In response to the inadequate Federal response to the disaster, CM Chin, Rep. Velazquez & DL Daisy Paez rally residents to resist & keep Trump accountable
EAST RIVER PARK – Yesterday, residents from all corners of Lower Manhattan came together to show their strong solidarity for Puerto Rico. Including an impressive lineup of Latino performers and special guests, the Lower East Side Puerto Rico Unidos Benefit Concert, coordinated by District Leader Daisy Paez, was an opportunity for community members to heal, mobilize and raise support for relief and rehabilitation efforts. Council Member Margaret Chin joined Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez at the event to highlight the need to continue recovery efforts at the federal, city and local levels.
“While the President continues to trivialize the current crisis and avoid taking responsibility to protect Puerto Rico, communities across Lower Manhattan will continue to help pick up the slack to help the island recover,” said Council Member Chin. “We will not be complicit to an Administration that shamelessly treats our fellow Americans as second-class citizens, and we will fight back. Yesterday’s benefit concert was a space for our communities to celebrate the many Latino musicians who donated their talents, to check-in on each other, and to raise support for the millions of Puerto Ricans who are still struggling to rebuild. Thanks to District Leader Daisy Paez, and all of the performers, volunteers and coordinators who helped make this event a success.”
“New Yorkers and Puerto Ricans share a profound bond. New Yorkers consider Puerto Ricans family, some figuratively and, for many of us, quite literally,” Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY). “In coming months, the Island will need all the help it can get, and I was proud to join with District Leader Daisy Paez and Council Member Chin to help channel assistance to the Puerto Rican people.”
“Council Member Chin played a huge role in making this fundraiser possible with attaining the permit to this the park, expediting the process, and making sure we have everything we need to be here, and I am very grateful for her support for the Puerto Rican community, said Daisy Paez, District Leader. “Yesterday was an amazing turnout. A strong display of humanity at its best, our community came out to show their support for our families and friends in Puerto Rico.”
One month after Hurricane Maria slammed into the island, the situation for the people of Puerto Rico is still dire. 1 million in Puerto Rico do not have access to reliable running water, while 3 million – more than 80% of the island – have no electricity.
At yesterday’s benefit concert, residents rallied to bring more attention to the continued plight of Puerto Rico. Congresswoman Velazquez warned that if adequate recovery funds are not included in the federal budget, she and her colleagues are willing to shut down the federal government. Council Member Chin encouraged residents to open their hearts and help families arriving in our City from Puerto Rico.
The full performance lineup included: New Swing Sextet, Steve Oquendo Latin Jazz Orchestra, Tommy’s LowerEastSalsa, Frankie Morales Band, Cast members of “I Like It Like That”, DJ Mario, DJ Cotto, DJ Andy, and DJ Tony Bonilla with surprise special appearances by Domingo Quinones and comedian Ruperto Vanderpool.