“Vito Marcantonio and the Puerto Rican People: Solidarity and Progress”

WHAT: Vito Marcantonio and the Puerto Rican People:
Solidarity and Progress
WHY: Vito Marcantonio, Congressman for East Harlem for 14 years, served as the de-facto Congressman for Puerto Rico and valiantly  fought for Puerto Rico’s independence.
The Vito Marcantonio Forum seeks to preserve the history of the radical political tradition of East Harlem, the cultural backdrop of Italian Harlem and El Barrio; the critical role of the Left that rallied to Marcantonio’s support that emerged as the “Vito Marcantonio Phenomenon,” a blueprint for a successful, progressive politician who never compromised his principles.
This event is sponsored by the Vito Marcantonio Forum
and co-sponsored by the
Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College and
the Italian American Studies Association (formerly AIHA)
WHEN: Wed. November 28th 2012 6PM
WHERE:  CUNY’s Hunter College of New York Faculty Dining Room, West Building 8th fl. 695 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065
WHO: Gerald Meyer —Professor at Hostos Com. Col.
“Vito Marcantonio: Fighter for Puerto Rico’s Independence”
Edgardo Meléndez — Professor at Hunter College
“Marcantonio and Luis Muñoz Marín: Cooperation and Conflict”
LuLu LoLo Pascale — Playwright/Actor and Performance Artist “Dear Marc, Letters to Marcantonio: A Dramatic Reading”
Roberto Ragone — Consultant and Community Activist
“Speeches with a Conscience: Marcantonio’s Commitment to the Italian and Puerto Rican Heritage”
Moderator: Gil Fagiani, Italian American Writers Assoc. Board Member, poet, Founding Member, East Harlem Historic Assoc.
Contact Evelyn Collazo (212) 396-6545; evelyn.collazo@hunter.cuny.edu

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