By Deborah López, President, Chicago NACOPRW
The Chicago Chapter of the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women (NACOPRW) took part in a National Day of Action for Puerto Rico on December 2nd at the U.S. Capitol, to demand that Congress take immediate federal action to grant Puerto Rico bankruptcy and debt restructuring protection. This was the largest advocacy day for Puerto Rico on Capitol Hill in recent history. Close to 1,000 people from 12 states arrived in spite of, in some cases, the difficulty and the long distances of traveling to Washington D.C. This expression of unity for the people who live in Puerto Rico, further motivated the leadership to follow through on creating a National Puerto Rican Agenda Coalition based on discussions previously held at Unidos Por Puerto Rico in Orlando, Florida.
The following day, December 3rd, history was made when leaders of various backgrounds and years of activism formed a nonpartisan National Puerto Rican Agenda coalition. Several outreach committees were created to be led by individuals representing different states. Some of the committees are civil rights, veterans, environment, health, education and women. As president of the Chicago Chapter of NACOPRW, it was an honor to be asked to lead the women’s outreach committee. This committee will complement the work of the coalition. It will be the vehicle for women to unite and organize at the local, state and federal level; to affect policies, election results and be advocates on specific issues that impact the Puerto Rican diaspora and the people of Puerto Rico. Can you imagine this committee serving as a bridge to connect with the women of Puerto Rico and joining them in solidarity?