Community & Civic Engagement
Puerto Ricans in Action is focused on educating the public about the history of Puerto Rico and the effects of Hurricane Maria, which hit on September 20, 2017, and the ways they can help with disaster relief efforts.
Cancel the Debt Rally
On April 24th we rallied outside the headquarters of US BANK - one of the major holders of Puerto Rico´s vulture bonds along with JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America and UBS - to demonstrate that we stand in favor of debt cancellation and that we are active, alert and concerned by the results and decisions made in previous debt restructuring hearings.
2nd Annual Puerto Rican Film Night
On Friday, April 12, 2019, Puerto Ricans in Action hosted the 2nd Annual "Puerto Rican Film Night" in hopes of showcasing the creative works of Boricua filmmakers and as part of our continuous work to ensure the vibrant future of the Puerto Rican people in Los Angeles. The evening included screenings of twelve short films, networking, and a Q&A with the filmmakers.
3rd Annual Café y Dominos
The 3rd Annual Domino's tournament & Fundraiser was held Saturday, March 9th, at Caribbean Corner Restaurant in Lancaster/Palmdale, CA. We knew Palmdale was a trek, but we appreciate all the Boricuas that came from Simi Valley, Lancaster, Victorville, San Bernardino, Hollywood, Culver City, and Sherman Oaks. There's so many more Boricuas in the greater LA area then we all think. Together we packed the Caribbean Corner Restaurant for hours with music, conversations, comedy, food, and a few domino matches.
Integrity: A Storytelling Event
"Integrity: a Storytelling Event" on Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 at University of Southern California.
Welcome and introductions by Elyn Saks, Founder of the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy & Ethics at the USC Gould School of Law. Featured storytellers Aurora Levins Morales, Robin D. G. Kelley, Everlyn A. Hunter, and Ariel Hernandez.
This event was part of the 2018-2019 series: "Transformation: Lectures, Conversations and Storytelling About Healing and Social Action". For more information visit: http://repairconnect.org/events
Puerto Rican Film Night
On November 9, 2018, Puerto Ricans in Action hosted the First Annual "Puerto Rican Film Night" in hopes of showcasing the creative works of Boricua filmmakers and as part of our continuous work to ensure the vibrant future of the Puerto Rican people in Los Angeles. The evening included screenings of fourteen short films, networking, and a Q&A with the filmmakers.
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Pedro Albizu Campos Vigil
On April 21st the 53rd-anniversary of Don Pedro Albizu Campos death we held a vigil to honor and celebrate his life, work, and legacy. Don Pedro dedicated his life to a free and empowered Puerto Rico. We are happy to have had this day of action with our friends in the Bronx, Philadelphia, and Cambridge!
2nd Annual Café y Dominoes
March 2018, PRiA held the 2nd Annual Café y Dominos Tournament in Hollywood, CA. Puerto Ricans In Action is committed to providing family events for our community.
Oscar Lopez SoCal Tour
In Feb of 2018, PRiA and the committee of organizers put together Oscar's SoCal Tour "Decolonization, Hurricanes, and Solidarity" where he went across ten cities, signed over 300 books, and spoke to over 2,000 students, allies, Puerto Ricans and friends. All who attended 14 educational events.
Care Package Drive
In Jan of 2018, PRiA called upon the community to help put packages together for Three Kings Day. Over 60 boxes were packed and filled with supplies that were later sent to the people in Puerto Rico.
“Fuerza pa’ Luquillo”
On Dec 2017, The Luquillo community, Parroquia San José de Luquillo, and Cáritas Puerto Rico helped coordinate the event and put together volunteers in passing out supplies and help bring the community together.
Bonafide Rojas Tour
We had standout performances on Saturday, Nov. 11th, by Bonafide Rojas. We couldn't be happier with the evening and the audience which joined us. We're grateful to The Triple Threat Truck for bringing the food, and Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory for letting us use their space making this event possible. As part of our Community Engagement, Bonafide brought our culture to the people first hand.
Mapathon - Oct 2017
PRiA teamed up with Cal State LA’s Latin American Studies and the Geosciences Department to host a two day Mapathon. Over 100 students and community members worked all day on mapping critical areas of the island. This initiative is part of a national effort called #PRMapathon, and the goal is to recreate what Puerto Rico looked like before the hurricanes in order to aid ongoing emergency response efforts.
Café y Dominoes
On May 21, 2017, PRiA held the first Café y Dominos Tournament in Hollywood, CA. Puerto Ricans In Action is committed to providing family events for our community.
Community Sorting & Packing Drive - Oct 2017
We worked to coordinate this week-long sorting and packing drive in California. Over a 100 people came out to organize and pack up nearly 15,000 pounds of donated supplies into bins to get ready to ship to Puerto Rico.
Care Bag Giveaway
On February 12, 2017, our members got together to pass out 100 care packages to the homeless men and women at Venice Beach. Puerto Ricans In Action values includes service to our community.
BLACK PANTHER PARTY 50 YR ANNIVERSARY
On October 20, 2016, we joined the members of the rainbow coalition in Oakland, California. Fighting for social justice is a critical value for Puerto Ricans In Action.
Grito de Jayuya
On October 23, 2016, in association with the Puerto Rican Alliance, PRiA held El Grito de Jayuya in Los Angeles. We presented a history lesson on the Grito, photo exhibits by Jose R. Rodriguez and Defend PR, and a performance by Julio the Conga Poet. The event also featured IAmHomemade, and food by The Ricans Food. PRiA is dedicated to cultural education opportunities.
Grito de Lares
On September 24, 2016, PRiA in association with the Puerto Rican Alliance held the first commemoration of the Grito De Lares, at The Peace Center in Culver City. This event was part of our cultural education programing.
On June 26, 2016, rallied against Senate Bill 2328, PROMESA, in solidarity with rally’s across Puerto Rico and the Nation. The protest was held outside the Federal Building in Downtown L.A.