The rain was out in full force this past Sunday, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of performers and Lower East Side residents who came out for a celebration of Puerto Rican heritage. For more than thirty years, the Loisaida Festival has served as an homage to Puerto Rican culture in the Lower East Side and back on the island. This year, the festival’s theme was “Bridging Resurgence: From Sandy to Maria.” According to the Loisaida Festival’s Twitter page, the theme served as “a tribute to the resilience of the Lower East Side, past and present, and in solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria.” Keep Reading »
On July 25, 1969, a group of young activists officially announced the formation of the New York chapter of the Young Lords in Tompkins Square Park. In the following years, they fought for the rights of underserved communities of New York with a radical style reminiscent of the Black Panthers. Now, just two blocks away from where the Young Lords made their debut, Loisaida Inc. explores what remains of the Young Lords’ legacy with a multi-media exhibition, “¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York.”
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