For Immediate Release: February 15, 2016
CONTACT: Lillian Jimenez, 646-335-3375
New York, NY. – The Committee to Honor Puerto Rican Women on International Working Women’s Day, once again will host their annual event Celebrating the Puerto Rican Woman: Today, Tomorrow and Always, at P.S. 109 Gallery, 215 East 99th Street, March 5th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
“Every year, we discover that there are many women dedicated to serving the community and agitating for a better life for so many people. We are thrilled to honor them. This year, we are particularly honored to recognize the work of veteran activist and internationalist Esperanza Martell; a young reproductive rights activist, Amanda Matos and honoring the late Sandra Hernández, a long standing community organizer from the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx,” said Lillian Jimenez of the Committee.
The Committee will honor Sandra Hernández (posthumously) for her work with women, the poor, youth and seniors of the Mott Haven community of the South Bronx. She created Freedom Center and served on the board of Casa Atabex Ache, a healing center for women in the South Bronx. The elder activist being honored has a long history of struggle within the Puerto Rican independence and political prisoner movements as well as work on the Mumia Abu Jamal freedom campaign. A staunch internationalist Socialist, Esperanza has been organizing for nearly 55 years. Our youngest honoree is a young reproductive rights advocate, Amanda Matos, who also created her own organization, the WomanHOOD project to empower young girls of color in the South Bronx.
The three honorees will receive the “Adelfa Vera Award” recognizing the late Dona Vera’s commitment to awaken the Puerto Rican people to a future of freedom and social justice.
The March 5th celebration of Puerto Rican women change agents, will have performances by Bomba and Plena Intergenerational group, BombaYo; Spoken Word artists and actors, Circa 95, Flaco Navajo, actor, Spoken Word artist, and musician/singer; and, Singer and Spoken Word artist, Taina Asili.
In addition to this artistic line-up, we will have vendors selling jewelry, wellness products, t-shirts and ceramics. A short video will honor the contributions of the honorees. A $10 donation is requested.
It will be a special event to honor those Puerto Rican women – young, deceased and elders who have labored on behalf of our community. It will be an event of celebration, healing and spiritual enlightenment, not to be missed.