A TEAM OF MEDIA MAKERS ARE DOCUMENTING THE UNTOLD STORIES OF THE PUERTO RICAN PEOPLE
Rosa Clemente and the PR on the Map Team are Sharing Images and Videos of People in Crisis
San Juan, P.R. – October 12, 2017 – Puerto Rico is experiencing a devastating humanitarian crisis. Media Cloud, a database that collects metrics on news published daily, shows that the devastation in Puerto Rico is getting relatively little attention from news outlets compared to its coverage on Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.
Last week, not being able to sit back any longer, social activist, independent journalist, and 2008 Vice-President nominee for the Green Party, Rosa Clemente, quickly pulled together a dedicated and talented group of media makers, including, videographer Daniel Hernandez, video producer Kat Lazo, print reporter Raquel Reichard, videographer/photographer from DefendPR Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, videographer, creative director Mateo Zapato, organizer Stephanie Martin-Llanes and communications Strategist Yanira Castro.
Through Rosa’s production company, Know They Self Productions, initial money to support the cause was collected via peer-to-peer payment platforms. As the campaign began to grow, the team set-up a GoFundMe page to collect additional donations to cover travel and accommodations for seven people, ground transportation, food, gas, relief supplies, and cash for grassroots organizations, such as AgitArte, in Puerto Rico. With a generous donation from Tony Award Winner Eve Ensler, the team could put their plan in high gear.
“Rosa Clemente is an incredibly brave and brilliant independent journalist who is reporting the stories we need to hear now, from the field in Puerto Rico,” stated Eve Ensler. “As the president threatens to cut off aid to Puerto Rico we must rise in solidarity with brothers and sisters there who are living through a nightmare. Supporting Rosa’s work means supporting stories that will tell the truth about what is happening, and what is not happening on the ground – stories that will ultimately lead to aid for the Puerto Rican people.”
As people with family and friends living on the island, they have had direct access to those who have been impacted – going where others won’t. They are each personally and academically schooled in the politics, history and colonization of Puerto Rico, and bring an important, and currently unseen, lens to the reporting. They will continue to interact with the people and document the devastation, producing a short film, several written articles and a feature-length documentary from the trip and research.
The partner and fiscal agents of the fund is the well-known Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), founded by Dr. Marta Morena Vega and head by Deputy Director Melody Capote. Once the team returns from the first trip to Puerto Rico, the CCCADI will provide initial accounting and ongoing reporting of the funds.
Follow the team’s coverage in the following places:
- PRontheMap Website: http://pronthemap.com/
- FB Page: Rosa Clemente https://www.facebook.com/rosa.clemente.779
- FB Page: Report, Reimagine, Revive https://www.facebook.com/ReportReimagineRevive
- Twitter Page: @rrr_PR https://twitter.com/rrr_pr
You can continue to support their work: https://www.gofundme.com/reportreimaginerevive-puerto-rico
PUERTO RICO MEDIA CONTACT
MAINLAND MEDIA CONTACT
Rosa Clemente has first-hand knowledge of the conditions Puerto Ricans have been living in since Hurricane Maria destroyed the island in September of 2017. To this day, Puerto Rico, a commonwealth of the United States, is still in dire straits. As Americans without the same voting rights as U.S. citizens living on the continent, Puerto Ricans are being abandoned by the federal government. Many families are forced to migrate to the continent instead of living without electricity, water, and food. Clemente started a project called “PR on the Map,” where she and a group of Latinx journalists went to Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria to tell the untold stories of the commonwealth’s people.
Clemente has been a relentless, unstoppable force in activism, academia, and politics for over 20 years. She is a leading scholar on the issues of Afro-Latinx identity and political issues in hip-hop. She ran for Green Party Vice President in 2008 with Cynthia McKinney, making them the first women of color ticket in American history.
At the 2018 Golden Globes ceremony, Clemente was joined by celebrities Michelle Williams, Emma Watson, Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Amy Poehler, and Emma Stone to bring attention to Puerto Rico as well as to express solidarity with women who have been victims of sexual assault with the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.
Drawing on the development of the statuses of Puerto Rico and the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, she connects the importance of recognizing the voices of marginalized people.
This talk was proposed by Mark Villegas and is sponsored by the North Foundation; Alice Drum Women’s Center; and the departments of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; American Studies; History; Latin American Studies; Anthropology; Spanish and Government (Public Affairs Lecture Fund).
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