Monday, March 16, 2009

ProLibertad to honor Latinas for contributions to independence movement

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This Women's History Month, The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign honors the contributions of Boricua/Latina women to the Puerto Rican Independence Movement.

Recipients of the Doña Adelfa Vera Award for 2009:
Yasmin Hernandez, Artist/Activist/Educator
Teresita "Lah Tere" Ayala, Poet/Activist/Rebel Diaz
Claudia de la Cruz, Pastor of La Iglesia San Romero de Las Americas/UCC

Mistress of Ceremony:
Haydee Morales, Casa Atabex Ache Co-Founder

Keynote Speaker:
Prisionera, Poet/Activist/Partido Nacionalista de Puerto Rico

Sample Work Presentation:
"Our Women, Our Struggle" (working title) is a 70-minute long documentary that chronicles the life of Puerto Rican revolutionary Isabel Rosado who dedicated her life to the Puerto Rican Independence movement and has become a symbol of the island's patriotism. Other women such as Lolita Lebron and Dylcia Pagan will also be highlighted. All three women were subjected to FBI surveillance and each spent many years in prison as a consequence of their radical political actions or as some might refer "terrorist activities."

Melissa Montero is a Latina filmmaker living in Queens, New York of Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian heritage. She has co-produced and directed a non-broadcast ten-minute promotional video/documentary on Casa Atabex Ache, a non-profit organization that does healing and transformation work for women of color.

Poetry by:
Mariposa and Prisionera

Hand crafts and Natural Products:
Botanicafe (Lourdes Garcia)

7 p.m., Friday, March 27
St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 521 W. 126th St., Manhattan

Suggested donation: $5 (no one will be turned away)

Light refreshments will be served.
For more information contact ProLibertad: 718-601-4751 or visit

source: ProLibertad

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