*Information about transportation from CT at the bottom
What is the purpose of the March?
The mission of Unity March for Puerto Rico is to stand in solidarity - ONE people - ONE voice- against unjust laws that have been systematically oppressive and crippling to the people of Puerto Rico and the socio-economic growth and sustainability of the island. We are asking that our leaders ACT NOW and make the necessary legislative changes to the Jones Act to uplift the people of Puerto Rico and hearten, support and sustain the economic growth of the island.
Our goal is to establish a council under Project Puerto Rico that will serve and lead in efforts of legislative reform and serve as the liaisons between the people of Puerto Rico and the administration and its leadership to ensure viable but just legislative changes the will serve the people of Puerto Rico.
In relation to the socio-economic impact of the Jones Act, our agenda includes items like: the cancellation of the debt and the rebuilding efforts of the island of Puerto Rico. Our goal is to establish a council under Project Puerto Rico that will serve and lead in efforts of legislative reform and serve as the liaisons between the people of Puerto Rico and the administration and its leadership to ensure viable but just legislative changes that will serve the people of Puerto Rico.
Why the Jones act?
Who is organizing this?
A network of grassroots organizers have teamed up to get the March moving forward. We are in the process of securing organizational endorsements while ensuring this march is about the People of Puerto Rico and the Diaspora coming together as one. In order to ensure we have the capacity needed a National Steering Committee was formed.
You can find the members and their bios here(3 of which are from CT!): https://www.unitymarchforpuertorico.com/national-committee-1/
In addition we have brought on State Directors for 16+ states. These folks will help steer you to local leaders who can answer questions about buses or other lead up activities planned in your state.
The State Leader for CT is Antonio Torres and he can be reached at AntonioUMPR@gmail.com.
This march is a grassroots effort brought about by a collective desire to bring our voice to Congress to advocate for Puerto Rico. If you support that effort, we invite you to join us on the 19th. For local logistical questions please contact your state leader.
Who will be speaking?
Speakers are still being added everyday. For news on speakers as they arrive, please follow the official Unity March Facebook page here:
Current confirmed speakers:
Carmen Yulin- Mayor of San Juan Puerto Rico
Nelson Dennis- Author War against all Puerto Ricans
Where will the march be?
10:00 am - We gather in front of the Capitol Building.
11:30 am - Unity March Kick Off
1:00 pm - Key Note Addresses at the Lincoln Memorial
3:00 pm - Unity March Concludes
Other event logistics can be found here: https://www.unitymarchforpuertorico.com/logistics/
Each state will have it's own contingent in the march. March order will be unveiled closer to March day.
How will we get there?
The CT Contingent will be offering 3 buses to D.C. Leaving SATURDAY at noon and leaving DC at 5pm on Sunday. This will mean you will need to find overnight lodging in DC. There are some free housing spots available in DC with supportive residents who live in The area.
We decided to go with Saturday buses because overnight buses were twice as expensive. Leaving on Saturday also provided for time for everyone to rest before a long day of marching.
If these buses do not make sense for your needs, we encourage you to find others and carpool to D.C. You can post your need for a ride in our facebook group here:
Round trip bus tickets are Roughly $90, with $10 discounts for the first 10 riders to sign up. Exact prices listed on each page with the price for your ticket.
*Exact pick up locations will be announced closer to departure time.
To sign up for the Hartford Bus use this link: https://www.letskedaddle.com/events/11015
To sign up for the New Haven Bus use this link: https://www.letskedaddle.com/events/11016
To sign up for the Bridgeport Bus use this link: https://www.letskedaddle.com/events/11020
What if I can’t afford a ticket and housing?
The ticket price is necessary to make the trip on one of our buses. We can possibly find free housing with a supportive resident of D.C. If you can not afford the bus price, we recommend finding someone driving down who has an extra seat. You can inquire about other who are driving down on our CT contingent page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/297538300730858/
How can I help spread the word?
Print out this flier and post it in places you know interested people will see it!