Lawrence Reyes • Nicole Hernandez• Jorge Rivera • Mia Maldonado • Hector Luis Rivera Ortiz
Saturday, 12 October 2019 — 11 a.m.
Local Puerto Rican activists with ties to the struggle on the island discuss the state of popular insurgency in Puerto Rico against PROMESA, the debt and US/colonial repression.
Lawrence Reyes is a Boricua activist, and was involved with the Young Lords in his youth. He is a member of the KPFK Local Station Board and the Pacifica National Board, and the Latino Caucus of SEIU Local 721.
Nicole Hernandez is a co-founder of Puerto Ricans in Action, which has built a network of Puerto Ricans in the diaspora around Southern California and the rest of the state. They hold events on a monthly basis educating people about the current situation and history of Puerto Rico, and mobilized over 500 people in L.A. in solidarity with the mass rallies in PR to get the colonial governor, Ricky Rosello, to resign.
Jorge Rivera is a co-founder of Puerto Ricans in Action, and has helped put together annual showings of short Puerto-Rico themed films and works by Puerto Rican film-makers at the Echo Park Film Center. He has worked on the very successful So Cal tour of Oscar Lopez Rivera, the campaign to provide water filters to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria, and has participated in national meetings and discussions in Puerto Rico itself.
Mia Maldonado is the Founder of SoCal For Puerto Rico, a boricua diaspora group dedicated to advocating for economic justice, human rights and self-determination for the people of Puerto Rico, as well as working in solidarity with community-based mutual aid and eco-agriculture projects across Puerto Rico.
Hector Luis Rivera Ortiz is a cultural worker and healer with over 20 years of history as an organizer for human rights. His work was once described by Angela Davis as “sharpening the sensitivities of the masses.” Hector’s organizing includes participation in student struggles such as the Cornell University Day Hall Occupation (1993), to cultural work as a poet and songwriter from 1990 – present, to leading and co-creating groups such as the Welfare Poets and Bomba Con Buya, to campaigns to free political prisoners, independence for Puerto Rico, and justice for farm workers as an ally of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Héctor is currently the director of Peace Inside Out: Personal and community transformation through Arts, Restoration, Community and Health. (A.R.C.H.).