The People for Puerto Rico: Marching Forward
In September of 2017, Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria. In the days and weeks that followed, Puertorriqueños struggled cope with the aftermath, and Puertorriqueños outside of Puerto Rico struggled to provide help. Disaster assistance from the United States was irresponsibly slow and contributed to the death of nearly 3,000 people. Last year, we marched to remember. This year, we're marching forward!
We will gather at 10 a.m. at the North Apron of Philadelphia City Hall and unfurl Councilwoman María Quiñones-Sánchez’s 60 x 40-foot Puerto Rican flag.
At 11 a.m., we will march up the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the Washington Monument statue in front of the Art Museum to commemorate those who died, to remind the world that Puerto Rico is still suffering, and to call on the U.S. government to send aid and repeal the Jones Act.
At noon, we will hear from speakers and activists about what we can do to make a difference.
Volunteers needed! We need 100 volunteers to help carry the flag. You can sign up here: http://bit.ly/2YoJdO9
Help us with march expenses! Please consider donating to our GoFundMe.
Thank you & we'll see you at the march!
Karen Rodriguez & Laura Rose
Leah Greenberg, Co-Executive Director of Indivisible
Representative Madeline Dean
Representative Chrissy Houlahan
Adrian Rivera, Community Activist
Gabrielle Rodriguez, Community Activist
Philadelphia Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sanchez
Angel Ortiz, Activist & Philadelphia’s first Latino Councilman
Denice Frohman, Poet & Co-organizer of #PoetsForPuertoRico
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney
Luz Colon, PA Governor’s Office of Latino Affairs
Office of Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sanchez
PA Statewide Indivisible
Latino Caucus of the PA State Democratic Party
Governor’s Office of Latino Affairs
National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce Philadelphia Chapter
National Conference of Puerto Rican Women
Philly Women Rally
Tuesdays with Toomey
Make the Road PA