As we acknowledge the first anniversary of the transition of our beloved founder, Luis Garden Acosta, the El Puente family would like to express our deepest gratitude for all the support and love we have received, and affirm our commitment to honor the extraordinary social justice legacy Luis created in his life.
Luis bravely led by example, motivated by a deep love & respect for all and firmly grounded in his unwavering belief in our people’s right to self determination. He was, quite simply, a force of nature. A visionary leader whose greatest power was his profound humanity that touched, moved and transformed thousands of lives and inspired generations of social justice warriors.
In his lifetime, Luis turned many of his “dreams for a just society” into reality. He achieved more than most could have imagined. Some might say he was a modern-day miracle worker.
El Puente is the manifestation of those dreams and together with his co-founders Eugenio “Gino” Maldonado and life partner Frances Lucerna, he created a Human Rights movement that has forged frontiers and continues to be a powerful force for community-led struggles for social justice in North Brooklyn, Puerto Rico and beyond.
In these uncertain and challenging times, we are reminded and guided by Luis’ greatest gift - to inspire and nurture others to strive for their “highest selves” and embrace the power they have within to reach out and work together to build “bridges” to create a more safe, sustainable and equitable world for us all.
Un millón de gracias y todo nuestro amor Luis - Nuestros Gran Compañero en Lucha!
Pa’lante siempre Pa’lante!
In honor of this anniversary, the nationally awarded poet, Martín Espada, wrote a moving poem “Morir Soñando” for his dear friend and mentor, Luis. The poem is published on the online magazine Rattle with an audio reading of the poem by Martín.
Click the links below to read or listen to the poem.
Posted: 07 Jan 2020 12:00 AM PST
for Luis Garden Acosta (1945-2019)
Brooklyn, New York
—from Poets Respond
January 7, 2020
Martín Espada: “This poem is an elegy for a dear friend and mentor, written to mark the first anniversary of his death on January 8th. Luis Garden Acosta, through his activism, organizing and vision, not only changed his community in Brooklyn, but the lives of untold thousands like me."
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Please see Luis's obituary in the New York Times.
EL PUENTE PUERTO RICO
Once again Puerto Rico has been struck by a major environmental disaster that is profoundly impacting the ongoing humanitarian crisis throughout the island. As we did with Hurricane Maria, our El Puente Puerto Rico LCAN (Latino Climate Action Network) team is working in the affected communities providing support and resources. In addition to the 12,000+ solar lamps we distributed island-wide post Maria, we have been creating “solar oasis” in several communities. We have purchased and installed solar panels in community sites where residents can charge phones as well as other devices and safely store medicine and additional essential supplies. These solar hubs are also safe spaces for communities to receive support, share resources, and get information about how they can create sustainable solutions to change their lives and transform Puerto Rico. With additional funding and support, we will continue to expand our “solar oasis” project and provide holistic community development support to communities directly impacted by the earthquake.
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Fill out a Census Commitment Card to affirm that your family, your community, and YOU COUNT!
El Puente is committed to all of our families being counted in the 2020 Census. It is our responsibility to make sure our communities are informed and receive the resources needed to thrive. We want our families to know that no matter their legal status, everyone has the right to respond to the census. We want everyone to know that the responses to the census are private, and CANNOT be shared with ICE or any government agency. We want our communities to feel safe and informed about the 2020 Census if you would like to know more about the census please visit any
El Puente site or call 718-387-0404,
or 718 452-0404.
Go to the back of the stage to file out a census commitment card or go to our website: www.elpuente.us
Ways to Support
El Puente is using the peer-to-peer fundraising platform, Classy to create opportunities for supporters, alumni, and friends to donate directly, or set up a fundraising page or team to help us reach our larger goal.