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  • Webinar:
    National Borinqueneers Day and Military Service in Puerto Rican History

    eJournal Presentation

    The Puerto Rican Experience in the U.S. Military: A Century of Unheralded Service
    And Celebration of National Borinqueneers’ Day


    Join the webinar at this Zoom link:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87373175795?pwd=TWRoOHgxaUJHaDdPbGxlTlRHMy93UT09

     

    The impact and meaning of the Puerto Ricans’ service in the armed forces of the United States go beyond mere numbers. Their service has served to disperse Puerto Ricans across the United States and the world creating new communities beyond what we understood as traditional diaspora centers. Military service, in particular during the WWII-Korean War period, also served to build modern Puerto Rico, and for Puerto Rican colonias turning into full-fledged communities to stake a claim of belonging. In this Webinar historian and author, Dr. Harry Franqui-Rivera, explores the impact of military service for Puerto Rico and the Puerto Ricans.

    The Puerto Rican Experience in the U.S. Military: A Century of Unheralded Service

    Puerto Ricans started fighting as auxiliary forces to the U.S. military in 1898. Since then, hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans have served in every small and major conflict in which the United States has participated. This publication intends to show the scope of the Puerto Rican experience in the U.S. military without lionizing nor demeaning it. This project hopes to inspire the public and scholars to look into this under-studied phenomenon.

    Author: Harry Franqui-Rivera, Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of History/Global Languages, Bloomfield College

    Commentator: Laura Lee Oviedo, Ph.D. Candidate, Project Historian for the Philanthropy Initiative at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.


    Celebrating the first “National Borinqueneers’ Day”

    In January 2021, Congress overrode a presidential veto to pass the National Defense Authorization Act. The legislation also designated April 13 as National Borinqueneers Day.

    On April 13, 2016, Congress awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to the 65th Infantry Regiment in recognition of the Borinqueneers’ numerous contributions to American history and outstanding military service from World War I to the Korean War. Learn more:

    Borinqueneers Day and the Korean War in Puerto Rican History and Memory
    In this essay, Harry Franqui explores the meaning of the Borinqueneers’ sacrifices for Puerto Rico and the Diaspora. “Let us remember that they represented the hopes of a people willing to sacrifice their youth for a better future, to pay a tribute of blood in search for acceptance, respectability, equality, a path towards decolonization, and a democracy that has proven elusive to them.” https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/centrovoices/chronicles/borinqueneers-day-and-korean-war-puerto-rican-history-and-memory

    The Borinqueneers: The Forgotten Heroes of a Forgotten War
    https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/centrovoices/chronicles/borinqueneers-forgotten-heroes-forgotten-war

    With Honor and Dignity: Restoring the Borinqueneers' Historical Record
    https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/centrovoices/chronicles/honor-and-dignity-restoring-borinqueneers-historical-record

    President Obama to Honor Borinqueneers With Congressional Gold Medal
    https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/events-news/news/president-obama-honor-borinqueneers-congressional-gold-medal

    Puerto Rican Voices Season 3, Episode 7: The Pride of Our People
    In this episode of Puerto Rican Voices, Harry Franqui-Rivera narrates the history of the 65th Infantry Regiment and describes events in Washington D.C. and New York which were held to commemorate the award. Watch the full segment here:
    https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/centro-tv/puerto-rican-voices/pr-voices-s3e7-pride-our-people

    Explore The Puerto Rican Experience in the U.S. Military: A Century of Unheralded Service
    https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/digital-humanities/pr-military

     

    Bios

    Dr. Harry Franqui-Rivera is an Associate Professor of History at Bloomfield College, N.J. He is a prolific published author, documentary producer, public intellectual, cultural critic, blogger, political analyst, and NBC, Latino Rebels, and HuffPost contributor. His work has been featured in national and international media outlets, Telemundo, the New York Times, and NPR. His latest book, Soldiers of the Nation: Military Service and Modern Puerto Rico, (2018) has been widely praised. His next book, Fighting on Two Fronts: The Ordeal of the Puerto Rican Soldier during the Korean War will be published by Centro Press. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard for over a decade and currently serves in several academic, advocacy and policy boards such as the National Puerto Rican Agenda.  Contact: [email protected]

    Laura Lee Oviedo is a project historian for the Philanthropy Initiative at Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, where she was also a curatorial fellow for the Division of Armed Forces History and project historian for the War & Latinx Philanthropy Initiative. As a Ph.D. candidate of History at Texas A&M University, her research examines how war and militarization impacts Latinx communities and shapes their understanding of identity, rights, citizenship and belonging. 

    Contact:  [email protected]; Museum: [email protected] 

     

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EST



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  • Film screening and Panel:
    50th Anniversary of the Struggle for Puerto Rican Studies at CUNY


    Full Panel

    Q and A  Tami Gold, Pam Sporn and Ricardo Gabriel

    María Elizabeth Pérez y González and Dr. Virginia Sanchez Korrol

    Q and A  María Elizabeth Pérez y González, Dr. Virginia Sanchez Korrol and Ricardo Gabriel

     

    Co-Sponsors


    Making the Impossible Possible, chronicles the story of the student-led struggle to win Puerto Rican Studies at Brooklyn College, CUNY, in the late 1960s. The documentary is a mosaic of voices, film footage, and photographs taken by student activists. This important intergenerational story highlights how students and faculty seized the moment to build upon an alliance of Puerto Rican, African American, and other progressive students forged in their communities and the civil rights movement. Together they changed the face of higher education, transforming the curriculum and expanding who gets educated. The film sheds light on the 50-year history of struggle that started with the founding of one of the first Puerto Rican Studies departments in the nation, and documents the continued movement to maintain their gains.

    Speakers will also talk about their research on the 50 years of Puerto Rican studies for the City University of NY book project, as well as a current overview of Puerto Rican Studies at CUNY.

     

    50 Years of Puerto Rican Studies at the City University of New York
    Editors: María E. Pérez y González and Virginia E. Sánchez-Korrol

    This book project will focus on the creation of Puerto Rican Studies and its founding leaders; its birthing of academic journals, the Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños (Centro)/Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, and the Puerto Rican Studies Association; it’s often misunderstood mission to study the stateside Puerto Rican diasporic experience as connected to Puerto Rico, the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, and Latin America; the forging of a space within the “Ivory Tower” academy; its survival tactics in the face of austerity and elimination; its current status; and its future in the 21st century.

    The editors seek the submission of photos, brochures, events flyers, relevant links/resources, and faculty and student reflections (written and audiovisual) from each of the PRS departments, programs, and institutes noted herein; they will be linked to the book project on the Centro website, resulting in an online archive of PRS in CUNY.

    For more information contact María Pérez y González or Virginia Sánchez-Korrol at [email protected]

     

    Presenters

    Tami Gold Professor at Hunter College CUNY https://fm.hunter.cuny.edu/facultystaff/full-time-faculty/tami-gold/, https://tamigold.co/
    Tami is an award-winning filmmaker and educator. Her films have been at the forefront of social justice, focusing on issues of race, gender, sexual identity, labor and police brutality and have screened at the MOMA, Whitney, Chicago Arts Institute, Sundance, Tribeca and The New York Film Festival and have been screened on television worldwide. She is recipient of Rockefeller, Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships. [email protected]

    Pam Sporn Director/Producer at Grito Productions https://www.gritoproductions.com/about 
    Pam is an award winning filmmaker and who taught in NYC high schools for 28 years. Her films have screened on PBS and at US and International film festivals. Some of her films include Detroit 48202, Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories, and With a Stroke of the Chaveta. Pam is a member of New Day Films and the Bronx Filmmakers Collective and New York Women in Film and Televisions. [email protected]

    María Elizabeth Pérez y González, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Brooklyn College, CUNY, https://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/academics/faculty/faculty_profile.jsp?faculty=294
    María is an Associate Professor in the Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College, CUNY, where she has served as faculty for 29 years with 17 of those years as Chairperson. Her research includes the Puerto Rican diaspora, Latinxs, women in ministry, and Pentecostals. She has published Puerto Ricans in the United States (2000) and scholarly pieces on Latinas in ministry. She is the co-editor of Puerto Rican Studies in CUNY: The First 50 Years (forthcoming 2021). Contact info and to submit to the digital archives: [email protected] [email protected]

    Dr. Virginia Sanchez Korrol Professor Emerita, Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College, CUNY http://virginiasanchezkorrol-author.com/about
    Virginia is Professor Emerita at Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, Brooklyn College, CUNY. Dr. Sanchez Korrol writes about the Puerto Rican experience in the United States. Among her extensive publications, she authored From Colonia to Community: The History of Puerto Ricans in New York City, and co-edited Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia. Recipient of the Herbert H. Lehman Prize for Distinguished Contributions to New York History, 2020, she serves as historical consultant to media projects, government and cultural institutions. She is the co-editor of Puerto Rican Studies in CUNY: The First 50 Years (forthcoming 2021). Contact: [email protected], [email protected]


    Ricardo Gabriel Doctoral Candidate in Sociology at The Graduate Center CUNY, https://macaulay.cuny.edu/directory/ricardo-gabriel/
    Ricardo is a scholar-organizer and a PhD candidate in sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. His research interests include social movements, decolonial education, and climate justice. Ricardo’s dissertation uses oral histories and other qualitative research methods to analyze the movement for Puerto Rican studies at The City University of New York, from 1969 to the mid-1970s. He has written for NACLA: Report on the Americas and other publications. Contact: [email protected] [email protected]
     

    Co-sponsors:
    Department of Film and Media Studies at Hunter College
    Puerto Rican and Latino Studies Department at Brooklyn College
    Third World Newsreel

    Making the Impossible Possible is a production of the Alliance for Puerto Rican Education and Empowerment and was directed by Pam Sporn and Tami Gold and co-produced by Gisely Colón López. It is available from Third World Newsreel,www.twn.org.  

    6:00 PM Eastern Time

     

    Virtual Event: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85366244258?pwd=QTBDWW1KSGlkVXlYNGhPSU1ySE1tdz09

     

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  • rsvped for Centro Webinar CDBG-MIT 2020-11-11 08:00:29 -0500

    Actualización de Oportunidades de Financiamiento para Mitigación de Desastres CDBG-MIT (HUD) Y HMGP (FEMA)

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    Acompáñenos el martes 17 de noviembre a discutir actualizaciones en el financiamiento para tanto el programa de Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (HUD/CDBG-MIT) y el Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (FEMA/HMGP) para el Huracán María y los eventos sísmicos del 2020.

    Martes, 17 de noviembre de 2020 a las 3:00 p.m. AST, hora en Puerto Rico
    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 2:00 PM EST


    Subvención en Bloque para el Desarrollo Comunitario de Mitigación (CDBG-MIT)


    Puerto Rico tendrá acceso a más de $8,000 millones para financiar proyectos de mitigación de riesgos bajo el programa CDBG-MIT del Departamento de Vivienda de los EEUU (HUD). El propósito de la mitigación de riesgos es prevenir la pérdida de vida y propiedad en desastres naturales futuros. Esta asignación de $8,400 millones es la tercera y última remesa de CDBG correspondiente al Huracán María. Con esta remesa, el apoyo de HUD para la recuperación del desastre de María alcanzará un total de $19,900 millones. Por tanto, esta asignación de CDBG-MIT es una de las opciones de financiamiento restantes más grandes para la recuperación del Huracán María.

    En comparación con los programas de mitigación de desastres de FEMA, el programa de CDBG-MIT provee más fondos (+166%) y cubre un ámbito mayor de opciones de financiamiento. Además de reparar y mejorar la resiliencia de la infraestructura, CDBG-MIT también apoya la planificación, la vivienda y el desarrollo económico, renglones que a menudo son inelegibles bajo los fondos de mitigación de FEMA. Esto hace de CDBG-MIT una opción para una mayor variedad de proyectos e iniciativas.

    Los fondos CDBG-MIT serán administrados localmente por el Departamento de la Vivienda una vez HUD apruebe el Plan de Acción requerido. Vivienda recientemente publicó el primer borrador del Plan de Acción para comentarios e insumo público (ver más abajo). El borrador resume las estrategias a largo plazo para aumentar la resiliencia a desastres, y provee pormenorizadas evaluaciones de los riesgos que se enfrentan. Una vez aprobado por HUD, se anticipa que los fondos estarán disponibles para el año 2021.

    El borrador del plan de acción (en español) y sus apéndices documentales están disponible para comentario público hasta el 20 de noviembre en cdbg-mit-plan-de-accion. En este mismo enlace se provee el formulario para someter comentarios e insumos.

    Actualización sobre el programa de FEMA para subvenciones de mitigación de riesgos (HMGP/404) para el Huracán María y los sismos del 2020.

    El programa de subvenciones de mitigación de riesgos (HMGP/Sección 404) es el programa post-desastre de mitigación de riesgos más importante de FEMA. Como resultado del Huracán María, Puerto Rico recibió la asignación más grande de HMGP/404 en la historia de FEMA: $3,000 millones, pareados con $1,000 millones de CDBG-MIT, para un total de $4,000 millones.

    Según las reglas de HMGP/404, el gobierno estatal de Puerto Rico es el único recipiente de estos fondos. Para configurar los proyectos, el gobierno solicitó cartas de intención de posibles proyectos (LOIs) a sub-recipientes elegibles (agencias estatales, municipios y organizaciones sin fines de lucro). El gobierno revisó estas LOIs e invito a cientos de entidades elegibles a someter propuestas formales, a ser revisadas para radicación definitiva a FEMA. Aunque le fecha para su radicación era octubre de este año, FEMA recientemente otorgó al gobierno una extensión de un año hasta octubre del 2021. Esto permitirá más tiempo para la revisión y perfeccionamiento de estas propuestas, y hace posible que se añadan nuevos proyectos adicionales de mitigación

    Además, recientemente el Gobierno de Puerto Rico anunció la asignación de $75 millones de FEMA para proyectos de mitigación HMGP/404 como resultado de los eventos sísmicos del 2020. Aunque aún no se han establecido fechas límites y procedimientos, el Gobierno ya ha identificado prioridades de financiamiento de índole geográfica y de tipos de proyectos. Estas opciones de financiamiento se proyectan para el año 2021.

    Más información (en español) sobre el programa en: HMGP Presentation Spanish (PDF)

    RebuildPR: herramientas de GIS para el desarrollo de propuestas para proyectos de mitigación

    Nosotros demostraremos además cómo utilizar la aplicación web RebuildPR para construir mapas con datos relevantes para proyectos de mitigación. Obtenga más información sobre datos post-desastre de FEMA, USGS y otras fuentes disponibles en línea: Inundaciones (zonas inundables de 100 en relación a 500 años); terremotos; deslizamiento de tierra; daños a viviendas e infraestructura resultantes de los huracanes María y Irma; y daños a escuelas. La demostración de la aplicación incluirá cómo estimar el número de personas y unidades de vivienda afectadas por tormentas a nivel de municipio o de comunidad.

     

    Programa De Educación Continua para la recuperación económica de Puerto Rico posdesastre https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/education/programa-de-educaci%C3%B3n-continua-para-la-recuperaci%C3%B3n-econ%C3%B3mica-de-puerto-rico-posdesastre
    Este programa ofrece capacitación a profesionales involucrados en la recuperación económica de Puerto Rico tras los desastres que ha sufrido. El programa ofrece una serie de cursos a modo de educación continua en base a destrezas de capacitación para que los profesionales de la recuperación económica adquieran las destrezas necesarias para enfrentar un contexto nuevo y desafiante: el impacto cumulativo de la pandemia de COVID-19, la crisis económica, el azote del huracán María y los terremotos, y la manera de aprovechar las oportunidades que ofrecen los fondos federales CDGB-DR y de mitigación, entre otros.

     

    Ponentes

    Actualizaciones en el financiamiento para HUD/CDBG-MIT y FEMA/HMGP
    Dr. Rafael Torrech San Inocencio
    Consultor en propuestas/grants y en gerencia de fondos de desastres/mitigación
    Autoridad local en el financiamiento de proyectos de mitigación de riesgos. Experto en el diseño y desarrollo de propuestas para subvenciones. Diestro también en recaudación de fondos, filantropía, recuperación de desastres, desarrollo económico, evaluación de programas y adiestramiento especializado; para agencias federales, estatales y municipales, organizaciones sin y con fines de lucro, universidades e instituciones filantrópicas.
    Biografía

    RebuildPR: herramientas de GIS
    Jennifer Hinojosa
    Asociada de Investigación y Coordinadora del Centro de Datos del Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños

    Geógrafa y experta en análisis y cartografía de datos.
    Biografía


     

    Tools:


    Informe de recuperación del Gobernador de PR (2018)(PDF)
    LOIs (cartas de intención) recomendadas (waves 3 &4) por el COR3 para someter propuestas HMGP a FEMA (PDF)
    Enlace para los planes de acción CDBG-DR y CDBG-MIT y sus enmiendas (Departamento de Vivienda): https://www.cdbg-dr.pr.gov/plan-de-accion/
    Primera convocatoria COR3 para proyectos HMGP (sismos del 2020) (PDF)
    Enlace al programa BRIC de FEMA: https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation/building-resilient-infrastructure-communities
    CDBG_MIT_ACTION_PLAN_FULL_DRAFT (PDF)
    Disaster Recovery Summary Sheet #3 (PDF)
    Handouts Webinar Mitigación HMGP CDBG-MIT Nov. 2020 (PDF) by Dr. Rafael Torrech
    MitigationWebinar_11-17-2020_JH (PDF) by Jennifer Hinojosa

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