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
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The movement that forced Ricardo Rosselló to step down as governor of Puerto Rico is one of the largest in the island’s history. It unified people across the ideological and political spectrum toward a common purpose: ending the governor’s corrupt regime. On Monday, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in San Juan to demand “Ricky Renuncia.”
Traveling to her native Puerto Rico to witness what was unfolding, political activist and journalist Rosa Clemente told me in an interview that rumors had spread on Monday that Rosselló was readying his resignation. But then, she said, “He doubled down again by giving a horrific interview on Fox News, and that made especially young people more angry and agitated and ready to stay in the streets.” Rosselló told Fox News’ Shepard Smith that while he wouldn’t seek re-election, he also would not resign on the same day that half a million of the island’s people were demanding he step down.
Two days later, more news outlets began reporting that Rosselló was expected to resign later in the day. Some claimed that he had recorded a farewell message. But as the hours wore on, nothing happened. At that point, the Puerto Rican Legislature threatened to begin impeachment proceedings against him unless he stepped down. Hours later, when the day was nearly over, Rosselló finally conceded. He refused to step down immediately, offering instead to resign Aug. 2.
The thousands of protesters who had remained on the streets of San Juan erupted in cheers and lit fireworks.
How did Puerto Rico’s mass movement mobilize and emerge victorious so rapidly? The protests, which have been going on for two weeks straight, are incredibly diverse, involving Puerto Ricans from all the municipalities, young and old, unionized and unemployed, white and black. Clemente said she considered Monday’s march “historic” in the context of Puerto Rican resistance. “The six-lane highway we were on was packed as far as the eye could see,” effectively shutting it down to traffic. Cruise ships were turned away, the majority of Puerto Rican-run businesses in San Juan were closed, and restaurants handed out free food and water in solidarity.
This mass uprising was triggered by the publication of nearly 900 pages of private chat messages between Rosselló and his aides, discussing in disparaging terms the victims of hurricanes Maria and Irma, and making homophobic remarks about LGBTQ Puerto Ricans, including the wildly popular Ricky Martin. Among the chats—dubbed “Rickyleaks”–was a playful threat to shoot Carmen Yulín Cruz, mayor of San Juan. Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism (its Spanish acronym is CPI) obtained the chat messages and published them online, sparking outrage among the island’s residents, who have struggled for years with a debt crisis, poverty, widespread corruption and nearly 3,000 hurricane-related deaths in 2017 that have yet to be properly acknowledged.
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Hundreds of Thousands of Protesters Expected in Puerto Rico as Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Says He Won’t Resign. Here’s What to Know
Read the article on Time.com Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans are expected to gather for the country’s largest protest in recent memory on Monday, declaring that they won’t stop until Gov. Ricardo Rosselló resigns. The mass protest comes a day after Rosselló announced he would not resign, but he would step down as leader
Watch the video on Rising Up with Sonali FEATURING ROSA CLEMENTE – Mass protests continued in Puerto Rico on Monday, a day after embattled Governor Ricardo Rosselló pledged to not run for reelection. But about half a million of the island’s residents poured into the clogged streets of San Juan in what many considered the
Drawing on the Puerto Rican people's resilience and the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, Rosa Clemente highlights the importance of letting those most marginalized tell their own stories.
Listen in to the incredible stories and this thought-provoking conversation on what we can do to move forward in Puerto Rico.