Today, November 19th, which happens to be a national holiday in Puerto Rico as they celebrate the “discovery” of the island by Christopher Columbus in 1493, we celebrate a meeting of the minds of the Puerto Rican diaspora. From 8 pm to 10 pm ET, hundreds of Puerto Ricans will gather in the online sphere and communicate about the importance of the Puerto Rican population both in the island and in the US.
People who consider themselves Puerto Rican are now almost 9 million. Since 2010, there has been a huge migration of Puerto Ricans from the island to the mainland, numbers not seen since the big migration to New York City in the 40’s and 50’s. For the first time Florida has become the focus of attention, as the population of Puerto Ricans has reached the 1 million mark with more than 250,000 people moving to the state since 2010.
With the Elections 2016 rapidly approaching, it is important for the “old” diaspora and the “new” diaspora to get to know each other, help each other, and find a common ground in which to let the US Government know the importance of our vote and the needs of our Puerto Rican communities. Puerto Rico is right now in dire need of our voices and votes to change the fiscal crisis that is swallowing the island.
That is why the Puerto Rico Diaspora is getting together online – to create connections that can be transformed offline into a strong base of dedicated people to work for the benefit of our island and our US communities. If you are part of the more than 9 million Puerto Ricans today is the day to join our voices and let everyone know the Greater Puerto Rico counts!