On Saturday, March 5, 2016 the Committee to Honor Puerto Rican Women on International Working Women’s Day held their annual event Celebrating the Puerto Rican Woman: Today, Tomorrow and Always at the P.S. 109 Art Gallery in East Harlem. Click here to see photos!
The Committee acknowledged Sandra Hernández posthumously for her work with women, the poor, youth and seniors of the Mott Haven community of the South Bronx.
Esperanza Martell, the elder activist 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.
The 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 received 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.
Entertainment included performances by Taina Asili, Alicia Morejon, and BombaYo.
The Committee to Honor Puerto Rican Women on International Working Women’s Day expresses its deepest gratitude to everyone who made this event possible, including but not limited to:
Lourdes (Lulú) Garcia
Hunter College Community Organizing students
P.S. 109 residents Evelyn Collazo and Enid Cobeo
P.S. 109 staff Rolinda Ramos and Miguel Angel Rivera
Latino Educational Media Center