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El Puente Honored by Brooklyn DA Kenneth Thompson at Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

October 5, 2015

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Brooklyn DA Kenneth Thompson will be honoring El Puente as an outstanding community based organization and will be presenting El Puente with an award for our service to the Latino/a community. The award will be presented during a community and cultural celebration on October 13th, 6-8pm at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center (374 Stockholm Street  5th Floor Conference Room) and will include performances. 

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El Puente featured in Centro Voices' premiere episode of "Puerto Rican Voices."

September 15, 2015

On Sunday, September 13th, El Puente was featured in the premiere episode of "Puerto Rican Voices," a new collaboration between the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, CUNY, and WIPR-TV in Puerto Rico. The series highlights the contributions of Puerto Ricans across the United States, including some of our most vibrant neighborhoods in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Hartford, Orlando, and Miami among many others.   

Click here to read more about "Puerto Rican Voices" and to watch the full episode, featuring students and facilitators of El Puente Academy for Peace & Justice, including co-founder Joe Matunis and principal Wanda Vazquez. The episode also includes an interview with El Puente's founder and president, Luis Garden Acosta. 

 

El Puente commissions report on saving the electric authority in Puerto Rico.

September 10, 2015

El Puente asked the Rockefeller Family Fund (RFF) for help in analyzing the Puerto Rican electric system, run by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Agency (PREPA), and to recommend tangible and practical reforms to the system. RFF, in turn, recruited the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) to perform that analysis and make those recommendations. The report prepared by IEEFA recommends increasing the use of electricity generated by solar and wind, increasing energy efficiency measures, bringing down the cost of electricity for consumers, and addressing the problem posed by PREPA’s debt crisis.

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SOA World Magazine

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Brooklyn Young Leaders Take On Tropical Storm Erika and Climate Change in Puerto Rico

August 28, 2015
 
This summer a select group of young, El Puente leaders, with the support of the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, will journey from North Brooklyn to Puerto Rico to pioneer what will become an annual collective, self-help initiative on climate change between our leading members and the young leaders of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Mexico. El Puente's goal is to build a bridge with Mexico and the Latino Caribbean so as to connect our communities with their homelands and work in the spirit of Pope Francis' encyclical, "Laudato Sî".
 
Starting this coming Saturday, August 29, for seven days, six El Puente members some of whom have been trained by Vice, the documentary film company, will crisscross Puerto Rico, joining with young people and adults residing on the Island, to document and actually participate in confronting the global warming crisis in Puerto Rico. They, accompanied by El Puente staff from our headquarters as well as from Puerto Rico, will engage with major environmental organizations as well as cultural and political institutions to better understand the history of the human rights/environmental justice struggle in Puerto Rico.
 
 
 
El Puente's Latino Climate Action Network (LCAN) Ambassadors will come to see Puerto Rico not only as the poorest political entity of U.S. citizens, but as a Caribbean leader who, with the support of 4.6 million stateside Puerto Ricans, working hand in hand with millions of Cuban, Dominican and Mexican-Americans, can begin to ameliorate, somewhat, the suffering of the Caribbean, especially, in regard to the crisis of climate change.
 
 
As Pope Francis pointed out, it is the poor nations to the South that will suffer disproportionately for the lifestyle of western countries. It is the ethical obligation of the industrialized nations to help those to whom they have knowingly or unconsciously unleashed so much disastrous harm.
 
El Puente plans to add a country or two a year so that in three to four years we will be able to send four teams of El Puente leaders to the four LCAN countries and continue that collective bridge building every year hence. Young people will work with their respective countries throughout the year in constant communication to learn from each other and coordinate their efforts toward climate change mitigation, adaptation and resiliency.
 
The "trial run" in Puerto Rico this coming week will inform us of how best to proceed the next and following years. Our young leaders, together with their Island counterparts, will evaluate the entire trip and make the recommendations necessary to make this project a major success.
 
Event Details: The student visit will be part of a larger campaign led by El Puente, a 34 year old, North Brooklyn based, human rights driven, community/youth development institution. The campaign began in 2013 when El Puente organized, in Puerto Rico, the first Leadership Summit that including the active participation of the present and former governors, as well as the head of the Catholic Church and leaders of other religious denominations on the Island. At the Summit (El Encuentro) El Puente launched the Latino Climate Action Network (LCAN), which is organizing summits and/or major events in Puerto Rico, Orlando, New York and Boston as well as Puerto Rico. LCAN is bringing together environmentalists, academics, artists and community, religious and public leaders to take steps toward Global Warming mitigation, adaptation and resiliency.

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