What do the complex legacy of colonialism and the uncertain future of climate change mean for Puerto Rico today? Former New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Associate Professor and Deputy Chair, Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College Alan A. Aja sit down with Refinery29 news and politics reporter Andrea González-Ramírez to reflect on the impending one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s strike on Puerto Rico, the unjust federal response, and how the island’s historical connection with New York has served as a conduit for grassroots relief efforts and community healing.
The discussion will be preceded by a brief presentation of excerpts from our Puerto Rican Oral History Project, documenting the experiences of Brooklyn residents who arrived from Puerto Rico between 1917 and 1940.
Doors: 6:00 pm
Event: 6:30 pm
General Admission $5 / Free for Members
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