo barcos estadounidenses pueden transportar mercancías y pasajeros de un puerto a otro. Además, todas las embarcaciones deben ser construidas y ser propiedad de EEUU.

“Bajo la Ley Jones, cualquier buque extranjero que ingrese directamente a Puerto Rico debe pagar aranceles punitivos, restricciones de cuotas, tasas e impuestos, que luego se pasan al consumidor puertorriqueño”, entonces explicó que para bajar esos costos el barco extranjero solo tiene la opción de reencaminarse a Jacksonville, Florida “donde todos los productos serán descargados del buque extranjero, cargados de nuevo en un barco estadounidense, y luego — finalmente — enviados de regreso a Puerto Rico. El costo final de todo esta maniobra lo paga el consumidor puertorriqueño.

Pero dice que hay una manera de que en Orlando ayuden a Puerto Rico, “la gente de Orlando está en una posición clave en esta lucha y es que los puertorriqueños hagan una gran marcha de Orlando a Jacksonville que afecte a las compañías de carga, en esta marcha invitan a celebridades puertorriqueñas como Marc Anthony y Ricky Martin a que participen y tenga más fuerza”, afirmó y aseguró que eso no es imposible porque ya pasó con la situación de Vieques.

Para escribir el libro, el autor se basó en hechos históricos y usó fuentes públicas y privadas “todo el material tiene referencias”, tardó cuatro años en escribirlo, aunque empezó las investigaciones en 1977 cuando estaba en la universidad hablando con familiares y algunos eran nacionalistas.

Aparte ha escrito tres novelas que no se han publicado y 14 guiones de largometrajes. En 2003 dirigió la película “Vote for me”. En este momento está dirigiendo un largometraje de comedia de ficción sobre un inmigrante.

El debate del estatus

Acerca del estatus de Puerto Rico, y su opinión de los grupos que impulsan la estadidad Denis dice que es una posibilidad que tiene cierta atracción, pero “Estados Unidos nunca va a aceptar a alguien que debe $74,000 millones, además tendría acceso inmediato a la bancarrota y renegociar la deuda y si eso pasa, los otros 50 estados van a querer hacer lo mismo”. Según el autor ese es el motivo por el que no quieren darle la estadidad a Puerto Rico y sigue como colonia, “sin decir que soy independentista y si las otras dos opciones te meten en el cementerio el único modo de salir adelante es la independencia para Puerto Rico”, afirmó.

Por su parte Zoraida Ríos-Andino, presidenta de Misión Boricua, explicó que el evento es parte del programa educativo de la organización, “para que el pueblo aprenda que la única manera de resolver nuestro presente es aprender de lo que pasó en nuestra historia y que es la causa de lo que pasamos ahora”.

Ríos-Andino enfatizó que la gente debe aprender de la Ley de Cabotaje y que Florida juega un papel importante porque aquí está el puerto más grande de donde sale la mercancía para Puerto Rico y es Jacksonville.

“Es una ley injusta que por su culpa la economía de Puerto Rico no se puede desarrollar porque todos los productos que llegan a la isla deben ser de barcos americanos y así los puertorriqueños no pueden conseguir un mejor precio”, afirmó Ríos-Andino y agregó que están por concluir con el programa de radio Misión Boricua Informa, que durante tres meses presentó funcionarios electos y líderes comunitarios además que expuso temas de la historia de Puerto Rico y que próximamente lanzarán su página en internet que se llamará misionboricua.net.

source El Sentinel

Invitados a conocer el autor Nelson Denis

Muy pronto en Orlando, Misión Boricua presenta: Nelson Denis, Autor, “Guerra Contra Todos Los Puertorriqueños.”
Entrada libre de costo y todos son bienvenidos.
Llama al 407-443-1739 o misionboricua@gmail.com para mas información. ¡NO TE LO PUEDES PERDER!

Coming soon to Orlando, Misión Boricua presents: Nelson Denis, Author, “War Against All Puerto Ricans.”
Free event and everyone is welcomed!
Call 407-443-1739 or misionboricua@gmail.com for more information. YOU CANNOT MISS THIS!

Hosted by Jochy Cora-Santiago and Michael Dorta Romero

Invitados para el programa radial “Misión Boricua Informa”

Hoy martes, 22 de agosto, invitados para el programa radial “Misión Boricua Informa” son Lucy Meléndez, Oficina del Supervisor de Elecciones del Condado de Orange, FL, y Fryda Guedes, Directora Nacional del prgrama de Participación Civica de Hispanic Federation. Programa es de 3:00-4:00pm por La Grande 1030am y 104.7fm Orlando( https://beta.tunein.com/radio/La-Grande-1030-s21763/). Gracias.

TodayTuesday, August 22nd, invited guests for the “Misión Boricua Informa” radio program are Lucy Meléndez, from the Supervisor of Elections Office in Orange County, Fl. and Fryda Guedes, National Director of Civic Participation Program for Hispanic Federation. Program airs from 3:00-4:00 pm on La Grande 1030am and 104.7fm in Orlando (https://beta.tunein.com/radio/La-Grande-1030-s21763/). Thank you!

Radio Show with state senator Victor Torres

Thank you, State Senator Victor Torres for your recent participation in our radio program “Misión Boricua Informa”. We appreciate all you do for our community.

Gracias Senador Estatal Victor M. Torres Jr. Por su reciente participación en nuestro programa radial “Misión Boricua Informa”. Gracias por todo lo que haces para nuestra comunidad. — with Victor M. Torres Jr. at La Grande 1030AM.

Join us to defend the interests of Puerto Ricans

As a federal court holds a second hearing on Puerto Rico’s debt, the truth behind the debt is more important than ever. Big payouts to big banks shouldn’t be made until the debt is audited. Join us in urging Judge Swain, who is hearing the arguments from banks, creditors and others representing the working people, to defend the interests of the PUERTO RICAN PEOPLE and call for an audit.

You can join in support with your selfie! You can print at bit.ly/2v2DwDG , post, and tag #Vamos4PR #AuditoriaYa #GenteAntesQueLaDeuda #Vamos4PRFL

N.P.R.L.C welcomes Mr. Felipe Luciano

Help me welcome Mr. Felipe Luciano as our guest keynote speaker for the Puerto Rican Leadership Summit to be held at the University of Central Florida on September 25th, 2017.www.nprlcef.org

Mr. Felipe Luciano is one of the most dynamic Latino public figures in the United States of the late twentieth- and early twenty-first centuries. His eloquence, vision, and passion for issues of social justice are extraordinary and reminiscent of the oratory talent of civil rights leaders of the 1960s.

This two-time Emmy recipient, former WNBC-TV New York news anchor, and lecturer defied adversity early in life. Luciano was born in New York City and raised in poverty in East Harlem and Brooklyn by a single Puerto Rican mother. In 1964, at the age of sixteen, Luciano was convicted of attempted manslaughter after a gang fight and sentenced to five years in prison, of which he served two. Upon his release, the Harlem antipoverty agency, HARYOU-ACT, recognized his academic potential and creative talent and urged the young Luciano to apply to college. With the support of the college readiness program, SEEK, he enrolled in the City University of New York Queens College campus, where he immediately became involved in the student activism of the 1960s. Luciano soon became known within activist circles for his membership in the Last Poets, the group of black power era artists mentored by Amiri Baraka, whose politically charged live-music and spoken word poetry performances in the 1960s prefigured the emergence of hip hop and rap in the 1970s and 1980s. As a member of the Last Poets, Luciano led provocative political workshops in Harlem that attracted progressive intellectuals and activists, including leading figures of the black power movement like Stokely Carmichael and H. Rap Brown.

As a result of his local popularity as a Harlem artist and progressive activist, Luciano was approached by a group of Puerto Rican youth in 1968 who wanted to launch a radical organization oriented around fighting against Puerto Rican poverty and racial oppression. Eventually, that cohort of young students launched the New York chapter of the Young Lords Organization (YLO), the Puerto Rican counterpart to the Black Panther Party. Luciano was elected Chairman of the New York group.

Under Luciano’s leadership, the YLO changed its name to the Young Lords Party (YLP) and became one of the most influential Puerto Rican organizations of the 1960s. Luciano established himself in the YLP by articulating the grievances and aspirations of poor Puerto Ricans in an eloquently accessible manner and by identifying issues that resonated with community residents.

Luciano describes his politics during the 1960s as revolutionary nationalism evolving toward a global view of revolution. Luciano attributes his revolutionary politics of the 1960s to his childhood immersion in the family oriented networks and migrant community culture of Puerto Ricans, and to his grueling and punishing prison experience, which helped to crystallize his understanding of the contradictions between American poverty and repression, and the nation’s democratic promise. His 1960s political activism and his membership in the YLP in particular, were crucial to his political maturation and to the constructive channeling of his energies after prison—a period which he identifies as his “age of disillusionment.” Luciano also attributes his success in navigating his early life’s challenges and his successes in the YLP to his strong Afro-Latino identity. He credits his doting grandmother, who had a profoundly proud sense of her negritude, for impressing upon him a positive view of his Afro-Latino roots.

In the fall of 1971, Luciano left the YLP after a series of political disagreements over the YLP’s new directions in politics, strategy, and tactics. Of his experience in the YLP, Luciano recalls that the Young Lords worked hard, worked collectively, and engaged in revolutionary campaigns that had a lasting effect on Puerto Ricans and New York City.

Following his departure from the YLP, Luciano again immersed himself in the city’s black arts movement. From 1972 to 1975, he founded and produced the acclaimed radio show Latin Roots, the first English-language program in the United States to feature Latin culture and music, and to develop an ethnically and racially diverse audience. Latin Roots aired on WRVR, a New York-based radio station affiliated with Riverside Church and known for playing Jazz and the progressive sermons from the church. During Luciano’s tenure, Latin Roots received an Ace Award for best radio show. Later, Luciano joined renowned program director, Frankie Crocker, at WBLS. Later he was hired by WLIB, the sister station of Percy Sutton’s Inner City Broadcasting Company and produced Conversations with Felipe Luciano, which explored the commonalities between black and Latino communities through dialogue with his listening audience and a cross section of representatives from politics, grassroots organizations, and cultural, financial, and religious institutions.

In the mid-1970s, Luciano’s career evolved from radio to television when he joined the news team at NBC’s New York City affiliate station as general reporter and later, as weekend anchor, becoming the first Puerto Rican news anchor of a major media network station in the United States. While at WNBC–New York, Luciano won an Emmy Award for Best Reporting and Story for a Live Special Report (a concept which he created) on prison life at Riker’s Island. For his reporting at Riker’s, he also won a Silurian Award. In the 1980s, Luciano anchored Channel 2’s The People for WCBS, a weekly local series featuring current events and interviews with cultural and political movers and shakers where he was awarded a second Emmy Award. He was also the original correspondent and host of Good Day New York and cohosted with Ed Koch on a popular local political affairs show called Street Talk.

Luciano’s media success is attributed to his first-rate status as a communicator, his sensibility for cultural trends, and his keen analysis of the most important developments in Latino, African American, and mainstream politics. He recently earned a master’s degree from Union Theological Seminary and just finished the year as the Director of Communications for the City of Newark.

Felipe Luciano lecturers at colleges, universities, unions, and community organizations nationwide. He consults on issues pertaining to emerging markets, the Latino and African American communities, youth and gang violence, coalition building, diversity, and multiculturalism.

Invitados al programa radial Mision Boricua Informa

Mañana Martes, 15 de Agosto invitados para el programa radial “Misión Boricua Informa” son Emily Bonilla, Comisionada Distrito 5 en el Condado de Orange y Daniel M. López, Autor “California and Hawaii’s First Puerto Ricans, 1850-1925: The 1st and 2nd Generation Immigrants/Migrants”. Programa es de 3:00-4:00pm por La Grande 1030am y 104.7fm en Orlando La Grande 1030 Radio .¡No te lo puedes perder!

Guests for tomorrow’s Tuesday, August 15th “Misión Boricua Informa” radio program are Emily Bonilla, Commissioner District 5 Orange County, and Daniel M. López, Author, “California and Hawaii’s First Puerto Ricans, 1850-1925: The 1st and 2nd Generation Immigrants/Migrants”. Program is from 3:00-4:00pm on La Grande 1030am and 104.7fm La Grande 1030 Radio in Orlando . Please don’t miss this informative program!

Radio Show with Carlos Guillermo

Thank you so much Carlos Guillermo Smith, State Representative District 49, for your participation in yesterday’s radio program, “Misión Boricua Informa”. Your dedication and commitment to our community is truly appreciated. Muchas gracias Carlos Guillermo Smith, Represente Estatal Distrito 49, por su participación en el programa radial de ayer “Misión Boricua Informa”. Su dedicación y compromiso a nuestra comunidad es realmente apreciada. — with Carlos Guillermo Smith.

On behalf of Misión Boricua I would like to thank representatives from Vamos 4 Puerto Rico, Krislin Lata and Attorney Kira Romero (center) for their participation in yesterday’s radio program “Misión Boricua Informa”. I would also like to thank Maria Torres, (left) member and Historian for Misión Boricua for her assistance and participation as well. ¡En la Unión está la fuerza! En nombre de Misión Boricua me gustaría agradecer a los representantes de Vamos 4 Puerto Rico, Krislin Lata y la Lic. Kira Romero (centro) por su participación en el programa radial de ayer “Misión Boricua informa”. También me gustaría agradecer a Maria Torres, miembro e Historiadora de Misión Boricua por su asistencia y participación. ¡En la Unión está la fuerza!

Next Radio Show

Misión Boricua Informa Radio Program guest for today Tuesday, August 8, 2017 is State Senator District 15, Victor Torres (first half). Maribel Nieves, Spokesperson and Board Member for “Unión Patriotica Boricua” in Orlando will be guest during second half of program. The program can be heard from 3-4pm on 1030am or 104.7fm radio in Orlando.