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Colonialism Unmasked: A Commemoration of Grito de Lares

Saturday, September 22, 2018
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, California 94705. 510-849-2568

¡Grito de Lares!
Colonialism Unmasked: A Commemoration of Grito de Lares
Saturday, September 22. 7pm.

La Peña Cultural Center, Bay Area Boricuas, La Tertulia Boricua, Bay Area Alliance for a Sustainable Puerto Rico and the International Committee for Peace and Justice present: 
What The Winds Left Behind … Colonialism Unmasked, A Commemoration Of El Grito De Lares (Lares Uprising or Cry of Lares)

This community-sponsored event features keynote speaker, Puerto Rican human rights activist Zulma Olivares, direct from Puerto Rico, who will give an update of the present conditions and challenges facing the island one year after hurricane Maria. The event also features a selection of Puerto Rican music, poetry and a short film from Bay Area artists, activists and diasporicans committed to raising political awareness, celebrating Puerto Rican culture and advancing positive change and autonomy in Puerto Rico. About Grito de lares: People of Puerto Rico annually observe Grito de Lares (Cry of Lares) to commemorate the events of the first large uprising against Spanish rule in Puerto Rico. The uprising began on September 23, 1868, the first major revolt for Puerto Rican Independence.

This venue is wheelchair accesible - please call us in advance so we can set up seating for you

Keynote Speaker: Zulma Oliveras Vega (San Germán, Puerto Rico 1970). Puerto Rican Activist of Human Rights, Former Director of M.A.S.A. (Lesbian Latinas: social and active). She has been published in the anthology "NOT IN OUR NAME: Contra la ayuda de Estados Unidos a la masacre en Gaza" (2016), and in the Anthology "¡Despierta Humanidad! en homenaje a Berta Cáceres" (2017). She currently works in a non-profit dedicated to educate about Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, as Program Coordinator for Social Empowerment at:
Music By: Taller Bombalele (directed by Denise Solis and Julia Cepeda), Madelina y Los Carpinteros with Madeleine Zayas, Craig Thomas and Pedro Pastrana, Art3mis Prime, Quenepas (Directed by Hector Lugo and Shefali Shah)
Poetry By: Aya de León, Raina León, Rico Pabón, Aurora Levins Morales and Susana Praver-Pérez
Video By: Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi
Doors & finger food for sale at 6:15pm. Program starts at 7pm. $15-$25 Sliding Scale General Admission. $5 Youth Under 18. Lap Children Free. Proceeds from this event will benefit grassroot efforts in Puerto Rico.
Added to the calendar on Thu, Sep 6, 2018 1:33PM
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