#FeministsforPuertoRico is a visibility and fundraising campaign born of frustration in the wake of Hurricane Maria. I didn’t see any major feminist organizations advocating for Puerto Rico relief efforts. My people were suffering. I was feeling disconnected and worried, and had to do something! It started with a poem, #Micropoems #ParaMiGente, a Twitter series of thoughts from one diasporic #Boricua to the rest, but particularly to the unborn and the young displaced by #HurricaneMaria. What was initially an individual desire turned into an action at the 2017 National Women’s Studies Association annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland, with t-shirts.
NWSA was celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Combahee River Collective statement. In the statement, members asserted that
We realize that the liberation of all oppressed peoples necessitates the destruction of the political-economic systems of capitalism and imperialism as well as patriarchy.
Feminists for Puerto Rico is a grassroots effort offered with this call to action in mind.
You can watch my 60 second rant from November 2017 here:
The t-shirts were a hit! And altogether we donated about $1,000 to grassroots orgs in PR between 2017 and 2018.
When the shirts sold out, folx suggested they’d like a bag…so: The Boricua Feminists Tote Bag was designed to honor, uplift, and amplify the social justice work of Puerto Rican women.
**All** proceeds will be donated to the Center for Embodied Pedagogy in Puerto Rico. Learn more about the organization here: http://www.decolonizepr.com.
Unfamiliar with some of the names? No problem! Here is a starting point for your learning journey:
- Lola Rodríguez de Tío: b. 1843
- Luisa Capetillo: b. 1879
- Pura Belpré b. 1899
- Blanca Canales: b. 1906
- Lolita Lebrón: b. 1919
- Ana Livia Cordero b. 1931
- Marta Moreno Vega: b. 1942
- Iris Morales: b. 1948
- Sylvia Rivera: b. 1951
- Sonia Sotomayor: b. 1954
- Rosa Clemente: b. 1972
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: b. 1989
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- #PRSyllabus Originally developed in response to the debt crisis, materials gathered by Yarimar Bonilla, Marisol Lebrón, and Sarah Molinari in the #PRSyllabus place the current moment within the larger political, social, and economic history. Visit: https://puertoricosyllabus.com
- Contact your representatives and tell them to Repeal the Jones Act, Dismantle PROMESA, and Cancel the Debt.
- Visit http://pronthemap.com
- Join the #FeministsforPuertoRico Facebook community!
Please take a selfie with your tote bag in action and share it on social media with the hashtag: #FeministsforPuertoRico
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