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Hurricane Relief Efforts and Events Calendar of the Creative Network of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, September/October 2017

Events Calendar of the Creative Network of the Puerto Rican Diaspora



Hurricane Relief Efforts




Where to Donate to Help Puerto Rico with Disaster Relief and Recovery from Hurricanes Irma and Maria



Hurricane Maria, a category 4 hurricane with winds of 145 mph to 155 mph, landed in Puerto Rico Wednesday morning just a few days after Hurricane Irma. It is estimated that “Irma caused as much as $1 billion in damages on the bankrupt island.”[1] The impact of hurricane Maria is expected to be worse, with significantly more fatalities, devastating the island’s infrastructure, producing prolonged electrical outages and stalling any potential for economic recovery for months to come. 


Edwin Melendez, director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York, said such widespread outages would affect millions of people and deal double blows to communities in the island's mountainous interior whose water systems depend on electricity. Two sectors of the Puerto Rican economy that have shown signs of life, tourism and agriculture, would also suffer. "It’s a grim picture no matter how you slice it," Melendez said.[2]


Puerto Rican community leaders and elected officials in the diaspora are calling for a renewed effort to assist Puerto Rico with disaster relief and recovery from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Many families have lost their homes and need assistance with basic needs.


You can help by donating to charities in Puerto Rico that are leading the effort to mitigate the unfolding humanitarian crisis. Here are some proven organizations with direct access to the victims of these hurricanes. You can visit their online donations or send a check to the enclosed address.


Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico

P.O. Box 191914

San Juan, PR 00919

tel: (787) 728-8500

fax: (787) 728-7099



Caritas Puerto Rico

201 Calle San Jorge

Esquina Baldorioty de Castro

San Juan, Puerto Rico 00902
P.O. Box 8812, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00910-0812
787 300-4953 


Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico

1719 Ave. Ponce de León

San Juan, PR 00909-1905




Hurricane Maria Children's Relief Fund

Save the Children

501 Kings Highway East, Suite 400,

Fairfield, CT 06825



Maria & Irma: Puerto Rico Real-time Recovery Fund


1511 Ave. Ponce de León Suite K, La Ciudadela

San Juan P.R. 00909




September 21



September 22




Taller Boricua is honored in presenting “La Huella Magistral / The Majestic Impression” curated by Nitza Tufiño as our fall opening exhibition on Friday, September 22, 2017. This exhibit features the works of artists printmakers who are members of the ”Consejo Grafico” (The Graphic Council)



September 23





 Annual Brooklyn Three kings Festival, Noon to 5:00 PM, Graham Avenue and Moore Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, live music


September 24



September 27



 September 28


September 30



Latino Celebration 2017 – Gran Fiesta Jíbara, Spanish settlers who made their livelihood through the cultivation of small plantations in the highlands of Puerto Rico are known as “jíbaros” or country folk. Jíbaro music has its roots in the musical forms that came to the island from Spain during the time of colonization and settlement. In it you can hear the influence of eight centuries of Arab domination in Spain, as well as the legacy of the Taíno, the island’s native people. Rubén Figueroa and Conjunto Ritmo Tropical bring an “orquesta jíbara” to the Library this fall. Bring your family, your maracas, güiros, and bongos, and enjoy a gran fiesta jíbara. Saturday, September 30, 2017, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, Centennial Hall, Main Library, 5 Washington Street, Newark. https://npl.org/latino-celebration-2017-gran-fiesta-jibara/


 October 4



October 6


Restoring “Faith” in Activism, Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway, NYC, Contact: Lisa Simon, lsimon@uts.columbia.edu Fri. 10/6, 1– 6pm; Sat. 10/7, 9am –5pm. New York City is witnessing a surge of grassroots’ multi-faith activism that is pushing local government to adopt more just policies on issues of workers’ rights, LGTBQ rights, racial justice, immigrant inclusion and restorative justice. As trust in the federal government wanes, multi-faith activists can broaden the moral imagination of social justice movements through an inclusive and co-creative organizing process. This course will (1) explore the contributions of successful multi-faith coalitions in recent NYC history, (2) analyze the relationships between multi-faith coalitions and local government, and (3) re-imagine the impact grassroots organizing can have on national policy. Jonathan Soto serves as the Executive Director of the newly formed Center for Faith and Community Partnerships at the Mayor’s Office, which empowers neighborhoods and forges partnerships with faith and community leaders by building capacity to mobilize civic action.


October 7

LatinoJustice PRLDEF and Pace Law School cordially invite you to the 35rd Annual Law Day on October 7, 2017. The event will be held at Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038 from 10am to 4:30pm. Law Day introduces law schools to a diverse pre-law constituency. This day-long event attracts hundreds of students and over 100 law schools from across the country. http://latinojustice.org/legal_education/law_day/



October 14

As part of OCCUPY MUSEUM: Debtfair exhibition on view in Las Galerias, join El Museo for a special panel discussion about the research-based project, featuring works by 10 artists from Puerto Rico, organized by Occupy Museums. The discussion will focus on the debt crisis, the implications of Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) and artists’ relationship to this economic reality in Puerto Rico. http://www.elmuseo.org/event/promesa-panel-discussion/



October 20


October 28



October 29







List your November event in the 2017 Comite Noviembre Puerto Rican Heritage Month Calendar of Events, Please email: event date, title, sponsor, description, venue address, time, admission cost, rsvp or contact email by October 3rd. Email: 



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The events listing above contains information originating from organizations other than Centro. While every attempt is made to ensure that all information is accurately referenced, we do not guarantee the accuracy, timeliness or quality of the content of every source. This listing is NOT intended to be a full schedule of all events in the region.


This listing is circulated for the purpose of sharing information on arts, cultural, educational, entertainment, recreational, and other civic events of general interest the Puerto Rican community.  Submissions to this listing are welcomed. Be advised, we do not accept political or religious activities or events. We only accept listings that are about, or sponsored by Puerto Rican individuals or organizations; or about Puerto Rican-specific cultural traditions.




Questions and comments may be directed to:

Rosa Cruz-Cordero, CNP

Outreach & Partnership Coordinator

Center for Puerto Rican Studies, CUNY Hunter College

695 Park Avenue, Room E1439, New York, NY 10065





[1] https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-19/hurricane-maria-heads-for-puerto-rico-after-dominica-strike

[2] https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/bankrupt-puerto-rico-faces-direct-hit-hurricane-maria-n802431?cid=eml_onsite

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