El Puente Presente for NYC National Day of Climate Action

Today, staff members of El Puente's Green Light District and Taylor-Wythe Leadership Center participated in the NYC National Day of Climate Action, one of many actions taking place in over 100 cities across the United States. Environmental Justice groups throughout NYC gathered in front of Chase Manhattant Bank's Headquarters, calling on Chase to stop their investments in systems and industries that continue to disenfranchize, imprison and pollute our communities. 

El Puente Founder and President, Luis Garden Acosta Honored at WE ACT Gala

October 13, 2015
Please join El Puente in celebrating a distinct honor for our Founder & President, Luis Garden Acosta. We ACT a leading environmental justice organization honored Luis at their Annual Gala reception, “Promoting Diversity in the Environmental Movement”, onTuesday, September 29th.
We ACT honors Luis “efforts to launch and develop the Latino Climate Action Network” as “one more extraordinary initiative” that “befits his legacy”.
Saludos to Luis for his determined effort to empower the Latino voice in the national public policy discourse on global warming, especially, as related to Puerto Rico and those most at risk in the Caribbean and Continental United States.

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. 


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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