Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricanes Maria and Irma while the world witnessed the inadequacy of the U.S. response. In response to the hurricanes, Puerto Ricans on the island and the diaspora quickly moved to organize food, rescue, and care for their people. They built networks for support and direct action toward a more sustainable economy and democratic social movement. These networks are key to the growing democratic mass movement that forced the resignation of Puerto Rico's governor this July.
This forum welcomes people from Puerto Rico to speak from their personal experience on how they were impacted, the response, and the current conditions. Hear directly from people being seriously harmed. Participants will get a chance to more fully understand the situation and relate to others. Everyone will have a chance to process and share their own story through paired listening exchanges. Listening to each others' experiences.
Sustaining All Life (SAL) and United to End Racism (UER) are international organizations working to end the climate crisis within the context of ending all divisions among people. We have done groundwork with frontline communities in the U.S. and around the world, at United Nations climate talks (COPs) from 2015-2019 and the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. SAL and UER are projects of and use the tools of Re-evaluation Counseling, which currently exists in 95 countries.
This event is part of the Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change program of Climate Week NYC.